Monday, May 24, 2010

Camping Fishing and Hunting for Good Deals

This past weekend Sergio took the boys on a Father Son campout. They had a great time eating and fishing and staying up really late. The boys were so happy that Sergio got them matching headband lights.


Hmm....they don't look too excited here.

Sergio is showing me his new lantern (to add to his ever growing collection)
So after they got back on Saturday morning I told Sergio that the whole day was planned for just him and I :)
He was happy when I told him our first stop was to have lunch here:

Then we decided to go see a new movie featuring one of our favorite actors Russell Crowe:

Well we weren't disappointed. Sergio and I are some serious movie buffs and we are also serious thrifty shoppers. So while the movie was still playing I whispered to Sergio "Hey after here let's go to Goodwill. But let's go to the one in Carrollton".
So right after the movie that's where we headed. And what a glorious trip that was!!! Unlike our own Goodwill they have so much more of a selection there and at lower prices. So after scoring some little items that I just know I will put to good use like these:



(can't wait to get my spray paint and fabric and transform this for Josh's room)

Love the metal texture and flowers and they only cost me a buck each!!!
But the piece de resistance was this baby right here!

We were about to leave when we wandered over to the furniture section and Sergio says "hey look at THIS" I instantly fell in love! I had to have it! How much is it? What?! $20!!! Will it fit in the car? Sergio said "Heck, I'll make it fit". So we wheeled it up to the register and bought it. I. am.in.love.
And to top it all off upon looking it up online we found out this baby is currently going on ebay for around $540!!! Yikes! What a good deal. I am NOT selling this anytime soon. It has streamers for goodness sakes <3

It also has a built in horn in that tank right there and a headlamp!
I've ridden it twice and have already had people staring at it! I am so happy to have gone to that Goodwill! I'll have to go back. I have so many projects going I wish I could clone myself. Sergio said he will help me with some of them. One of them is doing Josh's bedroom. He currently rooms with Aaron but he really, really, really needs his own room. So stay tuned to see how that turns out.
Isn't it great finding little treasures? What treasures have you found?

I was awarded a Trendy Blog Award!

Thanks so much to Looking Glass Jewels for awarding me the Trendy Blog Award from Trendy Treehouse!
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Don't you just love Etsy??!!
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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Reminiscing Past Decor Projects





Since I am out of town on business and am tired of working on the budget and walking around outside seeing the bums ;) I have been perusing my stored pics on my laptop and came across these gems:
These pics are from my old house and I originally designed/decorated in 1999-2002. I wish I could still paint murals in my kids' rooms but they don't seem to be too excited about that anymore :(
Here's one of my favorites~
 This room was designed when I was expecting my 3rd child and I wanted to have a "coloring book road theme". I wanted the cars and clouds, etc to look cartoonish as if a child had drawn them on the walls. Since I was huge by the time we started painting the mural, my hubby painted a lot of this. But I designed it. My husband also hand crafted my baby's toddler bed Jeep you see here. He made it all by hand including hand carving the wheels out of wood!! I tell you he's a VERY talented guy. This bed is solid. And eventhough my little guy is not so little anymore we are keeping it for our grandkids!



Here you see a shot of the brick facade "garage" doors. We wanted their walls to depict an old time garage with weathered doors (the closet) and faux finish on the top of the walls. Sergio bought the brick facade panels at Lowe's I think and just nailed them to the walls. The boys really enjoyed playing in this room.


 I asked Sergio to make me a metal sign that had the boys' initials and he hand carved one of out wood then spray painted it to look like metal. We still have this sign :)
We were sad when we sold the house and wonder if the new owners kept this room or destroyed it :(

Here are some pics of a room makeover I did for my mom while she was away on Thanksgiving weekend about 8 years ago:



I stenciled all the flowers around the wall and bought the bedspread at Garden Ridge for $15!!



Another shot of my mom's room. Notice the storage box. Sergio made it (of course) so my mom could store all her fabrics (she is a fantastic seamstress)

And last but not least, some shots of my formal living room, old bedroom and master bath:






I LOVED this red bath! It took me FOREVER to paint it!





How 'bout you? Do you have some past or present decorating projects? I'd love to see them. Leave me your link in the comments section.
I am linking this post to Thrifty Decor Chick Before and After Party

Portland Trip-Part 2




Today we went down the street to get a tour of the headquarters of the company that is sponsoring the training I am here for. They are on the 29th floor of their building and the views are breathtaking:



Mount St.Helens is way back there! I wish I had these views from MYoffice ((sigh)).
After the tour I decided to go for a walk downtown. I was pleasantly surprised to see various food vendor stands! Why hadn't I noticed these before?!!  Aggh..I promptly waltzed up to this vendor:


Where I got this:

Yummy!!
I wandered around inside some buildings and saw this really cute art exhibit from some elementary school kids:




I think the theme was to use recyclable items. These kids are so talented.
Then I enjoyed looking in a flower shop at some pretty flowers:



And on an ending note: A group of us stopped and talked to a group of 3 young guys (and a purebred looking dog) who had a sign that read "Need to get Drunk" ((rolls eyes)) I asked why they didn't have a job? The one kid said this is easier and they make more money begging than working and they don't have to pay taxes. Oh, boy! That got me mad so I don't feel bad for these bums anymore and I hope the citizens of Portland pester City Hall to pass an ordinance making it illegal for them to hang around panhandling (like the ordinance in Dallas).
So sad, that there are SO many people wanting to work and can't because of sickness, etc and these kids just DON'T WANT TO argghh!!
Ok, rant over. All in all my trip was a good one. I am glad my husband and I have taught and are teaching our kids that working for something actually brings happiness. Well, that and eating a Really good Burrito!

I'm in Portland



For all its natural beauty Portland also has a lot of sadness. While taking a walk on my first day here I noticed a lot of kids begging out on the square. They don't look much older than high school age.
It's sad. I asked around about them and the locals told me they are mostly kids that have been "thrown out" by their parents. Just like that. Discarded.
One very pretty girl plays the violin while her dog sits by her and listens. Another boy squats on the opposite corner with his dog and puts a sign up that says "hate change, then toss it in here". I don't know what the local laws are regarding panhandling but it really takes away from the beauty of the downtown area.
Now, don't get me wrong. I haven't exactly led a sheltered life, but the homeless beggars I am accustomed to are in their 40's to 60's and usually look like they have mental problems and are war veterans.
While walking by a large group of teens today I noticed they were playing the bongos, dancing around, passing around some smokes. They reminded me of the hippie era. Maybe it's coming back. Now,I am not old enough to remember the hippie era (I was born in the 70's) but I have read about it and heard about it from people who lived it. Who knows, maybe it's IN to be out on the street. Maybe these kids just need someone to love them unconditionally. And if they have a substance abuse problem, well maybe they need someone who gives a hoot.
Aside from that this trip has been pretty good. I took some shots from my hotel. It's pretty here and I just wish I had the guts to go up to these kids and hug them and let them know God loves them.




So now onto the positive side of my trip!!
The hotel is really VERY nice. It's a good break for me since I am usually working and taking care of my kids' needs every day, you know being a regular mom. So it's kinda hard finding things to do ALL BY MYSELF, but I'm getting used to it HA
Here in Oregon they don't have a sales tax so it's nice to go shopping here. I found a ROSS that's actually well organized and NEAT!!! GET OOUTTT!!
So I went there and to the Macy's next door which is a total of 5 levels.
There's a mall across the street so I get to go there and walk and exercise. I am eating WAY too much and not having a scale or the number of calories in each of my meals is really throwing me for a loop and I know I have gained back the 5 pounds I lost already! Next week marks my month of VEGANISM. I think I will keep going. I don't miss meat at all.
Anywho, here's some pics of the hotel:

This really comfy bed with a down duvet. Pure HEAVEN!

I loved the color scheme of the bath and the marble shower stall SWOON!

Isn't this a pretty sitting area? I feel like a movie star in this room.

I sit on this chair with my laptop on most nights.
I want to take this chair home with me!!
(pics taken with my phone)

Thursday, May 6, 2010

In the Blink of an Eye


Well the time is drawing near. Ellison will be off to see the world as a graduate. In just a few short weeks my little bundle of joy will finish high school. I can't believe I am even writing that phrase down: Finish High School.
Who knows what is in store for Miss Ellison. Who knows what her life will bring her. But this I do know: she has grown to be an amazing young lady who has always made good choices. She is a hard worker, compassionate, creative, friendly and funny!








I didn't know that behind those gorgeous brown eyes would lurk an old soul that immediately goes to the aid of those that need it.
I didn't know that those tiny little hands would be capable of baking up yummy cheesecakes, sauteeing gourmet vegetables or creating a lion out of an empty canvas.
No sirree, I didn't know that my little Ellie would light up the room as she enters it and smiles.
I didn't know that my little Ellie would take my worries and fears away with a hug and an "I love you, Ma".
But somehow I always knew that she was just on loan. The Lord loaned me this beautiful little baby oh for just a few fleeting moments. For what she has to do in this life is much, much more than I could ever imagine.
Now take your wings and fly Ellison! I'll be watching.

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