52 in 52 weeks

I saw this on a blog(bluebird) last year and thought that I would give it a go this year as a fun and creative way to show progression of all of us. So once a week I am going to be posting photos of the girls and us as a family.

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Out with the Old in with the New.

Happy 2014!!!

2013 is officially over and gone. What a year it was. My life seemed to be in total and complete chaos at points and complete perfection at other. So is life I guess. Here are my top 5 best moments.

1. Celebrating another great year of marriage with my amazing husband.

2. Giving birth to my second beautiful baby girl.

3. Over coming and making the best of health situations.

4. Started The Diaper Wars (which turns ONE this month!!!)

5. Went to Boston/ Salem, MA/ DC and my first MLB Game (Woot woot Congrats to the Red Sox for winning the series.)

 

This Year is going to be even better. The biggest thing I’ve learned is to not sweat the small stuff. Everything happens for a reason even if we don’t know what the reason is. I have learned to live in the moment and take it one day at a time. Its defiantly something I want to continue on in to this year. That is my main goal. I also want to continue on with the blog(s) and growing the business. I’ve been researching new designs and resources available to me. I’m excited about whats to come.

As for this blog, now that I have mastered how to create digital PDF Patterns I plan to offer more on here as well as tutorials. I am also going to be doing a 52 photos in 52 weeks. its a weekly photo of my girls to show the change and progression as they grow. I may do Bones and I as well. Or make it a weekly family photo.

 

Have a wonderful and amazing New Year! Happy 2014

Doll Mei Tai Carrier Tutorial AND Free Pattern!

 

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I am a baby wearing junkie. While I have only a few carriers mostly made by me, I wear my girls as much as I can especially when out running errands or during family time. My usual carrier is a Full Buckle Soft structure carrier. It seems that my babywearing has worn off (hahah Pun intended) on Venom. She usually brings me a scarf and asks me to help her wear her babies. I decided that I would make her a Mei Tei for her dolls so that she could have a carrier too. I plan to make her a Buckle eventually but she’s in love for now. She’s spent the day carrying her Rainbow Dash around while building with her legos.

Without further ado, the Tutorial.

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I’m still alive, I swear!

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Wow what a busy couple of weeks I’ve had. We had or weekend trip to Florida, which while there Venom burned her fingers and screamed bloody murder for 5 hours straight before crying herself to sleep. We spent the whole time in the hotel room and driving. I didn’t even get to go to the popcorn place I love. I guess I will be mail ordering that. Nothing like fresh though. When we got home, We spent the rest of our week cleaning and purging. Since our spring was so chaotic and we didn’t get to “spring clean” we are doing it now. Over our last few moves we have accumlated things that we don’t need, should have been thrown out 3 moves ago, or things we no longer using. Some how we ended up with boxes that were nothing but trash/junk to be thrown out. I was not thrilled about finding that.

We’ve all been sick and cranky as well. Venom is cutting her 3year molars. Roo is going through a growth spurt. Then the seasons are changing and so my Menieres has flared up full force again. I’ve only touched my machine a few times and I’ve been on the laptop just as much. 20130927-213647.jpg I did manage to get Roo’s Halloween costume made and have Venom’s drafted. Hers is a bit more complicated than Roo’s. So it’s taking a bit more time. She is going as Twilight Sparkle and Roo is Spike.

Have you decided on Halloween costumes yet? If so what will you or your little ones be?

Vacation Part Deux: Washington DC

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We’re home for the time being before vacation part 3 starts. Its so nice to be home in my own bed and with my own stuff. As awesome as our DC hotel was, my own stuff is better.To catch up, Part One. We were lucky that we got to stay on the Joint Base in DC which is about 10mins from most of what we wanted to see. Aside from Sprinkles Cupcakes, which I didn’t get to see or taste. Our first full day in DC was spent resting after the 12 hours of driving/riding we did the day before. Venom’s car seat needed a major scrub down so thats what I spent the morning doing as well as blogging about Boston.

Day two was spent at the Smithsonian. We went through the Natural History and the American History museums. The Natural History museum was pretty spiffy. 20130906-200047.jpgI loved the

gemstone exhibit. I really love gems stones though. I did find the Hope Diamond to be a bit boring and not as impressive as I thought it would be.20130906-200018.jpg Its more the story that makes it fascinating than the stone itself. Its mildly amusing that the stone is so expensive and rare due to imperfections in the stone, especially when diamonds are graded based on their perfection and clarity.

Venom loved the dinosaurs and Animals. We did skip a few exhibits due to one being human bones and figuring out how they died. I didn’t feel it was appropriate for Venom to see. We also skipped the Ocean life as we have been to several Aquariums.

I loved the whole American history museum. I took a lot of photo’s on Mr.’s phone and only sent a few to myself to post here. Sadly, I didn’t get to take any of the first ladies exhibit or of the American flag. The gowns are all gorgeous! they also have the ladies’s china (all but Mrs Obama. Though they do have her dress. )

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Amelia Earhart exhibit in the Air and Space Museum

Day 3 was spent walking monuments and at the Air and Space museum. It was a very hot day. Since we were both babywearing one of the girls it was a must to cool off in a museum after seeing the Lincoln Memorial, The Reflecting Pool, Vietnam Memorial, White House and the Capitol Building.

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Lincoln Memorial

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We wrapped up or 3rd day by letting Venom run on the grass in front of the Capitol Building. They had something going on so we couldn’t get any closer. The Mr. was getting her to chase him it was too cute.

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Day four was spent relaxing a bit as we were in pain from all of the walking and babywearing we were doing. We also went to Arlington Cemetery to see Kennedy’s Flame and the Tomb of the Unknown Solider. I didn’t take any photos while there.

Then day five we drove back home and picked the dog up from our amazingly sweet neighbors and went to sleep!

It has been a great and much needed vacation for both the Mr. and I. Sadly it was much too short but theres always next year.

 

 

 

 

Mid vacation recap- Boston

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Woah! What a week. The first half of our vacation is over and now we are enjoying Washington DC. The first half was spent in Boston for my husbands birthday. We left last Sunday afternoon. It took us 2 days to drive up because of some unforeseen car sickness from Venom. We stopped in Baltimore. The hotel we stayed in was oh so lovely. It had adjustable firmness mattresses and a huge glass footed walk in shower. Which Venom managed to get her hand stuck under the rubber seal on the bottom. Mr. and I have had a few laughs about it.

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Monday was spent driving the rest on the way up and getting in to the hotel. Tuesday started our actual sightseeing.
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We hit up the down town area. Which is amazing and makes me want to buy a tanning bed and move north. We went through the aquarium. Venom was obsessed with the sea turtle in the tank.

20130901-005639.jpg While I loved the penguins. The anaconda statue scared the crap out of me as it looked very life like at first glance. The rest of the morning was spent shopping for Red Sox stuff. The girls both got hats, Mr. got shirts and a hat and I didn’t get anything because there wasn’t any woman’s shirts there. Plus I am not a huge sports person anyway.

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That evening we went to the game. Being the awesome and amazing wife that I am, I bought the Mr. Red Sox tickets for his birthday. We were right by the dugout and got to see them slaughter the Orioles 13-4. The girls and I also had our first subway ride that night. Talk about motion sickness, I made it through but it defiantly hurt my head and was to loud for me. My hearing aids were all the way down and it was still to loud.

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Wednesday was spent in Salem and with family. We didn’t do much in Salem but I did see The house of Seven Gables and the memorial as well as some of down town. We got to see one of the Mr.’s cousins while there. It was great to meet more of his family.

20130901-005929.jpg Thursday we headed back south to DC. Our trip south was meant to be a 7 hr trip since we were avoiding the tolls as we didn’t want to pay another $50 in tolls. Well it turned in to a 12 hr trip due to our GPS messing up and rerouting us in NYC several times. We spent 4hr in NYC traffic, went through the Bronx twice, down Broadway, through Manhattan, over the Brooklyn bridge and through the Holland Tunnel. All while Roo cried because she wanted to nurse and Venom got car sick. Needless to say, next time I’m buying an EZ-Pass.

Friday was a day of rest and carseat cleaning. This weekend we are seeing sights and enjoying our time together. More about DC next week!

Enjoy your Labor Day weekend!!

Photography classes Online.

I am a huge craft junkie. I love to create in any way possible. Recently its been with photos. With 2 ever growing girls I try to capture as much as I can. Thats why when I heard that Craftsy is now offering online photography courses I got excited. I took photography in highschool but barely remember learning anything from it. I mostly used it as a way to wander the halls and take photos of my friends and I. Now flash forward 10 years, I want to take amazing photos for keepsakes but don’t have the time to go to a class at the college here in town. This is where Craftsy comes in. For a smaller price I can take a class at home in my own time (hello, Naptime!) and learn all about F-stops and Apertures. They have about 4 different photography courses. THe one I can’t wait to take is the Shoot It: Product Photography Class. As a WAHM one of the major issues I am always dealing with is taking product photos.

Craftsy also offers a growing selection of other classes as well from Cake decorating to Sewing and more. All of their courses are taught via video by some of the best in the fields. the classes never expire and you can go back and watch them as many times as you’d like from wherever you have an internet access.

The Class is currently 40% off as well!

This is an affiliate post. All opinions are my own.

Weekly Wishes: Vacation Prep.

Wow, Last week was crazy busy for me. Lots of cleaning, celebrating and playing with Venom. This week is starting to be even crazier. More cleaning, Packing and preparing for Vacation that starts on Sunday. My darling Mr. Bones turns 30 next week so I am taking him to Boston for a Red Sox game. In turn he’s taking me to the Smithsonian on the way back home. I am so looking forward to the First Lady exhibit and seeing the first sewing machine, Ruby red slippers and the original Winnie the Pooh stuffed animals. Most of all I am excited to be creating memories with my husband and our Girls, even though Roo isn’t big enough to remember. My only wishes for this week are to have the house cleaned, us packed and ready to go before saturday so I can just sit and relax before leaving Sunday and to get a few tutorials photographed and set to post.

 I also have a bit of news to share, I was featured on the Action Hearing Loss UK blog about my battle and coping with Menieres Disease. You can read the article here. 
What are your Weekly Wishes? Anything exciting happening this week for you?
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