Today, I want to give props to Cheri at I Am Momma Hear Me Roar! I love her blog. She has new posts daily and is seriously one of the most creative women ever! Here are a few of the ideas I've stolen from her! I'm sure many of you remember this adorable hat I made for Westen. Got that idea and instructions from her.
Or how about all the freezer paper stenciling ideas...
And the tshirt dress...
And these are just a few. I've freezer paper stenciled shirts for Westen and one of my nieces. I'm currently working on Cheri's Valentines that she made for her son to hand out. You can find that here. And Westen, Baron, and I made Austin a cute little gift for Christmas that, unfortunately I didn't take pictures of, you can find here. It was personalized snacks for his office desk at work. I also made a baby play-mat inspired by her's which you can find here. Anyway, I Am Momma, is definitely More than Mediocre. I'll share the cute little Valentine's we're making Friday and I'm sure I'll share many more of my projects that are inspired by Cheri in the future. See ya!
So for Christmas this year, Austin and I decided instead of buying gifts for each other, we'd get a new computer. Our old Dell was still running, or actually I'd say it was crawling... I'd say 8 years is a good run for a PC though, right?? We decided on a laptop because our current office is not conveniently located, so we wanted it to be mobile. We did a little research and questioned friends and family about what to get. We had reservations, but everyone and everything was pointing us towards the Apple:)
Silver and sleek and... AMAZING!! We went with it. Yes, it cost more, but when you're spending that much $$ anyway, you might as well get what you want, right?? It's the MacBook Pro.
We've still got a lot to learn, but we do love the set up of iphoto and imovie. While we were in KY for Christmas, Austin started messing around to learn to operate the imovie. Here's one of the videos he put together. Don't know if you'll be able to hear music, but an idea of what this little puppy can do. And this is just standard - no extra software needed. Anyway, the MacBook Pro is More than Mediocre. Happy Monday!
So, I had been wanting some new dishes for awhile. We had some cute yellow and green ones with palm trees that were great when we lived in our first house and we had kind of a Key-Westy theme. But the yellow and green didn't really flow with anything in my kitchen or dining room now and we've been here for almos 3 years. Plus, I had broken two of the plates, leaving us with just 6:(
I knew I wanted something a little more traditional this time. And I wanted some kind of white or cream color. Something kinda classic. I found these in a Ballard Designs catalogue and fell in love! I love the beaded detail and the antiqued look which is perfect with our rustic dining room table from World Market.
And I love how the bowls have little feet (is that what you'd call it?).
Anyway, I think these can be used for informal or formal (not that we ever do formal in this house:) dinners. They seem pretty durable too. Not heavy like stoneware, but durable. My MIL got these for us for Christmas upon my request and so far - I LOVE them! Thanks Mauveen! To see them on Ballard's website click here. Happy Monday!
Well, this one speaks for itself. Today's More than Mediocre feature is the men and women serving in our Armed Forces. It's funny because I had a couple ideas for what I was going to feature today, but I wasn't LOVING either one of them. Then my mom called and said she had emailed me some pics that Sgt. Daniel B. Day (aka my brother) had sent to her. I instantly knew what today's post should be. That's my brother, Daniel, on the right. I think the guy in the middle is Bubba (??) and I don't know about the guy on the left. Sorry guys. I'll have to find out from Daniel;_
Well, I won't go on and on talking about these guys because, really, I don't want to become all Miss Emotional. But like I said in this post, it's easy to forget what these men and women are doing everyday, the conditions some of them may be living in, or to try to imagine what it's like to miss Christmas with your family, or your kids' birthdays, or whatever it may be that they're doing over there.
And yes, these men and women volunteered for this job. But regardless of what they each get paid, is it ever really enough?? Is it so much that you think you'd sacrifice your life for it?? Something to think about anyway. But I say, our men and women in the Armed Forces are doing something that's well... waaaaaaaayyyyyy More than Mediocre. Thanks for reading;)
So every Monday, I'll have a short post about something that I think is More than Mediocre.
Is there anything more pleasant to hear for parents of newborns than the sound of their baby sleeping?? Yes, some of you might remember Baron's announcement picture. Taken those first few days when he seemed to do nothing but sleep. But eventually...
he woke up! First item on the list for my first More than Mediocre Mondays, is what Austin and I like to call Baby Magic. There is, in fact, a way to get babies to sleep through the night at a relatively early age.
So first, thank you Storm and Brett for introducing it to us:) Many of you have heard me talk about this before, and if you've read this post in the last month, you know that Baron started sleeping through the night at around 10 weeks old! Word!! Anyway, it's basically a routine that minimizes stimulating your baby and teaches them to know what to expect... sleepy night night time!
Sooooo, Moms On Call, is my first More than Mediocre Monday feature. For any new or soon-to-be moms out there, it's www.momsoncall.com. They have a book (which is what I used), seminars you can attend (I think), videos you can watch online, and more. And it's not just about getting your baby to sleep through the night. They have a plethora of other information too. The sleeping through the night part is just what I was most interested in.
And thankfully, for me, it's worked for both my babies. Westen started sleeping through the night at 11 weeks and Baron at 10 weeks. And I... feel like a new woman! So that's it for today. And No, Moms On Call did not pay me to hype them up. We just love the system. And it works if you do it just like they say. Moms On Call...you're more than mediocre!
One last thing... I will not be signing up for the the half marathon. Saturday was supposed to be my first try at a long run. Friday night a pulled I muscle in my back:( First time I've ever hurt my back and I don't know how people with back injuries cope. Uggghhh! Anyway, I didn't get to run all weekend and to be honest I'm still a little sore, so I don't know if I'll be running this week. I simply don't have enough time to train for the 13.1 miles:( I will do it eventually and that's a promise;)
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Hi and welcome to our blog! I am Kate - wife of super high energy, super republican, super fun husband, Austin, and mother of 2 adorable, sweet boys - Westen and Baron! And mother of our eldest child, our sweet Boston Terrier, Cousey! Yeah, I'm outnumbered 4 to 1 so we have a home filled with rough-housing, trucks, trains, sports, you name it! I am what, over the years, has been called homemaker, housewife, and stay-at-home mom. I dare not say what today's society may call me (I kid... I kid!) I love being home with my boys and attempting to make my house a home. I'm what my mom calls "crafty", but feel more like a novice and hope to improve on my DIY and home-making skills. This blog is a way for us to share our adventures with our friends and family. To learn more about us, click here. Enjoy!