Quinn Predictions!

So it’s been quite a while since I’ve posted, and while I’d like to say I have a great excuse its mainly due to lack of time and energy. My last post was over 12 weeks ago and lots have changed since that time including my belly.

I finished my first class of my masters program and received an A!!! (a 97% to be exact). I’m so glad to get the first one out of the way and to do well. I’m taking this semester off from school but will start back in late June. Hopefully it goes well with juggling a newborn! Speaking of newborns, still no baby but give it three days (or less) and hopefully I’ll be updating with pictures of her!

My repeat c-section is scheduled for Thursday morning and we are all so anxious to meet her! I’m so excited to have all of my family come in town to meet her and celebrate her arrival! It means so much that they are all making the long drive to be with us. And while we’ll be in the hospital most of the time they are visiting, they’ll still get plenty of snuggles with little Quinn (as long as you can tear her away from Memaw….)

Mark and I are most anxious to see what she looks like! For 9 months I’ve envisioned certain characteristics she will have of mine and which she will take from Mark. In case you have seen the similarities, our son looks like a clone of my husband. Aside from having my eyes, Davis gets so many of his physical traits from my husband and I’ve been hoping and praying that this little girl will look even slightly like me.

Mark and I have decided to publish our predictions to see who is most accurate:

Emily

Weight: 8 lb 10 oz

Length: 21 inches

Hair Color: Reddish-Brown

Eye Color: Green-Blue

Physical Features: My mouth, feet and eyes – Mark’s nose and chin

Mark

Weight: 8 lb 3 oz

Length: 20.75 inches

Hair Color: Bald

Eye Color: Blue

Physical Features: My chin, eyes, skin tone, and ears – Emily’s nose, mouth and attitude

Join in our fun little game, we’d love to see which predictions are correct! I’ll post updates (and pictures) as soon as I feel up for it!

Mother’s Day Mugs

I can’t wait till Sunday! Do you know why? It’s Mother’s Day…one of the few days a year I am commanded by my children to not lift a finger the entire day! The day that I am showered with a gourmet breakfast in bed, hand-cut flowers, and dazzling gifts galore. Well…okay…so I may be exaggerating a little bit. Usually I get cinnamon toast and OJ for breakfast, homemade cards, and lots of hugs and kisses. And you know what, I wouldn’t change it for the world.

As a mom, I now have a little glimpse of how hard my own mom actually worked to raise 4 wildly different and unique daughters (I can barely handle my own 2 boys…I can’t imagine adding 2 more!). So, on this Mother’s Day, I decided to pamper mom with basket full of things to help her relax and unwind. I filled it up with goodies such as magazines, bubble bath, lotion, tea, cookies, and of course, ya gotta always add something homemade to your baskets for that extra special touch.

This year, I made Mother’s Day Mugs. This is a fairly easy project, but it does require a very specific marker, so plan accordingly. First, you will need a set of 4 coffee mugs. Choose whatever color you think your mom (or yourself…who says you can’t treat yourself!) will like best. Next, you will need to order a special marker especially for writing on ceramic. I ordered mine from this site. Make sure you get the fine point marker for writing and choose a color that coordinates well with your mugs.

1. Wash your mugs.

2. Once your mugs are dry, you’re ready to write on them. For my mugs, I decided to write scripture that reminded me of my mom. I just free-handed the words on my mugs. Here are some of my favorite scriptures that I felt best described my mom:

  • Her hands reach out to the poor, and she extends her hands to the needy. Proverbs 31:20
  • She opens her mouth with wisdom and loving instruction is on her tongue. Proverbs 31:26
  • Her sons rise up and call her blessed. Her husband also praises her:“Many womenare capable, but you surpass them all!” Proverbs 31:28-29
  • Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord will be praised. Proverbs 31:30

3. Place the mugs in a cool oven (DO NOT PREHEAT). Turn your oven to 300°F (149°C). Once your oven has reached this temperature, bake for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, turn the oven off and allow it to cool back to room temperature gradually.

4. Now your mugs are ready to be used. As you can see, I placed mine in a prominent location in my basket.

After all of my items were added, I wrapped the entire basket in clear cellophane wrapping. I added a pretty bow and I was done! To learn how to make a gift basket, click here.

Doesn’t that look pretty! What mom wouldn’t LOVE unwrapping a basket full of her favorite goodies this Mother’s Day. The added bonus…scripture mugs made especially for her.

I hope you try this project. It’s really easy, and if you mess up while writing, you can easily wipe it off with a damp cloth. I also think this would be a great project for kids to do. Wouldn’t an ABC mug made in your kids handwriting or your kids art on a mug be super cute. Hmmm…I may have to use that for a grandparent gift.

Enjoy creating your Mother’s Day Mugs.

Road to a Healthier Me – Week 1

Hello everyone,

Let me tell you it has been a rough week trying to get started on my new “life.”  I think the hardest part about this little excursion is my lack of motivation.  If it was not for my sister Hilary, I probably would have blown it off this past week.  She is tough and mean! :-) I am just kidding, she is amazing.

I started a program called “Couch to 5K” which is a running program that helps us couch potatoes get into shape.  I almost did not make it through the first day and I am pretty sure Hilary had to push me up a hill, but I made it.  The second day was rough but I, if I can brag for a moment, did not stop at all.  Almost did but I kept on trucking.

The food portion of my journey is a little tougher then exercising because it is just me that I am cooking for, but I have come up with a plan and I am ready to stick with it.   When I was in high school, I did a program called “6 Week Body Makeover.”  This program has you eat 6 meals a day that are smaller but healthy for you.  It is designed to give you more energy throughout the day and to help you not over eat.  What I am doing is cooking my food on Sunday and prepackaging it for the coming week, so for work I just have to grab and go.

This is definitely going to be life changing, but I am ready to for this change.  I have needed to do this for a long time and I think that I am ready for it. I have decided that for a motivation and reward for my hard work, that I will be taking some form of a long vacation.  Please keep the motivation coming!  I definitely need it! I have loved hearing stories and getting helpful hints.  There is a light at the end of this tunnel and I am excited to reach that destination.

Many Blessings,

Getting Organized – Final Steps in Kids Room Part 1

Today was a fantastic day! After a long stretch of work and a million other little things to do, I finally got a day to catch up. It was so great to get the garden weeded, house cleaned, sew, shelves and curtains hung, and finally get my youngest son’s baseball bulletin board done.

Now this baseball bulletin board has been a thorn in my side for the last few weeks. I knew what I wanted but could never get the product I desired. First, I bought too thin of a cork board. Next, I tried many different materials for the stitching and hated every one of them. Finally, after many failures (trust me…it was ugly), I had a bulletin board I was proud of.

Baseball Bulletin Board

Supplies:

  • Thick cork board with cardboard backing (size will vary depending upon the size of your project)
  • White spray paint/acrylic paint
  • Black or Red Sharpie marker – regular tip
  • Measuring tape
  • Box Cutter or Jigsaw
  • Command damage-free hanging strips (I used the 12lb ones)

Directions:

1. First, you need to determine how large you want your bulletin board to be. I knew a size I desired, but couldn’t find a way to make a perfect circle on the board. Finally, I used the round tire cover out of my husband’s car. I place it on the FRONT side of the cork board and traced around the circle.

2. Next, you will need to cut out your board. I attempted to use an angled box cutter (which was working just fine, thank you), but my husband came in and whisked my cork board away. 10 minutes later, my husband returned with a beautifully round bulletin board he had cut out using a jigsaw. NOTE: Make sure you cut with the right side up. If you cut from the back, you cork will chip and look choppy in the front. Also, DO NOT throw away your scraps. You will need these pieces later.

3. Wipe down you cork board with a damp cloth. Paint the cork board front and sides with either spray paint or acrylic paint. It will take about 2 coats to gets good coverage. Make sure you let the coats dry in between.

I used spray paint which gives a more weathered/aged look to the “ball”. Use acrylic paint for more even coverage.

4. Next, you will need to take your measuring tape and measure around your bulletin board to get the circumference. My board measured 65 inches. Now, for the fun part…math. You need to take your board circumference and divide it by 4 (I got 16.25in). Measure around your board, marking your quarter measurements on the back of your board. Next, take your ¼ measurement and divide it by 2 (16.25/2=8.13 which I rounded to 8.10 inch). Mark this measurement between your ¼ measurements making a total of 8 marks on the back of your board. See below diagram.

The back of my board. See all my crazy math, markings and trials before I did anything permanent damage to the front

5. Place the right side of your board on the ground, with one of your tally marks at the top (as shown above). On the sided of your bulletin board, mark the 1/8 marks (indicated by the red marks above) with your sharpie. Next, take you discarded scraps and used the curved cut out to draw a curved line from the top red mark to the bottom red mark. Repeat with the other side.

Drawing the curve from the scraps

6. Draw your stitches on the curved line. From the top, I drew 1 ½ inch lines every 1 inch down each curved line. I drew mine straight across, following the curve, but if you look at a baseball, the stitching actually angles slightly. This is totally a personal preference, so whichever you choose.

Almost done. Don’t you love the weathered look from the spray paint!

7. Finally, apply your hanging strips as directed on the package and your done!

This looks so good above his desk and goes great with his sports themed room. He came home today and immediately started hanging his “important” papers from it. Perfect solution for my little sports writer.

Finished product!

I hope you enjoy making this Baseball Bulletin board for your little sports fan!

Road to a Healthier Me! — Open Determination

I have questioned posting about this topic for a couple of weeks and actually began writing this when I was at Emily’s for her baby shower.  I was afraid expose my endeavors to the world, but I think it is the right thing to do.

All of my life, there has been one thing that I have really struggled with.  I have tried countless times to get over it, but it has haunted me most of my life…my weight. This weight issue has plagued me since I was in middle school, probably because I was made to feel like the biggest kid there.  Many times a week I would walk down the hall and someone would yell out, “WATCH OUT! Wide load coming through.”

Now, don’t get me wrong, I love who I am.  The experiences that I have gone through have made me the person I am today.  I know that I am beautiful, but I also know that my body is God’s temple and right now it’s looking a little run down.

So, my pledge to you, and myself, is to rebuild this temple God has given me from the inside out.  While I restructuring my outward appearance, I also want to focus on strengthening my spiritual walk.  So, here’s the deal…I need some major accountability partners, because I know that my strength is not enough to tackle this large feat alone.  Philippians 4:13 says “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”.  I know that I have God on my side, but I also believe that God has called some of you to be prayer warriors/motivators to help keep me in check throughout this whole process.

I will “try” to document this experience every step of the way, which will probably be a miracle in itself.  Just like my sister Tory with her cooking, I will give you the ups and downs of my “Journey to a Healthier Me” every week.  I would love feedback and helpful hints because I am a young, single woman on a very strict budget (or one who attempts to be on a really strict budget).  Please, I encourage you to give me uplifting words because they may be something I will hold onto throughout my journey.  It will take hard work, but I know this is something that I have ignored for a long time.

I want to live more like Jesus and focus on Him, not my physical appearance or limitations. I want to stop running away from my problems and start running toward my goals. Who am I kidding….I’m gonna start with walking! I don’t want to die right off the bat!

Many Blessings,

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