It's all fun and games, til someone puts an eye out......

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

first day of school 2011

almost exactly one year ago today, i posted pictures of the first day of school for my boys.

well, that time is here again.  i thought it would be fun to see the differences.

first one out the door was tiny t.  here is what he looked like last year.

ready to take on the world!

longer hair, still tan from the summer.......

and here is the bull.  absolutely no interest in taking pictures before going off the 7th grade. 

wearing a tshirt with a "funny" saying.....

and finally, smiling, because his mother forced him to....

and here is big a, even less inclined to take a pic on the first day of school.  still with his tired eyes...

not wanting to smile because he still had his braces on.  9th graders are funny that way...

and here is tiny t this year, today, entering into the 4th grade:

he was pretty excited to be in 4th grade and have a new teacher.  he shot out of bed and did everything himself, including picking out his clothes and packing his backpack.  now, this could be because it was the first day of school and everything is new and fun.  i like to think it is because he is maturing, becoming a responsible young man.

oh boy, i am probably wrong........

and here is the bull.  much more smiley this year, being in 8th grade and being the big man on campus.

oh no, back to the solemn look.  i guess he is getting ready for football........

here is big a, more excited this morning to take a picture.   oh don't get me wrong, he complained.......

but he definitely is smiling this year!  he got his braces taken off in july.  just in time for his sophomore year...

much more mature this year.  guess that's because he is almost 16.   wow, does time fly..........

i love looking at these comparisons from last year to this year.  they are so different, not just the way they look, but also the way they act.  it is amazing.  and i love them.......

disclaimer:  none of the boys knew what the other was wearing the first day of school, they all leave at different times and don't see each other.  so the fact that two years in a row, they all three wore the same color shirts, is beyond me.  genetics, i guess........

Friday, May 6, 2011

house with three boys

as i looked around my house today, staring at piles of laundry, dirt stains on the carpet, sticky spots on the tiles and a kitchen pantry full of food, i pondered thoughts of  what my house would look like with three girls, instead of three boys.  now don't get me wrong, i love my boys, but there really are so many things that would be different if my house were occupied by the opposite sex.

here is what i imagine:

-large closets full of shoes, handbags, tons of clothing, accessories, and such.

there are large closets all right, but they have clothes all over the place, on the floor, on the walls, on the ceiling, never folded.  and accessories are loose socks that never seem to have a mate.

- bathrooms full of hair product, beauty items and all things that make you smell good.

currently, i have to force them into showers every day, although i will say that deoderant is now a daily part of our routine.  and hair gel is starting to make an appearance every now and then.

-three kids bedrooms with beds that are made up with pottery barn bedskirts and comforters, in addition to wonderful bedframes.

the fact that the bull has a sleigh bed and big a has a four poster bed, is thanks to hand me downs. even tiny t, who used to have a small bed, inherited a queen size from my brother in law.  my boys do not even notice they are there, would sleep on a mattress on the floor and would probably prefer it. very much unlike girls.

-white walls and clean carpets. 

let me explain:

    we actually have white walls in this house.  but they are not white anymore.  handprints, scuff marks, they never stood a chance.  we never noticed this malady while in our previous house, as every wall in our house was painted a different color, thanks to my sister in law:  red pool table room, orange kitchen, beige dining room, brown bathroom, green living room, dark green kids room, light blue nursery, brown master bedroom, purple bathroom, light blue attic, you get the picture.  i guess we had every color in the rainbow!  we never noticed all the ugly dirt, because the walls weren't white.  so, when we finally have a house with white walls, they don't actually stay white. i imagine they would be white if there were three girls living here.....

and i can't even start talking about the white carpets with all the dirt stains i keep trying to get out.  i had wood floors before, so carpet is a new venture for me.  i should probably get stock in a carpet cleaning business.....

-lots of pink things.

as it is, we have everything very dark.  very masculine.  the way they like it.  not that i didn't pick everything out, but dark orange patterned couches would have never been picked, unless i was thinking what kind of smudges and stains the fabric would hide.  so thoughts of the boys were ever present when picking them out.

-a bed that is not used as a trampoline.

when we moved to texas, our big purchase was a tempurpedic bed.  i had always wanted it and needed it for my back.  little did i know that it would be used as the world's best trampoline by my boys.  there is a patched hole behind the pillow headboards to prove it.  the bull doing a front flip.  thanks.
would girls do this?

-an empty pool table.

ok, so the fact that i put my clean laundry piles on my pool table in my front room has nothing to do with the sex of my children.  i just thought i would throw that in.

-a room free of sports equipment.

ok, so technically, those sports items in the front room could belong to girls too, but 8 soccer balls, 3 footballs, bags of baseballs, multiple soccer bags, mouth guards, ball pumps, uniforms, and other various equipment is a bit extreme and could only belong to boys.  along with all the dirt that goes with it.

-no dirt ring on my bathtub.

they do have their own bathroom upstairs, but they love the separate shower and huge tub in MY bathroom.  so, they use it.  and leave dirt rings around it.  i would think girls would be happy to have their OWN bathroom.

-something other than ESPN on the TV.

every morning watching ESPN has its perks.  i now know everything i ever needed to know about every sport.  sad thing is:  i don't really want to know it all.  i would be much happier watching every reality show there is.  or every soap opera.  alas, boys don't really like those shows, so my tvs are generally tuned to sports related shows.

i love my boys, please don't take this post the wrong way.  but every once in a while, i dream of someone making jewelry with me, crafting, scrapbooking and just doing girlie things with me.

and then, i realize i am late to soccer practice.  or a football game.  or batting practice.

you get the picture.......

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

no posts lately

i am sorry i haven't posted in a while. 

its not that things are NOT going on, really. 

they are.

there is soccer, baseball, football, more soccer, school, jewelry, banquets, field trips, extreme couponing, real housewives, grocery shopping, laundry, more laundry, birthdays, and oh so much more!

and because so many things are going on, i just don't have the time to write like i used to.

and when my husband is out of town, i am lucky i even have time to shower!

so bear with me and keep looking for better posts!

they are coming, i promise!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Happy Easter

                             have a wonderful easter holiday!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Our Town

for some reason, i have been nostalgic lately.

i have been collecting vintage items, looking at old pictures, reminiscing about times past.

thats when i ran across a brochure from my old home town.

bartlesville, oklahoma

sometimes known as "the ville"

only to bartians.

it is such a cute little town.  old buildings, new buildings, kind of like pleasantville.

so i went online and couldn't believe the sites about this place of my childhood.

it is amazing what people know about a town and thank goodness they put it all online for us all to share.

i decided to share with you what i made to commemorate my little home town.

i like to call it "our town" and it is the first of a collection of bracelets i am going to make to pay homage to some great "towns"

it is a collection of buildings and memories that make me think of bartlesville.

they are all connected with tiny silver jump rings and extend to about 8 inches.

one of the downtown phillips buildings was my first choice.  it really reminds me of my mom working downtown.  the front doors to the woolaroc museum are iconic to anyone who has visited the ville.

frank lloyd wright built this cool building smack dab in downtown, called the price tower.  truly an architecture wonder.  and i found this cute emblem of bartlesville to center the bracelet off.
old nellie was the oil well that started off phillips petroleum company, which was synonymous with what made bartlesville what it is today.

the old county courthouse has such great memories for me.  we used to go to haunted houses there every halloween.  plus, i drove by it every day on my way to the art gallery i worked at in high school.  and i couldn't have made a bartlesville bracelet without adding a phillips 66 logo.  i know it is conoco phillips now, but this logo was all over bartlesville and it just feels like home.

i am planning on an austin bracelet soon and can really make any hometown.

this bracelet will be on my etsy site today if you are interested.

wonder what it would look like if i added a picture of col-hi?

it might make a great reunion conversation piece...........

Thursday, April 7, 2011

cute craft sites

i recently came across this website:

it has some great crafting ideas, plus some vintage freebies.

like these:

my faves are these cute old school calling cards from Suzee Q:

for the actual labels, click on her site:

check out both these sites. 

they do all the craft searching for you!

i will keep you posted on more that i find........

Monday, March 28, 2011

type drawers

i think i mentioned my obsession with type drawers before.

i have posted some great ideas i found on the internet.

recently, i found this cute typedrawer:

which led me to this website:

check it out!

it has cute ideas for altered art and also some collage sheets available for purchase.

get your creative juices flowing!