Saturday, January 31, 2009

makeover saturday

this is the difrans version of how to loose 10lbs in 1 day.. for real.

the little ones before.

and after

mom in desperate need of someone to fix her well coloured but blah hair.

and the after... resulting in what seems like at least a 5 lb weight loss in my face.


Saturday, January 24, 2009


-wake to sounds of the boys chatting to each other mixed with singing
-stay in bed for while dave gets them up
-roll out of bed after being smothered in little hugs.
-make coffee
-check email
-go downstairs and play bus driver where of course i am the passenger. we're going to the bank.
-sort laundry
-finish dusting and pick up the bedrooms
-eat breakfast - oatmeal
-clean kitchen while the boys shower
-dry off boys and get them dressed
-start sweeping all floors and get dave to vaccum rug
-cuddle with a sad ari who banged his head.
-get the kids out the door with daddy who is taking them to the car wash.
-mop floors
-hand wash stairs
-spend some running time on the treadmill
-start lunch in time to greet some excited kids who did really well at the car wash and brought mommy coffee from tim's (and timbits for themselves)
-eat lunch while listening to play by play of the car wash - i definitely know soap was involved.
-make mexican lasagna for friends coming for dinner. take out frozen pie shells to make a yummy dessert.
-put kids to nap
-head to MCC and find the coolest shelf that i am going to paint yellow.
-stop by MSS and drop off Marcy's Harry Potter book that I have had forever.
-come home. and it's only 2:00 p.m.
Happy Saturday.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009


16 random things you want to know about me.

1. I love sesame street. My kids do too but sometimes when they have lost interest and wander from the tv I still watch.

2. I have an obsession with pillows. I dream of making lots and lots of pillows and buy yummy fabric to make pillows but rarely get around to actually making them.

3. I loved Mama Mia and have added many songs from the movie to my ipod. (My boys love to bounce to them too). My fave is "Lay all your love on me"

4. It's been one year since we moved into our new house... it feels so homey to us. I love coming home.

5. I hate to empty the dishwasher

6. I also hate to floss my teeth. I know I know I should do it regularly but I just can't. Hate it.

7. I secretly wish I could have an underwear rotation like my friend Crystal. Actually there are many things about her I wish I could do. I heart.

8. I am fiercely loyal and get most hurt when people are not loyal back.

9. I love HGTV.

10. This isn't really about me but Noah & Ari talk alot.. all the time. And they have the best way of calling "HONEY" from downstairs when they need me (they repeat everything and this is how dave gets my attention.

11. I hate socks. Would much rather be barefooted all the time.

12. "I think we're alone now" by Tiffany is one of my fave songs and yes I know the dance too.

13. I have 5 books sitting beside my bed waiting to be read. Someday.

14. My head is swirling with crafty ideas all day and sometimes it's hard to concentrate on anything else.

15. Today I went through my old room at home so my dad can make it his study now that he's retired and I wrote ALOT of stories.. we're talking binder upon binders full of handwritten stories.

16. I have a cold and my mouth is so dry I have to go drink water.. NOW!

Ok now you are it.

Monday, January 19, 2009

the end result

so my blankets are done... don't look too close because they are nowhere near perfect but it doesn't really matter because they love them....


Wednesday, January 14, 2009


i have a confession. i'm usually ok with winter. often i get annoyed at people complaining about how cold it is... i mean we choose to live here in the most frozen place on earth and yet we can't get over how cold it is. we know every summer that the warmth lasts a moment and the cold is coming and will hit hard yet we can't believe it. so i have always chosen to try not to complain and just suck it up and remember i choose to be here... so with that said I AM FREAKING COLD!!! seriously i have done really good and now I am sick and tired of -40 to -50 every day!!! the wind takes your breath away and sometimes i shiver so bad i think my teeth will shatter. thank goodness gas is cheap cause i use my command start like i use underwear and leave the van running as long as possible. although nothing beats my good friend who once went to the gym for a couple hours and just left her car running so it wouldn't be cold. love that.
so now that i have gotten that out of my system i will go back to being a good little prairie girl, get my boots and gloves on, pry open my frozen door and get on with my day.

Thursday, January 08, 2009

what's in a name

My 9 Names:

1. Your Real Name: Heather

2. Your Gangsta Name (first 3 letters of real name plus izzle): Heaizzle

3. Your Detective Name (favorite color and favorite animal): Grey Owl

4. Your Soap Opera Name (your middle name and street you live on/or your apartment #): Marie Duster

5. Your Star Wars Name (the first 3 letters of your last name, first 2 of your first): DifHe

6. Your Superhero/Criminal Name (your 2nd favorite color, and favorite candy):
Green LaffyTaffy

7. Your Iraqi Name (2nd letter of your first name, 3rd letter of your last name, 1st letter of your last name, 2nd letter of your mom's maiden name, 3rd letter of your dad's name, 1st letter of a sibling's first name, and last letter of your mom's first name): Efdertt

8. Your Witness Protection Name (parents middle name): Elizabeth David

9. Your Goth Name (black, and the name of one of your pets):
Black No chance of ever having a Pet.

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

work in progress...

to my most faithful blog commenter eva i give you a sneak peak of the quilts i am working on for the boys. don't look too close. just need to give them a nice border (will be done in the same dark grey). the boys love the vespa's. and so do i.

and yes i took the pics upside down.

Friday, January 02, 2009

our christmas in lists

I got
~gift cert for the spa
~green starbucks mug
~domino's decorating book
~wii (our present to each other this year)
~earings and necklace from sil

I gave
~cars, trucks, cement mixers and fork lifts
~camera strap for friend overseas from this lovely shop
~homemade journals/photo albums and ipod covers
~dave a wallet cause I washed his a few weeks back

I listened to (my top songs right now)
~Free Fallin' new John Mayer live version
~Human by the Killers
~Last Train Home by Ryan Star
~You found me by the Fray
~Keep Breathing by Ingrid Michaelson
~Lay all you love on me - oh my word from the Mama Mia soundtrack
~Winter Song by Sarah Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson
~Lost by Coldplay

I ate

I went
~to an ugly christmas sweater party
~to holly's house with my little women
~to amanda's to celebrate with her and Jenelle
~to a costume gala dressed up as a maid.
~to mom and dad's more times than i can count.

I thought about
~good red wine (that also could have gone under the I ate (drank) catagory alot.
~what 09 could hold for me
~what 08 didn't
~good friends
~old friends that i don't see anymore
~what i thought i always wanted and know maybe don't
~guilt (see above)
~family far away and wishing they were here
~how sad i was that my favorite pair of jeans have officially worn out and cannot be mended again.

I love
~my husband
~my two goofy goofballs that keep me busy but full of love
~my family and that most of them are here and my boys get to experience a close family.
~my friends who get me even when i don't
~red wine
~drinking coffee out of pretty mugs
~my house
~having people in my house

Thursday, January 01, 2009

one little word

well 2009 is officially here. I have been thinking all week about how I want to live life this year. Last year I wrote about my one little word HERE. after much thought I have chosen the word Choose for my word for 2009.
Life is all about choosing. In my day there are a million moments that collide. I can shape each one - all based on a choice. What kind of day will I have? How will it affect those around me, especially my family. Looking back over this last year I have made a ton of choices; some good, some bad. But each one shaped me. My attitude on any given day was just a product of how I chose to live.
This year I want to be constantly aware and always choosing life for myself and those around me.
I choose to live positively
I choose the golden rule.
I choose salvation and to walk out of the prison I have made for myself and into the palace
I choose to make a difference and live outward
I choose to be happy in my body
I choose to be myself and I choose to wake up each day with the intention of living each moment with the best choice I can make.