I am not even going to begin to explain the others reason's my week was so bad. Lets just say that every time I turned around something else was in my way. The one thing that has really just topped off my stellar week is that I lost my camera. (SIGH) I will admit that I hated that thing. I was so over the less then wonderful pictures, the huge size and the sticking of the controls. What breaks my heart is that I video taped Gavin's Preschool graduation and now it is gone. His preschool picnic gone. Gavin and Peyton building a house in the bathroom gone. I lost those precious memories of him and his best buddy and I can never get them back. Not only did I lose the memories of Gavin I couldn't take pictures of Peyton helping Matt screw in the new sub floor last night. It was a touching, funny and adorable Peyton moment and all I could do was sit and watch and steam that I didn't know where my camera was. The big question is where did my camera go. The last place I remember it was in my car after the graduation. Now combine that with my forgetfulness of leaving the car unlocked and my current residence and I am pretty sure someone else is pretty disappointed that they grabbed a camera that looks great from the outside but can barely take a good picture. (Due to the fact that a little over a year ago I just happened to leave it out in the rain!) So until I can convince my hubby that I deserve a new one or I just go behind his back and buy one anyway bare with me!
Peyton was the only kid I could get to help me with the Christmas tree this year. Gavin and Mikayla put up a couple of ornaments but went away after 15 minutes. I guess it just wasn't as fun as their toys! Peyton on the other hand was amazed at all the lights and pretty little ornaments. I am glad that I had such a good little helper!
They are all such blessings! Remember that stash of paper and embellishments I talked about months and months ago and the challenge I had to use them. Well, I know I haven't posted a lot of what I've done but my stash is being used. I do have one problem, I keep adding stuff to it! I always seem to over buy paper or not use all the stickers or have just a few inches of ribbon left! I guess there is no true solution to this problem just keep plugging away and using it as much as you can!
Tiara's make Mikayla happy. She loves all things girlie all things bright and fun. I can't say that I don't know where she gets it. From the brightest papers to the embellishments that are piled with bling are the scrapbooking supplies that I tend to grab for. So it seems that naturally she would shy in that direction as well. What makes you really happy is the tough question. These days I’ve found it increasingly harder to define what makes me happy. I know that a cheap plastic tiara wouldn’t do the trick. I know that clip on earrings and brightly colored simulated gem stones wouldn’t cut it. But maybe it should. I’ve been struggling with this for awhile. I am moving into a smaller home, I need to purchase a cheaper car, I’ve been clipping coupons and trying to stick to a budget so finding what makes me happy has been a little harder. Trying to find what makes my family happy I should say. Luxury vacations and top of the line toys are just not smart right now. The things that I use to do with the kids seem so materialistic and that is not how I want to be. I want my kids to appreciate what they have, to be happy with less stuff and to find that playing together is so much more fun than playing the wii. So I am trying to learn a lesson from my daughter’s plastic tiara. I am trying to raise my family with the idea that it’s the family that matters, the people you are with not what you are doing or where you are going that really counts. I must add that I am not against all things material. I think there is definitely room for that. I guess what I mean is trying to find value in what I am doing, what I am spending and what I am exposing my family to. I want my kids to really understand that they have it good. I mean I could never give up my scrapbooking stuff! Yet, I do have to understand that I don't need every new item that comes out with each idea book! I will say that I couldn't resist purchasing the three stamp sets to get my tickled pink set for free! I don't think that I could have found a better paper to compliment Mikayla's very enlightening plastic tiara!
So I am so angry. I just can't seem to upload pictures with my new computer! I'll go to do it and it'll take forever and then kick me off the Internet! I know that it seems that I would have all the time in the world to play around decrease the size of files on top of having time to make fabulous art work to share, but I don't! Isn't it a wonder that my ancient computer that I just had to upgrade worked better then this new sleek little notebook I have now! Someday I'll figure out how to work this shiny piece of technology but who has the time when they are in the middle of buying a home! Yup you heard me right! We just purchased a very ugly home for dirt cheap in my favorite place to live. MICHIGAN! I am happy to say that for right now there is no plan of moving! So where is this very very ugly dirt cheap home! Well about 1/2 mile north of where I was before! I am closer to the lake though. I can actually see it if I walk out of the house to the side walk and look down the street. Inch my Inch I move closer to it. Someday I may end up on it. Then I can drink my morning coffee (that I never have time to make) relaxing peacefully (while the kids run around like mad chickens) watching the waves crash against the shore (hoping the kids left nothing of importance for them to sweep away!) So for at least another week until I have time to down size my photos, close on my house and stop dreaming about living on the water you will all have to wait just a little bit longer for some photos of what I have done. All I can say is I love Heidi Grace!
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