Friday, December 17, 2010

Bon Qui Qui and Some Hair Accessories...

I'm just about to burst with so many things to say because of the simple fact that I've been so busy wrapping up my "end of the year" at school that I haven't had time to blog, and now that I'm back into this blogging thing I'm always thinking of what I would write about if I only had the time.

So here goes this really random post about all of the things I would have blogged about this week had I had the time.... and while I'm talking about nothing, let me just say that I hate what Facebook has done to the surprise of the blog. I once held things in and blogged about them, now I am spilling the beans all over the place and then days later I'm still talking about it "LOOK LOOK"!

First, If you haven't seen the YouTube video with Bon Qui Qui at King Burger you have to see it. Joe and I have loved MadTV for as long as we've known each other, in fact, in our early days that's one of the things that brought us together, well, that and... food. But I digress... Take a moment to watch Bon Qui Qui in action if you haven't already. I love her. Warning: you have to have a "stupid funny/silly" mentality to enjoy this, or, if you don't, I would recommend a margarita first. I don't have to do that, I just feel that way naturally.

Moving on, here are the ever so cute felt flower clips that I made for my sister to hand out to the girls in her class.
She's a first grade teacher in Lake City, Florida. If you met her on the street, you'd know she was a first grade teacher. And I heard she'll give you an M&M for good behavior. Yes, [an M&M] = ONE.

My brother-in-law likes to refer to her as Miss Lippy. (Miss Lippy is the first grade teacher in Billy Madison for all of you who are lost.)

At any rate, back to the bows. I took felt cut outs (use a cricuit or the like) and stacked them on top of each other... hot glue those babies together, use pliers to take the back off of a cute button, stick it in the middle, back with an alligator clip and VOILA! you have a cute felt clip! I LOVE these and so does Ella. I made a bundle to give out to the cafeteria ladies at my school and also for Ella and I. Sometimes I wear them in my hair or clip them on to a headband, and sometimes I'll even wear them clipped on my jacket. Cute.Ness.

And while we are talking about hair things, let me just say I love hair pins. Adore them! ...and I have a slight obsession with them. I'll have to post pictures of my collection one day. I have long naturally curly hair and love to hold it out of my face with a hair pin, and I love unique hair pins.
So, I found these really cute cabochon hair pins on Etsy, and they were like $20 for TWO of them. I knew I could make them myself and then share the wealth, so I did! I love the tiffany blue ones. I'm actually wearing them right now! And I made my sister a pair for her birthday too! Aren't these just the cutest~!
I actually have already shared this photo on Facebook, shame shame shame! But I can't help myself. These cute little cabochons are made from a mold and then glued to a hair pin with a glue pad. That's craft lingo for "don'tjustuseanyoldbobbypin, thesearespecial"!

And while I realize this look isn't for everyone, I love the vintage-funky style and I love things that are unique. So, here they are! I also made a lovely green pair for my friend and colleague Joy who is the Green Team guru at our school. They are beautiful green mums and larger than these. Love them! :) These little hairpins are so fun to make, and you can find many Etsy sellers who sell them. There are SO MANY unique styles and designs. I love two of them on the side in an up-do on a bad hair day.

I am super excited that today was the last day of school for the holidays and I get to hang out with this little man for a few days, just the two of us! Ella will be going to school so I can actually get something done! I need a few days of time at home to let my To Do List boss me around a bit and get my house in Holiday working order. I have most of the gifts purchased but they are in this closet and that closet and here and there and need to be organized and wrapped.

Speaking of wrapping, I have a very cool wrapping theme this year. And I really had to think deeply about it before I did it, because after all, there are four people in our family and two of them are boys.

But, you know me, I like things to be cute and girly, so when the boys decide that THEY want to be in charge of the wrapping, then THEY can pick the wrapping theme. Enough said! So... this will be my wrapping theme!!!!!!!!! A cute black damask with pink ribbon. LOVE IT.

Okay well that's about it for today. I'm singing "Tonight's Gonna Be A Good Night" in my head right now and the smile on my face couldn't be bigger. Today was the last day of school before winter break and my vacation has officially started!

A student asked me why I was so happy today and another student looked over at him and said "Cus she don haveta put up with you [***] for anotha two weeks, bro!"
Talk about going out with a laugh. How can you NOT laugh at that? OMG.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Wonders of His Love

"Joy to the World" is one of our most favorite Christmas Songs. The lyric 'And Wonders of His love' really stood out to us this year as we watched our children grow. Our children are such a beautiful wonder of God's love! And they have such a way of pointing out ALL of the wonders of God's love that we "busy adults" fail to notice sometimes: The smell of the fresh air, the ice on the ground in the mornings, the birds, the stars, the bright blue sky, the moon, the sun, the wind blowing in the trees. This Christmas Season, stop and notice the WONDERS of His love! Merry Christmas, Love, The Chapman Family
This is a work in progress, but this is what I have so far for our Christmas card this year. No special photos, just snapshots from our day to day life. But, really, truly, honestly, THIS is life and THESE are the true wonders of HIS love.

We had the pleasure of going to see Camden in not one, but TWO Christmas programs this season. And since the second one was being televised, we had the chance to see that one twice, so make that THREE Christmas programs. One of the songs that they sang was our Church's up-beat version of 'Joy to the World' which has been stuck in my head ever since. And so many times I've sang the words not knowing what they really mean, but this time AND WONDERS OF HIS LOVE stood out to me. Maybe it's because the music pastor actually pointed to the kids and said "Look at THESE wonders of his love"... I was like... yeah... WOW. And was speechless.

Merry Christmas. We are celebrating with our family this year, and keeping things low-key. Camden and Ella are very excited for Santa, and Joe and I are excited for family time, and time together. To soak up the wonders of His love.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The Return.

"There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you, yourself, have altered." ~Nelson Mandela

After taking a year off from blogging here, I'm ready to get back at it. Staying at home with two (sometimes three) little ones was really a huge job. In my mind, it would be a breeze, but I was sadly, devastatingly mistaken.

Now that I'm back in the workforce, I'm finding my schedule allows for more time for me. Sounds crazy, you would think that I would have less time, but really, after being a working mom, and being a stay at home mom, I find that when I am working, I am more organized, and make more time for myself. I was a good stay at home mom, but my workday neverevereverevereverever ended, and that was draining. Now, I go from one very difficult job, to being a mom, and I look forward to it! :) I am so very thankful, though, that I was able to spend time with my children. Everything happens for a reason, and my two years at home brought me closer to my children, husband, and God. And for that, I am thankful.

So, on to more blogging now. With excitement. And new ideas. With sprinkles of life. Because there is a lot to be excited about.
At one time, I had quite an audience of readers. That probably has subsided with the year that I took off, but if you are a long time reader, and you've left me in your update for the year that I took off, I would love to hear from you!


Friday, August 14, 2009

My angel is one!

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Monday, August 10, 2009

Her Brother, Her Friend.

Sometimes the pure tenderness that is demonstrated by my son in times of distress amazes me. He knows. He knows when to slow it down and when to comfort where comfort is needed. Here, he has realized that his sister has not walked or crawled for the last day and is offering a soothing touch and the comfort of his presence. He is laying next to her watching Veggie Tales while mommy and daddy took care of things around the house in preparation for a trip to Urgent Care.

As a kid who generally gets a bad rap for being too loud and boisterous : he really is a tender and kind hearted child. I'm sure that seems unreal to some: to those who have simply labeled him and haven't taken the time to get to know him. He is spirited. Emotional. Sensitive. Joyous. All of these things could be described in a negative way as well- but we won't use those negative terms. I love my son and I know every side of him, and I know he acts out when there are people around with which he is not comfortable. I know that he acts out when he doesn't get attention or when he feels insecure. My job as his mother is to recognize those times and to protect him. I'm also his advocate: and I will no longer tolerate the negative terms given by others. He is spirited. And that's okay. Thomas Jefferson, Barack Obama, Jim Carrey, Thomas Edison, and Jim Henson were all spirited as children. My son is going to be someone someday: and the traits that are viewed as flaws today will be the very traits that keep him on the path to success.

But he is very tenderhearted, kind and loving. In the right situation he will do the right thing. He is my pride and joy.: and I would never want him to be a different child.


Sunday, August 09, 2009

Ella's new dresses & my favorite guys!!

A quick update tonight...

These are Ella's little seƱorita dresses from Puerto Rico. Gee, Grandaddy and the girls brought them back for her!! Gee made matching bows for them... I can't wait for her to wear them!!! She is doing a little better today: at least walking and crawling again thank goodness!!

And here are my two favorite guys in the world. I swear these boys worked in the house so much this week: I am so blessed and so thankful! They also grilled some awesome food a few times this week too! Joe has become quite the grill cook!! He touched up the walls in the house, cleaned the garage and installed my decorative hooks by the door. He is awesome!!!


Saturday, August 08, 2009

Oh no! Has it been too long?

And just where did the time go? Well I have been slacking on blogging because I just now figured out how to blog from my phone. Now that I can I will certainly be doing more if it! I've abandoned the computer for good now that I have a phone that will do it all!!

I spent the evening in urgent care with Ella Bella... And it's been one if those whirlwind type of days!!!

I'm hoping to be back to blogging regularly!!