Saturday, September 29, 2012

My Lil Journal Project is Rolling Right Along

I have completed 3 weeks of entries in My Lil Journal Project that I am doing with Ashley over at Lil Blue Boo.

Last weekend we were to paint, draw or color something that is our favorite thing.  

I have been on an owl kick for about the last 4 months and when my grocery store got in Halloween cloth grocery bags I just knew I had to have the one with the owl on it.

I decided since owls have become my favorite that I would paint the owl from the grocery bag.

I really enjoyed painting the owl and I think that it came out pretty good.  The bag also has a cute skeleton on it, which is where the bones come from.  In hindsight, I probably should have included the skeleton in my painting.  It just might have made the bones look not so outta place.  I guess we'll never know.

Day 16 we were to make a timeline of all the places we have worked.  I've been a SAHM for 14 years so that list was pretty easy.  I do lots of different jobs in my current role so I guess that would qualify.

I have worked for temp agencies, I have worked for a grocery store when I was in high school.  I have also worked at a couple different banks.

I would say my favorite job has been staying home with my kids.  I have loved it.

My worst favorite was when I was in high school working in a restaurant in the very small town that was 15 miles from my house.

I was the dish washer.

It was disgusting.

It didn't last long. 

Day 17:

If money and time was no object, I would subscribe to 55 different magazines.

Some of my choices would be: People, Quilting, Food Network, Cooking with Paula,
Extreme How-to, Everyday Food, Atlanta Homes

I have many more on my list and it looks like the only things I do is to eat, keep up with celebrities and do home reno.

Day 18:
We were to map out a typical week.  

I sometimes joke with people that will ask me if I know where a certain place is in Atlanta and I tell them I usually don't leave my 10 mile radius of our suburban home.

It is so true.

My typical week includes going to places like the grocery store, 1 or both of the kids schools, Office Depot, Chick-fil-A, and to the high school softball field.

All of these locations are about 3 miles away at most.

Day 19 was probably my easiest day to do.  We were to list places that we went as a child.  

Mine is easy.

We didn't go anywhere.

We didn't take family vacations.

About once a year, a bunch of us (uncles, aunts, cousins, siblings) would jump in one of my uncles trucks and either head North to Cedar Point or South to Kings Island.

I only remember leaving the state of Ohio 1 time as a kid.  My parents and I drove to Indiana to get fireworks and bring them back home since they were illegal in Ohio.  It was about a 3 hour trip and we went and came back in 1 day.

I never even saw an ocean until I was 26.  

Why do you think I was so excited to marry my husband and move to Georgia?  I was finally able to cross the Ohio border.

Day 20 is to map out our social circles.  I know lots of people from various places.  Sometimes I forget all the people I know.

Most of the people I know are through my kids.  Their schools and sporting events.  I know lots of people from the 2 churches we have gone to over the past years.

I'm enjoying getting to "know" people through blogging and online social networking too.

Thanks for checking out my past weeks journal entries.  It really is a lot of fun and if you haven't started, it's not to late.  

Monday, September 24, 2012

Classy Pumpkins

From the very first time I saw a spray painted pumpkin I knew that I would never have an orange pumpkin in my house again.

When I first started spray painting pumpkins I stuck with the basic white.

I have painted them black.

I think my favorite color is now the blue that I painted my pumpkins this year.  I think it gives them a very classy look.

Whoever thought that pumpkins could be classy?

I started with Dollar Tree pumpkins and brassy candlesticks that I got at Goodwill.

I painted the candlesticks black.

Once everything dried, I just used some Gorilla Glue to secure the pumpkin to the top of the candlesticks.

Then I just let them dry and wait for the first day of Fall.
I don't know why this picture makes the pumpkins look white, but they are actually blue.

They are going to hang out in the formal living room this year.  

Two of the candlesticks are the same height and 1 is a little taller.  Adding the stack of books not only gives a little more height to the candlestick but adds some color to the display.

I love the way they turned out and I love the blue.

Have you gotten on the painted pumpkin bandwagon?  What colors have you tried?

I'm linking up with these parties.....

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Pictures from Softball and Baseball Week

We have attended quite a few softball and baseball games over this past week. 

Who am I kidding,  it's really been over the past 2 months.

Here are a few pictures from games over the past week.

WARNING:  This post contains lots of pictures and very little words.
Some people might be very excited about that. :)


Zachary gets the out at 2nd from a throwdown from the catcher.

Caught this ball for an out.

Zachary at bat.

Victoria pitching in a JV game.

Posing for a picture.

Victoria got a double from this hit.

Safe at 2nd.

Someone comes in to run for her since she's pitching this game.

Zachary at bat again.

Victoria during warmups at the tournament in Augusta.

Victoria at bat.

I don't remember if she hit the ball this time, I just loved the way the sun rays came down on her.

Safe at first.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Fall Mantle

I finally got the fall/Halloween boxes that have been sitting like this in my living room cleaned up.

My oldest son brought the bins up from the basement and the youngest son wanted to decorate so he got everything out and left it like this.  It's been like this for 3 whole days.  

Today I decided it was time to get it under control and get on with a little of my fall decorating.

I started with the mantle.  First, I cleaned everything off and attempted to clean the mirror.  I hate being short, I can't even reach to the top of the mirror with a ladder.  Guess I'll have to get hubby to finish that job for me.

It took most of the day but I finally got the mantle finished.  The coffee table is loaded down with everything that was on the mantle, but it is finished and I love the way it looks.

I love the little pop of color from the frame.
I also love that I can use the frame with all seasons.

The burlap ribbon is a little big but I think it looks OK.  

Thanks for having a look at my fall mantle.  I'll post the rest of the fall decorations once I get them all done.


I'm linking up with these parties.....


Week 3 of My Lil Journal Project

I jumped on board with Ashley over at Lil Blue Boo and her Lil Journal Project.  
I am enjoying it so much. 

I got very sidetracked with softball last week and got behind.

I have worked really hard to get "caught up".  
I say it that way because I think this is a project where you are never really caught up because you can work on your journal at your own pace.  I can go back to any day I like and add or change things.

So here are my days for this week:

Day 9

This is a group photo from my senior year of high school.  This is my IBE (Intensive Business Education) class.  We were all a very close group and did lots of things together our last year of high school.  That is me on the right in the pink shirt.  I remember standing in front of our school to take this picture.  I keep up a little with most of these friends through Facebook but since I moved away in 1995, we have lost touch.

Day 10

This is a few special things from loved ones that are no longer around.  My dad's dad, my grandfather, who we called Bob passed away when I was very young.  I have 2 things of his in my possession; a ring that has an "R" on it.  His real name was Robley, and a gold pocket watch.  I have kept these things tucked away in a special box for many years.

My dad passed away this past December.  I have a key chain of a black cowboy hat on my key ring and I think of him every time I see it.  He loved cowboy hats and cowboy boots.  I have vivid memories of my dad driving his John Deere tractors around our farm.  The tractors always had to be John Deere.  I'm not sure he drove anything other than that.

Day 11

I lived in 2 places my entire childhood.  One was a farm on County Road 20, the other was a farm on County Road 25.  Real interesting, I know.  I didn't have neighbors, I didn't live close to any stores, it was just me and my siblings with each other all the time.  It didn't seem like such a big deal when I was really young but once I got into high school, it became a really big deal.  None of my friends wanted to come out to my house because it took forever to get there.  I don't blame them.  I guess that explains why as soon as I was able to move out on my own, I moved to town and then when I met my husband, I eagerly followed him to Atlanta, GA where we have been for the last 18 years.  I love being able to get to almost any kind of shopping (grocery store, WalMart, mall) within about 15 minutes).  It's the little things, ya know!

Day 12

Reading wasn't something that was encouraged when I was growing up.  It wasn't discouraged, but it wasn't encouraged either.  I really don't even remember having dedicated reading times in school.  Not like my kids do now anyways.  Some of my favorite books as a kid:

Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret
by Judy Blume

The Pokey Little Puppy

Pippi Longstocking
by Astrid Lindgren

The Outsiders
by SE Hinton

The Diary of A Young Girl
by Anne Frank

I would have to say The Outsiders is my all time favorite book.  I can still, to this day, recite the first line of the book from memory.

"When I stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house, I had only two things on my mind; Paul Newman and a ride home" 
 Ponyboy Curtis

Day 13

Magazine clippings of some things I love.  These pages will be a work in progress and it'll be fun to go back and add to them.

Day 14

My family tree!

I didn't get very far.  I could have sworn I knew more names than this.

Today and over the weekend, I have to draw and paint (or color) something interesting.  This should be fun.

Are you on board with The Lil Journal Project?  I'm glad that I was able to get caught up, now I just need to stay that way.


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