Sunday, May 6, 2018

A note to my children



A note to my children....

I know with Mother's Day only a week away...that you both are pondering "what should I get mom"....or you have already asked me "Hey mom what do you want"....or I know you have already asked your dad ;)

Well.....

The last 7 months has taught me so much in so many different ways. One of those things has been material items. Sure it is great to have the latest and greatest....to have fun toys or more craft supplies or pretty bling or this and that. But does it make you happy....I mean deep down truly happy? Is it what you really, really want? For me....not anymore. You see.....7 months ago I was pretty sure I was going to lose your dad. I really and truly was scared. Underneath the strength I tried to muster daily....it was always in the back of my mind. Real quickly I realized that over time we let ourselves become wrapped up in things that don't really matter. And we lose sight of what truly makes us happy in life.

3 months ago I got to watch the birth of my second grandbaby. THIS! This is what matters. 2 months ago your dad was told he is in remission. THIS! This is what makes my heart smile to the heavens. Watching the two of you grow into adults and then grow your own little families....THIS is what every mother wants. I have done my job as a mother......and now I get the chance to sit back and watch YOU grow into parenthood with your dad sitting right here beside me. To watch Butterbean give her mom a run for her money....to watch Peanut smile and laugh......the joy that brings me is unexplainable.

You want to know what I want for Mother's Day...
my sweet children...
I already have everything I want in you...in my grandbabies...in my family. There is nothing on this earth that means more to me than that.

I love you always,
MOM

Saturday, March 24, 2018

What Cancer has taught me

What Cancer has taught me:


  • First and foremost Cancer Sucks
  • To live life with no regrets. Stop putting off the things that we want to do. Don't be sorry for living your life and making memories
  • What true friendship looks like - they are there for you no matter what you need and even if you didn't ask
  • How to open up and accept help from others. Which is always hard for me since I love doing for others but have never been great at accepting help. Your friends and family are there for you. Lean on them. 
  • Not to take anything for granted. Not. A. Single. Thing. Enjoy the gift of life
  • Don't sweat the small stuff. In the big scheme of things...the small stuff is just that...small. 
  • It showed me how to look around and see our true blessings. Not what we can buy next. Or that new cool phone. Your TRUE blessings...which are right there with you...beside you...those are what really matter in life. 
  • It taught me that even though it feels like your life is falling apart - like you don't know how to continue or move to the next chapter - stressing over bills and cleaning the house - it really is about rebuilding - adjusting - and how your life will be so much stronger. 
  • That you are really stronger than you believe you are...even if you feel like your falling apart inside...that strength will pull you through. 
  • It taught me just how strong my faith really is and to surrender it all...to trust in that faith to pull you through the darkest of times. 
  • It taught me to never give up....EVER
  • It has showed me what true courage is. Watching a loved one go through treatments..fighting for life with everything they have....that...that is true courage. 
  • Cancer does not make us a survivor....WE have it in us already....each one of us. 
  • It has taught me just how strong our love is for those we hold close and cherish. An unbreakable love. 
  • That care giving is hard but we do what we must for those we love
  • Life is short and it is up to us to make our time here amazing and make so many memories. 



Sunday, March 18, 2018

Harry Potter Birthday party


Summer last year..."Butterbean" told me she wanted a Harry Potter birthday party! Well you know Nana has to oblige. I was so excited to start looking around Pinterest for ideas. The projects were super easy to make and so cost effective. I would have to say I spent about $10 total on decorations!

We had the party this weekend and it was a huge SUCCESS! The kids had a blast playing with their wands with Harry Potter glasses on. They sat and watched the first movie and part of the second. LOVED the cupcakes and the photo booth was fun for all!

Here are the links to do your own DIY Harry Potter party! I hope you enjoy these as much as we did!

The photo booth was so much fun! I used a project board from Michael's....cut out the center and then layered the board with brick scrapbook paper. The wanted posters were found by searching through Google and just locating a good quality picture to print.


This is my favorite picture by far of "Butterbean" in her Slytherin robe

"Peanut" was just toooooo cute!


The wands were another project that was pretty easy to do and I used left over skewers that I had sitting around in the kitchen. Add some hot glue and paint...BAM.....cool wands! Here is the link to the blog I used for my wands.


 The Golden Snitches is another quick and easy project. I bought the candy from Walmart and used a simple wing svg file for my Cricut. The wings are hot glued onto the chocolate wrapper.


The Sorting Hat took me a little longer to make. But I think it turned out super cute and something she can play around with. I already had the yarn at home as well as the batting to make the hat puffy. You can find the pattern for this hat HERE. Her robe I found on Target.com as a Halloween costume. And the Slytherin scarf I hand made using a simple double crochet stitch.

The potion bottles was another one I LOVED making. A friend of mine was able to get me some empty liquor bottles. Once I washed them out I just took tissue paper and mod podged it on there. Making sure to wrinkle it up for texture. Cover the entire bottle with tissue paper. Once it is dry I just went over it with acrylic paint (even adding several colors on a couple of them). Let your paint dry and then take an ink pad in either black or brown and just rub it over the bottle for an aged look. The labels were found HERE. Just print them out and mod podge them on the bottles.




For the house crest signs I bought $1 store frames and then cut the images out with my cricut. Attach the vinyl to the front glass and then paint where ever you would like to add color. The SVG files can be found on etsy or if you are a member of some cricut facebook groups...you can find the free files there. They are for personal use only.


The candles are made from toilet paper rolls. HERE is a link to your own DIY candles. The only thing I done differently is that I decided to sit ours around the house instead of hanging from the ceiling. Time was of the essence and it was just easier. I also found that I had to add some thick double sided tape to the candle before inserting into the roll so that it would fit snug.



Last but not least....the Butterbeer cupcakes. I AM NOT a baker so this was a little tough for me. It is all from scratch. I would suggest using a different tip for your frosting bag since these really look like "poop" cakes but ya know....the kids didn't notice...just the adults...ROTFLOL! And prepare for a major sugar high! The recipe can be found HERE.


There was just a few more items I would have loved to make such as Pin the scar on Harry or the 9 3/4 wall but I just didn't have the time to get it all done.  I hope you can try a few of these out and be sure to let me know how it goes! Now I am excited to see what the next party theme will be!