Friday Fun ~ Oct. 14th 2011

We are prepping for Ms. E’s 2nd b-day that is happening on Sunday.  She is getting just a ‘few’ good things, LOL!  Here is to hoping that she doesn’t get to bent out of shape when Ms. V wants to play with some of them to.

I can’t wait!!!!  I think I am worse than her.  Which isn’t hard at this point, because she has no idea what a b-day is or that Sunday is going to be a big, happy day for her.

Last Sunday she received her gift from Mr. SD’s mom since she is headed up to Nebraska to visit the newest addition, Ms. P.  The ‘spiralin’ water park’ was a hit… and we haven’t even added the water yet, LOL.  Ms. E and Ms. V have been playing with it at Grandma’s during the week in the kitchen.  Ms. E is obsessed with the spiral that the balls ride down.  She is also very sure there are five balls, and keeps track of them at all times.  Ms. V may play with a red ball, but never a blue one, LOL!

On a mommy note ~ This is a fantastic toy if your little one likes any kind of ball toy.  You can see the balls as they go down the spiral which adds to the fun.  It is a good size for both the 9-month-old and the 2-year-old.  Of course both of my kiddos are on the tall size for their age so keep that in mind.  It has turned out to be a great indoor toy since the balls stay in the ‘moat’ that the water would be in.  Putting it together was easy and quick for the most part.  However, the spiral has eight screws that hold the two halves together {we only used five screws}. 

Next week I will share the scoop on the party and the rest of the gifts Ms. E receives.  Plus, I will share how we created her thank you cards.  She will wear her new bandanna top for her party.

Onto Five Question Friday with My Little Life:

1. Do you prefer your ice cream in a boal or on a cone?  I am a bowl kinda gal.  You probably eat less if it is in a cone, but what is the fun in that?

2. What are three things you love the smell of?  Freshly bathed babies, fresh baked cookies, and fresh laundry dried outside.   Guess the theme here is ‘fresh’ smells, LOL.

3. Giftcards, yes/no {In regards to gift giving…}  Definite yes in my book.  I love getting that perfect gift for someone, but if I don’t find it or am not sure what to get I would much rather get them a gift card than a ‘bad’ gift.  No sweaters from me.

4. What sports did you play in highschool if any, and do you still play them?  I didn’t play any highschool sports.  I did compete in three day eventing, which I don’t currently do.  But, I still have horses, but no time to ride with both girls being so small.  Hoping that will change as this year goes by.

5. Were you in band in highschool?  What instrument did you play?  I was in the orchestra… actually I made the cut to be in the ‘philharmonic’ {strings and band instruments}.  I played the violin, and still do at church.

Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!

 

Friday Fun ~ Oct. 7th, 2011

Raise your hand if you found a new T.V. series to watch.  {raises hand}   We seem to have found three new ones {yikes}!  On the plus side, it looks like several we watched last year are not getting another season {shucks}.

I am watching Ringer.  I wanted to see it since it had Sarah Michelle Gellar as the lead.  After the first episode I was totally hooked on all the twists and turns.  It will be interesting to see how they ‘get out’ of some of the conundrums presented in just that first episode, not to mention the ones that have presented themselves in the following episodes.

We have watched some of Terra Nova.  Not a big fan of this one yet.  Very striking scenery, but I am just not getting the ‘must watch’ vibe from this one.  Ms. E loves the dinosaurs, but it can be scary so we aren’t letting her watch it.  She has started to realize things can be scary in real life so we are really starting to look at things on T.V. from her viewpoint.  So, as much as she likes snuggle time with Daddy we are putting her to bed when we are going to watch this show.  {I watch Ringer while they are napping for the same reason, FYI.}

Biggist Loser started up again.  Love, Love, Love Bob Harper!  Especially crazy, physco morning Bob.  Which I can say since he isn’t in myface at 5 o’early in the morning, LOL!  I do miss having Julien, but… I got a workout video from her collection, and… I actually watched part of the Level I workout this morning with my coffee. 

Note ~ I didn’t work out this morning, just watched {in terror}her workout.  Actually it doesn’t look ‘to bad’, so more about that on next week’s Weightloss Update.  That is going to be a soul baring post.  Spoiler ~ I haven’t been to good on the exercise or watching what I eat.  So… moving on from that thought…

Today’s Five Question Friday hosted by My Little Life

 1. What is your go to comfort food or sweet?  Anything chocolate for a sweet, and then pasta is my comfort food. 

2. What is the most romantic place you’ve ever been to?  I went to a really neat place on Long Island that was dreamy.  Really neat rooms and a fantastic dining experience.  It was with my Grandpa, but I still think it would be a great ‘Romantic’ place to go. 

 3. What is your favorite thing about fall/Halloween?  The colors.  I just love the fall oranges and browns.  We don’t get to see that much here in Texas, but we have planted a couple Sunset Maples so we will get to see the Fall colors outside, not just with our decorations, LOL.

4. How would you spend 24 hours alone?  Frantically sewing.  Seriously… it is ‘sew’ hard to get some projects done when you know you are going to have to put it up in a just a few minutes once the little one notices you are doing something interesting. 
I would also throw a nap in there, and do some holiday crafts that invlove glue and glitter.
5. Does you husband bring you flowers? Are you the bring-me-flowers type of girl?  Nope he doesn’t, yes I would like them.  Enough said on that one.
What are your answers?  Can’t wait to find out!
Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!
Want a dose of cuteness from Ms. V?  Check out Wednesday’s Post of her fun in the Sandbox.


Friday Fun ~ Sept. 30th

Heaven on earth is a place we must choose,

Not a place to be found.

Where did September go????

Here we are at the last Friday in September, and Austin, Texas is still running over 90 degrees each day with no rain.  Supposedly this was the first week of fall.  I certainly didn’t see it around here.  Most of the trees with leaves are losing them due to the sustained heat.  So, I am not sure how many of them will be living next year.  That is something I am finding heartbreaking.

There was a huge pond {we call ‘em tanks here in the Promised Land} that had a family of turtle’s living in it.  I had almost hit a turtle several times on the road near the pasture their pond is in.  As the pond/tank dried up, you could see how many turtles lived there.  In the last week it has completely dried up.  Saw one turtle crossing the road several miles away from the tank. 

So I am hoping they found another pond.  Our pond/tank has been dried up since the middle of August.  Or else I probably would have tried to bring them home with me.  But… most of the ponds I know of are dried up…  This draught is devastating in so many ways.

On to uplifting news;

We have a new family member in Nebraska.  She was born a week before the doctors were hoping, but Ms. P is very healthy.  Mom, baby and three older sisters are adapting well.  I am hoping to wrap up quilting and binding the Sugar Pop HSTs quilt to send with Mr. SD’s mom when she goes to visit.

Yesterday a new baby girl was born to my 4-H buddy up in WA State.  She is so freakin’ precious.  For not going to ‘ever’ have babies {that went for both of us as teenagers} we seem to have made some adorable fresh squesies, LOL!

Ms. V is now 9~months old and crawling everywhere.  She tries to walk but isn’t quite there yet.  Last week she started saying; blah-blah-blah and ma-ma-ma-ma.  She has also started clapping her hands, or at least flapping them rapidly and sometimes clapping.  She had her first real banana this week.  I think we can certainly add fresh banana to Ms. V’s favorites list.

Ms. E will be having her 2nd birthday in two weeks!  Talking about where did September go… I remember like yesterday being preggers with Ms. E.  She survived her first skinned knee, and is now doing what I would consider ‘officially’ running.  More than just scrunching up her shoulders, swinging her arms, and walking faster, LOL!  She is a coloring fiend, and is creating many-many squiggly masterpieces.  She even colored in the lines of the carrot on the hand-out for Sunday School last week.  Yes, my baby has moved from the nursery to the 2-3s Sunday School class.  Ms. E is very good about saying ‘thank you’, ‘uh-oh’, and ‘ow’. 

She also is having full conversations about everything and nothing {complete gibberish if you ask me, LOL}.  I am very scarred of the time when she is talking in intelligible words.  This is one girl that is going to have a though and opinion on everything.  Won’t she fit in just fine with the rest of us?

On the mommy front:  My baby bro is coming to visit, and I am super excited.  Now that is something I never thought I would say growing up… that I would actually want to see and visit with him.  He is wrapping up his sixth deployment with the Corps, and we are still waiting to find out what his next ‘job’ will be.  He may be back in the Golden State or might be on the East Coast.  Only time will tell.  Hurry up and wait is the military’s way of handling everything.

The plan is to get the fall decorations out this weekend.  I have gotten some great ideas off of Pinterest that I can’t wait to see how ‘bad’ they look in my space.  Have you been on Pinterest yet?  If you need an invite I still have a couple to give out.  Just send me an e-mail and I will hook you up.

As for around the house on the cleaning front… I found a great {new-to-me} blog, The Perfect Pantry, and may actually be inspired enough to attack my mom-eating pantry.  I did qualify that statement with a ‘may’, so we will see how long it take for inspiration to become action.

I also scored a new release from a favorite sci-fi author of mine from Amazon using giftcards from Swagbucks {see other things I have scored using Swagbucks here}.  Still have read past the first couple chapters.  Maybe the kiddos will sleep in or go to bed early and I can get in some serious reading time.  I think that is what I miss most about pre-kiddo life.  The ability and the luxury to just read a book all night.  Sure I could do it now, but I would still be getting up between 6 am and 6:30 am with Ms. V, LOL!

Here is this week’s Five Questions from My Little Life;

 1. Do you apologize to your kids if you’re wrong?  Yes.  I want them to treat others fairly.  And you have to model ‘correct’ behavior to them, so… If I am wrong I apologize, just like I would expect them to. 

Of course, at this point in life I am pretty sure Ms. V has no idea I am apologizing.

2. Do you have a class ring, letterman’s jacket, or similar obscenely priced high school “must have”?  I would have loved a Letterman’s Jacket, but who had the money?  I was spending my money on horse shows and riding lessons. 

But I do have my State Fair 4-H jacket.  That is something that will always be in my closet.

3. If you could be one age for the rest of your life, what age would you choose?  I think I would like to be 26.  As long as I get to keep my kiddos.  I am not being very successful in getting my body back into pre-baby shape. 

 

So, 26 would be before the babies.  Plus, my metabolizim was awesome back then.  Need I say more?

 

4. What is your favorite (unused) baby name?  Not sure how to answer that one.  I really liked the idea of using our {Mr. SD’s and Mine} mom’s names, but that is his mom’s name already.  That didn’t work out, LOL!

 

I really liked the idea of Julius Donald in honor of my Grandpa and Mr. SD’s Dad.  JD for short.  But that one had two drawbacks… 1} JD could also be short for Jack Daniels, and 2} we didn’t have a boy.  But, it is still my favorite unused name.

 

5. If you could make your child like something what would it be?  We really haven’t gotten to that point.  Ms. E is incrediably easy going about new stuff.  I am sure this will change for both girls as they get older. 

My other thought on this, is that it is our likes and dislikes that make us unique.  I might wish they liked something, but I don’t know that I would want to change them.  Just like I may wish Mr. SD liked/disliked something, but would I really want him to change?  I don’t think so.

 

And there you have it, a recap of another month in my paradise.  Have a fabulous weekend!
Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!

The harsh weather and 5QF rolled into one.

Welcome to the 52nd day of 100+ degree heat here in Central Texas!  Whew… boy is it hot around here.  What is really worse, is that ‘they’ are saying that next year may be just as dry and hot as this one has been.  Not something to look forward too. 

At this point the hay ‘crop’ is laughable.  The hay hasn’t grown any since the last cutting of last year.  Normally we could turn our three horses out on the 33 acres after cuttings for some fresh grass.  This summer they are sequestered in their pens to make sure we don’t damage what hay/grass is still living.  What a world!

We all have our fingers crossed for some rain, any rain would be helpful.  What is really hard to hear about is the people that are having issues because they have to much rain.  It just seems really messed up that one area is experience severe hardship because of drought, and another is so soaking wet they are having issues.

Even with this crazy weather {maybe the end of the world is near?}, I can’t imagine being short of food, as those experiencing famine in Africa are.  We may be extremely short of food, but the grocery store is still full of food.  I wonder what next year will bring?

Five Question Friday hosted by My Little Life

1) Do you have siblings, and are you close to them?

I have one sibling, and we are much closer now that we live so far apart, LOL!  Nothing like distance to make a relationship better.  Part of the issue is that growing up we were both super competitive, and that included competing for our parent’s attention.  Growing up took a lot of that tension out of the equation, thankfully.

2)  Would you rather be slightly underweight or slightly overweight?

Slightly underweight. 

That would mean that I was eating responsibly, and that I could gain the average 10 pounds during the holidays and not have to worry about it.  I am still working on that 30 pounds I picked up while being preggars.  The hardest part for me is getting my exercise time in.  I don’t think it is having the baby that makes you fat, it is the fact that you are stuck with them and can’t get any exercise time in after they are born, LOL!

3) What is your favorite State Fair food to splurge on?

This question is not helping my with that weight loss I mentioned.  Now I am craving Elephant Ears!

Elephant Ears are a large piece of dough shaped like a pizza or ‘elephant ear’ that is covered in butter, sugar, and cinnamon.  Often times you can add or change up what you have on your ‘ear’.  They are super, super, amazingly delicious.

4) What are your thoughts on your kid(s) going to school in a few weeks?

It is hard to believe that summer is already over.  I still have a few years before my girls start school so I am off the hook for that emotional day this year.

5) Pool or Ocean?

Pool.  Love the ocean, but the ocean has sand.  End of story.

I you have a wonderful weekend, and that you sleep like a baby… through anything in any position.

 

It might not look comfortable, but she sure looks peaceful.

Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!

 

Friday Post ~ 7/8/2011

I love short weeks!!!

It’s Friday!

Due to an overabundance of sewing/quilting projects. I am skipping Friday Questions in  favor of an update post.  It seems like I haven’t done a general update post in…

forever.

The biggest update is…

Ms. V is almost crawling!!! She will be 6 months old the middle of this month.  It will be interesting to see if she reaches six months before or after she is crawling.  Ms. V is a very, very busy body.  She wants to see what you are doing, and grab it as quickly as she can.  It makes carrying her around while putting things away very entertaining.  Her favorite place is on the floor working on that thing they call crawling.  Boots, the new kitten, is trying to decide if Ms. V is pouncable or not.  Either way he enjoys ‘stalking’ her.

Boots, Kitten

I created this using my b-day present, PhotoShop Elements 9.  Pretty!

 

One of my weekend goals is to see if I can come up with a new Blog Banner for The Spunky Diva that has a sewing flare to it.  This blog is a general mix of my interests and life, but sewing is a big part of that and I would like the Blog Banner to show that.  We will have to see if I can come up with anything I like enough to share by Monday.  I feel another poll coming in the near future.

 

As far as the weight loss ~ I haven’t posted an update in the last two weeks, because I am hovering around 170 without really losing or gaining much.  It has been a lot harder than I thought it would be to keep losing with Mr. SD working extra hours at work, having Big Bro home for the summer, and the 100 degree weather making it difficult to get outside to exercise.  I am going to work on swimming more this month, and on my getting my abs back into shape.  I may not ‘lose’ much this month, but hopefully I will be getting my waistline back into a trimmer {less flabby} shape.

 

Miss Diva and Baby Diva are going to be Ms. E and Ms. V from now on.  I don’t want either to get the idea that being a ‘diva’ as most people would see it, is okay.  Being a Spunky ‘Diva’ is something I am still aspiring to be.  Becoming more of a girly-girl with a punch of spunk as I become a ‘mature’ adult.

 Ms. E, formerlly know as Miss Diva

Ms. V, formerly known as Baby Diva

 

As for the sewing/quilting side of things…

I finished up piecing two more blocks for my ‘Lovely’ quilt.  Pictures are on the camera, and I will post them later.  I seem to love each new block more than the last.  Hopefully that means I will end up loving the queen size quilt once it is all together and on my bed.

Still need to get all my sampler quilts blocks started.  Maybe this weekend?  Of course I found McCall’s freebies, and see many of these projects in my future.

 

As for this weekend ~

Happy B-day Mr. SD!!!!!

I foresee Strawberry Shortcake in the future, or maybe German Chocolate?  Either way I have to go grocery shopping, yuck.  Does a ‘spunky diva’ have to like grocery shopping?

See ya’ back here for this Spunky Diva’s Fab Five at Five on Friday!

Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!

Some more Friday Fun ~ 7/1/2011

Friday Fill-Ins from Janet {6/24 questions}

1. Getting away with murder.

Ms. E is now 20 months, and she definitely is trying to murder the kitty.  Despite her attempts on his life, ‘Boots’, still thinks she is the best thing ever, and keeps coming back for more.  Ms. E is getting better about not holding him around the neck, but… it is still a close call sometimes.

2. Definitely need coffee to start your day off right.

Does this one need any further explanation?  Coffee to start the day, and a nice relaxing cup of tea after the kiddos go to bed.

3. Coffee, tea or ????. I would say water, but I am not sure if that really goes there or not.

4. I use honey in place of sugar.  It’s ‘supposed’ to be healthier.  Not sure if it truly is or not, but it makes me feel better.

5. “The lights from the  Ferris wheel look like fireflies from a distance.  Dancing through the night.”  Line from Disaster Status by Candace Calvert {my current book}

6. Being a child is all about happiness.

Ms. E and Ms. V are constantly reminding me of what happiness truly is.  They have so much wonder in how they view the world around them.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to Mr. SD and I are going to a fancy, schmancy place to eat dinner for our anniversary, tomorrow my plans include sleeping in {thank you mom for keeping the kiddos at your house} sewing in my newly rearranged and cleaned sewing space and Sunday, I want to sew some more!  And Monday… I want to sleep in!  Hooray for a three day weekend.

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Five Question Friday from My Little Life

1)  If you had the opportunity to bungee jump, would you?

Nope.  Had the opportunity to in Africa, and there wasn’t a chance in you-know-where that I was going to take that offer up, LOL!

2) Would you rather go to the movie theater or to the drive-in?

Movie theater.  I like my ac, and here in Texas it would be rather warm to watch a movie with the car windows down.

3) Do you have your groceries delivered?

They deliver groceries???  That would be really neat.  But how do they pick out the produce?  I tend to be really picky about my fruits and veggies.

4) Eyebrows; Do you wax, thread, pluck, or stay ‘au natural’?

I love the look of having waxed eyebrows.  But… I can’t remember the last time I got them waxed.  The ‘au natural’ look is what this mommy tends to sport.

5) Would the people you went to high school with be surprised by your life today?

Honestly?  I am not sure.  I am surprised where my life is today.  I am incredibly happy where I am, but never in a million years would have thought that being a mommy and not activly pursuing a career in horses would give me the happiness I have today.

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Here are the first 2 of 12 blocks for my ‘Lovely’ quilt.  This is one of the proejcts I want to work on this weekend.

I hope you have a fantastic holiday weekend, and if you can do fireworks {can’t here because of the draught} please remember “Safety First”.  Emergency rooms are no fun on holidays.  Trust me, I know, LOL!

Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!

Check out the quilt I finished last weekend; Quilt for Baby ‘R’

Wordless Wednesday was Ms. V playing Peek-A-Boo

Friday Fun with Photos ~ 6/24/2011

Before we get to the Friday Fun I wanted to make sure you know about SwagBucks.  I am sure most of you have heard of them, since they are very popular, but do you know what/how they work?  Swagbucks.com is a search page that pulls results from Google and Yahoo when you ‘ask’ a question {search the web}.  Because of the amount of advertising on the site {all easily avoidable in my opinion} they offer you Swagbucks that you can trade in for prizes.

You receive Swagbucks sporadically during the day for your searches.  Sometimes earning 7 SBs, sometimes 11SBs or even more.  If you make Swagbucks your home screen, it makes it very quick and easy to run your web searches through them.

My favorite prize is the $5 Amazon Giftcards.  I have gotten six since Jan of this year, that is $30 of money from running searches I would normally run through Google!  I also traded in Swagbucks for a $15 iTunes gift card, making the total ‘money’ I have received from Swagbucks {again just for this year} to be $45!

In addition to running your searches through Swagbucks, you can earn 4 Swagbucks everyday quickly and easily.  Here is how;

4 SBs everyday for a 30 day month {say June} equals 120 SBs.  Add to those the SBs you are earning from your daily searches and you may earn 450 SBs a month!  450 SBs is the number you need to trade in for the $5 Amazon Giftcard.  I highly recommend Swagbucks to everyone!

We all search the web… why not get ‘money’ for doing it?

 

And… off my soapbox and onto Five Question Friday from My Little Life;

1. What is your current favorite tv show? Okay… this is the question I suggested, and though I do have a favorite show right now, So You Think You Can Dance, I HAVEN”T GOTTEN TO WATCH IT!!!!

 

I have watched up through the audtions, skipped Las Vegas week {still on the DVR so I can go back and watch those episodes}, and we are now in the process of watching the Top 20 Selection episode.  UGH!  I am having major withdrawels.  I guess it is to be expected with the two little ‘Divas’ though.  And I wouldn’t trade them for anything.  Ms. Diva isn’t quite sure what to make of SYTYCD yet, LOL!  She is so busy watching, she hasn’t figured out if she can dance at the same time or not.

 

2. What’s the worst haircut you ever got? My mom got me an afro.  Think pre-teen with super curly hair and a mullet.  What do you think that looked like???
And no, I am not posting any pictures from that part of my life.

 

3. What was something that you did as a child that you thought you were so cool for doing? Definitly not the mullet/fro thing.  I don’t know that I did anything really ‘cool’ as a kid.  I always seemed to be the misfit.  If I tried to do something ‘cool’ it usually backfired on me.  So I stuck with my horses.

 

I don’t know that I thought I was cool for the horses, but definitly good at it.  I am pretty sure that I thought I was better at it than I actually was until about 12, when I got my first horse {after having ponies} and found out how much I didn’t know, LOL!  Talk about a lesson in humilty.

 

4. Do you have any GREAT frugal family fun tips? If I did, we wouldn’t be working on the debt thing, LOL!

 

My biggest tip is the Dave Ramsey quote: Life like no one else now, so You can live like no one else later.

 

Don’t get caught up in having the latest clothes, daily coffee from the coffee shop, fast food that isn’t good for you anyways.  That kind of stuff.

 

But… don’t ask me about fabric and sewing stuff.  That is trully my downfall in the frugality area.  I just try to make up for it by getting stuff using my Swagbucks {see above}.

 

5. Would you drive across country if you had the money to fly? Yes.  No better way to see the countryside.  If I had the time.  I can’t wait to take the girls camping, and that normally envolves a road trip.

 

Friday Fill-Ins from Janet; arn’t up yet.  I will add them later once they are up.  Here are a few fun pictures of Ms. Diva Playing with her new magnetic numbers from Hoohobber’s.

 

Have a great Friday and a super-duper weekend!

 

Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!