Sunday, May 17, 2015

When Someone Stops Blogging

Do you ever wonder why someone suddenly stops posting on their blog?
It's a blog you've followed for a little while and have enjoyed from time to time.....then nothing....
No more pretty pictures, no more recipes, no more ideas on decorating, no mention of things they've bought or made or some great news they want to share.  No more sharing of their family adventures or children's accomplishments?

There comes a time in every DIY's life where he/she experiences burnout. That is, at least a typical/not-paid DIYer. I can't speak for bloggers who get paid to do things to their house. Burnout happens. It happens to your wallet and to your energy and it even happens to your family. 
Burnout is especially when there's many things your energy can be directed toward, like a full-time job, kids (some finishing their final year of high school), sports and other responsibilities.

I know, because that's what happened to me.   I got a new job a little over a year ago, and things changed.   Life became exceptionally busy.  Time with the family because increasingly less.  Could it be my new later hours?   Yes.  I get home.....late, 2 hours later than I used to.   Could it be my kids getting older?  Yes.  Stop growing kids!!!   Mommy is not ready for this!   Could it be that I was needed to be more present in my kids lives?  Yes.  Could it be that somehow a camera is no longer working/taking good photos, so all photos are from an iPhone?   Yes. 

Yes.  It was all of these things.

But I promise you.  We have been busy and amazing changes have been happening at the Mixer's house.  :)

Stay tuned.....all those open ended projects I left you hanging on (Baby Girl's new big girl room, living room switcheroo, backyard renovation)'ll see them soon!  Very soon!

Friday, October 24, 2014

A Cup of Tea...or Seeds...Please

This summer we were starting to get a lot of birds and squirrels in our backyard again.  When we first moved to our house, 9.5 years ago, we had quite a few.  Then we got a kitty.   Wouldn't you know it, our bird population decreased and it seemed that the critters were talking about our house "Don't go there, they have a kitty".  
Well, now that our kitty is slowing down and becoming bored of her tree friends; the birds and squirrels are starting to come back.   
We put up a small suet bird feeder in front of one of our family room windows.  It was so fun to watch the birds come and nibble on the food so I decided that I wanted to make a few bird feeders with the kids but I wanted them to be whimsical, fun, and eclectic.

Where do you go when you are looking for funky and eclectic?   The local thrift store!  
I was hoping that I would find exactly what I was looking for, (which never happens for me, btw) and wouldn't you know it, I did!!!   I found this tea cup set and a cup and plate set.  I think I paid something ridiculously cheap, like $2 each for these.  I am all about a good deal and snatched these right up and took them home.

Once I cleaned them up, I gathered my supplies and went outside for this project.   The silicon is something you want to use with good ventilation. 
I added a few lines of the silicon onto the cup, opposite the handle, show below.   The handle on the tea cup is what will hold the bird feeder from the tree.

This green tea cup set is my favorite and perfect for using for our birds.
 God has made everything beautiful in its time.   Ecclesiastes 3:11
Once I added my two strips of silicon glue, I simply placed the tea cup on it's side onto the plate.   I did have to hold it there for a few minutes until the silicon really started to adhere the two together.

I let it set up overnight before I hung it from the tree and added bird food to it.
Our birds love it!  And so do we.

The bigger cup and plate set, I used for the squirrel food.   It did not take those critters long to figure out there was food for them.  
As for the string that I used.  I was looking for some twine, however, The Mister is much smarter than I am and pointed out that I needed something that wasn't going to disintegrate under the weather.  I found some nylon "string" for lack of a better word, that I had intended on using for bracelets at one time.  It came in perfectly.

What do you think?  I gave one to my best friend for her birthday and she loved it.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Girl Meets Boy....Falls in Love

Girl meets Boy

Boy and Girl fall in love

These two young kids are inseparable.
They did everything together.

They got married to each other.
They started a family together.
They went camping together.
They took selfies together.

Most of all, they have been making wonderful memories together

14 wonderful years later, they celebrated 14 years of marriage, commitment, and loving each other and honoring their vows the best way they know how.  

Happiest of Anniversaries to my wonderful Husband, here's to many, many more years of wedded bliss!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Back to School....Back to Blogging

Hey, hey, hey....I can not believe it's been nearly 5 months since my last post! 5 months!   That's forever.  Nearly 1/2 of this year.  So, far, that is the entire length of my employment at my new job.  See where I'm going? 

Lots have happened in 5 months.  Unfortunately, just not lots around the house, like I had been hoping for.  I think I had to glorious idea in my head that I would be able to get about 3-4 posts, consisting of projects, crafts, recipes, what have you, up on the blog each week.  I really did.  And then....reality hit. And it hit hard.   
Blogging takes a lot of time.  It's enough that the projects take time, but then to add blogging to it.  Wow, was I ever delusional.  I don't blog for income, I blog for friends and family, mostly those out of town, to see what has been happening in and around our family.  So why put that stress on myself?  So, I stopped.  Plus, there is the fact that we both have full time jobs, it's not always in the forefront of my mind, to actually go work on a project that needs completing.  

Which is why my hallway still isn't finished, my daughter's room is at least livable now, but it's not done.  I still have plans for 2 more bathrooms, our entryway and the last remaining child's room to complete.  

Making your house a home is not what is done cosmetically but with who you share your home with.  While I may not have the perfect home that is always magazine ready, or organized the way I envision it.   We have a very lived in home, with 4 children, a husband & wife dynamic duo, 2 dogs, a cat, and we can't forget the hamster.  I have kids who are loved unconditionally, and are making memories daily.
While we have spent the summer enjoying the most of our children and spending time as family, it never feels like it was enough.  I've said it before, I'll say it again and again, I just can't believe how fast our time with them has gone by already.   Enjoy your time with your babies, they grow quickly.    
During the summer we spent a lot of weekends doing some quick trips to The Lake (our favorite place to be), with our friends and we had a lot of weekends at home doing things around the house and hanging out with each other.
2014-2015 school year is bringing our children some major milestones.
We have a high school senior!   HOW is that possible?  I feel like I just graduated high school myself, how can I possibly be the mother of a child that is almost 18?  How can we be parents of a child g-r-a-d-u-a-t-i-n-g???  He only has a few credits to complete before graduating and we have been working with his counselor and starting to work with the community college counselor to see what he needs to move forward with his passion.
Isn't he just handsome?  I swear I just bringing him to Kindergarten orientation, with my little red headed toddler and sporting a fairly large baby bump.
Now this lady.  Look at her.   She's in the 8th grade this year.  This chicky has such a great core group of friends; I just adore them all. She has some pretty hard classes this year.  In fact, she is actually taking a course right now that will give her a head start on her high school credits. 
My dear, Baby Girl.   That's exactly what and who she is, my Baby Girl.  Who has decided to go on and grow up and become a middle-schooler.  She has waited all her school life to finally get out of the elementary school and she is loving it!  She is following in momma's footsteps and will be the first of the kiddo's to play an instrument   Starting with my old flute.  :)
Look at this guy!  He kills me.  Bubba is officially at the higher end of the elementary school ladder.  Going into the 4th grade this year felt so....big.   There are going to be so many big and wonderful changes for him this year.  I remember just loving the 4th grade.
I have to say...that Mister and I.  We have some good looking babies!  I couldn't be more proud of each of them.
Look at how much they've changed in the last year!  Wild!


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