Apr 29, 2011

What a difference a year makes.

OK… well maybe a little over a year.

It was right around the time Adelyn was about to turn 1.
I got baby fever, BAD!

And some how managed to convince Craig into trying for another.
It took 5 months. I remember the feeling each month when I realized I wasn’t pregnant.
It was heartbreaking.
I don’t know how women taking fertility treatments deal with that heartache.
My thoughts are always with those mothers,
as I am so grateful that, despite 5 months, I was able to conceive.

We were the perfect little family of 3.
We weren't rolling in the money, our apartment was small.
BUT
We were HAPPY.

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There were several trials of our relationship that first year Adelyn was here.
But, in the end it brought us closer.
We learned how to make our relationship work as parents and as lovers.

INSERT: New job, Second pregnancy and Second baby.
And that little happy family of three turned into a dysfunctional family of 4.

(ALSO INSERT PICTURE OF THE 4 OF US HERE)
(How sad is it that I don’t have a picture of the 4 of us together?!)

We havn’t quite got it down yet.
I know we never will. As nothing is perfect.

I havn’t learned how to split my time between both kids equally.
But I do my best, and that is ok.

I find myself letting Adelyn watch more television than I ever would have when it was just her.
And that’s ok too, sometimes Momma just needs some peace and quiet
to get the dishes done and dinner on the table.

Over the past year, Craig and I have forgot how to communicate effectively.
He works nights, so spending quality family time is spread thin.
Let a lone quality alone time.

Our relationship is drowning.

Not dead by any means.. but struggling to stay afloat.

I read an article recently stating that the divorce rate of night-shift workers is 60%
Totally not surprised!

We’ll make it work. That I am positive of.
Because when I think of my future, when I think of sitting on my back porch watching my children playing with there children, he’s there, sitting right next to me.
Marveling at the magic we created together.

I know in that moment..
when I look back, it will all be worth it, the heartache, the pain, the frustration.

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DISASTER!
173 tornadoes ripped through the States yesterday.
Total devastation.
Too close to home.
Please pray for these victims and there family.
Over 300 deaths.
Tragic.

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the kids were safe in the tub, I had the mattress ready to throw over them and lay on. so they didn’t fly away. HAH.


# kristanlynn
xoxo  

Apr 26, 2011

REUSE, REPURPOSE, UPCYCLE

My three favorite words lately.

REUSE * REPURPOSE * UPCYCLE

Thanks to the lovely Heather Leigh, I’m loving all things repurposed! If you do not follow her Repurposing board on Pinterest… you really should! She pins the neatest ideas!

Like this one:

Repurposing a laundry detergent bottle into a watering can!
(first seen here)

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Can you say LOVE!
I hadn’t bought a watering can for the garden yet, because…
well, because they’re too darn expensive,
and I knew I could somehow make something to do the trick.

I actually had an 8 dollar one in my cart the other day,
then put it back before heading to the check out line.

The very next day, Heather pinned this Upcycled DIY Watering Can!
The best part about this: I just threw out TWO detergent bottles!
I instantly went and fished them outta the garbage!

It’s super easy too.
Just rinse out the detergent bottle until there are no soapy suds.
Take a drill with a tiny drill-bit, and start making holes in the cap.

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Don’t forget to put a hole or two in the handle for air.

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All my temporary planters are upcycled too!
I feel it makes my little garden even greener!

It works just as well as a store-bought watering can!

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TIP:
You don’t need a million holes like I put.
Making the holes was the most time consuming part of this mini project, and while this one works GREAT, I do believe it would have worked just as well with less holes.
Thus, making this little Do-It-Yourselfer even faster.

How about you, what have you repurposed lately??

# kristanlynn

Apr 23, 2011

ebb & flow.

I’ve been feeling rather overwhelmed lately. It seems that there is not enough time in the days to get everything done. So I don’t. Which makes  me even more overwhelmed.  I’m learning tho. It’s no longer hard to breathe when I see dishes in the sink.

Craig did the dishes yesterday… Why can’t he ever do things like that “just because”?  I should have known he wanted something… that something was going to hang out with his “work friends” from 6pm to 11pm. I could have stomped my feet and said no. I could have copped an attitude. I could have said “I never get to go ‘hang out with friends’!” But I didn’t. (I wanted to tho.)

OH, how I long for the the time to come when he gets the day-shift.

Adelyn was interesting (to say the least) this week.  If I was in MI, I would have had my Grandmother come over and perform and exorcism! (oh I kid!)

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She was too much to handle at times. I found myself having to leave the room and go outside to count to ten… quite frequently. She stopped sleeping in her bed. Every time I’d try to put her in there, she latched on like a spider monkey! Turns out she is now afraid of the dark. After 5 nights of NO sleep, I put a lamp in her room and she went right to bed. Praise the Lord!

Stone went the whole week w/o pooping. Which means he was pretty crabby. I actually jumped up and down with joy when I opened his diaper and there was poop in it yesterday! (oh the things that make you happy once you’re a parent!)

We had GREAT moments this week too!
And thankfully, those moments outweigh the bad ones tremendously!
Ebb and Flow, baby!!
(you can’t appreciate the good ones w/o the bad ones, right?!)

Stone is learning to sit, still with some help.
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Mornings filled with sisters loving brothers
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And of course, Dress-Up 

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Fists full of hair:

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I’m super excited about Easter morning tomorrow!
Last year, Adelyn didn’t really get it. She found eggs, but was totally over it after 5 mins.
And this year, we actually have a yard to do the egg hunt in. YAY!

We tried and FAILED a few different egg decorating ideas.
BUMMER!

Neither of us eat hard-boiled eggs… so coloring them the traditional way was out of the question. Such a waste of food.

I have a bunch of white circle stickers tho, so she’s coloring them
and then we’re gonna stick them to the plastic eggs.
She loves her some stickers!

I hope everyone has an awesome Easter!!
I know me and Craig are super stoked to get our sugar-high on!

# kristanlynn
xoxo  

Apr 19, 2011

Today is NOT my Day!

I was not in the mood to cook. But I was in the mood for something home-cooked.

Casserole it was.

Cooked some rice, pan seared some chicken.
Threw it in a casserole dish with veggies, some spices and a few cans of Campbells Condensed soup.

The oven had just got done pre-heating, I was about to put it in,
when I decided to look at the expiration date of the soup…
12-14-10.

DAMN IT!

Why did I check the expiration date, you ask?
Oh, because I had just put my hand into the bag of shredded parmesan cheese,
only to pull out a handful of mold!

LOVELY.

Looks like my cooking strike has taken a toll on all of our food!

Cereal it was.

Even tho I knew it wasn’t expired… I checked the date anyways.
Hallelujah.
I poured Adelyn a bowl,
(Stone’s been crying for about 15 mins now)
added some milk and was walking it toward the table.. when out of no where it falls… I just dropped it, not sure how!
Milk and Raisin Bran… EVERYWHERE.

All that,
topped with Adelyn’s “AWE.MAN”… I had to start laughing.
If I didn’t… I probably would have started crying!

I’d really like a large adult beverage right now.
make that a
Captain and Coke   
DOUBLE Captain and Coke!
Captains on the rocks… leave the bottle.

Here’s to your day being better than mine!

# kristanlynn

Apr 15, 2011

Fabric Covered Cork Board: A DIY Tutorial

I’ve been meaning to make this for a long time., and finally sat down yesterday to put it together. I figured some of you might want to make one too. So I took pictures a long the way.

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Materials:

  • Cork (I got a package of 4 (12 x 12) squares at Walmart for 6 bucks)
  • Fabric (I used a Fat Quarter, which was more than enough. You could also upcycle old sheets, an old t-shirt, table cloth.. etc…)
  • Cardboard (I used cardboard from an old box)
  • Ribbon
  • Thumb tacks
  • Dress pins
  • Hot glue and glue gun
  • Iron
  • Scissors

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Lay out your fabric and cut 1 inch around the coark board.

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Iron your fabric so it is nice and crisp.

Cut your cardboard the same size as your cork.
Hot glue the cork and cardboard together.
(You can skip this step if your cork is thicker. I added the cardboard to keep the tacks from showing through on the back side)

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Center your cork on the fabric and use the thumb tacks to secure fabric to the cardboard/cork.

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Fold the edges as if you are wrapping a box.
Make sure you pull the fabric TIGHT while securing.

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This is what you should have so far:

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Now we can start adding the ribbon.
You could wrap it in one long piece and secure with thumb tacks.
OR
You can do it like me:

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I cut the ribbon as I went, leaving an inch hanging over each side.
I spaced the ribbon about an inch apart.
You could space out much further if you’re wanting to display larger things,
(I wanted mine to display all the lovely business cards I’ve received)

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Secure ribbon with hot glue. (Later I added  tacks to ensure the ribbon would not slip.

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I changed up the color of the ribbon. But one color would work well too.

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Now it’s time to create the pockets. Place ribbon the same way you did before, just from the opposite side, creating diamonds or rectangles (as pictured above).
Secure in back with hot glue and tacks.

After all the ribbon is secured in back.
Push dress pins through each ribbon cross:

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Take a pair of needle-nosed pliers and bend the back of dress pin so it faces the cardboard.

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Cover the backside with contrasting fabric or packaging paper…
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You don’t even need to cover the back if you don’t want to, no one will see it.

Enjoy! Would love to see some of the ones you make.

# kristanlynn

Apr 13, 2011

an almost Wordless Wednesday.

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a shopping trip, all by myself? oh yes! soak it up.
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Thanks Sissyyyy
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Mornings full of dress-up and make-believe. +
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Couldn’t decide which effect I like better.
(uncross your eyes kid!)

 

 

kristanlynn

Apr 11, 2011

Nashville in Instagram

My parents have visited me several times since I moved to Tennessee. When my Mom mentioned that my Dad had never seen downtown Nashville, it was a date!

Getting Ready:

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Nic didn’t have any makeup on in the first picture… she might kill me for posting it.

I told Craig not to turn on the A/C, as it wastes gas. He didn’t listen. 30 seconds after he turned it on, freeon sprayed from the engine!

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Not a great start to our Nashville day!
 
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It was only a slight detour. 20 mins later, we were back on the road. Windows down.


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Oh! Hello Nashville, Long time, No see!

 

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We parked in the famous Printers Alley.

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(don’t know Printers Alley? Sure ya do, it’s where Carrie Underwood shot Before He Cheats)
 
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We ate lunch @ Hooters
(Remember this
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The WHOLE fam: (well, minus Charlie and Lauren!)
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After lunch we just walked….
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Grant thought it was so neat to see Police Officers by horseback.

And we seen this guy: 
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He scared the bajesus outta this chick walking next to us! Grant didn’t know what to think of him either… but took a picture anyways.
We got about 100 yds away, and someone mentioned to Mom that he had a bucket for you to put change in. Mom sent Grant back with 2 dollars and a “No more pictures with people”. HAH!


The buildings in Nashville make you want to just stop and stare.

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O-La-La, Who’s that?! 
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OH yea, He’s mine! He makes me want to just stop and stare too. 

 
Oh Nashville. I heart you!

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Adelyn felt the electricity of the LIVE  music. She even threw a temper tantrum till we let her go into one of the bars!!!

When we finally got her out of there (kicking and SCREAMING), we walked out to this:

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Yes, those dogs are real, and yes… the dreads are too. HAH!
The neatest part, is they just chill there on his bike! $

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 It wouldn’t be a visit to Nashville without walking the Cumberland River! We sat and took in the view.


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The hustle and bustle of Nashville is literally only one block over, but sitting by the river is so relaxing. It is as if you’ve walked through mirror. You can see all the commotion in a distance, yet you feel like you’re in complete serenity.

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While walking back to head home, Mom decided we needed to take a Horse-drawn Carriage.

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WOW! If you ever visit Nashville, this is a MUST!

I’ve been to Nashville a TON and never seen it the way I did behind a horse.
Again, its as if you are in a bubble,
the whole city is shaking and moving and you are watching as if it’s all in FFWD.
When you close your eyes, you can feel the energy,
the vibration of the music pulsating through you. 

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We ended where we started:

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It was a perfect trip, with perfect weather and perfect company!

 

# kristanlynn
xoxo  

 

*Note: Half of these pictures were taken with my iPhone. The other half were taken with my digital camera and imported to Instagram for the effects. PLEASE LINK BACK! – These pictures were taken by me, therefore, belong to me. If you choose to use them for anything, please link back! THANKS!

PS. Craig thought I was nuts. He kept telling me I was ridiculous, and asking why I’m taking a picture of “that”. Every time I lifted the camrea up, he rolled his eyes! hah.