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Memories, Unbirthdays and Love

You would have been sixty this past Saturday but you will forever be fifty-eight. It was a hard day not to think of what would you like and not go get it. Instead I pushed myself into my work and kept going. However Facebook reminded us it was your birthday. It was  sad but happy because it reminded of the good times with you.

Sometimes memories flood back which helps keep your memory alive. It is not always something on social media but just the everyday things. The one thing that never fails to remind me is your little lantern you bought to go camping with. You let us borrow it because we were going camping and didn’t have a light to use in the tent.  You didn’t get to use it  yet but wanted us to use it so we could be safe. Before I could return it, you got sick. Then it didn’t seem like such a big deal. Now every time we go camping, your lantern comes with us. In fact we just used it when the light went out during a storm. Simple little things. Of course the shirt which was made for the Cancer walk. I don’t wear it but  it is sitting in my closest and sometimes I just look at your picture.

I would have to say one of my top three favorite memories is you asking if I would like some coffee when we came over. The first time you asked me, I told you no I don’t like coffee. Your response was: “It’s not that you don’t like it, you are just not old enough.” So every time we came over and you had coffee (which was every time) you would ask me if I was old enough to have coffee yet. By the way, I am still not enough to have coffee.  The memory you are best known for is your love for God. You were a steady rock in your faith and didn’t waver. You were always happy to talk about your faith and share with anyone your love for God.  Another to memory is the way you welcomed the “extras” into your family. We weren’t daughter/son in-laws we were your kids. It was not marrying into the family but we all became one and were your and Linda’s kids. You and Linda loved us like your own and still do to this day. I can’t forget about Glitter Bug. I have  a folder with just pictures of you and her. It isn’t much because you were not much on having your picture taken. I will share the one that melts my heart and just happens to be her favorite one as well. 

It has been two years and I have tried to write this post so many times. Every time ended in tears after a couple of sentences. This time there have been tears but mostly warm feels and  wonderful memories. I am thankful I got to be one of your daughters and promise to keep your memory alive for Glitter Bug.

 

Until we meet next,

A

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Recycled Container Craft

Continuing on my year of discovering, I want to craft more. Tonight was just the right night to do a little craft. If you found your way here from Instagram, welcome! Feel free to poke around, see what is here and share!

So, today at work I used the last of these wipes and was left with this container.  I could have thrown it away but decided to try something crafty.

 

I have been seeing on my Facebook feed yarn bowls, if you don’t know what I am talking about go google it and come back….

Back? Like I was saying, I want a yarn bowl but it is just not in the budget right now. Then this little gem landed in my reach and I was going to make the best with what I have.

First thing was to peel off the label. I got lucky because it was just a sticker. I ended up with just a white .

From here, all I needed was to add Mod Podge to help the fabric stick to the tube. I just happen to score a deal at my local big box store last year and think I will be set for a long time. 

I know my Hubby was happy to see me finally use this fabric which I just had to have a couple of months ago. I knew I was holding on to it for a reason and I am glad I did. I folded a bit of the fabric down and ironed it so it would create a straight line which would make the top a clean start. 

All that was left was to cut to length and mod podge fabric to the bottom but not to the top because I felt this would keep the yarn from coming out right. This was a really quick easy craft. This would be a great craft for groups or little kids.

Here is the final result.

Until we next meet,

A

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Snow in Southwest Arkansas

The title kind of gives away what this post is about.  It is kind of a big deal here. We don’t get much snow and even just a little is a big deal.  And NO I didn’t make a run for milk and bread. Not all southerns are like that. Some of us do know how to drive and aren’t too worried about snow. Ice on the other hand is taken very seriously. We got lucky by just getting snow and our Highway Department kept the roads clear! (YAY for them!)

It was too good of a chance to pass up to not take some pictures. So here is some of the pictures I took.

 

 

Did you get any snow?

 

Until we next meet,

A

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New year, new word.

January 1st is here in full force. The year is still a clean slate but not for very long. My mom has always said whatever you are doing on the 1st is what you will be doing the rest of the year. I am traveling to pick up my Glitter with Hubby while writing. If what my mom says is true, then this year will be full of moving, family and words.

With today being the beginning of the year, I would also like to share my word for reminding me what goals I want to tackle and overcome. This time I would like to talk about last year’s word and what I did. 2016’s word for me was “make.” Last year many people said it was a bad year however for me it was a good one. There were many decisions and goals to make and overcome. The big one for me was to make my health a main issue. In past years, I have attempted to change my weight, eating habits or my exercise goal without any success. 2016 changed that for me. I had/have some health issues which caused me to make the changes to be a healthier me. I have lost over twenty pounds, 2 pants sizes and 2 shirt sizes. I have no plans on stopping with those twenty pounds.

With the changes in place to be a healthier me, I set a goal of 25 miles extra walked. I started this in October but came up short with a total of 10.87 miles. I was honest and posted the results and asked for help to make my goal for November. I could have had just stayed down but I made the same goal and beat it with 25.43 miles.

There were other things which went along with my “make” theme but I didn’t update like I thought I did.

2017’s word had me puzzled for a few days. I asked Hubby to help me think of words and we came up with quite a list of words. I stewed on them for a few days and one just kept coming back to me after talks with my mom and friends. “Discover.” This word may not seem like much but to me it keeps nagging at me. I am not sure if you have ever clicked on my “About Alicia” page but it is blank. I just haven’t found the words to describe myself. I could use words like: mother, wife, daughter, friend but I feel there is much more to me than those. I am not saying I am not proud to be any of those but rather it is time I figure out who I am without those words. I need to discover new things about me.

I welcome you to join me on this journey of discovering and share your thoughts on your word for the year.

 

Until we next meet,

A

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Ornament Exchange 2016

For the last five years, I have been participating in the Arkansas Women Bloggers ornament exchange. Since our group is not just based in Arkansas, it has been opened to The Women Bloggers. When this was posted, I jumped at the chance to take part again.

Before I share about this year I would like to share my past ornaments I have been given. My first ornaments were from a blogger who is no longer blogging. When this box arrived at my house there was no clue to what was in there. However, the felt ornaments that came out where so cute.

The next year was star with the “A” in the middle surrounded by the polka dots. This jewel came from Jessica who blogs at Life with the Bauer Bunch .   The package arrived all wrapped up in matching paper. Now Jessica and I have become offline friends as well as our kids. This is also led to becoming friends with other bloggers. We get together as much as possible including what is turning into a yearly girl’s weekend.

Year three brought a ball of acorns to me, literally.  My exchange blogger lives in the same town and brought the ornament out to me while I was at work.  This one came in a cute red and green polka dot box. There was a note explaining the acorn caps came from their own place and how the little coffees were going to making their own ones. She still blogs here and she even wrote about the process of making my ornament.

Last year brought a different kind of ornament. I got placed with Momma Coffee again. She out did herself by making a reindeer out of twigs and a wine cork. Unfortunately, Glitter was helping getting Christmas ready this year and she broke the reindeer. Poor thing melted and felt very bad. I took this time to let her know no matter what happens as long as you are safe then that is what matters.

This year’s ornament arrived in the mail in a regular mail box but the box could not hint at what awaited inside. It arrived from Stephanie who is the founder of  The Women Bloggers. I have known her since she lived here at Historic Washington State Park. She has become a good friend. She doesn’t blog as much but you can find some great stories on her blog here.

Y’all, I was not expecting what came tumbling out of the box. There was not one ornament instead there were five different pieces. When I saw this one it became my favorite one.

This was on a shirt I got at Megaphone this past year and I wear this shirt a lot because it is how I want to be. The ornament was like a little reminder to keep this in mind.

Here are the other ornaments which were in the box.

This exchange has become of my favorite holiday traditions I take part of each year. I hope next year to share the new ornament to make its home on our little tree.

 

Until we next meet,

A

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Playing Catch Up

The last month or so has been busy for our little family like most of everyone else. We are learning to say no to somethings and start slowing down but this year was not the year to make it happen. Instead it was filled to the brim and we enjoyed everything the season had to offer. We partied with family and friends, went light looking, watched all the Christmas movies, sent the cards out and ate more than we should have.

Also I enjoyed a social media break. I try to do this around the holiday season because I want to be present for what time I have with my family.  However, I am back!  I am ready to send 2016 off and get 2017 rocking.

To get y’all caught up here are the highlights since my last post.

Glitter had knee surgery and has healed great. The only bad part is she has fallen a couple of times and busted it back open but it is much better. Glitter has also made the all A honor roll both semesters. She is enjoying the gifted and talented program at school. She has turned into quite the reader. There have been times where we have to tell her to put the book down to get ready to go to school. It seems like an inconvenience but I need to remember she could be attached to screens instead of books.

Hubby and I are doing fine. We got to celebrate 10 years of marriage this year.  We managed to slip away for a long weekend without Glitter. I got to enjoy Megaphone Summit and he got to enjoy some ac and not having to work. (This was great for him since he works on air conditioners.) This conference was nice for me. I got to see more of my blogger friends who I haven’t seen in a year as well as getting to know some people better who I have been following.

Speaking of the conference, I learned a few things but more importantly it was good for my soul to hang out with these women and men who all have the same thing in mind: To lift each other up.  I even got a reminder of this by way of the ornament exchange Th e Women Bloggers do each year. Check back in a couple of days to see what I got.

If you follow me on Instagram, you might have know the big thing I made last month. I set a goal of walking 25 extra miles aside from my normal walking. I tried this in October but fell very short. November was the magic month for me. I broke my goal and also made me want to crush the goal more each month I make them.

I am excited to share and grow in 2017. I hope you will hang around and share with me.

 

Until we next meet,

A

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Art, IDO3D and Glitter Bug

This post is compensated by IDO3D. The all fun and opinions are my own and Glitter Bug.

This past weekend I scored some great Mom points. When Glitter Bug (G.B.) and I got home from my parent’s house there was a box waiting for us to arrive. (Hubby kept it safe for us.) When I told G.B. we received a box, she was excited to see what awaited.

I was a little wary of using 3D art. Honestly, I had never heard of products like these before. G.B. knew exactly what this was and had been planning on asking for this toy for Christmas. 
First thing I would suggest is to read the first couple of pages. They really helped ease us into this whole process. Our first art project was the butterfly.
On the fine lines, G.B. could squeeze the pen all by her self. The major set back she had was her hand cramped up because she was squeezing very hard. After a few minutes the ink in the pen warmed up which made using much easier.  
The drawing got to where she had to concentrate really hard to keep from getting the ink on her hands or clothes. Something we did noticed was the ink did leave a little bit of sticky on our hands but we didn’t have any reaction to the ink. Warm water and a little bit of scrubbing and all the ink was gone. This was something I was concerned about after reading. However, there was no mess that didn’t come up easy. 
Another issue we ran into was how long it took to cure. Some of it I am sure is our fault because of the amount of ink we were trying to cure. Another blogger said she and her kids cured as they went which helped but G.B. and I had to put ours into the sunlight to get it to cure. 
Before we had to put up the crafts up for the day, G.B. wanted to do one more 3D design.
Since G.B. already wears glasses and she thought this one would be fun. She said “I have to wear these to Christmas.” She was so excited to share the IDO3D pen with her cousins over the Holidays. This is a great craft for children to do alone or together. It is also fun for adults. 
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Sometimes a break is good.

Like the title says, I needed a break. Did I know it was needed? No. Instead I kept telling myself: “You need to get a post up. Stop watching Netflix and post. Remind Hubby you haven’t posted in a while. He will help you get back to it.” In truth, I wasn’t feeling like blogging. Almost like it became just another thing on my list of to do which never seemed to get done or even half way finished.

Then IT happened. I started  missing blogging. It is my way to write. My way to improve on my skills. A way for me to get away with crafting. There are so many posts started but never finished. Will they ever? Probably not and who cares? I am back now and can’t wait to see the words appear out of nowhere to share our little slice of life with y’all.

If I go m.i.a again, I am on Instagram. Feel free to tell me to get back to blogging.  Go check out my feed if you haven’t yet. One picture I would like to share from there cause you will meet him soon.

Until we next meet,

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