Sunday, January 27, 2013

Ribbon Heart Wreath

My mom made this ribbon heart wreath for Valentine's this year; inspired by pins on pinterest, like this one.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Currently Reading: Jan 2013

I am currently reading these two books:

Between Shades if Gray is the first book I've read on an electronic device.  Kind of neat.  Only the iphone screen is a bit small.  Not sure I want to read all my books that way, but when I can't get it from the library as quickly as I'd like, it's a nice electronic option.

And, I have these two waiting on my nightstand:

I used to be really good about keeping up with updating my goodreads book lists, but not so much over the last year.  I forgot that it was nice to keep a list of books I may want to read and to look back at books I have read and really liked {or didn't like}.  And by seeing books my friends have read, are reading or want to read, it gives me ideas of what I might want to {or not want to} read in the future.  Since moving into our apartment over the summer, I haven't read many books.  Which is unusual for me, I'm a normally a bookworm.  I have been reading magazines and things online though.  Anyway, here's to hoping I get around to reading {and keeping track of} more books this year.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Heart Shaped Carrots

I saw a pin on pinterest for heart shaped carrots, so I tried it out earlier this week in some vegetable soup I made for dinner one night.

I pretty much followed the way she explains it at Sophistimom, except to shape the pointed bottom part of the heart, rather than peeling it to a point I used a knife to slice each side for the point {if that makes any sense} and then my kids ate the thin carrot sticks leftover from doing it that way.  Also, I'm pretty sure the bigger the carrots, the easier it is.  I just used what I already had in the fridge and they were pretty small.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

New Year's Interview 2013

After seeing several pins on pinterest about New Year's Interviews, I decided to quickly type one up for S* & K*, pulling from all the various ones I had looked at.  Nothing cutesy or fancy, just a word document that will be easy to use each year with minimal changes.
At four pages, it may initially seem long, but my kids are old enough I think to handle it.  So, as well as some fun questions and questions that will show how their likes change or stay the same year after year, there are also more thoughtful questions that I look forward to reading and remembering what really meant the most to them over the year as they think back on how things were from their perspective.  It may or may not also be my way of making a "cliff notes" version of 2012 as it was kind of big deal to sell our house of 12 years and I haven't been so great at keeping up with journals.
I already found out S* would change his name to Bob and K* would go by Anna.

I also plan to do a 52+ reasons jar for my DH as a Christmas gift in 12 months.  Once a week, I will write down something that I love about him or that I noticed he did for me.  I love the idea of 365 reasons, but I'm trying to be realistic and don't want to set myself up for failure.  Once a week seems more doable, but the + can be for those times when I'm on the ball and write more often.  I don't have a jar or container at this point in time, so it's an envelope for now.
And this may seem ambitious to go along with the above two items (the New Year's interviews are about 95% complete though), but I plan to do a family memory jar for the year also to read on New Year's Eve 2013 as a family.  I think it will be fun to write down big things, little things, blessings, sweet things, silly things and whatever else my little family decides to include in the jar throughout the year.
 I see both of these ideas as a way for me to focus more on the positive, little things in life throughout the year, especially when it comes to family and the things we experience together.  And hopefully my family will too.  I really like the idea of having a memory jar each year with a picture on a shelf somewhere.  And, no looking back wishing I would have started or done something in years past when the kids were younger.