Happy Mondayish and Happy New Year!!!!

Well hello friends! Had some technical difficulties and didn’t get a chance to finish this post yesterday. I have been meaning to catch up with you for some time now. Happy New Year! Can you believe it is 2019? I am still wondering how last year flew past me so fast. I made a promise to myself on my last birthday to stop wishing for weekends and enjoy what every day brings to me, good or bad. This is what older people say because we recognize that every day is a gift.  I didn’t do too bad last year but I think there is room for improvement. So I will wish that again for myself this year.

I spent most of our vacation week with loads of family and we had a great time playing games, catching up and I even organized a couple crafting times for us to let loose and get our craft on.

My boys are getting older, so their Christmas wish lists were shorter with yes you guessed it, more expensive items. So I was a bit worried about our gift opening time but I have to say, despite the lack of endless gifts, my boys were genuinely happy. Hopefully they will learn that it’s really not about how many gifts you open up. It’s one of those things that can be challenging when kids turn a certain age and they don’t play with toys anymore.My mother-in-law bought all the ladies Christmas PJs so we all decided to where them Christmas day!Then we had to have a male vs. female challenge and what better way than with puzzles. So each group selected a 500 piece puzzle. The men of course talked a lot of trash and anticipated their win from the start. While of course we quickly started plugging away at ours.We had confidence that the monochromatic puzzle they selected would be more challenging but they thought our puzzle had too much details and that they would slow us down. Well I am happy to report the ladies came out on top and we pulled off a fantastic win!We played a lot of board, dice and card games.We even had a hot chocolate bar for a few nights. Apollo has just recently discovered whip cream and had fun adding it along with other goodies to his hot chocolate!I even had a cup!I had a surprise myself when my husband and boys bought me a Microsoft Surface Pro 6 tablet and when they surprised me right before Christmas, I did my happy dance and couldn’t stop smiling. I am so thrilled. You have to first understand that I haven’t owned a brand new laptop. I have always been quite fine “inheriting” my husbands old laptops. But as time has gone on and my demands have raised, I have been dreaming of a new machine of my own. So it was a pretty big deal to me.  It is a really powerful computer. I bought a really cute case for it because I often work in cafes and lugging my old laptop around was a bit of a drag. So this tablet is a game changer. I can carry this and my books without breaking my back. I love the ability to draw/touch the screen. I have been using it mostly in laptop mode but have just installed a fantastic drawing program for work so I will be using it in tablet form quite a bit in the near future.The only software I had to replace was Photoshop Elements and I will not embarrass myself and tell you what version I was working on up to this point. Let’s just say, I am truly loving exploring all the new features in the 2019 edition and so excited about the things that have been automated.

Enough of that. I have lots of ideas for the blog and Belinda’s Crafts for 2019. I even came up with some creative craft goals for both work and fun. I will share some in upcoming posts. In the meantime, I hope you all are well and take time to enjoy your day!

Belinda

Happy Monday: Beautiful Sunrises and Time Well Spent with Friends

Good morning and happy Monday! This time of year, I get a little cranky because we change our clocks and the days have earlier sunsets. It gets dark so early in the afternoon that I often feel rushed and begin to stress. One thing I notice is that I complain about the same thing every year and of course nothing changes, we change our clocks and so the process begins. But what I somehow forget is that the absolute best sunrises occur this time of year and I can capture them right from the windows in my home. I rise very early each morning for a mini workout before I bring the boys to school. I wake when it’s still dark outside and this morning was no different. I woke up, tidied up the light mess left behind from my kids and unloaded my dishwasher. Then as I walked out towards my living room, I could see this beautiful pink light streaming through the blinds.  So I rushed to the window and opened the blinds and snapped this photo.

My point is, that although I always hate that it is dark by 4:30 every day, I somehow managed to forget the magnificent sunrises. No two are the same and some are more spectacular than others. I always stand there for a bit watching it and being thankful for the blessing to be here to witness it. It’s my first real pause of the day and boy do I cherish it. So perhaps instead of my usual broken record complaining about the earlier darkness, I will remember natures beauty that I get to witness many mornings. This might be the shift I need to go through this season less cranky!This weekend I spent one day with my talented, crafty friends. It has been 4 weeks since our last gathering and longer for some of us. I packed light and only brought a couple coloring books and my colored pencils. I managed to finish a page I started a while back from Kerby Rosanes’ Fantomorphia coloring book. We ate and made each other laugh as usual and one of my dear friends brought me the cutest gift. This very cute bag that has pretty flowers all over it. It’s a great size to tote my coloring book and supplies.On Sunday we took our boys to the mall to do a little shopping. My oldest is getting his first pair of glasses so that was one of our objectives as well as finding a new winter coat for my youngest. My boys hate shopping but because there is rarely a standard size from store to store I bring them on occasion until I know their sizes in particular stores. We had a nice time despite some grumbling later in the day on how tired they were from walking. It’s so funny, I remember loving the opportunity to go to the mall with my mom. Maybe it’s a boy thing. Once home we settled in for some dinner and football.

Well, I’m off but I hope you all have a blessed Monday and please take time to vote tomorrow!

Belinda

Happy Monday!

Wowza! I’m exhausted from watching the World Series game last night and it is pouring rain outside right now. You can barely see anything but the rain at times.  But despite my exhaustion and the crappy weather, I am really happy to have a new week of crafting ahead of me. I completed all of my errands this morning so that I could focus on work for the rest of the day until pick-up. The only thing is that I will have to fight the pull of my cozy blanket my mom gave me and the fantastic books I have to read. This would have been a great day to take off from work and curl up with all that goodness. Oh, I almost forgot, the picture above is of a banana nut bread I made with almond flour last week. It’s all gone and I am thinking I might have to make another real soon!!

I had a fun time at my in-laws yesterday and even had time to continue coloring one of the coloring pages I have been meaning to complete. Halloween is fast approaching and due to our delay in costume hunting (I usually buy their costumes in September), Apollo had to settle with the slim pickings at Party City.  Before I began to guilt myself, I reminded myself that my mom made many of our costumes and we didn’t have the luxury of buying a costume every year. So once in perspective, I was able to relax.

I’ve been using my diffusor in my craft room for a few weeks and today I chose Eucalyptus. It’s supposed to help with concentration. Well, I can’t wait to hear my boys reaction when they come home, they are going to think someone is sick. They associate the scent with Vicks vapor rub!! Haha!!

Have a fantastic day!

Belinda

Happy Monday: Poetry to Start the Week

Who has seen the wind?

Neither I nor you:

But when the leaves hang trembling

The wind is passing through.

Who has seen the wind?

Neither you nor I:

But when the trees bow down their heads

The wind is passing by.

-Christina G. Rossetti

 

Good morning and happy Monday! I have a chalkboard in my kitchen were I typically write inspirational quotes for my family to see throughout the week. Sometimes I get my boys to memorize them and other times, just explain the message. But when cleaning out a drawer in my laundry room I came across this old poetry book for kids I had bought many years ago. So after taking a peek, I selected this poem to write on our board for the week. I feel like it’s perfect for this time of year as the leaves turn and the wind sends them on a roller coaster ride to the earth. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Have a wonderful day!

Belinda

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