Spring Break 2014

Most people when planning a spring break vacation head south. Not us we went North. We braved the snow and wind and drove to upstate New York to visit family. Most people from the south are surprised when we say we are going to New York. I have lived all but 4 of my 38 years in the south. Most people know that my husband is from Kentucky. It took us 15 hours to get there from Alabama and 16 1/2 hours to get home. On the way up we stopped in Erie, Pennsylvania for the night. We woke up to a dusting of snow on the truck.

On our way from Erie to Buffalo it looked like this.

Not too bad really. It cleared up once we got past Buffalo. Our first stop was my mother and Marty’s house. Here I am with my mommy.

We went to GG’s house after wards. We stayed with GG (Gramma Geri) because she has more room at her house and lets face it five people need some room. Especially when two of those people are over 6 feet tall. The next picture is of Thin Danly (Flat Stanley’s cousin) with the snow castle the kids were making at moms house.

Don’t you just love his I Love NY shirt. He traveled with us from Alabama. Here are the kids at GG’s House.

(Kayla, Timmy, Carrie, Carissa, Ali, Tina, and Joshua on the floor). We let Andrew practice being a photography. He took very random pictures and wanted selfies with us.

The boys went outside at moms house and started building a Fort that ended up looking almost like an igloo.

 

This is Barney. Chuck and Gramma’s puppy. He was very friendly and loved getting his belly rubbed.

Andrew gave Gramma Kathy a refresher course on playing UNO.

Here we are getting ready to leave and head back to Alabama. Can you see my ready puffy eyes. It was sad. We had a great week. Hopefully it won’t be 3 years before we get back up there. We sure do miss everyone but not the cold weather.

A Light Bulb Moment and New Perspective

Do you ever find yourself blog hopping from one place to another and come across a blog that you can’t believe you haven’t hopped to before? This morning I hopped over to Amy Bayliss’ blog Cajun Joie de Vivre. I was on my Pinterest board about tips for home. I pinned a home made hand soap tutorial made by Amy the other day. I wrote down the instructions to try. I have very dry skin from washing my hands so much. Usually when I go to a blog I browse to see what other information it provides.

Amy has a series of posts about housekeeping. I was intrigued. I struggle with finding the balance of being a stay at home mom of 3 boys, a wife, a christian, and working from home. She wrote a short post on this topic titled, But I’m No Maid, Getting Over the Maid Syndrome. I read it and a light bulb went off. I am blessed with so much from God. I asked to be a wife, mother, and an employee. I received these blessings and need to be thankful daily for them. I don’t want to say to much about the post. Please go read it. I know there are other ladies struggling with the same feelings and situations.

God Bless!

Elam Family Christmas Picture 2011

We took this picture after we got home from church on Sunday morning. After we dressed in our pj’s and opened Christmas gifts. We had a great time.

This is what our house looked like for the Christmas holiday. The boys helped Tim and were very instrumental in the Cross and Tree designs. They are so smart.

 

Baby Faires Modern Baby Quilt

I bought the dinosaur fabric on sale. A steal really and the Eric Carle fabric was for a swap. Um…not on sale. ūüôĀ I bought extra to keep some for this quilt. It looks great with the bright colors in the dinosaur fabric. The orange fabric is almost like a batik. The green polka dot fabric is batik fabric that I got for a steal also. I wanted to make a modern baby quilt. I had all the fabrics laid out on the table trying to figure out ¬†a pattern that I hadn’t tried yet. I also wanted something that would be easy to make but not too simple. I cut the fabric into 3 1/2 inch strips, then into 6 1/2 inch rectangles. Then the rest is pretty simple, well if you know how to make quilts anyway.

I decided to use the left over pieces of fabric for the back of the quilt. This isn’t the usual for me. I generally don’t piece the back of quilts. I think of Crazy Mom Quilts when I think of quilts with the backs pieced. I have been admiring her quilts for years. I love the simplicity of them. I love the fronts too! I keep telling myself that I need to try it. So now I have. It was fun and a great way to use up the leftovers. I quilted horizontal lines in the ditch of the front. The back turned out great with that. The quilting on the back looks abstract compared to the front. Very cool!.

I took a break from making anything bigger than a fabric postcard since before Christmas of 2010. I think after 6 years of¬†constantly¬†working on a project or projects I was burnt out and just had to stop. I was making fabric postcards and got burnt out on that too. For the last three months I haven’t sewn anything. Well I did mend a few clothes. This baby quilt is for a dear friend from church who is just salt of the earth. One of the most humble and honest people I know. (Love you Sandy.)

I started a part time job in July for Ken’s Sewing Center in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. I absolutely love it. The people who work there are amazing to be around, laugh with, and of course work with.

Thirty One Gifts kind of fell in my lap in late July. Some people ask what Thirty One is. I asked the same thing the first time I heard of it. It is a faith based company founded by Cindy Monroe. She started the company at home and now it is a huge company that celebrates and encourages women all while living with God in our hearts. When I got a catalog from a friend who is a consultant I browsed through it and found a couple things I wanted for myself. It was a few months later that I decided to have a party. When I got my products I just fell in love with them. They are well made, affordable, and look really good. I get told all the time that my purse is cute. Sometimes I get asked where I got it. That is when I hand out a business card and a catalog. So not only am I 24/7  day a week mom of three boys I have 2 part time jobs.

Joshua and Timmy Tyler are playing football. Every night of the week we have a football practice or a game and homework. I long for football season to be over. I say that with a twinge of sorrow. It is fun and well worth it but I am one tired Momma. On my Facebook update the other day I put, “I’m so tired that my tired is tired.” So this is where I have been. No time for Holly the artist the Elam family needs mom.

I’m trying not to be selfish and enjoy the boys while they are young. Timmy will be 17 in January. Where has the time gone? Pretty soon he will be off at college. I will be at home CRYING ¬†because I ¬†miss him and will feel to old to have a child in college. When I tell people that Timmy will be 30 when Andrew will be graduating from high school they usually chuckle and say, “What where you thinking?” ¬†What was I thinking? God has truly blessed me with three healthy babies and a wonderful husband to be their father.

What more could I ask for? I have a great life. Thank You God.

 

1st Day of Preschool

Andrew started preschool 2 weeks ago. We prepared him by telling him about preschool through the summer. He was excited about the idea of going to school like his big brothers. The first picture is before we left the house to go to preschool. Big smile!

The second is the, “Oh wait my mom is by the door and might be leaving me look.”

Needless to say he wasn’t smiling when I left. He cried and of course didn’t want me to go. He has a wonderful teacher, Mrs. Donna. She had the director call me and let me know that he didn’t cry for long and was having a grand time.

The second day was more crying, but after a few minutes he settled down and enjoyed himself. The third day was amazing no tears and hugs bye for Mrs. Donna. Tomorrow is day four. He says he is excited and won’t cry. He is growing up too fast.

 

Thirty One Gifts Adventure

 

In late July I signed up under one of my best friends to be a Thirty One Gifts Consultant. Thirty One Gifts is a wonderful company, who fully support their consultants and give all the glory to God. They have some great products. I love the purses, tote bags, and picnic thermals just to name a few of my favorites.

It has been a slow start but I am forging on with high hopes of the blessings God will send my way for being a faithful servant. If you are interested in seeing a catalog you can go to my web page. Thirty One Gifts. You can click on my events and place an order on my catalog party. I will be closing out the party at the end of the month. It usually takes about 2 weeks to receive shipments. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me. God Bless.

Skillet Surprise

I made this last night for supper. My family loved it. It is one of those throw stuff in a skillet and call it supper recipes.  I thought I would share it.

 

1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1/2 of a medium onion chopped
1/4 of a green pepper chopped
1 can of diced tomatoes
1 small can of tomato sauce 6 – 8 ounces
Enough cooked rice for 4 people. I use instant brown rice.
1 package taco seasoning
1 tbsp minced garlic
1/2 tsp cumin
salt and pepper
cheddar cheese (optional)
Follow the directions on the bag of rice for cooking.
Saute the onion and green pepper in 1 tbsp oil or butter for about 4 minutes. Add beef and brown. Drain the mixture to get out any grease. Put it back in the pan with the 1 tbsp of minced garlic. Heat up for a minute stir in the diced tomatoes and tomato sauce. Use the tomato sauce can and fill it with water. Add the water too the mixture. Stir in the taco seasoning, cumin, and however much salt and pepper you like. Let it simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in the rice. Serve with shredded cheddar cheese.
I think you could add beans or black olives and it would make it rather tasty.
Enjoy!

2 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed

I went into Andrew’s room to put up some wandering toys. This is what I found.

I asked him why he took all of the toys out of the toy box? He said, “Cause I wanna get in there.” I chuckled and asked if he got in there. He said, “Uh Huh.” I asked him if he was going to put the toys back in the toy box. He stared at me like I was crazy.

Andrew and Brailun got up on the bed together. I started singing the monkeys jumping on the bed song. They thought it was funny. Couldn’t resist another photo.