Our 2nd Wedding, Courtesy of Jeromy

Yes, finally, I'm posting a new blog entry! About time, right? It's been so crazy busy in my part of the world, with so many changes to get through, and blogging had to be put on the back burner for a while. But last night, my little Jeromy did something so incredibly sweet and thoughtful, that I couldn't not share with everyone:

First though, a little background: hubby and I recently celebrated our wedding anniversary. Yay us! We've been married for seven wonderful years, and it just keeps getting better. Seven years ago we went to City Hall in Baltimore and got hitched, just the two us. We didn't have a full-blown wedding, we decided to keep thins very simple. Although my wedding day has always been one of the happiest days of my life, I do have some girly-girl in me, and I've always dreamed of having an actual wedding. The kind where I get to wear the pretty white dress. Jeromy, my lovely ten-year-old boy, has known about how mommy and daddy got married, and he knows that I would someday like to have a wedding, one he gets to be part of.

Imagine my surprise when last night, right before hubby and I were about to go out to have dinner, I was summoned to the basement in our home. As I descend the steps, I hear the wedding march being played on an electric guitar. I reach the bottom of the steps, and am floored by what I see: pink and blue and white streamers, flameless tea-light candles, and Jeromy in his best dress shirt and tie, strumming the wedding march on his electric guitar, and my husband, waiting for me at the 'altar'. He finished playing his song, stood up on the step-stool, and, well, he married us! He had this whole speech written out, and it was just the sweetest thing anyone has every done for us! It went something like this:
"We are gathered here today to celebrate the remarriage of this couple, or in my words, mommy and daddy. Now before we get started, I'd just like to say a few words. Now ever since you two met, face to face, it was love at first sight. There have been good times and bad times. With the love you two share, it will ensure that through the years to come there will be many more good times and very few bad times

So after seven years of marriage, do you mommy still take daddy as your husband? *I of course said yes as I tried to keep from bawling my eyes out!* And do you daddy still mommy as your wife? *And of course he said yes!*

So with the power vested in me by this family, I still pronounce you husband and wife. Now I wish you a happily ever after. You may kiss the bride!"

And yes, hubby and I kissed. And yes, I cried, because I couldn't believe the lengths my little baby boy went to do something so incredibly sweet and loving. Too often as parents it can be so easy to get caught up in the growing pains our kids experience. But every once in a while, such as in cases like this, our kids can make us forget all our problems and all the nonsense in our world, and they show us the meaning of pure love, and remind us of what's really important.

I have to admit that after having been 'married' by our son, hubby and I don't know if we ever really need to have a wedding like we've planned on. Because truth is, nothing can top what our little boy did for us.

70th Birthday...

Finally, my "off-week" is here (technically it started yesterday), and I get a break from work and the sleep-deprivation that comes with it! I'm hoping this will allow me some time to get some crafting and blogging done (who cares about cookin' and cleanin' right?).

My awesome dad, whom I featured in a POST a few months ago, is having a milestone birthday this year. As of this Friday, he will be 70 years young. Funny thing is, he really does look and act younger than that age! He's incredibly active, and having retired twice already, he just can't seem to sit still; if he's not working, he's not happy. I've been wanting to get back into card-making for a while, and what better way to start of my crafting year (which is really the same as the calendar year, I just think calling it my crafting year has a nice ring to it) by featuring the hand-made card I put together for my super-awesome Dad. Here it is:

At first I didn't think the dark red would work with the blue and gray tones of the paper and cardstock, but looking at the finished product, I really like how the red pops. I've never been a big "stamper", and I'm just starting to dabble in that particular technique. On this card, I used two different clear vinyl stamps to add the HAPPY BIRTHDAY sentiment, and the CELEBRATE star. I practiced a couple of times at first, and I actually didn't like the results of my first tries. But then I read this tip somewhere:

When using clear vinyl stamps, it helps if you place the paper/cardstock on a crafting mat.

I'm not exactly sure of the science and physics behind it, but it worked. I think I did a pretty ok job, and I think with practice, I'll get the hang of applying just the right amount of even pressure to assure my stamped image is clear enough without looking too "heavy". Overall, I was pleased with my results here. Yea, I think my dad will like it...

Stay tuned! I have quite a few family and friends with winter and spring birthdays, so I'll have lots of cards to whip up. Hopefully I'll get to share more paper-crafting techniques along the way. And of course, if YOU have any you wanna share with me, I totally welcome it! Until next time...


Playing Catch-Up


I can't believe that my last blog post is dated August of 2010! Yikes! I guess that's what happens when life gets a hold of you. To say that my family and I have undergone some transitions would be an understatement! I won't bore everyone with all the details; suffice it to say that my becoming a working mom, along with continuing to be a homeschooling mommy, has definitely affected the dynamics in our household. With hubby still laid off, my finding a job that I can work from home was truly a blessing, but there was a definitely an adjustment period. It got a bit rough at times, but it was never anything we couldn't handle.

With all of this going on, blogging had to placed on the back burner for a while. Now that our little family have settled into the new groove, the madness of the winter holidays behind us, and as I become better at multi-tasking and time-management, I'm determined to get back into my blogging. I still have so much to share with everyone! I did some brainstorming, and these are just a few topics I think I'll blog about:
✽ Foodie Finds
✽ Homeschooling Adventures
✽ Mommy Adventures
✽ Scrapbooking
✽ Photography
✽ Other crafting
✽ ...and whatever else life brings my way!
So here's to successful blogging...for me and for all you other fabulous bloggers out there! Stay tuned, I'll be back soon!