Monday, November 24, 2008

Running to stand still

I think the title of today's post may be the name of a song, but it is what popped into my head.

I'm sitting here pondering the meaning of life, and I have one question.

Why is it that every endevor seems to have so much running around and calling and small detail that I feel it takes so much time to get anything done?

Deep thoughts today, by Rachael

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Decorating for the Holidays

I have never been good and designing. I don't just come up with my own ideas, thus I never feel comfortable claiming creativity. However, I do enjoy searching other websites and seeing what other people come up with. Once I look around and see what others are doing, I can usually take it and make it my own. I add my own flair, or just do an exact replica. I guess I should be comfortable with that. I just worry about copywriting and I'm not sure how that works on the web. So, my disclaimer in all of my creative endevors is that I start with someone elses idea.

That said. I will move onto my topic.

I get very excited for the winter holidays. I enjoy decorating and ambiance of the holidays. I enjoy the warmth that they bring to the often bleak days of winter.

This year I have a new home to decorate. (We moved in the spring.) I had a little routine at the other house, but now I am starting fresh in a new place. Up first on my adgenda is to tackle the entryway and porch. It is a large entry with a staircase and a big porch, all new to me.

Here is the view of the staircase as you enter the home.

And as you look up, it is all open to the second floor landing.

Then you look to the left and it enters into our front room where I will put the tree.

I know I want to decorate the staircase and I have been debating on how to do that. (Now this all gets a little more tricky when I tell you that my husband also has an opinion. But, for now we will pretend that I have the only say.) After looking around on the web I believe that I will probably go with something like this or this .

I like the idea of making my own garland and hanging it. Mainly because it wouldn't cost much. I just need to trim some trees. Then I could get a little ribbon and ta-da. I have a grand effect without the big dent in my pocketbook. Wish me luck.

For the porch I think I will also go with the homemade garland idea and put it around the door like this and around the lamp post like this. I guess we will see how far I get.

Here are my lamp post and porch.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008


It has been 3 weeks or so since I went part-time at work. It took me about a week and a half to feel productive at all. And, I still am struggling with this feeling of non-productivity. It is so very different to be home with Antony and "working" in the house. I guess I just need to relax.
The demands are so different than being in the workforce.

I know I sound so strange to those of you that are always home with your children. But, I went from cooking as a necessity to cooking various recipes because I wanted to. I went from cramming my time in with Antony to being home with him for a majority of the day. I'm not saying I don't like it, I'm just saying that it is a HUGE adjustment for me. However, I will not discount the pregnancy and it's hormones in this whole process. Because, I have noticed that I am a seriously ornery beast this run through. I cannot believe the way things can get to me, it has been a very interesting experience for me. So, maybe I can chalk some of these feelings up to new hormones.

So, now I am here on the computer while Antony sleeps. I keep telling myself to take a nap, cuz I am beat. And, I don't take one because it is my only time to do anything. But, today..... I think I will go and crash. Lata

Monday, November 10, 2008

31 Weeks


Okay y'all, I have really been feeling "it" lately. I have always boasted that I have great pregnancy's. I haven't ever had morning sickness. I can do what ever I want and I feel great overall. However, chasing Antony around at this stage is kicking my butt. (Those of you that have done this before me, you are amazing.) I'm starting to wear down. I keep calling my sister and saying ugh....

Worst of all for me, I feel really ugly! I hate this feeling of growing and growing fast and not being able to do a thing about it. I keep telling myself to chill out, your pregnant, get a grip for heaven's sake. I usually do okay, but today is an especially "ugh day".

We all have them, you don't have to be pregnant to have an "ugh day". But, I am officially an apple on 2 toothpicks. I think I would be better with this if I didn't feel so uncomfortable, but that is adding to it.
-Not sleeping
-really big
-and not being able to do anything about it.

So there you go, my soapbox for the day. Thanks for reading and enjoy your day. Just know that I understand when you all have "ugh days".

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Trick or Treat

Yes, I did it. I put it off to the end, but I made the costume. I started with some fur and felt.

Toño suggested that we dress Antony as a viking. So, I made a viking costume.
Once I figured out how to make the hat, it came together really well. I just used a baseball cap that I bought at the dollar store and cut the bill off. I sectioned out the fur and glued it to the hat. The horns are made of felt that I stuffed. I wasn't going to make the little cape and arm bands, but I think that they put the finishing touches on the costume.

Daniela dressed in Halloween colors. She also had a tail and cat ears that she decided not to wear.

Trick or Treating with Papi.