Tuesday, April 24, 2012

It's coming...

and sooner than you think! ;-)

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Moving on Up...

Remember a few weeks back when I talked about moving? Well it is time to let the cat out of the bag...Lovin' Our Chaos is moving! Don't worry...you won't have to do anything. No moving boxes or packing tape needed. Lovin' Our Chaos will still be found here at lovinourchaos.com, but it will be on a different blogging platform, called wordpress. Again, that really doesn't effect you. It means that I will have a new and improved layout. I will own my own content and there will be plenty of space and opportunity to grow!

This blog originally started in September of 2007, when Moriah was 4 months old. I was inspired by a mommy friend of mine who had chronicled her entire pregnancy on their family blog. Being a former scrapbooker, I was intrigued by this new digital format of scrapbooking my children's lives. Thus, the C and M Press was born. It started painfully slow and in a different format. Trial and error and error won. I needed a different blog host, one that didn't require readers to sign up for an account and have to be invited to read. After a little research, I found a home and after a rocky start, the C and M Press moved forward.

Then Lincoln was born. And the C and M Press needed an L in there somewhere. The C and M Press morphed into Lovin' Our Chaos and here we are today.

But like all things in life, times are changing and my little blog is moving on up to the bigger wordpress!

What to Expect:
~ You will STILL be able to find lovinourchaos.com at the same web address
~ I will be blogging about life, love and everything else.
* This will include crafts, DIY projects, re-modeling, life after loss, simple meals, plus I will still be blogging about my kids!
~ A new look and updated header picture

But...you might have to keep up with Lovin' Our Chaos differently than you have before. If you have followed with Google Friend Connect, it supposedly is not compatible with WP and we may not show up in your reader.

But don't be in despair! You will be able to subscribe to Lovin' Our Chaos via a RSS feed or email. Plus, you can still find me pinning away on Pinterest.

I hope you come along on this new journey with me, I promise it will be fun! Thank you for reading and being so patient as I make this transition!

And here is a sneak peek at the new site:

Monday, April 9, 2012

7 years

Another year, another anniversary. Yet not a day goes by that I don't think of you and the hole in my being that was left when you passed from this life.

I can remember you telling different people after you were diagnosed, that you couldn't die because your children and grandchildren NEEDED you. I didn't realize then just how much I needed you or would need you.

You raised us three kids and were just starting to enjoy your grand-kids. 5 years just doesn't seem like enough time. You only had 5 years. And yes, I am pretty bitter about it.

You never got the chance to see them go to school. You never got to hear about their accomplishments, you will never attend awards ceremonies or first days of school. Papa does his best, but I can only imagine what it would be like if you were still alive.

The last few months have left me longing for you more than ever before. I have always heard that 'it gets better with time'. Really? What gets better? The pain of losing you is felt each and every day of my life. The impact of your death has reverberated time and time again. We will never be the same.

I turned 32 a few weeks ago and feel so cheated. Out of everyone in the family, I got to have the least amount of time with you. Angie was 33 when you died, I am only 32. What I wouldn't give to have had you over these last few years and for one more year. I can't call you up and ask you to say a prayer for me, when I am frustrated and overwhelmed with life. I can't have lunch or go shopping with you. I can't hug you tight or even get a glimpse of your beautiful face. You were right, I NEEDED you.

I try and be positive and exemplify what you were, a ray of sunshine and pure goodness. A true lady. An example of a real Christian. But sometimes I just feel like being honest. And often times honesty is not always beautiful or positive.

I guess that today is the day that I choose to be 'negative' and say what I really want to say. Life sucks with out you. There, I said it. I know that you wouldn't like me to say that and I am pretty sure that those are not 'lady-like' words, but there are very few words that describe how you were taken so swiftly out of our lives and the impact that was left.

Today is not Mother's Day or your birthday. I reserve those days to remember your beauty, both inside and out. On those days, I choose to think, speak, and write about the legacy that you left and the many wonderful things that you passed on to me. I choose to relish the good memories and the joy you were in the many different lives you touched. I choose to be positive and think, talk and write about the good.

But not today. This is not a happy day. Today is the day that you were so quickly taken from our lives. This will never be a happy day. There are no amount of tears that can make it feel better. No comforting words. It is what it is.

Today we will make our way out to your final resting place today and do the only thing that we can do for you. Bring flowers to mark your grave. It really sucks.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Favorite Pinterest Pins from this Week

Another week gone. And Hello April!! The party season has started at our house and will continue until May, with a little break until Lincoln's birthday in July. Then we are done with birthdays in our immediate family until next year. Not quite as much time this week to browse and pin, but Spring Break is here and I am sure I will have more to share next week.

Here are a few of my favorite pins from this week!

I have a bunch of leftover plates from my gallery wall and plan on using them like this. Plan to put them up on the pot shelf in my kitchen!

Love this idea as well, although I have no idea where I can put it.

I can always use some good tips for whiter clothes!

I think this looks looks adorable! May have to try something similar during Spring Break with the kiddos!

I have the perfect sweater to turn into a bag, but WARNING...the directions are in a foreign language, so just use the pictures as your guide!

Just beautiful!

What about you? What were your favorite pins this week?

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Happy 5th Birthday to our Princess!

Happy Birthday to the most wonderful daughter a mommy and daddy could ask for!

Dear Moriah.
Happy Birthday Princess! Today you are five years old and while you are enjoying your special birthday shopping trip to the toy store with Papa and Nanny, I will be thinking of that beautiful day when you were born.

Just like today, you were born on a Saturday. Daddy and Mommy were so excited to finally get to meet you. What would you be like and who would you look like? Little did we know that you would surpass our expectations and dreams of what we ever envisioned you would be like.

The past five years have flown by and we are so blessed to call you our daughter.

You are kind and sweet.

You are considerate of others feelings.

You love God and have been feeling drawn to His spirit.

You are such a little Mama to your little brother, although he is about as big as you.

You have a huge imagination and I hope you continue to expand it.

You love babies and love to nurture.

You are smart.

You are loving and you melt my heart every time you throw your arms around my neck.

You are funny and have an adorable laugh.

You are beautiful and have the prettiest blue eyes.

You are ours and now...

You are five!

5 years old

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

DIY Camera Bag

Let me start by saying that I love taking pictures and I have a fairly nice and $expensive camera (Canon Rebel T3i). Over the last few months, I have learned how important it is to have a special camera bag to carry your camera in, but all of the bags that I have found, have been $50 or higher and I really cannot justify spending that amount for a camera bag. I am sure that those bags are fabulous and are of great quality, but this mama just doesn't roll like that! DIY and inexpensive is right up my alley!

I decided to make my own bag and it turned out perfect, so I wanted to share how I did it!

Materials Needed:

~ Your choice of bag (inside needs to accommodate your camera, lenses, etc, plus extra room for the padding)

~ 1/2" foam (purchased from Jo-Anns)

~ Sewing Machine; thread, scissors

Here is my bag that I purchased from Wal-Mart for $10! It has a magnetic closure and inside pocket for business cards, memory cards, etc.

Inside of this bag has a simple lining

I ripped the seam out of the bottom of the lining, which granted me access to the insides of the purse.

Next, I took my foam and folded it in half and worked it into the bag, through the open lining. I trimmed the foam, so it fit and stayed flush with the bag.

I quickly re-sewed the seam and pushed the lining back into the bag, to complete a fabulous bag that fits my camera perfectly!

I love how I am able to fit my camera in this nicely padded bag, which keeps it protected, but it also doesn't scream CAMERA BAG, which invites thieves and little children who 'accidently' drop cameras! ;-)

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Come back soon for easy, inexpensive, DIY projects!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Favorite Pinterest Pins from this Week

It has been a busy around here the last few days. Blog posts to come about a certain Minnie Mouse party and an easy tutorial. In the meantime, here are my favorite Pinterest pins from last week.

Really adorable way to display cutlery at a baby shower.

Love this idea of storing metal bobbins.

One of my own...a shameless plug for Missy Prissy Bow Boutique. A sample of made to match (M2M).

'Skinny' Monkey Cookies

Not as many pins this week, I have been a little busy. ;-) What were your favorite pins this week?

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Winner, Winner!!

And the winner of the Rapunzel braid is comment #22, who is...

MarabianMar 17, 2012 05:51 AM
Adorable! I'd love to win one for my granddaughter!


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Monday, March 19, 2012

Totally Rad 80's Party, Dude!

This past Saturday, Sis Vanessa from our church had an 80's themed birthday party and boy was it fun to see everybody all dressed in their 80's clothes! I bought most of our stuff at Goodwill, but Chandler's sunglasses came from the party store.

Here is the birthday girl and her husband. Happy 25th Birthday!

Our 80's Family

You know, you think it is going to be easy to try and find 80's clothes at the thrift store, right? WRONG. I found Jeremy's outfit and a shirt for me, that I cut the neck out of, but finding outfits for the kids was near impossible. Some of my crafting blog friends suggested Bill Cosby sweaters and such, but I just couldn't find them in kids sizes. Chandler was a little sad that I only brought him home the crazy sunglasses, but then I had a bright idea. I took one of Chandler's long sleeve shirts and cut a V down the front. Next, we found 3 matching buttons and hot-glued them directly to the bottom of the shirt. This gave it an 80's cardigan look. Finally, after much convincing, I talked Chandler into gluing on a skinny tie made out of felt on his t-shirt. Voila. 80's fo' sure!

Lincoln, rockin' the 80's glasses

All the boys that were at the party. A little ninja, body builder, Jackie Chan, tie dye look. LOL!

All of us girls that were dressed in our 80's gear. Too funny!

All of the guys. Whoa, a blast from the past.

The Delgados. I think this is Revenge of the Nerds?!

A little Michael Jackson and Madonna...

And Sis Tina with Nicholas and Danielle sporting their 80's attire.

This party was a blast and now Chandler is already planning his 'theme' party!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Favorite Pinterest Pins from this Week

It was a great week on Pinterest for me! I finally reached the 1,000 pin mark (yea!) and the Rapunzel Braid Tutorial that I featured in the post below, has been pinned and re-pinned numerous times!! Thank you!

So, here are a few of my favorite pins this week...enjoy!

Love these dollar store serving pieces to use for parties.

I really want to do something likie this in my kid's toy room.

I really want to try this as party favors for Moriah's b-day party this week!

Mmmm Mmmmm, this looks AMAZING!

I love broken glass, like this sea glass and think this is a really great idea. (Plus, this blogger is one of my friends!)

So, what great pins where your favorite this week?