Thursday, August 16, 2012

Hello again

Wow. So I haven't updated in this blog in 5 months. How time flies! 

Mom and I drove Justin down to Lynchburg on Tuesday afternoon to take him to school. It was very surreal driving on to campus and thinking that this time six years ago, it was me. But now it's little Brother's turn! We met one of his roommates, Ben, who seems like a real nice kid. He's an MK from Thailand- so Justin should have almost nothing in common with him. His other roommate is from North Carolina. His one RA seem pretty strict. As we were unpacking his things, the first thing we wanted to do was to de-bunk the bunk beds. Christy, one of my best friends from college, was there with us and we bunked and de-bunked beds by ourselves more times than we can count. But Ginger (that's what I've affectionately named his strict RA) said 
           "I'm sorry, campus policy is that you have to put in a work order. So they can come debunk them for you in a few days."


So we let it be, and Justin is on the top bunk, because MK was there first and called dibs, which is totally the right thing to do if you're the first one there. 

In other news, I am addicted to Sweet Frog. 

If you've never been to this delicious heaven of frozen yogurt, you are seriously missing out. 

I leave for Texas vacation on Monday to spend a week with my grandparents. I am so excited to lounge around and read. I'm far behind on book three of the Song of Ice and Fire series. And if you don't know what that is, it's a book series that George R.R. Martin wrote. There's a t.v. show on HBO called Game of Thrones that is based off the series. It's also pretty great. 

I'll try to be better about updating. I'm even making a new recipe later today- maybe I'll post about how that goes. 

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

March 7th

Happy birthday, Meghan! I can't believe that after 12 years, you're still putting up with me. This is the 11th birthday we've celebrated together, and I can't wait for many, many more. I hope your day is happy, blessed, and wonderful. I will see you soon, my sweet friend, for the Hunger Games!!
(I couldn't find any more recent pictures...these are all at least 5 years old.)

Sunday, March 4, 2012

D.I.Y. Yarn Letters

So, in my blogging addiction I noticed that these yarn letters are all the rage at weddings and in nurseries. I've made a handful as gifts and wanted to post the world's easiest DIY project (and Meg) wanted me to post a guest blog! Ere goes one of the easiest crafts you'll do this year!

Supplies needed:

  1. Chipboard letters. (I get mine from Hobby Lobby for about $2 a piece.)
  2. Yarn. (I use Vanna brand, mostly, but I also really enjoy Caron.)
  3. Some Mod Podge.

1. Start with your letter. I made this one for my godson, Seth. I think it will go great in his room!

2. Grab the end of your yarn and and start wrapping! I keep the end loose and then wrap the yarn around it in order to keep it in place. It's really quite easy.

3. For the ends of the S, it's best to wrap horizontally, and then go back and wrap vertically. You want to make sure that your yarn, for the most part, is all going in the same direction over the entire letter. 

4. Keep doing this until the entire letter is covered! Some parts, like the end curves of the 'S' will be thicker- to fix that all you need to do is keep looping/wrapping the yarn around the thinner parts of the letter. Do this until the letter is even thickness (if that matters to you). Then, snip the end and grab your mod podge. Hold the yarn in place and glob the glue to the loose end and to the yarn that is already secured. You can also trim it longer and knot it, if you like. If you choose the Mod Podge method, this is what you will end up with.

5. Wait for it to dry, flip it over and admire your finished product. It should look like this. 

HOORAY! It's really that easy. It takes about 20 minutes, depending on your letter. A's, B's, D's and other letters with an opening in the middle are a bit more difficult- but are still very simple. You could spell your whole name, write a word, some letters, or, like I plan on doing for my godson, the whole alphabet!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

This is my little man, Oliver. We got him for Christmas and he is a little pistol. But there are such sweet moments where he cuddles up and tries to make himself as small and cuddly as possible. He plays fetch. With a ball. And he even has his own dance move we have affectionately dubbed "The Thriller."