Tuesday, February 28, 2012

photo-a-day challenge

i've heard these challenges going on, the photo-a-day during a specific month.
i failed at the 365-day challenge last year.
but i think the monthly approach may work out better for me.
so i'm thinking on taking the march photo a day challenge from this blog.
i discovered her blog through another blog, hula seventy.
trying to branch out to other blogs now.

anyway, i'm gonna attempt this challenge starting this thursday:

will you play along?
let me know and share, k?
and i'll do the same.

Monday, February 27, 2012

nice weekend & & $5.99 thrift find

this past weekend was a really good one...

here's a few snapshots...

saturday, we pretty much vegged out at home, did some chores, chilled.
hold the fort...maiya made one for her & selene...
although selene just wanted to break it down...

maiya also finished her book report project on thomas jefferson...
check out how crafty she is...
all she used was cardstock, floss, markers and a hot glue gun...

sunday, was starbucks time (me a skinny peppermint mocha & maiya peppermint hot chocolate with whip), commissary (groceries) time & park time...

took these w/ my droid using the fxcamera app (love it!):

i had to go off base to get some special cream for selene's diaper rash...
it was getting real bad and i couldn't find the cream here at the bx or commissary nor at wal-mart...
but found it at rite-aid!!!  yey-yah!
anyway, afterwards, decided to go thrifting...
i ended up at goodwill in palmdale.
guess what i found and for how much you ask?

a 3-d ring album...
$5.99, thank you very much!
what a steal!

happy monday!
gotta have some lumpia and rice for dinna!

Friday, February 24, 2012

life is about swingin'

yesterday afternoon, maiya & i took selene to the park.
she went on her 1st swing play...

(warning:  this post is totally photo-loaded!!!!)

she had so much fun and laughed and laughed.
she lasted probably about an hour, then she started get sleepy cranky.
so it was time to go home.
met a nice lady who's from hawaii who has been here at edwards as long as we have been here.
so nice to have met and talk to someone so nice.
hopefully we'll see her & her girls another time at the park.

well enjoy the rest of your friday and your weekend.

7 more dayz til my hubz comez home!!!!


Thursday, February 23, 2012


today so far has been a real good one.
right after we dropped off maiya at school, we went for a nice morning walk.
i was planning to only walk for 30 minutes and up to the shoppette area.
but right when we got to the shoppette area, i decided to rear left towards maiya's school.
and just kept walking!
we walked for over an hour!
about over 5 km, pretty much 3 miles.
i'm so proud of myself!
on top of that...selene was sleeping the WHOLE time.
once we got home, did some weed killing with the weed killer.
yikes! we had one weed that was almost a foot tall.
but believe, we have neighbors who are far worst.
then, relaxed a bit and fed selene a bottle.
that walk must have really kicked my butt, because i got really hungry and had an early lunch.

i took one look down and the carpet and felt like in a "vacuuming" mood.
another lil workout.
selene was watching the whole time.
did the living and dining areas.
then the master bedroom and closed the door so she couldn't "escape."
as i was vacuuming, selene grabbed a few of her diapers (unused ones of course!) and started playing with them.
she loves doing that, she's just so fascinated by it.

now i'm hear chillin' and sitting down in the living room while selene plays on her own with her toys and "non-toys."
was just blog surfing while at the same time watching supernanny on style network.
i love that show, actually really started really watching it more this past weekend.
lessons to be learned on this show, some great ideas.
i'm a fan!
i was just reading a post on elle's studio in regards to project life by jenni hufford.
she was talking about you don't really need a photo to reflect the words you write.
just writing the story on paper or anywhere you feel like it, is what really matters.
honest writing, don't make it up just sugar-coat your life, your stories.
i have to agree.
so....this post won't have any photos.
i just didn't take any!
i am seriously being inspired to do this project life thang.
are you?
or have you already?
please share.
uh-oh, my selene is trying to take my laptop away from me.
guess she wants to tell a story too.
or is that she just wants to play?
i think it's the latter.

gotta go, b/c this baby is trying to steal right now.


Wednesday, February 22, 2012

today's timeline on 2.22.2012

i'm thinking of starting something on this blog...
a timeline...
"today's timeline"
a lil insight on today's happenings from my point of view.
let's see how i keep up with it, huh?
just wanted to start something different and new.
plus it will give me an excuse to post more often on this blog.
and possibly use some of it on scrapbook pages and/or project life.
been seriously thinkin' of jumpin' on the bandwagon and simplifying scrapping memories.

here it goes...

5:35 a.m.
woke up with a sleepy selene right beside me and put her in her bassinet;
morning routine of brushing the teeth, scrubbing/exfoliating my face with something i'm trying out, neutrogena's scrub, bathroom time

5:42 a.m.
selene woke up with a lil cry and then looked at me...then she smiled.
got her out, diaper change time...whew!  it was a "heavy" diaper!

6:08 a.m.
packed up maiya's snack and filled up her water bottle for school
cleaned bottles
made a 2-cup pot of decaf coffee
cleaned up the living room a lil bit

6:27 a.m.
woke up maiya
got her breakfast of frosted cheerios
got a bottle ready for selene
oatmeal with walnuts, cranberries, cinnamon & brown sugar for breakfast
decaf coffee milk with a lil hazelnut cream
watched some tube with maiya while having breakfast in the living room

7:08 a.m. fed selene

7:18 a.m. changed into some workout clothes

7:31 a.m. headed over to maiya's school to drop her off

7:42 a.m.
chilled with selene
stretched while watching tv

8:30 a.m.
a nice morning walk (we walked about 40 minutes!) & catch-up talk w/ a friend, kristy (gotta head over pt magoo, 3rd st promenade, legoland)

9:18 a.m.
john, one of our neighbors, dropped off jesse's bike
chatted a lil bit with him about our lil ones and las vegas (that's where he & his family are moving to)

10:00 a.m.
chilled and fed selene

10:15 a.m.
went to the commissary to buy a few things, especially size 3 diapers, luvs by the bulk

10:47 a.m.
headed over to the thrift shop here on base
wasn't planning to buy anything, i just wanted to browse...
but i found & bought a zutter bind-it-all coil for only $2.00!

11:10 a.m.
got hungry and got some bk, italian chicken sandwich with extra marinara sauce, a small coke & and some onion rings
went home to eat there

12:00 p.m.
blog surfed, emails, blog surfed

1:00 p.m.
fed selene and she fell asleep as soon as she was done

1:25 p.m.
decided to post on my blog and do this timeline
watching sex & the city's episode, "an american girl in paris (part deux)"

1:37 p.m.
blog surfing and relaxing before it's time to pick up maiya from school
checking out liz tamanaha's site, i love her simple scrappy style.
seriously, thinking of going a minimalist route on the scrappy level.
hmmm...we'll see.
thinking i should be doing my "week in my life" project or organizing my photos which are sitting on the dining table...hmmm...it's been there for awhile...hmmmm.

1:42 p.m.
just heard selene squirming on the baby monitor.
sleep a little longer lil one...pretty please????

2:00 p.m.
gonna wake up the lil one from her nap
gotta get ready to pick up maiya soon.

2:10 p.m.
maiya pick-up time

2:19 p.m.
@ maiya's school waiting for the school bell to ring
listening to adele in the car while we wait, love her cd.

2:25 p.m.
school is out
maiya had a great day and learned about the different missions within the state of cali

2:45 p.m.
home sweet home
brought in all the groceries from earlier.
oops forgot about them in the trunk, good thing there wasn't anything that needed refrigeration.
pooper scooper, the last of it since now we no longer have a dog (it didn't quite work out, the dog was starting to become a bit aggressive when she was being disciplined plus she was starting to bite and she drew blood from me once and it could have been another time too. sorry that it didn't work out but relieved and at peace and happy "i have my house back!")
recycling done and cleaned the bin, it was getting a bit yucky.

3:17 p.m.
started cooking dinner:  bucatini with marinara with artichokes (giada de laurentis' brand from target)

4:00 p.m.
baby food time for selene:  apricots with mixed fruit
she ate ALL of it!
then had 5 ozs of milk afterwards!
she's an eater all right!

4:30 p.m.
boiling the water for the bucatini
watching the dog whisperer
blog surfing at the same time:  vee jennings (love her freestyle!  she is totally giving me inspo to do project life too)

4:46 p.m.
poured in the bucatini
note to self:  never do it with the pot strainer, the pasta gets stuck in the holes, this pasta is much thicker, too thick for this strainer

5:00 p.m.
ate some that dinner...yumm-o!
we at in front of the tv (oh well...sue me!  we still manage to have "quality time" talks even then.)

5:35 p.m.
cleaned kitchen

6:13 p.m.
exhausted from cleaning and my foot was hurting
relaxation time...at least for a little bit.
changed a diaper
called my mom

6:38 p.m.
selene is hungry again, bottle time.
didn't i just feed her?
watched some recorded bravo tv, watch what happens live, part of a movie, evan almighty.

7:19 p.m.
jesse called; talked about our day, selene, maiya, whether or not we'll be able to go to lake tahoe (it all depends on $$$)

7:42 p.m.
wrote maiya's teacher, mrs myers, and her school office a letter regarding her follow-up appt this friday for her left knee
then hung out with selene & maiya while she was doing her homework
selene was crying her lungs out behind her fence in the living room, she could see me at the computer writing up the letter
watched restaurant impossible, wow that was one filthy resto!!!!  yikes!

8:30 p.m.
bottle time
she fell asleep right away after finishing it up

8:52 p.m.
laid selene in her bassinet for the night
finished watching restaurant impossible

9:00 p.m.
sleepless in seattle is on!
watching it while blog surfing some more project life inspo

9:27 p.m.
i'm getting tired & sleepy now.
i'm prob gonna turn in soon.
but maiya is still doing her homework, she has an assignment due tomorrow, her CUPS? (Capitilize necessary word, Use words correctly, Punctuation, Spelling is correct, and the ? = does the sentence make sense? cool acronym to learn by).

9:40 p.m.
time to brush my teeth and get ready for bed

10:00 p.m.
bedtime...nitey nite!

wow!  that was a long timeline!
gotta think of another way of doing this.
maybe next time i'll just do increments and just list my happenings/doings that way.
doing this exact time stuff requires constant documentation, which takes more time.
but then again, it has made me realized more of what's going on throughout my day.
but...time is of essence and simple is better and is a timesaver.
i guess the format will be a work-in-progress, huh?

have you timelined your day?
how often?
what's your technique?

sharing is caring....

Monday, February 20, 2012


morning monday!
can i get woot woot?!?!

i did a few thank you scrappy stuff the week before and last week.

this gift bag was pretty simple.
just cut up some patterned paper & cardstock, stamped it, buttoned it, chipboard lettered it, inked it, twined it, stapled it.
got the white bag from the bx.

supplies used:  american crafts, my mind's eye, jesse james & co, rubberstampede, kitchen twine

a simple thank you gift for a wonderful friend across the street from us.
once in awhile, in my hour of need & desperation (which isn't often), she will babysit the kids while i do some important bizness.

and lastly, a thank you card, for a wonderful family who has made us a meal for dinner one day...

used some old pp's by lily bee, vintage poppy.
i've had these for a long while now.
the white cardstock is from michael's, the green is american crafts.
used one of my fave punches by martha stewart, love that sunburst!
other supplies:  stamp by hampton, ink by rubberstampede, buttons by jesse James & co. and a fiskars border punch, brads by michael's.

i think i might do a little mopping, fold some laundry, sneak in some scrappy time.
then tonite, gotta head over to the airport...
maiya comes home tonite!
can hardly wait!

have a happy monday!


Sunday, February 19, 2012

yesterday & today

i've been blog surfing quite a bit regarding becky higgins' project life system
i am seriously thinking of doing it.
just not sure when i'll start.
for now...
research, blog surfing for now on the subject to get ideas & inspo....
i have no intention of taking photos every single day.
life stuff gets in the way or i just plain out forget to take a photo.
my 365 day joint didn't quite work out last year too.
i'll be using my blog of course to jot down noted stuff, special stuff or just plain out everyday stuff.
who knows.
the sky's the limit.

i've been working on my "week in my life" album and it's been going quite well and fast.
i've been doing little by little whenever the lil one is taking a nap.
the only thing is i forgot to order pix for the last day!!!!
so i'll be ordering those soon since snapfish has a deal going on again until tomorrow.

wanted to share photos...

a day in the life, 2.18.2012, yesterday...

scrunchy nose girl...

reaching and pinching my toes...ouchy!

now she's eating her fingers...

this was what's for dinner, tofu w/ spinach, red bell pepper, shallots, garlic, a lil blue cheese w/ a balsamic honey sauce (that i made up awhile back)...

me & maiya love tofu...extra firm...

blog surfing project life stuff...marcy penner...love her stuff...

she loves to chew, suck on strings, straps...

watching pride & prejudice, love that movie...

close-up today, 2.19.2012...

going on the 3rd day without maiya around...
she comes home tomorrow nite!

i miss her.
and i miss my hubby.

so lucky to have selene around at timez like these.