I did it!!!

When I was on bed rest, right before having Christopher, I was at a loss for things to do. Then, Mama Marge came to my rescue.
She brought me a Mary Kay box filled with books and yarn. The books are from the Black Dagger Brotherhood series (a mix between Twilight and a trashy novel…yummy), and are amazing. I’m still working on finishing the series. The yarn, however, gave me something to do with my hands.
I started by crocheting, which I’ve known how to do since I was 10, but I got bored. So, I pulled out one of those “I taught myself to knit” kits, and I literally taught myself to knit.
Unfortunately, Christopher came a bit earlier than anticipated, so I didn’t get to finish my project…until now.
Check it out…


I’m quite proud of myself for finally finishing my first ever knitting project. Of course, as soon as I finished that project, I started a new one…

I’m hoping Whit is having a girl, and a little wishful knitting never hurt. I guess we’ll find out Thursday 😀

That’s all for tonight – I want to finish a few more rows before I head up to bed.


Happy Birthday Song to Tripp

Here is the before mentioned video of Annabelle singing the Birthday song to Tripp. Let’s hope it works *fingers crossed*

Video Update

Yesterday I said that I was working on figuring out how to post videos to my blog, and I was stumped. Well, I think I’ve figured it out. Keep an eye out for a test post later today, then the tutorials will begin.
Anyone else excited (besides me, of course)?

Happy (Belated) Birthday, Tripp

Yes, I’m a day late. I spent way too much time, yesterday, trying to upload a video of Annabelle singing “Happy Birthday, To You” to Tripp, but it just wouldn’t cooperate.

Sorry 😔

On an unrelated note – I burned my hand tonight, so tonight’s post will be fairly short. I was making mashed potatoes (instant, of course) and Annabelle came to the doorway of the kitchen and asked me a question (which I honestly can not remember what it was). I turned to answer her and splashed boiling hot, watery spuds on my left hand. I ran my hand under cool water, but I had to finish dinner, so I filled a freezer bag with water and finished cooking. I had to call Mark to pick up some burn cream (which worked wonders, btw).
Needless to say, I’ve not had a good evening.

I’d hope for a better day tomorrow, but it’s June 15th and I’ve been in a funk about it all week. Seven years later, and I still miss him. I love you, cuz, and I hope you’re enjoying afterlife in the clouds.

No promises on a post tomorrow, but I will try.

A Tuesday Date Day

Today was a bit unorthodox, for me. I had off! Because I worked the Federalsburg VFW Bike Show, on Saturday, I had to pick a different day to have off, this week. Now, Mark always has off on Tuesdays, so I’m sure you can all see why I choose today as my second day off, for the week.

Now, don’t get me wrong, we love our kids, but it’s nice to have a little time for just the two of us.

We traveled to Georgetown to take care of some business, then we ventured to Salisbury and spent the remainder of the afternoon perusing stores, talking, and laughing. It’s wonderful to still feel so giddy with someone after almost 2 years together.

We did come home early enough to pick up the kids a little early and head to MomMom and Pappy’s for a visit.

All in all, it was a wonderful day off. But it’s back to work tomorrow, and I definitely don’t have a shortage of things to keep me occupied for the remainder of the week. It’s a good thing, too; I’d rather be busy than bored. Plus, plenty of pictures to be done. Yayness!!!



Weekend Review

I promised a run-down of our weekend, and here it is.

Saturday, I had to work.  My work sponsored the live bands at the Federalsburg VFW Motorcycle Show.  We took a Terrain, Sierra 1500, and Sierra 3500HD Diesel, to have  on display.  We also have this awesome giveaway going on all summer long, and I had over 100 people enter to win one of 13 $500 gas cards throughout the summer.  Who doesn’t love free gas?

Our Set-Up at the Bike Show

Gas Giveway

It was hot, but it was fun.  The Harley Davidson guy was kind enough to share his sunscreen (he sympathized with my fair skin), and the wonderful ladies at Diamond State Women’s Facility had an extra pop-up tent that they set up for me, so I wasn’t sitting in the direct sun.  I was lucky to be surrounded by such kind people.

GeeGee and Nanie El came down, for the day, and watched the kids.  They had a blast.

One of the new dresses GeeGee brought for Belles.



Sunday, Dad came by to get the kids and I, and we ventured to Salisbury.  We walked around the mall, and Annabelle convinced PopPop to play in the kids area with her.

I interrupted her playing.

They have this nest of eggs that the kids can climb through. She climbed in and said, “Mommy, look, I’m a chicken.”
Hahaha. She’s too funny.

Driving the tractor. I couldn’t be prouder.

She even convinced PopPop to crawl through one of those play things, with her.

She finally learned how to climb up, so she can slide down.


Christopher wasn’t very interested in playing…he preferred to sleep.


It was a busy weekend, but it was a lot of fun.  I have the best kids ever!


Yes, that’s me. But, in my defense, I had a very busy weekend, and I spent exactly 0 time a my computer.
Don’t worry, this isn’t my “official” post for the day. That will be up tonight.

I promise!

One of those days….

We all have them, and they suck.   You know, those days where you feel completely beat down and defeated.  Yeah, I’m having one of those days.

It’s not that anything bad, or different happened today, its just that it all finally caught up with me.  I’ve been running and running, and I just haven’t had anytime to just stop.  For some reason, I was busier than ever, today, and my thoughts were able to keep up.

June always seems to be a sucky month for me.  Between Grandfather’s birthday and the anniversary of the crash, I get in this funk that lasts for the majority of the month.  Yeah, I know that these things shouldn’t bother me anymore, but I can’t forget.  Add this to the stresses of everyday life, and here I am.


I try, I really do.  Most people don’t notice that the smile on my face is just a mask, but I know the truth.  Mark knows the truth, and so does Dad.  They really try to cheer me up, but June just hurts.

There are, however, some positives to this month.

  1. My awesome nephew, Tripp, was born on June 13, 2009.  That little blonde-haired, blue-eyed boy makes me smile.
  2. We added a new member to the family, this week.  Donielle and Caleb Shores welcomed their little girl, Autumn Bea, into this world, this past Wednesday.  Unfortunately, they live way up north, so I’m not really sure when we will be able to coordinate schedules for a family get-together.
  3. Father’s Day – I love my dad, and he’s done so much for me, over the years.  Plus, this is Mark’s first Father’s Day, as a father.  I’ve got some plans to try to make it extra-special for him.
  4. The weather.  It’s finally summer, and its nice to be able to play outside, now that the pollen has calmed down a bit.

I guess I’m just having a pity-party tonight, but its over now.  Time to put on the big girl panties and keep on truckin’ (yes, the cliches were 100% necessary).  Tomorrow is a new day, and I’ve got a pretty awesome day planned.


Sneak Preview of Tomorrow’s Blog

My work is sponsoring the bands at this year’s Federalsburg VFW Motorcycle Show, and I get to take some trucks up for display.  I’m hoping for a beautiful day, plenty of good company, and some awesome pictures.  Follow me on #Instagram (@kelmo1388) for pictures throughout the day.

A Work in Progress

I am determined to make my posts regular, so I have been doing a lot of blog reading.  I browse the “freshly pressed” section of WordPress, check out a friend’s blog, and even some blogs that she recommends.  I think I’ve got some interesting blogs brewing, but they’re not quite ready, yet.

Here’s a preview of things you can expect to see:

  • Sock bun tutorial (I am obsessed with these, and there’s a special way to do it when you have lots of layers)
  • Favorite iPhone photography apps (I have more than I probably should)
  • Make-up favorites (brands, colors, etc.)
  • The League challenges
  • Wordless(ish) Wednesdays
  • Currently (see here)
  • Naked face challenge (this is going to take some time…I love my make-up too much)
  • Favorite mixed drink tutorials (because I’m not pregnant, anymore)

Not to mention regular updates on the kids, and Pinterest-inspired projects (I’m currently planning a family binder & diy maxi dress).

Oh, and we’ve got a ton of remodeling projects planned for this summer, so I’m sure that will show up here and there.

If you know of any awesome blogs, let me know.  I’m always looking for more inspiration.


A couple of months ago, I was browsing Pinterest, and came across this thing…

Faster version of scrapbooking. For little memories?

(Yes, it is hyper linked to the original post)

Essentially, it is a quick, easy, and random version of scrapbooking. Now, I have scrapbooked, in the past, but I just don’t have time these days. I love the concept, but I don’t have the time to completely create everything, from scratch. That’s why the a Smash book is so AWESOME – half the work is already done for you.

I got a baby-themed one for Christopher. Check it out.

This is Christopher’s Smash book (it’s K&Company’s baby theme). Note the Smash stick attached to the side by a matching elastic band. No more searching for a glue stick or pen when I need to add something.

The Smash stick – pen on one end, glue stick on the other. Genius!

K&Company puts this on the inside of every Smash book. A little inspiration to get you started.

The first page of Christopher’s Smash book.
I glued his name bracelet here, since there’s not really a place, up front, to put that this is his book.

K&Company also makes these little sticky notes, with little sayings printed on them, to put where ever your heart desires.
As you can see, Christopher snuggling with his Daddy “makes me happy.”

I chose not to put pictures on this spread. The chart-looking print was too perfect for keeping track of Christopher’s growth.
Every time he goes to the doctor, I put his age, the date, his weight, and his length.

Yes, that is a cutout of his special formula, and his first prescription for his acid reflux medicine. See what I mean? You can put whatever you want in these – whatever is important to you.

Finally, the birth announcement page. Why this isn’t the first page spread, I don’t know, but at least it is in here.
The picture in the upper left corner was the first time I got to hold Christopher. Below that is a picture of his footprints on his baby basket. The picture doesn’t do them justice – he had skiis.

Get it? “B” is for Beautiful (like it says), but it’s also for Bath and Bear.
Ah, the first bath picture. He really did scream like that the whole time.
And the bear hat. GeeGee could have made a fortune selling those in the maternity ward – everyone asked where they could get one.

I haven’t filled this one out…yet. Simply because, its difficult to pick 10 things that I love about either of my kids – I love everything about them.
Just between you and me, there will be more than one thing in each of those spaces, when I’m done. But, then again, I’m making it, so there’s no wrong way for me to do it.

See, Pinterest isn’t just for browsing, pinning, and forgetting about it. This was the second Pinterest-inspired project that I have done. And don’t worry, I got a separate Smash book for the entire family. Maybe I’ll share that one a little later.

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