You read that right. 100 things. Maybe you're thinking "there's no way I can think of 100 things I'm thankful for." That's what I thought at first, too. 30 tops, but never 100. So I thought I'd give this a try just to see if I actually could. I snagged it from This Gal who stole it from Her. I thought I'd give a shot at keeping the love going, so here goes . . .
Thursday, November 27, 2008
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Wednesday, November 26, 2008
I've been working hard at getting all my ducks-in-a-row for the Thrifty-Fifty Challenge. Pulling fabrics, gathering notions, making a list for anything I don't already have. Which isn't much, thankfully.
So there's some of the lovely fabric I'll be working with over the next few days. And I'm not sure why those pictures are showing up so muted....they were much crisper/brighter in my photo program. I'll have to figure that out, but it'll have to wait for now.
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It was a cold, dreary night. The wind was howling and a dense fog was setting in. In a cozy house tucked back in the woods, lights were glowing and people were stirring about. You could hear the chatter and rumbling going on in there. Something was amiss.
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Saturday, November 22, 2008
There's empty boxes to go out, paint, etc. This room is still in-progress. Fabric to the left - fabric to the right - here I am, stuck in the middle with you - oh, my, my.
This is only about 2/3 of my stash. I have more in a wardrobe that needs to be emptied and moved in here, as well as most of my notions. I tried to organize it by color and/or pattern - reds, oranges, yellows, etc. Then stripes, checks, dots, black & white, dark prints, light prints that didn't fit into the other colorways, exactly. Then the bottom right cubbie has fabrics that I've set aside for specific projects for myself or kids...special stuff. As you can see by the top of that shelving unit, there's still more to sort and put into the cubbies. It'll be stuffed! Plus the fabric that's still in that wardrobe in my den. Have I mentioned how much I love fabric?
Off to the right is more "stuff" to go out to the shed, thenthe doorway to my laundry room - thus the wad of giant white tablecloths under my folding table that have yet to be laundered after a function in October. Yep. I'm a slacker.
So - that's my space and my stash. Hope you enjoyed the tour.
That post on the super hero capes and "A Letter to Ree" will have to wait for now. My oldest son went hunting today and killed his first deer!! So I'm off to his grandparent's house to squeeze him a few times (the kid, not the dead deer), take pics and then go cry for while. My firstborn is no longer a baby. Not when he can go out and bring home dinner. He's that much closer to manhood and forgetting his poor Ma. *sniff*sniff*
Love to all,
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Thursday, November 20, 2008
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Friday, October 24, 2008
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Thursday, October 23, 2008
I know it's been 3 long months since I posted. I'm ashamed. But I do have a very good excuse, I swear. We started homeschooling this year and life has been very, very different. "The Thompson Terrarium", as my kids affectionately call our home/homeschool now, is in a constant state of shift. There have been some good changes, as well as pure chaos. Not to mention the every day things that have popped up and likely would have, whether we homeschooled or not. It's just that those things seem to have been a little more difficult to deal with among 2 fighting brothers and their ever-curious little sister under foot all the time.
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Wednesday, July 16, 2008
A friend sent this to me in an email and I thought it'd make a neat meme. It's a little long, but at least it helps you get to know a little more about me, my family, etc. Quirks and all. Because we definitely have quirks. Lots.
1. Do you like blue cheese salad dressing? yep - the chunky kind
2. Do you own a gun? yes, The Main Man has several & I've practiced shooting the pistol some.
3. What's your favorite drink at Starbucks or other specialty coffee shops?
Caramel Machiatto with whipped cream and extra caramel drizzle on top. That or a Chai Latte.
4. Have you ever been arrested?
Ummm...yeah. Underage drinking about 2 months before my 21st birthday. Woopdidoo. But that was the one & only time, thank goodness.
5. What do you think of hot dogs?
I try not to think too much about them. But I'll eat one. If it's Kosher and served in a steamed bun. Five Guys Burgers & Fries in Atlanta has the best dogs ever....yum! We overdose on their stuff every time we go see my Dad...no, seriously - on our last trip we at there 3 days in a row & even the kids are crazy about it too. Three days in a freaking row!! It's really that good. Click their logo below & see if there's one in your neck of the woods. Hey - I just realized this is Question #5....and I mentioned FIVE GUYS...hmmmmmmmm, lol
6. Favorite Christmas song? Little Drummer Boy - barumpabumpum
7. What do you prefer to drink in the morning? Coffee. Then a tiny glass of chocolate milk with breakfast. And then more coffee. And probably a little more coffee after that.
8. Can you do push ups? Barely.
9. What's your favorite piece of jewelry?
It's a tie between the round, modern style diamond necklace that The Main Man gave me on our 4th Christmas together or the pave' diamond butterfly that my Dad & his wife gave me on my first Mother's Day.
10. Favorite hobby? Designing & sewing, which are now turning into my business/occupation.
11. Do you have A.D.D.? Of course not. I'm just "creative".
12. What's one trait that you hate about yourself?
Personality: can procrastinate & quick to criticize sometimes
Physical: the good 'ole badonkadonk...so much bigger than it used to be.
13. Middle name? Renee'
14. Name 3 thoughts at this exact moment?
I've got to get some sewing done this week.
I hope we get to homeschool this year.
I'm going to the beach at least twice in one week after we get back from Tennessee.
15. When was the last time you cried? About 3 weeks ago.
16. Current worry right now?
If I will be successful at homeschooling/teaching and if it's definitely what will be best for our kids and family.
17. Current hate (dislike) right now?
96 degree temps with 100% humidity. It makes us have $350.00 power bills which means less $$ to do fun things with the kids or less fabric, etc. for me. Not to mention that the second I step outside - and I mean just to walk to the van and get in it - I'm dripping with sweat. So whatever makeup I just put on before walking out the door is running off my face and then by the end of the day I have at least 2 new zits. Fabulous.
18. Favorite place to be?
At home sewing & looking out the window to see the kids playing in the backyard on the awesome fort their daddy built for them.
19. How did you bring in the New Year?
We had a big bash at our house with lots of friends, some family, a few neighbors, yummy food, lots of liquid happy for some of us and a ton of fireworks. (There are awesome advantages to living outside the city limits - we get to have giant firework shows! All done very safely by my ADD husband, of course. He even soaks down the ground and has 4 giant hoses ready to go at any moment. This is a time where ADD is a good thing. )
20. Do you like to travel?
Love it. But if it's more than an 8 hr drive or so I'd like to do it in an RV. My family tends to get a little deafening in your average minivan.
21. Name three people who will complete this?
Dawn (Because I Said So), Jenn (Fabric Bliss), Kristen (We Are THAT Family) - at least I'm gonna tag these girls and HOPE they'll do it. ;)
22. Do you own slippers? Oh, sure. But do I wear them? Not so much. It's either flip flops or barefeet for me, usually.
23. What color shirt are you wearing? coral-ly orange
24. Do you like sleeping on satin sheets?
Not really. I tend to sweat whenever I come in contact with them. Satin nightie...fine. But the sheets just don't work for me. I go for the most expensive/highest thread count sheet I can afford. Whenever I catch Egyptian cotton ones on sale I have to restrain myself.
25. Can you whistle? Not a lick. Or a hoot. Or tweet.
26. Favorite color?
I really love color in general....but I guess I'd have to say I gravitate toward apple green. Or aqua blue. Or maybe coral red. See, told ya.
27. Would you be a pirate? Heck yeah! As long as I could go back to being a regular wench when I tired of the all the arrrrr-ing.
28. What songs do you sing in the shower? Gwen Stefani - Rich Girl. Don't laugh. At least not too hard.
29. Favorite girl's names?
Audrey Ruth, my sweet almost 4 yr old's name; Naomi Jewel, if we had another girl.
30. Favorite boy's names?
Isaac Emmanuel, my oldest son; William, my almost 6 yr old; Oliver, if we had another boy.
31. What's in your pocket right now? No pockets....pajama bottoms.
32. Last thing that made you laugh?
Earlier tonight - William speaking in a very husky grown-up man kind of voice while he was pretending to be a magician and turn his sister into a princess and himself into a prince. Of course, I didn't let him hear me laughing but it just cracked me up. Too, too cute.
33. Best bed sheets as a child? Strawberry Shortcake
34. Worst injury you've ever had?
8 yrs old, riding my bike. Turned my head to look behind me and see if my step-brother was on my tail and ran into the mailbox. The corner of it dug into my arm pretty badly. Still have a scar on my arm.
35. Do you love where you live? yes
36. How many TVs do you have in your house? 2 - the den & our bedroom
37. Who is your loudest friend?
A tie between Amy & Michelle
38. How many pets do you have? 3, currently....10 at one point.
Dog - Taco Beaux Thompson, yellow lab that was a stray we picked up - and yes, my kids more often than not call him by his full name they bestowed upon him. Lucky, lucky dog, lol.
Peacocks - Peabody & Petunia, male & female - they're a cute little couple but poop more than what I think is peacockly possible.
We had some chickens and two guniea fowl. All our chicks turned out to be roosters - not one layer in the bunch. They've all met their demise over the past year or so in one way or another. RIP to roosters Pinguini, Linguini, Big Daddy, Mamma, Ginger & the Guineas Squirt & Spot.
39. What is your favorite book? The Bible, The Queen, Charlotte Mason Home Companion, A Hatful of Seuss - sorry - can't pick just one.
40. Do you brush your teeth with cold or warm water?
ewwww.....warm water? who does that?? Cold, of course.
41. What is your favorite candy?
Candy - Sprees....Candy BAR - Twix, original one.
42. Favorite Sports Team?
well, ummm....The Main Man is all about the Roll Tide. Me, not so much.
43. What were you doing 12 AM last night? Reading blogs, checking email, editing photos.
44. What was the first thing you thought of when you woke up?
"How much can I get done before the kids wake up? Ohhhh....maybe I'll just go out on the deck with my coffee and read some more about the Charlotte Mason method and then I'll get started in the house."
45. Did you fully accomplish at least one thing you wanted to today?
Yes. But it was pointless. I really scrubbed down all my kitchen countertops and the stove, etc. And swept/mopped the entire kitchen/dining area all in one fell swoop. I was a non-stop cleaning machine for about 1 hr straight and man was it shiny. But then people did things like prepare food and eat and live in those rooms. It lasted all of maybe 30 minutes before something was spilled, pencil shavings were on the floor and PB & J was smeared on the bar because William decided to make himself a sandwich and Audrey found the cheesecake in the fridge, pulled it out and proceeded to sit on the freshly clean floor and eat it with her hands, dropping crumbs all around her - all while I was in the laundry room switching out a load and folding/putting up the towels in the bathroom & answering one phone call. Yeah - pointless.
Did someone ask if I had ADD? heh heh....Mommy-Brain, ADD, Schizophrenia....it's all the same to me.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
All of the above, and more, is why when we go on vacation we usually go anywhere but the beach. We love going to the mountains of Tennessee. My Grandmother is in Sevierville, TN and The Main Man has relatives just east of Knoxville. So we like to go to an area called Townsend, which is right in between Sevierville/Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg (which all run together) and Knoxville. It's right on the edge of the Smoky Mountain National Forest and an area called Cades Cove. The Little River runs through this area and is such a blast to play in - and free! Freezing cold water but crystal clear. You can tube down the river, too, which we haven't done before, but may try to this year. I swear, I could just take a picnic everyday and play at "The Y" (a little area where the river branches off) or go through the Smoky Mountain National Forest and tour the old cabins, churches, graveyards, etc. Not to mention getting to see all the wildlife - black bears, deer galore, etc. I'd love to have an entire day, sunrise to sunset, to just hang out there with my camera.
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Thursday, July 10, 2008
Anyway - I've decided to give selling online a try. So, without further ado - I'm happy to introduce:
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Saturday, June 14, 2008
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Thursday, June 12, 2008
...meme. I love reading these on other people's blogs so I figured I might as well jump into the fray. I tagged myself, per the direction of MAMALICIOUS. So, here goes....
What was I doing 10 years ago?
Those were crazy days. The Main Man & I had gotten together in June of '98, were kidless and not yet married and we moved to Key West (from Gulf Shores) in August. We lived right on Duval street, a block up from Hemingway's house, in a walk up apartment & a roof covered in bougenvilla blossoms with some really crazy people for next door neighbors. They had a sweet little boy that gravitated over to our place almost every day. We felt kind of sorry for him because his mom was a little unstable and their household wasn't very comforting, you could say. We'd take him for hot dogs all the time - that kid could eat his weight in hot dogs. The mom might have been a little loco, but she was of Puerto Rican heritage and could cook some mean authentic cuisine. But we secretly wanted to adopt the boy and take him away from there. Also had a homeless woman who lived in front of the vacant building next door to ours, on the sidewalk. She was a character. Never would take our offers to use our shower or come up and share a meal with us. We'd give her food a lot and sometimes money, take her a newspaper or magazine/book & she absolutely loved orange juice....but the thing we shared the most was conversation. Then Hurricane Georges hit & we had to evacuate. The Main Man tried to help our homeless neighbor get to a shelter but she refused. No idea what became of her. We decided to move back home instead of just evacuating, as the charm of Key West was pretty worn out on us. Quite often we find ourselves thinking of both our Sidewalk Neighbor & Hot Dog Boy. I know we'll go back to visit Key West one day and maybe we'll come across someone who knows something of either of them. Ya never know.
My feet cannot touch while sleeping.
I don't like keeping my tootbrush with everyone elses....it's hidden away.
I used to have a business doing custom birthday and occasion cakes & still do it for my family/friends. But I don't eat the cakes I make. Every one says they're great, but its just weird to me, for some reason.
If someone near me gets sick/hurls, you can bet good money on me following suit. Every time.
Five Foods I Enjoy:
Ribeye steak fresh off the grill
Ben & Jerry's Karamel Sutra
Asparagus w/hollandaise sauce
Old fashioned shrimp boil w/potatoes & silver queen corn
Five things I would do if I were a billionaire:
Pre-pay college tuition for my little Dreamers Extraordinaire. (If they decide not to go to college, let it pay the way for a kid who can't afford it.)
Build my dream home.
Travel like crazy.
Help people/families in my community
Five places I have lived:
Key West, Florida
(Promise....I'm not scared of the rest of this country. But the South does rule ;P)
Five blogs I'm tagging: Well, since I'm not sure exactly how to "tag" someone....maybe I'll just copy-cat Mamalicious?? The first 5 who do it! Let me know if ya do...
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
If she can do this while in labor and not miss a beat or a note....I think I can handle my mess of a house and a meltdown or two from my little Dreamer Extraordinaires.
This also might become our household lullaby.....ahhh, peaceful.
By the way - she had contractions while singing this...if you watch, you can see her belly/baby moving and notice the grimace on her face. And I thought I was all tough having natural childbirth...humpf. She is pretty amazing. Oh - also, the healthy baby boy weighed a whopping 10 lbs. LOR - DEE!!!
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Tuesday, May 20, 2008
- Cleaned out from under her bed/dresser/chair
- Wiped off the scuffs that mysteriously appeared on her white painted antique headboard that her Grandmother lovingly restored after it floated around in the hurricane Katrina floodwaters at their house...it is one of a set, the other one is gone (can you see the steam rising from my head??)
- Cleaned the window & dresser mirror
- Reorganized her closet shelves
- Culled through her toys and freecycled most of it, tossed the rest
- Vaccuumed the carpets/shook out the rug
- Organized her shoes
- Went through all of her clothing & shoes; separated by: repurpose, give away, sell
And the cherry on top was letting her finally have and put up the little heart window clingies that were left over from this past Valentine's Day. I gave them to her and just sat in the chair and watched as she so precisely placed each little heart on the window in her room. She even managed to get a few to stay on the wall. It looks adorable, of course. When school was over and the boys were home, my 5 yr old son promptly announced "I feel the love, Mom. I feel it."
It didn't last even 24 hrs. 16 maybe. The toys are everywhere, there's a scuff on the wall now, she evidently wanted to change both clothing and shoes and it was necessary to empty every drawer of its contents, etc, etc, etc. Where was I when she did this? I had left her sitting on the rug in the den with a few toys and some books while I was putting laundry into the dryer and then loading more to wash. Then I answered the phone, took a msg and went to the restroom. I don't even think that all took 10 minutes...that's how quickly it happens. I swear - we never had the terrible two's but has anyone ever heard of the terrible 3's??
And tomorrow is the last day of school. Oh, NO!! ahem - I mean - YIPPPEEEEE!!!
I'm torn about this. The drive to and from the school twice a day will not be missed, neither will needing to plan my daily activities around school times or planning for The Main Man or grandparents to pick up the boys. No more scrambling for a babysitter for Audrey so I can volunteer at the school or fill in somewhere when they call me at 6pm the night before. But my favorite - NO MORE HOMEWORK!!!! yee - haaaa My boys had so much homework this year I felt like I was back in school.....we might as well have been homeschooling.
Next week I'll be alone. Totally. Completely. Utterly. ALONE! The Main Man and the 3 little dreamers are heading to the ultimate dreamland - Disney - for 5 days and little 'ole me is hanging back here and holding the fort down. I am secretly - ok, not so secretly - ELATED about this! Yes, I'll miss my kids while they're gone - never been away from them for more than 48 hrs. And yes, I'll miss the fact that I'm not there riding the rides and seeing Mickey with them - but we're going again in November, so I think I can handle it. I am really looking forward to the house being somewhat quiet (we have chickens, peacocks, guineas and a dog), tackling a few DIY things around the house and sewing to my hearts content - uninterrupted.
Hey - maybe I'll even make a few blog posts next week. Hopefully they'll be shorter than the first few. ;P
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Sunday, April 6, 2008
Welcome everyone, to my little corner of the blogging world! So, this is a new thing for me - though I've read and drooled over hundreds of blogs, I've yet to jump into the game myself. I figure what an easy way to keep family, friends and others updated on what's happening. Also, I've realized what a great sounding board a blog can be...what, with all the readers there are out there. As a (relatively) young mother with big ideas and seemingly never enough time, one of you just may stop me from driving myself crazy one day. One of my "big ideas" that I've put into motion recently is.....
Since finally having my daughter, after two rough & tumble boys, I discovered girly-girl clothing again. Over the course of 5 years or so, I had given birth 3 times and just gave up on any sense of fashion for myself - I'd become the blue jean, baseball cap, flip-flop wearing Mamma that is all too common these days. It seems I had forgotten how much fun it is to dress up...in a dress, curl your hair and maybe even paint your face! All of that slowly began to change with my pink little blonde haired prissy little girl.
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