Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Monday, December 22, 2008

Crazy Eights

8 Favorite T.V. shows (not in order)

  • CSI (all 3 of them)
  • 24
  • Criminal Minds
  • Without a Trace
  • Eleventh Hour
  • Burn Notice
  • Cold Case
  • The Unit

8 Things I Did Yesterday

  • Baked Cookies
  • Wrapped Presents
  • Laundry
  • Edited Photos (made my brother Brent into Mr T)
  • Made Pancakes
  • Dishes
  • Listened to Christmas music
  • Picked up my house

8 Things I'm Looking Forward To

  • Christmas...presents, games, food, family, and fun
  • A good book, a warm blanket, and a few hours to myself
  • Nice weather, enough with this snow!
  • A date with Mike
  • My new cell phone arriving
  • Burn Notice and 24 starting in January
  • Taking Tyler Sledding
  • Pentwater

8 Things on My Wish List

  • To build our dream house
  • A very nice camera and a photography business/hobby
  • Adding to our family
  • Someday getting to be a stay at home mom with a hobby or two
  • To be completely financially stable
  • Getting back in shape
  • To provide a warm, happy home for our child(ren)
  • A snowblower right now, a boat when it's nice...
8 Things on my "Bucket" List
  • Run a marathon
  • Learn how to Salsa dance
  • Travel to Europe
  • Open a little store
  • Learn how to snowboard
  • Travel to all 50 states
  • Get my law degree
  • Start/run a non-profit that helps those in need
8 Things on my To Do List
  • Reupholster our couches
  • Clean upstairs carpet
  • Re-organize basement work shop
  • Learn Photoshop
  • Finish kitchen remodel
  • Find a corner cabinet and paint it "Caitlin Green", my awesome custom color
  • Re-organize my office
  • Clean out my car...why I didn't do this while it was warm, I do not know...
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Sunday, December 21, 2008

Etsy Shop

I have some binder clips and magnets added into my etsy shop. There is a link to the left of this post. I will be adding more items in over the next week. If you are local and interested in purchasing some, contact me so you can get reduced or no shipping!

Saturday, December 20, 2008


Mike was working late last night so Tyler and I went shopping and out to dinner with my parents. After dinner, Tyler didn't want to come home with me and continued shopping with my mom and dad.

Glad that he wasn't with me when I got home and couldn't get in the driveway.

By not getting in the driveway, I mean being completely, hopelessly stuck.

In my SUV.

So, I did what any midwestern farmer's daughter would do and got out and started shoveling. I got most of the driveway done by the time Mike pulled up. I was still stuck, but there was a clear (or mostly clear) path ahead.

Not long after Mike got home, our very nice neighbor came over and offered us the use of his snowblower. Those things are awesome. I want one. Bad...

My parents dropped Tyler off and I put a chair in our window so he could watch us shovel our way through a foot of snow.

Tonight I should go out and finish up my last little bit of shopping for Christmas. Instead, we are curling up on the couch and either catching up on shows from the week or watching season one of The Office that Blockbuser so kindly mailed us.

I know, I know we don't watch The Office. But we are starting from the beginning and will be caught up for next year.

I have chili in the crockpot that we will enjoy for dinner along with some semi-homemade cornbread. Yummy...

Oh...Tyler got a haircut last week. He looks so much older now with his wispy curls gone.
Sad, but cute.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008


I think I may make this my new year resolution.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Me and the Mod Podge

I've been busy crafting goodies for the girls I work with. There are matching magnets as well. Bet you wished you worked with me too, huh? Never fear, if you are a lover of binder clips like myself, you can purchase these on my etsy shop soon.

Sunday, December 14, 2008


While I was putting up this

Tyler and Mike did this:

Why does my grass look better now than in the summer? Hmmm...

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Merry Decade

We have a tradition that started the first Christmas that Mike and I were together. Our tradition is that we got suckered into the personalized ornament club by some kiosk at the mall. Once you start you really can't stop, not sure why...but you can't. Don't believe me? Try it...I'll see you there next year.

We've been all sorts of things...snowmen, angels, santas, name it. When we got Riley, we added an icon. We were no longer two snowman, we were three. When we had Tyler, we became four. We haven't gotten our ornament this year yet, so not sure what four we will be, but I'm sure we will be something know, like snowmen.

As I was decorating the tree on Sunday, I was putting on our personal ornaments. I am admittedly anal about tree decorating. I like to have like kinds and colors of ornaments on my tree. There has to be a theme...There is also an order that I go in. I start with the personal ornaments, that way they are all spread out and not clustered together looking like the mall kiosk they came from. As I was putting on the ornament from 1999, our first one, it dawned on me that it was old! I did some quick (or not so quick) math and realized this was our 10th Christmas together. We started dating the summer before my senior year of high school.

You know how much has changed in 10 years?

I graduated high school, got married, learned how to fight fair, bought a house, graduated college, got a dog, had a baby, bought two cars, lost two cars, had lots of jobs, gained weight, lost weight, gained weight again, bought 8 more ornaments, gained some wisdom, grew closer to family, replaced basement carpet twice, learned to be less anal (except with my tree), gained friends, lost friends, still love chocolate...and somehow in the middle of all that I became content and stopped caring what others think...You can mock me and I don't care, but my favorite song right now is the chicken fried song, solely because of this part, which sums up what I've learned over the last decade:

Well its funny how it`s the little things in life that mean the most
Not where you live or the car you drive or the price tag on your clothes
There`s no dollar sign on a piece of mind this I`ve come to know

Mike and I definitely have a routine and we have roles. We have spent the last 10 years learning how to be comfortable together and I love it. We've learned how to adapt our routine and roles based on what our life is like at the moment too. And to spice things up once and awhile...we have date night once or twice a month. We also get to add two other ornaments to our tree each year, a tradition coming from my mom and dad...adding an ornament for the kids. One for Riley (I know she isn't a person, but dogs are like kids too) and one for Tyler. In 10 more years, by the time I get done putting on the personal ornaments, there won't be anymore room for the theme of the year. Maybe by then I will have learned to be less anal about my tree...or we get another tree and that one can be mine alone.

Merry Decade Christmas's to 50 more...

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Snowy Sunday

Since the neighborhood shovel crew skipped our house yesterday, we had to shovel today. When I say "we" had to shovel, what I really mean is Mike...while Tyler plays and I take photos. It's our thing...
Tyler wasn't too thrilled with the snow at first, but eventually got the hang of it. The photo where mike is giving me a dirty look is when I dropped down and did a snow angel. He thought it was weird. It was cold but sunny and I laid there, like an angel of course, for a few minutes looking up at the sky. Then some birds flew overhead and I thought about following them to Florida. I will be a snow bird when I get older, for sure.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

What in the world was I thinking?

Mike has been working between 65 to 70 hours a week lately. I love it and hate it simultaneously. I love it because the money is way better than when he was working 30 hours per week. not to mention the fact that, in this economy, he has a job at all. I hate it because he is never around and i have to do a lot of things myself that I prefer not to do alone... or at all.

Things I will never do alone again...major Christmas shopping at the mall with Tyler and a ton of snow. Did I mention that my parking spot was really far out and I had to make trips to the car and back with purchases? As a reminder to myself to be grateful, with Mike working so much, I could make the purchases without worries, but still....not fun. At all.

Things I don't want to do at all...shovel the drive way. I almost impulse purchased a snow blower even though it isn't in the budget. I wish we had a neighbor kid who would shovel for $5 or $10...I would totally help him earn some money. Just as I was typing this, 3 boys walked by with shovels and SKIPPED my house. That is bad for business boys, bad for business.

Tonight we were going to put up our Christmas tree because we had plans for tomorrow. I refuse to wait any longer in december to get my house festive...this weather is just too gloomy without some holiday cheer at home. Those plans were just canceled and I called mike to let him know. We were both on the same page. We are ordering pizza and watching whatever movie blockbuster mailed to us this week. Now...I should go clean, but we shall see.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Christmas cards

my Christmas cards are finally going out in the mail tomorrow...a week later than i planned, but not too late for the season. now i need to get my tree up and wrap presents. but first i have to finish my shopping and crafting.

if you don't get a card (only b/c i don't have your address) and want one, let me know!

oh, and tyler is an official model now. he is signed up with Unique here in grand rapids. not sure if he will ever get booked for a job, but we think he is pretty darn cute. he will also make more money an hour than mike and i do combined. too bad about child labor laws, right? i kid, i kid...

Sunday, November 16, 2008

sunday afternoons...

this is what a sunday afternoon looks like at my house...

Saturday, November 15, 2008


tyler helping daddy rake leaves...