Tuesday, January 31, 2012

It's starting

Earlier this year, I blogged about how I cannot wait for Spring.
How I love to get my hands dirty and grow things.

Well, it has started.
And I am so excited!

It is such an awesome feeling when something I have planted starts to grow.
Makes me me powerful. Like Tom Hanks in Castaway, when he is so proud of himself for making fire.

"I have made onions!"

And I have started making my crochet hearts for Valentine's decorating.

And later this week, I start sewing my apron.

Man, I am feeling crafty these days. And productive.
Oh, wait. I haven't done much cleaning this week.

So much for productivity.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Learning to Sew

Jerry has been picking on me since we met cause I never learned to sew. In our house, when something needed to be mended or patches sewn on, it was Jerry who always did it.
That's what happens when you marry a boy scout.

But that's all going to change next week.
I am going to learn to sew from a friend at church who is teaching a sewing class for the home school ministry.
I am not part of the home school, but I wanted to learn and she invited me to join.
I jumped at the chance.

No more jokes and pokes from Jerry.
I'm going to be a regular seamstress.
Just you wait and see.

My first project is this sweet retro apron.

I have been wanting an apron for a while now, but I hate those plain ones you can get at Wal Mart or Target.
I wanted something with style.
I love the 50's style. I think I was born in the wrong era.

Here are the colors I picked out for my new pretty.

I choose these colors because my kitchen is in teal and yellow.
So, I wanted to match.

However, since I am a girlie girl, I also choose these colors for a second apron.

Hey, I can have two, or three, or four.

Up next, curtains and tablecloths and sheets and...

I suppose I should see how I do with the apron before I start touting my sewing skills.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012


I have a confession to make.

I love wrestling.
You know, the cheesy, soap opera, professional wrestling called the WWE.

When I was a little girl, I would snuggle with my grandpa every Saturday night and watch the WCCW on TV.
When I was 8 or 9 years old, my dad and grandpa took me to a live wrestling show.
That is a memory I will never forget. We were on the front row and I yelled and cheered louder than anyone else. I was so excited to see the people in person that I had only seen on TV.

When I was a teenager I would get together with my brother, sister, and her husband to watch WCW Monday Night Nitro. Every week, that's where you would find me.
Back then, you would never catch me watching the WWE.
They were the competition.

But then,the WWE bought out the WCW and I finally started to watch.
And I was just as addicted to their silliness as I had been to the others.

As an adult, I only watched wrestling occasionally. There was too much to do to stop and watch a two hour program every week.

Then came the miracle of DVR.
I love DVR. Now I don't have to sit through the stupid commercials and I can only watch the parts I want to see.

Josh started joining me in watching wrestling every week.
If you know Josh, this comes as no surprise. He is an all out boy and wrestling is right up his alley.
Watching every week became our time together.
He would come snuggle up with me and cheer our favorite wrestlers.

When I found out that WWE was coming to Las Cruces I knew I had to get tickets for me and Josh.
It would be the kind of memory for him that I had as a little girl.

The night of the show, Josh and I were excited.
We made a poster of our favorite wrestler, John Cena.
And Jerry took our picture doing his signature move, "You can't see me!"

We could hardly wait for the action to begin.
When it did, it was nonstop fun.

Then it was time for the man, John Cena. As you can tell, Josh was a little excited.

And you can also tell why he is my favorite wrestler.

Nah, I'm just kidding. He's my favorite because he is so good to the fans.
After the match, he went around gretting and talking to the fans.
A real class act.

We had a really good time and Josh cannot wait until we go again.

I have done my job right, creating a new generation of wrestling fans.

My grandpa would be proud.

Friday, January 20, 2012


Hello, my name is Verna and I'm addicted to Pinterest.

There really should be a support group for us, don't you think?
I am on Pinterest nearly everyday. It is so much fun to look through all the stuff.
Some of the projects I have actually done, some are on the back burner waiting...

But today I am going to show some of the ones I like this week.

I have a board dedicated to my childhood memories.
I found this picture this week and it totally took me back to the teen years...
I absolutely adored these books. I read all of them, some several times.

I am planning on making these cute little hearts for Valentine's decorations in the house.
We will see if it actually gets done.

I have made this dish detergent twice now and I am thrilled with it. It is really easy to make and lasts forever!

I also made this scrub last week. And I adore it! It makes my skin so soft I want to use it all the time.

And since I couldn't narrow it to one funny picture, here are some of my favorites.

 Get it? Hehehe!

I am sure I'll find lots more this week, but that is all for now.

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Full Weekend

This past weekend was very eventful.
Jerry had a 4 day weekend and the kids were off school Monday for MLK Day and we had a lot planned.

Friday, Jerry and I took some much needed alone time while the kids were in school to have lunch together and do a little shopping.
Friday night is family night, so we choose to watch movies and eat tons of popcorn and candy.
I'm thinking next weekend, I want to go to the gym together.

Since we were gone last weekend to the marriage retreat, I told Trina that we would do her birthday party this weekend. Whatever she wanted to do.  I thought she would choose a sleepover with a lot of friends or maybe bowling.
She chose Chuck E Cheese.

Surprised me, but hey,  you are never too old for Chuck E Cheese.
So,  Saturday afternoon we picked up a couple of her friends and headed out.

While the girls were playing, this is what I was doing.

I love my Kindle. I am so addicted to Every Word and Every Word Crossings.
But I did manage to read chapter 2 of Beth Moore's So Long Insecurity.
If anyone is looking for a good Bible study, I recommend this one. It is very, very good.

While I was busy with the girls, Jerry took the boys to his new hobby SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism).
Don't really know what that means except he dresses up in Medieval armor and beats the crap out of people.

The boys had a good time. Although they were disappointed that they couldn't use the real swords. They had to make do using the foam ones. 
I think I will go with them next time and make sure to get some good photos. I took the camera with me so Jerry couldn't get any of the boys. His friend took these ones of him fighting.

Saturday evening the Girl Scouts were hosting a Father/Daughter dance. 
Trina was so excited to go with her Daddy on a date.

Jerry embarrassed her by requesting Locomotion and starting a conga line dance.
But she came home beaming, so she must have had a good time.
Good job, Daddy!

Our church was having a bake sale to raise money for the teens Tuesday, so Trina spent most of the Monday afternoon baking goodies.

Yes, I did let her use my new mixer.
Under strict supervision.

She made banana chocolate muffins, apple nut bread, pumpkin cookies, and Nutella cupcakes.

Jerry always tells me I only make stuff for the church or other events, so I had Trina make double batches of everything except the Nutella cupcakes.

He was very happy.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

A Beautiful Time

I told you guys that my mom and dad got remarried on Christmas Eve.
They first got married in 1957 and were married for 34 years before deciding to part ways.
They got back together in 1998, seven years after the divorce was final.

I have asked them repeatedly since them when they were going to make it official and get married again.
Same answer every time...later.

Well, when my mom called me this past Fall and told me they were going to the justice of the peace and get remarried, I was thrilled.
However, I was not going to allow them to just go to the courthouse for this special occasion.
And I wanted to be there.

So, I told them I would plan it if they would come to El Paso and get married in my church. They agreed and I got busy planning.

Not only would I get to have my family with me at Christmas, I would be present for the wedding that I had wanted for so long.
 If I had my way, it would have been a big extravaganza with lots of flowers and food and fun. But they wanted small and simple.
Jerry's mom is an ordained minister, so she agreed to perform the ceremony.
Woohoo! More people for Christmas.

We were allowed to use my church for the ceremony, and since it was already decorated for Christmas, I didn't need to do any more.

We decided that since it was Christmas Eve, we would do it in the afternoon and have a big feast at home for the "reception." (I suppose it isn't really a reception when just family is present, but whatever.)

Here is the beautiful bride.

Josh, Jamie, and my nephew Stephen were the best men and walked down the aisle with my dad.

Next up...the two granddaughters.

Then, it was time.
Joy and I walked our mom down the aisle.

After an emotional prayer...

The ceremony began.

Next up was picture time.

Erica caught the bouquet, which is fitting since she is engaged to be married next fall.

When we got back to the house, I made the newlyweds wait in the car while I ran in the house to get the rice.
I know, I know, you aren't supposed to throw rice anymore. But I forgot about it until right then, so I didn't have anything else.
Besides, it's winter, the birds are supposed to be south. Oh wait, El Paso is south.. Oh, well.

Dad insisted on carrying mom over the threshold. That was truly hilarious!
Sorry about the lighting, I had put the camera down right as he picked her up. I had to hurry to get the shot.

It really was a special, beautiful wedding.
No matter how old you are, you want to see your mom and dad together and happy.
I am so glad they decided to get remarried and I am beyond thrilled that I got to be there.