Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween

I know ~ there is a lot going on but it was such a fun project. I wasn't too sure what I wanted to do but I knew that I wanted to try something different besides dots and stripes. When I looked on-line for suggestions I was completed bombarded with all these designs that I was feeling even more confused. So I took a breath ... went into the polish stash and looked for what I had since this would give me the base as to what I could do. I did see a cool mummy idea but when I did them it was such an epic failure ~ I almost kept them just for the hilarity factor alone. Instead I did the ghosts and the pumpkins. For the mama toes I used NYC Long Wearing #139 Plaza Plumberry this is such a wonderful deep berry color which goes great with cool season fashion and I used Apple Barrel #20503 White acrylic craft paint for the ghost. The middle toes got a swipe of Sally Hansen Hard As Nails #110 Hard To Get for the base and to really make it opaque I used the Apple Barrel #20503 White acrylic craft paint again. For the tiny pumpkin I used the same orange I use for the Broncos toes Pure Ice #1029 Drive Me Crazy and the steam is in Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure #430 Glass Slipper. To me it still looked like a large orange dot with a small green stripe so I added Sally Hansen Hard As Nails #450 Tons Of Bricks on the outside of the orange to give it some dimension. Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure #430 Glass Slipper was used on all the other toes. Finished off with OPI Top Coat and there you have it.

Isn't pumpkin carving supposed to be fun? There is so much excitement that goes into picking the pumpkin and design that you would think that the rest of it would be just as fun. But then the paper won't stick right and it does seem like an eternity scooping out the inside (which I heard that you can use hairspray to preserve the inside of the pumpkin) and then your hand and arm start to itch due to the pumpkin enzyme and it takes like a billion little holes to outline the design and your hand cramps up from holding the knife so tightly ... oh and don't forget the death defying trick of trying to light the tea candle with out burning yourself. But in the end you almost have this strange sense of accomplishment when you see your pumpkin all lit up in the dark. This year is our youngest grandbaby's first pumpkin carving and we figured since she looooves playing with her food that she would have a blast ... instead she made some strange faces and started to get really fussy and upset ~ the poor thing. So while everyone else was carving pumpkins and after her bath, Tiniest Princess and I baked cookies and watched one of my all time favorite movie ... It's The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown. She didn't make it all the way to the end but that is okay ... I will have tomorrow (and other holidays) to show her the awesomeness that is Charlie Brown. Linus's reaction to the pumpkin carving is priceless.


Sunday, October 26, 2014

Broncos Toes - First 8 Games

Well I guess technically it is 7 games plus 1 bye week but boy has it zoomed. I have been having so much fun sharing getting in the team spirit with you ... that I really haven't minded. It has definitely stretched my creativity and it is so funny just when I think I don't have any new ideas BOOM! a new one pops in my head. Since the team played this past Thursday they don't play today ... which means once again I have a free weekend to polish my toesies with any other colors. So no orange, blue or white and I did red on the bye week ... so maybe purple, green or pink. But with Halloween coming up maybe I will trade my blue for black and do an orange/black theme or better yet trade orange for yellow and have a yellow/black theme. Oooooo ... I like that idea. Okay well then I am off to figure out what I can do that is fun, festive and cool for the beginner nail artist in me.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Broncos Toes - 8

Man ... this picture makes me look like I have Hobbit feet YIKES Anyhow, a short week means coming up with a second design before I am ready. Last Sunday's toes alternated colors from one side to another which was cute in theory but I didn't like the fact that ALL the blue/white were on the same side .. it made me feel like I am a Cowboys or Colts fan and I CAN NOT have that. I'm kinda surprised Mr. didn't say anything but to give him a fair shake I don't think he even notices my feet. LOL So this week I kept the alternating look but had the 3 colors on each side and I like it soooo much better. On the mama toes - I taped over the colored stripes and added 3 more going horizontal and polished 2 coats of NYC Empire State Blue and Sinful Colors Cloud 9 and it made this cute checked/gingham look. Finished with a top coat and there you have it .. super fun toesies =D 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Broncos Toes - 7

This week we are going against the San Fran 49ers ... some of the names of these teams just crack me up =D I liked the stripes so much that I kept them and alternated the smaller toes with the big toe color. Quick and easy ... now pass the humus :p

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Broncos Toes - 6

I'm sorry but every time I see the NY Jets all I do is annoy everyone around me by singing 'Bennie and the Jets'. Don't pretend that you don't do it too =D  Does anyone else think that their green is hideous? This week I did something a bit different. I polished all 10 toes in Sally Hansen Hard As Nails 'Hard To Get #110' and when that dried I cut strips of tape and polished the momma toes in team colors ... Pure Ice 'Drive Me Crazy' and 'Teal Appeal'. They kind of remind me of a circus tent but I am kinda liking the white on the little toes.

I found this video of Elton John doing 'Bennie and the Jets' on Soul Train. I often wondered how to dance to this song and now I know. LOL And the fact that he is wearing the NY Jets team colors (even though not exact) of green and white is just an added bonus. Enjoy =D


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Happy 20th My Sweet

Twenty years ... it is still crazy to me how quickly twenty years went by. At times I feel like I am in the Talking Heads song 'Once In A Life Time' ... And you may find yourself in a beautiful house, with a beautiful wife and you may ask yourself - Well...How did I get here? Letting the days go by. Our days get filled with who is picking up groceries, bath time, homework time, doctor appointments, yard work, house cleaning and piles of laundry that our only marker in life are the holidays. I am always planning for the next project and writing the world's longest to-do list that I have to constantly remind myself to sloooooow doooooown and enjoy each and every day because before I know it I am going to blink and another 20 years would have past. But there is nobody else I want to stand next to when I am 65 than this sweet man. Thank you .. thank you .. thank you Jehovah God for bringing us together. I am not worthy but every day I strive to be a good wife and helper.

Monday, October 6, 2014

20 Days of Marriage Blessings - Day 20

I feel blessed that we are finally here

I truly believe that we are finally the people that God and our parents always wanted us to be .. strong, financially independent, decent, God fearing, loving, good parents, neighborly .. you know the usual things that parents want their kids to be. I know that when we got married in our mid-twenties we were stubborn but resilient, we made TONS of mistakes but we owned up to them and tried not to repeat them and probably gave our parents' more than a few sleepless nights. I am not saying we are perfect or that we always have it together but for the most part I am happy that now they can look at their kids (all of us) with a sense of pride and know that all is good.


Jared Is Super In Supernatural

Congrats Jared Padalecki ~ his show Supernatural starts its 10th ... yes 10th season tomorrow. I haven't seen it in such a long time ever since my watching buddy moved out but I did enjoy watching it. I remember a cute skit which it has his rock 'n roll brother in an alternate life that has him as a straight laced company guy and just remembering thinking WOW this guy looks really great in a suit ... LOL Maybe I will pick up watching it again but then on second thought I have been wanting to get into Downton Abbey or Call The Midwife. I know ~ such polar opposites.

A super cute snap of his boys

Broncos Toes - 5

This week we were a house divided. Well ... kinda. Our Broncos Princess has a Cardinals Guy. Do not worry we don't make him sit outside in his red shirt during the game or exile him to one of the back rooms. He ... like my Mr. ... is born into his team but unlike my Mr. he isn't a follower of football.  He doesn't get wrapped up in pre and post game shows .. he barely cares what is going on with the other teams and about how they affect his team's standing. He is just a team loyalist. Period. My Guy ... well ... he really enjoys of the game and all that it entails. He isn't a fanatic ... just a fan of the sport.

So yesterday when we arrived back home off came the red and on came our team colors. The 8 little pigs got a few coats of Pure Ice 'Teal Appeal' and the 2 momma toes got Pure Ice 'Drive Me Crazy'. Once the orange polish dried I swiped a stripe of Apple Barrel 'White #20503' and added 3 large dots with a bobby bin. When the white dried I did 3 small dots with a bobby pin on top of the white with Pure Ice 'Teal Appeal'.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Happy Birthday Tooooo Yooouuuu ...

Happy Birthday to our youngest Princess. Time flies .. tomorrow we will find out if Grand-Munchkin #3 is going to be a girl or boy. I remember how little you were when I first met you at 3 years old .. you were such a precious child with your cute pigtails and little giggle. Ah heck you still are just as precious .. we love you dearly.  

Thursday, October 2, 2014

20 Days of Marriage Blessings - Days 16 - 19

I feel blessed that we have mostly the same friends
This is an area that I feel really grateful for. I have heard some nightmares from other couples when it comes to having separate friends. We both really didn't have friends when we came together .. our whole lives were wrapped around raising kids as a single parent, which is such a hard job that really doesn't need extra distractions. We did have acquaintances .. people who you see in church or work that you are friendly towards but basically if we needed advice or comfort we would go to our family. Currently our friends are mostly couples - consisting of Mr.'s co-workers and their wives and I have a few female friends that are ex-coworkers that I have kept in touch with. We all get along well and their isn't any mean or caddy talk .. we just have wonderful times together.

For our anniversary Mr. and I are taking the next few days off from work and we are on electronic lock-down .. we are going to try to limit ourselves to just texts to ours kids and work emergencies.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

20 Days of Marriage Blessings - Day 15

I feel blessed that we give each other space

You know . some days you wake up and it goes downhill from there and all you really want is to be left alone. This isn't a bad thing, we all need our quiet time to reflect on the problem or to just let the bad mood pass. The trick to getting through it is to be understanding .. when your spouse, whom you have missed all day, comes home exhausted and worn out and doesn't feel like being with anyone and letting them just be alone.

Gilmore Girls On Netflix

Did you hear? Our favorite Girls are now on instant play on Netflix. SWEET!!! You can catch all the laughter, tears, yelling, hugs and snarky remarks from the beginning (or anywhere you like) of all 7 seasons starting today.

Now you can re-injure your whiplash with the whole Lorelai-Luke-Christopher story. Are you Team Christopher or Team Luke? I was always torn about this but I have always believed that Luke was for her.  Chris is her high school sweetie but he is from the life of privilege that she is so desperately trying to leave behind and at times he seems a bit bratty - buying affection and leaving because he is mad instead of working things out. And then there is Luke who sometimes seems 'below' her but who might actually be more of her 'equal' than anybody else; he is fiercely independent and is all about family and being there for each other. Yup .. she needed to end up with Luke and forget about the whole 7th season ever happening.

You might want to leave on your neck brace because like mother - like daughter in the relationship section with the whole Rory-Dean-Jess triangle. (Which incidentally - as if you already didn't know - Alexis and Milo were dating at the time of their saga.) And don't forget the hunk and half Logan but as cute as he is .. I hated that he dragged .. ok maybe not dragged more like lured .. her into his life the same life her Mom ran from and she followed. UGH ~ kids!

Now when I am stuck in a line or waiting for my Husband I can just click .. click .. click and watch my favorite episodes like when Hep Alien auditioned for a new guitarist, or the time Sookie met Gran, or see Kirk's short film, or Rory getting hit by a deer, or watch the tightly wound Paris unravel on CSPAN, or sit in on a Town Meeting, or watch Michel and Roon arguing in the lobby (where else can they argue?) or listen to Babette and Miss Patty gossip. Gosh there are so many fun episodes .. I never know which one to watch.