Saturday, October 29, 2011

Still Alive and Kicking

I feel like it's been months since I sat down to write about life + other things going on in our world.  And it quite practically has been!  I sat down this morning to check up on the world around me and my Reader has reached the 1000+ mark in posts to read!!  

One one hand, I'm okay with that.  Work has been great, life has been active and I haven't had the time to give.  Could going to bed at 9 pm have something to do with that?  Truth, no lie.  On the other hand, dang! I have some major reading to do!  

Not to mention all the things I have to share with you, dear reader!  I could list them all, but in the time it would take to do that, I quite possibly could have another post written.  :)

For now, I will leave you with this little gem to get you into the mood of the Halloween weekend:
This little guy is sitting on Benjamin's work area in the clinic.  He too is undergoing some orthodontic work! 
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Sunday, October 16, 2011

A Dog Named Matt

Three years ago or so I came across the cutest doormat that was made in the shape of a dachshund.  It was adorable.  And it was also 70 euros.  No way was I going to pay over $100 for a doormat no matter how stinking cute it was.  I sent the link to Benjamin anyway.  He's really good about filing things like that away for "just in case" purposes.

There have been quite a few times over the years that we have talked about that doormat and really, how it would be perfect for us, especially now that we have a Lulu.

Inspired by the surge of crafty energy that has been filling our house as of late, we set out to make one of our own.
It turned out better than we expected!  Lulu loved it so much, she asked us to make some for her friends, Jingle and Dexter.
So we did!
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Saturday, October 8, 2011

Brought to you by the Letter A.

Happy Fall, Dearest Reader!  

I'm not sure about where you are, but here in The Great State of Texas, fall has arrived!!  This week and part of the last we have been experiencing days of high 80's/low 90s and nights as cool as low 60s!  LOVE fall weather!

This change in weather has also brought about a change in me... a crafty change!  I have been re-inspired and now have dreams of grandeur for creating, repurposing and decorating things for others and our house.  After seeing an adorable idea for a Halloween wreath online and then again on my sister-in-law's front door, I decided to make one too.

It was quite easy to assemble.  Instead of glueing the tulle to the craft wreath, I simplified it a bit and tied the tulle around the wreath.  Once it was all said and done, I proudly showed Benjamin who then helped me hang it on the front door.

Here is my finished product:
Adorable, right?! And because I was so excited about it, I took this picture detailing my awesome handiwork...
I even texted it to my Mom to show her that yes, I can still be crafty too!  So there my wreath hung on my door excitedly waiting to greet visitors stating that indeed, the Cozad's lived here.  

Our first set of visitors arrived that very evening as we had a small gathering of folks over to play Rock Band in celebration of Benjamin's birthday.  The door bell rings and I hear laughter outside.  I think to myself, they must think my wreath is adorable too!  We open the door to the Bailey's who ask if I made the wreath myself.  "Yes, I did!," I proudly exclaimed.  
"Where's the 'a'?"
"The 'a'.  Your last name has an 'a' in it.  Where is it?"

Oh.My.Stars... I MISSPELLED MY LAST NAME!  My wreath was proclaiming not that the Cozad's lived here, but the COZD's did.  Who are the Cozd's?!  How do you even say that?!  In a fit of laughter with encouragement from the group now crowding around my front door, I decided the best thing to do would be to insert an impromptu 'a' in-between the 'z' and 'd'.  Cause that's where it goes.  That is where the 'a' should have been.  Well, in doing that the paint plopped out and it was just a disaster. A disaster!!  I could not believe that I had misspelled my last name, although to be fair, it's only been my last name for 4 years.  I even wrote it out in pencil before painting it on and thought, yup...that looks right.  Benjamin on the other hand didn't catch it either and it's been his last name for 28 years!! 

Thankfully, Benjamin has a garage full of tools a wood shop and he was able to sand off the first attempt so that I could erase the disaster and re-create.

Thank the Lord for friends who can spell and the high grade sanding tool that gave this girl another chance to add the 'a'.
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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Benjamin's Rockin' Birthday

This year for Benjamin's birthday we were able to have dinner with our families on his actual birthday at Cheesecake Factory downtown.  The night before however we had a few friends over to celebrate in rockstar fashion - with cookie cake and Rock Band!
Everyone took turns playing the different instruments throughout the evening.  Everything from Bruno Mars to Lady Gaga to Queen to Journey was belted and banged out!
 The room is serious about rocking out!
 This is the love of my life!
Smiles for the key-tar!
 Happy Ladies!
These dudes rock hard core!
Casey in the zone!
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