Alright..

Okay.. So I decided if I was gonna have this blog, I should use it!  I’ve moved on to a new life in Wyoming!  My Hubs is off on deployment soon, and the kids and I are trying to get settled!  We moved into the 120 year old Craftsman Style house I grew up in.. unfortunately, there have been several renter’s here.. and not one of them had decent decorating sense!  I will be posting before and after pictures as I work my way through the house.. it’s gonna be a slow process, but definitely worthwhile!  This is our Forever House.. I refuse to move again!!  I’m off to see what all of my bloggy friends have been up to!  If you are a reader.. please leave me a comment!  I need some motivation to blog!!!

  Happy Monday Everyone!!!

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Oh Well.. oh well, what an adventure!

Yep.. that’s the path I’m on right now.. everything seems to be focused on what is going on right now.. and how right now choices are going to play out in a year.. Lets just say, our Navy life could be finished, or maybe not.. without going into detail, all I know is this time next year I have a feeling my life will be totally different..  We should find out this week.  One path takes us on another 3 year tour the other takes us home to Wyoming to start the next phase.  I hate relying on other’s to make these decisions for us.. extremely frustrating!!!

  So.. I have been extremely lacking in the blogging department.. that includes visiting other’s.. I check in with a few here and there.. but mostly you can find me on Facebook.. seems to be my “drug” of choice for now!  I guess I’m just unmotivated to see all of the fun projects that everyone is doing.. since all of my decorating plans are in Wyoming!!  I didn’t even get out my Easter Decorations this year.. nope, nada.. sad huh?  I did dig out the Easter Baskets for my kids.. that was it. 

  Let’s see.. I feel another five years older today.. My son turns 16!!!  Really, am I old enough to have a 16 year old?  I don’t feel like it~  I feel like I could be 16 (mentally of course.. not physically!!)  He’s not getting  his licence yet.. he still needs Driver’s Education, but he’s on his way.  Both of my kids really have grown up this year.  I spent 3 days last week up on Orca’s Island in the San Juan’s with my daughter’s school.  Every year the 6th graders in our area go to Camp Moran.  It was fun, but it was really interesting to see my 12 year old interacting with her peers.. she’s just not a little girl anymore!  I do have some pictures.. Here’s one of just her.. it was a fun time.. the weather was gorgeous..

Ali at Camp Moran

Ali at Camp Moran

 

Here’s one of the Waterfall we hiked to…

Waterfall

Waterfall

And one of the girls Kayaking.. Their Favorite Activity!!

Kayaking

Kayaking

  The only thing I have worked on recently is a lamp.. it was a thrift store find.. all of it under $3.00~!!  It started out as a beautiful 80’s castoff – think Mauve and Blue.. and ducks.. lovely!!!  I forgot to take a before picture.. but here she is now in her loveliness! 

"New" Desk Light

"New" Desk Light

Soooo.. that’s what’s been going on in my little world.. catch me on Facebook if you like.. search for Cara McDaniel.

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Leavin on an Airplane~

I’m off to my Mom’s in Utah for the weekend.. getting ready to shop till I drop (or till I spend my budgeted allowance!) Have a fun weekend!

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All right.. I did it~

I’ve updated my Blogroll.. I accidently erased everyone.. then had to start fresh!  Sooo.. if I’ve forgotten YOU please drop me a line and I’ll get you added asap!!

  I hope that everyone is having a great weekend.. I’m sitting in my pajama’s, drinking coffee.. and just enjoying the day (oops, I thought I was on facebook posting about my mood!!!)

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Blogroll

Today I’m re-vamping my blogroll…

  If anyone wants to be added.. leave me a note~!

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What the???

First of all.. if anyone is still reading my blog.. I’m sorry I’ve been gone~  But in some ways.. not really~

Blogland has really overwhelmed me lately.  I started my blog to talk about fun projects, my kids, my husband.. an occasional recipe.  I feel like I’ve been reduced to “Keeping up with the Bloggers”  or checking to see if my blog was on the “right” blogrolls.   Sorry Folks, that’s just not me.  I’m just a plain old Navy Wife, just having a plain old life!  I don’t do a project every day.. or even every month.  I love to try new recipes.. but my husband would think I was crazy if I documented every step in bold color pictures, plus, then you would see that I taste for seasoning with my fingers!  My house isn’t perfectly staged every day.. I live here, my kids live here.. my dogs sleep on the couch and beds for goodness sake!  I sort of feel that I’ve gotten out of my element.. and I’m trying to get back to that.. whatever it may be! 

  So.. I was out in blogland today and ran acrossed a blog post that inspired me to come back to my blog.  She said what I was thinking.. to the very last period.  Thank You Rue

  I’m jumping back in.. wish me luck!

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Anyone wanna?

Come over and clean my house?  Take my Children somewhere?  Take my son to YET ANOTHER Eye Doctor Appointment??? 

Just Checking!!!

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I’m an ….

Ingrid!

 

I was hoping for a Marilyn.. who wouldn’t want to be a Marylin???  But, after I read about Ingrid.. she’s more my style~!!   My friend Marie took this quiz.. it looked like fun.. and, it’s only 2 questions- My kinda Quiz!!!

Here’s the link for all of you who want to see who you are!!

http://www.helloquizzy.com/tests/are-you-a-jackie-or-a-marilyn-or-someone-else-mad-menera-female-icon-quiz

 

Your result for Are You a Jackie or a Marilyn? Or Someone Else? Mad Men-era Female Icon Quiz

You Are an Ingrid!

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You are an Ingrid — “I am unique”

 

 

Ingrids have sensitive feelings and are warm and perceptive. 

 

How to Get Along with Me

  • * Give me plenty of compliments. They mean a lot to me.
  • * Be a supportive friend or partner. Help me to learn to love and value myself.
  • * Respect me for my special gifts of intuition and vision.
  • * Though I don’t always want to be cheered up when I’m feeling melancholy, I sometimes like to have someone lighten me up a little.
  • * Don’t tell me I’m too sensitive or that I’m overreacting!

 

 

What I Like About Being an Ingrid

  • * my ability to find meaning in life and to experience feeling at a deep level
  • * my ability to establish warm connections with people
  • * admiring what is noble, truthful, and beautiful in life
  • * my creativity, intuition, and sense of humor
  • * being unique and being seen as unique by others
  • * having aesthetic sensibilities
  • * being able to easily pick up the feelings of people around me

 

 

What’s Hard About Being an Ingrid

  • * experiencing dark moods of emptiness and despair
  • * feelings of self-hatred and shame; believing I don’t deserve to be loved
  • * feeling guilty when I disappoint people
  • * feeling hurt or attacked when someone misundertands me
  • * expecting too much from myself and life
  • * fearing being abandoned
  • * obsessing over resentments
  • * longing for what I don’t have

 

 

Ingrids as Children Often

  • * have active imaginations: play creatively alone or organize playmates in original games
  • * are very sensitive
  • * feel that they don’t fit in
  • * believe they are missing something that other people have
  • * attach themselves to idealized teachers, heroes, artists, etc.
  • * become antiauthoritarian or rebellious when criticized or not understood
  • * feel lonely or abandoned (perhaps as a result of a death or their parents’ divorce)

 

 

Ingrids as Parents

  • * help their children become who they really are
  • * support their children’s creativity and originality
  • * are good at helping their children get in touch with their feelings
  • * are sometimes overly critical or overly protective
  • * are usually very good with children if not too self-absorbed

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Christmas at My House

Yep.. two days in a row!  I’m joining KIMBA’S  OPEN HOUSE PARTY as my way to jump back into bloggin! 

First we begin in the Entry.. The Hubs built this cabinet for me for my Birthday this year.. I just LOVE it!!!  (the mess in the background.. just keepin it real for you!!)

Entry Cabinet

Entry Cabinet

Here’s a couple of close-ups..

Top of cabinet

Top of cabinet

close up of Santa

close up of Santa

 

Next.. we move into the Kitchen.  I’ve added some fun things this year! 

First stop.. the top of the fridge.. (don’t even ASK to see the front.. it’s a mess!)

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Moving over to the Hoosier..

Snoman on the Hoosier

Snoman on the Hoosier

I have a little tree next to it.. very cute!

Little Kitchen Tree

Little Kitchen Tree

Do you all find it hard to photgraph trees?  To turn on the lights or not?  Flash or not?? 

Next we move onto the China Cabinet..

Top of China Cabinet

Top of China Cabinet

Inside the China Cabinet

Inside the China Cabinet

Moving into the Living room.. Here is my Village… I’ll do a separate post later on how I built this village~  *hint* don’t throw away all of those VCR tapes!!!

The Village

The Village

Yep.. two lights are out.. more real life!

Moving right along now.. Here’s the Mantle.  I never got to join The Nester’s Garland Party.. But she did give me lots of guidance this year.. I bulked up the greenery and swagged it.. LOVE IT!  My Nativity is on the mantle.  I bought it in Italy when we were stationed there.

The Mantle

The Mantle

A close up..

The mantle.. with Nativity

The mantle.. with Nativity

Notice that the stockings aren’t hung?  I’m workin on it.. I AM!!

Here’s the top of Big Black.. that’s what my kids call the Entertainment Center..lol!  You’ll recognize the blurry picture from my header.. I love the way it turned out too.   I copied the mantle garland, minus the lights.. and swagged the front..

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Big Black all decked out!

Big Black all decked out!

Here’s Santa.. he’s watching to make sure alllll of the kids are being good this year~!  So far so good!!

Santa and the Christ-Moose

Santa and the Christ-Moose

He stands next to the tree… I have a slim tree.  I wish for a big lush tree.. but in my house it just wouldn’t work!  Sooooo I load it up!!

The tree

The tree

Here are a few close-ups… See anything that you may remember?  The dollar tree stars in Red and Cream… I’m so glad I found them~

Stars.. and Santa's Watch

Stars.. and Santa's Watch

White star

White star

I use grapevine, cranberry beads and red berry picks in my tree.. never toooo much I say!!

And Remember… only 9 Days Left!!!

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Yeah.. you know it!

I AM the world’s worst blogger!!!  I know.. I’m sorry!  Let’s just say, it’s been a crazy month. 

  Lets just start, well, lets start the week before Thanksgiving.  My Mom arrived on Saturday.. all was well.  We took the kids down to Deception Pass (I guess it would be up, or maybe over.. I dunno..)  Here are some pictures that I took..

Jordan

Jordan

 

Ali

Ali

 

The kids and I

The kids and I

 

Me and Mom

Me and Mom

Oh yuck.. double chin, crow’s eyes.. whew, I’m feelin’ old!

  We had a fun time.. Jordan even walked across the bridge with our family friend Deb.

Deb and Jojo

Deb and Jojo

I didn’t walk the bridge.. it was soooo windy, and the bridge moves when it’s like that.. yuck! 

  So, we made it through the weekend.. Monday we went to the Twilight Movie.. I liked it.  I thought it was a fairly good interpretation of the book.. at least on the budget they had!  Did any of  you catch Stephenie Meyer sitting at the counter?? 

On Tuesday, Deb, Mom and I loaded up to catch the 7:30 ferry to Port Townsend.. we were off to FORKS!!!  It was rainy, foggy.. everything you’d expect!  An Edward kind of day for all of you Twilighter’s!!!

Forks Police Department

Forks City Hall/Police Department

 

Me, in front of Forks High School

Me, in front of Forks High School

(yep, I started that DIET right away!!)

Dr. Cullen's Parking spot.  There were people staring out the window watching me take this!!

Dr. Cullen's Parking spot. There were people staring out the window watching me take this!!

 

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Bella's Truck

Bella's Truck

Fun sign.. They have a paper tacked to it that say's Twilight

Fun sign.. They have a paper tacked to it that crosses out logging for Vampire

 

That’s when my camera died!  Can you believe it????  Anywhoo.. the town is actually LOVING all of the attention (and revenue) that they are getting!  I bought Ali a T-shirt for her birthday and the little store gave us “Bella’s Survival Kit”  it’s an Antiseptic Wipe, Bandage, Triple Antibiotic Cream.. really cute idea.  We signed the Fork’s Guest Book.  There was a signature on our page from Japan!!  Of course, I can’t leave our Island without Drama happening at home.. Jojo texted me to tell me he’d been hurt in Gym.  He’d gotten hit in the eye with a badmitton raquet.  His eye was full of blood, and he couldn’t see.  So, the hubs took him to the Urgent Care.. and we are STILL dealing with it!  He has Tramatic Iritis.  The pressure won’t go down.. so he’s on Oral Meds, 3 types of Drops.. it hasn’t been fun!!  That is the main reason I’ve been so bad about bloggin.. just going to the Eye Specialist every other day, going back and forth to the school to put in his eye drops.. (they don’t have a full time Nurse..ARGH!!)  and the School.. well, lets just say they aren’t on my Christmas List this year.  They started covering their bases as soon as it happened.  The PE teacher wasn’t even in the room.. and she’s accusing him of goofing around.. it’s not been a fun 3 weeks!  His pupil is still cat-like and they don’t know if that will ever change.. the Dr. was  hilarious.. told him not to become a criminal, because he could easily be picked out in a line up!  A little giggle in a bad situation!

  But.. I did manage to get the house decorated.. only took me a week.. or more!  I will post pictures tomorrow.. I’m going to participate in Kimba’s Party..   I figured that would be a great way to drop myself back into the world of bloggin!  I hope all of you will participate too!  It will be fun to see everyone’s homes~!!

Then.. last Saturday it was Ali’s birthday.. I was only permitted to take a few pictures.. (she’s 12 now.. ugh!!)

opening gifts..

opening gifts..

 

blowing out the candles

blowing out the candles

So.. that’s what’s been up with me.. sorry to have abandoned my blog.. but hopefully I’m back!  I do say that a lot, but I’ve missed it!  See you all tomorrow for the tour of Holdiay Homes!!!  Happy Monday!!!

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