Family Fun

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Quality family time time can go a long way. Today we spent a few hours in a toddler pool on my back porch. My son was so happy.  His father participated (which doesn’t happen often) and Josh has been over the moon all day.

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Here Josh’s dad was teaching him how to make a ball shoot out of the water.

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Family time is priceless.

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Leave it to me to make our activity in to a theraputic activity. We decided to catch the fish. All we needed was a net, some fish, and a couple of balls. Josh was working on his motor skills and didn’t even know.

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Apparently Josh thought it was time for sushi.

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 Josh says no more pictures please. My son’s smile and joy makes me beyond happy. Nothing is better.

Enjoy your family! These are the moments your children will remember. These are also the moments your children will try to recreate for their children.

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Project 3: Organize My World

BEFORE

This is my nightstand table.  This becomes my I’m not sure if I should keep it or throw it away storage area.  Yes, when I open the door the contents fall out.  The trashcan became my friend for this organize.  I didn’t need any extra money for this one.  All I needed was patience.  That’s right patience.  I needed to sit down and go throw everything in the stand and either throw it away or find an actual place for the item.

AFTER

That’s much better.

Oops.. night stands are private.  Now you know I have no idea what I am doing. Ssshhh….Let’s keep it our secret.

Day 2: Organize My World

Before

I have always been embarrassed by my linen closet.  My guest always make themselves at home, so that means they go through my closets. My company has never said anything, but really this should have been organized years ago.

After

This is so much nicer.  I took two medium boxes full of towels and blankets out.  Some will be added to the yard sale and some will make it to the trash.  I finally took Josh’s crib set out of the closet and added it to the yard sale pile.  That is a little sad, but he doesn’t need it anymore.  I separated the toilet paper and put the rolls under the bathroom sinks.  That makes more sense anyway.  I used two bowls ($2 at Wal-Mart) and rolled the wash clothes in one and rolled hand towels in the other. I also bought a storage bag ($4 at Wal-Mart) and stored the sheets in there.

I am sure over the next 29 days that my closets are my shame.  I am still waiting for suggestions.  I have 29 things left to organize.  Help me out.

Day 1: Organize My World

The Pantry

Before

This is my pantry before.  Messy and cluttered.  The shoes were always in the way.   I wanted to clean and organize it every time I went in there. You know how it is….I’ll do it tomorrow never seems to happen.  Well, I did it today!

The Pantry

After

I added a few canvas containers for the shoes and a few plastic baskets (I got at the Dollar Store) for the cleaners.

Now my pantry is clean and organized.

31 Days of Re-Organization

I have seen so many blogs about organization tips I thought I would take up a 31 day challenge.  I am going to organize something in my house for the next 31 days. The closets are a given.  My closets are terrible, but I need some suggestions on what else I might want to work on.  What types of clean up projects have you done?  What tips can you give me?

The above picture is my pantry/laundry room/shoe closet.  The finished project is coming tomorrow.  I will probably post it towards the end of the day seeing that I haven’t started on it yet.

Wish me luck and please leave me some suggestions!

Nicole Bishopp: The Sharpie Artist

Nicole Bishopp is a wife, mother, sister, daughter, snowboarder, skateboarder, artist, adventurer, and college graduate.

Nicole grew up in a small town in Maryland.  She knew she wanted to be an artist since she was in grade school. Her family wanted her to seek something different for work since there were not many opportunities for an art career in Hagerstown. Needless to say, she was anxious to get out and explore the world as soon as she could.

She attended Montana State University (Bozeman), and  graduated with a BFA in Sculpture/Ceramics
She also earned a degree in Web Design at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh.

I knew of Nicole when I was a freshman in high school.  She intimidated me a bit, and because of this it took me until my senior year to actually talk to her. This is saying a lot because we went to a really small school.  This may seem irrelevant , but there’s a reason to my digression.  I mentioned that I would be writing about people who inspire me. Nicole is one of those people. I was so intimidated by her, because in a time where most people are desperate to follow the crowd and be accepted Nicole remained true to herself.  She never struck me as the type of person that would change herself for someone else. I think we have all admired someone from a far because of a strong quality that they possess.  I got to know Nicole my senior year and discovered I was right.  She is an extremely talented artist.  She believes in herself, and is kind to others.  She has an energy that is wonderful to be around.

Nicole’s first job was working for her father. She has come a long way from cutting glass for her father’s side business.  She is now an accredited artist.

 She  started out creating 3 dimensional art in college and loved
the freedom of it. This is the first piece she sold.  Hitch hiking.  He is 6 ft. tall sculpture.

 

After college started a pottery business
at MSU .  She said she had so much fun and loved throwing pots.

She lives in Washington with her husband and son.  She is a long way from home, but she is thriving in her artistic endeavors.

 

One day she picked up a sharpie and started to create unique and beautiful art.  I asked her why sharpie and she responded because of the permanence. She  started doing illustration a year ago and In her words was lucky enough to be interviewed by Sharpie Permanent Marker and featured on their website. Here’s the link to her work.
http://blog.sharpie.com/2011/07/classic-marker-new-media/

She has also combined her love for skateboarding and art.  Here are some of her examples.

Upcoming Events:

Nicole has a  showing of her work May 24, 2012 in San Diego, CA at 4th
and B(http://4thandbevents.com/) with RAWartists
(http://www.rawartists.org/)

If you want to see more of Nicole’s art please follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

www.facebook.com/nicolebishoppart
http://twitter.com/Nicole_Bishopp

Right now Nicole  is in the running to have her artwork put onto a bottle. You can vote once a day for the next five days.

http://www.talenthouse.com/creativeinvites/preview/a6dec7715bc4082a4de142729655a7b6/446

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.  Steve Jobs

Nicole inspires me. She is living her dream.  She knew what she wanted out of life and stayed true to her path.  Her passion is clear in her work. I hope you will enjoy her art and support her ambition.

Gift Bag Joy

I have been so busy over the past week I haven’t been able to blog as much as I want.  I miss it.  This week is  going to be busy also, but I will try to update you with our lives, recipes, crafts, diy projects, and other inspirations.

Josh and I were able to distribute his fish gift bags (click on fun for the kiddos to see bags)the other week , and we were able to introduce him and his uniqueness to his  Sunday school friends.  Yesterday after I dropped him off to his class one of the girls came up to me gave me a letter for Josh.

Front and back of the letter

This letter touched my heart so much.  There is nothing like a child’s heart.  I hope one day Josh can appreciate this letter as much as I do.

Josh’s favorite Sesame Street character.  Abby Cadabby.  My little guy is so sweet.