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Hi! I am a momma of 2, I’m southern, a vegetarian, & a student. I’m married to a top-notch guy who serves his country for a living. Ethan is the serious type & Lily is the complete opposite of serious! We are currently living it up in NC! This blog is a little place for me to document our lives.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

{bit of something sweet}


I wanted to tell you a little bit more about my shop. Its now not just mine, but ours! My bestie, Lena is joining up! She has an awesome vintage collection. I think we will make a great team! I can't wait to start uploading her goodies to the shop. She has such a good eye for design that I just know everything she finds will be awesome!

For now please check out a few of my favorites from the shop:

1967 Dress pattern

1975 Pant, Jacket and Skirt pattern

1963 Dress pattern

Saturday, June 25, 2011

to do list:

S leaves next week for 4 months worth of school. While he is living it up in Pensacola, I'll be up here in good 'ol Jacksonville, NC. In preparation of his departure, I've come up with a list of things to do while he is away (I like lists, lots of lists).

1). lose 10 lbs - I feel pretty good about myself. I am not a skinny minnie, never really was and I am ok with that. But I need to get some muscle. I don't want to be flabby.

2). find a church - Never thought I would say this but I want to find a church. Must be fun and excepting of me and S. Boring, stuffy church need not apply. No Bible beaters wanted.

3). upload all my goodies to Etsy.com

4). Potty train Ethan (we are starting today, mainly because we ran out of diapers, woops)

5). Sell 5 items from my store and advertise on 3 different blogs.

6). Take Ethan and Lily to ride the train in Burlington.

7). Go to yardsale and find bedroom side table for master bedroom

8). Turn in lease to housing

9). Purge craft space and sell lots of stuff (downsizing to move on base and sadly paper crafts need to go)

10). Finish crafts in progress (including but not limited to Owls and snowmen)

11). Start grad school - finish Fafsa, finish application

I'm sure there are a million other things I will think of after I publish this list. But thats all for now.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

its open!

{bit of something sweet} is now open!! I'm currently just selling vintage patterns but I have a few other vintage items that I need to list. Mostly jewelry and a few vintage coats. I'm also working on some more owls and fine tuning a dinosaur pattern.

Check my shop out if you are interested!!


Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Lily update

A few weeks ago I posted about Lily going to see a specialist about her GI issues. It was the hardest day I've had in a long time. I'm sure it was rough for her.

We drove the night before and stayed with my parents, our appointment was at 9 am and its 153 miles from our place in Jacksonville. That morning we got to the children's hospital around 8 am, we are always way to early, let the kids play with the GIANT fish tank they have and then checked in with the GI clinic.

Lily waiting for the doctor

We saw 2 GI doctors and a dietitian. The conclusion was to up her Zantac meds to 1.5mL 2 times a day and increase her calorie intake to 30 calories per oz. They also ordered a upper GI x-ray but I'll get to that in a bit.

The dietitian told us to increase her calories by adding Pedisure or a high calorie drink to her diet. So we are doing about 3 oz of formula and 3 oz of Pedisure. So far it seems to be working although she hasn't gained any weight since we left the GI. Now to make it more complicated, our OT isn't thrilled about adding such a high calorie drink to her diet because it will cause her to stop eating solid foods which is the whole point of OT. So as of now we are trying to find a happy medium. The main goal is to get Lily to gain weight fast but the end goal is to get her to eat solid foods.

Now onto the the upper GI x-ray. It was horrible. I have never been so sad in my life. All I wanted to do was hold her but they had her taped to a bench and they were rolling her around so they could get pictures of her chest and stomach.

Lily mostly strapped down, still have to get arms above head and taped down :(

The actual x-ray was supposed to be 5 mins but it took them close to 10 mins and it was the longest 10 mins ever. She screamed the.entire.time. I'm sure all the other kids waiting to get x-rayed were terrified because of Lily. But good news did come from this appointment, everything is working right. She has defiant reflux but nothing more serious is wrong.

We go back in 8 weeks, (more like 12 weeks since they are so booked up), to check her weight and reassess the reflux.

Well there ya go, a Lily update :)

Thursday, June 16, 2011

marine wife? regret?

Do you regret marrying into the military? Honest? I do, sometimes. While I love my husband and the opportunities I've had while being a mil-spouse. Sometimes I feel like my life is on hold. Let me be clear. I DO NOT regret marrying my husband. Sometimes I wish I was a normal wife, who lived in a town for longer than a year, who had friends I've known for years. But I don't. I make new friends every year, awesome people, who have enriched my life. I get to decorate a new place often. I know how to pack a moving truck so that nothing moves, thats a talent!

Once upon a time I was a college student working hard day in and day out to be a big shot costume designer. But my goal was to own my own lingerie line. Yes you read that right, I wanted to design undies. My roomie, Lena and I talked and dreamed about moving to LA and working on movies and tv shows while designing our own clothing lines. One day we would open our own boutique. We were going to be awesome and live fab lives.

I met Sohel when I was 19. He was 21 and already in the Marine Corps. I knew he was for me. Fast forward 9 years (almost), 2 kids later and a few ups and down with the military vs. civilian life here I am. A stay at home mom who very rarely uses her sewing machine. Who thinks about LA sometimes but loves being with my kids playing dinosaurs or racing cars.

Lately I have been dusting my sewing machine and it feels good. I'm slowly gaining a little bit of Lindsey back that has been hiding under pregnancies, children and moves. I have realized that I don't have to lose myself to be a military spouse. I can have it all. I just need to work hard, set goals and I can achieve what I want. It may not be boutique in LA but it can be boutique on etsy.com or in Overland Park, KS (that one is for you hubby ;0) ).

thanks for reading :)

Friday, June 3, 2011

a bit of crafting and a little bit personal stuff

You will not believe it but I am trying my hand at digital scrap (thanks to a girl who inspired me to try). I wanted to scrap so bad but I honestly didn't enjoy paper scrapping. By the time I got an idea, organized my stuff and started my time was up. So I had been admiring digital scrap pages from a far on many sites but mainly two peas in a bucket and just decided to take a leap. I downloaded a few of the free kits. After a quick lesson on how to use Photoshop Elements (also a free trial) I got started. I am nowhere close to being as amazing some of the digital scrappers out there but I enjoy it and I'm creating memories for my family.

Check out some of my layouts!

On a personal note, next week we are taking Lily to Duke Children's hospital for her GI appointment. I am hoping we can get some answers as what is going on with her, will she be medicated for life? Does she need a surgery because her throat is to small (ok this is all in my imagination, I don't know if there is such thing as a to small throat. Let alone a surgery for it)? But I am hoping its not a waste of our 153 miles one way to the appointment and the Dr doesn't rush us out. I just want to know she will grow out of it or what I need to do to make her better. Her occupational therapy seems to be going well. We have moved up to stage 3 baby food and a few bottles (not pleased about bottles, but whatever works) of milk. She is still mostly drinking formula and still needs Zantac 2x a day.

We have been doing therapeutic brushing for 2 weeks now, not really sure if its making a difference. But she likes it and I don't mind doing it. It takes up a lot of our time, we have to do it every 2 hours. We have been using a Nuk brush before meal times, this has been helping her use her muscles on the sides of her mouth as well as oral stimulation. I've also gotten her a few little balls, she loves them and seems to be getting over her issues with touching "weird" feeling things.

Just to leave you with a happy thought


Thanks for reading.