Fall Funday for the Busy Mom

Fall Funday for the Busy Mom

Aging Ain’t for Cowards

Aging ain’t for cowards.

Yeah, you youngins can’t relate…but just wait.

Oh, I too was that kid, young adult…even 40 yr. old that thought, “I’ll never look like that, I’ll never have those, I’ll never be…” (fill in the blank).

It’s coming to you, TOO!

Old age:

Menopause.

Poor eyesight.

Wrinkles.

You know, the guy who finally can afford the hot, new, sports car.You look over, and he’s as old as your grandpa. And wearin’ a gold chain, at that!

God bless ’em…enjoy that car!

YOU’VE EARNED IT!

Yes, we all are going to age and with it has come some lovely, side benefits..NOT!

Oh, you might think it gross, unpleasant to talk of, but surely it IS coming.

There’s no gettin’ around it!😮

We all have hoped we will age gracefully.

That no wheelchair, nursing home, or ailment will befall us

not to be negative-just REAL —

One never knows what the next day will hold.

So, ENJOY today!

Be kind. Help someone.

Do what you’ve always wanted to do.

And do it skin tag free! HA

Getting older and skin tags.

Fall Funday

Fall Funday

 

Fall Funday

Fall Funday

Be THAT Parent

caring kids

Be THAT Parent

I saw this on my friend’s Facebook page, today. (It was originally shared from the Scary Mommy page, I believe, but thought it too good to not share.)

I always had hoped I taught my children these important lessons.

Well, I know I had.

I saw them display this type of kindness from time to time as they were growing up.

After a prayer/object lesson each morning, I would say, “Now go let your little, light shine.”

Hoping to remind them to let God use them no matter who they encountered.

And when they’d return with a story, similar to this saying above,

well…it’d make THIS Mom’s heart swell!

Remembering 9.11.01

plane in clouds of Atlanta

Remembering 9.11.01

I took this picture out of the window at the airport, in Atlanta, last year.

Previous days had been filled with wedding dress fittings.

Georgia was now my daughter’s new home, and we had a wedding to plan there.

As we waited for our return flight home to Indiana, a storm had delayed multiple flights, and I sat among many desperately looking for places to charge their phones. People were packed into the small waiting area, with few seats, some on the floor, but everyone near a charging port that could find one.

One advantage, I had earlier found a seat that faced the windows.

plane in skky

The clouds began to roll in and the sun became the backdrop as it lowered into the sky.

Oranges, browns, maroon.

I quickly grabbed my camera…it was a magnificent sky, and I couldn’t stop shooting.Atlanta airport

I’m always fascinated by sunsets, but this one was captivating.

I watched the planes take off, one by one; the sky dotted with many at one time.

Now the landscape seemed on fire.

And I watched each plane become a small, dark shadow as it faded into the large, glowing sun.

Ironically, I accidentally found these photos after watching the TV movie, United 93, today.

Once again, it brought back a lot of emotion.

I cried.

Those people were just like us…

going about their business—

a normal day of flight thinking they’d arrive to their destinations.

Then, it all changed in a moment

well, many moments.

They were terrorized.

Watching death play out right in front of them.

Their calls home were so moving.

I can’t even imagine being the one listening on the other end.

Some came home to awaiting voice mails.

What heart-gripping sadness thinking…

They’re. Now. Gone.

FOREVER!

God bless them, and their families who have to relive this day over, and over, and over each year.

9.11.01

HEROES!

Make a cake flag topper.

Make Flags as a Topper to Enhance a Simple Wedding Cake

Make a flag topper for a cake

Make Flags as a Topper to Enhance a Simple Wedding Cake

Take a simple cake from a local store (ie SAMS, Costco or local grocery store) and make it unique by adding your own flags and some flowers and voila!!…a customized cake for cheap that was less expensive!

My daughter liked the flag idea for the top of her cake. However, I could not find any pre-made flags the right size for patterns, to place on the cake nor any of the colors of her wedding.

So, I decided to make my own. It was super easy and fun!!

flag supplies

Supplies you’ll need:
A heavier weight or “stiffer” paper for making a pattern for your flags. We used scrapbook paper in multiple colors. We found individual sheets (which is much cheaper) esp. if you get them on sale to boot like we did at Hobby Lobby. So, they were just pennies… YAY me! You can also find them in book form with a common color scheme at most craft stores.

Some bakers twine , jute twine, or I used a two toned silver/copper wire from Hobby Lobby. Just think about how you want the flags to hang. (Do you want the string taut or have a swag to it.)

Glue stick for paper flags and heavier glue to secure beads/wire to skewers.

Two, wooden dowel rods or skewers from Hobby Lobby. (You could paint these but I liked the bare look of the wood.)

Beads if you want a more finished look to the top of each skewer.

flags to top a cake

Directions:
First, decide the scale of each flag’s keeping the size of your cake tier in mind. (I mean, you don’t want too tiny of flags for a large cake or vis versa.)

Then, decide how long they should string across the cake. You want to make sure it’s not too long for the size of the cake layer you’ll be stringing the flags across. But not so short you only get 2 flags on your wire…that’d just look weird.🙂

Lay out the way you want your design to look.

Cut out the flags by placing the pattern on the fold to make it easier to attach to your string or wire later.

pattern for cutting out flag topper

Decide the spacing between each flag as well as color and shape of each flag.

flags to top a wedding cake

Arrange on the wire and glue the paper together first by folding. BE CAREFUL on how much glue you use as it can bleed through the paper.

I thought it’d look more interesting to make different flag shapes, so I placed alternating flags on the wire. Also, try some “see thru” papers adding a color underneath as I did with this black and white designed paper. I liked how the pink paper showed through.

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I later tied wrapped and frayed the ends of the wire to make fancier “tassels” then  secured them to the skewers. Make sure they are tight or glued so they don’t slide down the stick.

Most importantly, make sure you think about how the wooden rods will angle once inserted into the cake.

This way you won’t keep poking holes in your cake. I kind of practiced after laying out a template of the diameter of my tier since I didn’t have the cake in front of me yet.

Now add some flowers and VOILA!…a unique design for your cake! (Wish I had a clearer picture! ugh)

wedding cake with flag topper

I do think our topper of flags turned out really cute and with all the other added expenses for this wedding, we definitely saved on the cake!

Here’s the initial cake we ordered from SAMS.but removed some of the designs to make it more simple.

(We had other desserts anyhow; this was just for the cake cutting ceremony anyhow.  ;)

More pictures from the wedding can be found here: http://wp.me/p5ntHO-aZ

To make a ring box here: http://wp.me/p5ntHO-ae

 

Make a cake flag topper.

Have you tried something like this? Tell me what you designed?

Dad after working graveyard duty as a cop.

Bad Cop, Good Cop

Bad cop, good cop…

As the daughter of an ex-cop and relative of several cops presently serving, we will all tell you there are a few bad cops, but hundreds of good cops.

Dad as a new cop.

Cops that start programs to help kids at risk, cops that check on our elderly, cops that try to bridge the gaps by reaching out to their communities, and all while risking their lives for us ALL, daily.

Dad after working graveyard duty as a cop.

And there are those who choose to obey the law, and those who refuse to comply; those who try to listen and learn, and those who like to stir the pot for their own agendas.

I personally wouldn’t want to live without the assurity of law and order.

The original california CHIP.

It's not all about you!

It’s Not All About YOU!

It's not all about you!

You know, it’s not all about you!

My facebook rant today: I am absolutely amazed, confounded, and concerned by so many, esp. in the 20-30 age range, that don’t know our world’s history, nor even know what’s going on today. I feel we’ve become such a self absorbed culture that it’s turned us into a zombie-like nation. I’d like to think we weren’t that clueless when I was that age, but maybe I was blind. Reaching out to a neighbor, the idea of “putting yourself in someone else’s shoes”, taking time to listen to & learn from the life lessons of your elders (whether you agreed with them or not), respecting others’ differences or opinions, traveling abroad in order to serve, just looking to help anywhere, anyhow… wearing yourself out for OTHERS. All this was encouraged, expected even. It was all part of gaining perspective, becoming a valuable citizen, a person of integrity & character, a person your parents, and God, would be proud of. ‪#‎broadenyourworldview‬ ‪#‎servingremovesselfishness‬ ‪#‎turnoffthetv‬ ‪#‎putdowntheiphone‬ ‪#‎getoutsideofYOU‬~ Tammy