Monday, March 17, 2014

life lately

Hi y'all! Life lately has been one big adventure! New things, new ideas, new projects, I've been on a creative high and it's been so fun. That's the thing about having a creative spirit. Life is good when creativity is high. It's when the inspiration and motivation are nowhere to be found that life becomes a trudgefest of the mundane. Surely you know what I mean. Whether your medium is cooking, landscaping, fabric, paint, or even just coming up with great ideas for Bible class. When your creative juices are flowing, life seems 10x better. :D

For me, that creativity has been on high in sooo many areas. Maybe not so much my blog... hey, can't win 'em all.... but I've had so many ideas for other things, and so many projects that are ongoing, that the best way to share them with you all is simply a life lately round up of what's been going on. 

So here we go: 



First off, if you're my friend on Facebook, or if you follow me on Instagram (@reginakayxo) then you would have seen this picture from last month. Luke is sitting up on his own now which is a HUGE accomplishment for him. He's doing super well and even his new Vision Instructor has been very impressed with his abilities. He's such a smart, sweet, little boy who lights up our world. Although, he's learning how to "get" his brothers....


McCrae got one of my coats and claimed it as is own personal blanket. Isn't that so darling?!?!?! He fell asleep like this on the couch watching tv one morning. 

But then....
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Luke rolled over to the couch and found the "blanket" and started pulling on it. 

Don't worry, I saved McCrae by taking the coat from Luke and moving him to the other side of the living room. 

While Luke is enjoying learning how to pick on his brothers, he's also learning new touches...


The other evening Lorie let Luke pet her and pull on her hair and ear for a while. He just giggled and giggled. 

And when Luke wore Daddy out by wiggling and giggling, Luke found his brothers' towel on the floor and rolled himself up into a Lukerito. From the time he found the towel in the floor, to the time we took it from him he just laughed and laughed. New touches and experiences are so much fun for him, and I can only imagine what he's thinking. Just think if you were blind and touched a dog like Lorie for the first time, what would you think it was? Cool to think about haha. 


We bought a new tool! I really loved my finished product from my pallet project, but two things I know for sure.... I needed a better way to disassemble a pallet, and I needed to know how to assemble a product using pallet boards. The second one I learned the hard way through trial and error. Lots and lots of errors in the form of bent nails and broken screw heads. The first one, though, I learned by watching a video I found via Pinterest where a guy disassembles a pallet with a sawzall or a reciprocating saw. So we bought one because I have a big pallet project on my horizon, and I'm happy to say it really works great! I'm having to get used to it because it's different than any other saw I've used before, but it's cool! Those pallets have met their match!!

Still with me?

Hang in there. I know it's a long post, but there's so much more to say. ;) 


We went to the mountains of Weed, NM a few weeks ago and we went walking around and had a blast. The friends we stayed with had an awesome backpack baby carrier thing that we used for Luke and it was awesome!! He snuggled down in that thing and would fall asleep. When he was awake he just smiled and giggled. 


Our over-the-range microwave stopped working a few weeks ago so we bought another one. I wanted Joey to get some help installing it, but he was determined we could do it so we did. Hah! If only it really went like that. Let's just say I didn't want to work on this project when Joey did so I was in a bad mood through the whole thing. But we got it installed and it's working great. And now we know that since our marriage survived a microwave installation, it can survive anything. ;) 


Again, if you follow me on Instagram, you've seen this post, but I've been working on Luke's quilt lately. I've had the blocks cut out since December and one Sunday I put them all together. Seriously. It took me part of one day to get the quilt top pieced together. Sometimes I put off a project for so long and then when I finally do it and realize how little time and effort it takes, I kick myself for not doing it sooner. Case in point, I'm kicking myself for putting off this project. The quilt is on my sewing table right now as I've been quilting it in between the other things. I really don't think it will take much longer to get the rest of it quilted and then bind it. 

Also, we have SIX new additions to the family, as Pepper gave birth to her litter a little over a week ago. 



There are 6, 2 female, 4 male. There's one solid black one, three brindled colored ones, and two white ones with brindled colored patches on them. They're so adorable and I love going out and checking on them twice a day and taking care of Pepper. So fun! If anyone wants a puppy, you can have one... or two. ;) 

If you've made it this far in the post, we're almost done. ;) 


Last week, my friend Lindy and I decided we needed to go to Mexico this summer. Which means 2 things. 1) I need a passport because I've never been out of the country. Which means I'm SOOOO excited about this trip. 2) I need to lose weight. Lindy and I have set a goal to lose 30 pounds each. So... last week I made myself a smoothie for lunch. I gotta say... it was pretty darn good. I did a handful of spinach leaves, one fresh banana, about a cup of frozen pineapples, mangoes, peaches and strawberries. A splash of milk (I forgot I had orange juice) and then juice to liquify it all. It was delicious! I've been thinking about a smoothie cleanse/fast and this confirmed that it would be possible to make great tasting smoothies. I'm a fan. 



I made these two lovelies last week during one of my creative spurts. I just adore them. These were/are being given away, but don't worry, similar ones are coming to an Etsy shop near you. ;)  

And speaking on Etsy shops.... I finally have some new items in my shop: 




I've been planning this for about 6 months, testing it for at least 3, and working on getting them in the shop for the last 2 months. I'm excited to finally have them in my shop and you can check them out at Live Delightfully on Etsy. More colors coming soon!


Aside from my own crafty things going on, Joey and I have two larger projects going on. One inside, one outside. 

First the inside...


We're giving our dear ol' kitchen a much needed facelift. The ol' girl's been through a lot and she really needs/deserves a makeover. So... we've started sanding the cabinets, removing doors and drawers and sanding them as well, and getting things prepped for the great cabinet makeover of 2014!! haha. First we're going to sand and repaint the cabinets and replace the hardware. Next we're going to look into replacing the old counter tops or I'll just paint them. We'll also add a backsplash and maybe a new sink too. Right now, I'd say our budget is $1500 total and I think we can do it! ;) HGTV, eat your heart out. 

And for our outside project, for the days when it's nice and not too windy...





We are making a flower bed in this corner. The patio is there on the left and these area of the yard is really just a barren wasteland. So it's been begging me for some life and color and well, I just need to oblige. So I marked out the bed shape and we've been digging the area up. I bought the landscape fabric this weekend and staples so once we're finished digging and leveling, we will lay that down, replace some of the dirt, add some topsoil, plants, and mulch and call it done. ;) I'm looking forward to having some greenery in our backyard. I just hope the dogs will let it thrive and not kill it. :/


Okay, I know that was a long post, but we've made it! Woo-hoo we're through!

As you can see there's a lot going on at my house and life is great! It's just sometimes it's a little too busy to steal away and write up a blog post. 

But I hope you enjoyed the catch up and maybe I should do this more often so there's not so much to cram into one post. Haha. 


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

moods : March 2014

Hi y'all! It's a glorious spring day, although it's technically not spring yet. The sun is out, the wind is blowing (ugh) and later this afternoon we're going to grill hot dogs and then go watch a baseball game. Hooray!! Fun Fun Fun!!! 

March has brought with it lots of creativity, lots of dreaming about things, and also longing to wear my boyfriend fit, ripped jeans... which I am. Right now. Woo hoo for finally getting to wear my favorite jeans!

Let's take a gander at my monthly moods. 


What inspires me : 



march 2014 mood board




burlap | sewing | crafting in general | liquid eyeliner | green hues

Another month, still crushing on burlap. Fact. 

What I'm listening to : 

I've been on a bit of a country kick the last couple weeks. 

Specifically Keith Urban: 

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I'm not really sure why. I'm not watching American Idol or anything... is he even still on there? I don't even know. But come on, do I really need a reason... it's Keith Urban!!! ;) 

But it hasn't been all Keith Urban. Joey and I are big Castle fans (if you aren't, I'm not sure we can be friends... I kid, I kid) and Caskett discovered "their song" a couple episodes ago. Joey has been listening to it a lot. Like a lot a lot. Which means I have to listen to it a lot a lot. And it's a song that can really get stuck in your head in a very maddening way. But it's a great song. So you should listen to it. Just remember, I warned you. ;) 

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What I'm reading : 

I'm still working on Gone Girl, albeit, not a lot. I'm in a creative/crafty mood right now, so reading isn't a high priority. But I did read a few more chapters Saturday. And I've been reading more of my Bible. I read the book Hosea... wow. 

What I'm watching : 

Of course, we're watching Castle. And holy stress factor on the last episode.... the Senator? Her Mom situation? Ummm... exciting!!!


I've also watched this whole season of The Bachelor and I'm kind of shocked that everyone hates Juan Pablo now. I think there's been a huge media and editorial shift to make him look a certain way, and I think he says things that people could definitely find offensive but Get. Over. It. 


Backing up to the week where Andi left, I don't understand why people were so bent out of shape about it. First off, what's he supposed to do? Okay, so maybe he is one of those people who always has another story about himself or something he's done for everything you say. Andi found that out, discovered he wasn't her "one" and wanted to leave. Good for her. But why make a big fight about it and be upset because he "wasn't showing any kind of emotion" towards her? He obviously wasn't feeling it with her either, so why would he beg her to stay or get upset that she's leaving? It's okay (yes I just said it's okay, sorry I'm not sorry Andi) for him to not be heartbroken that she is leaving. It's okay for him to not sit there and want to fight with her. Just get over it and stop making it a bigger deal than it was. 

And as for the finale well... I don't know what Juan Pablo said to Clare. I also don't know what made him choose Nikki over Clare or anything. But what I do know is season after season I have set there and watched the final couple sit with Chris Harrison and talk about how they're in love, and things are magical, and "we're just taking it slow now" or "we're just enjoying being in love" and then just a few short months later, they're over. The engagement is broken, and we're left wondering, "did they really love each other at all"? So for Juan Pablo to sit there and not tell Nikki he loves her, great job! If he doesn't feel it yet, he doesn't feel it yet. And that's OKAY!! 

Sure, if I were in a situation like him I might have said something like, "I don't love him yet, but I am very smitten with him, and I love the time we have together and I'm very much looking forward to where this is going." But I'm not Juan Pablo and he's not me and for all of America to seemingly want him to sit there and say certain things that may not be true, or to express himself in a way that he doesn't know how to (language barrier) then get over it. 

Okay... I'm going to end my The Bachelor rant right now. lol. 

But what do y'all think? Did you watch? Do you have any good books you're reading? What's going on in your life? 





Monday, March 10, 2014

Win It Wednesday : Labor Day book winner

Hi y'all! Gosh, I'm the worst blogger ever. I even forget about my own giveaways! Truth be told I've been busy getting super creative and I'm hoping to share some of my projects with you all soon. But here it is, the winner of Win It Wednesday : Labor Day by Joyce Maynard. 

Entry #7 was Chris Phillips tweeting about the giveaway. :D

Congrats Chris! Enjoy the good read! 


Monday, March 3, 2014

14 in 2014 : Update #1

Hi y'all! Can y'all believe it's March?! Great googly-moogly! I had originally planned to update my 14 in 2014 project once a month, but then the great blog flow of February 2014 hit (haha) and that was pretty much over. But here I am and I definitely think it's time for an update. So let's dive right in!



___ 1. Finish decorating Luke's room and Julius's and McCrae's room 100%. I can't say I'm done or even close to it, but I have measured for new doors and yesterday I almost completed piecing together Luke's quilt top. 

___ 2. Organize the house. There has been some success with this one, but not enough to really give myself credit. I'm looking at you master closet and office space. Seriously... so. much. stuff!!!

_X_ 3. Finish decorating our bedroom 100%. HOORAY!!! This one is already complete! Woo-Hoo! If you missed the big reveal you can read up on it HERE



___ 4. Redo our master closet. Well, I've bought some stuff for organizing the closet, but that's about as far as I've gotten. So much to do...

___ 5. Lose 25 pounds. Y'all... I'm totally going backwards on this one. If I'm not careful, I'm going to end up gaining back the weight I lost last year. There's no particular reason for it... except my own laziness and being in a funk in February. But maybe March will see me out walking more, making it to the gym again, and cutting back on all those carbs I've been shoving in my mouth for the last 4 months. O.o

_X_ 6. Organize all the photos on my computer. Done and done! I actually completed this one early in January while watching a bull-riding documentary on Netflix with Joey. It's a very exciting life that I lead. ;) lol. But I'm glad that I got it done and now I just need to keep it that way. 

___ 7. Run a 5K. See #5. Yeah... I've been lazy. It's time to find another 5K, set a goal, and start working. 

___ 8. Finish 3 old scrapbooks. Oops. Totally forgot about this one again. I need to get my scrapbooking bag out of that hiding spot so I can remember to work on this project. 

_X_ 9. Write/Send more cards and letters. Hooray for another check mark X for me! I've been doing very well at writing more cards. Part of that has been helped by our prayer group but I'll take whatever credit I can get! 

_X_ 10. Yell less, laugh more. Nag less, play more. I can't say it's been easy, but I'm a work in progress and I'm thankful for grace and mercy that let's me start fresh every morning, every hour, every minute if that's what I need. I'm learning to think and breathe before I react. Kids will push you to your mental boundaries, but you can't control their actions, only your reactions. Here's to more and more patience, self-control, and teaching my children that mama messes up too. 

_\_ 11. Try more recipes. Ehhh... half an X. Because I've tried some new recipes, but they've been mostly Pinterest recipes. I need to break out the ol' cook books and see what I can find. 

___ 12. Read more books to the kids. I think this one makes me the most sad. I can't remember reading to my kids at all in the past couple months. Oh we've played and sang songs, and built towers and played basketball and built a raised garden bed... but not a single book has been read. Time to fix that today. 

___ 13. Wake up earlier. This was going swimmingly... then the funk happened... now it's getting better again. But spring forward is coming soon and that will mess me all up again. 

_X_ 14. Pray more. This one makes me the most proud and happy. I am a work in progress, that is so evident in everything I do and is one of the big reasons I do this list of goals every year. I'm glad that this one is on my list and that I can feel a difference.     




Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Win It Wednesday : Labor Day by Joyce Maynard

Hi y'all! I have a fun new giveaway for any of you out there who love reading. I'm an avid reader (well, not quite as avid as I was before children), and earlier this year I found a list of books you should read before the movie comes out in 2014. I love lists like this because I am always looking for something new to read and while I have authors that I love (Jodi Picoult, Joshilyn Jackson), I like finding new authors to read. I went through the list and flagged a few that seemed interesting enough for me to read. Vampire Academy did not make the list. Sorry. But Labor Day did. I still haven't seen the movie, but that's okay, I'm sure it'll be out in Redbox soon. Labor Day was the first book from the list that I read. 

Here is the synopsis from BarnesandNoble.com: 

With the end of summer closing in and a steamy Labor Day weekend looming in the town of Holton Mills, New Hampshire, lonely, friendless thirteen-year-old Henry spends most of his time watching television, reading, and daydreaming with only his emotionally fragile, long-divorced mother for company. But everything changes on the Thursday before the holiday weekend when a mysterious bleeding man named Frank asks Henry for a hand. Over the next five days, Henry will learn some of life's most valuable lessons, about the breathless pain of jealousy, the power of betrayal, and the importance of putting those we care about above ourselves—and that real love is worth waiting for.
From acclaimed author Joyce Maynard comes a beautiful, poignant tale of love, sex, adolescence, and devastating treachery as seen through the eyes of a young teenager—and the man he later becomes.

Here is the movie trailer, in case you don't remember from last month: 



I read the book pretty quickly and although I knew what was going to happen, the seemingly "bad guy" wasn't going to be as bad as we first thought, and he and the leading lady would fall in love, there was still some surprises in the book. The explanation of why Adele acts the way she does. And the ending... does he get caught? Do they get away and live happily ever after together? Does something go terribly wrong?  Well.... I hope you win it to find out, but I thought the ending was perfect. And that's all I'm going to say. 

Here's how to be entered to win: 

a Rafflecopter giveaway



Good luck!! 


Monday, February 24, 2014

moods : February 2014

Hi y'all! Thanks for the encouragement and support last week when I told you all about the funk I'd been in and how I was finally starting to come out of it. Y'all are the best! :) And since y'all are the best... I don't feel too bad that there are only 4 more days left in the month and I'm just now posting my monthly moods. Haha. To my defense there were a few things working against me... February is a shorter month so I have less time to get things posted, work was insanely busy plus aforementioned funk spell, and lastly, my Google Chrome went all anti-Regina on me and decided it wasn't going to work anymore. Which meant Blogger didn't work as well, and Polyvore didn't work at all. Yeah. Awesome. So yeah... we're going with all that and I'm taking a free pass this month. ;) lol

But regardless of my internet woes, and my own personal funk, my moods board post is now up! Woo hoo!

What inspires me: 

February 2014



Y'all, I'm really crushing hard on burlap. I know people have been burlap crazy for a while and I've been right there with them for the longest time, but lately I've been just absolutely oogling over all things burlap. This past weekend I was in a boutique and this lady was refinishing a chair with a burlap cover and fringe and it really looked fabulous! I was smitten. I walked away before I could be talked into purchasing it. Haha. And I especially love burlap when paired with crisp, cool white. So shabby elegant. All of this is providing some wonderful inspiration for another room makeover that I'll have to share with you soon... ;) 

What I'm listening to: 

I'm reconnecting with my Pandora stations and I've been listening to a lot of Jim Brickman radio while working. It's not distracting, subtle, and relaxing in a way that keeps me from wanting to pull my hair out when I get dumb emails from dumb people with dumb problems. You know the type. ;) 





What I'm reading: 


I just started this book and so far it's interesting. I can't give much more detail than that, because really, I just started it. BUT, it's been made into a movie that will be released later this year starring Ben Aflleck.


So if you like the mystery/suspense type movies/books, you might want to check this one out. 


What I'm watching: 

The Walking Dead is back from the mid-season hiatus and we're a few episodes in to the back half of the season. And wow! Could this be more of an emotional roller coaster. So many highs, lows, wonderfully happy moments, and painfully stressful moments. It's crazy! And it's awesome!



I'm looking forward to this week's episode of Grey's Anatomy. Is it going to be Jackson or Matthew??? I just don't know! I can't even decide, I don't know how April's going to decide. And we all know that Yang is gone after this season... but will Meredith and Cristina part ways no longer friends? Will Cristina leave the show without her and Meredith making amends?

The next couple months of my television shows is sure to keep me hopping. ;)

Alright, well that's pretty much the mood of my month. What about you? What's been going on in your world? Any good shows you're watching? Books? Do you have a song that you are jamming to right now?



Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Where I've been....

Hi y'all! I'm here and I'm alive. I realize I just kind of dropped off the blogosphere for a bit there, many apologies. I was in a funk... and the kids have kept me hopping... and mostly I was in a funk. You know how some people get the post-holiday blues? Yep. Towards the end of January there was this blow up of stuff at work that really made me feel completely useless and inadequate. Plus the typical post-holiday blues. Plus a head cold. All of it combined to just put me in a funk. I had no energy, no motivation to do much of anything, and while I thought about blogging and blogged once or twice, I wasn't interested in doing much more than that. 

And although I was in a funk with little motivation, there was still a lot of stuff going on. Here are a few things that have happened recently. 

Luke is finally eating baby food really well. It took a lot longer to get him use to the texture and new tastes, but he's finally eating it everyday and doing really well. Side note: Have you ever fed a blind baby? It's a little challenging since they use their hands to see so their hands go everywhere. He also loves grabbing the spoon and not giving it back. haha. 

He also learned this new trick: 

 
 We've been working with him for a while now on sitting up. It was his next big goal. I've been working with him in the evenings for weeks on just sitting up and how to prop himself up. Saturday Luke and I were hanging out in the living room and he was just rolling around, playing in the floor by himself and the next thing I know, I looked over and he's sitting up all by himself. I was so amazed!!! 

And to prove it wasn't a fluke, he did it all day long. So cute!!! His therapist comes today so I'm wondering if Luke is going to show him his new trick, or if he's going to play a trick on Mama and not actually do it. lol 

We've also decided that Luke is crawling, he just does it his own way. The kid is mobile!! Hahaha. However, the therapist wants him to crawl like other kids so we're working on that too. Which means he'll probably surprise me one day by just crawling everywhere all of a sudden. :) 

Our master bedroom is now 100% complete. I know I did the big reveal not too long ago, but I still had one little thing hanging over me and it was the picture frame on the teal shelf. It needed something in it and I had decided on a cute artsy quote print from Etsy. But that sale fell through so I had to find another one and I love it just as much too: 

 
So that is one big fat check mark on my yearly to-do list. ;) 

Also, if you follow me on Instagram (and if you don't, WHY?!?!?!) then you know I've been learning how to use Photoshop. And here are some of my first edited photos: 





So I guess I haven't been completely useless while in the funk. ;) haha. I also turned two box springs into raised garden beds. But I'll post more on that later. 

Well, that's a little snippet of what I've been up to. 

And here's to fresh starts (even in February). Getting over the blues and beating your funk. And also getting back to this fun world of blogging.