If you never did, you should. These things are fun and fun is good! ~ Dr Seuss

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Over the rainbow you can dream

We are all on the other side of someones rainbow.  As promised I have complete the over the rainbow inspiration.  All of these prints will be going up in our "teen" room.  I want it to be fun and colorful for the kids.  If someday they get to be to big I will just move them to our living room wall to share with everyone.  Looking at them makes me happy and we all need a happy place to sit once in a while.

It has also been a full week and it is only Wednesday.  My FIL had to go to the Cath Lab for another stint.  That makes 8 I believe, and no the first 7 did not change a thing about his habits I doubt if this one will.  It also cancels our plans for an out of town trip this weekend, my DH was torn because he wanted one last trip to Buttercup before the outage at work starts but put the health of his father first.


Thursday, March 8, 2012

Inspire Me

It has been a crazy week and I wanted to take some time for myslef to just veg out a bit.  I as per my new usual fun thing to do went on Pintrest.  I found lots of amazing ideas, as usually and began pinning away.  Then I found some prints of my favorite songs as  kid and had to have them.  Too bad for me they were not for sale or just the wrong look for our home.  Enter my SBC from Creative Memories.
The Vontrap family is calling my name..

I always wanted one of these for my son.  Now I have one that was made by me!

Up next I am going to work on Some Where Over the Rainbow!  More pics to come.

Hope you are having an uplifting day.


Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Chore Charts

We have been struggling every morning to get out of our house on time.  My oldest have 17 tardies at school and this is not okay with any of us.   To help us out in the AM and before bed I am making both of my children chore charts.  

Thank you to Just Sweet and Simple for the inspiration

And to Tip Junkie for the amazing list of chores by age starting at 3.  She also has some other chore charts to look at and  print.  

I have not figured out how to make these a PDF for you to down load but I will work on that ASAP.


Living better through chemisty

Today I want to share a story about how I came to be diagnosed with ADD.  It was about 18 months ago and I was angry and yelling all the time.  No one could do anything right.  This was especially hard on my kids because my son is so shy and sensitive.  He is a pleaser and he genuinely wants everyone to be friends and be happy.  I was the poster child for unhappy.  My weight was up and my attitude sucked.  In a moment of utter despair I did two things that changed my outlook on my life.  First I told my kids I quit, I could not take being a mom or wife anymore.  This crushed them and I felt so guilty afterwards I didn't know what to do.  My daughter asked me for days (weeks) if I was going to come home and if I was going to leave her forever.  The second was in a fit of rage I picked her up and tossed her on her bed.  I knew what I was doing.  I knew where the bed was and made sure she would land there.  But what could make a person so upset they needed to toss a kid.  These 2 things were a turning point for me, unfortunately i turned downhill for a while and got really sad and thought about the world with out me in it.  I was a mess.  I talked with my husband and decided to talk to a counselor.

She was wonderful.  I began going weekly and she and I worked on exercises to control my temper.  We talked about my circle thinking brain and strategies to deal with stress.  Getting a routine was top of the list, unfortunately is it the worst item for me.
About 6 months in to our sessions she asked me about my week.  I told her I was so proud about getting the dishes in the sink before I left, having mine and my son's lunch ready on time.  Then when I got home the milk was out on the counter.  She asked me a curious question.  "Does that happen to you often?  Do you not complete tasks or think you are finished and your not?"  Well sure, isn't that every one's life?

Well it turns out I was wrong.  Not everyone lives with forgetting what they are doing when the walk out of the room.  Yes, it happens sometime or another to everyone.  It happened to me multiple times a day. So she asked about ADD and ADHD in my family history, well my brother was on medications all though school and my mom still has problems.  She almost laughed (not in a mean way) at my nativity.  So I went to see my PCP.  We talked about highs and lows, my life, did I get super excited, loose sleep, have problems when I was concentrating on something new and exciting....The answer was yes and they decided I could be bi-polar and would not give me any medication and referred me to the psychologist.  Have you tried to see a psychologist as a new patient when you are not currently thinking of suicide or homicide?  It is not an easy task, months and months.  That is how long it was going to take.  This was not okay with me. 

I was an emotional roller coaster.  Highs - I could get help, it was chemical, I was not crazy.  Lows - Bi-polar was scary, there was something wrong with me, I would be medicated for life, I needed help now!.  I made many phone calls and got on lots of waiting lists.  Finally I found a Dr who would see me.  Her office was 40 miles away and my wonderful boss let me set up appointments on my work days because that was only 1/2 way to her office. 

We talked and she felt it was unlikely I was bi-polar and thought an anti-depressant could help.  She wrote me a 30 day scrip and I was off.  She said it could take a few weeks to build up and to call if things got worse.  Also my husband had to watch for signs of anger.  Well it sucked the life out of me, I did not care one little bit about anything.  When I went back she was upset I had not called, but I was really just giving it a couple of weeks to kick in.  She offered to change it but I just keep thinking if I could just finish my tasks I would not be depressed.  If I could just be more orgainzed I could be happier.  She agreed to try so we tried Aderol 10 mg a day Extended Release pills.  They worked almost the first day.  PS - Do not start taking a stimualnt and sudafed at the same time; it makes your heart crazy.

I felt free, happy, relaxed.  My husband know when I miss a dose and so do the kids. I am even getting better at recognizing my "crazy brain" over reactions reactions vs. when the kids are just being really bad. 
My journy does not end here but this post is long enough.  In closing get help, ask a friend, a doctor, not everyone's life is a crazy chaotic mess.  It does get better and quickly too if you get the right help.


Sunday, March 4, 2012

Family Wall Art

I have spent a lot of time on Pintrest.  I think that it has a lot to do with the fact it changes every second.  There is nothing static about it so I don't get bored as easily.  With my husband away at PIR for the NASCAR race with my son and my dear daughter sleeping still I decided it was time to stop pinning and make at least one new thing.

In our new home I would like to have a photo wall, and at then end of the hallway, right outside the master bedroom is a perfect spot.  Not sure if I want just frames or frames on shelves I can keep changing as I need to.  Yes it is a NEED to change things around.

I am sure many of you are like me.  I don't always have a good way to get my vision on paper but I can sure tweak someone else's projects to fit my needs.  So with out further ado.....

I used my Creative Memories Storybook Creator 4.0 (SBC) to make a custom 8x10 item.  I added 1 text box for the dates, made it work for fonts and alignment, then I copied and pasted it 4 time.  I did the same with the caption for each date.  Lastly I added one additional text box for the title.  I like things to line up but I am also not as picky as I should be becuase I want things to be finished.  There are some great alingment tools in SBC for people like me.
I am sure you could also use Word.  I used 1/2 inch margins on the top and bottom, and 1.3 (about 6 marks down on the ruler) for each dated section.  This is great if you have 2 parents, a ceremony date, and 2 kids.

The fonts I used were
Dates - Algerian - 48 pt
Captions - Angelina - 20 pt
Red Title @ bottom - AR DECODE - 22 pt

All of these fonts came with my computer or the program.  There are tons of Free Fonts on dafont. 
Try the theme section, eroded for the dates.

I will be sending mine to Costco to print because I would like it on thicker shiny paper.
Happy Crafting