Friday, March 30, 2012

Blog Award

Hello out there!  What a week it has been.  The biggest thing happening here right now is our computer issues.  I miss getting on and seeing what everyone is up to and posting on my blog.  It is hit or miss with this computer right now, so be patient with me as my posts might not be as often.

Now for some good news!  Evelyn over at My Turn (for Us) has nominated my blog for a Liebster Blog Award!  How awesome is that for ya?  I am so flattered and happy!  I told her she made my whole week.  Head on over to her blog and check out her many family stories and adventures!


So now it is my turn to pass on the award to 5 blogs that I think are awesome and differently worth sharing!

1.  Unique By U  Ursie has so many great ideas on everything from crafts to home decor.  I love to see what she is going to do next!

2.  Four Marrs and One Venus  Jen has a wonderful blog.  She writes about craft ideas and her family.  Go see for yourself and enjoy.

3.  Two Yellow Birds Decor  Jill has a fantastic blog full of craft ideas.  Go visit and get inspired!  I do every time I read her blog!

4.  Life on the Miracle-Round  Kim has a beautiful blog with craft and recipe ideas.  She also has great ideas on spending quality and fun family time together.

5.  Lovely memories  Daisy has a cool blog where you can check out her awesome eye for fashion, cooking  and get craft ideas too.  Go take a look!

That was fun!  I hope everyone has a good time visiting all of these awesome ladies!

Here are the rules for passing the Liebster Blog Award along:

*Choose 5 up and coming blogs to award with less than 
*Show your appreciation to the blogger who awarded you by linking back to them. 
*Post the award on your blog. 
*Link back to the blogs you are awarding so that everyone else can pay them a visit. 

Monday, March 26, 2012

It's a Plant Holder!

Hey everyone!  Hope your Monday has been great!  We have had some computer issues going on at The Waits household, so I was not able to do my Easy Menu Monday.  Sorry!  Hopefully next week things go better!  If I had a new hard drive things would be great and we may have to get a new one soon.  I highly recommend backing up pictures and videos.  Also, anything you do on your blog!  I am sure most of you back up everything already, but for us procrastinators it takes something happening to get done what needs to be done!

I am going to share with you the plant holder I did last week.  I had an old bathroom metal shelf that I had been hanging onto and decided it would be great for holding plants.  Here is a before of the shelf:

We had some left over blue spray paint and I thought, why not!
Then we hung it up on the back fence with a couple of wood screws.
Looks good right?  Next we needed some planters.  I got 3 plastic planters and we screwed those into the fence because I did not want them to fall off since the planter is up high on the fence.
 These are ready for some plants!

I love it!  We left a space for another planter if I want one, but for now there is a birdhouse that my son and I made together sitting there looking good.  I can see this from my backdoor and it makes me smile every time!  I love reusing things from around the house and making them shine again and giving it a new purpose!  What have you reused around your house lately?

Parties I linked up with:

It all started with paint
My Favorite Finds
a bowl full of lemons
The Real Housewives of Riverton
Sugar Bee Crafts
the Sasse life
Tales of a Trophy Wife
Southern Lovely
Polkadots on Parade
Six Sister's Stuff

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Spring is in the air

I love Spring!  Everything coming back to life and beaming for all to see!  I cannot wait for all of our plants to show us their color.  Plus, I cannot wait to do some new mulching, planting and decorating the yard up!  Woo-hoo!  Here are a few pictures of our yard eager to bloom.

 Red Tip Photinia have already bloomed.  Love them so much.  Cannot wait till we can shape these into small tree like shrubs.

 A friendly and beautiful moth stopped by and said hey, I think I will stick around here for awhile!  Haha!
 Wondering Jew.
 A type of Mexican Petunia
 Mexican Petunia.
 Sweet Potato Vine.  These plants are amazing and super hardy!

 English Ivy
Oh, Little Blooming Zoey!  She is the prettiest in the garden!  With a touch of pizza sauce on her nose!

I look forward to sharing more pictures when these are in full bloom!  Yipee  for Spring Time!

Parties I linked up with:

Becoming Fabulous

One Artsy Mama

Monday, March 19, 2012

Easy Menu Monday

Grandma's Spaghetti

1 box thin spaghetti noodles
2 cans Hun't tomato sauce
1 yellow onion
1 tablespoon butter or parkay

My Grandma used to make this all the time when I was growing up.  It was one of my favorites!  She used to make it as a side with sausage, but I have it as the main dish with a side of homemade garlic toast.

1. Dice onion into small pieces.  Sometimes I only use half the onion.  It just depends on how strong you want the onion taste.

2. Melt butter in pan and put in onion.  Saute for about 5 minutes or until tender.

3.  Turn down heat and pour in Hunt's tomato sauce(both cans).  Just simmer on low heat.

4.  Cook thin spaghetti as directed on box.  I use 1/2 to 3/4 of the box.  It depends on if you want more saucy spaghetti or less saucy spaghetti.  Drain and put back into pot.

5.  Pour sauce over spaghetti noodles and mix it up!

6.  Enjoy an easy meal.

I linked up with:


Sunday, March 18, 2012

San Antonio, Tx and a file system

Hey everyone!  We have been busy around here, but what else is new!  Going back to work has been interesting and I am only gone from the house for about 4 hours a day.  It makes such a difference as far as getting stuff done!  But the extra money will be nice.  Anyway, on to what we have been up to here!

My mom came down and we took the kids to see The Lorax.  Now, I am a big fan of the original but this one was really good!  The kids did a great job watching and my mom and I had a lots of laughs!  The message is still there and that is awesome!  Friday we took the kids to the park to play and have lunch.  Saturday my husband and I took the kiddos to the San Antonio Zoo.  We stopped at Chickafila on the way out there and my daughter must have drank some bad milk.  She puked as soon as we pulled up to the zoo.  Yikes and Yuck!  We went and cleaned up the van, got back to the zoo and bought her a shirt!  She felt much better after she got the yucky milk out of her system.  Poor baby!  We told her, next time the milk tastes ewww, you can give it to us!

We had lots of fun at the zoo.  Lots of beautiful animals.  We got to see baby otters, tons of birds, black bears and a white rhino.  I have to admit, the animals were a little lazy for a spring day but ah well!  Maybe it was their naptime!  The butterfly house was super amazing!  That was my favorite part of the day!
Here are a few pics!

 My son really liked the komodo dragons.

The train around the park next to the zoo was really fun!  The kids loved it!  We went down to the river walk and ate dinner but didn't stay.  St. Patrick's day and spring break make for a crowded downtown!  We will have to go back when there are not two events going on!

I did mange to finish one of the tasks I had been working on.  A file system for the kids and some home information.  I got the idea from Pinterest.  I saw a clear 3section vertical filer at The Container Store and some really cute file folders.  They were both on sale and I picked them up.  Here is a before and after of the shelf I am using for the filer and the filer with the pretty new folders!

Shelf with too much stuff and shelf cleared off!

The filer with the file folders.  I went through our papers and threw out lots of paper!  I labeled the folders and finished!  I would like to do one of these again just because it was so easy and inexpensive to do.  I am thinking one for the desk since we still have paper piling up there.  We just switched to paperless billing and I for one am super excited!  The less paper around here the better!  Thanks for reading this long post everyone!  Hope you all had a great weekend and took some time to organize!

I linked up with:

My Favorite Finds