Artsy Fartsy

In the past two days I have gotten to get in touch with a side of myself that was dusty and rusty. In lieu of the “alternative fall activities” at the kids school and our upcoming event at church,  there has been a lot of artsy things going on.

Today I took advantage of my husbands latest disposition and got the chance to help out in Makaila’s class. It was pumpkin carving with the Kindergartners and it was actually a really good time! A quick side story… Makaila and another girl in our group went girly and got icky about gutting our pumpkin. So this really petite, adorable little boy steps up and says in a Mr. Cool type of voice, “Let the Man handle this. I’ll take care of it.” And then he sort of flicked his head back as to move his shiny hair from his brow and dug right in. Gosh, kids are hilarious!

Anywho.. I was pleasantly surprised to know that our activity was educationally motivated. There were predictions and estimating. Oh, and did you know why farmers leave about a 3 inch stem on the pumpkin? Well, I do…because it keeps it from growing moldy longer. Bam–You learn something new everyday! The scientific pumpkin carving affair lasted only about an hour so it was butcher paper Indian-vest-making for me (Novembers project). Carving, playing with slime, tracing and cutting…. no wonder kids have such a carefree outlook on life. I need to do it more often!

Additionally, with the upcoming Trunk or Treat Festival that our church is holding I’ve gotten to paint and do a few more hands on activities that I have not partaken in in a long while. It’s simple kiddy art but has been so much fun and more therapeutic than I thought it would have been. Between that and playing around with costume paint ideas I’m in art mode! Of course, I have to come up with appealing & creative ways to project information on a regular basis, but this carefree side of imaginative projects has inspired me greatly!

These are some faux-wood signs for our festival. 
A section of a sign I am still working on.
Some makeup looks we were playing around with.
Used what we had on hand so this is all “regular” face makeup.
This was our first, quick, dry run at an Avatar look.
Got the right supplies today and anxious to try it again.

And a couple of random breaks in between…

Jerm rocking out. 

Keeping himself busy and proud of his “creation”… his bed nook he made all by himself  😉

When life throws you poopy diapers skip the but’s & wash the car!

After another busy weekend on the fly this Monday morning was a bit chaotic.

To make a familiar and long story short, this morning involved:

  1. A groggy mom
  2. Spaced out kids
  3. A scavenger hunt through mixed piles of laundry (clean or dirty?… who knows now)
  4. Several last minute outfit changes (duh, today is the start of spirit week & team jersey day at school)
  5. Bumper 2 bumper traffic
  6. The hauling around of my drugged up husband (he hurt his back this last week) 
  7. And of course an episode of leaky diarrhea diaper… surprise!!! 🙂

However, it seems the tides are turning.  I am determined to come out on top today! I have managed to bathe baby, the car, and even MYSELF and its only 11am! Tada!

Believe me, if you don’t know, that is like really, really good in Mom standards. Ahh, the simple joys of a stay-at-home mom. Not too shabby!

Thank You & You for the welcome

This evening I had some time to think on things and I just want to give my sincerest thanks to all of you whom have given heartfelt response, encouragement, as well as shown support of me & all I do. With my blog/personal website in it’s humble beginnings it means a lot. I am still adjusting, building foundations & playing with ideas. Stepping out and establishing anything in front of others can be an intimidating place to go. Yet, you have made me feel welcomed. Already I feel fulfilled in the main purpose and focus I desire to meet.

I believe that our experiences, ideas, and sharing of our trial & errors can help someone else. Funny stories about a rough day with the kids, ideas about how to overcome the same issue you were going through, relating to someone and making them feel connected…. everyone has something to give and share!  I write because I want to connect with others & hope to inspire someone in some way, whether it be just for the day, unto a new idea, or into finally acting on something they were meant for. However, thru unexpected messages with perfect timing or thru overwhelming support in many other ways I have been the one to gain & be greatly affected. Thank you friends for genuine happiness & support!!!

Also, a special Thank You to my cousin Bren who was available for a late night chat and inspired me to go forward with an idea I had and even helped me come up with a clever little name. She doesn’t know it, but her words were that extra push that helped me to get over any hesitation I was still holding onto. We are all a supply to someone else at any given time. Let’s all continue to uplift one another!

Just another Friday nite IN at the Lopez House

I have titled myself the “team mom” of some of the young peeps at our church even though I am hardly older than a majority of them. However, I enjoy hosting and rooting for them. They like movies and food. And at our house it’s always the place to gather for both. Last night they were sweet enough to bring the food with them and a junk-fest it was! These are the kind of evenings I enjoy the most… laughs, food, & friends that warm my heart and my home 🙂

Of course, we had to hang “Curly Hair Heir” style… hence the fabulous hairdos!


Free at last?

“You could release a slave and hand over the unlocking key,
but they may continue to remain in bondage and never be truly free.
Until there is a change in mind set & one discovers who they really are…
They will never live as they were meant to be, even if they run afar.”
-Curly Heir
Do you believe that you are truly free? Free to do what you want, when you want, however you want? Like rapper T.I. says are you gonna “Jus live your life, aint got time for no haters.” or  are you ” jus doing you”. No one is gonna tell me what to do, right! Are you free because you are “living life on your own terms” or “living out loud”.
If you believe that you are free, then think on this: What does your lifestyle yield? With true freedom comes happiness, power, peace. To be free is to be unobstructed, without charge, unbound. Does that describe your life? Is your future unobstructed? Are your days filled with power because you are unbound by worry and past hurts. Are you really living a life that you are happy with & fulfilled in?

Or are you a slave? One definition of a slave is: one that is completely subservient to a dominating influence. A slave is someone who lacks the power and liberty to change their circumstances. Whether or not they believe they are free many people still live under bondage. Bound to frustration, lust, depression, hopelessness, stress, anxiety.Why? Because there has been no renewing of the mind. (Romans 12:12 tells us that we must be Transformed BY the renewing of our mind)

One of the biggest “Haters” that you will ever meet is your enemy, his name is Satan. No I am not talking about a red man with dark eyebrows, two horns, & a tail. I am talking about a real, spiritual, being that does not have your best interest at heart. In fact, he wants to destroy you! (John 10:10 says, The thief comes only to kill, steal, & destroy; I [Jesus] have come that you may have life and have it to the full“)

He wants you enslaved to his lies. He doesn’t want you successful, at peace, or to know who you really are! He is a “hater”! He wants you to believe that when you drink or party you’re powerful and desirable; but doesn’t want you to know that you are really a slave to addiction. He wants you to believe that when you seek sexual attention or sleep around that you gain value; but doesn’t want you to know that you are only gaining a warped concept of love & are seeking a void to be filled. He wants you to believe that when you refuse to believe in God that you are empowered, free from rules and a dull life; but does not want you to find out that you are missing out on a relationship with the one who can give you access to peace, unmeasurable blessings, & true freedom from all of your past hurts and bad experiences.

Do you want to live a Free life? A true life of freedom regardless of you shortcomings, your upbringing, your mistakes, your hurts, or what situations were handed to you? You can despite what people said you were supposed to be or despite what society says your life will amount to. I was the eldest, 8-year old child whose mom passed away after living with cancer in her body. At the age of 16 I was an unwed, pregnant teen living in a single parent home with a father who was a drug addict & in and out of jail. At the age of 21 I was the angry young woman with the rocky marriage barely hanging on by a thread. By society’s standards, Today I should have been the 25- year old single mother who neglects her kids to party up the youth she lost. But by the grace of God I am something much different! Regardless of what I was dealt or the decisions I made, when I chose that I wanted out of all that I was enslaved to, Jesus gave me access to my freedom from a broken life and into my rightful place. You can be free too! Whether you are a 15 or 50, it is time to take your place and choose to be FREE! Find out who you were meant to be by having a real relationship with Jesus.

A lil sugar

Jeramiah and I decided to baked a cake the other day for the “others” before they got home. Inspired by Jeremiah’s sweet acts of kindness (“Show a little love” post) and all that sugar he was laying on mama, we made a red velvet cake in the shape of none other than a heart, of course! We used mix straight out of the box… nothing spectacular. But we had a really nice time doing it together and it was a fun experience for the lil dude. Who knows… maybe a lil’ Chef one day like his Daddy?

New pet, Veggie phone, studs, & other random weekend things

I had another ordinary weekend by my standards. And by that I mean another full weekend of all kinds of random things going on, but fun!

First, I rearranged the girls’ room just a tad… cleaned and organized the closet that was in much need of a lil TLC. I always enjoy a good furniture moving session! Get’s the blood pumping, boosts energy, inspires me in more ways than one, and I always feel great afterward. I feel lighter, refreshed, accomplished, and the bonus is the “new” feeling I ( as well as my family) get from the space. Most inexpensive design tip ever! I think it may very well be one of my favorite pass times. 😉

Meanwhile, Husband prepared for a catering job for a family party the following day. That’s always interesting. Loaded fridge, overflowing ingredients on counters, symphony of kitchen appliances running & husband conducting it all. The girls spent the evening at grandma’s so that was nice for them, as well as us 🙂 We even got to squeeze in a nice evening with a few of my favorite cool people aka some church family. Enjoyed the good ol’ Lopez home hosting special: food+ movies+ conversation+ laughs+ a mini creative session.

First thing Saturday morning it was full motion, plan in action. Receiving & processing kids for showers, dress, & hair (*side note: in this family hair takes a lot of product & a lot of time, yikes!) Then shipping the babes back out… but this time, with the always appreciated, always helpful “team players”, Tata & Aunty Jai. Chef boy-r-d and I packed up and headed out to set up (with a “gently” used home left behind, as always). Incidentally, on the way to the party I suddenly started feeling horrible. I spoke some Words over myself, hung in there as much as I could for as long as I could, drank lots of cold water, and then sneaked away for a lil’ snooze while I waited for my body to get the memo, that the ugly headache and nausea were under eviction. (And that was the end of that!)  Soooo grateful it all went down at a family party vs. a clients, phew! Totally recuperated after a bit, just in time for the start of the party & the arrival of my kids.

People started flowing, food dishing out, and I was the side-task-handler for husband. Phone went right into the back pocket without much thought. To make a long story short, I ended up going home with a new lil pet. My phone jumped out of my back pocket and decided to go for a lil dive! With far stretched hopes, I dried it and buried it in uncooked rice (crazy, but it has worked before to remove all water damage) and I would later leave with it in a bowl :/ Yea, I know… Boo!

It was a Disney Princess birthday party. Everything was so cute, sweet, and it was an overall extremely nice, enjoyable party for the lil princess guests as well as adults! The weather wasn’t too bad, and the food was dee-licious, naturally (I’m biased but it’s true! Other people said so). There were thee most unique centerpieces that were handmade by a family friend (Whom wants to remain anonymous, but I think she should offer her talent). Got my diy craft meter boosted! The princess attendees got the royal treatment with very special themed gifts & treats. My Aunt said she got everything from And the adults even got their own candy bag! 🙂
Bottom line: the kids left fully loaded + pooped out= Thankful Mom

Sunday was church and it was great! I left spiritually full, refreshed, & revamped, as always. Meeks headed home solo with aunty to Grandparents’ home as she likes to do frequently so she can see what goodies she can score for herself. So our smaller brood had a little Sunday lunch. Just husband, baby, Lesseya, & I… in which a random conversation led to a trip to the mall where Lesseya……. got her ears pierced. Gasp, I know! She talked the talk, so Husband and I decided to see if she was as brave as she claimed. It was less of a big deal than I would of expected it to be, and was more of what will be a noted “special one on one time” for her with us [the parentals]. Out of the whole experience, we gained an opportunity for some deep, important life conversations, believe it or not. We got to introduce the “all things in moderation” concept, explained our expectations of her as a growing young lady, emphasized the responsibility aspect that comes with any new experience in one’s life, & reinforced our values with her. Yes, she is only 7, but the event made it easy to bring up some good info in a relevant way 🙂

She started out excited & bold, cried a few crocodile tears during the piercing, then ended on a good note. She got to check out the new studs after she pulled herself together and admired them quickly. However, she took a second glance. She looked Herself in the mirror and said,

     “I cant believe this all happened to me today!” with a big glowing grin.

I knew it wasn’t the sparkling new studs that caused her to radiate with confidence, rather, was the privileged and “special” feeling she indulged in after a spontaneous, bonding afternoon with Mommy and Daddy.

We got to Grandma & Grandpa’s house to surprise them as well as Makaila. Just as expected they went through the shock & awe. But Meeks had a pitty party. After I allowed her to moan, groan, and sob herself from room to room, I eventually gathered her and her dramatic dealings. We talked, well I did anyway, She listened. After getting through explaining to her the hardest part, that she had to wait a bit more for Her time, she finally came around. She had a lesson in equality. That equal parenting and love does not mean equal timing in experiences and privileges. She even got a life lesson in envy. We prayed that she would have genuine happiness for her sister and patience as well as understanding for herself. She ended with proudly having a testimony under her belt that she can share with others who ever undergo her situation: sibling envy & overcoming through the love of Jesus 🙂

All in all, it was another random, busy, spontaneous, special weekend of growth for our young family. I ended up with a vegetable phone aka new pet, two castle centerpieces (in pink & purple) temporarily sitting on my living room table, just scratched the surface of a new era with my growing young ladies, but most of all have a revived perspective for the fresh week!

School Picture Day Preview

The kid’s came home with a familiar blue and white paper. It is one that I have seen too frequently over the last few years. A school picture order form. 
I’ve ordered the traditional school pictures every year. (Sometimes twice a year!) Of course… how can I NOT buy every school picture of my growing babies! No brainer, right proud Mommys? 
Well after considering the bland, studio-background, stiff posed picture packages that I have sitting in the back of file cabinets and under mounds of un-filed papers in cluttered drawers….I decided it was time to switch it up this year. 
With cooperation from the kids, we decided to pass on school portraits and decided to have a fun, humble, personal, lil’ photoshoot of our own. We used a local library as our location. The kids ended up having lots of fun and it turned out to be a memorable experience for all of us. 
Here is a sneak peek for now, however, this one is my favorite of all of them!