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January 27, 2010

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Good morning, friends! My mind is in about 10,000 different places this morning and I needed an outlet to put all of my thoughts on 'paper.' {Lucky for you!} While this will be a totally random post, there are a lot of ideas here and things that you can look forward to seeing on my blog in the next few weeks.

Our income tax is on its way. It should be here on the 5th of February. {Yeah, it's early!! We filed with Turbo-tax and voila! A 2-weeks MAX wait time to get your refund. Love it.} I have finally nagged, pleaded and begged talked my sweet husband into letting me get some furniture for the bedroom [yes. We have ZERO furniture...] and we are buying a used but nice couch from some friends from church.  What does all of this mean? MAKEOVER. I moved and rearranged living room furniture yesterday and I can't wait to get the new stuff in here to see what it looks like. {Don't worry. There will be a LOT of before and after photos for you to peruse over.}

When I started moving things yesterday, I realized that I am in need of some serious new wall decor in my house. I mean, the entire house. Most of what we have I threw together very quickly when we first moved to Florida 2 years ago to give our crappy apartment an "at home" feel. The new place we moved into last year is so much nicer and I am in need of some nicer art. But I don't want to spend the money on the expensive stuff. So.......I have a big future planned for myself and the Mod-Podge. I have found several insanely cute and crafty things that I want to make for our house that won't cost much. Just the cost of the supplies and the time. Which is something that I have plenty of. I will be taking down a lot of the photos in our living room and replacing them with the new stuff and I can't wait to show you what all I've got in mind. {*Don't worry....I'll document all of it and include some tutorials for those interested*}

Which brings me to my next point-I am a mere days away from getting a new camera. Something I have been dreaming about for several months now. This will be my first Digital SLR camera and I'm a bit terrified. I'm a fast learner, so its not that big of a deal. But I'm pretty sure I will be purchasing this:


I'm not ashamed. LOL I know absolutely NOTHING about photography. Really, I have no clue. I can edit photos all day long on the computer, but I know nothing about lighting and angles and all of that fun stuff. But I will learn. Especially now that I have a child of my own and really can't afford to pay someone to follow him around all the time to take pictures of him when he's being cute. And, fortunately for all of you you will get to follow along as I learn. {And look at lots and LOTS of random pictures.} I've always wanted to be able to take really awesome photos, so this is one of my big projects for the upcoming year. I'm debating between a Nikon and a Canon and have no idea which one to get. My mom has a Canon Rebel and it always took great photos, but a friend at church has a Nikon and her work is AMAZING. {Those of you who do photography, please provide your much needed input in the comment section. Pretty please!}

I am going to work on my Family Rules Canvas this weekend. I haven't made the trip to the Craft Store yet to even purchase the items to get started. But I will. On Friday. Payday. Using my 50% off coupon that came in the Sunday Paper. Plus, Joanne's has their canvas' on sale this week 50% too. Hubby is going to help me come up with some family rules this week. We've looked a some online and I have a handful that I really like, it's just a matter of picking the rest and getting it done. Little man's newfound sleep patterns should make that fairly simple. He's been sleeping past 8:00 every morning-usually till atleast 8:30 and then hitting the sack again about 10:00 for 2 or 3 hours. I think he's getting ready to hit a growth spurt because he's eating non-stop and sleeping. And I've read lots of books that say that kids tend to sleep a little more when they are growing. Or it could just be because when he's awake, he runs. Non Stop.

He's also found a new love for football. I guess us Crimson Tide folks just start them young. He acutally took a nap with his football yesterday. I couldn't get him to put it down to go get in the bed. He tried to drag it to the shower yesterday too, and when I wouldn't let him he pitched a God awful fit. Two nights ago, I put him to bed about 8:00ish and he woke up at 9:30 and wanted to play. Football. It's nuts. He's so cute though. It makes him happy and I guess that's all that matters. I already had in my mind that when we moved again I was going to decorate his room in Footballs & Baseballs, so I guess that will work out perfectly. Considering his sudden love for it.


Oh well. I birthed a boy and boy he shall be. OH. Remember the Giveaway I promised all of you I would do when I hit 100 followers? Yeah, I haven't forgotten about that. I know what I want to giveaway, I just haven't gotten it together yet. I'm really excited about it and I'm pretty sure you all will be too. Payday is Friday and I'm going to try to get it all together then. That way I can introduce it to ya'll on Monday and run the giveaway for about a week. So excited!

Ok. I guess that is all for now. I woke up with a nasty little sinus headache and a sore throat this morning. So I will be lounging on the couch most of the day. I rearranged furniture and cleaned up my house yesterday, so I think I'm entitled to do nothing if I want to. Plus, I'll have to clean again anyway when we bring in the new furniture this weekend, so why over exert myself? Hope you all have a great Hump Day!
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12 Comments:

At January 27, 2010 at 11:04 AM , Blogger Angie S said...

I'm loving the Tonka truck shirt...just toooo cute!

 
At January 27, 2010 at 11:44 AM , Blogger Ria Thurston said...

SO fun! I have a cannon and LOVE it :) Personal prefernce, I believe. Welcome to the world of DSLR! It is sooo fun, but you are right - there is A LOT to learn. I am still learning!! I think I will ALWAYS be learning ... :)

 
At January 27, 2010 at 12:20 PM , Anonymous AmandaG said...

We have a Canon Rebel Xsi and love it!!

Have you looked at Uppercase Living for home decor? That is where most of ours is from!

 
At January 27, 2010 at 12:23 PM , Blogger Beth P. said...

Boys will be boys will be boys! Haha. I completely love having a boy - balls and dirt and trucks and all!

Seriously Courtney, you can't go wrong with a Canon OR a Nikon. It is one hundred percent personal preference. I love my Canon and my father loves his Nikon. Good luck!

 
At January 27, 2010 at 1:30 PM , Blogger Sandra said...

I heart brain dump posts! Thanks for letting us in your head today. I got a Canon Rebel earlier this month and I don't know what all the buttons do (yet)!

 
At January 27, 2010 at 2:29 PM , Blogger Mandi Miller said...

Congratulations on the new camera and furniture!! We are kinda in the same boat with decorations. It must be having a child before your house is really set up that kept us from really decorating. We moved in and 2 months later were pregnant with Maddy! So all of our attention (and decorating attention) went to getting things ready for her. We can't afford much but I talked my husband into giving me a small monthly allowance for home decorations. And... I will be looking to your crafts for some inspiration!

Your son is just adorable!!

 
At January 27, 2010 at 2:58 PM , Blogger Niks La Mode. said...

great idea I own a Nikon D40 i got off ebay and i love it!!!!!!

 
At January 27, 2010 at 4:28 PM , Blogger Melinda said...

Good luck with the redecorating! I have bought some new drapes and bedding for my house and hope to do a little makeover of my own. My house is begging for one! ;0)

Your boy is such a cutie! I love that he slept with his football.

 
At January 27, 2010 at 6:50 PM , Blogger Laura said...

I'm a Canon girl through and through. :) I've had Canon point & shoots, and my first DSLR was the Canon Digital Rebel XTi...now I have the Canon 50D...so, I vote Canon. :) It's very easy to learn...you'd be surprised. Some things just take a lot of practice, which you will have time for, I bet...it's fun! :)

 
At January 27, 2010 at 9:08 PM , Blogger ModernMom said...

I have a Caonon Rebel xsi and LOVE it! You will never regret buying a good camera.

 
At January 28, 2010 at 9:58 AM , Blogger MEL said...

I was going to work on my family rules canvas this weekend You need to post pics when you are done. I Can't wait!

Oh, and all but one of the Professional Photograpers I know (and I know a lot)has a Nikon. The one who doesn't has a Sony. Hope that helps.??

 
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