I confess, I am a Pinterest addict.

Jeremiah will agree. I spend way too much time lately looking at and searching for things/ideas that may/may not ever become a reality. But that is the beautiful thing about Pinterest.

Lately, in these cold, dreary, short days of winter, I have been finding myself spending more time doing….nothing. It is weird. I always have something to do, but still, the couch and a warm blanket beckons. After we put the kids to bed at night, Jeremiah usually has something he needs to work on for student teaching for the next day. I do what needs to be done around the house in terms of dishes, laundry, packing bags, food, etc, and then IT hits me. I feel the want, no, the need to Pinterest.

I digress. Pinterest is amazing. In the past few years that I have had an account on there, I have found so many helpful, interesting, delicious, cute, creative, boredom-busting, why-didn’t-I-think-think-of-that ideas on the amazing Pinterest. I have re-created several ideas that were found (where else?) but on Pinterest. If you have not discovered (or been completely enthralled by) Pinterest yet, I highly recommend that you do. In the words of another ‘pinner’: “Pinterest has never made me want to eat so many desserts or try so many exercise routines all in one night.”.  If you still don’t know what I’m talking about, go here and take a look around:

I decided to compile a photo-blog of some sort to make note of my pinterest creations, or at least the ones I have remembered to take pictures of! Some are neat, some are kinda elementary.  But all were fun!  Here goes:


Modge podge photo flower pots made for Mother’s Day. Made one to put pens, goniometers, etc in on my work desk as well!


Raised gardens J made me! The third one will be constructed this spring (J is not aware of this yet…)


Make-ahead ham, egg and cheese breakfast sandwiches. Take out of freezer, microwave 1 minute, and you’re good to go!


Super G cape (reversible)


Twirly t-shirt dress made for L


Second take on the twirly tshirt dress. Made this one for L and her cousin


Painting……with toy trucks! Works well!


Major freezer cooking adventure. Posted this on the fridge so we don’t forget what’s in there. I ended up with over 20 meals by the time it was all over!


What the children did one day while I did other stuff: yarn spiderweb/obstacle course. Helps that G is completely obsessed with Spiderman and Superman right now


Prayer jar: kids use at dinner to pick a prayer request out of each night. Blessing jar: everytime we think of a reason we have been blessed, we right it down and place into jar. Dec 31, 2013 we will read all of them for 2013 year and recap the blessings!


Rice busy activity for toddlers: pour, dump, scoop, measure, make a mess……..


Foot/handprint art for V-day 2012 for grandparents


Coffee cup cozies for Mel’s bday! (she likes coffee a bit)


Framed in our living room. G apparently needed in the picture


J and I write back and forth on this almost daily. It’s so fun!


Artwork hanger in G’s room. A 1×4 board, clothespins, paint!


Curled paper flowers hung on L’s wall.


Hairbow holder in L’s room. Now if only all the bows would make it back to here…

                  Pin on, folks; pin on. 🙂

J. Amazing.

**Note to reader: this blog post is all about my husband and his amazing-ness, especially over the past year. It may get a little mushy and sentimental. If you don’t want to read about that, stop right here. 🙂

January 7th marks the first day of J’s student teaching. He has worked so hard to get to this. Frequently thoughout the past year, when he would be having a tough time with juggling all that he was, I would tell him, “You know you’re my hero, right?’  He would usually scoff at that remark and go back to studying/sleeping/fixing a flat tire, etc. I’m not kidding folks, this guy has been amazing. The fact that he has made it through a full year of overly full load of coursework at school, a full time job, head coach of cross country, has 2 kids and a somewhat nagging wife at home, a home/yard/cars to maintain and being a superdad makes him a hero in my book.

He started back to school full time last January, and we took this on as a family journey, knowing that it was going to be a challenge for J and I.  We wanted to limit the effect that it had on the kids.  J wanted to return to school in order to become a teacher and have a more family-friendly career.  He had been mulling the idea for several years, pretty much since we got married. We finally decided that he would go back to school, and we would go on a roller coaster for the next year and a half.  I went to work from part time to full time, meaning less time at home for the kids (and I). J worked full time to support us when I was in physical therapy grad school, so it was only natural to return the favor. Just this time there was a house and 2 children added to the mix.

I am so proud of J, and he hates that I am writing this blog right now, and he will make me let him read it before I post it.  I recently read an article that was saying how we really need to tell people how much they mean to us, as so frequently we just hope they know how we feel.

J got a 4.0 GPA last semester. ALL A’S.  Impressive.

He has been a wonderful husband and father in so many ways (see pictures below)

He has put up with my whining, nagging, carrying on, complaining. I really tried to limit this, but sometimes you just gotta vent!

He has worked full time or very close to it since he has been in school full time.

He has made a point to have quality time with the kids and I.

He coached boys cross country and took 2 boys all the way to state, who both ended up placing in top 10 in Iowa, Class 1A. Wowza!

Some of my favorite pictures of J over the past year:


J and G fixing brake lines this summer. He’s (almost) always willing to have a helper.



Last Christmas

 Christmas 2011

Watching Brave at the drive-in

Watching Brave at the drive-in

This guy can still do a handstand!

This guy can still do a handstand!

Helping G shoot a firehose

Helping G shoot a firehose

J and kids-first day of classes this fall

J and kids-first day of classes this fall

I don't know how he ever got any studying done.....

I don’t know how he ever got any studying done…..

Where's Waldo and Super G at Halloween

Where’s Waldo and Super G at Halloween



Note I came home to one night 🙂

As you can tell, I am very proud of J and his amazing accomplishments the past year, and before.  He does not want me to post this all, but I am doing it anyways. 🙂 I cannot wait to post a picture of him at graduation in May!