Thursday, September 22, 2016

I love being a step mom

Rich and I have been married for just about 6 years. We tried to get pregnant but with no success. Our plans to have a baby together were stopped in its tracks due to a serious medical scare. I have fully recovered from my surgery. I no longer have the ability to get pregnant. My sweet husband had the wisdom to remind me to be grateful for the children we do have. We have his sons once or twice a year for visitation. I truly do love them as my own. I really don't understand why people treat step children differently. All children are a gift. 

My boys are growing up too fast. Look at how they've changed over the years. (I'm sorry but the pictures are out of order)

Monday, September 19, 2016

Crocheting... a lost art?!

I went to a local store the other day to purchase some sewing supplies. The cashier was an older gentleman. He mentioned that not many people from my generation know how to crochet or sew. I would tend to agree with him. I'm surprised at how many of my friends don't know these basic skills. I love crocheting. My mom, grandma and aunt taught me to crochet. I've learned new techniques from various people in my life, including my great grandma. I have made many different items from flowers to dresses. Lately, I do smaller projects since my hands hurt after too long.

My cousin had boy girl twins a few years ago. I made hats for each of them.

When my cousin's granddaughter was blessed, I was able to make her headband. Her dress was made by my aunt.

Yes, I know the flowers are insanely HUGE but that's what the mama wanted.

Grocery shopping yields HUNDREDS of plastic bags. My grandma has cut bags into strips and crocheted bags. I decided to try this myself. 

I cut the bags into 1 1/2 - 2 inch strips. 

I then weaved them together to make my "yarn". 

I wound it up into a large ball. 

I could now start my crochet project. In this case, I made a pool bag. We got season passes for a water park and I knew that we'd be carrying wet clothes. I chose to make the plastic crochet bag for this since it was sturdy and would be the perfect material to get wet.

Friday, September 16, 2016

We were sealed for TIME and all ETERNITY

My life definitely took some different twists and turns than what I was hoping. I thought that I'd be married in the temple by 21 and have several kids. 

I got married for the first time at 26 to someone met at my apartment complex. He seemed to be a spiritual guy but he was very different behind closed doors. He was not LDS but I was not living by the church standards at that time so it didn't matter to me. My marriage lasted just less than 4 years. 

I moved back to Utah and started going to church again. I met an amazing man and we got married. I was not yet temple worthy at the time we were married and we were awaiting notification that my husband's previous temple sealing had been cancelled. I didn't focus much on our wedding. Our plan was to be sealed on our first anniversary. I wore a wedding dress for the temple.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Cakes - part 1

I tease my husband when he says he's retired as an artist. (That will be another post) Honestly though, I think I'm retired as a cake decorator. It causes me so much stress and anxiety as I strive for perfection. I took a look back at some of the cakes I've done for my friend's daughters. I'm pretty impressed...