Thursday, December 30, 2010

The Interesting Things About Yours Truly!!!

I LOVE playing those bloggy games! Amy over at The Idea Room has a great one going on. She asks that you write a post about random things about yourself and then link your post to her blog! Yipee! How fun! So, after you enjoy reading these random facts about me, be sure to go to her post, read it, write one about yourself and then link up! It will be lots of fun!


I was born on August 15th...uh...sometime in the 70s! I still say that was the best day EVER to be born on! But, I'm sure many of you will disagree. Ahem.

My mama almost gave me up for adoption. We're both so glad she didn't though. (That's my uncle in the picture above. Not the ones who would've adopted me.) I would've missed out on the wonderful family I did get to grow up with.

I'm the oldest of six sisters. That's right! No brothers in the bunch! My mom has 4 daughters (including me) and my biological father has 4 daughters (including me, but I don't really know those three to well.) I also have an uncle who is 16 years younger than me. Yep! You read that right!

Growing up, my mama didn't really know how to take care of my hair.
Afterall, it's the tight-curl-nappiness kind of hair. For that reason I despise curly and short hair.

So I ALWAYS wear it straight. And long! (I took this picture of myself a couple of weeks ago after I put a relaxer in it. By myself. Not to shabby, eh?)

I have to "steal" pictures from my mom. She hoards them like no tomorrow. The picture above? I NEVER seen this until I was in my 20's. I have no idea how many other pictures I never seen. Of course, now she really hides them!

I'm very nearsighted! Growing up, I hated wearing the glasses my mom picked out for me. I used to lose them on purpose because they were ugly! Because of that, one day, when I was in high school, I was waiting for my BFF to come hang out with me at my house. We had quite a few people over when a white car pulled into the parking lot of our townhouse. I decided to jump on the car hood as it pulled up. When I looked up, it was a total stranger driving! I seriously thought it was her car. Because it was white. And small! Should've wore the glasses!

Out of all the kids in my generation, I was the first to graduate! Graduation was AWESOME!!! (See the picture on the left in the pic? That was my 9th grade picture. I never did get my senior pics taken. That's another story though. Don't even get me started on prom! LOL!)

I'm a packrat! I still have my Star Quilt! It's falling apart and very faded, but it's as old as I am. (I'm so glad I'm not a blanket!) I love it! I also have almost all of my ID cards. From 7th grade to 11th grade. I lost my senior card two weeks after school started. Good thing I was able to leave for lunch everyday! I have so much memorabilia from my younger days! Love looking through them every once in awhile!

I'm what you would call a "Jack-of-All-Trades"! I worked in many fields. Including phlebotomy! That's right people! I used to stick people with needles! And? We could party it up like nobody's business! Not to comforting, is it? However, this was pre-baby days, but lots of fun none-the-less. In fact, it was these days I quit drinking. Anyway, among this job, I've worked retail, did door-to-door sales, was a teacher at a private school (when I was 19), worked in the insurance field (I can tell you what a "rider" is!), I even worked for a company who worked for the child support division. All on a H.S. diploma! Oh yeah! I'm that good!!!

He is the BEST thing that has ever happened to me! EVER!!! He spoils the crap out of me. He trusts me. He sticks by me through thick AND thin. He supports me in everything no matter if I finish or not. He loves me. He makes me laugh. He laughs at my jokes. But the main reason he is the best thing that has ever happened to me is because...

He gave me the GREATEST GIFTS OF ALL!!! My life was not complete until I had my two babies! These are my life!

Well, I could go on and on and on and on. But I'll spare you the details. Like when I got married and divorced when I was 19, or the fact that my sister and I could seriously start a band with our body parts, or how I will believe ANYTHING you tell me (like how there are alligators living in the sewers), or how my sister and I started a party planning business, or even how I HATE...no ABHOR any kind of bugs that I will cover them up with a plunger until Jeff gets home so he can kill them. Yep. I'll spare you. I had an intersting life growing up. In fact, it's still interesting. But I wouldn't want it any other way!

Thanks Amy for letting me share some of my little personal factoids about me! As for the rest of you, I seriously hope you play along! It will be interesting to read all about you! Thanks for enduring!



Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!!!

MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM MY FAMILY TO YOURS!
Wishing you have the most blessed and wonderful Christmas
and a safe and Happy New Year!!!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Oh Happy Day!!!!

OMGoodness!!!! You will never believe what I won from the fabulous Kim and Kris from The DIY Dish!!! I won this:


It's a Janome 300E Embroidery Machine!!! I have been doing cartwheels down the interstate since I found out yesterday. It's funny though, because I sort of forgot about the contest. You see, I left a comment sometime in October and winners weren't announced until Dec. 6th! It wasn't until a few days ago when I checked my email and saw that I had won! Oh how I am truly blessed for winning this wonderful machine and I can't wait to get it so I can play!

The DIY Dish is always having some kind of contest. If you haven't checked them out, be sure you do! One thing though, they are taking a break and won't be back until January. But they have lots of goodies and webisodes that you will enjoy!

THANKS KRIS & KIM! You have made my Christmas that much more wonderful!!!

You HAVE to check out the BEST Flash Mob Video. Ever!!! Have a great weekend everybody!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Nifty Thrifty: A Table For My Kitchenette

WOW!!! I can't believe it's already December! Where has the time gone? It feels like Thanksgiving was last week! Well, while time has been flying by, I have been busy doing a little Thrift Store shopping. Well, mainly at Goodwill, so today I thought I'd share what I found a couple weekends ago.


Since moving into our house, we have yet to fill it with furniture. I mean come on, living in a two-bedroom apartment with little living space, a person just doesn't have much to begin with. So, moving into a huge two-story home, what was I to do on a thrify budget? I get jealous! Just kidding! But I do see so many people out there who get furniture for free or near free. But they're lucky! They have a vehicle (or access to one at least) to accomodate these great finds. It kind of makes me wish I had asked for a truck instead of a convertible for Mother's Day a few years ago. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE my car, it's just I didn't think a truck would've been a lot more handy in the future. *Sigh* One day I'll get my truck.

Anyway, when I went Goodwillin' (as my Grandma calls it!) with my Aunt, Uncle, and Cousin, I found this awesome table. I figured it would go perfect in my kitchenette...well, until I get my buffet. I didn't realize until later that it's a baby changing cart! LOL! That goes to show you how much I pay attention! HAHA! So, I bought it, but when it came time to get it into my little Mercury Milan** (which is our other car, not my convertible), it was to big! So, my Aunt asked a good associate if they had an allen wrench so we could take it apart. Thank goodness they did, or I didn't know what I was gonna do! After I got it home, I sanitized it real good, took it apart and spray painted it an ivory color. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture after I was done, but once I get this area all decked out, I'll post about it.

(If you look closely at the table, you can see it's already been painted.)

I also bought a wicker tray (that I ended up spray painting with Krylon's Cherry Red), the candy jar, and these plates. I LOVE these plates! They remind me of the tin mug my Grandpa used to drink out of when I was little. They go perfect with the look I'm trying to achieve in my kitchen! I also bought 5 of those dollar tree candles (you know, those ones that have the saints on them, but these are plain) but forgot to put them on the table. They were $0.50/ea, so it was like getting them half off! Love it when I get a good deal! I've done more shopping since, so I'll post those soon!

**You're probably wondering why I have double astericks by the Mercury Milan! Well, my Aunt cracks me up! She asked if it was our car of the month! LOL! Pretty much. You see, Jeff sells cars. And he's pretty good at it! I say it's because he's honest. Anyway, since he's been selling cars (5 years now), we've bought five cars. Yeah, we average about a new car a year! But, to be fair, his second Fusion I totalled by hitting 2 deer at 4 in the morning going back to Nebraska for an emergency! But that's a whole 'nother story! In fact, I have a story for the last three cars we bought. But I won't go into that now!

Well, I'll stop boring you with my memories! Have a great day everybody!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Everybody Has A First Thanksgiving Story...

And I'm no different! I wrote this story last year and posted it on my personal Facebook page! I wanted to post this now since we'll all be busy come turkey day! Yes, it seems kind of long, but seriously, it reads pretty fast! I've been told it's entertaining and that it should be submited to Reader's Digest. I don't know about that, but it still makes me laugh today!!!

"When Will The Turkey Be Done?" - True Story
by Adrienne Hernandez

It was Thursday morning, November 22, 2006 at 7:00 am. I woke up from a restful sleep, excited that I was going to make my first Thanksgiving dinner. I figured I had better go to the grocery store to pick up the things I needed. So, I got out of bed, brushed my teeth, grabbed my keys and headed to Walmart. I had no kid (at the time I only had Taevyn) and no Jeff. It was nice and relaxing. The store wasn't that busy since it was, afterall, Thanksgiving.

There I am, browsing the aisles, trying to decide what we should have for dinner. I picked up some Stove Top turkey stuffing, Betty Crocker instant spuds, Heinz homestyle turkey gravy, Pillsbury Grands biscuits, and the ingredients for my corn cassrole and my mother-in-law's fruit salad. (Yep, I'm not one for making things from scratch, so I nixed the yams and marshmallows and the green bean casserole.) I thought to myself, "maybe I should get some wine". No, I rarely drink the stuff, Jeff doesn't drink anything with alcohol, and Taevyn is too young. So, I opted for Grape Kool-Aid.

I proceeded to the checkout and paid for my groceries, headed home and started sorting my purchases. Jeff comes in the kitchen and asks "when will the turkey be done?"

My eyes grew big and without saying a word, I grabbed my keys, headed out the door and proceeded to make another trip to Walmart. The last few of the turkeys that were left were $1.25/lb or more. And to top it off, they were at least 20 lbs! Like my little family of three could really eat all that. Then to my pleasing eyes, and what I swore was the "Hallelujah Chorus" playing in the background, I saw a sign that says "Sale $0.79/lb". Not only were they cheap, they were pretty small too! I grabbed one of those birds, went to the checkout again, and paid for the foul.

I was so proud of myself that I had found the turkey I needed. I went home, turned on the oven, and here comes Jeff around the corner and says "when will the turkey be done?"

I said, with a huge grin on my face, "it shouldn't be to long, look how small it is."

He took one look at the turkey and burst out laughing. I asked him why he was laughing and he said, "take a look."

I looked at the bird sitting on the counter and it said "HEN" in huge letters! What the foul? How did I miss that! Now I didn't think that was too funny and told Jeff that if he thought he could do a better job, then he CAN go get the turkey. Of course he apologized because he didn't want to go to the store. So I, yet again, grabbed the keys, headed out the door, and proceeded to make yet ANOTHER trip to Walmart.

Back at the turkey bin, I thought to myself "a glass of wine would sure be good". Nope, don't need it. I looked at the very few $1.25/lb turkeys, grabbed the smallest turkey, which happened to be 21 lbs, went to the checkout line, paid for my bird, and headed back home.

Jeff comes around the corner and asks "when will the turkey be done?" I was thinking, "how do you cook a turkey?" I tell him I have to get online to get the directions. As I was reading, I noticed a line that said "place the thawed bird on a roaster".

"THAWED?!" "ROASTER?!" I can't win!! So, nearly in tears, I called my mother-in-law and asked her what is the fastest way to thaw a turkey. As she's telling me to soak it in cold water and to be sure to change the water every half hour, I could sense the hee hees and the ha has being held back in her voice.

I thanked her kindly, hung up the phone, which I'm sure she was laughing histerically after the conversation, and put my bird in a sinkful of cold water. Then, yep, you guessed it! I grabbed my keys, headed out the door, and proceeded back to Walmart. Now I'm in a hurry and the store is getting busy. I was thinking "why aren't these people at home enjoying their day off?" and "where is that wine aisle?" Nope, don't have time to go across the other side of the store to get the wine. I rushed down the pot and pan aisle, grabbed a disposable roast pan, went to the checkout, waited in line for what seemed to be eternity, grabbed my keys, headed to the car and you will NEVER believe this! Yep, I forgot my roaster at the checkout. I ran back inside, grabbed my pan, went back to the car, headed home, and turned the oven back on.

The day goes by and I'm trying to enjoy myself while changing turkey water every half hour. By this time it was about 5:30 pm and the turkey is FINALLY thawed. (And yes, I DID remove the neck and giblets from the body cavity!) I put the bird in the oven as Jeff comes around the corner and asks "when will the turkey be done?" "Hopefully soon," I replied. I had forgotten how long I was supposed to leave it in the oven, so I had to get back online. According to BHG.com, I had to bake this thing for 4 hours and 30 minutes to 4 hours and 45 minutes!!! WHERE'S THAT WINE?!!

I just wanted to give up and bake the frozen pizza that was in the freezer. But, I decided to persist and was determined to make this a success, without the wine, nonetheless! Now it was about 10:00 pm and I start making the rest of the dinner.

FINALLY, everything was ready and I set the table and we got to eat! And do you know what time it was? It was 11:45 pm!!! And THAT, my dear friends, was when the turkey was done!!

HAPPY TURKEY DAY EVERYBODY!!!

My First Thanksgiving Dinner

© 2009 Adrienne Hernandez - All Rights Reserved

So, tell me, what was your first Thanksgiving like?



Monday, November 15, 2010

Family & Scarecrows

Jeff's parents came into town last week and we had a blast! Did I ever tell you how crafty his mom is? She is a very talented woman and I love when she brings handmade gifts! This time she brought a few things. Today I'm gonna show you one of them. (I would show the others, but I didn't take pics yet.)

Isn't this the cutest thing ever:


She put the dry ingredients for funnel cake in a plastic baggie. Then she put the baggie in a small brown paper sack and decked it all out! She put a recipe on the backside of the orange tag and the little white tag is her price tag. She sells her wares at different places in Nebraska! I'm priviledged to get them for free! :o) How cute are these to decorate a fall tablescape, huh?

Sally gave one to each of my kids! I'm so glad she did! I absolutely love these!!!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Baby, It's Cold Outside!

I hope you had a fun Halloween! We didn't do much this year. I made a few things, but I just haven't had much time for crafting. Let's just say next year I'm definitely making their costumes! I was NOT impressed with the off-the-rack costumes. I swear, every year they use cheaper and less fabric yet still hike up the prices. But, I'll save that rant for another post...maybe! Anyway, I figured I better post something before my in-laws get here tomorrow. I'm so excited for them to be here and spend a week with us! They come down about twice a year and it's always a pleasure!

Anyway, about a month or two ago, I went into the Dollar Tree and found the most awesomest military-decored-knee-high socks ever! So, I decided to make some leg warmers for London. Check them out:





And here she is sportin' the camoflauge ones! She loves them! I ordered some chiffon to match so I can make a pettiskirt to go with these! Now I have to figure out a design for a top and she'll have a cute outfit for the fall!

Are you ready for Thanksgiving? I know I'm not, so I better get on the ball! Have a great weekend friends!!!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

A Chocolaholic's Dream

I made this last night:


One word: DELISH!!!

P.S. I was out of town last weekend and I forgot my camera in Kansas. :o( At the moment, I'm stuck using my P&S until my mama can send it back to me. So, please don't mind the bad quality of the pics.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

They Are Such Big Helpers!

My kids LOVE to help whenever they can. Whether it's cooking, cleaning, laundry, and even making my crafts. They also like to make thier own crafts too! So, when Hobby Lobby had thier aprons on sale a couple of weeks ago, I decided to buy each of my kids an apron to decorate and use for when they help or craft. I had fabric markers on hand already, so this project only costed me $3! (Not including tax of course!)

Okay, so really I made London's because I don't trust her with crayons, markers, or paint just yet. I was thinking that when she's old enough, she can make her own, however, I may just buy another one and let her decorate it outside in the backyard. That way, if she gets bored with the apron, she can color the grass and not my walls! Anyway, this is the one I made her:


A close-up of the art:

Here she is sportin' her new apron (which she loves by the way!):

Here's Taevyn making his apron:

Here's Taevyn sportin' his newest creation:

Here are both of them all hung up in the kitchen entryway to be used when needed:

I'm so glad the kids love them! Now I don't have to worry about their clothes getting ruined and it just may save some money on having to buy new clothes! BONUS!!!

Monday, October 11, 2010

You Might Be A Crafter If...

your sewing machine is also served as your centerpiece!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Friends Are The Best!!!

Hello my friends! Before I get to today's post, I wanted to let you know that I won't be posting as often as I'd like to have. As you can tell, I've already kind of started slacking off. But, in reality, Mommyhood comes first. Right now, my kids seem to be requiring constant attention from me these days. Although I've been linking Taevyn's Army Party all over blogland, that only takes a few minutes. I'm not taking pics, uploading, writing a post, etc, etc. While that may be the last post I spread around for awhile, please know that my goal is to post a few times a month. Afterall, I still like to make my projects. It's just pictures and writing and all that comes with blogging is a constant time consumer for me. I hope you stick around though, because I love reading your comments for when I do post. Okay, enough babbling and on to today's post!

Do you remember my Special Guest Star Emily N. from Too Blessed To Stress? Well she is one of the nicest most awesome-est person one can know! She had posted a project using some really cute fabric. Unfortunately for me, it wasn't available in my area, so I asked her if we could do a swap. I'd swap her for some of my carafe/vintage jars for 1/2 yard of this awesome fabric. Being the sweet one as she is, she agreed. So, I sent her three jars and she sent me a whole yard of fabric:

These awesome paper embellishments:

And she even sent Taevyn some silly putty type stuff and London a little notebook! She is the best! (Sorry Emily! I didn't get a picture of the kids' goodies. They got to it before I could even reach for my camera.) Needless to say, the kids LOVED them and they said "Thank You Mrs. Emily!" And of course I LOVE my goodies too! I can't wait to make the skirt for London and I'm sure I'll have a project come up that could use these adorable flowers! Thanks again Emily! You are the best!!!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

I Don't Know, But I've Been Told!

It was the Ultimate Army Party! Well, sort of! I only say sort of because I really didn't get everything I really wanted to done with it. But that's okay! The kids had a blast and that's all that matters, right? I should also tell you that I went to bed at 2 am that morning and then had to wake up at 6 am to finish. So yeah, I was pretty tired!

Would you like to see what I did anyway? I thought you might. So, please come in and have fun at the "party"!




Here is the "Mess Hall" where the kids ate. We bought a helium tank at Walmart, but the balloons wouldn't hold the helium very well. So, we didn't get to have balloons (except for the one lonely one on the ceiling I didn't see when I took this picture. Oh, and please don't mind the spool of ribbon on the table. That wasn't supposed to be there either.) I had more planned for this room. Taevyn's Uncle had given him some stuff that I was going to use for decor and forgot to get it.



The Army Recruiting Station so graciously gave us some posters (that are now in Taevyn's room) for decorations. How nice was that?

This is my second favorite one. I love the Soldier's Creed.

This is my favorite poster! The scene is so neat and it feels as if you're almost there with them!


Here is the table with the MRE's. In the sacks were peanut butter and jelly sandwhiches, chips, applesauce, and Gushers (you know, when you blow up, your guts "gush" out! HA!) They drank "Swamp Water" from thier canteens and ate thier food out of the pie plates.

Here is a close up of the place setting. I used the same concept as the invitation for the MREs with the bands. I forgot to take pictures of the Favor bags, but it looks just like this only it says "Thank You" instead. Originally I wanted to make "Care Packages" using the Pop Tart boxes I had saved and wrap them with kraft paper, but I didn't have enough boxes.

I made personalized zipper pulls for each guest and used them as place cards. This was nice because I already had the supplies on hand and didn't have to spend any money on them.

There was an army man on each place setting too. I was originally going to make paper place cards and have these hold them up, but I ran out of time and decided to use the zipper pulls instead, which I liked better anyway.

Here is the birthday cake I made. I think I'm getting a little better at these. Don't get me wrong, I know I could never work at a bakery, because I am by no means professional, but I love doing this for my family. I used Wilton's Color Mist in black and green, and used some army toys to decorate it with.

Here is the inside of the cake. Yeah, this was one of the projects I did at 1 o'clock in the morning! I used a box white cake mix and separated two small bowls worth. I colored the main cake batter with Wilton's Kelly Green icing color. Then I colored the two smaller bowls with black and the other one brown using the icing color. Then I did a "marble" effect with it. However, I want to try this again pouring some of the green batter in the cake pan, then a little of the black and brown, marble it, then pour in the remaining green, black and brown and marble it. That way the brown and black are more in the middle too. I still have another cake mix, so I may try it this weekend. Yep! Curiosity will kill this cat!

The t-shirt Taevyn is wearing is the "PT" shirt I made for each boy to take home. What a fun project this was. I first diluted some black fabric dye to get the gray color for the shirt, which was originally white. Then I used my Cricut to cut out the word "ARMY" onto some freezer paper. I then ironed the paper on the shirt and used black fabric paint to color it in.
I was going to make dog tags for them, but ran out of time. However, besides the shirt, the kids also got a camouflage bandana, thier canteens, a water gun, temporary tattoos, bubbles, a compass ring, a watch, some candy, their zipper pulls, and apples. Apples you say? Well not just any apples...

...Camouflage Apples! Taevyn and I made these and it was a lot of fun. I wrapped them up in cellophane and tied with camo and brown ribbon and some black ric rac. This was the coolest favor ever if you ask me!

Here is the apples sans cellophane! Doesn't it just look yummy?

Unfortunately I didn't get pictures of the obstacle course. It wasn't much to look at though. I really had to get creative with it. I used some very thin dowels to make the hurdles with black nylons tied to them, some more dowels and rope to make an obstacle where the kids had to crawl under the rope (yeah, I can't remember what that's called) some boxes for them to crawl through, and a little table with some army men they had to knock over with with waterballoons. Oh, and since I couldn't find any innertubes, I had to spray paint some large embroidery hoops black for the Tire Run too.

The games that were planned was "PT Drills", "Mine Field", "MIA", "Sergeant Says", and "Help the Injured Soldier". Then they were deployed to "War" which was free play in the yard. They had so much fun and I did too! It was some good times. A few of the kids asked if they could come to Taevyn's party next year. I'm hoping I can make it as good as this year!

I'm linking this to:

Those Northern Skies

The Girl Creative
My Craftie Life

Get Your Craft On Tuesday