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5 Non-Existent Places I Would Take a Vacation To

In about a month, I am planning a girls night out book exchange party at my house and so I have been doing some “research” on decorations, foods, rules that sort of thing.  This mostly entails browsing around Pinterest and wishful thinking.  I don’t have many (any really) parties or get-togethers so I kind of want to go all out for it.  One of the things I really want to do — have wanted to do for a while and am using the book exchange party as an excuse for — is to make a fictional place road sign.  I book road signdon’t know if you have seen this floating around, but it looks so cool and I would love to have it in the back yard.  So I am determined to make one of these over the next month and I have been thinking about what places I would put on my sign.  My plan is to have a tutorial once I have actually made it, but for now I thought I would share my top 5 fictional places — the ones I would visit in a heartbeat if they actually existed.  I would love to hear yours in the comments!

#5 Winterfell — We are really into Game of Thrones, and while my knowledge of the universe is confined to what I have learned from the show, I would just have to make sure to take my husband along as a guide since he is reading the books (I am fairly certain this would be number one on his list).  For clarification, I mean the pre- stuff hitting the fan and now it lies in ashes Winterfell.  When the Starks would be gracious hosts and there wasn’t quite as much chance of a beheading happening.  And definitely before winter comes.

PeterPan-NeverlandMap#4  Neverland — I really enjoy Disney’s Peter Pan and while this is another instance where my knowledge is limited to the movies (the book is on my list of books to read to the kids), I still think it would be a cool place to visit.  Mermaids and pirates and fairies…sign me up please!  Neverland is a place where you don’t age and magic exists and I am all for that.

#3  Hogwarts —  Speaking of magic…I don’t think that I could have imagined a more amazing place to go to school.  I didn’t even hate school and I think that it could have been immeasurably improved by talking portraits, shifting staircases, and magic lessons.  I think that everyone dreams of a world with magic and that is what makes the Harry Potter universe so appealing to so many.

#2 Terebithia —  I first read “Bridge to Terebithia” when I was in 6th grade and it was the first book that made me cry…in a good way.  I grew to love and relate to the characters so much I became emotionally invested in their fictional lives.  As a middle schooler, I think there is a certain expectation that you are now too old for fantasy type worlds.  This book sort of gives that back to you though.  The real world sucks sometimes and Terebithia is a great place for escape.

#1 Pemberly — So for anyone who knows me, this one really isn’t that shocking.  My favorite book is “Pride and Prejudice” pemberlyand my favorite love story is the one between Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy.  Not to mention the fact that I am sort of an Anglophile in love with the regency period.  Yes, if there were a fictional place machine (whoever is working on a time machine should really switch gears) I would definitely go for a visit to Pemberly.

And just for the record, the 5 places I wouldn’t visit… The Chocolate Factory, Oz, Middle Earth, The Arena, the Giant Peach (don’t judge me.  Those oompa loompa’s and flying monkeys freak me the heck out.)

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The Day Downton Abbey Broke my Heart

**************************This post contains spoilers…a very large spoiler in fact, so if you watch Downton Abbey but have not seen the newest episode from last night or don’t watch the show but are thinking about watching it (you totally should by the way.  It is a GREAT show), you should definitely not read the rest of this post.  Fair warning! ******************************



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Last night I tucked my kids into bed giving my 4-year-old a very stern warning that he had better go straight to sleep tonight.  Downton was coming on and I wanted to be able to sit and enjoy it without any of his 57 nonsense requests and discussions that he uses to get around going to sleep.  However, if you could have peeked in my living room window about an hour and a half later, you would have seen me bawling like a baby clearly not enjoying the turn the show had just taken.  I don’t usually say anything about television shows or movies, but after last night and as ridiculous as it sounds, I needed a little mourning period in the form of a blog post.  Yes we are talking about a fictional character, but I am sure that there are plenty of people out there sharing in this sadness.  And let me tell you, this isn’t the first fictional character I have cried over (TV, movie, book, you name it) and I am fairly certain it won’t be the last.

I should probably say this to start.  I am a crier.  I have been for as long as I can remember and it doesn’t take a lot to set me off.  Last night though, I wasn’t just shedding a few tears, I was practically sobbing for like half an hour.  If you are still reading this, I assume that you have either already seen the episode or don’t care so I can say it… I cannot believe that they killed off Lady Sybil!  And the way they did it, that was designed to make women everywhere (probably like 80% of their demographic) burst into tears.

When you watch a show like Game of Thrones (another favorite in our house) you get used to the main characters getting beheaded left and right.  But that isn’t supposed to happen in a period piece on PBS.  It just isn’t!  I mean, I get it.  You need drama and plot turns to keep a show interesting and I am all for that.  It’s just sad to see one of your favorite characters sacrificed for this purpose.  And killing her from child birth…let me reiterate that that really was the absolute WORST way

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they could have killed her.  I said this to my husband as we were walking up the stairs to bed last night and he said “They could have made Edith so jealous of Sybil’s happiness that Edith stabbed her in the chest.” (too much Game of Thrones) My response, “This was worse.”  For half of the episode you are thinking, “Men are idiots”, “if she had only been born 60 years later”, “men are complete idiots”, “she will never get to see her baby grow up”, and on and on.  It really broke my heart.  I felt like I had lost a dear friend.

Okay, I guess I have done enough mourning for Lady Sybil.  With a heavy heart, I will say though, I am intrigued to see how Branson and the Crawleys work together to raise the baby and what happens between Lord and Lady Grantham (poor Lord Grantham has had a rough go of it recently).

Do you watch the show?  What are your thoughts?  Was your heart broken last night too?


Sale in My Etsy Shop!

Hey all, I just wanted to let you know that I am running a coupon code in my Etsy shop, Makings from Mommylanduntil January 31st.  Just like my Facebook Page and then message me and I will send you a code for 10% off your entire order.    Whether it is something already in the shop or a custom order for characters would like painted…as much or as little as you want…10% off the whole order!  They aren’t just for kids either.  I am currently working on a Downton Abbey set and a Game of Thrones set so if you have a big kid in your life who may like something fun and/or geeky, this can be a great gift for them as well.  Also, while most of my items only have US shipping charges listed, I can ship internationally.  Just let me know so I can figure out shipping costs for you.  And don’t forget about the giveaway going on at Kinda Crunchy Mama‘s blog.  A set of my pirate peg people are part of the prize package so get over there and enter to win.  If you have seen any of my other posts on my peg people and have been thinking about maybe ordering some, now is the time!  Just let me know if there is anything I can make for you.  Thanks everyone!!

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One Year Blogiversary!

HappyBlogiversaryI was so busy freezing my butt off in negative degree weather and watching the Denver Broncos stink up the field on Saturday that I completely missed the one year anniversary of the blog.  Wow!  It is amazing how fast a year goes.  I started Musings from MommyLand last year as a way to add a little mental stimulation to my life…a way to express some of the other facets of who I am.  And let me tell you, I have really enjoyed it.  I know I haven’t always been the best about regular posting, but I love the little community that has been created here.  From people I know who get to see some different aspects of me to complete strangers who can relate to my different posts.  It has been a lot of fun.  I also love all the new blogs I have come across during this time.  I had checked out a few blogs before I set up my own, but never on a regular basis.  Over the past year I have come across some great blogs that are entertaining and informative and fun.  There are some very talented people out there in the blogging world!

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Even more than all of that, starting this blog inadvertently led me to finding a new passion and source of income in painting little peg people and selling them on Etsy.  For that, I will always be grateful.

So I thought I would share some stats from the past year as a way to celebrate.

Over the past year, I have made 84 posts with more than 4,800 page hits.  The blog has had visitors from 81 countries during this time and this might be my favorite statistic.  It is very exciting and humbling to think that so many people from so many different places have stopped by my blog.  It makes me want to travel.

My most popular posts have been the Personal History Journal Jar Craft and the Family Tree Craft for Kids.  I love family DSC_0564history, so I am so glad that these are my most popular contributions to the blogging world.

Thank you all for a wonderful year and I look forward to what the next year brings!!


Giveaway At Kinda Crunchy Mama

It’s giveaway time!  I have joined forces with Amber, another mommy with a blog, at Kinda Crunchy Mama to celebrate her son’s 5th birthday with a pirate themed giveaway.  pirate boyMy contribution to the prize pack is a pirate peg people playset (talk about alliteration) in your choice of boy or girl from my Etsy shop.  There is also a crocheted pirate hat made by the very talented ladies of W.H.A.M. (Working Hard Artsy Mamas) in the prize pack.  Some very cool stuff for the little person in your life.

Amber has a great blog and you should head over there and check it out.  It’s always nice to find another citizen of MommyLand and to hear their stories.  A good reminder that you aren’t alone on this crazy parenting journey.  And while you are there, don’t forget to enter the giveaway!  It runs from today, the 15th, thru Tuesday the 29th…2 weeks only so get over there and check it out.


On Turning 30…

About a week and a half ago, I found myself facing a milestone birthday.  I am now………30.  There I have spoken it (well written it) aloud so there is no going back.  The truth is, this birthday has really sort of freaked me out.  I am well aware of how ridiculous it sounds.  I mean it’s 30 not 90, but still, I was dreading it — a lot.  So much has happened during the last decade of my life.  It started only 2 weeks after I turned 20 when I hopped on a plane to Ireland and spent 5 months “studying” (I use the term loosely) abroad and seeing new parts of the world.  After that I came home, finished college, moved from West Virginia back to Colorado, met an amazing man, married said amazing man, started graduate school, had baby #1, finished grad school, had baby #2…  So many great things happened and I guess it has just been hard to let go.

Here’s the thing though, had I written this before my birthday, there would have been a lot more doom and gloom and ridiculousness.  Lucky for me, I realized 2 very important things on my birthday.  It is funny how those moments come to you…epiphany like sometimes.  Granted there is nothing ground-breaking or world-changing about my realizations, but definitely something I need to remind myself about every so often.  As I was laying in bed that morning, I could hear my husband and kids making breakfast for me.  There was laughing and screeching and dogs barking and things being banged around and it struck me.  First, it doesn’t matter what 30 brings…whether it is as exciting as my 20’s or not…because I will be spending it with them — my husband and kids here in Mommyland.  Whatever happens will be better or more bearable because I have them in my life.  Pretty simple.

And second, it’s really up to me to decide just how exciting and fulfilling the next 10 years will be.  Again, duh, right?  All of the stuff that made my 20’s so great didn’t just magically happen.  I mean there may have been some magic involved in a couple of them, but mostly it was me, choosing and following a path.  So, I guess that is what I keep doing, choosing paths only now with 10 more years worth of knowledge.

I am still having a little trouble with the fact that I now have to check the 30-35 box, but life goes on and as long as I keep reminding myself just how lucky I am, I suppose I will muddle through 🙂


Goals For the New Year!

It’s amazing the difference a day can make.  Yesterday was all about looking back over the past year…the high and low points, where we went, what we did, thinking about new additions to friends and family as well as those we may have lost.  A time for reflection and celebrating that we all made it through another year.

Today however, today is about looking forward.  I am no fortune-teller so I have no idea what the next 12 months hold,  but given that whole free will thing, I look forward knowing that I do in fact have some control over the next year.  Enter new year goals.  I don’t know why, but I prefer the term goal to resolution.  I know it is sort of semantics and pretty much the same thing, but I prefer having a goal to work towards (I know silly, but whatever keeps you on track right?)

My Goals for 2013

  1. Lose weight.  This is probably the number one goal/resolution people make every year and probably the number one broken as well.  I made it last year and lets just say I fell off the wagon about half way through the year.  The difference between last year and this year is large goal vs. small goals.  I do have a certain amount I want to lose overall, but I am trying to stay small to better stay on track.  So my goal is to lose 7-9 pounds every month.  This seems attainable and hopefully will help keep me on track.
  2. Do what it takes to make my Etsy shop really successful.  I sort of stumbled on to the love/talent of painting little peg people and I have been shocked by the response thus far.  When I put up my first listing, I don’t think that I ever thought it would actually take off…but it did.  I had a great Christmas season and was earning money for the first time since my son was born (4 years).  So, I am going to keep this up and keep working to make fun little toys for kids and adding a little income to the family as well.
  3. Finish writing my book.  I started writing in November during NaNoWriMo and while I got off to a good start, peg people took over and my book got set aside.  It probably won’t ever get published, but I want to finish it.  I think that I just need to have my own personal NaNoWriMo in like June when life is a little less hectic so I can bang it out.
  4. Get organized.  Organization is definitely my Achilles heal and I need to work on this.  A desk is more than a place to just stack up unread mail…this is the mantra I need to adopt.

There are other small things on my list, but those are my major goals.  Hopefully I stick to following through on all of them.  What is your number one resolution/goal for the new year?  Any tricks or tips to sticking with it?  Whatever it may be, good luck, and I am sending out good thoughts and wishes to you as we all start a new year!

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Happy New Year!

new yearI just wanted to take a minute and wish all of my readers a very Happy New Year!  I for one am very much looking forward to 2013 and whatever it may hold.  2012 has been sort of just an okay kind of year for us as a family as we have experienced some loss and had more than a couple major home issues, but in the grand scheme of things my little family is healthy and happy and together and that is what matters most.

I am approaching my one year blogiversary in January (it was one of new year goals last year to get a blog up and running) and after nearly a year, I am so happy to have found this outlet.  I don’t have a huge amount of followers or site visits, but I am very thankful for the ones I do have and the little community we form.

I hope that you all have a great start to 2013 however you may be spending it and I look forward to spending another year here with you!

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Happy Holidays!

So, I realize that this may be a bit late, but I hope that all of you who celebrate had a very Merry Christmas and for those of you who do not, a happy Holiday season!  I also hope that your last week of 2012 is going by smoothly.  Here in Mommyland, we have been operating at a frantic pace for the last couple weeks so I am ready for a bit of a slowdown.  I am also very ready for 2013 and hoping that it is a little quieter than this past year.  We had more than a few house issues and a couple of losses in our families, so here is hoping for a less eventful next year.

From my family to yours, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and wishing you a Happy New Year!!


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Happy Birthday Jane Austen!

jane-austenI know that it is late in the day…even tomorrow in places such as her birthplace actually, but I wanted to say Happy 237th Birthday Jane Austen!  I first read Pride and Prejudice my senior year in high school and ever since then I have been hooked.  I blame her for my addiction to Regency England, romance novels, and even worse, Regency romance novels.  I love her works and the world they take me too and so it is with great admiration that I again wish Miss Austen a very Happy Birthday.

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