Happy Little Snowman

December 16, 2010

A few of the snowmen before I gave them away

I wanted to give my coworkers a small but thoughtful Christmas gift.  My intention was to make them smile and to bring a little holiday cheer into the office. 

While browsing youtube for “holiday arts and crafts” and I came accros a video that discussed holiday crafts.  At about 1:51 the lady showed little snowmen made out of socks.  I thought the idea of using baby socks as a beanie was too cute!  It inspired me to take that idea and create my own little version of snow peeps!

A couple days later I brought my little snow peeps to work.  Everyone who received one was suddenly so happy!!  Their eyes lit up, their voices got a little high pitched, and they were just filled with joy!  I didn’t realize that these little snowmen would bring so much glee!! 

Since these little snowmen generated so much happiness, I decided to make my first youtube tutorial.  I want to share how to make these little guys so that whoever is watching can make them, share them, and spread more happiness! 
Enjoy watching the video below:

just me,
Cat

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Happy Thoughts

December 2, 2010

Jaclyn Rae recently commented on one of the posts in our blog.  It prompted me to read her blog and I thought this blog was AWESOME!

http://polkadotteapot.wordpress.com/2010/12/01/happy-thoughts/

She wrote about how she keeps a journal dedicated to happy thoughts.  I can see that being a valuable reference to anyone who is in need of a “pick me up.”

Happy happy, joy joy!
Cat


One Vision

November 22, 2010

“If Catherine has one vision and George has one vision … what do you have?  Division.”  – Father Manny, St. Michael’s church.

2 years ago today,  the priest told us the above quote at our wedding ceremony.  His little quote still makes us giggle and our friends still talk about it … but we all know that Father Manny was right.   Although we’ve only been married for 2 years,  we have been together for 10 years.  I’d be lying if I said our relationship has always been filled with candy and roses.  We do have the occasional “debate.”

Gee and I have always said that we don’t fight … we debate!  What makes a fight different from a debate is that we are really listening to each other and trying to understand the other person’s point of view.  After our debate,  we come to some sort of compromise and decide what the best thing is to do. 

I make our debates sound very civil, huh?  It’s not always that way.  Sometimes they get really heated and sometimes we cry … but we never go to bed angry.   We always come to some sort of compromise or we realize at the end how silly we were for debating in the first place. 

After we got married our debates have gotten shorter.  One of the reason’s that they have gotten shorter is we started to say, “One Vision!”  in the middle of our debate.  It always lightens the mood and reminds us that we’ve got to get to the point and compromise.

Always remember to share the same vision with your partner.  If there are any disagreements … don’t fight … debate!

just me,
Cat


Don’t Forget to Say “Thank You!”

May 20, 2010

When I was growing up my parents would tell me how fortunate I was to have such good things and that I was spoiled.  At the time I would think, “Whatever … they just don’t know how things are now.  Times are different.”  Now that I am older, and hopefully wiser,  I realize that they were right and they still are right.

Just about everything is “easy” and “accessible” … when something is not “easy” or “accessible” we whine and complain how it should be “improved.”  We complain about so many things:  buggy software programs are, dropped calls, temporary shut off of water/electricity/cable, walking far, or even how overweight we are.

Instead of complaining we should be THANKFUL that we live in a world where we have technology  which enables us to work more efficiently.  Mother nature has given us everything we need to survive.  She even has hidden gems that man has use to create such wonderful technology.

We are so spoiled that we sometimes forget how much work goes into discovering these new and wonderful technologies.  We complain instead of being thankful.  We should be thankful that we don’t have to send mail by the pony express, walk 2 miles to get water from a well, start a fire to cook food, or even be so skinny because we didn’t catch the fish for dinner.

If we complained less and started being thankful for everything that we do have … we WILL live a more happy and positive life.

Saying “thank you” goes a very long way.  It radiates positive energy to those who hear it.  It also makes you feel so blessed that you are alive and able to enjoy all these things.

Thank you for reading our little blog.  I hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoy writing it. =)

just me,

Cat


Two Farmers

April 24, 2010

The happy farm.

My husband and I watched the movie “Facing the Giants” the other day.  The movie is an inspiration, faith-based story about a college football and their coach.  The focuses on how the coach is facing many professional and personal struggles and how he turns to faith to help him through.

The movie was very touching.  The following dialog between the coach and another character really caught my attention.

Coach: I prayed so hard, but I still can’t seem to win.
Mr. Bridges: I heard of a story of two farmers praying to God for rain to come. Both prayed but only one prepared the land. Who do you think trusted God more to send the rain?

I know not all of the people reading this are religious.  You may believe in a different God than I do, or maybe you believe in multiple Gods.  Although the above dialog has to be in trusting in your God(s), it also applies to the old saying “You can’t just sit around waiting for things to happen.”

Many of us aspire to achieve a life of happiness.  While some of us choose to cry about how we do not have it, some of us choose to reach for that happiness.  Achieving happiness is not easy.  You will have to change your attitude and accept those things you cannot change.  You will have to pick and choose your battles and often times you’ll have to make difficult decisions let go of certain things and strive towards reaching a better future.  It is a lot of work to achieve any goal in life.  You just have to prepare yourself for it and be ready and willing to receive it.

I bet if you can replace the word “happiness” with one of the following: “financial freedom”, “luxurious living”, “fun”, “purpose”, “self worth”,  or even “spiritual soundness.”  It applies to everything.

Choose to work hard for what you want.  I promise you will be rewarded.  The journey may be tough,  but the reward will be worth it.

just me,

Cat


Friendship

April 21, 2010

Only we understand why we're in the bathroom. lol 🙂

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“Don’t walk in front of me, I may not follow.  Don’t walk beside me, I may not lead.  Walk beside me and be my friend.” – Alber Camus

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I have two Best Friends, Sharon and Kristine.  I’ve known Kristine since I was about 13 and Sharon since I was about 18.  So … if I’m 30 … that means we’ve all been friends for a really, really long time.

To me, “best friend” means more than “a person who I have known a really long time.”  A best friend is someone who has stuck around through all the ups, downs, lefts, rights, diagonals, and loop-de-loops.

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“A friend is someone who sees through you and still enjoys the view.” – Wilma Askinas

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Friendship isn’t alway pretty.  There are the occasional bickers and disagreements, but it’s how people get through those though times that help the friendship to grow stronger.  I know we’ve been through our share of bickers, but it’s how we’ve chosen to move forward and learn from them that has enabled us to stay close.

When I think of my BFFs I think of:

  • how it feels like a LONG time when we haven’t talked, texted, or emailed each other for a week
  • how we can tell each other the most embarrassing moment of the day and not feel embarrassed about it
  • how we support each other no matter what
  • how we can give each other that “look” and know something is up
  • how we pray for each other when we forget to pray for ourselves
  • how we constantly boost each other up when we’re down
  • how we trust each other with our deepest darkest secrets
  • how we accept each other and all our quirks
  • how we laugh at the corniest jokes that no one else gets
  • how we listen to each other
  • how we always look at the bright side, but are not afraid to bring up the dark
  • how “real” we can be with each other

This list goes on and on.  These girls are my sisters from another mister and I feel truly blessed to have them in my life.  This little blog doesn’t even dive in on how deep my love goes for.  They are my besties and they are my heights of happiness ….


Be Yourself

April 16, 2010

One of the steps to achieve 100% true happiness is to love and accept yourself for who you really are.  This step is one of the most difficult because, it forces us to look at who we truly are not who other people think we are.

The truth is … we are all a little scared of what other people think of us.  Just admit it … you are … even if it’s just a little bit or if it’s just around certain people.  We are afraid that if we show our quirks and our fears that they are going to judge us and maybe they will even laugh at us.

But you know what … you will be so much happier if you just be who you are.  Why?

  • You will only be surrounded by people who accept you as you are.
  • You will no longer have to put on an “act” in front of other people
  • You will eliminate unnecessary worry from you life
  • You will be free
  • You will be secure in who you are and what you want to become
  • The sky is the limit and nothing can stop you from here.

Point is … life is pretty complicated … being yourself makes it a lot more simpler but a lot more happier.