I am so thrilled and honored to accept this highly coveted award! I say again. I am so thrilled and honored to accept this highly coveted award! Again! I am so thrilled and honored to accept this highly coveted award!!!!
I’m thrice thrilled and honored because Critters And Crayons has been thrice bestowed since September 21st!
Desi of The Valentine 4 (a beautiful blog by a green-living, fit mom who puts a lot of thought into her stories), The Outlaw Mom blogger (who will make you laugh, posts gorgeous photos, and makes some amazing crafts, treats and parties!) and the Twinisms blogger (who has mastered sarcastic wit as she balances two sets of twins, an Army husband, and a glass of wine) nominated Critters and Crayons for the Versatile Blogger Award and I am now, two weeks after the first bestowment, penning my own post to bless fifteen other bloggers with it.
I am finally completing this task after completing my Happiness Wall Project. That’s what I call it. It sounds a little Pollyanna. But, guess what? It does make me happy, not that I’m an unhappy person. After reading The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin, I thought it might be a fun experiment. My Happiness Wall isn’t exactly in accordance with the process she followed- but the idea of visible reminders, establishment of processes, new ways of thinking and development of small resolutions were a big influence in the final outcome of My Happiness Wall.
And here it is.
It’s a spot for short and long term project lists, special cards, photos, inspirations and goals. If you’re wondering why I didn’t just do this on the computer, it’s because I’m trying to find ways to get away from my computer screen. I’ve already given up the smartphone. Soon, maybe I’ll move to Walden Pond.
These color-coded boards are for items that have taken or will take 6 months or more to complete. I’m most pleased to remember that the reason the nagging projects on the red board are incomplete is because I’ve been too busy working on finishing all those other things on the blue board. Those red things will be blue one day, too. Ahhhh….Happiness.
This section makes me happy- The Work-In-Progress Station. It’s where ONE, SINGLE, CALCULATED major project I want to check off that long-term list goes. When I’m done, I’ll start a new one.
These photos that need to be sorted and indexed have littered the floor by my bed for a month, a constant reminder that I’m not getting stuff done. Now, they have a place, a STATION. They are Work-In-Progress.
So, here’s a task that was on the red board.
Now that it’s done and I can focus on other things, here are the fifteen other blogs that I hereby honor with this most prestigious moniker: The Versatile Blogger. Check them out. They are fantastic.
- 1. Dan Bain The tagline “The World Is Hurting. Laugh More.” is perfect. Dan will put you on the floor with his wit and humor.
- 2. Free is Fantastic This blog is a San Antonio mom-blog about free activities in San Antonio. It’s versatile in content- tons of different free activities for your family that might slip under your nose if you didn’t follow this blog.
- 3. Night of The Misfit Toys Penned by an old Army buddy, this blog is probably the most versatile blog I know. Politics, gaming, epistemology, sci-fi, pop culture, fatherhood….Love this blog.
- 4. Small Bits This is an honest blog with beautiful pictures about the life of a traveling family.
- 5. Amber Page Writes We follow Amber’s motherhood journey through her wit and humor.
- 6. Science Sparks This blog is all about introducing science to small kids! Love it!
- 7. Miss Anthropist’s Kitchen Found this blog when she made a handmade goldfish cracker cutter out of a coke can and then made a two-headed goldfish cracker from scratch. Awesome.
- 8. Our Regularly Scheduled Program A mom ponders life after returning from a year in Tanzania, Africa. Very thoughtful blog.
- 9. Frugal Science “Everything You Need To Become a True Explorer”…and it’s about mindfulness and finding astonishment in the everyday. A wonderful reminder for parents with some great ideas!
- 10. Art For Little Hands Lots of great ideas! Really enjoyed the mosaic mandala using a Dollar Store kit!
- 11. Small Wonders And Other Thoughts This is an honest blog about a mom who is re-building a lot of things with an eye on the positive. Love this one because I don’t know much about psychology but am learning a little since Megan’s exploring concepts she studies!
- 12. One Mike’s Mind Love Mike’s topics. Love his love for his wife and life.
- 13. Little Miss Organized Her tagline is “I’m just another girl with a label maker”. Lots of good ideas in this blog to stay clutter-free, or how to get there.
- 14. The Fire Horse Just discovered this blog when she penned Words of Wisdoom about bad grammar, the English language and kids. The more I read, the more I like- witty.
- 15. The Awkward List A hilarious look at life’s awkward moments.
The RULES of award receipt technically state you have to list 15 other Versatile Blogger honorees and pen seven random things about yourself.
BUT, the Versatile Blog Award I received from Twinisms says to only list FIVE (5), so I’m invoking the “Power Of Most Recent Versatile Blogger In My Own Itty Bitty Blog Chain” to hereby decree that you will, should you accept this award, list just FIVE bloggers, unless you really wanna list 15. (Bloggers, You can thank Bridget from Twinisms for that.)
And here are the 7 random things about me:
1. I never thought I’d have kids. People probably worried when they heard I was pregnant. My kids make me happier than I’ve ever been.
2. I used to ride a motorcycle, drove a convertible sports car and a pretty tough truck. I am most happy with my mini-van and I think I’m cooler than ever.
3. I met my husband in an Army course learning how to rappel out of helicopters.
4. I have screwed up Jell-o. For the record, the sparkling Jell-o box said to add sparkling water. Who knew that the quinine in tonic water was soooooo nasty?
5. I am fascinated by quantum physics, philsophy and natural history but my favorite movie of all time is Dumb and Dumber.
6. I would take a rough ammonite pendant over a conflict-free diamond any day.
7. My husband and I were married behind an O’Charleys because it was the most scenic spot in the city we could think of the morning we decided to get hitched. The whole wedding cost us $75 and that is because I tipped heavily. Our two children are proof it was the best investment ever.
So, two weeks later and it is done. I’ve moved this task off my red TO DO board.
And it’s now on the blue DONE board.
On to the next task! Gettin’ busy with some photos!