Week 34, Day 4 (-7 pounds)
Heart: I finished up one of Baby girl’s birthday presents this week. I cannot believe she will be one this month! What the heck?! We love (ok, I love) princesses so I jumped on Pinterest and looked for some cute wall art I could make relatively cheap. I found a ton of princess silhouette ideas but none were quite what I was looking for. So, I did a mash-up of a few of my favorites and ended up with four princess silhouettes that I absolutely adore for her bedroom! Total cost was $15. $12 for the frames and $3 for the glitter paper. I’m sure you could find frames at the dollar store and reduce the cost.
First, I decided on the princesses I wanted to use. I wanted them in big flowy dresses, so settled on the three original princesses (Snow White, Aurora, and Cinderella) and added Belle. I didn’t do Ariel because she’d be hard to recognize in her big dress. Once I’d settled on my princesses, I decided on colors to represent each. Fortunately, it was pretty easy to settle on a different color for each that was still true to her character. For Snow White I used red, Aurora I used pink, Cinderella is blue, and Belle is yellow. Then I found some free silhouettes online and made stencils by printing them on cardstock. I cut the princesses out of glitter paper using scissors and a box cutter. For the background, I wanted the lyrics to each princess’ song. Snow White’s “Someday My Prince Will Come”, Aurora’s “Once Upon a Dream”, Cinderella’s “So This is Love”, and Belle’s “Tale as Old as Time”. I typed them up in a Word document using a pretty script font. I adjusted the size so that I could get the entire chorus (two of “So This is Love”) and set the margins so it was an 8×10 (I wanted it to fit in my frames). Then I matched the colors to each princess and printed them out! I taped the princesses to the lyrics and set it in the frame… done!
As far as difficulty goes, this project was pretty simple! And I think they turned out beautifully! I haven’t hung them up in Baby girl’s room yet, because I need to wrap them up as a gift for her birthday. So far, I’m really enjoying making gifts this year! We’re also working on a busy board for Baby girl, but we’ve got a ways to go on that gift…
Soul: This morning I finished my Bible reading, got my stuff put away and sat down in my big orange chair to spend some quiet time with Jesus. No sooner had I closed my eyes and let out a deep relaxing breath than I heard Banayner’s drawers banging closed as he picked out his school clothes, Bubby knocking on his bedroom door to let me know he was awake and Baby girl’s singsong little voice saying, “Momma… Momma…” I dropped my head into my heads and started to chuckle… and God reminded me that these are the sounds of a very blessed life. It was like he kissed me on the forehead and said, ‘Go get your kiddos up, we’ll have time tomorrow.’ He was very much my Abba (Daddy) Father today. It was like He, too, was shaking His head and rolling with the punches. It was a great reminder that God is in every moment, every aspect of our lives. While it’s important to set time aside to be with Him in quiet, He’s with us in the everyday chaos, too.
Strength: Stupid hormones… I got on the scale this morning and just shook my head. Apparently, my hard work has been paying off. My husband reminded me that weight fluctuation is normal and can be significant. I guess I’m so desperate to see progress that maybe I’m getting on the scale too often. I was telling a friend about the battle inside of me over weight. The side of me that desperately wants to track progress via weight and the side of me that wants to focus on healthy, not weight. She looked at me, laughed and said something along the lines of, “You have a math mind. You’re driven by numbers, statistics, and measurable data. Of course you want to track progress with a number, that’s ok.” Duh! Maybe my obsession with the number isn’t just because I’m obsessed with my weight. Maybe part of it is my genetic tendency toward numbers, calculation, and quantifiable data! It was freeing to think that maybe I don’t have to feel guilty about checking my weight… maybe it’s ok to track progress by both weight and how I feel.