segunda-feira, 24 de agosto de 2009

Happy Homemaker Monday

It's been such a long time since I've written something here... I'm so sorry for the lack of news. I'll try to write more often. Starting with Happy Homemaker Monday .

The weather in my neck of the woods: Not too hot today (Thank you Lord!)

On my bedside table: "Last Voyage of the Valentina" by Santa Montefiore (started today)

On my TV: No time for TV

On the menu for tonight: Dinner is at my parents

On my To Do List: Open up those boxes from the move and put everything in its new place

In the craft basket: I'm ashamed to admit that is still the ripple blanket. I haven't touched it in two months.

Looking forward to: Be with my twins tonight. After 2 weeks of holidays where we were together all the time, I'm really missing those guys.

On my Prayer List: My twins, my cousin, hubby and family.

segunda-feira, 6 de julho de 2009

Happy Homemaker Monday

On my bedside table: "The Guardian" by Nicholas Sparks

On the menu for tonight: Dinner at my parents.

On my To Do List: Prepare everything for tomorrow.

In the craft basket: The ripple blanket

Looking forward to: Signing the papers for my new house next week!!

Lesson learned the past few days: No matter what comes up your way, you have to trust in God and ask for His help.

On my Prayer List: My hubby and twins.

terça-feira, 9 de junho de 2009

Our Weekend

No time to write. Way too busy at work. I just wanted to show you some photos of our weekend.

segunda-feira, 8 de junho de 2009

Happy Homemaker Monday

Check out Sandra's blog for more Happy Homemaker Monday.

The weather in my neck of the woods: Rain!
One of my simple pleasures: Watching my kids play.
On my bedside table: "Someone like you" by Cathy Kelly.
On my To Do List: Everything. I have to clean the house and tidy it up.
In the craft basket: The ripple... is growing...
Looking forward to: the weekend (which, to me, will start tomorrow night!!)
On my Prayer List: Hubby, twins, family and friends.

Have a nice week!

segunda-feira, 25 de maio de 2009

Happy Homemaker Monday

On my bedside table: "Someone like you" by Cathy Kelly

On my TV: Nothing.

On the menu for tonight: We'll be having dinner at my parents.

On my To Do List: Dry, fold and put away one load.

In the craft basket: The ripple blanket.

Looking forward to: Wednesday evening! Please, let it come fast! I'm going to Court for the company where I work on wednesday morning, and I hate being in Court. I'm really nervous you know, so please, I only wish that wednesday evening comes really fast.

On my Prayer List: Hubby, twins, family and friends.

See more "Happy Homemaker Monday" on Diary of a Stay at Home Mom.

quinta-feira, 21 de maio de 2009

For the weekend

Well, the weekend is almost here and I can't stop thinking about everything I want/need/have to do. I have to write everything down before I forget something, and what better place to write than my blog?

So, let's start with this evening: wash one lol, unload dishwasher, fold and put away clothes in dryer. Of course I'll have dinner and will have to clean up the kitchen afterwards (I'm convincing myself here). AND I want to do some more of the ripple blanket (I try to do a bit every night while we're waiting for one of the machines to stop washing).
Friday morning I have to get up at 8.30 am the most. Is the last day that I can return the package to "La Redoute" so I really need to go to the post office. Maybe I'll get up earlier and try to start to clean the house, good idea huh? In the evening only one thing is certain: I'm going to paint my nails RED. RED!!This wouldn't be a big thing if I would do it once in a while, but when I paint my nails it's usually white or transparent. So painting them red is a HUGE thing for me.

Saturday afternoon we'll have a b-day party. Other than that is clean the house, do the laundry, iron, play with the kids, date with hubby and ripple some more of the blanket. All this with the nails RED! hehe this should be fun!!

segunda-feira, 18 de maio de 2009

Happy Homemaker Monday

Check out Sandra's blog for more Happy Homemaker Monday!!

On my bedside table: started today "Someone like you" by Cathy Kelly.

On my TV: it doesn't really matter, I don't have time to watch TV during the week.

On the menu for tonight: whatever hubby cooks!:-)

On my To Do List: Laundry (wash, dry, fold and put away)

In the craft basket: my ripple blanket.

Looking forward to: Friday night (only because is the start of the weekend!! lol)

On my Prayer List: hubby, twins, family and friends.

quarta-feira, 13 de maio de 2009

Crochet and knitting projects

Hello, everyone! Last week I was reading my blog (I do that from time to time. Everyone does it right? RIGHT?) and I realised that I didn't show you the finished doilie. I took a picture of it with the intention of making a post with it, but then I got sick and forgot about it. So today I have decided that it was time to FINALLY show you the doilie.

Like I said, it's not perfect, but good enough for me. Since the beginning of Spring, the doilie is on our dining table with the Spring fairies and the fake flower.

The doilie is too small for the table, but for now it works. It has to work because I'm not going to do another one in the near future. Meanwhile, my sweet MIL taught me how to knit, and so I started a scarf.

See? There's me sitting on the couch knitting the scarf. I thought that knitting was not so difficult after all, so I made two scarves. The other one I gave it to my niece.

But now I have another love.

It's addicting and, because it will be HUGE in size, I only hope to not get bored with it (like the "Last Supper", remember?)

There you go. Meet the beggining of my ripple blanket.

Like I said, it will be huge in size. But I think it will be "oh so beautiful" on our bed and I can't wait to have it done.

segunda-feira, 11 de maio de 2009

Happy Homemaker Monday

Thank you for the well wishes! I am feeling much better now!

For more Happy Homemaker Monday, visit Sandra's blog.

On my bedside table: "Rossovermiglio" by Benedetta Cibrario (in Portugal is called "As Vinhas da Ilusão"; don't really know the name in English)
On my To Do List: unload the dishwasher; dry another load of laundry.
In the craft basket: the ripple blanket (I finally finished the scarves!!)
Looking forward to: the weekend! Always the weekend!!lol
On my Prayer List: hubby, twins, family and friends.

quarta-feira, 6 de maio de 2009

I feel terrible..

I'm having the worst flu ever. My body hurts, my throat hurts, my ear hurts, I didn't sleep at all last night, so my head hurts too.

I'm at work right now. I didn't want to come but I had a few things that had to be done today, so here am I. But I'm leaving soon. I'll be heading to the E.R. and then, home. If I feel better I'll write from home.

Love you all

segunda-feira, 27 de abril de 2009

Happy Homemaker Monday

To see more, go to Diary of a Stay at Home Mom.

On my bedside table: "The Wedding", by Nicholas Sparks.

On my TV: Nothing, really.

On the menu for tonight: Dinner will be at my parents.

On my To Do List: Everything!! After the party the house was a mess, and I had a huge migraine yesterday...

In the craft basket: I would like to finish the scarves this week..

Looking forward to: The 3 day weekend ahead; Mother's Day next Sunday.

On my Prayer List: Hubby, twins, family and friends.

Have a nice week!!!

segunda-feira, 20 de abril de 2009

Happy Homemaker Monday

On my bedside table: "A Gentle Rain" by Deborah Smith

On my To-Do List: Prepare everything for my party next weekend.
In the craft basket: The same things. I have to finish the scarves, but I'm too excited with the blanket..
Looking forward to: My 34th birthday, Saturday.
On my prayer list: hubby and twins, family and friends.

segunda-feira, 13 de abril de 2009

Happy Homemaker Monday

This is my first Happy Homemaker Monday. If you wanna see more, go to Sandra's blog.


On my bedside table: Finished last week "A walk to remember" by Nicholas Sparks; Started today "A French Affair" by Susan Lewis.
On my TV: We don't usually watch TV during the week, except for the children channel.
On the menu for tonight: We'll be having dinner at my parents, so I really don't know.
On my To Do List: I have to put away some laundry and dry another load.
New recipe I tried last week: This weekend we made Sandra's Meat Pie, and I have to tell you that it was delicious!!
In the craft basket: Two unfinished knitted scarves (I already have the yarn to finish them); A ripple blanket (I think this one will be here for quite some time...)
Looking forward to: The weekend!! lol
On my Prayer List: Hubby and twins; my family and my friends.

terça-feira, 7 de abril de 2009

I'm back...

... with lots to do! Yes... I always have a lot to do... and not much time to do it...
Anyway, I'm in a good mood today! And being in a good mood means doing lots of things!

Meanwhile, let me tell you what I've been doing these past weeks:
- I learned how to knit ( I started two scarves, but I'll have to buy more yarn to finish them! lol)
- I finished reading "The lucky one" by Nicholas Sparks; read "Second honeymoon" by Joanna Trollope; started yesterday "The rescue" by Nicholas Sparks.
- Last week I started to take the "miracle pills" that will help me stop smoking. And I feel good!!

Tonight, at home:
- Clean, clean, clean! The house needs a good clean.
- Wash one load of laundry
- Empty the dishwasher
- Clean main bathroom
Have a great week!

sexta-feira, 27 de março de 2009


I'm sorry I haven't been around much. Too many things going on on my mind...

This weekend I have lots to do at home, and Saturday we will be spending the day out with family. The list of things to do is huge so I'm not going to write it here, I'm really not in the mood to feel overwhelmed. I'll be back monday. Hope you all have a nice weekend.

sexta-feira, 13 de março de 2009

Let's talk about cross-stitch, shall we?

After finishing the crochet doilie, I started to think what I wanted to do next. I have a lot of new projects that I want to do, but there is one unfinished project that I can't get off of my mind. It's a cross-stitch picture, and today I'm going to tell you all about it.

I learned how to crochet and cross-stitch when I was on primary school (between 6 and 10 years old). We used to make something for Mother's Day (which in Portugal is always on the first Sunday of May). Since then, I didn't even remebered I knew how to make those things, until my first niece was born. I wanted to make her a cross-stitch pillow, but didn't do it until my first nephew (her brother) was born. Then I made two pillows in cross-stitch, one for each. (I don't have pictures of them, but I'll ask sis to send me a few so that I can show to you)

By that time I was already dating hubby, and he was all into boats. So when he saw a few boats in cross-stitch in one of my magazines, he asked me to do them, and so I did.

After the boats, I made these ducks. They are in my kitchen.

After we got married, and before getting pregnant, I found this "Last Supper" and thought it was perfect for our dining room.

I started to make it, and then I got pregnant... and then the twins were born... and then my life was turned upside down... and then I had no time to do the things I liked. For the past 5+ years, this is how the "Last Supper" looks like.

Every time I try to do it, I feel overwhelmed and put it down after a few days. Just look at the amount of different colours it has. Just by looking at it, I feel overwhelmed already...

But I really want to finish it. That's why I've decided to alternate it with the new projects I want to make. After the crochet doilie, I'll be making the "Last Supper" for one month, then I'll make something else in crochet, and then one more month of cross-stitch, and so on until the "Last Supper" is finished. This way, I hope I don't get so overwhelmed and can actually finish it.

I'm starting this weekend. Wish me luck!...

terça-feira, 10 de março de 2009

It's done!

Finally, the doilie is done! It's not perfect, but I'm happy with it. I'm going to wash it, iron it and then I'll show it to you. But for now, I'll show just a little bit...

quarta-feira, 4 de março de 2009

Praying for my husband

Day 31

Pray that your husband will recognize the lies of the Enemy in his life. Pray that his attitudes and actions will be guided by the truth as he brings his thoughts into captivity to the Word of God. (John 8:44; 2 Cor. 10:4-5)

terça-feira, 3 de março de 2009

Praying for my husband

Day 30

Pray that your husband will serve God and others with pure motives.
Pray that he will obey the Lord from his heart, and glorify Him in everything. (1 Cor. 10:13; John 7:17-18; Col. 3:23-24)

segunda-feira, 2 de março de 2009

I know...

... I haven't been around much and I would like to apologise.

A lot has happened in the past two weeks, both good and bad. I've had a hard time accepting the bad ones, but God has helped me to pass through them. *thank you, Lord!*

The house is looking good. You know that we are trying to sell the house, and we've had more visitors to see it in February than the whole last year! So the house must be clean and tidy up all the time. I'm still having a hard time to stick to a daily routine to clean it, but I'll get there. And regarding the "organizing" part, I'm going to start again my challenges and mini-challenges. This way it will be easier.

My crochet doilie is almost done! I'll post a picture when it's ready. After that I think I'll do some cross-stitch. As for books, I finished reading "The edge of Winter" by Luanne Rice 2 weeks ago, and I LOVED IT!!! Last week I started "The Lucky One" by Nicholas Sparks.

And that's all. I hope you have a good week, with lots of love.

Praying for my husband

Day 27

Pray that your husband will understand the importance of taking care of his body—the temple of the Holy Spirit—for the glory of God. Pray that he will practice self-control by making wise food choices, and get sufficient exercise to stay healthy. (Rom. 12:1-2; 1 Cor. 6:19-20, 9:27)

Day 28

Pray that your husband will be a man of prayer. Pray that he will seek and pursue God in purposeful quiet times. (1 Thess. 5:17; Luke 22:46; James 5:16)

Day 29

Pray that your husband will surrender his time and talents to the Lord. Pray that his spiritual gifts will be manifest in his career, at church, and in your home. (Eph. 5:15-16; 1 Cor. 12:4, 7)

sexta-feira, 27 de fevereiro de 2009

Praying for my husband

Day 26

Pray that your husband will discover and live his God-given purpose. Pray that he will offer all his dreams to the Lord, and pursue only those goals that will bring God glory and count for
eternity. (Jer. 29:11; 1 Cor. 10:31)

quinta-feira, 26 de fevereiro de 2009

Praying for my husband

Day 25

Pray that your husband will be courageous in his stand against evil and injustice, and that he will stand for the truth. Pray that he will protect you and your family from Satan’s attacks. (Ps. 31:24; Eph. 6:13; Ps. 27:14)

quarta-feira, 25 de fevereiro de 2009

Praying for my husband

Day 20

Pray that your husband will yield his mind and thoughts to the Lord. Pray that he will not
entertain immoral or impure thoughts, and that he will resist the temptation to indulge in
pornography. (Prov. 27:12; 2 Cor. 10:5)

Day 21

Pray that your husband will learn how to relax in the Lord and, in his greatest times of stress,
find joy and peace in his relationship with God. Pray that he will submit his schedule to the Lord. (Neh. 8:10; Prov. 17:22; Ps. 16:11)

Day 22

Pray that your husband will practice forgiveness in your relationship and with others. Pray that he will recognize any roots of bitterness, and yield any resentment and unforgiving attitudes to the Lord. (Eph. 4:32; Heb. 12:15)

Day 23

Pray that your husband will be a good father—disciplining his children wisely and loving them
unconditionally. If he is not a father, pray that he will find a young man to mentor in the things of the Lord. (Eph. 6:4; Col. 3:21; 2 Tim. 2:1-2)

Day 24

Pray that your husband will have a balanced life—that he will balance work and play. Pray that he will fear God, but also gain favor with people he knows at work and church. (Luke 2:52; Prov. 13:15) 4

sexta-feira, 20 de fevereiro de 2009

Praying for my husband

Day 19

Pray that your husband will be patient and a man of peace. Pray that he will not give in to anger, but will allow theHoly Spirit to control his responses. (Rom. 14:19; Ps. 34:14)

Day 18

Pray that your husband will have an eternal perspective—living in light of eternity. Pray that hewill reject materialism and temporal values and put God first in his life. (Matt. 6:33; Deut. 6:5;Eph. 5:16; Ps. 90:12)

quarta-feira, 18 de fevereiro de 2009

Praying for my husband

Day 17

Pray that your husband will enjoy his manliness as he patterns his life after Christ and strong men in the faith. Pray for his physical, emotional, mental, social and spiritual strength. (Eph. 3:16; 1 Peter 2:21; 1 Cor. 10:11)

terça-feira, 17 de fevereiro de 2009

Praying for my husband

Day 16

Pray that your husband will choose healthy, God-honoring activities. Pray that he will not live in bondage to any questionable habits or hobbies, but that he will experience freedom in holiness as he yields to the Spirit’s control. (1 Cor. 6:12, 10:31; 2 Tim. 2:4)

segunda-feira, 16 de fevereiro de 2009

I feel great!

You know the feeling, right? When everything goes the way you planned, and you have that sense of accomplishment that makes you happy. This was my weekend!

But first, let me vent a

So, it's friday and it's Valentines Day at the kids school. They each paint one heart and then give it to a friend. One of my twins was all happy because he got a heart from the girl he gave his heart to.

The other twin was sad, because he gave his heart to a girl but didn't receive any. Now I ask you: don't you think that the teachers should have a few hearts ready for situations like that? I mean they're 4 years old. Aren't they a little too young to feel this kind of rejection?! Anyway, my nephew made one heart and gave it to him. Because Valentines Day is also about friends and family and the love that surrounds us. He was happy with it!

Saturday, after breakfast we went to buy the new camera. It's a Nikkon, it's huge, and now I have to learn how to work with it!lol When we passed by the books I told hubby that I was just going to see what books they had. And then I came out with these in my hands:

I'm crazy, I know! Hubby thinks so too! But he loves me you know, so he just laughed when I told him that I was ready to leave the store with 6 books by Nicholas Sparks, but then decided that 3 were enough because I wanted to read other authors too. ;)

After lunch, I started to clean the kitchen. You know, wash the walls, the machines and the cabinets. I cleaned half of the kitchen in that afternoon and the other half on Sunday afternoon, and I was amazed. You see, I was getting to a point in my life where just the thought of doing these things overwhelmed me and I've always procrastinate doing them. But this weekend I realized that they're not that hard to do and don't even take too long to do either. Although there are still things that are not cleaned, the kitchen is shinning, and this makes me very happy!!

Saturday, after cleaning half of the kitchen, I went to the living room and there were my 3 boys. Hubby and Diogo were doing some drawings with paper,

and Rodrigo was playing the new game (Nemo) on the playstation.

So I went to the kitchen again, and baked the cake

This is really a good and easy to bake cake, and we ate it after dinner.

Sunday, after cleaning the other half of the kitchen, I ironed what was to be ironed, made some more crochet and ate more cake!lol

This was a wonderful weekend!