Monthly Archives: May 2008

What? No Me?

So I can’t remember where but I read about this time wasting website HowManyofMe.com and I just knew I had to give it a try.  There are apparently 549 Melanie Taylors in the U.S. but when I typed in my maiden name it said there are 0 people with the last name of Mosesman.  What?  I don’t think so!  I mean, I know dozens of them, they are ALL related to me.  My grandfather had like a dozen siblings, many of which included boys and my family reunions are rather large events.  Half of my wedding invitation list consisted of people with the last name Mosesman.  What rubbish!  Could it possibly be that nobody with the last name Mosesman filled out a census bureau survey?  I’m very disappointed!  I had to Google myself just to feel better.

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Thankful Thursdays

For two weeks now I have not been able to post Thankful Thursdays until Friday.  Maybe I should start it on Wednesday next week.  This week I am thankful for some pretty random things.  But thankful nonetheless!

1) My makeshift recycling center.  We have to bring our recyclables to bins on base which I am happy to do and these big plastic IKEA bags make it so easy.  I just toss my plastics, aluminums and glass into different bags and when they are full I pull them off the wall, throw them in the trunk and bring them to the recycling bins.

2) Getting a big box of t-shirts ready for this gal!

3) Watching Joe play softball again.  In Korea Joe’s work schedule was not conducive to extracurricular activities but thankfully here he has the opportunity to play softball with a bunch of other guys from Moron Air Base.

4) A new website which is going to be so fun to use with my crazy pregger cravings.

5) Our new toy, which is going to make it so much easier to find our way around Europe.

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Happy Mother’s Day

I can’t remember the last time I spend Mother’s Day with my mom.  Even though she is far from my geographically I love my mom more than anything.   For her 50th birthday I made a list of things I learned from my mother and I thought I would share them here so everyone can see how special she is to me and many other people.

50 Things I Learned From My Mother
1. Always hold someone’s hand when crossing a busy street.
2. Say please and thank you.
3. Smile and mean it.
4. Love people unconditionally.
5. That right or wrong, the important thing is to learn something.
6. You never know unless you try and to try your best if you do.
7. Spending time is so important.
8. It’s okay to cry.
9. It’s okay to ask for help and it’s okay to help others.
10. Kisses and hugs do help.
11. That time heals.
12. That life is unfair sometimes but you make of it what you can.
13. School isn’t just a place you go to waste time.
14. Friends are so important.
15. Family are the people who are there through thick and thin.
16. Beauty is everywhere, you just have to look for it.
17. Chocolate makes you feel better.
18. Children are a gift.
19. Jewelry can make or break and outfit.
20. You can never have too many pairs of shoes.
21. You should always wear lipstick.
22. Memories are important and should be cherished and shared.
23. All people should be treated with respect and love.
24. Courtesy goes a long way.
25. Always look on the bright side of things.
26. If you don’t respect yourself nobody else will.
27. It’s not what you have but who you share it with.
28. Time alone is just as important as time with others.
29. You’re as young as you feel.
30. Pajamas are the most comfortable outfit you own.
31. Hard work does pay off.
32. Birthdays are meant to be celebrated.
33. Everyone needs a role model.
34. It’s okay to get along with your parents.
35. Mothers and daughters make better friends than enemies.
36. Life isn’t about what you’ve got but how you use it.
37. Love is a two way street.
38. Relationships need to be worked at.
39. That if you feel strong about something you should open your mouth about it.
40. Letters and notes warm a heart.
41. If you care about someone show them.
42. If you want to sing and dance, you should even if you can’t.
43. You make your own second chances.
44. Patience is important.
45. You shouldn’t go outside on a cold day without a coat.
46. Dinner tastes better when the whole family’s together.
47. “I Love You” should be said loud enough to hear.
48. Thank you notes mean a lot.
49. Making your parents proud means more than anything in the world.
50. Love makes everything possible.


My mother, grandmother and aunt circa 1956.


My grandmother, mom and brother circa 1983.

Happy Mother’s Day Momma!

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Thankful Thursdays

I am thankful for feeling better these days.  My nausea has subsided but I am still tired a lot of the time.  I can’t sleep at night but then I can’t drag myself out of bed before 10 AM.  Thankfully though, I can now eat more than plain bagels and brown sugar cinnamon Pop-Tarts.

A new book by one of my favorite fabric and pattern designers.  Due out 3 months before my little bebe is due.  Check out Lisa’s interview with the lovely Amy Butler!

A Wednesday morning stroll through my town’s little market.

Flowers growing from an old rooftop!  Beauty is everywhere!

After dinner walks through our quaint little town!

Making some tote bags for some very cute little girls I know!

Using Junie’s coupon organizer pattern for a new cover for my calendar book.  Made one for a friend too!

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Thankful Thursdays

It’s been a few weeks since I posted a Thankful Thursdays.  I guess I’ve been busier than usual.  Well, also not feeling well doesn’t help.  Baby Dot has been making me feel like crap (I know it’s a good thing) but I have been trying to take it easy so I haven’t been doing as much lately.  But I am still thankful for many things…

1) Learning the macro setting on my new camera

2) Sunday BBQs in the warm Spanish sun, getting splashed too!

3) Delicious raspberry jam, made in Ronda (a little town an hour from here).

4) A Baby Dot, who is growing by leaps and bounds!

5) A friend who loves to change the world and all the people who are willing to help her.

6) Recipe Swaps – Last night I went to a recipe swap hosted by my friend, Celina.  10 women attended and each brought a prepared dish and 2 recipes.  We all left with full bellies of delicious food and 20 new main dish recipes.  We are going to have a few more swaps for sides, desserts, and appetizers.  In my opinion, everyone should host one of these, it was so fun.  We all sat around and gabbed and tried one another’s dishes.  What a great way to get over hump day.