Saturday, April 12, 2014

Fairy Garden

I feel sorry for the occupants of this house!  Pretty huge snail.


Emma spent a couple nights with my mom and dad, and together made this bit of a fairy garden. I'm sure we'll have fun tweaking and playing around with it. I didn't get a great shot, but there is a little bird bath on the bottom left, and a rake behind the chair.  Emma had a great time - we are very fortunate that my parents are very involved grandparents, and live only five minutes away from us. She always comes home with too much stuff, mostly artsy stuff and jewelry, but she deserves it! It was also nice to have something to quickly post, though I am finishing up a couple things house-wise that I can finally post soon. I'm still in the depths of our Giant Spring Clean and Fix Up (because I'm doing more than the standard sort-and-scrub), but have been sick for the eleventy-billionth time in the last several months! I got a new cold from Poor Hubby, who had a nasty cold that went straight to a tummy bug. He went to work this morning feeling doubtful, went in, threw up, came home, went to bed and slept a Very Long Time. Now he is playing a game on my tablet, still looking miserable. I really, really, REALLY, hope we can be done with sickness soon. The weather is improving steadily, doors and windows being left open for a bit every day, and as soon as I am done inside, I can begin outside work, and I really can't wait!! 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Psych and Goodwill

Bye, Shawn and Gus, we will miss you!! Also, I promise to clean that cobweb off of you, *ahem*.
My family is so bummed. Last night was the last night of one of our very favorite tv shows, Psych. It was one of the few shows the whole family can watch and truly enjoy. I enjoyed it so much, these are really and truly my bobbleheads! I'm not a bobblehead fan in general, but back when we were enjoying Monk, I "had" to have  Monk bobblehead, and hubby was sweet enough to get me one. It only made sense to supply him with some company!


I planned on doing just a quick goodbye Psych post, then figured I may as well throw in some of my recent Goodwill finds. Most of my dishes are white - I love a pretty/cute/bright/fun coffee or tea cup, but for most of my dishes I just love simple white.  I really like this short, round coffee cup.


I found these two egg cups from France - Owen and Emma both love soft boiled eggs. I actually bought two more egg cups later (not sure where the pic went), for Amelia also loves soft boiled eggs, but somehow missed that the girl at GW wrapped them together. When I was quickly unwrapping the dishes, one of them went flying and shattered. *Sigh* When will I learn to slow down and pay more attention?


Terrible picture, but I found seven of these sweet little bowls - which is perfect for the seven of us still at home.




Lastly, I found this E O Brody milk glass bud vase, which I plan to use with a candle. I haven't seen this shape in our local stores before, and I really like it. When I first brought it home, I looked it up, and didn't realize they made so many vases and bowls with such lovely shapes. I usually see the more generic thrift store fare around here. I have one of their hobnail vases that I turned into a lamp, too, but haven't posted it because I want to crochet a lampshade for it first.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Sunshine and Knitting

We've started the tear down on our porch! 

This girl loves her bunny ears!

Love when they play together so sweetly!


I just wanted to leave a quick post while I was thinking about it - I "plan" on posting old and new projects, so I have some evidence of those things I've actually completed in the past! I do wish I'd taken the time when I was young to snap a picture of the things I crocheted long ago, as so much of what I have made were gifts. In our Spring Cleaning endeavors, this green sweater was mistakenly thrown into the dryer. It is wool, and I had the tiniest bit of a panic attack when I pulled it out. This was my very first knitting project, which I very trepidatiously began when child #3 was little, got a few rows into, put aside, then finished up when #4 was a baby. The fact that my first project was a cable knit describes me almost exactly. This is, though, probably the first pattern that I followed without changing anything. The cabling came out a bit tight, now made tighter by it's adventure in the dryer, but I really like the pattern, and keep meaning to make more. I'd better get on that this summer! This sweater has now been worn by Littles #4, 5, 6, and 7, which is so great. I do wish I'd learned to knit when I was younger. I love crochet, but have always favored knit for clothing. When I was young I just thought it was too hard to learn.
The weather outside is so beautiful today, Alan and Emma were sweet and went to play dinosaurs in the backyard with Owen. This is his very favorite thing to play right now, and although his older siblings are happy to do this for a while, everyone in the neighborhood can probably hear when Owen's been told they're done for now. The howls of that kid! Fortunately, he recovers pretty quickly. That being said, I'd better get to work, and not waste this weather! As you can see from the first picture, we've begun ripping our porch apart, checking how much exactly will need to be replaced. The posts are good! The framing is good! Those are both a bit of a relief, though the front of our house will be "super pretty" for several months, hahaha. Oh well, by the end of summer all should be well. Today is more inside cleaning, but maybe this weather will continue? Then we can move to outside work that much sooner! I really do want to get the backyard worked on this year!!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Cousins!


My sister and her family are in town for a few days, sadly because my brother in law's father passed away this past Friday. They are here making arrangements, and the funeral is tomorrow, but last night they got to take a break and meet with us and our parents for dinner at our favorite chinese food place. It might not look like much, but their food is so good - and knowing different people who have delivered there for many years, I know they have always had the cleanest kitchen, too! One of those people was my brother in law, who delivered Pepsi to them when he was young. He has been a pastor now for many years. And is no longer "young", heehee. Of course, he's one of the people I didn't get a picture of. Actually, I didn't get a picture of anybody, fortunately I'm married to a smart guy and he remembered to get a few shots!

Here's some of the girl cousins, taking a cute picture above, and showing their true selves, below!



These were both good ones, I couldn't decide, so I posted both.



Owen was ready for a goofy one, apparently nobody else was.


Zeke and Owen being sweet above, goofy (though blurry) below.



My sister, Emily, above, holding her littlest, Tirzah. 


Selah and Amelia being sweet and hugging each other - this was a hard won hug, they didn't really even want to look at each other for a good long time! They were finally forced to sit next to each other when the food came, and before we knew it, they were buds. Below, some Cringe-worthy Cuteness, rolling around on the floor together. Yum, 'cause no matter how clean the kitchen is, restaurant carpet is restaurant carpet. 

We had a really wonderful time together, knowing Larry is in rejoicing in heaven takes much of the sting out of his passing, but if you think about them, could you take a moment to pray for my sister's family? My husband's father died almost two years ago (coming up in April) and grown men still miss their dads! 

Friday, March 14, 2014

This Moment



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A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words  - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor, and remember. 
If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your "moment" in the comments for all to find and see at Soulemama.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Spring and Magnolias








Spring really IS in the air, and I am actually getting very excited for it! Our magnolia bush is usually the first to bloom, though everything else has tiny green buds showing. We used to have a beautiful pink magnolia, too, but sadly had to hack it down. Hopefully we'll be able to replace it one of these years. We've still had a lot of rain and overcast days, but today and yesterday were beautiful! The kids have so enjoyed being outside, Amelia got to play in her swing again, though I can see it needs a bit of mending - and I never trimmed the rope, whoops. I love this pattern, I found it on this blog, and couldn't wait to make it. I used some old dowels that were on the very poorly planned rope ladder on the swing set that was given to us (and I am SO grateful for! Except for that ladder, I just kept waiting for someone to fall and hit their head - I will show why later, but we do have plans to expand and improve the existing set). New ones would have been nicer and easier to work with, but I was impatient and cheap! I actually got this thing knocked out and the kids had a blast with it all summer, Mia frequently using it as a hammock, goofy girl!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

England

I'm so buried under Spring Cleaning that I don't have my own story, news, or projects to share, so I'll share my sister's. In brief (very brief, for more, my sister's blog is in my list - her family is wonderful, and the last couple years have been truly amazing), my second oldest niece was diagnosed with Leukemia almost two years ago. She has since been declared cancer free, and along the way she was nominated for Make A Wish. Her truest wish was for her whole family to get to go to London, but they are a large family (12 kids), and so doubted they would get that one. Well, THEY DID!!! I'm so excited for them, and not a little envious! David and I are planning our own trip to England, but not for five years -  we never took a honeymoon and figure our 20 year anniversary would be a good time for a nice trip. Although I don't know if more babies are in our future, at this point our littlest will be 7 at that point (better not dwell on that! Tears will begin flowing and never stop!! Okay, smart aleck daughter just had to point out how old everyone else will be, too. Brat.).  We ourselves don't have anywhere specific in mind, though it would be kind of cool to visit Highclere Castle. For the most part, we would like a non-touristy trip, but, there are touristy places to consider - Port Isaac, as we are Doc Martin fans.   We have plenty of time to plan, and now will have some recommendations to consider, too! I know five years will zip by, time just does, but I get so antsy about it! I think I am almost as excited as my sister's family is about their trip. They still have a few months before they go, but I can't wait to hear all about their adventure! 


These are my sister's pictures, this is my beautiful niece, Anna - her hair is growing in cute and curly!


I should point out that she doesn't really get to meet the Queen, this was just their fun way of informing the family of their exciting news!