Monday, November 30, 2009
Are you done giggling at my 4th grade picture? Yes, I'm the one on the left, circa 1984. The year that I sang Madonna's "Like a Virgin" over and over, even though I had no idea what it meant. The year that I wore florescent yellow and pink, wore slinky bracelets all the way up my elbows, and traded my hightops converse at school with someone so we both had mismatched colors.
And that is my Logan on the right. My first-born. My first-born is in fourth grade now? How is that possible? He loves to play baseball, basketball, football, well, any sport. He likes to wear "skater clothes" and play Club Penguin on the computer with his brother. Some of his best friends right now are girls and I hope it stays that way for a long time because I am not ready for any of that girlfriend business. He reminded me last night when we were talking about Advent that he had hope because Jesus had already given him the gift of everlasting life.
Sigh...growing up happens too fast.
I just love that boy so much.
Sunday, November 29, 2009
I have lots of things I want to show you...a tutorial on fabric photo ornaments, some handmade birthday gifts, our Christmas decorations, a revamped Christmas dress for Ava, and the finished and final result of our guest bathroom before and after! But...I have a couple of monkeys on my back to tend to first. I've GOT to finish this custom mosaic~
Did I mention the rough draft to my book is due on Friday? (and why does blogger do that to my pictures sometimes?!?)
Friday, November 27, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
We marveled at the new life...
...raced the awesome handmade wooden cars Grandpa scored at a garage sale for $5 (for a whole lot of them!)...
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Operation Christmas Child is a program where you collect, package and send out filled shoe boxes for less fortunate boys and girls across the world.
We started by getting on-line and showing the kids the Samaritans Purse Website. I think seeing some children helped them visualize what we were doing. We talked about how some children don't have any toys, very little food, almost no hygiene products. We also talked about how some children don't even have mothers or fathers, and that we would be spending time making them a present to open on Christmas morning.
It really filled my heart with joy to see my children worry about these kids. They were full of questions and I did my best to answer them. We also prayed for all of them.
Monday, November 23, 2009
So, here is quilt #3 for my kids Christmas gifts. I've told you before that red and aqua are currently my favorite color combination, so I joined this disappearing 9 block patch swap. These are all the blocks I received back.
There were 1,000 different ways I could have pieced this together, but I finally just kind of placed it out and went for it. Next time I will take a digital picture and look at it before I sew it, but there's another lesson learned. I also probably would have broken it up with white stripping, but there's another lesson too. Anyway, it is totally wonky and nothing lines up, but I'm still happy with the outcome. This one if for Jackson.
Last week I spent a whole day researching the cost of having these quilt tops quilted and bound. I got estimates on-line and from local quilters. Now please don't get me wrong. I know how time consuming it is, so I don't dispute the cost. But I grossly under-estimated what it would cost, and it would put me waaaaaaay over budget. So it looks like I'll be quilting all four of them myself. Yikes! I was a little disappointed because I don't think I will be able to finish them all by Christmas now. But that is where the gift of perspective has come into my life. It surely isn't the end of the world is it? I guess by the time I'm done with them all I will consider myself a "real quilter". :)
My kids are home from school this week and I'm about to go play Disney's Scene It for the 400th time!
Hope your week is off to a great start!
Saturday, November 21, 2009
I think I'm having some sort of a mid-life crisis.
Is anyone else out there a "new" Christian? Sometimes I feel like a phony. A fraud. Or that I've changed so much that I don't know the person I used to be. Some of my oldest and dearest friendships are a little akward sometimes. I have a few guilt issues for my old ways. I struggle daily with spending more time with God. I have a lot of idols: the computer and work for instance.
I remember one weekend our pastor was telling us that being a Christian wasn't easy. That people think that when they find God that their lives will get easier, but that sometimes it may even get harder!
I love my life. I am blessed beyond words. I love that God lives in our house and that our children know him. But I am struggling a little right now. Have any of you been through something similar to this? Did you pray your way through?
Friday, November 20, 2009
- Orange-Rosemary Roasted Turkey and orange-rosemary gravy
- Garlicky mashed potatoes with thyme
- Squash Casserole
- Green bean casserole
- Sweet potato casserole
- pearl onions
- cole slaw
- rolls (would love to make some homemade but not sure it's gonna happen)
Pies: Pumpkin, Sour Cream Apple, and a chocolate surprise
What about you? Are you cooking this year? Are you nervous or excited? I think I'm both!
Thursday, November 19, 2009
I'm playing along with this linky party today from 320 Sycamore. It's really fun so if you haven't joined in, it's not too late!
We don't watch a lot of TV, but the new show Modern Family is my new favorite. I think it's hilarious. Check it out, it's on Wednesday nights on ABC.
Ummm...canned mandarin oranges? They are like my new candy. For lunch I love hummus spread on a whole wheat flat with mandarin oranges and sliced cucumbers. For a snack they are delicious in vanilla yogurt. For Thanksgiving I'm using them to make a "dessert pizza". Tell me if you eat them in any other way...
I know this book was published a long time ago , but I just recently picked up a copy at Goodwill for $1.99. Before bed we've been having family reading (similar to devotions time) and I've chosen a story from this book every night. It is huge! If your children go to public school like mine, there is a chance that they will not hear a lot of important stories that we all know. I love that this book has traditional stories like King Midas, and biblical stories too. In my opinion this is a must have family book!
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
I also finally printed off some more coloring books and they are now available. :)
Sunday, November 15, 2009
1. Run a 5K
This is probably the biggest one. I really need to get my body back into good physical shape, and having this tangible goal will help keep me on track.
2. Be able to do 5 pull-ups
I can't even do one. Can you? If you can you are my hero.
3. Plant a veggie garden
My husband are researching the best way to do this for our type of climate, soil, and road distance.
4. Finish paying off all debt.
I started off last January at almost $30,000. That included student loans, car loans, credit cards, a business loan, and dental bills. As of today we are down to 16,506. By the new year we should be down to 15,000, which is half of where we were last year. However, we did also almost fully fill our emergency fund. So we have made big strides, and I want to continue our frugal savings. Thanks Dave.
5. Mosaic backsplash in kitchen
6. Do a Beth Moore study at my church
7. Make cloth baggies to replace plastic ones
8. Make cloth pads
I bought a really nice one (I think) for $10 at a garage sale last year and still haven't used it yet.
10. Learn how to REALLY use my camera.
I took a class last year and I'm still not happy with my skills. I would like a new lens but I what I really need to do is practice!
Starting in January I'm planning on starting a new blog in which I take one photo a day.
12. Go bowling with the family
13. Play putt-putt golf with the family
14. Update all scrapbooks and photo albums
I am way behind on my kids books, and the pictures are piling up. I've got to get a handle on them!
15. Moo cards
16. Sign at least one licensing contract
I've dreamt of this for a long time, and after chasing this dream too hard, I let it go for awhile. But I still want it to happen!
17. Couples Massage
Just Mike and I
18. Contract fourth book
19. Finish my Master Bedroom quilt
20. Go on a real camp out with the kids.
I may end up regretting this one!:)
21. Weekend trip with Mike
We've been so busy having kids that we haven't gone on a trip alone in five years. So we are going to make it happen this year! (the trip, not another baby...:)
22. Bake an apple pie from scratch
23. Learn to can
24. Reach 500 sales in my Etsy shop
25. Rebuild my website
26. Art retreat
This one was hard for me. I feel like it's a very selfish one, but I would still love it.
27. Take more deep breaths.
28. Pray more.
The last couple of years Logan and I did some volunteering together and I think Ashton is ready.
30. Go rollerblading.
I used to go with my bf Courtney all the time. I don't have rollerblades anymore, but we'll see what happens.
31. Get down to $500 a month grocery shopping.
We are currently at $600, and for feeding a family of six that's pretty good. But I know if I was better at menu planning and shopping around sales I could get it down even more.
32. Go strawberry picking.
33. Sew from a pattern.
Not a quilt though. I'd like to try an Amy Butler pattern.
34. Go to the park more.
We have a lot of nice parks pretty close by. I'd like to take advantage of them and take the kids more while the weather is nice and not too hot.
35. Start Ava and Jax college funds.
Okay, I want to see your list. Link up, but please remember the rules:
1. Link to your post, not your whole blog.
2. Please link back to this post so we can get traffic flowing both ways.
3. Leave some comment love for those participating.
Remember you can link up any art you've made, it doesn't have to be in this theme!
I will not be doing MSAM next week because my kids will be out of school and we will be preparing for Thanksgiving. But I will come back next weekend with a new theme.
Okay, time to share!:)
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
Please go there today and spread the news. The blogging community is sooooo huge and we can make a huge impact on many lives! It feels good to be able to do something.
Have a great weekend friends! I'll be back Sunday night with Make Some Art Monday. Get your list ready and link up!