Friday, December 28, 2007

Some Pics .....

From our short trip to Mom and Dad's. I know...I am bad. These are the only pics I took, but I know my mom took plenty that I can just get copies from her. :D My sister and Dad took turns pushing Little E for me. I tried for a while, but it's really hard to stay hunched over...can hardly imagine what it feels like for Dad to do that!
And here is the reason you don't let your Hubby play with your son's toys and a camera. ;) He said they were good "fight" scenes. (I need a "roll eyes" smilie right here. )

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Cooking, Cleaning......

No, I have not dropped off the face of the Earth. I know I haven't been around much. We went to my parents home last Friday evening and had the family dinner on Saturday. Then we came back that evening because on Sunday our family (along with another family at church) does a church service at a local retirement home on the 4th Sunday of ever month. Then on Monday evening we were invited to go to a candlelight service and then Tuesday was Hubby's get together with his family. Now I feel like I am just trying to "catch up". I feel that it is going to be a late night tonight. We have some friends coming over tomorrow evening for Pizza and I want to make sure all the toys are picked up and easily accessible tomorrow. It will be lots of fun. We will have a chance to visit and the children will have 4 others to play with! Well, hope to show some pictures very soon. Need to get them on the computer first. :D I better go check out my Quilt Bean soup to make sure it's not burning. Oh....I made a yummy dessert for tonight as well, but I will wait to tell you about it until after hubby gets home in case he sees this. Blessings to all!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Newborns....

It's amazing for me to think how long ago it was since any of my children were newborns. I know...Little E is only 10 1/2 months old, but his first birthday is coming up quickly. Why am I thinking of newborns you ask? No, I am not expecting. Brian's childhood friend, A, has a new baby girl. A and H (his wife) are first time parents. Their baby girl was born at the beginning of the month. She is 3 weeks old...I think. Anyway, A called me today because H is in tears. I guess the baby is fussing after she nurses. I remember how overwhelming it was with Big T. I had a VERY long labor, was in a LOT of pain for over a month, he had his days and nights flipped, it took him 1 1/2 hours to nurse, etc. H was just needing to talk to someone who had gone through it before. I remember how frustrating it can be at the time, but as they grow up..I would give anything to have one more day when they are that tiny. They grow up so fast....Okay....enough reminiscing...just had to share that. :D

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Birthday Goodies

I said I would show my birthday goodies...so here goes. Miss Ginny is not going to be happy with this...but here is a picture of the birthday cake she made for me. It was yummy!!!! It was a 3 layer chocolate cake with chocolate icing (obviously). Didn't she do a wonderful job?! The top got a little smooshed because it was too tall for the cake carrier, but it made it the perfect spot to get a taste of the icing without anyone noticing. :D
Next is a picture of all the gifts I received. :D Minus a gift card. Figured didn't really need a picture of that. ;o)

This picture show my compost bucket from Marci. Isn't it cute? :D I love all of the things she paints. Next to it is a B**r Bread Mix and a Mushroom Soup/Sauce mix from my IL's ...they are the ones that gave me a gift card as well.
Here is a picture of the items from my sweet family. The DVD you have already seen, but the Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate was from Big T, the Cacao Reserve was from Sweet E, and the Alan Jackson CD was from Hubby and Little E. And...another part of my birthday was the snow! It was so beautiful. It's just too bad that late in the day and through the afternoon it turned to rain/sleet. Oh well...it is snowing again. :D Blessings to all. I pray that you have a happy and safe week!

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Today is my Birthday!

Yes, today is my birthday and I am 28! I was just thinking this morning about how much I have done in 10 years. 10 years ago I graduated from high school (well it will be 10 years this spring), went to college, had 4 different jobs (associate in gift shop, assistant in FCS dept, babysitter for 2 summers, and I am now a mother/wife), graduated from MVNC (now it is called MVNU), got married, and have had 3 children. At that is just the tip of the "iceberg." I have learned how to sew, crochet, make my own cards, bake my own bread, etc., etc. I have learned so much. The Lord has truly blessed me and I am so grateful. Maybe later I will update with the goodies hubby and the children gave me this morning. You all already know that hubby gave me the Amazing Grace DVD (he couldn't wait to give me a gift, so I got that early). So....look later with an update. :D

Friday, December 14, 2007

Sweet Lady H

I don't think I took the time to show this picture and video. This wonderful young lady...who we will call Lady H.....is the one you came to my home one day a week to help me catch up on laundry, cleaning, and other chores. But now, she is in Columbia, South America working in an orphanage. She is such a sweet young lady and we miss her greatly....as with the others that went down with her. ;o) This video was taken a couple of evenings the group left. Someone started singing...they all joined in...and I thought it was beautiful. :D As I said, the children miss her greatly (as do I), but she is doing the Lord's work and that is wonderful. :D


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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

In the Meadow we can Build a Snowman....

I just wanted to share some pictures from the snow we had last week. Of course now it is all gone, but the children are hoping for more. The first one of Big T was taken on Friday and the others were taken on Saturday. Hubby and the children built 2 different snowmen. The children keep asking when more snow is coming. ;)





Monday, December 10, 2007

Coffee......

Alright......it probably isn't a good thing to have your 2 1/2 year old DD come up to you and while she is talking to you....you smell coffee. Yep, Sweet E was eating coffee beans. I had coffee beans as part of my fall decoration...I was getting ready to put it up and replace it with a winter decoration, but before I could...she snitched some to eat! I tell you what...that child is something else! :D

"Snow Chart"

After reading this post I decided I wanted to make one. Since we rent I wanted something that we could take with us to remember/record the children's height. They grow up so fast that I want something that we could keep. Since we are the Snow family I am partial to snowflakes, snowmen, snowladies, and such. So this idea popped in my head today for the growth chart. I drew this in paint...in like 60 seconds...so just bear with me. I would want a snowflake to be at the bottom to start it off..and I was thinking of the progression going something like- snowflake-> flurry-> blizzard-> snowball-> snowchild-> young snowperson-> and then snowman and snowlady. What do you think. I was wanting to get others opinions. Now here is the catch....I don't draw well, but my hubby does wonderful work, but this time of year he is so incredibly busy taht I don't want to burden him with something else to do. Maybe this spring I could get him to do it. :) Oh...I would have the height go up to 6'7" or so and it would say something like Snow Chart. Maybe have a bible verse somewhere too..Not sure. So, what do you think?

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Amazing Grace

My wonderful hubby purchased this DVD for my birthday. The story is so amazing. I can't even imagine what it was like...It was a very good movie and I would recommend it. (I guess I should add that my birthday isn't until the 15th. This was an early gift.) :D


Candy Anyone?

I had so much fun making this. It is a candy wreath for hubby's office door. These are pics of the wreath that hubby took with his camera phone after he hung it up at work. I tied a string to the wreath so when he got it hung up he could hang a pair of scissors from it. Them when someone wants a piece of candy all they have to do is cut it off the wreath. I think it turned out really cute for my first try. :D The last pic I just wanted to share. It is of some flowers that I bought for hubby over a week and a half ago and they still look great! :D

Monday, December 03, 2007

Count Your Blessings Monday


"I am giving us an opportunity every Monday to not only count our blessings, but to share them with others. This is a way that we can encourage one another. Make a post on your blog telling us about your blessing. Please put a link back to this post. You can add the URL of your blog post on Mr. Linky below. Many of our blessings we will have pictures of and we can share those as well. I think that many times we forget that it is a blessing to be able to breath, to get out of bed, to hold a baby... Share your blessings with us. They encourage others. We can share so many other things.... special gifts, recipes, let's take the time to share how God has blessed us!! -Marci"

I think this blessing is pretty self-explanatory. ;o) Had to post the video in two sections because it was taking WAY TOO long to download. Nothing "outstanding" about these except he is the most adorable thing I have ever seen! :D

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Thursday, November 29, 2007

30 Day Organizational Challenge


I made it! Barely, but I did make it before the deadline. :o) If you remember in this post my room wasn't looking so good. You have to walk through the center of this room to get from the front room to the dining room and to the Bathroom and basement stairs. So...in a way this room is divided into two because of the "walk" area. On the left I had my sewing and crafting area. Although you can tell from this before picture that not much sewing and crafting was going on. Then on the right I had a chair next to the "fake" fireplace and the piano was a "catch all" area (not to even mention the floor!). But take a look at it now! ;)
Before:
There was no way I could do any sewing or even get to my yarn stash to crochet something!
After:
Now, I have my yarn neatly tucked inside the totes next to the wardrobe and my scrap fabric contained in a clear tub.
Before:
Another gruesome picture of my unusable area.
After:
Now I have my sewing desk cleared off and a spot for my serger (which was sitting on the floor before.) In between my sewing machine and serger I have my rolls of paper for tracing patterns and interfacing. Oh..just to clarify the card table is still in the picture because it is holding a blanket I am crocheting for Big T, my oldest son. It has so many different colors of yarn and so many bobbins that it doesn't get put away while I am not working on it. If I put it away it would take my at least 15 minutes to get it all "set up" to work on again.(The box underneath the card table holds the extra yarn for the blanket.) Oh, and that is a duct tape "dummy" next to my sewing machine. (Finally got it set up after 6 months)
Before:So much stuff on the floor, mantle was a mess, and the piano "held" everything for us.
After:The floor is cleaned up (believe it or not!), the mantle only has the pictures and other decorations it is supposed to, and the children's rockers have been placed under that mantle instead of in the middle of the floor. ;o) I have my flute resting on top of the piano (So I can keep track of where it is) and the TV is on the piano (only one we have) partly because it has no where else to set and we are getting the children a piano curriculum on DVD. It just makes sense for it to be there at this time.

I also wanted to show this picture.

I am so proud of this. We have a tight budget, but I took what I had and put it to use. First of all, I needed to have my fabric organized and easy to see. I had it stashed in all sorts of nooks and crannies. I ruler folded all of my fabric which helped a lot in stacking. I only had one shelving unit so I took the boxes that Little E's diapers come in and turned them on their side. They are perfect for keeping my stacks of fabric from falling over! And you can see my yarn in the clear totes better as well. The yellow board is used to block doilies and since it isn't used a lot I have it resting on top of the white shelving. It works out great! Oh, I didn't take a picture, but I cleaned out the wardrobe too. It holds my stamping supplies, some school supplies, and books.

I should probably answer the questions now. :D

1. What was the hardest part of the challenge for you and were you able to overcome it?

The hardest part of the challenge for me was just taking the time to get it done. With three children I am very busy. Another difficult part of the challenge was just the area. I would prefer my sewing/crafting area to be out of the way of traffic, but it just isn't possible in this home. But I think I did a wonderful job compromising what I needed with the space and circumstances.

2. Tell us what kind of changes/habits you have put into place in order for your area/room to maintain its new order?

I (my family is also included in this) am making conscience effort to put things back where they are supposed to be. For so long I would get something out and just not put it back. That was the biggest problem before. I have more motivation to keep it cleaned up now because I need to be a good example for my children on how to care for their possessions and how to keep a home looking like a home and not a pigsty. :D

3. What did you do with the “stuff” you were able to purge out of your newly organized space?

It went into the trash! :o)

4. Now that you have completed the challenge, do you think having and keeping your space organized will make a difference in your life?

It will make a huge difference in my life. I make 75% of Sweet E's clothing, 50% of my own, and I sew for my boys as well. Not to mention the fact that I am trying to get the children ready for piano lessons. Now we can start since they can actually get to the piano!

6. Why do you think you should win the challenge?

I think I should win the challenge because I worked very hard to make a space that is not only user friendly to myself, but my family as well. My sewing area is easily accessible, we have a place to sit and read together (the children and I), and my family can start learning how to play the piano. There is so much more I would like to do with my sewing area, but as I mentioned before, funds are limited. I think my creativity should win this challenge. I mean....how many other people use diaper boxes to help them organize. ;)

Show and Tell Friday (11/30)

Welcome to "Show and Tell Friday!" Do you have a something special to share with us? It could be a trinket from grade school, a piece of jewelry, an antique find. Your show and tell can be old or new. Use your imagination and dig through those old boxes in your closet if you have to! Feel free to share pictures and if there's a story behind your special something, that's even better!

I know it has been a while ago, but I believe Kelli showed some "glimpses" of a book called Foods and Homemaking. I remembered that I had that book too. Hubby found it years ago at an auction along with a book called A Girl's Problems in Home Economics. The book in the center, I believe, belonged to Hubby's grandmother. I really need to try making something from this cookbook (The Victory Cookbook). I got intimidated when I saw bread call for a "cake" of yeast. At the time I had absolutely no idea what that meant. So anyway, I thought this would make a neat show and tell today. Now....off to see what others have to show and tell today. Blessings to all! :o)

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Friday, November 23, 2007

Show off some sewing!

I wanted to take time to show off the outfits I made for Big T and Little E that I mentioned the other day. When I was making the pants for Big T the whole time I was afraid that they might be too tight. They ended up almost 4 inches too big! He doesn't even have to undo the button and zipper to get them off....without a belt they fall down to his ankles. Oh well...it was my first time using the pattern. I will know next time to go down a size and go up a size in length. Little E's overalls are so cute too. I think the only thing I would change would be the length of the straps. Everything else seemed to be pretty good. :D

And I also thought I would show the fingertip mitts that I made for my sister. I think it is an Alexander Henry print. Aren't they cute? :D