Sunday, September 30, 2012

Big 4-0.

Today my parents celebrate their 40th anniversary.
What a milestone and what an inspiration.
I love you and am so thankful for your forty years together.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

One out, four in the door.

Finally finished this chair that'd been lingering unfinished for nearly a year.  Love how it turned out and loved sending it out the door to it's recipient :)

Then a few days ago Mom and I stumbled upon these much-needed kitchen chairs in Copper Center (My old ones, despite my love for them, all broke within a year.  You get what you pay for, eh?).  
So as it tends to go, as I finished one to-do, I added three more to my list. 
C'est la vie....

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Time to step it up.

Food allergies.

They are such a bummer, but are becoming more and more prevalent.    It seems like before we had children, people would come over and we'd snack and eat and carry on.  There would be the friend here and there who had an allergy, but it was never too big of a deal.  Adults usually know what they can and cannot eat.

And then we had children.

I now have three nephews that have known food allergies -- ranging from very serious to "we don't know yet".  Just the other day, my sweet nephew had eggs in his food at my house.  We all felt SO terrible.  I had just finished telling my sister-in-law, "You know, I just hesitate to even offer the kids food any more....", when we noticed the little red welts on his cheeks.

How lame.  And what a lame attitude on my part.  It's time to quit being lazy and get it together -- in so many areas of life, but that's another story.  My hope is to get together an arsenal of recipes, snacks, and foods for these kiddos.  Keep them tucked away in a special spot for times just like that.

Soooo, if any of you have any resources or ideas, please send them my way.  Auntie needs to step it up a notch.

On an unrelated note, how fun and pretty is this new pattern by Anna Maria Horner.  It just made it's way close-ish to the top of my crafting to-do list.  My girl does love herself a pretty feather....


Sunday, September 23, 2012

We love our Omi....

Doesn't she look pretty in our new, pink Craigslist chair?

On a side note, the wind is back 
after one eerily calm and gorgeous day.
The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
- William Arthur Ward

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Your Daily Dose of Ever.

For some reason I tend to struggle with cooking breakfast.  Even though I love eating it, I just seem to not be quite enough awake to cook it well.  This morning I was feeling ambitious and started whipping up some pancakes for everyone (usually Bry's doing).

Of course, the first few were too burnt for our little Ever.  Tell ate them, of course.  Thank goodness he doesn't know any better yet.   I decided I'd go for a cloud-shape for Ever, since the clouds were incredible this morning.

Nope, she wants a princess.  Ok, rotate the cloud 90 degrees (since she's too short to see the skillet).  Here you are, a princess.  Ever's reaction:

"Mom, is this your best technique?"  
My girl. You don't miss a thing.

Sunrise out the kitchen window.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Wind, books, food.

Wind, books, food.  
That's pretty much our life this week.  This incredible, incredible wind makes it near impossible to do anything outdoors.  Tell and I played for a while out there yesterday and I had to laugh at his fearlessness while putting his head down and trying to trudge ahead.  That's all fine until a giant gust of sand gets you in the face....

So, we've been keeping busy indoors.  Ever could read books all day.  And I sent up a prayer of gratitude to Peggy Rathmann, because finally a book -- Goodnight Gorilla -- has caught Tell's attention.  I had been internally fretting about not being able to read him a book without him scrambling away uninterested, until yesterday.  So thankful to see him get excited about a book.  I can't wait to read him so many more.

We received this humongous cabbage from a friend the other day.  I hesitated to say that I would take one cabbage, since I'm still nursing and Bry can't eat the stuff.  I about fell over when I saw the size of it.  Holy smokes.  Any creative recipes out there?  I'm eyeing Cabbage Noodles for tonight.  It's just exactly what it says -- cabbage and noodles :)
This afternoon Omi whipped up some Apple Cider Donuts by request.  They are delicious, but we aren't sure if they are worth all the work.  Homemade sure is special though ....

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Photo Bomb.

A few photos to share today, wrapping up this latest little time frame of life.  We'd been talking and talking for months about September and Stace's move and here it is -- in full swing.  
Bon voyage!
My newest bright eyes. 
Ollie at Summit Lake blueberry picking.

Saying goodbye to Big Mama.  I'm still in mourning.  Miss the ducks so much ...

Morning cousin hugs.

Omi & Tell on our diamond willow hunt.

Opa with his winter project.

Isn't this how group photos really look?

Some art for Ollie's new Florida room.
Yes, let's do...


Wednesday, September 12, 2012


For the last year I've been attempting to attend a local bible study out here.  They take on some pretty great stuff that really gets me out of my bubble and puts my perspective in check.  The latest book they're studying is Crazy Love by Francis Chan.  I've only read the first chapter, but here's a snippet:

"Yet we keep on questioning Him: "Why did You make me with this body, instead of that one?" "Why are so many people dying of starvation?""Why are there so many planets with nothing living on them?" "Why is my family so messed up?""Why don't You make Yourself more obvious to the people who need You?"

The answer to each of these questions is simply this: because He's God.  He has more of a right to ask us why so many people are starving."

Talk about some perspective.  Talk about some pressure.

Love one another.

At the end of it all, will we honestly be able to say that we did?

Just something to ponder ....

Monday, September 10, 2012

Changed my mind...

I originally was dreaming up a post about how I feel like I'm constantly taking one step forward and two steps back.  With every completed chore or project, it seems like six sprout up instantaneously.  Boo hoo, right?

However, last night in a brief moment of peace of mind, I just felt thankfulness spread throughout my whole body.  It has been SO nice having a houseful of family this week.  Wonderful to have people to visit with at night, to be able to say "good morning" to my own Mom, Dad, sister, and nephew.  This is such a rare treat for me.

Despite the small crowded kitchen, constant overflow of garbage cans, and yes, running out of water three days before the scheduled delivery.  I feel so very, very blessed for this time together.  I'm definitely not looking forward to when they have to pack up....

Helping Stace & Jose clean up their house for the big move.

Taking a break from the drudgery of cleaning to have a dance party.

Helping Omi get in her exercises at our house.  

Giving Tell an early lesson in powerful and inspiring women.  That's Condi :)

Our own personal u-pick farm at Grama & Grampa's.  GIANT peas!

My potato diggers.

Stumbled across this and couldn't help adding a flashback to our last very special visitors.  Miss you guys!!


Tuesday, September 4, 2012

RIP Sweet Ducks.

Well, it finally happened.

While we were away last week someone was tending to the ducks for us.  He called and said that he stopped by after school and somehow the house had been opened and only one duck was in there.  We held out hope that maybe the three lost ducks would show up.  Unfortunately they have not.  Big Momma is the last lone duck.  Poor girl.

Ever (and I, and everyone else) are extremely sad.  We'll be taking Big Momma to a farm so she won't be all alone here.  Opa has her convinced that the other three have flown to the Bahamas.  I told Opa he better be there when/if we make it to the Bahamas in case the ducks aren't there ... One thing about Ever -- she has the memory of an elephant.

Anyway, so thankful for the summer with our motley crew of sweet ducks.  We will miss them.  A lesson for us tenderhearts in having living things.  At least as of now, I feel like the joy was worth the heartache.