Monday, August 30, 2010

Back to schoool, back to schoool (said just like Adam Sandler would sing it of course)...

Well, today was the day!

The "big girls" had their first day of school today and from what I've heard (they started talking the moment I picked them up almost 3 hours ago and have only stopped long enough to take breaths and have a snack... They seem to be slowing for now but I'm quite sure that once daddy gets home, they'll start all over again) it was a pretty fantastic day.

I can hardly believe that I have a child in 3rd GRADE already and I have more kids in regular schooling than not... but the REAL kicker will be next Wednesday... when my BABY starts PRESCHOOL!!! (HO-LEE-TO-LEE-DO!!! I have some SERIOUS plans for my Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings) :D

Aren't they cutie faces!??!?


Friday, August 27, 2010

Conversations with a 3 year old...

Sophie: "MOMMY! I'n dun with my apple!"

Me: "Oh reeeally?"


Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Where has the decade gone...

Dear "The Most Wonderful Man in the World",
Today is Thursday...

...but not just any 'ol Thursday.

Today is August 19th, 2010.

Today is quite a momentous one for you and me.
Today marks a milestone of which I am almost more proud of than any other milestones we've shared (the kids are right up there but this is a BIG DEAL!)

Today marks the 10th anniversary of the day we were married.

From this... this... this... what seems like the blink of an eye.

A blink filled with more stories than I'm sure we could tell in 10 lifetimes.

I am so thankful that God gave us to each other, knowing that "each other" was exactly what we'd need.

I am so excited and hopeful for what the next 10 years will hold, then the 10 after that, then someday becoming one of those little couples you see shuffling hand in hand thru the park, still happy and choosing each day to share their lives with each other after all those years.

More in love with you than I was yesterday.
More honored to be called your wife than I have ever been.
More proud of you than you'll even know.
More excited for the future than what's humanly possible.

With all my love times infinity plus one more than you'll ever say,

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Memories of the fondest nature...

My dad is a mower.

... well, not exactly an actual "lawn mower" but someone who takes great pleasure in pushing one around.

My dad has made his career working for our local power plant but his area of study in college was "park and golf course management". To this day, mowing a lawn is something that actually brings him JOY and anytime he drives by a property that is unkept, his first thought is "Man I'd love to clean up that yard".

For as long as I can remember, he has kept himself occupied in his "free time" during the summer months with a small business where he would (and still continues to) mow the yards of elderly ladies for next to nothing.

Sometimes he would get $10 for a yard. Other times he'd get a glass of lemonade and a sandwich.

Thinking back over my childhood, some of my fondest summer-time memories are those from when my siblings and I would go with my dad on what we considered to be "mowing adventures".

We got to know what each person's yard was like and got excited when certain yards would come up on the schedule (ie: "oh YA! So-and-so's yard has that HUGE old tree that is a perfect place for hiding out under!" or "So and so always lets us come inside and play with her stash of toys from when she was a little girl").

Sometimes we'd go along and other times not, but inevidebly, a few times each summer, dad would come home with a garbage can and a surprise.

At the bottom of the can would be a thin layer of grass, just enough to provide a hiding place for the baby bunnies that he would come across while he was out that day.

Sometimes they'd be teensie weensie, other times, lanky adolescents, almost too quick to catch.

They would live in the garbage can in the kitchen (sometimes requiring a window screen across the top so they couldn't jump out the top), munching on dandelion stems and relaxing for a bit until they were ready to be returned to nature.

The other day I was thinking back over childhood summers and more specifically the visits from those fuzzy little hoppers. Not 2 days later I get a call from my dad...

"Are the girls home? I have something I want to show them..."


Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Peek at my Pad Thursday... bathroom facelift...

Typically I tend to decorate things a certain way and if I like it that way, it stays that way until one day, seemingly out of nowhere, I am fully and utterly tired of it and it needs to change.

This moment came for me and the main floor bathroom (the bathroom primarily used by the little women) a few weeks ago.

Backing up a bit, I must admit, I have a bit of a problem (I suppose it would fall into the "hoarding" category of disorders but I'll let you be the judge of that). Whenever I visit my local hobby/art supply store, I immediately make a bee line for the clearance section and proceed to buy up all the broken, damaged, ugly picture frames with the mindset that "there's virtually nothing a can of spray paint can't fix". I then bring the frames home, stack them up in the back of my closet, some of which never to be seen or heard from again.

WELL... in an effort, not to kick my habit, but rather, re-direct it in a more positive, creative, PRODUCTIVE direction, I dragged all my frames out (19 to be exact) and after accessing their sizes, immediately hopped on etsy for a few new prints.

The following are a few pics from the newly spruced up loo...

Little women...
(these frames used to be black with gold crowns
stamped all over them - $2.50 a piece on clearance)

This is 1 of 3 prints I purchased from this etsy shop and I could not have been more pleased! This one in particular is one I'm thrilled that my little women get to look at frequently.
(This frame was quite beat up, scratched, and missing the glass - $1)

Oh yes I did...

This is another print from this gal and as soon as I saw it in her shop, I knew I needed it. Another good life lesson.
(This frame was originally white but had a bunch of scuffs and marks on it. $4)

A shot including a paper plate face Isabel made and insisted I hang up somewhere...

More pad peeks to come that will include more bargain frames and the gorgeous art that fills them!

Happy Thursday!


Wordless Wednesday... "This photo has not been edited in any way whatsoever" edition


Tuesday, August 3, 2010


Just a few of the things I have made since I last showed freshly made goodies off, approximately several AGES ago...

Tomorrow (well, technically "today" since it is after midnight of course) the kiddos are heading off with the Bubble Grandparents to the Dixon County Fair so I shall have the entire day with which to do whatever I please (and by "do whatever I please" I mean "do whatever things I need to do anyway but that are easiest to do with no children around"... like oh, I don't know, SMITH for hours?!!?? :)

Yes. That is exactly what I intend on doing...

...well that, and laundry, but that's not near as exciting.