Friday, April 29, 2011

Best Wishes to the Happy Couple


Just a quick note to say Congrats to Will and Kate!!!
I am loving all of it...what a radiant bride!!!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Thrifted Thursday: Church Rummage







Went by the church rummage sale while on my way to pick the young'un up from preschool. OMG was all I could say. I nearly had walked out thinking they had nothing interesting when there on the table I spied a mother-lode of granny-goodness: hankies, hand towels, doilies, runners, embroidery pieces, a sunny pillow case and 3 square vintage table cloths. All for $10.75. I AM SO GLAD I WENT! Seriously I wanted to keep from going out after giving up thrifting for Lent, but what I've decided is that I'm only going to pick up things that I love, I have room for, and will be useful to me. Everything here will be used in my home or crafted into something new.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

We're Growing Things Here

Apples

Lettuce

Lilacs

Peas


Flowers and herbs

Boys

Enjoying the first things of spring around here. Trying to lift my spirits a bit. First, there is this rain, is keeps on coming. The daily forecast is a percentage of rain...but they are expecting a dry Friday and Saturday,so that's great! Also the work downstairs continues. I'm keeping focused on the fact that this is the most remodeling we will probably ever do in this house, and when it's done it will be great. Finally, we learned yesterday that a so-called church that I will neither link nor mention by name (you've heard of them protesting soldiers, homosexuals and everything else on the news most likely) will be coming to a high school in my town. I'm not real clear what what they are protesting, but I am so saddened by it. Our children need rich soil to grow--- love and care, not hatred.

On an up note, thanks to all the new blog friends who've stopped by lately. I'm loving seeing so much nice photography, sharing your experiences, and having the chance to chat with positive people! Thank you!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Sunday, April 24, 2011

He is Risen Indeed...

What a blessed morning, being with old friends, visiting my home church, sharing the excitement of the kids all hopped up on sugar, and honoring my parents and baby brother by leaving flowers from our porch on their graves. Remembering that they are not dead, but only passed on to whatever is next. What a joyful day is Easter!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

God is Good

Since the house is still chaos, my plans to make homemade hot cross buns did not pan out this year. That's why they have Kroger, lol. We got a couple of pans and treated the crew working in our house to buns and coffee. They are nice folks, hard workers and I'm really glad to have a chance to get to know them a little and give them work, which as I understand really slowed down last year. It felt good to share something.

Also I wanted to mention that I've had a transformational experience this week. Not loud or in your face, but very quiet, actually. Since our entire downstairs was being redone, we've been together in close quarters with limited access to the usual media stimuli---internet, tv, radio---and it's given me a chance to read, and think long, quiet thoughts. A really good book that I highly recommend is One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp. I stumbled on this book and I'm so glad. I've spent a good part of this holy week making my own list, naming everything I'm thankful for, and I feel amazing (and if you read this blog often you know I don't like using the word "amazing" unless it really is!) I feel light, I feel unencumbered, and I feel ready for tomorrow's miracle.

Friday, April 22, 2011

{this moment} Tranformations

{this moment} - 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. From Soulemama.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Really, I mean it this time...

(View from my front door this morning)

If not actually taking a break, I will be forced to break from blogging for the week because of the turning upside down of our house this week when the contractors come. This is the only time I've somewhat regretted my decision to get a desktop instead of a laptop. Oh well! I am looking forward to the chance to spend a week living pretty minimalist with the boys, and having the time to focus on some long-neglected decluttering in the upstairs of the house, as well as catching up on my scrapbooking.

So I wish my bloggy friends a good week, and the next time you see me *hopefully* I'll have beautiful renovation pics to share!

Friday, April 15, 2011

{this moment} Flowers found on a walk with Nathan


{this moment} - 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. From Soulemama.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Butterflies!










Pretty short break, I know. I just couldn't resist sharing the goings on here today. Nathan's butterflies (from the kit we snagged from Goodwill for $1.99) hatched! Three of the five immediately tried to make their escape, so they were set free. The other two are outside, owing the flowers I put in there for them to sip giving me terrible hay fever. Nathan and I were inspired to do a project in our art journals, and we decided that we should get one for Daddy and Zachary too. I felt great because lately we've been falling into lazy patterns in the afternoons---watching too much tv, not going outside, heck, not even reading all that much. Today was the opposite..sunny and gorgeous outside. We even started walking Zack home from school today. I really hope to savor this time with my little guy before the end of the school year, and the approach of kindergarten.

(Now, resuming my break...)

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Taking a bit of a break

Got this goody in the mail yesterday...was a beautifully wrapped group of notebooks ordered from one of my favorite bloggers, Dottie Angel. A nice surprise on a very rainy day. Grateful for the break in the mad dejunking of the house before the entire downstairs floor gets torn up next week, I cuddled on the couch with my notebooks, dreaming of what I would use them for, and fell dead asleep. I realized something: dang, I'm tired! So I'll be trying to get some more rest between now and Monday.

In other news, a favorite blogger of mine, Liz Owen, had her sweet baby girl this week! Congrats to her! I don't know how much blogging she will be doing in the coming weeks/months, but for a very worthwhile read, check her out at Mabel's House. You've gotta love anyone who calls herself an Erma Bombeck fan, right?

So, I'll probably talk to you all on the flip side of the week...ciao!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Progress






So far, so good. We got the painting all done in less than two days, which included two rooms and the hall and entryway. The color we used is called "Nurture" by Behr, and I just love it. I wanted white, but the husband wanted some kind of color, so this is the happy middle ground. The contractor came out this morning to go over things with us about the work he's doing, starting a week from tomorrow. Later today we buy our flooring and supplies for a couple of the other projects the contractor is doing for us.

For the remainder of the week it life will be all about dejunking! We've been doing this as we go, but now we need to speed up the process, as our entire downstairs flooring is getting done. I'd like to see 6-8 bags of clutter go out the door this week, so wish me luck!

One last note: the husband basically wanted the boys to go into another room and leave us alone while painting. But when they expressed an interest in helping, I said put on some holey jeans and an old tee shirt and grab a brush! They both did a good job, and actually helped us move along nicely. Plus they get the added good feelings of being part of the team around here. Moral: let the kids help! They want to, and it's good for them!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Primed









Priming phase ended at 2am. Very, very tired. But upward and onward!

Friday, April 8, 2011

{this moment}

{this moment} - 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. (From Soulemama.)

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Scenes from the preschool art show








(Our proud little artist)

This has been a truly busy week! Last night we had a lot of family fun visiting Nathan's preschool art show. We were wowed not only by the kids' artwork, but by the creativity and originality of the teachers. First of all, this was a fundraiser with a silent auction, and they had a local high school jazz band. It all worked to set the scene of a "real" art show. Each classroom was a gallery with a theme. Some, like our teacher, picked a specific artist like Eric Carle. One teacher had her classroom set up to look like a Native American scene: the kids had painted designs onto burlap to look like blankets, and they were arranged around a "fire" and surrounded by various projects of woodland creatures. Another room was an aquarium, draped in blue fabric and full of fish and sea life art projects. There was color and beauty at every turn, reminding us that every child is indeed an artist.

Also it reminded me that I will only have a child in this sacred place for a scant two more months. These teachers, these amazing women, have been among my best parenting mentors. Most of my childrens' preschool teachers were parents who loved our preschool so much that they decided to become teachers after their own kids started school full time. Most of them have upwards of ten years at this school, and several have passed their 30 year mark! I'm not one to go around all the time talking about how "blessed" I am, but in this regard we are so blessed to have been able to have our children in this program, and I will very much miss it.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Before





We are currently embarking on arguably the biggest remodeling task we've done in our house to date. Step one is a big declutter fest (which will necessitate Chipotle for dinner.) Step two will involve spackling and paint. Step three will involve flooring. And I mean the whole downstairs. I will save the details for the big reveal in about two weeks!

Our basic goals are to create more usable space, eliminate 80% of the clutter, both physical and visual, create more storage and display space, and in general make the whole downstairs easier to clean and maintain. We feel it is important for us as a family to have open spaces and to move into a more minimalist mode. I often feel a bit guilty with how overwhelmed my children can become when we let their possessions get out of control. It appears we are at the helm of this ship and they will most likely follow along with the trends we set. I don't advocate rigidity with regard to household chores, but I do believe, deeply, that creating a sense of order in the home contributes to the overall well being of the child. Digging for your brand new markers that you just got for Christmas so you can draw a picture, only to give up after an hour's search is a disheartening prospect for kid and grownup alike.

But first messes must be made! I am thrilled we're finally doing this after six years of planning. I am a bit disappointed at never having seen my original vision for the rooms all put together at the same time, but am now kind of bored with the red walls (six years is a long time, I think. Funny that a friend out here was just commenting on them, lol!) However I am excited about our new vision! The only minor fallback is that our younger son is upset---he doesn't like things to change. I think we have him on board, and we even let him pick the flooring. He did great, and you will see that in two weeks! Wish us luck!