Saturday, December 31, 2011

buh-bye 2011, thanks for a great year!

a look at a few events from the year:
january =  warm pj's and sweaters, it was a cold one.
february = little love bug

march = going a little stir crazy from a long winter
april - all dressed up for a wedding chad officiated
may - we put a backyard in
june - we celebrated this amazing lady's 75th b-day
july - strawberry picking on the 4th
august - all the grand kiddos from hubby's side
september - harvesting from my first gardening attempt
october - enjoying a fabulous warm fall day at the park
november - raking leaves, lots and lots of leaves.
december - merry christmas!

we are beyond blessed.  it sounds so cliche' however it is not meant that way.  looking forward to see what God has in store for us in 2012!


Tuesday, December 27, 2011

I {heart} the blooper reel

i love it when a dvd has a "blooper reel" 

always good for a laugh. 

here is our version of a blooper reel from our family photo shoot: 

a little argument going on between #2 and 3 about holding hands
miss j is always so cooperative
the younger two are making a break for it
the pics of all 4 on the sled didn't work out so well...

trying again

picture crasher


so many faces
snowball fight


again, stellar cooperation from miss j

after only about 15 minutes out there miss baby was inconsolable sad

not even a kiss from mommy will help.  we're done.
the end.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

secret superpowers

so miss j was taking her saturday bath and we believe she discovered her secret superpower.

she called out of the tub in her super excited way:


we couldn't be more proud.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

walking in a winter wonderland

Rejoice with your family in the beautiful land of life! ~Albert Einstein

Monday, December 5, 2011

a couple quick projects

just sharing a couple projects as of lately (and i use that term quite loosely).  i seem to be in a bit of a slump. not wanting to do any type of project, not wanting to decorate for Christmas, just not really wanting to do anything apparently. 

anyhoo, a set of cards i made (inspired by this on pinterest

i cut random "birdish" type shapes out of a piece of knit fabric and then traced around it, added legs, beak and eye.  these came together quick and i think they turned out pretty cute :)

and the only scrapbook page i have created in months....

it is nothing super exciting. and looking at it now i wish i would have added more paper behind the pictures or something.  it all looks rather blah.  BUT it was done in like 15 minutes AND it's done (unless of course i rip the pictures off and add more paper). 

that is all.  i will now continue on in my scroogy-ness, not wanting to do anything ways, but i can scratch off "update blog" off my to do list for today. ;)

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

did you know i {heart} vintage things?

i may have mentioned that a time or two.

but in case you forgot i will remind you.  i really really realllllyyyyy love vintage things.

it absolutely amazes me how things find their way back to being "cool" again. in the fashion world. in home decor. (do you think wallpaper borders will make a comeback?)  i am learning to never say that i don't like something because it always seems to come back around and bite me in the behind.  i proclaim i don't like the color purple and lo and behold a year later i have 5 purple shirts in my closet. 

anyhoo.  just wanted to show off a few things i have found thrifting lately:

a hobnail vase.
( fyi:  yvonne & renee this does NOT mean i have given up on mom's hobnail vase, mmm k? )
a darling pink pyrex casserole dish with daisy print (i'm thinking of watching for more vintage pyrex in various colors to stack up on some open shelves in my kitchen)

an Aladdin plaid thermos...
two in this pic:  the wire bird basket and an adorable afghan
this little guy is also nearing the vintage stage.... our oldest prays for him EVERY night to "stay healthy and strong" oh how i dread the day he leaves us and we have to break that girls heart.  as much as i tire of cleaning up the dog hair we do love him ;)
and related to all this i have put myself on a 30 day spending ban (again... i did this in mid-september to mid-october and apparently it did not teach me anything long term).  with the exception of buying Christmas gifts i will be refraining from making any non-necessity purchases.  this really should not be so hard, right? right.  i need to focus on USING the things i've picked up here and there.  following through on all those projects i have in mind. that's the plan, stan! :)

Monday, November 14, 2011

I {heart} Little House on the Prairie

and so does this girl:

she just finished reading "Little House in the Big Woods" in her class and they had a special day to dress up like a character from the series.  after searching high and low for aannnyything that could possibly work we came across my old 8th grade graduation dress.  it was huge on her so we belted it up, threw on some boots and called it "good enough"  i told her she could be "Nelly" because she was wearing a fancy dress.  she wasn't too keen on that idea.  i believe she said she was laura or mary in their sunday best. 

oh how i loved these books and tv show while growing up.  my sister and i used to watch it every day after school. (i loved the part in the intro when carrie is running down the hill and falls over but then gets up right away, so cute. just a random tidbit about me i am sure you are super excited to now know)  i am so ecstatic that my girl is getting into these now too.... YAY! :)