Tuesday, September 01, 2015


Although I liked the wall arrangement I used to have in my front room, I was looking for a little change. 
I have a bunch of reclaimed wood I was itching to use, so I came up with a way to use it!
I scoured Pinterest to find a quote I liked- I'm very picky about quotes- I only use them if they reeeeaaally mean something to me.
It seems that quotes about gratitude really resonate with me.  Here are two others I've hung.
"Take a moment to think about how blessed you are."  It's a message I constantly need to be reminded of, as do the kids!
I printed out the quote on offwhite paper, outlining the font before I printed it.  Then I took about two hours cutting out every letter!!
If I had a vinyl-cutting machine, it would have been a whole lot easier, but you work with what you have!
I added the scroll-y wood pieces on the sides, and they were just the right size!
Then placed the other frames and art around it.
By coincidence, I came across this little "blessed" sign at Hobby Lobby a couple days later!  I thought it fit in perfectly!
We're all so blessed!  And this helps me remember it every day!

Friday, August 14, 2015

The Rest of the Summer

Well, sorry for taking a month-long break there!  The end of our summer was jam-packed with out-of-town guests, camps, and vacations!  Things have finally settled down, so I thought I'd show you some of the fun things that we did.
 We took our out-of-town guests to this wonderful beach on Big Talbot Island.  It's a beach where the erosion has caused tons of trees to slide down the banks down onto the beach. 
The trees have all become bleached-out by the sun, and their roots are all showing.  It's quite a magical place there!
 The kids love climbing on the trees and exploring.
 There are beautiful live trees there as well- with lots of cool branches to pose on!
Then, we reopened Mom's Waterpark for the summer. 
 It didn't get as much use as it did last year, but it still kept them busy for a few afternoons.
Watch out, or you may get splashed!!
We took a few trips to the beach this summer as well.  This morning was during the week, so it was pretty empty, which is always the nicest!
 Isn't this the most serene-looking photo?  There was a wonderful tide pool the day we went, and she spent most of her time in there!
Here are the boys by the tide pool.
I love the huge empty beach with little tiny Avery in the middle!
Love this one as well, with Noah running out in front- such a representation of pure childhood!
 He isn't always silly though- sometimes he can just be cute and handsome!
Digging up the clams and watching them burrow back into the sand.
 I try to periodically take photos of the three of them out in the water like this.  There's one in my blog header- in fact, that may have been the first one I did of them like that.
Then, Mom and Dad finished off the summer with a trip to Las Vegas!  We used to go frequently when we lived in Seattle, but haven't been for many years now.
Of course, we had to purchase the cheesy show photos, since those are the only times we ever get photos of the two of us!
And on Wednesday, it was Back-to-School!  The kids are starting at a new school this year, and though they are nervous, I think it is going to be a very positive move for us.  Riley had a nice attitude the first morning...
... but you can tell that Noah was not in the best mood, unfortunately...
...but Little Miss Avery Sunshine was all smiles!
I hope you are all having a nice end of the summer.  I know that we start school pretty early here, but I was definitely ready for it this year.  I need some time to get some things done!  Some craft things, and decorating things, and dollhouse things, and thrift store things, and....

Monday, July 13, 2015

Birthday Art- 43

Well, it's a month and a half since my birthday, but that's about how I roll these days!  I did this piece of art for my forty-third birthday in May.  Every year I try to do a piece- some years I'm able to do it on my birthday, and other years, it takes me a month and a half to finish it!!
 But regardless, I'm happy with the way this turned out.  You may remember the joint pieces I did with my kids a couple months ago.  If you look back at them, you'll see that I was obviously inspired by those. 
 Is it wrong that I steal my five-year-old's imagery for my own artwork??!! Ha!
This summer has been a whirlwind, and we don't even have that much scheduled.  But we've been able to fit in some fun activities amongst the chaos.  I hope you're all having a great summer!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015


Well, it's June!  The kids are home, and it's been a battle to keep them busy.  I can't say that I'm always successful, but here's a sampling of what's been going on around here lately!
We started out the summer with Avery's dance recital.  She was in three numbers this year- gymnastics, ballet, and tap.
 I loved her ballet costume- such pretty teal and cream colors!
And how sassy is she in her fancy tap costume?
In Florida, a lot of our free time is spent inside, since it can get so hot outside during the summer.  Off come the cushions and pillows for some flying time!
 Noah's usually the one who gets this game going.
 But of course Avery will join in.
 And even Riley will make a few flights!
 On Father's Day, we went blueberry picking!
We found lots of blueberries before the heat became too unbearable.
 It was 9:00 in the morning and already mid 80's.  By the end of our time, we were completely drenched!
 Avery bowed out about 15 minutes in, and kept herself busy monitoring the buckets!
One good way to beat the heat is with water balloons!!
 Great shot!
But Noah had his own plans...
 Another great shot!
 Avery had a hard time filling them, but had fun watching the leaks squirt out!
One more shot to the back!
 Noah has spent a lot of time folding origami characters this summer.  I gave him this shutter to display them all.
 Both my boys are pretty good at cartooning, and I love to look at all the different expressions he puts on these guys!
 Avery and I worked together to make this clock for her room!
 We were inspired by the clock I saw here on the Cakies blog.  Avery loved the idea that we could make our own pom-poms!
It's a real working clock.  She's just learning to tell time, and she wanted a clock in her room to practice!
And finally, Riley has been working on creating his own blog (with Mom's help, of course)!  He'd be over the moon if anyone decided to leave him a comment or two!!  Here's the link, if you'd like to check it out: http://rileyslegos.blogspot.com/
Well, I hope everyone's having a great summer- staying busy and beating the heat!
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