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Don’t you just love getting a sweet gift?




But you know what’s even better?




Spending the time to make the perfect gift…




and then watching someone open it…




I think it must be the best feeling in the world.  I have a little something up my sleeve, but I can’t tell you just yet what the secret craft project is…  I might just burst with excitement before I get to give it away.


Is there anything better than a really good secret??


Some of my favorite results from this weekend:


My grandmother is second in from the left.


My great grandparents.


We never did find out who these two were, but isn’t the picture stunning!


What a weekend we had.  Five of my moms six remaining aunts and uncles showed up to talk with us and look at pictures.  I think only one of them was under 90.  Aunt Elmira, who hosted the event, made us lunch complete with homemade doughnuts, buns, and egg salad.  I hope I’m that spunky when I’m 94! 

I think my favorite part of the whole day was when she explained to me that now a days 94 really isn’t that old.  I’m so glad we went and she was so kind to share all her pictures with us:)

On other news, if you haven’t stopped by this lovely lady’s blog yet, you should.  Today is her birthday and she is doing a birthday give away!   She was one of the very first bloggy friends I made a few years back when I started on this adventure.  I think all the time how it lights up my day to stop around to all my sweet bloggy friends’ sites and see how their days are going.  Chelle’s site will now doubt light up your day.  I’m sure you will become a frequent visitor like the rest of us after just one peak! Enjoy and HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHELLE!


1. The sky was so amazingly deep deep blue this morning. 


2. My backyard looks like this.



3. Parent teacher conferences went great yesterday:) and they are going to be great today too.   I can just feel it.


4. I found this on my fridge.



5. I feel so completely loved.


6. I have been so completely inspired lately to use every moment of life God will give me.  In the words of our wonderful new pastor, “How we embrace life is important to God.” ~ Pastor Brady  What an amazing thought and I have decided to take that thought and run with it!

How is it possible that school has already started?  My the summer just flew by, but wasn’t it wonderful?  Here is a little taste of our happiness lately:


*A new cookbook that I am so excited to use.  It is all healthy and wholesome freezer meals. For those days when I know it will be busy and I don’t want to throw mac and cheese on the stove because I have just run out of time.  I have heard nothing but good things about it, so I have really high hopes.


*More zucchini than any human being should ever be allowed to consume…as well as other wonderfully delicious fresh veggies from the garden.

p.s. I have been informed that one zucchini plant is sufficient to satisfy even the most zucchini loving of families.  When I asked said gardening expert about the possibility of needing to plant more than one in case we have a zucchini plant death, I was informed that zucchini plants NEVER die. So, there you have it.


*A heavenly father that cares enough about us to take the time to paint exquisite sunsets. Doesn’t it just take your breath away? 


*Two amazing almost autumn-like days.  As much as I love summer, I think autumn takes the prize.  It however never decides to stick around long enough. So were fall to come a little bit early this year, I would not complain one bit.


*Andrea time.  Summer was so busy for me that getting back into the school schedule has been such a joy.  I worked everyday during the summer until 4:00 so getting done at the school at 11:00 on MWF will really be a treat for me.  The first thought I had this week was, “yessss, I get to clean my house.” Is there something wrong with me?


*New books.  A lovely friend (you know who you are) told me about a nice sale on Jane Austin at the B&N.  So I ran down there and got myself a copy of Pride and Prejudice and a copy of Sense and Sensibility.  These are two of my all time favorite movies and I thought it high time I read the actual book.  This is going wonderfully with the aforementioned Andrea time.


*And last but certainly not least the amazing present my wonderful hubby got for me for my birthday. I have been playing with it all day and I think this one is my favorite so far!

Goodness gracious, could it really have been that long since I wrote last?  We’ve certainly kept busy at our house lately.  I’ve spent the last month:



lounging at the lake

making curtains

eating bagels on Saturday morning with the hubby

cooking yummy summer food (I loooovvvee salads)


celebrating milestones




spending time with friends and family

walking through the park on sunny days

knitting tiny sweaters

attending kindergarden graduations and five year old birthday parties

reading, reading, reading, and reading

doing laundry

soaking up the sun

and last but not least working

And I will leave you with a few pictures:)

(aren’t I such a fun aunt?)


My craft room. AKA the catch all room when we moved into our house. I’m not even going to show you a picture of the closet…


Aahhhh…Wonderful isn’t it?  Now if only the rest of my house looked this good:)

Boo hoo 😦 No fun!

Yeay, sproutlings:)


What I’ve been working on while my foot has been up. Look familiar?

I hope you all had a lovely easter.  We sure did:) Heres a peak.

catie under dog bed

girls on easter

cami and daniela easter

They look just like their moma:)

easter table eating











too cute to pass up

couldn’t believe I found them

flea market




purple polka dot tea cup

pink ruffly plates

This weekend was all about the friends, family and crafts:D And that is, by the way, my favorite kind of weekend.  I finally got around to making something from one of my favorite craft books…which can be found here.  And dun da da dun…

blue flowered slippers too small:(

The cutest little slippers ever.  But alas, the pattern was unfortunately not made for those with size gigantic feet (like me).  I already had the fabric cut out and I decided to make them anyways just for the fun of it.  And as luck would have it, I went to a baby shower on Sunday and the soon to be mommy has tiny little feet so I put them in with her present.  Everything has a purpose doesn’t it:)  I will just have to photocopy the pattern and enlarge it for me…  There is always next weekend.

We also had family in town.  Three of my mom’s sisters were in town for the weekend and we went to the quilt shop (oh how I love finding things on sale) and out for dinner on Saturday night.  It was a busy weekend, but a lot of fun!

And last but certainly not least, my (low to the) ground dog was outside today and he definitely saw his shadow…what is today, the 25th of February.  That undoubtedly means that spring is on it’s way, right?