Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Almost there

Our kitchen is almost there.

I have a functional sink.  At the moment it is fun to wash dishes in it.

I should have it all done on Friday.

Minus the light and paint. The light will happen this week one way or another.

We changed a textile plan this week from marble back splash (that was discontinued) to bead board. 

Why bead board wasn't the original plan is a mystery -- as almost every "inspiring" kitchen I've pinned  on Pinterest has it.  I'm looking forward to painting it this weekend.

Hurry up Friday!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Annual Train Ride with Santa

With Thanksgiving bringing us thanks for all the blessings we have and a family wide case of the stomach flu, we are ready to bring on the next holiday season.

The house is almost trimmed.

The kitchen is "almost" (and I emphasize the air quotes) done.  Tomorrow is "supposed" to be the finishing day minus the backsplash.

The Nutcracker ballet was seen and reported as "perfect", "amazing", and "awesome". Now the middle boy is pirouetting around the house (more than usual).

The Santa Train is checked off our list.

The Santa train is always fun.  This year the big boys were very honest in that they knew this was not the "real" Santa.  I could tell that it wasn't as magical as it was before but nonetheless, it was fun!

Reagan reported that he'd like Lego's, Mason would like a surprise, and Logan would like Santa to leave his seat and then maybe bring him a tractor, combine, and wagon.


Sunday, November 18, 2012

Works in Progress


lots of projects.

Friday, November 9, 2012

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.

via Soulemama

Thursday, November 8, 2012

As of late

:: we are trying to settle into the new normal of being inside more, switching to earlier dinners, quiet nights, and warmth.  This year my trio did not make the time change easily. 

:: the nebulizer has made its reappearance by the chair.  Last night was scary for my littlest bean.  I was thankful that Nathan was home as I was worried we'd have to make an appearance at the ER.  It has been a while since we've visited.

::Art supplies seem to be creeping all over the house.  Time to make a list and see what is needed for those quiet weekends.

::kitchen construction was delayed a week.  It is amazing how hard it is to keep it together when your kitchen is dismantled.  I'm not looking forward to next week when I have to manage eating whole and healthy with only a microwave, oven, and laundry room sink.

:: the smallest of the trio has had lots of tough moments this week.  We've been spotted hiking all over as time outside seems to be his cure all.  We took our time and strolled until he couldn't go any further - feeling things all along the way.  The moss is amazing in the woods right now.  I'm glad he still loves being carried on my back - we might still be stuck out there.

Monday, October 29, 2012


::kitchen demo with helpers

::getting dressed up

::Pre-halloween fun

Friday, October 26, 2012

catching up in Fall

::a busy family

:: travels to the farm to get in some serious tractor riding

::as much time outside as we can have

::wonderful weather

::great, big puddles

::family and friends gathering for fellowship

::falling leaves and small pumpkins

::getting ready for renovation

::warm boots and hot coffee

::late night sewing, costumes ready

::fall love

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Yarn Along/KCWC

participating in The Yarn Along with Small Things...  and Kid's Clothing Week Challenge! 

I've got plenty on the needles right now : a sweater, mittens, and a pair of longies as a gift.  I've got to finish frantically knitting the later of the three before we leave to see the recipient this weekend.  I'd also like to gift them a hat with them - as babies need lots of hats!

I love knitting with Malabrigo for babies.  It is so soft and snuggly!  I hope the mamas aren't scared at having to hand wash these knits.  After all, their babies are hand wash too.

Currently, I'm reading a good book about youth entitlement, Cleaning House, and I picked up an Amish cookbook at the library.  I really liked the cookbook - it had lots of little daily ditties of Amish life -very blog like - along with the recipes.  Super interesting. 

Monday, October 8, 2012

Kid's Clothes Week Challenge!

Last year I stumbled upon Kid's Clothing Week Challenge over at Elsie Marley - a week where you  challenge youself to sew one hour a day, each day for 7 days.  I was instantly and totally hooked at seeing all of the amazing kid clothing sewing that was going on.

Being one that would actually like to learn to sew *well*, I was and am so inspired.

What I love the most though - were all the awesome BOY clothes!  Like everything else little in this world, the most adorable, chic things are girly.  Walk into any fabric store and there are oodles of girly fabric and only a few boy-with-some-obnixious-characters fabric.

Watching the pics pop up for the KCWC brought me to many awesome websites to find good fabric and great patterns that I could (can) actually do!

My first project this week were another pair of my favorite little boy pants -Quick Change Trousers by Anna Marie Horner.

I used simple, higher quality quilting fabric for the grey and flannel for the inside layer for warmth.  Because Logan is a small guy, he can still easily wear the 18-24m size at a little over 2.5 yrs old with some added length, and with room to grow. 

Trying to take a pic of him in these is like putting a cat in a bag - but you can get the idea.

The rest of the week I have plans for more Quick Change Trousers and some of the Kid's Pants Pattern  pants in some green jean material.  Plus, I've got to frantically finish a pair of knitted pants for a little baby gift.  Nothing like waiting until the last minute.

I'm looking forward to seeing what all the amazing sewers are going to make and will be jealous of all their mad skills.