Friday, July 17, 2015

Busy Days, Stitching Away

Our days have been busy.  We have been in the midst of moving and birthdays and cleaning and eating out and trips back and forth.  Crazy, busy, messy days.  But progress is moving forward and can sometimes be a bit messy and chaotic.  Right now I'm pausing for a moment to sit down and post some photos of the last few weeks.  These images are such a reminder to me of all the fun times we have had together during this busy time.  Love these people I call family.  I have also been stitching away during the midst of packing and chaos.  Stitching calms me and brings me clarity.  I've known that but have realized it more and more during this time of life.   So much to be learned about oneself during these times of life.  Okay, back to work.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The Fairy Tale Project || Pinocchio

We read Pinocchio a few years ago and throughly enjoyed it.  Carlo Collodi wrote the original chapter book and it is such a different version then the movie.  Pinocchio is truly a very naughty boy that must learn repeatedly from his many selfish mistakes.  As we read the many picture book versions of the tale, the theme of a naughty boy having to learn to be good was illustrated in each tale. 

Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi 
The original chapter book.

Pinocchio by Kate McMullan
This was a simple chapter book version of the story.

Pinocchio by Katie Daynes
A beautiful retelling of the story with wonderful illustrations.  One of my favorite versions.

Pinocchio by Roberto Piumini
This is a fun and whimsical retelling of this classic tale.  In this version of Pinocchio the illustrations are bright and colorful and draw you into the story.  Both the author and the illustrator and from Italy and have a variety of fairy tale titles that they have created together.

Pinocchio by Lane Smith
This is a modern telling of what happened after Pinocchio was turned into a real boy.  You can tell that the author and designer Molly Leach had a lot of fun creating this book.  It begins with the words, "Last week, in a nutshell."  Such a fun take on what happened after.

Pinocchio by Carolyn Magner
Such fun, detailed illustrations in this tale.

Pinocchio by Jan Car
This version was adapted from a screenplay of the story.

Pinocchio illustrated by Fulvio Testa
This is a fun version of the tale with lovely illustrations.

Pinocchio by C. Collodi
This picture book is rich with text from the original story, with plenty of text on each page.  The illustrations are beautiful and a bit dark at times.

Pinocchio by Lucy Kincaid
This is a simple retelling of the tale, a now you can read version of the story, with vivid illustrations.

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Monday, July 13, 2015

Celebrating Our Freedom

We headed to Rockaway Beach for the 4th this year for the parade and for some much needed beach time.  We came home and put our babe to bed and enjoyed the evening fireworks from the comfort of our front yard.  Such a great day.

Friday, July 10, 2015


We have some big news that I have been meaning to tell you about for a long time.  Since the officially move out day is coming up in less then a week, I guess it is time to share.  We will be moving from our lovely home.  We are in the process of purchasing a home (another fixer, are we crazy?) on 10 acres about 7 minutes away from where we live now.  We will be renting in the meantime.  We have friends that are willing to rent us their townhome for a short period of time.

We have been discussing the possibility of moving for years.  We have been planning and preparing for this for over a year.  I can;t believe it is finally here, I mixture of emotions.  So sad and heartbroken to be leaving our friends and community here and so thrilled and excited for the future and all its possibilities.  Wish us luck.  Of course we shall keep you posted.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015



I love systems, simple systems that run themselves, that keep us moving forward with little thought or effort.  They work well for us because we have found an easy way to form habits that work with ourselves and with our families.

When it comes to organizing paperwork in our home, I rely on simple daily practices and a weekly check in.  In my house I handle the paperwork, all of the bills, the papers that come home everyday with the kids from school and every Sunday from church, the important mail and the junk mail, all of the invites with dates to remember, and so much more.   It can become overwhelming at times.  For the past couple years I have been using the same systems for handling our daily paperwork that comes into our home and it has been working well for us.  I have a few ideas to share with you for handling paperwork simply and effectively.

Here are my basic tips for dealing with paperwork.

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