Saturday, December 18, 2010

Newsworthy

It has been a busy couple weeks.  My brother Andrew and his wife Erin came a couple weeks ago.  We offered Andrew a management position in our Plumbing Company and he accepted.  Check out this post where they share their eventful story of their move here.  Its quite a story.

We are so excited to have them here!!  More family close by and it has been an answer to our many prayers on what direction to go with our company!!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Some Advice....

So, some friendly advice, the next time you hear your two year old vigorously shaking a box of cereal run to the kitchen and grab that box away.  If you don't, you may find something like this. 

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Screwtape Letters

I just finished this book this morning.  I could easily read this through again and again, there are so many things to think about, so many things that apply to me in my life.  All I have left to read for this year is Ender's Game.  I'm saving 7 Habits of Highly Effective People for this next year.  You can find my original 2010 booklist here.
 

Monday, December 6, 2010

Old Chalkboard

I hesitate to show this, not a great picture and I haven't done anything with it yet, but I do love it!  This is a chalkboard I found at a thrift shop!  I'm not sure what I'm going to do with this yet.  I do love the old stuff mixed with the new, so I'm sure I'll be adding something of that nature to this. Right now I'm enjoying the Christmas Season, but this January will be filled with organization, decoration, and projects.  I can hardly wait!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Surrounded.

When you eat do you need to be surrounded by things that you love?  Karter does.  He has his trains, his car, a video of Thomas, and his blanket ("baby") that is off to the side.  He loves to be surrounded by things that bring him comfort and joy.   

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Isabelle's Outfits

So, clothing choice hasn't been a big deal with my kids.  Another thing that has helped is they can only wear what is in their closet.  Since I have control over that, they can't go too off track.  Jakob has always been super easy.  He has a closet full of jeans or cords and shirts.  He chooses his clothes most days.  I only choose them on days that I care, maybe once or twice a month.  Our biggest concern now is he tries to wear the same shirt two days in a row.  That isn't allowed. 

Isabelle has also been pretty easy to work with.  The pattern that has worked best with my her is I pick out her clothes on the days that I care and she can choose them on the days that don't.  This has worked well for us.  Can you guess whose turn it was to select the outfit on the day pictured below??

And Karter??  Well, Karter is a diferent story.  He isn't even 2 1/2 and he cares about what he wears, or more importantly what he doesn't want to wear.  He still has a hard time changing clothes 50% of the time.  He does well wearing clothes that have trains or cars on them, he doesn't do as well with clothes that don't.  He also has a pair of shoes that he loves!!  He wants to wear them all the time.  They just happen to be the ones I bought at Goodwill, the ones I set aside for getting dirty.  He has three pairs of nice shoes in his closet and he wants to wear the old, used, stained ones everyday.  He does wear them, each and every day, and even goes down for his nap with his shoes on.  And occasionally, he has even worn them to bed.  Now, it is tricky to put him to bed with his shoes over his feet pajamas, but you have to choose your battles.  Sometimes you have to balance discipline.  Of course I'm still figuring it out, but this is working for us right now. 

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

"How much does he care?"

Been thinking seriously about homeschooling my kiddos.  Loved this quote by Charlotte Mason!  Thought I'd share.

“The question is not,—how much does the youth know? when he has finished his education—but how much does he care?
And about how many orders of things does he care? In fact, how large is the room in which he finds his feet set? And, therefore, how full is the life he has before him?”

Monday, November 29, 2010

Happy Birthday Grampy Moon!!!

We celebrated Grandpa Moon's birthday this last Tuesday.  We all went out to eat and enjoyed the evening together, ending it with cake and icecream at our place.  What a great day to celebrate this wonderful father and amazing grandpa. 



Sunday, November 28, 2010

Thanksgiving

We spent a great day together.  We spent it enjoying family, food, good conversation, and celebrating the abundant blessings we have received.

Sharing a picture (some butterflies) of what she is grateful for. 


Trying to get a picture of me in my apron.  It is hard (well hard for me) to take pictures of myself!

Friday, November 26, 2010

5 White Chairs

I finally bought 5 white chairs to go around the island.  I've been wanting white chairs since we finished the kitchen remodel and I found the perfect ones at Ikea.  We had Noah and Paige over the other day and all the kids fit around the island.  Love that!! 

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

"Drawn To Our Work"

"When we plan some time for contemplation and renewal, we will feel drawn to our work instead of driven to it."

--Neil A Maxwell

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Crabbing

We went crabbing a couple weeks ago with Dave, Sariah, and kids.  It was lots of fun!!



                                     


Sunday, November 21, 2010

DONE!!!!!!!

           So, how do you get your kitchen from this......                

to this??     

Well there was a lot of this,
    

and then some of this,

and a whole lot of this.
 

Then you stop, and wait, and think.

Your happy with what you have, but look forward to the time you are able to add the finishing touches.

You save money and try to explain to people why you have a pipe sticking out of the wall and what a potfiller is exactly.   

 Then you add subway tile and make those curtains.   
 Then, finally, you decide you don't like said curtains.  You decide to redo them.  After 10 months the potfiller is finally installed.  (Sometimes its hard to find a good plumber.)  You finally find the perfect chairs to go around your island. 

 And now, drumroll please, you have a complete kitchen. 
That you absolutely love. 

So, I'll take you on a tour.  At first glance it may not look that different.   

But, here you see the notorious potfiller, right where it belongs.

The subway tile is in place.  I love the trim peice on the top, that was a last minute decision. 

Look, my desk is cleared off! 

Here is my little message center.  You can never have enough red! 

Here are the new curtains.  I just did these this last week.  I wanted a semi neutral, modern curtain.  I love the simplicity with a touch of soft blue.  I love the way that they turned out! 

I can't tell you how happy I am to look at this everyday.  It tells me that it really is all DONE! 

Here are my perfect chairs, perfect height, perfect depth, and aren't they pretty???

And, I finally have some books to fill up this bookcase.  They aren't all cookbooks yet, I improvised by adding some home organization and nutrition books to the mix.  Love it!

 Feeling so happy and blessed with how it all turned out.