Sunday, February 28, 2010

What I Treasure Most

I was saying my prayers last night and thanking my Heavenly Father for these people that I spend my days with. It has become quite routine to include these four in my daily prayers. When I really think about it I'm overwhelmed with feelings of gratitude and joy. I truly treasure them most and am so grateful for having them in my life.
They teach me patience, love, and respect. They keep me on my toes and are the reason for so much laughter and joy in my days.
They give me purpose. They fill my time with opportunities to serve, to learn and to grow in ways that would not be possible without them.
I hope that they will always know how much I love them, how much they mean to me. To think that 9 years ago I didn't know any of these people in these photos!! I can't even imagine not having them in my life. Thank you Heavenly Father for knowing the plans you had for me and blessing me with so much!

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Calendar

Here is the calendar I made to put in my calendar holder. I have never been a big fan of any of the calendars you buy at the store, nothing has ever really appealed to me. One year I made a calendar and I just loved it!! BUT, it was way too much work and too hard to keep up with. So, I came up with a plan to make my own calendar where I could change the month below without changing the decorative page above. So, I can switch the month when I need to and switch the page above when I have the time to scrapbook something new. Love this solution!
This is on the wall above my desk in the kitchen. I'm working on finishing this corner. Trying to make it pretty and functional. I just bought a clock that I love and am considering putting some of my kid's artwork on the wall. I also have a Family Home Evening sign and need to get the letters for and put on the wall. One day it will be finished.

Friday, February 26, 2010

What's Next?

I think I'll go with Andrew's favorite for my next book. I little science fiction never hurt anyone, right??

Bid Time Return by Richard Matheson

I read a little write up on it and it looks like it has some time travel in it. Would you consider it a science fiction Andrew?? I hope it isn't too dark or creepy. I'm not into dark or creepy stories. BUT, Andrew does have amazing taste. He has introduced me to Lost, The Office, Wicker Park, etc. I'll just trust that he knows what he is talking about.

Go HERE if you want to check out my original family book list.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

To Kill a Mockingbird

I just finished To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and was reminded again why it is one of my favorite books. I didn't know that it was my mom's favorite until I compiled this list. It was so wonderful to read at this stage in my life. I was single when I read it before.

This time I thought a lot about how I treat my children and what I'm focusing on teaching them. I thought about life through their eyes, how they view me, and what is really important to them. I thought of the world around us and how it is teaching them what it views as moral and right. I need to make sure they know what is really moral and right, what God says is moral and right. It made me want to rededicate myself to teaching them and working with them.

I truly loved it. I cried at the end.

"Daylight . . . in my mind, the night faded. It was daytime and the neighborhood was busy. Miss Stephanic Crawford crossed the streeet to tell the latest to Miss Rachel. Miss Maudie bent over her azaleas. It was summertime, and two children scampered down the sidewalk toward a man approaching in the distance. The man waved, and the children raced each other to him. It was still summertime, and the children came closer. A boy trudged down the sidewalk dragging a fishing pole begind him. a Man stood waiting with his hands on his hips. Summertime, and his children played in the front yard with their friend, enacting a strange little drama of their own invention. It was fall, and his children fought on the sidewalk in front of Mrs. Dubose's. The boy helped his sister to her feet, and they made their way home. Fall, and his children trotted to and fro around the corner, the day's woes and triumphs on their faces. They stopped at an oak tree, delighted, puzzled, apprehensive. Winter, and his children shivered at the front gate, silhouetted against a blazing house. Winter, and a man walked into the street, dropped his glasses, and shot a dog. Summer, and he watched his children's heart break. Autumn again, and Boo's children needed him."(To Kill a Mockingbird page 321)

I'm planning to rent the movie and watch it with Steve. I'll post the next book on my list tomorrow.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Painting Faces

My kids love to paint! I have found that it really isn't that difficult to do, aka it doesn't make THAT big of a mess. These little masks I picked up for $1 a piece. They used the paints they got for Valentine's Day to add some color.
Karter was more like fingerpainting with watercolors. Possible? Messy? Worth it? Yes to all three! He loved it and I just washed him up when he was done.
I love having little things for them to do when Jakob has the day off. It makes the day feel special and gives them something fun to do that breaks up their free play.
Usually on these days off they just wear what they want to wear and run around like the little rascals. I throw in a couple structured projects. I do believe in lots of free, unstructured play, with some structured, Mama directed activities. Less TV, more outdoors. With the weather nice this is becoming so much easier.
Jakob's pirate spent most of his time peeking at me through the treehouse. Jakob said he was watching the house. Loved seeing that little pirate face throughout the week and watching my little guy have fun imagining away.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Photos Framed!

Is anyone like me?? Does it take you what seems like FOREVER to finish a project that has been in your head for the last few months? (Sometimes the last few years??) Well, this one I have wanted to do since we moved into the home. It included having my parents buy and transport the frame from Utah. (Thanks Mom and Dad!) After it arrived it sat downstairs while we waited for our kitchen remodel. It survived the dust and the moving it from place to place.
When the remodel was finished we had Christmas and New Years, having 3 family parties here at our house to celebrate! I was consumed with moving back into the upstairs and getting order back in our lives. Finally, this month I have had some time to do the fun projects! This was super simple once I made the time to work on it. Photos, paper, some embellishments. The M was an afterthought. Last Saturday Steve gave me a chunk of the day and occupied the kids. I was putting the frame together and thought it would be fun to add the big M I saw at JoAnns. I jumped in the car (something I just can't normally do with three kids in tow) and went and got the M. My handsome husband hung the frame and M on Valentine's Day (how romantic!). The photos look like the frame and M are lost on the wall. They really do fill up the space. I will get full room phot0s once the mantel and bookcase are complete. I love that feeling of accomplishment that I get when I look at that wall. Something that won't be undone in 5 minutes. Something that will stay for a long, long time!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

So Very Easy!!

These were my valentines to the kids this year. They were seriously so easy to put together!! I printed the letters in the font I wanted off the computer, cut the fabric and the iron on stuff (at the moment, I can't recall the correct name), ironed them to the bags, and stitched around them. I bought the bags at JoAnns and the fabric on the bags is fannel. They turned out pretty cute! They are the kid's church bags. They will fit a Book of Mormon and other sacrament meeting kid's stuff. I filled them with some art supplies and a bit of Valentine candy. They were a huge success!

Isabelle is modeling the proper use of the bag. She is all dressed up pretty for church on Valentine's Day.
Been working on the bookshelves. Wow, do we have a lot of books!! I didn't think I would fill up so much so fast! BUT, there is still plenty of room for more. Just didn't think I owned as much as I own.
Oh, here is a sneak peak of a project I will show you soon. This one I'm super excited about.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

So Excited!!

Guess what we had installed this last weekend?? I'm so excited that my shelves and my mantel are in. I gave our carpenter a drawing of the shelves and I picture from a magazine of the mantel. I'm so excited at how these have turned out! (These pictures are terrible! My sister-in-law keeps trying to teach me how to use my camera. Maybe I should take her up on the offer?!) The one above is a crooked view of the shelves that face our dining room. The one below is a shot of the whole unit, the second set of shelves going down the hall to the bedrooms.
I'm very pleased with how the mantel turned out. Steve said that now that we have a shiny new mantel the brick looks old and worn. I quite like the contrast of the old and the new.
So, I have my work cut out for me trying to fill these spaces and make them ours. I have boxes of books to fill our shelves. I know that I will not fill them up with the amount of books I have, but that just means we have room to grow!
It feels so good to be getting these things done! Since last July I have been putting a lot of the moving in on hold. Now that these spaces are finished (kitchens, bookshelves, etc.) I can move everything in and really make our house a home.

Monday, February 15, 2010

We Love Grammy!!

Grammy came this last week and happened to be here on her birthday. Melissa made her the most incredible chocolate cake. Four layers of yumminess! We had Mom (the grandkids joined her) do a scavenger hunt to find her gift. We loved watching her blow out her candles and so enjoyed celebrating with her. Love you Mom!! Come back soon.




Saturday, February 13, 2010

Cousins

As I look at these photos I can't help to think of what these kids will think as they look back on these in just a few years. I loved growing up with a lot of cousins. I love that my kids get to grow up with a bunch of cousins. I love watching them rub shoulders with each other.
Love that they love being together. There is such a connection between cousins, a love and friendship that is unique to this special relationship. (Love this girls expression in the one below. Friendly or fiesty?? I think a little of both.)
Can't you just see how comfortable they are with each other? Love it!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Book List 2010

This year I decided to make a list of books to read. I thought it would be fun to compile this list from favorites books of my family members. I'm starting with the Huish side of the family first. It took me awhile to put this list together, but here it is. What a variety!! There are some that I have wanted to read for years and some I would never have chosen on my own. I'm so excited to get started reading all these books!! I'll keep you posted on what I'm reading and I would love for anyone to join me. I'm starting this next week with To Kill a Mockingbird. It sitting on the nightstand ready for me to dive in!

Dad Huish- The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People
by Stephen R. Covey
Mom Huish- To Kill A Mockingbird
by Harper Lee
Aaron - The First 2000 Years
by W. Cleon Skousen
Melissa - Neverwhere
by Neil Gaimon
Andrew - Bid Time Return
by Richard Matheson
Erin - The Screwtape Letters
by C.S. Lewis
Michael - The Screwtape Letters
by C.S. Lewis
Laurie - A Wrinkle In Time
by Madeleine L'Engle
Marie - Ender's Game
by Orson Scott Card
Keaton - The Hero and the Crown
by Robert McKinley


Preschool

Our theme was oceans this last week in preschool. We read the rainbow fish and made our own rainbow fish. We went fishing for fish with numbers. We read One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. We painted and put glitter on fish. We watched a little ocean video and talked about the ocean animals as we put them on our ocean mural. We focused on the letter F. The kids all went home with their own fishing poles and the fish they had made. I had so much fun putting all these things together and doing these fun project with the kids!