Tuesday, May 29, 2012


The celebration continues around here! Mr. G turns 4 today! He's officially "big" now, if you ask him! ;) We've been waiting all month for this, and everyday would start the same way..."is TODAY my birthday?"

I tried showing him a calendar, and explaining the days of the month...much to complicated. So, we made a paper chain to count down the days! Still the concept wasn't quite grasped, but it was worth a try!

Life is wonderful in it's simple ways when your 4! Not understanding what day of the month, or week or year it is really isn't a big deal. What's a big deal to most children of this age is birthdays! It doesn't get much more exciting!

Life with a 4 year old is sure to be exciting, if it's anything like the last 3 has been! :) By nature he is as sweet as a ripe peach, and is as soft as one too! That doesn't mean he isn't rambunctious and rowdy like any normal little boy, but at the end of the day, he still loves to be rocked & sang to. 

He's very interested in details & asks a hundred questions a day, some I honestly do not have the answer to. I have to be constantly conscious of what I say, because he hangs onto every word and doesn't forget anything! His favorite story is David & Goliath, and is very interested in how "brave" David was! Last week he wanted his cousin to come over to "help him fight the Philistines". :) 

There's so much more to tell, but there's a party to throw! Stay tuned for pictures of the super exciting celebration...

Monday, May 28, 2012


                                                    {celebrating 7 years}


"Love will find a way. Indifference will find an excuse." (unknown)

Love fails, only when we fail to love.-- J. Franklin           
You can give without loving. But you cannot love without giving. -- Amy Carmichael

Love is unselfishly choosing for another's highest good. --C. S. Lewis

To love is to place our happiness in the happiness of another.-- G.W. Von Leibnitz

Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit.--Peter Ustinov

A happy marriage is the union of two good forgivers. Robert Quillen

We come to love not by finding a perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly. -Anonymous

Love is the only thing you get more of by giving it away. --Tom Wilson

Monday, May 14, 2012

Time away & buying Time

Last weekend was one of those "much anticipated" weekends that you count down the days to, and can hardly wait to bask in it's loveliness. I have to be honest and say it wasn't because it was Mothers Day either. I appreciate the sentiment of such a sweet holiday, and I've found it to be a wonderful opportunity to express my gratitude to my own blessing of a mother...but, I expect it to be a few years yet until my own children can grasp the concept of the holiday. When that time comes...then I'll be waiting for the hand picked flowers & breakfast in bed! :)

For the now, we didn't feel the least bit guilty leaving them behind for the night while we attended a wedding in the Yosemite Valley! The weather was perfect and the setting was something you imagine delicately painted by the master skills of an acclaimed artist!

When you stand outside the Chapel and gaze at the awesome surroundings, it doesn't take long to realize that only one Master Artist can possibly take credit for such magnificent beauty! 

 We discussed how much we take for granted the fact that this amazing park is only an hour and a half from us...and this is only the second time we've been here in the history of our life together. (which is almost 12 years if you count our dating years :)

Which I might mention, we we're also conveniently celebrating our 7th wedding anniversary as well! It's still technically 2 weeks away, but we agreed this was a perfect place to celebrate!

In one sense time "away" always goes so quickly, yet it's strange to not be constantly thinking about meal time, or nap time or somebody else's needs or schedules..so in another sense it can feel like we're gone for a  long while! Being able to get away and re-connect is always so rewarding on so many levels. It always leaves me refreshed and renewed in mind, body & spirit!

Just for fun, here is a few pictures during last week. I actually took the time to get the camera out, so I might as well share them! :)

I had a goal to sew a new dress for our upcoming weekend. It had been so long I wasn't sure if I remembered how to do it. Actually, I was quickly reminded WHY it had been so long...after an hour or longer of just getting the pattern pieces arranged & pinned....this is how the "cutting out" process went:

Cut out top collar....go settle a dispute over a truck....cut out bottom collar...change a messy diaper...cut out half of one bodice piece...dislodge a tractor tire out from the tractor cab...cut out other half of bodice...make lunch...clean up lunch....change out laundry...read book to sleepy toddler...oh, that's right I was cutting out a dress...
So in attempt to buy myself some time, I quickly mixed up a fresh batch of play dough, got out ALL my cookie cutters & rolling pins and handed the kitchen over to the two of them!

Worked like a charm! Got the whole rest of the dress cut out before naps...and started in on the sewing during naps! Still took me all week, but I got it done! :) Yep, I'm wearing it in one of the above pictures! Yep, I'm good for at least another year now!

Hope you all had a beautiful & blessed Mothers day!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Inspired laundry room.

I'm on a roll with the blogging this week! :) Actually this post is way overdue, and it's been drafted for quite some time, but with my new found blogging inspiration I found time to finish & post it!

When doing my Room Reveal series, I intended to save "the best for last", but then life happened & other things found their way into my post. Anyway, so it might not be the "best" but it was the "the most" fun room to design & decorate! I wanted to include some pictures that inspired me. Besides the Kitchen, the laundry room seems to be where I spend a lot of time, make a lot of mess, and store a lot stuff! On top of all that, I figured if I'm going to spend so much time in there, I wanted it to be a fun room to be in! I decided from the beginning it needed to be designed with great attention to fill that tall order. So the brainstorming began...

I've had this picture from way long ago, and unfortunately don't know the original source.  I loved the idea of being able to shut up the appliances behind doors when not in use. I also really liked the idea of the deep counter top space for folding & stacking clean laundry. The icing on the cake is the glass front cabinets overhead that just add some fun!

Liked the warm-ness to this room as well as the multiple level counter top heights! The big window over the sink is wonderful for letting in light & giving this room it's airy feel!

{Hampton designs}
You've all probably seen this room somewhere or another! It's just cool for the fact of imagining how fast you could get large amounts of laundry done. The table in the center serving as an island is very functional too!

Open shelving, wicker baskets, and the cute display shelf above the washer/dryer make this all a fun space to imagine yourself doing laundry in! 

The cabinet maker & I put our heads together and here is what we came up with!

I wanted it to blend with the style of the rest of my house, so we went with a shaker style door front with a distressed finish and some fun hardware to give it the old world look with a fun vintage accent.

I love to collect antique glass bottles when I come across them, and the blue hue they cast was the inspiration for my cabinets! For Christmas this year I opened a fun gift that included several purchased from the lovely McMaster & Storm brick farmhouse event that I wanted to be at so bad.
Cubbies with vintage locker bins purchased off Ebay serve as wonderful storage for all my crafty supplies that always seem to impossible for me to keep organized in the past. I screwed on my own little chalkboard labels to the fronts for an easy reference of whats inside. (I know, you can see pretty easy through the baskets, but chalkboard labels are just too fun)

LOVE this deep counter, and it is as practical as I'd hoped! The cabinets above with the glass fronts give me  space to display more of my glass bottles and other fun knick-knacks that I find useful every now & then!

Lastly, my sewing & gift wrap center which in essence is a bunch of little drawers, cubbies and pull out compartments! The sewing space could stand to be bigger, but I love being able to shut up the mess behind closed doors. I'm still shopping for a fun antique chair to add more detail to this space! 

I admit, I feel totally spoiled with this space and am sometimes tempted to lock myself in here...just because I love being in here & it's easy to find creativity when your in your happy place! :) I should post a picture of what this room usually looks like though...I'll give you a hint: you wouldn't be able to see the counters & you wouldn't know what job or project had intentions of finishing that day! :)

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