Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

I am thankful for a big pot of sugared cranberries with orange peels, and for all the other good things tomorrow will bring.  I'm so thankful to be in a warm house surrounded by my family- and we hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving as well!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011


Charcoal Snowflake Space Savers!

I am so thankful for snowflakes...especially when they are on charcoal colored Pyrex dishes!!!  I have used much self-control lately with Pyrex- partial credit to me, and partial credit to the fact that there hasn't been a whole lot out there.  My daughters have found a few pink pieces for me, and reluctantly I have turned them down.  I don't have any pink, and would love a few pieces, but they haven't been the right ones.  I have very limited space, and don't want to buy things I won't use. 

Yesterday I went into the thrift, and found these two space savers taped together, just waiting for me!  I have a few pieces of this pattern, and it's one of my absolute favorites.  I was so excited- it had a lid that fits both, and they were marked $7.99!  SWEET!  Then, I looked down the shelf, and saw this:

21/2 QT Oval Casserole
I have one casserole already, but I think it's a smaller one...and these definitely will get used!  It was marked $5.99, and the best part is that when I went to pay (I also had a $.99 pack of ornaments), she rang my total as $9.69!  I don't know what happened, but I was smiling as I swiped my card- it was definitely an early Christmas present, and that's what I'm thankful for today!

Monday, November 21, 2011


Super-Cutie Sock Monkey (just for you, KS!) ;)

Ok, maybe not EVER, but very close!  I love this hat, which brings me to being thankful for a few more things....

1.  Free Online Patterns.  Thanks to all who post their creations for all to use- it's a very generous thing to do.
2.  I am thankful to my mom for teaching me how to crochet at a young age.  I've said this before, but it bears repeating.  It's one of those soul-satisfying things to do- to snuggle up on the couch and either watch an old movie or listen to some good music and crochet away.  Even better when it's a little earflap beanie for your soon-coming bundle! 

This was a super easy pattern, perfect for a beginner.  I finished it in a few hours- which is a satisfying project to do, since it's immediate gratification...

I love the edging on this- it's a crab stitch, or a reverse single crochet.  Easy, but impressive results.  If we have a girl, you can bet a crochet flower will end up on this (or the next one!)- I will definitely be making more of these in other colors (and maybe bigger sizes for the kiddos if I can find a bigger pattern).

Unrelated, I was so happy to wake up to the first snow on our mountain tops...a little reminder that winter is upon us, and we have a few weeks of sleep left before this little baby comes... :)

Friday, November 18, 2011


After a good cleaning they'll be good to go :)

I am thankful for happy surprises!  When my mom came down, she brought a few surprises with her.  She knows I love collecting old Pyrex, and had gotten 3 bowls for a really amazing deal.  Two of them are in the Spring Blossom pattern that I collect, and the third is a new, fun pattern for me, the Orange Yellow Daisy:
So Happy!

I am also so thankful for my mom, and for her thoughtfulness!  I'm glad she scored all three bowls for only $10- up where she lives, the thrifts are over-priced and have nothing but junk, so this really was a SUPER-score for her!  Thanks, Mom- love you!!! xoxo

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Spontaneous Beach Trip

Remember my mushroom cookie lovin'  buddy from the baby shower post? 

My nephew Simeon :)

Well- his mama, sister, and Grandma were packing up, getting ready for the long drive home.  They had not gotten to go to the beach, as we were really busy getting ready for the shower.  Right before they left, we decided to go to the beach really quick (don't you LOVE those kind of trips?!  I DO!)  So that's just what we did.

We actually had to beach hop, because the first beach was completely swallowed up by high tide.  We finally got to our destination, and to Simeon's very first visit to the beach.

Umm, are you SURE this is OK?
He actually did really good out of the water (it was a bit too cold), and I think he left more sand than he ate, so that was good. :)

Everyone had fun finding things to look at with Grandma...

And playing on the playground...

It was such a beautiful day, and it was so nice to get out of the house after a week of everyone being really sick.  I am so thankful for such wonderful memories of the day with family, and for an unplanned trip!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

So Thankful...

That today my blog was back!  Yesterday after I posted and received comments, I checked it around noon to find that it said this blog was removed!  After trying to contact Google twice, with no response, I was kind of freaking out.  It's a lot to lose with no explanation or guarantee of getting it back.  But this morning I woke to an emailed apology of sorts, and to find my blog right back where it is supposed to be...and I am thankful!  More pictures and fun to come tomorrow...goodnight!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Weekend Shower Recap

This last weekend was magical!  My mom and sister drove 7 hours (with two littles!) to give us a baby shower.   We had all been working separately on projects for a while, and were having so much fun with the theme (woodland).  When they came we were able to finish up last minute things together (like making Persimmon Coffee Cake, mushroom and acorn cookies,  and picking out the cheese for the board). 


Soooo Adorable!

Deer and Little Birds- SO cute!

Sarah made all the adorable little critters, and my mom found a mobile at a garage sale we can use to hang these little guys up for the baby's bed- they are perfect!  Thank You!!

Woodland Centerpiece

My mom made this centerpiece, no doubt finding the things she needed right outside her door (it's beautiful up where she lives)!  She used clay for the hedgehog faces, and they came out so cute!

Acorn Garland
Sophia and I had finished the acorn garland, and were going to put it across the fireplace mantle, but liked it better where it ended up.  The only trouble was that we had only made it one sided, so Sophia got some fun craft time with Grandma while they finished the other side of the acorns.

We also made mushroom COOKIES! Yes, these are cookies, not real mushrooms.  They aren't meringue either, because I don't like those.  I will say these cookies are an acquired taste, but I ended up loving them (so did my little buddy Simeon...more on him in a bit!).

Acorns, anyone?
It wasn't ALL sweets!

Homemade Focaccia

We made chocolate chip cookies for everyone to take home, and my mom used her Cricut machine to cut out the cute little tags.  We also had yummy chocolate chip pumpkin bread that Sophia and Isabel made all by themselves.  They are becoming quite the bakers, which thrills me to no end!

We also set up an iced tea bar- Sarah brought flavored syrups to add to the jars...

Write your name on a tag...
Unsweetened tea in the beehive...
Add ice and your flavor (Blackberry was popular!)
And grab a coaster!
The Pear Cider was a big hit!

OR, if you were cold, there was Pear Cider, and coffee...

We really wanted our friends and family to feel pampered and to have fun at the party.  It was so much fun planning out details (and whittling a lot of projects down!).  I am so thankful for every single person that was able to come and spend time celebrating this new little baby with us!

My partners in crime :)
The first arrivals- Cindy and Dana :)
Family- Nat, Lacey, Kathy and Ginny :)
My Aunt Anna and Mom :)
Regina, Cindy and I in a weird green tinted picture!
LaRonna made it, despite 2 soccer games for her kids!! :)
Silliness belongs at parties!
It was so much fun, and sooo good to see everyone.  I didn't get half the pictures I wanted because we were all busy talking and catching up.  I'm hoping to get pictures from other people taking them as well, but I definitely have wonderful memories from this day.  I am so thankful for everyone(and their generosity!) who came from near and far to share this with us-  we definitely were feelin' the love!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Family...and then some

Today I am thankful for my family (ok, not JUST today!).  I am thankful that my mom and sister are here to help celebrate this new little baby that we are waiting for.  I am also thankful that this weekend more family and friends will be here for the same purpose...which means that I will be doing a catch-up post on Monday of all the fun stuff that will be happening!  Is that cheating on the post a day?  Well, I am thankful that you understand!  :)

I am also thankful for the men and women and the families who have sacrificed so much to serve our country and keep us safe.  THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!  Have a great weekend everyone!  xoxo

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Crafty Time

Fabric Wreath

We have been doing a lot of fun projects this fall- for seasonal reasons, and also for baby.  I am so thankful to have this time to do different crafts with the kids- it's quality time that we all will remember.  To this day, the smell of a glue gun reminds me of Christmas crafting with my mom, and those are wonderful memories.  I am so thankful that we get to continue making those memories with our kids!   xoxo

Acorn Garland

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

For You!

I am so thankful for each and every one of you that takes time to visit my little space!  I love that I have been able to keep up with different family members and friends, and have made new ones, too.  I am thankful for those of you who sneak peaks every now and then in your phantom-like way, and I am thankful for you all who leave comments- that really brightens my day!  So here's to YOU!!!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011



Ginger Ale, and Creamsicles (does anyone else know these as 50/50 bars?) are the things I'm thankful for right these things were the only things the kids could keep down today.  Why is it that when you are sick, the things that are good for you don't sound good at all, and the things loaded with sugar are the only things that make a sick tummy feel better?!  I can remember being sick and getting 50/50 bars when I was little.  What were your sick comfort foods as a kid?

Monday, November 7, 2011


I am soooo thankful for bedtime!  Mine, for sure, but also for the kiddos.  After the littles go down, and it's quiet and calm, it's nice to spend some time with the Mister.  While he was giving our chairs a makeover the other night, I sat in the garage with him and finished this little guy:

This cute hedgehog is my first attempt at making a pillow/plushie, and I'm excited at how it turned out.  I did make a few mistakes, but for my next one, I'll know better!  We are doing a woodland theme for the baby, and I found the video for this from Decor It Yourself.   It was an easy first project (the spikes were a tad tricky- but only because I'm a super-novice sewer!)  I already have requests for one from all the girls, so I will be hitting up the thrifts for more fabric.  I'm also planning on designing an owl, and maybe a fox...

***Update pics for the chair backs:

Mr.  Bee Tree took strips of the bottom fabric to make a "shag" siding for each of the chairs, then cut and glued one or two flowers to the top.  I love the boho feel the shag gives, and that each chair is now completely unique.  Plus, you can see the little flowers peeking over the table when the chairs are pushed in- not to mention, our shirts aren't getting caught on broken wood anymore- yay!  One more thing to be thankful for! :)

 Have you seen any woodland themed crafts that were adorable and easy?

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Truth and Rest

Our poor fruit trees are confused by the switching weather...

But they sure are beautiful in bloom!

Today was a cozy, rainy day-so nice!  We went to church, and do you know the message was on being thankful?!  Of course, it is the season- but it fit perfectly with what's been on my heart lately.  I am thankful for God's Word in my life- it's the truth that helps me anchor everything else.  Best take-away truth today: 
Philippians 4:6-7  Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything.  Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.  Then you will experience God's peace, which exceeds anything we can understand.  His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.    
Good stuff- and it is truth you can bank on!

I am also thankful for Sunday naps!!  Everyone took one today- we have been fighting a weird bug lately.  It was sooooo nice to fall asleep to the smell of fried potatoes and incense, and the sound of the falling rain- it was a perfect, cozy afternoon.

What were you thankful for today?! :)