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Next week will be the week!  It will be the week that the house is calmer, that we’re not rushing off every Thursday for Quiz practice, next week I  can relax about t-shirts that are  NOT made right now for this very upcoming weekend. T-shirts that I am now working on alone because everyone else is “too busy”.  At least that’s my assumption.  (and yes, I DO know  – you’re never supposed to “assume” anything right?)  I will have a window of about 2 hours to complete these t’s- 3 of them.  They are for the Pony Club Quiz rally this weekend. Each team of girls is supposed to have created t – shirts with their name/logo etc.. and then a few other bits of information on the back.  I have the task of printing up pictures on transfer paper and then ironing them onto these t’s. Hopefully they’ll turn out alright but I’m down to the wire here and I hope, hope, hope they look GOOD! Unfortunately – the one picture I do not have is my own daughters – she deleted the one picture I thought would be good for the shirts!

Can you tell I’m a tad frustrated? Grrr..  I don’t know if the other moms didn’t know or that they just assumed someone else would pick up the project and go?  That someone else would prod the girls along.  Three weeks ago I started prodding the girls- I finally got pictures 2 days ago!   So now I get to make t’s, grocery shop, bake, pack, somehow fit school in there, go to the barn and then pick my hubbie up from the airport!  All before Friday – when we leave – at 9:00 in the morning.

Anyway – It is what it is and I’ve taken on the role of t-shirt maker wether or not I wanted to, so that my daughter’s team at this Quiz Rally this weekend has what they need in order to participate. I promise I’m done grumbling.

My youngest isn’t going this weekend to Kansas city – she’ll be staying here with her daddy.  Daddy,  for a change, gets to take her to dance, and swimming 🙂 I do need to plan the menu for them though and make sure they have easy-peasy food to eat. My husband is not so much the “lets make something to eat/see what’s in the freezer” type of guy, but more the – “let’s just go get food” type of person. Frustrates me to no end! that does. Also not very good for the pocketbook…

Last night I watched Mansfield Park.  I love all of the Jane Austen movies!  I would love to go and live in their world for a day. Live the life of upperclass families.  Just to see.  I’ve been working my way through the very same book and wanted to compare the movie with the book.  Same but different. Really it was mostly leaving bits and pieces of the book out.    I also needed something lovely to watch while I just sat and worked on some projects.

While I was watching Mansfield Park last night I decided to cut out some more cards like the ones I made for Valentines day.  I really enjoyed putting those together so I thought I’d make more.   See – my very fun, brand new paper cutter?!

I ordered water color paper online. We’ve used this brand for painting for a few years now. I would say that it works for the painting that we do – mid quality paper – not to thick but not falling apart thin either.

These  are 3.5 by 5 inches.  Some I’ll put hearts on – some I’ll put other pictures on.  Not sure what yet though – I think I’ll go through my fabric box and see what I have.

I also made some folded cards. Not 100% sure how I’m going to decorate these – small picture, fabric, felt.  We’ll see won’t we?  That the joy of crafting I think.  Starting with nothing or just an idea and making something wonderful and pleasing.

Today is barn day, and by the looks and feel of it, it is going to be a wonderful, gorgeous day!  Which actually kind of worries me a bit. This is February, in Missouri – this is thunderstorm weather (which I love by the way) but it can also bring Tornados – which my girls are absolutely fearful of.  I’m hoping nothing comes of it and it is just what it  is. Beautiful, sunny weather.

Bright Blessings!

 

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Because those are the only days it seems I am able to get to a working computer to blog!  Last week, my husband built a new computer for work and took the one I was currently using apart.  So I was computer-less for a few days. Now I’m on the old Mac and he has a new one to work on. So now I have to relearn again everything since a Mac is nothing like a windows computer.

Then the weekend happened and well.. time goes by!

Let’s see – last week we spend Wednesday at the barn, like always. Rowan cantered her horse up and down hills:

Thursday Jaia and I made homemade play doh –

I made bagels – first time ever. I don’t really like bagels, so I was making this as an experiment.  They are simply flour, milk, yeast, salt, sugar.  I’m not sure how good they are. My husband said they were “pretty good”.  Jaia said they were bland.  So.. Do I believe the 8 year old or the 43 year old :).. Next time I will try to make the bagels that call for the malt syrup. Just couldn’t find it in the time I had.  Decided on Wednesday, made them on Thursday for Friday.

They certainly look yummy – don’t they?

Hair was cut – sorry no pics of that – Rowan is 13 and anti-picture. But hair is short and spiky for that one! With purple spray in hair color non the less.  I’m not a fan of hair coloring – I don’t color my hair and never will- Unless I use henna – but this was our compromise. It washes out with the next washing so she gets her purple hair and I’m content to know that we’re not sitting for hours with toxic chemicals being applied to her head. Yes I am aware that this is probably not too much better – but we needed a compromise and hey – it washes out !!  I’m enjoying watching her grow and develop her personality.  The spiky hair makes her eyes pop!!

And Sunday was absolutely beautiful here!

The girls sat outside and read and played for a good hour or more. Jaia has her dolls, they took a basket of snacks – ignore the tire – the girls were using it for “jumps” for being horses.

Bright Blessings

Tuesday was an uneventful day. With 2 out of the 4 of us just feeling “not well”  – under the weather but not sick enough to keep us in bed or laying around on the couch – we kept the day simple. Some schoolwork – but not everything. It’s really hard to do algebra when you’re not feeling well 🙂

We did work on Science. Jaia was very much wanting to do her own “experiments”  so she tested to see if oil and water would mix. First it was water then oil. Then it was oil then water. Then oil and hot water.

Jaia so wants to “do experiments”  like her sister – but J is doing a biology course this year in school so her experiments are limited to worm bins and hatching butterflies. All fantastic experiments, but we’re supposed to go dig for worms and bugs and order butterflies. But, let me tell ya, in February, in Missouri there is NO worm digging or bug hunting or butterfly ordering!  So she’s kinda bummed.

Rowan created her Ethel alcohol burner.

Like that? Since the burner/wick wasn’t working for the burner included in the kit – Row made her own.  A test tube, Ethel alcohol and cotton braided together. Said she got that one from Little House on the Prairie.  She was heating table salt with bits of copper in it to observe the chemical change.  But we discovered, sea salt doesn’t seem to react like “normal” iodized table salt. So down to the craft shelf to bring up the table salt I keep on hand for crafting.

At one point during the afternoon, my hubbie asked if J and I could pop out of the house for a while – he needed to not have an overly energetic 8 year old running around  – He works in the basement..Yelling and singing are not always conducive to a productive work day. Dads are not able to block out the sound of active children like moms seem to be able to:)

So J and I hit the thrift store – Oh bad, bad, hubbie for sending me away!!

I found another suitcase!

A round one this time – I don’t have one of those yet.  But alas, I’ve been told that I am not “allowed” to buy anymore suitcases!  We’ll just have to see about that now shall we?

Some staining on the inside – but it’s such an cool suitcase!

I also found some fun books – I do like to collect the Little Golden Books..

I couldn’t help but take this picture –

Jaia’s pug, reading my budda mom book I dug out to re-read.

Off to the barn today -I hear it’s going to be close to 55 degrees today.

Bright Blessings!

 

February 15th was my birthday – I am now officially closer to 40 that I am 30. Does that bother me? No – not so much.  I don’t have a fear of age-ing as  a lot of women seem to do. I don’t run out and buy youth serums or want to have plastic surgery. I don’t. When I am 40, my children will be 17 and 12.  My girls will be older, they’ll need “less” attention, but they’ll still need advice and mom.  I think it will be time for me to become ME again. I had my first child when I was 22 and I’ve been mom ever since. “Me” was defined by cloth diapers, breastfeeding, co-sleeping, baby-wearing and now homeschooling.  I have to admit, that as they’ve grown older I’ve struggled with who ‘me’  is.   “Me” is slowly reemerging  – slowly as I find out who I am as my girls are getting more mature and needing me less and less to be with them 24 hours a day.  It’s both exciting and frightening.

My birthday afternoon was wonderful.  I met a friend at an antique/junk shop and wandered around there  for about an hour or so.  I’m going to have to pop back over there though, I walked a way from a few purchases that I just wasn’t sure about.  But I think I’m going to see if there still there.

I did find this awesome suitcase there:

It was $2.50!!  I couldn’t pass it up. I’m going to use these as storage for extra clothes, papers  etc.. I find I like “vintage” suitcases and tuperware and I’ll buy them when the price is decent.

We wandered around Delmar after the antique store :   http://visittheloop.com/    and had  wonderful time window shopping. We had Thai food for lunch – yum! and then wandered down the other side of Delmar – up one side, down the other.

At http://www.avalonexchange.com/ I found this fantastic purse:

I’m on the constant lookout for Frye boots since I’ve found out about them.  After our meanderings I took my friend back to her van – picked up my husband from the airport and headed to pick up dinner. I decided that I wanted to try a new to us local pizza place called PI.

The best pizza ever! We will be going back there one day soon!  Thin crust or deep dish but we’re thin crust fans.

The rest of the week went something like this :  I woke up Thursday feeling blah. We went to Third Thursday (homeschooling book club, writing class), Pony Club meeting that night. Grocery shopping and  dance, on Friday.  Trivia Night/silent auction on Saturday. Sunday we Jaia and I spent the day at a Feis so she can see what their all about. (Irish Dancing).  THEN though we went to see “The Secret World of Arrietty”.  Wonderful movie and if you’re a Studio Ghibli fan you won’t be disappointed.  Monday then was back to the barn and I was finally feeling closer to normal. Ehh.. Not feeling “well” but not sick enough to make excuses and stay home.  And now we’re back to Tuesday. And we get to stay home! Maybe I’ll be able to fit in some cleaning/organizing of this basement.

Bright Blessings! Have a wonderful day!

 

 

Today? Today is my birthday. I am 36! years old – wait – yep 36. Somedays it’s like -wow – I’m really  “that old” – I’m 4 years away from being 40. I have a daughter who is almost 14 and another who is almost 9!  Which means when I’m 40 my oldest will be 18 – yikes!   A house, cars, horse, I’m an adult and responsible. Ever feel that way?  Sometimes, just sometimes, I wonder what it would be like to not have any of this, and it’s very hard to perceive, very hard to imagine what my life would be like if I had chosen another path. It’s hard to wrap my brain around sometimes – I am definitely happy I’ve chosen the life I have. Wouldn’t have it any other way.

How was your 14th?  Ours was very laid back. We ate Apple Claflouti  for breakfast.

With powdered sugar on top – divine!

And after school – the girls painted shelves they want in their rooms.  They painted them in my kitchen, on the floor.  Rowan is blow drying hers so she can continue to paint the second coat on. Jaia is decorating hers with hearts.

Rowan typed up her birthday list (which is in April), for her Grandma who does not have internet service. She included page number, price title and code so all her Grandma would have to do is pick up the phone and call to place the order. We’ll see if it works. Grandma is more of a “I buy what I think you need” type of person, whereas we’re more ” tell me what you want and/or need and we’ll do our best to get you what you want ” type of parents. That way there’s no disappointment.

We discovered a lovely new fabric shoppe yesterday – thanks to the advice of my sister. The Fabric Nosherie.  This is going to be my go to place for fabric!  I found the “Far, Far, Away” series by Heather Ross there!  And the girls and I had a lovely dinner together to end the evening.  Okay – we had to watch Smurfs and the Flintstones too (grin)..

Since today is my birthday, the girls are staying with my mom and I’m going out with a friend for lunch – her birthday is Friday so we’re celebrating today. Maybe a little window shopping. And thanks to my Mother -in- Law, I have a gift card with a bit of cash to spend.

Bright Blessings!

Winter finally hit us here in Missouri. There’s a good 2 to 3 inches of snow outside my door right now. Snow that my 8 year old daughter is already out playing in at 7:30 in the morning. Snow that kept both girls out until 7:45 last night when I had to force them inside to eat dinner and go to bed.

They made forts and Jaia filled a cooler up with snow balls.

Not quite sure what she’s preparing for here – but I think she may have enough snowballs.

After the girls finally fell asleep last night I got busy preparing our “Valentine table”. I just like to make things nice for their girls – whether for their birthday, yule or valentines day.  I had an old christmas-y table cloth that one of the dogs had chewed a hole into – probably trying to eat off whatever had spilled on it.  I guess I could have tried to fix it but I decided to cut it up and make hearts instead.

This is the kitchen table the girls woke up to this morning. Each has a bag filled with treats. More candy than I realize I bought, but a lot of it’s from Trader Joe’s- so no high fructose corn syrup or food coloring. Just good old sugar.

They each got a set of chopsticks and a pair of socks too. I know – totally not valentines-y but hey, I AM their mother. Because I try to get them a craft kit of some sort each holiday and didn’t get around to it this time- I also included a “coupon” for one craft kit from a local craft store.  Cost  listed and everything. And of course – Valentines made by me.

I simply wrote – Happy Valentine’s Day on each one.

Jaia and I received more of our Valentine’s yesterday. I have to say that Jaia is totally smitten with getting mail everyday. It’s fantastic reading about other children and what they enjoy. Finding out how much you have in common with someone hundreds of miles away makes our world seem just a bit smaller than it really it.

On another totally different train of thought here – this guy was in a tree across the street yesterday morning.

Jaia came running to me yesterday morning yelling something about a “big, huge bird in the tree!”  Beautiful !

Have a wonderful day!

Bright Blessings.

 

 

 

Jaia and I started receiving our valentines a few days ago.  It’s been so much fun getting happy mail in our box (instead of the normal bills)! Jaia will run out to the mail box, not look at the mail, grab it, run back inside, hand it to me and insist I put it in her mail box – while she goes downstairs so she cannot see .

My dad made this for her a year or two ago -she loves pretending that she’s doing “paperwork”. She has stacks of papers in her room, a typewriter, envelopes, ink pad, stamper etc.. I don’t know what it is about all of that, but she love the work.

So we set up the box on the table in the hallway (our house is fairly small) and after I sort through the mail I put the valentines in her box.

Just look at the grin on her face. This was a ton of fun! Even my 13 year old said – “maybe I’ll do it next year:)”.

We’ve received two waves of mail so far – 6 cards and letters I think, so there’s still more to come!

Valentine’s day in our house is always laid back and we never make much of a deal out of it.  My husband insists it’s a Hallmark Holiday  – and it is…. And my birthday is the very next day so that should trump it anyway right?

But, I always try to do something nice for the girls on Valentine’s day.

Last year they received a candle making kit. This year I’m making wool felt bags –

One bag is folded down and the other is not. Cute huh? I think they turned out very nice!  So into these bags will go some salt water taffy, peppermint sticks, stickers, a cute pair of socks, their own chopsticks to go with their bento boxes and  few other things I cannot remember.  And I am going to include a coupon for an art kit of some sort. I didn’t make it to the craft store and I thought this way, they can pick something they’d really like to do.

I’ll decorate the table with red and put their bags at their dinner spots so when they wake up they’ll have a nice surprise.

And a cute valentine handmade by their momma.

And we’re finally supposed to be getting snow! here in Missouri – bummer!  I was becoming so, so spoiled by the unusual, lovely, warm winter we’ve been having.  It wouldn’t be too bad, except today it’s Monday so we’re at the barn – Avalon most of the afternoon. We’ll just have to see how long we stay – might be skipping riding lessons this evening to the  dismay of my eldest.  Oh and I’ve misplaced the cord to my camera- wonderful.

Bright Blessings! and Happy Crafting

 

 

With Valentines just around the corner , J and I decided to participate in a Valentine’s exchange. I discovered the blog one day surfing – http://www.hearth2heart.com/ –   and J loved the idea of getting happy mail instead of nothing!  (She loves receiving mail – as any child does – so I thought this would be a perfect way to get some fun mail).  We received our list last week and I was surprised to see several kids within a 1/2 hour of where we live ! Jaia got right to work and  we mailed the cards out yesterday and she’s already asking when she’ll get hers!

She’s also hoping to  find a pen pal or two.

Jaia made each and everyone of these Valentines herself – with very little help from me (as it should be). She knew exactly how she wanted them and is very happy with her result. No amount of momma’s ideas was going to sway my girlie..

Cutting out the hearts.

(sorry, ignore the phone!  Jaia plays with it – it’s her “mergency” phone)

Introductory letter – with pigtails:)

All ready to go!  Just needing stamps –   Jaia is so excited to be getting valentine’s!

Thanks for coordinating this!  We had a blast making valentines together.

Bright Blessings!

 

 

Wow!  Last week went by in  a blur.  We had company from Sunday night to Thursday night. Two lovely girls who are my girls friends – best friends I guess you could say.  It’s unfortunate they live so far away – or just far enough rather. 2 1/2 hours away is not just popping over for a quick visit.  But they had a blast! And other than a brief melt down 1/2 way through their visit by my 8 year old – the whole thing went smoothly. I will admit that I was not enforcing bedtimes at all.  I figured that they get to see each other so seldom that for one week it didn’t matter. Next time though   -there will be a lights out time.

We did tons of fun stuff.

We went to the mall (their choice! Not mine:) and tried one fun hats.  We came home with a total of 9 hats!!

The 8 year old’s rode the double decker carousal  – while the older two wandered the mall alone. Yikes!! is my baby really old enough to shop alone!?  Without her momma following behind? I guess, really, at 13 that yes she is able to wander with a friend.  That is, until she sees something she wants me to buy (silly girls).

We went to the barn twice- Our usual days for going out to the barn. But for February – in 63 degree weather and short sleeves, it’s very unusual for the girls to be able to clean jumps.

We went to the Magic House where we tried our hands at blowing ginormous bubbles.  The girls also visited the one room school house, “cooked” a thanksgiving meal, solved a mystery, slid down a two story slide, went to the White house, followed Lewis and Clark’s trail, visited a bank, grocery store, AND a  pizza parlour,  and  then we all ended up outside where the girls were jumping over the hedges. Like horses.

We also had a pop corn seasoning contest. Kind of Iron Chef ish –   I popped popcorn and the girls got to go through my spice cabinets and choose whatever they wanted for the popcorn.  We had powdered sugar popcorn, chocolate popcorn (cocoa powder+ sugar +some other things), death by fire (every single spicy! spice from my pantry) I was able to eat 2 pieces of that one!  We had sugar and cinnamon popcorn.. And a few others I’m forgetting.  We also watches some fun movies – Mary Poppins being one of them.

We had such a great week that when it was time for the girls to go home I had two very, very, sad children in my house.  We will have to plan again soon.

Before they arrived I had also figured out my girls show kit. I’m not going to call it an emergency kit – I think that people will get the wrong idea of what the kit really is.

Rubber bands, band aids, lint roller, sewing kit. Really this kit can go anywhere – dance recital, karate, swim lessons or meets. We have to give each item a monetary value so  I’ve priced this item at $35.  Since I’ve started sewing I’ve really come to appreciate exactly how much effort goes into making an item – anything  handmade-  so I cringe less when I see a handmade something  that is higher priced than what I would normally pay at a shopping department.  When I spell things out to others – I can tell that they themselves, have never put the thought into it. Fabric, lining, thread, time and accessories all add up.

I hope your weekend was lovely. After all the craziness last week ours was actually quite boring. – Which was a good thing.

Bright Blessings!