Saturday, January 24, 2015

Adventure #3

Here is week three of my 52 weeks of Adventure. Linking up with my cousin Lily
If you are reading this join in. Any time is good and no pressure to do all 52 weeks (good think too since the first three weeks are already over)  maybe do 12months of adventures one adventure a month. however you want to do it. Check out her first post on her adventure series and even if you don't want to participate, hop on over to her blog and check out the amazing adventures her and her husband have been blessed to have. (oh and read some of her blog posts, she is quite a talented writer)
I think any time a child participated in a team sport, at any age, it can be quite an adventure. This is the second year for Golden Boy to participate in Upward Basketball. We had the best time last year when he played and he made some great friends and had such wonderful coaches. we were able to be with the same coach again this year and he has made three new friends as well. The whole set up of Upward is great. I have thoroughly enjoyed it. 
 this year has been extra special because Golden boy has participated in the run outs that they do and in the team prayers before the game. last year it was a struggle. this year before the games started he informed us that he was bigger and older this year and could run out and pray before the games with the teams.

 growth in your child is bitter sweet. sure I want to bottle him up and keep him little but seeing his growth and the leaps and bounds he daily makes is just awing. especially when his leaps and bounds brings him closer to the God who created him.
this picture just melts my heart. i love seeing him so sweet and tender this way with his daddy right behind him supporting and loving him.  this two guys have my heart.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Adventure #2

my cousin Lily is doing a 52 week Adventure challenge and link up and I decided to participate. I wanted to try and find the adventure in my every day (although I am sure there will be plenty of adventures that happen this year that are not every day) you can visit Lily's blog here and check out her first post on her adventure here. if you don't want to participate in the adventures you should at least check out Lily's blog. she is a very talented write. I am not just bragging because she if family either.  you can click below to find out where I wrote about my
Nothing says adventure like a field trip with a whole bunch of four year olds.
that was my adventure today and it was great.
my daughter, pictured below and her class got to load up on a big yellow bus and head to Stevie B's pizza, where they learned about dough and how it is made and got to play and stretch some.
we got to watch the big mixer and see how they add a whole bag of flour and then cold water to the mixer and let it do it's magic. (I say magic because I have been using my mixer recently, (it is new) and it is magical.

 they told us about once the dough if formed they separate it into three different sizes, personal pizzas, buffet pizzas and then pizzas for the dessert bar.
I missed a shot of them topping the pizzas but here they all. (they had one pizza to every 4-5 kids to top them.)
while we were waiting for all of the pizzas to bake they kids got to go in the game room. it is crazy small so we attempted to go in by class (there were three classes there) our class was the last class to go in and they were so good and patient to wait for their turn. once they were in we played games. little girl played this one and got 50 tickets on her first try. it was pretty exciting.
after game time it was time to eat super yummy pizza. I have been counting calories (which is another adventure for another time) oh boy did I go over in the calorie counting today. we were going to Mexican for dinner too so I just said oh well, I am totally going over my calories today. I ended the calorie overage with great American cookie company cookie cake. when I go for broke, I go BIG.  :)
enough talk about how much I ate......these kids. boy could this group of four year olds put down some pizza. it was great.
I had to get a picture of them loading the bus. she is so tiny and cute getting on the bus to go back to school. I am so glad that I got to go on this field trip with her. it was a blessing that the offices just so happened to be closed on this day that she was having her field trip.
I love this time in life where I can be flexible. I can work and still participate in things and activities with the kids and in their school.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Crayon Valentine's Hearts

I pinned this on pinterest over two years ago. I just loved everything about it and considered making them with my son. every year for valentines day something else would come up for us to bring for his class. I knew I tucked it away for a reason. my four year old daughter is not in pre-school and we were able to make them for her class. I asked her if she wanted to separate the colors like in the blog post. she decided that she wanted to keep all of the colors together. (I liked her decision too)
what you will need for this activity:
cutting board
crayons (paper removed)
bowl or something to keep the broken crayons in
silicon heart shaped baking cups
glitter (optional)
card stock
baking twine
marker or stamps to write on the paper heart
first we gathered all of the broken and paperless crayon that I had been collecting for the past two years

i tried breaking them by hand but i couldn't get them small enough (or even broken for that matter)
so I grabbed a big knife and started chopping. I would scoop a bunch of chopped pieces in the pile and let my girly put them in the bowl
you will end up with a pretty colorful bowl of crayons

in Heather's blog post about her crayon hearts she mentioned that they decided to add some glitter to the bottom of the silicon hearts. (completely optional)
however when I asked my girly if she wanted to use glitter she was all about it.
(i think glitter is her favorite color)

Heather recommended using 1/2 a teaspoon of glitter in the bottom of the hearts. we sprinkled some in by hand for the first 6 and then quickly learned after they were done that we should have followed her recommendation of 1/2 teaspoon. so for the rest of the ones that we made that is what you did.
we filled the cups about 1/3 full of the chopped up crayons and
placed them in a preheated over at 300 degrees for 15min.
they took 20 minuets to cool and then they were ready to be popped out of the heart mold (very carefully)
I didn't have a die cut machine or anything but I had some pretty card stock and out church has a machine that I used to cut out these fun curvy hearts.
once I got them home I was eager to attach the heats to the hearts.  :)
I tried tying the bakers twine around the heart crayon and then attaching it to the paper but that didn't work. so I wrote "Color your heart out VALENTINE" on the paper heart and then wrapped the twine around the paper heart and the crayon heart to secure it. I will have my girly sign her name to the back of them closer to Valentine's Day.

it is never to early to start making your valentine's.
there are many other places on pinterest that has ways to melt crayon's.
Hot Car Crayons (a summer activity. I know here in the South it gets hot enough to melt crayons)
This one is great I love that they used bigger chunks of crayons
I think of all of the sayings that I have seen to put with the hearts, this one is my favorite
I also like how people put them in baggies with a tag on them. see one way here.

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Adventure #1

so I have this younger cousin. she is sweet and smart and kind and brave and creative and her writing.......well I just love reading what she writes.

she posted on her blog about 52 weeks of adventure. she saw another lady named Brenda who encouraged people to adventure in 2015 as well. here is a snippet of what Brenda writes on her blog about the Embark:52 weeks of adventure: 

"Embark with me as I take fifty-two adventures and re-discover the joy of ordinary life being lived to its fullest.

I challenge you to find a way to learn, to grow, to care and to breathe, each day, for fifty-two weeks. Nourish your mind, soul, heart and body. And each week, go on an adventure."

I am always up for an adventure. my husband has taught me how to adventure. I am hoping this 52 weeks will teach me how to see adventure in my every day, not just the adventure of camping with two young children or a trip to just about anywhere or a hike through the forest. I am hoping to see the adventure in my days at home with my daughter, in the activity's that my son participates in, in a "trip" to the grocery store.

so here is my first adventure for 2015...........

I am participating in #documentedfaith over at Stephanie Ackerman's Blog.
I first found out about it on instagram through a college friend, Virginia.
you can find information here.  it looked fun and interesting and faith building of course. I love seeing everyones journal posts on facebook. it is, however, scary because everyone's art work and hand lettering is so amazing and beautiful but I am determined to not let that get me down or bother me. to enjoy the beauty that others create and to create my journal, however, I work. right now it is mainly just a jumble of words on a page, but I love it. Stephanie documented her week one here. check it out.
I have posted just a few of the pictures that I took of my journal so far. I chose a Katie Daisy journal that I already had because really, I was coming into this journey on December 30th and didn't have a ton of time to get all fancy with my journal and Katie's art work is one of my favorite things and it was already so lovely. see:

all I really did was add some washi tape to the edges. (I need to finish doing that. I just go the edges of the beginning of every month so I knew where to start and stop.) see:
then Stephanie, had on her blog this cool Happy New Year coloring page that I printed off and put on the first page of the book.  see:
I added my word for 2015. this is not something that i have done every year although when i think back to 2014 my word/phrase was "Be Present" so I guess this is year two for this kind of thing. My word for 2015 is "Hope."  i have placed my "Hope" in the One who made me and loves me.

and finally I added this weeks verse to the next page and inserted a resolutions page that I printed and filled out from here. let me say I usually don't do new years resolutions I prefer to set goals or dream as Robin Jones Gunn so beautifully put it. but I liked the act of filling this page out and folding it up and keeping it in this journal.

i have more in it since i started setting it all up on December 31st but just have not gotten any more pictures of it. i have added tip-ins which i had no clue what those were but love them. excited for this adventure and journey in faith as i document things this 2015.  i am sure that i will hold all of these 52 adventures as well. thank Lily for your post and the excitement of a new year.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Books Read in 2014

I have done this post every year for the last couple of years. I keep a small notebook with a list of books that I have read and have been keeping the notebook since 2004 (wow 10 years! I didn't even realize that) I have added some quotes from some of the books that I have read but mainly it is just a list of all the books that I read.
I am in no way close to finishing a book so I feel like I can post this today, right now, even though 2014 is not yet, officially over. I haven't even counted them all up so I have no clue how may I have actually read.

The Maze Runner-James Dasher
The Sea of Monsters-Rick Riordan
Grave Consequences-Lisa T. Bergren
The 5 Love Languages-Gary Chapman
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH-Robert C. O'Brien
The Scorch Trials-James Dasher
First Love-James Patterson & Emily Raymond
The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion-Fannie Flagg
Full Disclosure-Dee Henderson
Confessions of a Murder Suspect-James Patterson
Confessions:The Private School Murders-James Patterson
The Death Cure-James Dasher
Daring Greatly-Brene' Brown
The Kill Order-James Dasher
Landslide-Veronique Day
Circle of Grace-Penelope J. Stokes
Sing-Lisa T. Bergren
Fifteen Minuets-Karen Kingsbury
Unspoken-Dee Henderson
My Fathers Dragon-Ruth Stiles Gannett
Divergent-Veronica Roth
Glittering Promises-Lisa T. Bergren
Insurgent-Veronica Roth
Allegiant-Veronica Roth
The Best of Me-Nicholas Sparks
Jane Austen Ruined my Life-Beth Pattillo
100 Cupboards-N.D. Wilson
Mercy Come Morning-Lisa Tawn Bergren
Four-Veronica Roth
The Fault in our Start- John Green
The Dragons of Blueland-Ruth Stiles Gannett
The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society-MayAnn Shaffer & Annie Barrows
Undetected-Dee Henderson
Forever with you-Robin Jones Gunn
Love Does-Bob Goff
Grand Total: 35

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Currently................December Edition

Listening...............Christmas music.......lots and lots of Christmas music. some of my favorites are: How May Kings by Downhere
Just a Girl by Brandon Heath
You're Here by Francesca Battistelli
there are many, many more that I love but these are just a few that have been really awesome this year.

Eating.....................yummy sweets. brownies, cookies, cakes, bread puddings, petite fores. seriously I need to stop but it is all so very yummy. I think some peanut butter fudge may be in my future.

Drinking............still coffee. every morning coffee, water during the day and sometime apple cider with the hubby at night

Wearing..............sweaters and boots (and leggings, I never thought I would be wearing leggings again but I have two pair (about to have three) fleece lined leggings and they are soft and comfy and I love them. it is winter time here and while I probably won't be liking it in a month or so I am ok with it right now.

Feeling...............a bit yucky. whatever I have has decided to hang on for the long haul it seems

Weather..............cold as previously mentioned and the past couple of days it has been a bit gray. it will be nice to see some blue skies among this cold feel better feel better

Thinking................about spending Christmas with my family

Enjoying................the Advent Study that I am doing

Reading................. Bread and Wine by Shauna Niequist

Tuesday, December 09, 2014


in Sunday school this last weekend we were all asked to share when was a time that we felt close to God? my brain immediately went to one thing and I stuck with it.

let me just say my introverted self hates questions like this. really, just group questions in general. I don't like speaking I groups (even our Sunday school class who I know practically everyone and is not overly large) that is my issues though.

I want to be able to think about it longer. I definitely had a good bit of time to think about my answer but my brain said its answer and instead of wording it well I soaked in everything else that everyone was saying, their answers, and I loved it all.

my answer went something like this. "missions trips. I went on a few when I was younger and one with this guy(as I pointed to my hubby.)"

I probably sounded like a dork. it is true......the times I've felt closest to God was on missions trips. meeting the people wherever we are, going to new places, building things needed to help others, VBS camps, medical/dental work, sharing God's word with others. most of the time stretching for me but always good and wonderful and life filling.

that was the big times for me. but as I listened to others speak I realized that I can daily experience His presence and usually do. in nature. the sun rise in the morning, the sunset at night, stars bright and shiny, puffy clouds, ocean waves (well that isn't a daily experience but that sure would be awesome.) mountains, wind. huge trees.

then there is my children's face, my husbands love. and the beauty I find around me. a picture, photograph, painting, song, words read, time spent, arms wrapped up and held.

I love that I can daily experience Him in what sometimes is called the little or small things but they are not. they are the big things in life and they are the important and they are some of the best experiences and ways to draw and be close to my Savior.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Christmas Card Chandelier

Every year we get Christmas cards and I love, love, love it
Every year I consider not sending Christmas cards and then I think of all the Christmas cards that I receive and how sad I would be to not get them every year and I go ahead and send them. I love this time of year all the glitter and magic and awe. All to celebrate our Lord.
Along with getting cards every Christmas there is the need to figure out where and how to display them. I have hung ribbon on the wall and taped them to the ribbon, I have hung ribbon on the windows and done the same. last year I taped them all to the kitchen cabinets. this year I wanted to do something different. I have been loving all the hoop art the I see, my daughter has a few hanging in her room. I decided to make a hoop chandelier for our Christmas cards. I searched pinterest for something similar and found this and thiswhich i thought was really cute as well. but this would be the one that i wanted.
I found the hoop at a thrift store. I was not ever searching for it but there it was screaming for me to take it home. there were four in the pack. i had the red polka dot fabric (really the only fabric that was very Christmasy) and the fabric scissors, a hot glue gun was used as well.
I found this tutorial, by one of my favorite bloggers, Under the Sycamore, about cutting and wrapping the fabric around the hoop.
Hot Glue Gun (with hot glue)
bakers twine
hole punch for the cards when you get them
my cute little hoop once i was done all the wrapping and hot gluing
then i grabbed my green bakers twine and used it to hang the hoop up
we got our very first Christmas card in the mail today and I went ahead and hung up the picture on the chandelier. our elf, Alex, he was pretty excited about it too.
i just punched a hole in the corner of the card and used my red bakers twine to hang the card.

Sunday, November 23, 2014


after trying to convince my children to be the Mary  Poppins cast or Alice in Wonderland for the Incredible Halloween party that we were invited too and trying to convince my husband that the Care Bears would be comfy and fun (that wasn't happening) the kids both decided that they wanted to be the Frozen cast.
SHOCKED! you say? well believe it. along with a ton of other children, probably even families across all of the world we went as Elsa, Anna, Olaf and Kristoff.
Little Girl already had an Elsa dress and we decided to surprise Golden Boy with the Olaf Costume.
Now it was time for my costume.
I almost purchases a royal blue tulle skirt from ebay but came across this pink skirt that I was just going to give away so I went out and bought royal blue fabric dye and attempted to dye it
 the first dye attempt was in the sink. it didn't come out nearly as dark a I wanted it too and after speaking with a lady, who helped us tie dye a shirt for my mother in law while we were camping, I decided to try it again in a small pot on he stove. that still didn't work like I wanted. after speaking to my mother she mentioned that when ever she dyed things she would use the washing machine method. I still did not get the exact result I was looking for but by that point I was tired of buying fabric dye. luckily it wasn't all that expensive. especially when you have coupons to the craft store.

 I looked at Anna's outfit on google and remembered that I also had the green (teal) colored shirt that I could wear then I saw this pin and decided to get a black tank top to wear over the shirt. I found the black tank top at Wal-Mart for .50 cents. SCORE!
I didn't want to take the time to make the designs on the shirt and I considered making the cape but was just over it after I worked on my husbands so I grabbed a scarf that I had and used that and tied a gold ribbon that I had around wait. tied up my hair in braids and even had  little white piece that ran through one of them.
 for my husbands costume I found this wonderful tutorial.
it was for a little boys Kristoff costume but I knew that I could make it work for by husband as long as I had a black tshirt. luckily he had on in his closet and that worked. I pretty much followed her tutorial on all of the things that I bough (at hobby lobby) and he wore a long sleeve shirt under the black one that he already had in his closet and the hat that we already had as well. it was great.
we had a great time at our friend costume party.