Friday, November 11, 2016

Comparisons

Everyone at 3 months old...

Betsy


Matthew

Anna

Katie

Jimmy

Teddy

Harry

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day

I've been wanting to write a post about this for over a year, but haven't found time.  This one will have to be super quick, but something is better than nothing!

National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day is November 15!

I love this "Holiday" because you can turn a chore that everyone puts off into a celebration, and it's so lovely to have a clean fridge.  Put on party music, get some hot water and a few rags, and have fun cleaning and throwing out!

Then last year, as a special treat for myself, I got some fridge coasters.  They cover the shelves and are absorbent so a leaky milk jug or tipped over sippy cup is no big deal.  I honestly love them.

They sent me a coupon code this week in my email- 20% off with code Fall4it

 http://www.fridgecoaster.com/


My clean and pretty fridge has made me happy all year long.  Let me know if you celebrate!

Friday, September 23, 2016

Call for tiny items

I want to make these for Christmas.

http://www.artcraftsandfamily.com/i-spy-bottle-diy-seek-and-find/


I have a few tiny items that I've been saving-things that you know aren't trash, but you don't know what to do with them-game pieces, etc.  I know I have more squirreled away but at the moment this is all I've got.


I figure lots of people have tiny items laying around.  If you do and you'd like to get them out of your house and into a fun I Spy Jar for one of my children, send them my way!  

Or just comment with some more ideas of what I could put inside.  ;)








Thursday, September 22, 2016

Fall 2016

Fall!  Everyone loves it.  It's probably my 4th favorite season.

Here's what I hope to do.

1.  Put the garden to bed for the winter.
2.  Can some tomatoes.
3.  Clean up the front porch for the winter.
4.  Mow the yard (have Anna mow the yard)
5.  Harry Announcements!!!  (goal is by 10/18/16-but probably not until MJL is done)
6.  Quilting machine set up (also after MJL is done)
7.  Make many Christmas gifts.
8.  Cut out Lillian's Quilt
9.  4 H Record Book!  (9/30/16)
10.  Halloween Costumes--Anna Mother Teresa, Jimmy Entomologist?
11.  Go Back to School
12.  Switch kids clothes to Winter
13.  Go through toys and clothes and donate many of them for St. Nicholas' day 12/6/16
14.  Make a Project List and Plan for Anna for 4H 2017
15.  Make Christmas PJ's for kids by Thanksgiving.
16.  Finish Anna's Thank Yous!
17.  Make Pumpkin Butter
18.  Make Jam with Anna

Summer's list-

1.  Get out the baby stuff.
2.  Have baby.
3.  Kid photo shoot
4.  Baby Announcements and CD
5.  FAIR
6.  Big Lobmeyer Party
7.  Cabin
8.  Keep up with the garden  ish
9.  Start kids back to school.
10.  Can some things.
11.  Finish lesson plans for August.
12.  Finish Jules' Blankie!!!
13.  Go through big boxes of fabric.
14.  Go through box under table.
15.  Go through big basket.
16.  See the Art in OKC.
17.  Make baby shirt for Big Lobmeyer Party
18.  Read that book from Susan.
19.  Mail things in the big pile.
20.  Make something for me or for house.  Made myself a rug for outside the door to my office, a new dishcloth, and a cover for my mixer.
21.  Green Box I've been avoiding this project for a year!  Took only 90 minutes.  Woohoo!
22.  Bonnie's Birthday gift.  I didn't even put this on the list because I was kind of dreading it.  but it's done and wrapped so I'm adding it now.  :)

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Summer List 2016!

Hooray!

Here's what we got done in the Spring:

  1. Plant flower bed
  2. Plant flowers in pots on the porch.
  3. Plant vegetable garden.  
  4. Help Anna finish 6 projects early:  
    1. Photography  Pictures are on their way here, so this one is ALMOST done.
    2. Cross Stitch, 
    3. Quilting, This is going to have to be a two year project
    4. Crochet,  She decided to skip this one
    5. Visual Arts, Maybe 1/2 done?
    6. Clothing Construction.  Recycled done and one other, still working on the "main" one.
  5. Sew something with Joela for Clothing Construction.
  6. Green Box
  7. Reconfigure Sewing Room to fit new machine.
  8. Bind Lauren's Quilt
  9. Switch the kids' clothes and eliminate some. 
  10. Finish Jules' blankie.

And here's what I need to do this summer:

1.  Get out the baby stuff.
2.  Have baby.
3.  Kid photo shoot
4.  Baby Announcements and CD
5.  FAIR
6.  Big Lobmeyer Party
7.  Cabin
8.  Keep up with the garden  ish
9.  Start kids back to school.
10.  Can some things.
11.  Finish lesson plans for August.
12.  Finish Jules' Blankie!!!
13.  Go through big boxes of fabric.
14.  Go through box under table.
15.  Go through big basket.
16.  See the Art in OKC.
17.  Make baby shirt for Big Lobmeyer Party
18.  Read that book from Susan.
19.  Mail things in the big pile.
20.  Make something for me or for house.  Made myself a rug for outside the door to my office, a new dishcloth, and a cover for my mixer.
21.  Green Box I've been avoiding this project for a year!  Took only 90 minutes.  Woohoo!
22.  Bonnie's Birthday gift.  I didn't even put this on the list because I was kind of dreading it.  but it's done and wrapped so I'm adding it now.  :)


Probably way too many things-I always think that there will be SO. MUCH. TIME! when I'm on Maternity leave and there is not.  I know that.    But it feels good to have things I want to do recorded somewhere.

This is going to be a great season.  :)


Thursday, April 07, 2016

Birthdays

For the past couple of years, I have had this funny reaction to my birthday.  I feel kind of overwhelmed and frustrated when someone asks me what I want.  I tend to think things like "I don't have time to want things for my birthday", which I realize is a ridiculous thought.

So yesterday as I was checking in books I thought about it and figured out a couple of things.

I don't want stuff, because I spend so much time dealing with stuff.  If I get, for example, a new chair for my office, (which makes sense because it's not the best chair in the world and it's pretty uncomfortable for months 6-9 of pregnancy) I have to deal with the packaging from the new chair, moving the new chair, deciding what to do with the old chair, etc.  That is a lot of work.  I would rather just sit on a pillow or just not sit in my office for a couple of months than add more work to my life.  Stuff = work.  Even things that I do really want-either mean that I would have to find a place for it, or find time to use it, or do something with the old thing, and the thought of adding more work to my life feels like the opposite of a present.

What I do really want, really, is help.  Just help with any of the things that I have to do, or especially help with the things that I want to do, but will never get to because of all of the work.  This was a wonderful thing to figure out.

So I asked Dad to get me gardening supplies-the plants and the mulch, etc. and Susan and Steven to come out and help me and the kids dig up and plant the vegetable garden and get it all set up.

I asked Katrina to help me plant flowers on the porch.  She'll bring me flowers and potting soil and help me and the kids plant together and it is perfect.

It's a much bigger gift though-because it costs both money AND time, and I realize I'm a hugely lucky girl to have these people in my life.

Anna is still not convinced-I remember my Mom telling me she wanted things like "for you all to be happy", "for you and your sisters to get along", "for you to remember to wipe off the counters after you do the dishes" and being so frustrated.  But it's true.  I want those things more than anything else (except maybe hard floors in the house.  I do want that a whole lot).

What sorts of things do you want these days?

Friday, April 01, 2016

Anna's machine

For Science, in their study of simple machines, the kids each had to design a Rube Goldberg machine.
It was a LOOONG, but really fun project for Anna and Daddy to work on together.