Saturday, November 29, 2008

Oh how I have missed you...

my blog and my fellow bloggers. We had a wonderful Turkey day filled with family and more food than is necessary to feed a small village.

It was wonderful and there was much to be thankful for. If you recall in a previous post I made 'thankful' cards for each person who was with us on Thanksgiving and they were a success - I think each person truly enjoyed them.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

busy bee is very happy

We have been busy, busy bees over here. Crafting and baking are consuming our time these days. The house smells wonderful with cinnamon, pumpkin and sweet potato permeating through each room....mmm. I just love the smells of the holidays. Reef has been waking up each morning asking, "what we are baking today?" and screaming with joy at the chance to push the dining room chair into the kitchen to be my big helper in the very orange apron.

We baked maple 'leaf' cookies dusted with sanding sugar and they are oh. so. good. and filled them in our thankful bags that we made for some of our dear sweet neighbors. Reef and Jacob decorated, filled and hand delivered each bag. We made seven in total and it was great to talk about all that we have to be thankful for...hand-prints and pens were on the top of Reef's list. Who doesn't love a great pen?

Turkey hand-prints (which can be found here) and flower trees decorate our mantel and make me plain happy to look at.
The most exciting news of all.....I am teaching myself to knit!

I have always, always, always wanted to learn to knit and have officially finished one row on my needles. Now if I could just finish out how to make that second row I will really be going places. The amount of giddiness that overcomes me every time I think about knitting or picking up my needles is that of a silly school girl, but I can not help it. It brings me true happiness. For Christmas I am almost positive I am getting my sewing machine and then there will be no stopping me. If any of you have any suggestions or links for knitting or sewing machines I would love to have them!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

good karma

I am so honored to have received an award for my young and developing blog, I could just *pinch* myself. A huge Thank You to my sister-in-law, Maggie, who happens to be a very talented writer, for this lovely award. Please check out her blog and talents here.
Kreativ Blogger

The rules are:
- List six things that make you happy
- Pass the award on to 6 more kreativ bloggers
- Link back to the person who gave you the award
- Link to the people you are passing it on to and leave them a comment to let them know.

6 Things That Make Me Happy
^the crunch of leaves under my feet with a moroccan mint green tea latte in hand
^my new pursuits of sewing and knitting
^the smell of books...D.G. Wills book store smells amazing
^my boys and our puppy playing and laughing together so hard they turn all red and rosy cheeks
^great vintage finds
^the color turquoise

May I have the envelope no particular order
Miscellaneous Title X
Uncommon Grace
Soule Mama
to be continued.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

on set

Our dear friend Britta was nice enough to invite us on to her set, the Ex List, a television series she is filming on CBS and show us the ropes. We had a blast meeting the crew and an actor or two.

The set up to shoot a television series is amazing. The equipment is phenomenal and I could have stayed there all night learning the ins and outs of how it all works. Reef was very quiet during our tour taking it all in. At first I did not think he was very interested at all, but after we returned home he proceeded to give his Dad a 10 minute monologue on his evening and all of the giant cameras that he will ride one day on set.

Guess he liked it after all. Reef's closing statement for the night, "I had fun with Britta and the big cameras!" Jacob appropriately clapped. Thanks Britta.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Feeling Thankful

We have been keeping very busy around here with Thanksgiving activities. We are in the process of starting our Thanksgiving festivities, to include; our thankful tree, which will be posted about later and our Thankful cards. This year we are hosting Thanksgiving dinner at our house and at each place setting I am writing a note as to why I am thankful for having them in my life.

So, I sit down with my smencil pencil (which smells delicious by the way) and away I write. I thought at first it might be challenging, but quickly found the challenge to be in keeping it all to fit on the size of a standard index card. Theses are my rough drafts and I will transfer them over to pretty cardstock (any suggestions?) hand written of course and set them at the table. I asked Reef what he was thankful for and he exclaimed,"hand prints!" I couldn't agree more. Who doesn't love to make hand prints with paint?
Here is a link to where you can buy your own smencils and other fun art supplies from Stubby Pencil Studio.

Have you ever heard of a Thankful flower? We make them this time of year and you most likely will have almost all of the supplies you need on hand already which is something I love.

Coffee filter-check
watercolor paint-check
cup of water-check
pipe cleaner-check
construction paper-check
Dip the paintbrush in the water, dip the paintbrush in chosen color of paint, drip or make dots on the filter. Let air dry and take the pipe cleaner and wrap around the center of the filter making a flower. Attach a cut out of a leaf and write a note of thanks on the leaf. Attach the leaf and remember to take a little time to smell the flowers.


It is amazing how band-aids possess magic powers in our house. They cover up invisible owie's and make everything better. Along with the obligatory kiss that makes me feel better too. There is something about kissing sweet toddler toes that makes me smile.

Alas, after the band aid has been placed on just the right spot we are ready to head over to Maggie's Surprise Birthday Party! An event we have been looking forward to all week. It was a total and complete success.
Happy Birthday Sweet Maggie!

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What surprises have you been blessed with lately?

Friday, November 14, 2008


I never thought I would actually have a blog. I find my time so limited with raising boys, puppies and keeping the house together, but I have been so inspired by others blogs that I have decided to leap into the world of blogging and I am so glad I have. I am reminded to take the time to enjoy our day, reflect on all the goodness that comes with having a family and most importantly to document it! I love to take pictures and this blog helps me to take the time to do it.

I look forward to posting about our daily life, craftings, baking, cooking, parenting, reading and general creating. It is not a specified blog, such as food or knitting, but I hope that you find connections of my daily life to yours. After all this blogging is really a way for us to reach out to one another, share and enjoy.