Monday, May 31, 2010

A Memorable Memorial Day

Today was a great day. We celebrated Memorial Day by having Jared's family over for some lunch. We did go swimming but I did not take any pictures which is just as well. Kate seemed to forget how much fun swimming was and spent the 10 minutes that we were there crying and saying, "All Done!" over and over again. Carson wasn't exactly brimming with excitement either so we packed it up and headed home for naps. After the kids got up we took a good walk around the neighborhood and Kate enjoyed a icee pop and Carson enjoyed working on his walking skills up and down the driveway. Warning: Lot of pictures ahead. :)

The day started with a little Daddy and Son together time

A Memorial Day wreath AKA a 4th of July wreath

On a separate non holiday note. My kids have finally started to be interested in DVDs. Well, one DVD to be exact but it's a start.

These may look like regular cupcakes.....

But there's a little red, white, and blue patriotism going on inside


Ah Jay!

My fellow camera fanatic Blair


Kate loves her Nena!

Carson's hair was so cute and wild today

Kate had her first icee pop and of course she loved it

Carson's night consisted of walking up and down the driveway,

chasing a plastic bag,

and spotting planes. In other words he had a blast!

Bye bye!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Looking at the World Through Rose Colored Glasses

Colors Keeper

Colors. That's what Kate calls crayons. I saw this little tutorial for a crayon roll and wanted to see if I could make one for Kate. Well, it's not perfect but I came up with something that looked like a crayon roll or as Kate would say,a "colors keeper."

Thursday, May 27, 2010

I Love Frosting

How do you take an ordinary mason jar and pitcher and turn it into this? A $8.00 can of spray frosting. :) This stuff is so much fun and easy to use. Now no glass in the house is safe from the frosting.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

So What If I Can't Make a Dress!!

I had this great plan to make a dress from this great black and white fabric that I always use, but I got so frustrated with the pattern (I hate patterns!) that the bodice of the dress ended up being too small.So the dress was no made, but out of that fabric came....

This skirt. I also made that flower from some left over grosgain ribbon I had. I hot glued gun a little pin on the back and voila!


And this little zippered pouch. I love the combo of black, white and red. This was my first time sewing in a zipper.

And this tote bag. This was actually made from the bodice of that dress I was going to make.

This ribbon flower is special to me. I made it from the ribbon that held my wedding bouquet together. I saved that wonderful wide ribbon hoping that someday I could use it. Seven years later I found that someday!

Monday, May 24, 2010

I Need to Share

I am so filled with gratitude, love, joy, peace, thanksgiving. I have a new favorite song called "How He Loves" by the David Crowder Band. I just want to play it in one continuous loop. I really feel His love for me. Is that crazy to say at 35? I never knew what God was really like until just now. It doesn't embarass me to say that. I just didn't get it. I didn't get how much He cared about me.I didn't get it. I didn't understand His love for me. I didn't understand how He could really care about ME. How I was special to Him when He had about a trillion other people to love. But lately I know that He cares. I know He loves me. I know that He is persuing me. What an incredible feeling.
I could tell you any story in the Bible. I was raised on Bible stories. But God's love, peace and forgiveness was not understood by me until just lately. Lately I feel like I have won the lottery. We are not rich. No way. Probably the most "financially challenged" we have ever been but I feel rich. I feel like I am living a new life. Having kids definitely opens up new worlds. God's plan is right there in front of your face everyday when you have kids. They are so innocent to the ways of the world and insecurities. I tell them God loves them and they believe it with out reservation. I tell adults God loves them and they say, "Yes but...." Could it be my wonderful job that I have? Being at home with my kids has been my greatest blessing. I drink it in, I soak it up, I just revel in it. I feel triumphant. Carson was hanging from my leg all day, Kate was having a "No!" day, I still feel triumphant. I am finally getting it and I feel so grateful. God's love is TRULY amazing. My one prayer is that it won't take Kate and Carson this long to "get it."

Saturday, May 22, 2010

2010 Golf Scramble

A Rhetorical Question

Is there ever any doubt....


This boy


His Daddy?

Friday, May 21, 2010

Daddy's Home

I snapped this picture the moment Jared walked in from work last Saturday. Don't let Kate's face fool you, she was delighted and Carson well.. he pretty much wears his emotions on his sleeve.

A New Fruit, A New Name

Lately Kate has been digging these......

ALOT!!!! She call them Straw-bee-Is.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

As Carly Simon would say...

Anticipation......Antici PAAAAAAA..tion is making me crazy! Memorial Day week end sweet girl. We will be there!

A Big Thank You

I made these tote bags to thank Kate's amazing YCW teachers, Miss Julie, Miss Kimla, and Miss Terri. They were very easy to sew and I love the little tags that I downloaded with them. They say, "Thanks for helping Kate bloom!" Kate will have many teachers over her lifetime, but I consider these three to be her first teachers and I am so grateful!

God has said, "Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you." So we say with confidence, "The Lord is my helper. I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?" Hebrews 13:5-6