What It All Comes Down To…

A glimpse into the life of our family. Some ideas, insight, recipes, and crafts. Maybe a baby picture or two.

10 Good Things April 25, 2011

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skinks on the wall, eating bugs

easter egg hunts at little country churches

hot cross buns for easter breakfast

dyeing easter eggs

chocolate on easter morning

peas and carrots, growing steadily

noxious weed control

watering the garden

cucumber sprouts

warm, sunny, windy mornings


Updated Amish Dress April 23, 2011

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A marginally better picture of the detail: capturing a nearly-two-year-old in a still postition is difficult.

So last week my Amish friend gave me a dress.  A real, live Amish-made dress.  We updated it with a tiny bit of embroidery (wordly people that we are) and we think that Sarah looks awfully cute in it.


It’s Been a While

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Tried for a half-hour to get a decent family picture. What kind of dorky family are we?! Someone, please cue the Dueling Banjos music.


Warm weather play. So happy that we can be amused by a dishpan full of water.
The view from inside our car while grape-sized hail pounded our car while trying to drive through a tornado. It totally ruined my car’s paint.

The Current Score April 13, 2011

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Bill 2:  Oppossum 0

Jack 1:  Raccoons 0 

Jack 1:  Crows 0

Julie 1:  House Millipedes 0

And my favorite:  Madeline 7:  Chickens 0

I’d also like to add that Bill’s latest victory was achieved while in his underwear, at 11:00PM.  Oh yeah, we are on a killing streak this spring.


Extreme Home Makeover: The Sarah Edition April 8, 2011

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Sarah likes to climb out of her crib.  It started with the occasional venture out, but soon became a daily (or many times daily) habit.  It was time to convert the crib (sniff, sniff) to a toddler bed and redecorate.  Yes, I know she sleeps in a closet but even a closet deserves to be redecorated.

With a goal of $40 to completely redecorate her “room” and transform it from a baby cave into a cozy toddler haven, this is what we started with yesterday morning:

A sketch and a quick trip to Walmart were all I needed to get things started.  Oh, and I had to pilfer through the attic, looking for anything that might help with the transformation.  The inspiration for the room is the quilt I made for Sarah when she was just a few months old.  My first attempt at a log cabin quilt.

Here is the after photo:

I hung a canopy from the overhead shelves, securing it with ribbons:  5 yards of fabric @ $3 per yard= $15.  Two new pillowcases:  $2 for ric-rac trim and fabric from my stash.  New dust ruffle:  free from fabric stash.  Butterfly decals on the wall:  $11 from Walmart.  Side table:  old Marion Cty. ballot box tole painted by a friend of my Mother, also free.  Rug:  swapped one out from the living room, free.  Canvas baskets for clothes (on shelves):  free, already had in attic.  All that is left is a wall pocket thingy to hang on one end of the bed for Sarah to put her books and stuffed animals in.  Sort of ran out of steam yesterday and had a baseball game to get to.  I’ll finish that this weekend and it will cost:  $4 for ribbons, $3 for fabric=$7.  A grand total of $35.  And then I spent $5 on ice cream and chocolate and made my $40 goal.  It’s all about priorities.

We have had two successful naps and one overnight success too.  Sarah says, “Ohhh, cozy!” and “Ohhh, fancy!” when she goes in her “room” now.


Warm Weather. And Clothing is Optional. April 7, 2011

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Ready, set,...


It was very windy Monday night. Oh, and the duct tape is a bracelet, don't you know.

Today we will, hopefully, get Sarah’s Big Girl bed makeover underway.  Not sure exactly what we’ll be making, but it’ll probably be sheets, pillows, decor, and a little side table for her books and stuffed animals. 

All of this will need to be completed along with laundry, school, house cleaning, a wee bit of grocery shopping, baseball (AGAIN), and chicken wrangling that cries for attention.  Oh, and some cooking too–naturally.  I’m sorta exhausted just looking at my list. 

Have a lovely day!

Anyone who is interested in cloth diapers:  This diaper cover is by Biobottoms.  It’s wool and absolutely the best cover ever!  It’s nearly too small for Sarah but they’re out of business and finding a larger size is hard.  Can’t say enough about using wool as a cover.  Try it!


Baseball Tonight, Revisited. April 6, 2011

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