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.

Now I Know Why I Had Kids May 3, 2011

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So they can mow the lawn–or cut the grass, if you’re from the South.  We have approximately 3 1/2 acres of grass that needs to be cut on a regular basis.  That can take a lot of time.  Now I have 2 very capable (one not as willing) mowers that seem to enjoy the task. 

Right on!


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.


Farm Girls March 4, 2011

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NIght, night, chicken.

Images from last night:  Madeline’s evening chores are putting the goat up for the night and making sure all chickens are in their coop.  Last night Sarah helped.

Looking for a renegade chicken.

Jump, Lisa, Jump!

Telling Sarah to stay out of the way when she lets BG (Billy Goat) off his chain.

Sarah walked all the way back up to the house, carrying an egg carefully, only to drop it as she handed it to me in the kitchen.  No use crying over dropped eggs!


Midweek Daybook December 8, 2010

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Outside my window:  It’s 9 degrees.  Yep, 9.  It’s cold and still.  It is bright and sunny however.

What we’re doing:  Jack was up early to go hunting with a friend (a grown up friend, that is).  Everyone else is still asleep.  This is a quiet week around here with very little “must do’s” to be done.

What we’re making:  Still working on Christmas presents.  Probably need to step it up a bit this week.  My sewing machine isn’t working well, so that’s a big problem.  Anyone know why I can’t get it to sew fleece?  The top thread won’t pick up the bobbin thread.  Frustrating.

What we’re reading:  Advent readings every night.  I think Madeline is reading “To Kill a Mockingbird” and Jack is reading about ancient Rome.  Jon is reading about Pearl Harbor and Iwo Jiima.  I mean he’s not actually reading, but being read to or looking at the pictures.  He’s not a genius, you know!

What we’re cooking:  Mexican Monday (it’s usually Taco Tuesday), Stir-fry and rice, Jack’s favorite hobo packs, and pancakes.  Not sure what else.  There were some homemade peppermint patties and coconut patties too. 

I’m hearing:  The hum of a space heater.  9 degree weather insists on secondary heating.  We’d love to install a wood stove, but since our house is for sale, we don’t see the point in investing the money in one just to walk away from it.  So until then, we’ll gather around the cozy space heater.

A favorite thing:  Waking up (and going to sleep, for that matter) to the glow of Christmas lights.  And the smell of a Christmas tree. 

Any plans?:  Trying to decide on a few crafts for the kids to complete in the evenings.  Probably a trip for milk on Friday. 

We’re hoping for:  Maybe more snow?

A picture worth sharing:

Graham cracker houses!