Garland, Garland, Everywhere

garland-beauty

This garland from The Purl Bee was my first glimpse of the garland rage and it came late in the summer on Say YES! to Hoboken (I think, it’s been spotted many places since then). I’ve since seen many others that are so fun and hope to use them as inspiration for projects in the near future. Here are a few:

Ali Edwards made a felt one for Christmas. I think it’d also be neat with pink, white and red for Valentine’s Day.

Cupcake Liner Garland from My Favorite Things.

Paper Garland on Kiddley (a great site, by the way!) Again, this one has me thinking Valentine’s Day.

And look! Here’s a Flickr pool of nothing but garlands.

There are so, so many more. Check them out!

Garland, Garland, Everywhere

garland-beauty
This garland from The Purl Bee was my first glimpse of the garland rage and it came late in the summer on Say YES! to Hoboken (I think, it’s been spotted many places since then). I’ve since seen many others that are so fun and hope to use them as inspiration for projects in the near future. Here are a few:
Ali Edwards made a felt one for Christmas. I think it'd also be neat with pink, white and red for Valentine's Day.
Cupcake Liner Garland from My Favorite Things.
Paper Garland on Kiddley (a great site, by the way!) Again, this one has me thinking Valentine's Day.
And look! Here's a Flickr pool of nothing but garlands.
There are so, so many more. Check them out!

Whole Wheat Bread

A few months ago, Molly started One Good Loaf. It’s basically a group of bakers who share their experiences via their blogs and a Flickr group. I’ve followed along a bit and decided to join the fun.

We bake quite a bit around here and have a few old stand-bys that we usually run to (most are in red and white checkered cookbook!) So when I saw Dandee’s post yesterday I knew I’d found the perfect recipe (meaning I had all of the ingredients) to start my “One Good Loaf” journey.

The only thing that could have made it better is homemade jam.

Whole Wheat Bread


A few months ago, Molly started One Good Loaf. It's basically a group of bakers who share their experiences via their blogs and a Flickr group. I've followed along a bit and decided to join the fun.
We bake quite a bit around here and have a few old stand-bys that we usually run to (most are in red and white checkered cookbook!) So when I saw Dandee's post yesterday I knew I'd found the perfect recipe (meaning I had all of the ingredients) to start my "One Good Loaf" journey.
The only thing that could have made it better is homemade jam.

Vegetable Dreams

We are in the process of planning our first vegetable garden (and some pretty serious yard updating).

Our first seed catalog arrived last week from Johnny’s and as you can see it’s marked up already.

I’ve also been reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, usually right before bed. On those nights, my dreams are almost always filled with images of carrots, peppers, greens, herbs, and more all in rich, beautiful soil. We’re planning on using the square foot gardening method and will likely bite of more than we can, or at least should chew, but that’s ok. We’re up for the adventure and at least some tasty veggies. Oh, and we’re also planning on strawberries, raspberries and maybe a few fruit trees. We may not get it all done this year but it’s really fun to plan.

Jack keeps reminding us that if we have a garden, we won’t have to go to the store as much. Yes, son, that’s one of the best parts.

Vegetable Dreams


We are in the process of planning our first vegetable garden (and some pretty serious yard updating).
Our first seed catalog arrived last week from Johnny's and as you can see it’s marked up already.
I’ve also been reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, usually right before bed. On those nights, my dreams are almost always filled with images of carrots, peppers, greens, herbs, and more all in rich, beautiful soil. We’re planning on using the square foot gardening method and will likely bite of more than we can, or at least should chew, but that’s ok. We’re up for the adventure and at least some tasty veggies. Oh, and we’re also planning on strawberries, raspberries and maybe a few fruit trees. We may not get it all done this year but it's really fun to plan.
Jack keeps reminding us that if we have a garden, we won't have to go to the store as much. Yes, son, that's one of the best parts.

Inauguration Day

Image from AP
What a huge day in history. The kids and I (although they were a bit reluctant) have spent most of the day watching the events of President Obama’s Inauguration. I couldn’t help but reflect on what an amazing privilege it is to be apart of, even in such a remote way. I kept trying to explain to my sweet ones (as I offered them another cookie to help keep them settled) that even though it didn’t seem like it, it was a very important day. As I did so, I whispered quick prayers that they would remember these moments for what they were, historic and special, and not just as Mom being mean by wanting to watch the news…again. Only time will tell what they remember, but one thing I know is that I will never forget today and how far our country has come.
I found various people's responses to today very interesting. The thing that kept coming to mind is something I reminded a friend today on Facebook:
"It's not about democrat or republican, liberal or conservative, it's about one country and an amazing day in history regardless of what "side" you're on."
Finally, a few of my favorite moments seen both in my home and those we were witnesses of via television.
* The above picture. I love that Sasha gave her daddy a thumbs up. So sweet.
* My sweet Morgan kept calling the capitol building "Obama's castle".
* I noticed that Malia Obama commented (I'm a lip reader, did you know? :)) that her dad gave a "good speech"
* My older two pretending to be "statues" like the military members standing at attention. They thought that was pretty cool, now I'm wondering if they've ever seen Daddy at attention.
* When the President was leaving the Capitol went to shake the General's (his escort) hand but the General was saluting. My how quickly things have changed in his life.
Off to cuddle up with some hot tea and coverage of the Inaugural Balls.

Great News

After 6 months of having Jeff home only about half of the time, he got a new, "regular" job.  He's gone right now, but this should be his last trip.   YAHOO!  It'll be so great to have him home every evening and weekends.    Jack was so sweet when we told him, he smiled the whole rest of the evening and the next morning as he told Morgan and Connor he was so excited and went on and on about how "Daddy will be home every night!"  They've been troopers but I know it's been hard on them, as it has Jeff and I.
We've been up to the usual.  School, work, play, birthday parties, baths, bedtime…lif e with three small kiddos.  We were able to head up to Rocky Mountain National Park last week and go sledding.  It was such fun!  Unfortunately, I don't have any pictures.  I was too afraid something would happen to my camera.  It's so big.  We really need to get a P&S.
The kids of course continue to do and say funny things.   Here are a few:
Jack recently received a birthday party invite in the mail.  (The third this year."  His response was, "I'm so fun I keep getting invited to parties."
Connor has started climbing out of his crib.  This is something the other two never did because they were in big beds at about 20 months.  (We always had to clear out the crib for another babe.)  The other day at nap time I heard footsteps and there is Connor sneaking up the stairs with a big grin on his face.  He was so proud.  The next day he tried to climb out and got stuck.  OOPS!
The kids have started talking about wanting to play intruments and sports.  Our response has always been when you start kindergarten.   Today Morgan said, "Um, I think four is a good age."  Well of course you do, since that's how old you'll be.  In that same conversation Jack said he'd like to take drum lessons.
Finally, because I've proven myself to be so on top of updating this blog regluarly (yeah, right!) I've started another one.   The purpose of "Life of Five" is really to keep family and friends updated regularly (or quarterly :)) on what we're up to.  I also try to keep it relatively private.  The new one, "Mama and More," is mainly my random musings on crafts, cooking, and whatever else.  You can check it out here.
Oh and someday I'll post some Flickr links and change the blog header. Someday.