This week has been filled with the joys of painting…but also with a stomach virus in our house. The room had been kind of put on standby for a few days, but now we are back on track! Of course I gratefully accepted help from my brilliant little butterflies who happily threw on Daddy’s t-shirts and got to work painting. I have also learned from this painting session that it is much easier to give each child 10 minutes of individual painting time than to give three children 10 minutes of simultaneous painting time. It makes for a happier experience and a happier mama. So, we tried it both ways.
This week, we’ve spent some time making gifts for my mother and for Scott’s. The girls helped me with cards and things. I spent some time with some canvas and paint, making a gift for Scott’s mama. Our mothers are so very special. They are both amazing grandmothers to our children and I’m so happy to have their influence in our children’s lives. The love that they share is unconditional and abundant. They make these kids feel so special each and every time they’re around them. Of course, the traditional spoiling does happen, but that’s what makes time with the grandmothers so unique. Continue reading
While many people feel like this is just a “holiday” rather than a holiday, I have a profound respect for the wonderful grandparents that my children have and the active roles they play in their lives. Our girls are certainly blessed to have kind and loving grandparents who would, without a doubt, do anything for them. So, while it may remain mainly a Hallmark day for most, we happily recognize those special people in our lives. Happy Grandparents Day to all of you amazing grandparents out there. The moments you spend with those precious babies makes all the difference in the world to them! (Click here to download an updated version of the Grandparent Tree: Happy Grandparent’s Day)
I think most of us are usually in the middle of a dozen projects and things, just waiting for the right moment for completion. I am such a person.
At this very moment, I am working on two Sunday School crafts. We are learning about David and Goliath. Tomorrow my kiddos will be throwing water balloons at a 108″ Goliath, made out of a plastic table cloth that I will tape to the outside of our church. That’ll be a good time!
Well, you know how I love thrifting…and I found something super fun, although it needed a little love, Christy style. I mean, this is nice and very reminiscent of Florida, but it needed a little fixing up.
Each morning begins the same. I awake to a child “whispering” in my ear or to the wakeful sounds of a hungry Laelia. There are usually four people in our queen sized bed, but sometimes a fifth person sneaks in there too. Although it’s cramped and sometimes there is a complaint or two about who gets to lay by mama, it’s usually a snuggly, giggly start to our day.
Then we all get up and go have breakfast.
This was one of the more fun little things that I’ve made recently and so super cute! As I posted a few days ago, I am trying to center a lot of the toys in our playroom around the tree house that Scott and his dad made for the girls a few years ago. So, one of our newest additions and also part of this year’s Christmas gifts for them is this collection of toadstools.
Chloe loves to imagine that fairies live beneath the mushrooms that grow in our yard. I love their imaginations. They are just so precious. In my search for all things natural and fabulous, I found this toadstool idea on Etsy. So of course, I had to make it because it’s dreamy.Supplies
- Wooden cabinet door knobs
- Paint brush
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When I bought the cabinet knobs (just at a local hardware store), I found three different sizes and I purchased three of each. This will add a little dimension and variety in our tree house scene.
As we all know, Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching. Is it just me or has this year flown by incredibly fast? November is half way over? Really? I’ve enjoyed just about every moment, but it just seems to be racing by…such is life with kids, huh? Anyway. I was doing some surfing this evening. I love to look for different ways to spruce up this fabulous holiday. I thoroughly enjoy Thanksgiving—from the food to the atmosphere. It really is a tie between Thanksgiving and Christmas for me.
Most of us are attending a Thanksgiving dinner that someone else is hosting this year. I put together a bunch of different things that will make attending Thanksgiving dinner smooth sailing for you and will also make the evening a little lighter for your hard working host and hostess.
Even if you haven’t prepared Thanksgiving dinner, I’m sure you already know how much planning and work goes into pulling off such a fabulous dinner and festive atmosphere for a group of people, whether large or small. Today I have some ideas for gifts of appreciation and thanks for your host and hostess.
This gift is simple (and some might find it overdone), but you can really find some fabulous candles out there. One of my favorite places to shop online is Etsy. Most items on Etsy are handmade, which, if you know me you know that handmade is on my list of super awesomeness. My Garden Gate is selling some absolutely gorgeous Birch Bark Candles, which I might pick up for myself.
Do you have lots of handmade things in your home? I was walking out of Laelia’s room recently and it dawned on me that almost everything around me had been handmade by someone we love and who apparently loves us too. These things are such a wonderful reminder of those special people—people who live close by and far away, but who we hold so dear in our hearts. I can honestly say that every time I look at one of those items I think of that special person who made it. It’s so funny that even in such a small moment of passing by or picking up something my thoughts of that person are triggered. What a blessing! So thank you to all who have graced our home with your love. You are truly special to our family and I’m so happy that you dance across our minds so often.