Friday, October 21, 2016

Joy in the Ordinary

Today is the last day of Fall break. It has been a busy week and I am sad to see it end.
Megan had a friend over. They had such a great time! Forts were built, games were played, there was crafting and baking. I smiled listening to their chatter. 
 There were several afternoons spent with cousins. We had lunch out one day, went to the pumpkin patch and had lazy afternoons playing games. 
Chuck is still trying to get his outside projects completed before winter. The frames for the gates have been stained and will be finished this weekend. What seems like a simple project has been a complete pain! After staining he realized they would not work and had to take them apart and rework them. Better to do it right!
The evenings are starting to get darker earlier. That means we are back to playing games in the evening. Games on the Wii are always fun!
The weather has been unseasonably warm. I think the rain and warmth might have confused my clematis as it is greening up and blooming again!
This view makes for a more enjoyable afternoon walk. 
Megan built this puppet stage out of scrap wood. I love how creative she is!
This is the beloved Miss Bunny. A true friend and companion since Megan has been a baby. I found this "selfie" when I emptied the camera card. 

May your day be filled with joy and contentment!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Christmas Card Pictures

Friday we headed out to a park to take some family pictures.

They turned out great! In fact the above pictures aren't even the ones we are putting on our Christmas card. :)

Several years ago we decided that we couldn't afford the cost of professional pictures. Not only that but we weren't always thrilled with the end result. We experimented taking our own. We use my point and click Cannon and a tripod. I decide what we are wearing and where the pictures will be taken. Chuck then sets up the tripod, positions the camera and sets the timer. 

Once done we both pick out our favorite family picture and one of Megan. We then vote on which one we will use. A perk of an odd number family is that we never have a tie!

Here are some pictures from the past. 

These pictures were taken against our backyard shed.

We used pictures from our beach vacation this year.

This background was created against our fence! Chuck clamped our bed quilt to the top of the fence and then we put a table cloth on the ground. We pulled out an existing Christmas decoration and a bench to create our backdrop. 
When you look at the picture above you can see that it is not Christmas card ready. I edit the photos in Picasa 3.  (This can be downloaded at no charge.) It allows me to crop, straighten, and to adjust lighting and such.

If, like us, the cost of professional pictures makes you cringe I encourage you give taking your own pictures a shot. I am certainly not a professional photographer, but it works!

May your day be filled with joy and contentment!

Friday, October 14, 2016

Joy in the Ordinary

Look around, really look around and you will find joy... joy in the everyday... joy in the ordinary things.
Leisurely weekend breakfast.  I have mentioned before that we cook our bacon on the grill.
I thought I would clarify that it is made in a pan on the grill and not literally on the grill. I wouldn't want someone to put it directly on the grill. Oh how dangerous that could be with the grease and the open flame!
Chuck and his dad replaced the center of Megan's window. The seal had broken and moisture had gotten in the middle of the two panes of glass. It resulted in yuck growing. Originally we were told by the hardware store that our window was not under warranty. When we ordered the replacement window we received a call from the manufactuer asking for some numbers off of the window. It was under warranty and the replacement window was free!! 
Helping Daddy build new gates. 
A rare Sunday afternoon date! We shared a small pizza at our favorite pizza place and enjoyed great conversation. :)

I am currently waiting for Chuck to return from a doctors appointment (routine) with Megan who was at a sleep over last night. I can't wait for them all to be home! Then we will begin our long, lazy weekend. Yeah!

May your day be filled with joy and contentment!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Orchard Day!

We finally made it to the apple orchard! 
My nieces were picked up and the we went to the grocery store for some supplies, had lunch and then hit the orchard. 
It is a little late in the season around here. Most of the apples had been picked and they were moving on to pumpkin season. 
We picked up a bag of apples, mini pumpkins and the kids enjoyed apple cider slushes. 
Doesn't this sign make you smile? 
So long orchard, we will see you next year!

After leaving the orchard we headed home to make caramel apples. 
For time saving purposes we used premade caramels that we melted. 
When we were finished we set out to deliver apples. You know an apple a day keeps the doctor away, especially if it is covered in caramel! ;)

May your day be filled with joy and contentment!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

A Day in My Life #6

Today is the first day of fall break! Chuck came in to say good-bye to be about 6:30. I was awake and thought I might get up in a few. Not happening since I went back to sleep and was shocked when I woke up and it was 8:46!! I guess I needed the sleep.

I was surprised Megan hadn't come in. I found her snuggled in bed watching How Its Made on YouTube. (Don't worry there are only certain things she allowed to watch and she knows what those shows are.) I hopped in the shower and then started laundry. 
Megan and I had a treat for breakfast. 
I had forgotten how terrible it makes me feel when I have sugar for breakfast. Ugh. 
Before we headed to my parents Megan and I sat outback enjoying the beautiful morning. She was snapping pictures of us. There are some doozies!
We arrived at my parents about 11. They have been working on digging a trench for drainage and Megan wanted to help. 
While Megan helped out I enjoyed this beautiful view while reading and chatting with my parents. 
About noon mom and I headed out to bring in lunch and then it was right back to work. 
My niece, Katie, stopped by which delighted Megan. They have always had a special bond. 
Katie and Megan made plans for dinner and by now it is 3. I need to head home and tell Megan she must come home for a shower before dinner. She looks like she has had a dust bath!
Once home Megan takes a shower and I fold laundry. Katie comes to pick Megan us a little after 4 and they head out to O'Charleys. 
I look at some blogs and step out to water flowers. They are still hanging on even though I can tell the change of season is affecting them. 
 Chuck and I chat before he heads home. When I tell him it is just the two of us for dinner Chuck offers to he bring home a burger and fries. Yes, please! It is a treat as Megan doesn't like burgers.
We finish up dinner about 5:45. By this time Megan is back home and she rides her bike as Chuck and I take a walk. I certainly need to exercise after my awful eating today!
 We are back home by 6:25 and go into the back yard for a little bit. We spend some time swinging.
 Chuck then goes to work on a project. He is building a couple of gates to replace some that are sagging. While he is working on that I have some quiet time.
 By 7:30 we are inside for family devotions. We then play a game together.
It is now 8:20 and Megan is in her room creating. 
Lights are out for Megan at 9. Chuck and I are going to watch some TV and I will also check out some blogs. By 10 we'll be in bed also.

May your day be filled with joy and contentment!