Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

Megan and friends have been having fun making Thanksgiving crafts and learning turkey themed songs. Here they are showing off their latest turkey creation.

I plan to spend the next couple of days getting ready for a day of thanks with my family. Wishing everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving!

I will be back the first week of December ready to share some of my Christmas decorations.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Homeplace Happenings

No pictures to go with my post today because the battery died on my camera. Hubby hates when I let that happen... and I do it all the time. Not only the camera but my cell phone also. I don't know why I always let it happen!

Saturday we had a lazy morning and I was treated to breakfast. Chuck made eggs, bacon & toast. Yummy! I love breakfast, especially when I haven't cooked it! We then went to one of my favorite places... Lowes! I know some people don't get that I love home improvement stores. I see all of the wonder potential projects! We priced wainscoting for my kitchen back splash, picked up paint samples for my cabinets and looked at counter tops. I won't get my dream counter top, but Chuck thinks we might be able to swing a much less expensive one. Anything has to be better then the 1980's blue!

Megan hung out with my sister's family Saturday afternoon and Chuck and I wrapped Megan's Christmas presents. Sunday afternoon I moved some things around in the living room to make room for the tree. I can't tell you how excited I am about Christmas this year. I won't start decorating until Friday. Just because Chuck hasn't brought up the decorations yet!

I hope that we have cut grass for the last time this year. The leaves have been so late in coming down. Chuck spent a good part of Sunday afternoon outside picking up leaves. It was funny to see Megan out jumping in the leaves wearing her hat, gloves, winter coat and snow pants! We ended the day by enjoying hot chocolate. A first for Megan.

I am looking forward to laundry, cleaning and hopefully a little crafting today. Have a great Monday.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Handprint Ornament

I saw some cute ornies that Colleen at And Baby Makes Five had made using Ornamental Gingerbread Dough. As soon as I saw them I knew I wanted to make some. Here is what I made with my dough:

Handprint ornaments. I had traced Megan's hand and used the cut out as a pattern to cut out the dough. Instead of using a straw to make the hole I cut out a freehand heart.

I wrote her name and age on the back of the ornament. I plan to give it out as a gift. I will also be making one of each of the kids I watch for their parents.

I love that I will be able to see Megan's little hand each Christmas!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Mail Call

I was excited to win a giveaway from Mrs. C at Riverbend Ramblings. I love the Mitford series and the book was on my wish list.

I received Mitford Cookbook and Kitchen Reader along with a package of note cards. Included in the package was a coloring book for Megan. So thoughtful! Megan loves to color and could hardly wait for me to pull out the crayons.

Thank you, Mrs. C, for the wonderful package. I can hardly wait to sit down with a cup of hot chocolate and pick out some new recipes.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Whatcha Workin' On Wednesday

The list of things to do is long and it seems there isn't enough hours in the day to get everything done. I am taking it one project at a time and if everything doesn't get done, it doesn't get done.

The drain pipe was replaced last Friday. To avoid tearing up the kitchen floor and going through a wall this was the alternative.

Now the fun part is filling the trench back in and replacing the concrete. I am just grateful that I am able to do laundry again.

I have also been working on my garland.

I ran out of a couple types of fabric and had to make a run to JoAnn's last night. I was just heartbroken to have to go to that store!

My goal is to cut the fabric today and have it complete by Friday.

I also bought fabric to make a star for the top of the Christmas tree. I had a cheap plastic one that was broke last year when I unpacked the Christmas stuff. I have a vision of what I want. I just hope it comes out how I envision it!

I would like to make some ornaments for the tree, but I am not sure if there will be time before next weekend. So, that is what I have been and will be working on.

Stop by and visit Leslie at My Country Home to see what others are working one.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Picture Time!

My sister had pictures scheduled on Saturday at Portrait Innovations. She asked us to tag along and I am so glad that we did!

There were so many great photos that it was hard to choose.

This is the picture that we chose to have made into our Christmas card.

Chuck thinks it looks like she was touching the tree and got caught!

We had a group picture of all the grand kids for my dad's birthday.

Hope you enjoyed your peek in my photo album!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Making Your Home A Haven: Fun, Inviting & Giving

Chuck and Megan went out for a milk run Wednesday night and Daddy bought Megan a treat for breakfast. A doughnut with sprinkles!

How fun!

After we were dressed it was off to the store. Boneless chicken breast were on sale and I had used my last package last week. My mom went to the store with us, so we did get off track today.

Grammi & Grandpa treated us to lunch from Dairy Queen. After that it was time for nap. I took a nap today so it was fun for me!

After resting we made our blessing wreath. (Sorry about the picture, I couldn't get Megan to stand still!)

I had traced my little blessings hand before nap and had the hand prints cut out. I took a paper plate and cut out the center to make the wreath frame. Megan then "painted" glue onto the back of her hand print and I helped her place it on the plate.

If she were a little older we would have written our blessing on each hand, but since she is two this is our version. She is proud of her wreath and had fun, which is the point.

Finally our drain pipe will be replaced! I can't wait to do laundry at home. So tomorrow I will be inviting the plumbers in for the day.

I was unable to make the banana cookies because the bananas were very brown once they thawed. Yuck! I will be making a quick batch of cookies in the morning to share with the plumbers tomorrow.

I have had a great time making my home a haven this week. A huge thanks to Monica for the inspiration!

Making Your Home A Haven: Fun

After spending all day yesterday at my parents doing laundry I am ready for a fun day at home! Rain is in the forecast and unless the weekly sale fliers tempt me I plan to stay home all day.

Today's plan:

*finish putting laundry away
*do walk through to make sure everything is tidy

Now for all the fun things Megan and I will do!

*make a blessing wreath
*bake banana cookies
*snuggle under a warm blanket and read as long as Megan desires
*weather permitting, take a walk while getting the mail
*enjoy a cup of hot chocolate with lots of marshmallows!

Be sure to stop by Monica's to see how others are spending their fun day!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Things I've Done

Nothing exciting happening today. Since we are still working on fixing our broken drain pipe I am spending the day at my parents doing laundry.

Things I've Done

To participate just copy and paste in your own blog, and bold all of the things you have done. Happy discoveries!

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee

Let me know if you decide to do this and I will stop by to learn a few things about you!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Making Your Home A Haven: Clean

On my list today:

*sweep & mop kitchen
*clean bathtub
*finish cleaning out Megan's closet
*clean out toys in living room
*do a walk through to make sure everything is tidy

For dinner tonight we are having chili and cornbread. A perfect dinner for the chilly weather we are having.

I am really enjoying this challenge. It is a great motivator to see all of the wonderful things that other ladies are accomplishing. Thanks for the motivation Monica!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Making Your Home A Haven: Tidy

After a full weekend I am more then ready to participate in Monica's Making Your Home A Haven week.

Today the subject is "Tidy" and boy do I need to tidy up around here! Isn't it amazing how cluttered your home becomes when you are barely there?!

On my list today:

*Tidy Kitchen: unload & reload dishwasher, set out meat to thaw for dinner
*Tidy Living Room: do quick pick up, light candles to make my home smell good
*Put away laundry
*Tidy Megan's room: toys from her toy box are around the toy box and not in it!
*Collect outgrown toys for charity
*Put coupons in organizer
*Make shopping list for Walgreens & CVS
*Make appointment for grandchildren Christmas picture (gift for my in-laws)
*If time: Tidy Megan's closet

I will post later today with my results. Have a great day making your haven tidy!

I have completed most of my list. I had to leave a message at the photo studio and I need to do a little more work in Megan's closet. That might go on the list for tomorrow.

It feels great to have so many things ticked off of my to do list. Thanks for the challenge Monica!

Friday, November 07, 2008

Fall Fun

I haven't been on the computer much in the last few days because I have been enjoying the last bit of beautiful fall weather. According to the weather man yesterday was the last of the summer like weather.

Megan had fun jumping the leaves.

She spent the afternoon playing with her 5 year old cousin who taught her all the good stuff. You know jumping into the pile and throwing the leaves in the air. A great time was had by all, even those of us watching the fun.

We have gone for long walks and collected more leaves then I know what to do with.

We spent a fun afternoon making collages yesterday.

I have also been getting my Christmas cards together. I looked at the calendar and realized that there is only three weeks until Thanksgiving! I have a tradition of mailing out my cards the day after Thanksgiving. I still need to get the family picture taken, write the family letter and double check the mailing addresses. Yikes!

I plan to sit down this weekend and make a list of things to do. I am a list kind of gal and love the feeling when I am able to mark things off. Am I the only one who loves that feeling?

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Life's Bump

What do you do when life gets a little bumpy? For me the only thing to do is climb over the bump and just keep going. Well, we have a bump in the road at the moment.

I had noticed a smell like rotten eggs while doing laundry and then while weeding I noticed a wet spot by the house. Hubby dug up the area that was damp and we ran the washer.... water poured out the cinder block foundation of the house.

We had a plumber come out and with an estimate of about $3000 we went to plan B. Plan B is that we (meaning hubby) takes care of it. Plan B was to remove a wall of cabinets jack hammer up the floor and replace the broken drain pipe.

After Chuck's step dad came over tonight we are on to Plan C. The new plan is to only tear up the floor under the kitchen sink and then run a new pipe outside of the house. The only downside is that some of the concert on my wonderful back porch has to be removed. Although that is a bummer at least the pipe can be repaired with minimal disruption to the kitchen.

Speaking of the kitchen. I removed some wallpaper today. Look at my wonderful wall behind my counter top.

Yuck! I am sure that about 1986 that was one hot looking kitchen, but not so much anymore. We are talking about removing the back splash, but that involves lots of work and if I do that I would want a new counter top, but not sure if that is the budget.

The solution may be to just wallpaper again. Stay tuned for more fun from the kitchen!

Monday, November 03, 2008

Weekend Stuff

The weather this weekend was fantastic! It was 70 and sunny all weekend. It allowed us to have a busy, yet fulfilling weekend.

On Friday night Megan went out for treats with her cousins. She dressed up as a cheerleader.

We always go over to my parents neighborhood. We have dinner and then take the kids out. It is fun to be back in a familiar spot. My sister and I were talking about how many times we had walked those streets as kids.

Saturday morning it was grocery time.

My little helper was scanning the ads for the best deals. WalMart is already playing Christmas music! I guess that I shouldn't be surprised, but what happened Thanksgiving. I remember going to the grocery store as a kid and seeing the turkey decorations go up after Halloween.

Every minute that we were home this weekend was spent outside. All of the flower beds, window boxes and the garden have been cleaned out. The back porch furniture was been put away for the winter and when this warm spell ends we will put all of the outside toys away. There are a few other small things left to do, but since the next couple of days are suppose to be nice we should be able to complete them in the evening.

As sad as I am to see the season end it is satisfying to know that things outside are secure for winter. With the time change it is a reminder that winter will be here soon. It was dark by 6:15 tonight. In our area of Indiana were I live this is only the second year for changing time.

Since I spent so much time outside I have some housework to catch up on. Have a great day!