Friday, April 29, 2011

Kid Zone

I mixed up some puff paint and it is neat stuff!

1 cup white flour
1 cup salt
1 cup water
food coloring

Mix it all together and you have puff paint.

Due to the salt it has a sand like feel to it when it is dry. I like that I didn't have to worry if the little guy ate it (which he didn't) and it is pretty thick so it wasn't dripping all over. Something that we will be doing again.

Something new has been added to the daily routine. Around 4 I was trying to get dinner started and freshen up. Things were pretty chaotic. Give Abe an inch and he takes a mile or two. I felt like all I was saying was stop and no. I was frustrated, Megan was frustrated and then Chuck came home to all of this. Something had to change.

I introduced what I call quiet TV time.

Megan and Abe have a designated place to be and then they watch a recorded show; usually Caillou. The rule is that no one is allowed to get up and they need to rest and quietly watch the show.

Chuck is coming home to a peaceful home and the kids are happy to see him without attacking him as soon as he comes in the door. This is working out great!

I am off to the grocery store this morning. Saturday is suppose to be nice. I hope to do some things in the yard if it isn't water logged. Have a great weekend!

I hope you are taking time to enjoy the simple moments!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

And A Dash Of Love

So far this has been a great week. Nothing in particular just simple moments of each day bringing joy. While out and about I picked up a new set of salt and pepper shakers. My old set had been dropped several times and were chipped.

The saying in the heart "and a dash of love" is perfect. All I do is with love for my family.

I hope you are taking time to enjoy the simple moments!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Daily Stuff

As I am typing this I sit with the window open and hear the gentle sound of rain. The rain has been in abundance this spring. As I took the kids on a walk yesterday afternoon it was obvious that the ground is very saturated. Many of the neighbors yards have standing water.

Yesterday was a full day, as most of my days are. I think that it felt a little fuller then normal because everyone was tired from a busy Easter. The boys I watch left early and Chuck suggested that we go out for dinner. With gas prices now at $4.15 eating out will be a real treat.

On the way home there was a stop at the store for milk and such. There were plenty of clearance flowers and some tulips came home with me.

The are my absolute favorites!

Everyone is itching to get outside. Over the weekend Daddy brought some sand into the garage.

He said if you can't go outside then bring the outside in. This provided fun for a long, long time.

Being silly with last nights snack. My silly girl brings me so much joy!

I hope you are taking time to enjoy the simple moments!

Monday, April 25, 2011


What a fantastic day Easter was. It started out with a visit from the Easter bunny. He is just so excited to share the news that Jesus Lives!! Each year he leaves a pamphlet in the basket explaining that it isn't about the eggs and bunnies, but about the greatest gift we can ever receive.

We then had our traditional Easter morning breakfast and it was then time to get ready for church. We are on the search for a new church home and tried a new church. The congregation was small (about 100 people) yes! the message was good, yes! not many people our age (most were older) no! the music was mainly older hymns and not very moving, no! We did have someone come up to us when the service just started and asked if it was our first time, welcomed us and got some contact information. More then I can say for some places. Also after the service I saw hospitality in action. One member came over to ask the lady who sat alone in front of us to join her family for lunch. Not sure it is the place for us so the search continues. I was so hoping that we would walk in and feel like it was the one. I am sure that we will find the place that feels like we belong soon.

We joined Chuck's family for dinner. I brought green beans with potatoes, lots of deviled eggs (requested by my fil!) and this cake.

Spring showers have been plentiful here and that meant the egg hunt was inside.

Plenty of fun even in the limited space.

One of the things I love about getting together with Chuck's family is that there are plenty of extended family around. Lots of cousins for Megan to play with.

It is back to the routine today. Plenty of laundry and picking up to do.

I hope you are taking time to enjoy the simple moments!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Good Friday

This weekend is my favorite of the entire year. I have always loved spring and Easter. As I grew older the true meaning of the weekend became more and more clear. Along with that came a deepening in my love for this weekend.

As I was boiling eggs to color tonight and

and looking at the bunny decor on the kitchen counter

I couldn't help but think of the real reason we celebrate Good Friday.

My long time friend summed it up better then I ever could.

"Today is Good Friday!! Better than any other Friday because it is when we remember and celebrate what Jesus did for each and every one of us when He died on the cross so we may live. Not good for Him but great for us. It is Friday and that meant death for Him but we must remember that Sunday is coming and that means LIFE for us!! Peace and Love to all." ~ Pastor Jim Clark*

I hope you are taking time to enjoy the simple moments!

*Jimmy and I went to high school together and spent many hours together working at Chick-fil-A. He recently moved back home and is a pastor at a local church.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Sunflower Cupcakes

Once again today is Bakery Day at Megan's school. This is my last week to make a donation and I make cupcakes to look like sunflowers.

They brought a little sunshine to an other wise rainy day.

I am off to an Easter party at Megan's school this morning. Then a quick trip to the grocery store for eggs.

I hope you are taking time to enjoy the simple moments!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

What I'm Up To

From the picture can you guess what I've been up to?

If you guessed weeding and mulching you would be right! Last year we didn't mulch the flower beds and they are in desperate need this year.

Chuck's aunt made this stepping stone for Megan. It makes me happy to finally have a home for it. Maintaining the flower beds is lots of work but so worth it when you see the beauty.

Megan is all about homemade. She is always saying homemade is better, right Mama? She asked about making homemade orange juice so I picked up a juicer.

It was a hit and next on the list is lemons. Fresh lemonade... yum!

I hope you are taking time to enjoy the simple moments!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Mama's Helper

Megan loves to help. No matter what I am doing she wants to be there helping me out. I really don't mind. She chatters away and makes me smile while learning to keep a home.

Yesterday she helped dust and

wash potatoes for dinner.

As I sliced the potatoes to later boil and mash she asked for a slice. She then asked for some salt... just like Grandpa Mike.

Sure it much easier to do a task myself, but what precious moments I would miss!

I hope you are taking time to enjoy the simple moments!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Simple Pleasure

One of the things I like about this time of the year is being able to sit outside in the evening. The evenings are staying light longer and the temperature is perfect for a nice hot cup of tea. I really enjoy sitting out and sipping my tea while reading a chapter or two of my book.

Several years ago I read the Red River series by Lauraine Snelling. I fell in love with Ingeborg Bjorklund! I have followed her and her family through the Return to Red River series, Daughters of Blessing and now Home to Blessing series. If you enjoy historical Christian fiction I highly recommend this series.

I hope you are taking time to enjoy the simple moments!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011


We are fortunate that many of the children from Megan's orphanage live in our area. It is a tradition to get together close to the gotcha day anniversary, which is April 1st.

Now that they are older they are starting to remember each other and form relationships.

This picture is from 2010. It is amazing to watch them grow.

I have been busy baking. Megan's school has a fundraiser called Bakery Day. On Wednesday for 25 cents the kids get to buy a donated baked good.

Yard work is now a regular on the to do list.

I love the smell of fresh cut grass. Ummm!

There is something on my mind that I have wanted to share for a few days. I am having trouble finding the right words. If I can sort it all out be ready for a heavy post. In the mean time I will go about my days with joy in my heart!

I hope you are taking time to enjoy the simple moments!

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Lovin' the Sun

After a heavy, heavy rain all day Monday it has been sunshine and blue skies.

Even though it is still cool we have been trying to get outside as often as possible.

I was presented with the seasons first fist full of flowers.

It always brings a smile to my heart.

As always the swing set is a popular activity.

There are plenty of chores to keep everyone busy. One of those never ending task is laundry. Stained clothing is not my friend. I finally pulled out the items and tackled them.

I tried something new on the underarm stains on Chuck's shirts. I used Borax and water to make a paste. I then scrubbed the stains and washed as normal. Worked like a charm!

The season for hanging out laundry has also returned.

Nothing like the smell of a line dried blanket! Such a simple thing that bring so much joy.

I hope you are taking time to enjoy the simple moments!

Monday, April 04, 2011

Work Hard, Play Hard

Although a bit blustery the weekend was nice. The break in the weather lead to the desire to get outside and as always the to do list is long. The front lawn was mowed for the first time. Weeds were pulled from the driveway and the garden was tilled thanks to my dad. It makes me happy to smell the fresh tilled earth. Yum! Peas were planted and now it will rest until it is warmer. Our property line was staked on Friday. We were a little surprised to find that one line of our property ends on our neighbors concrete drive. Yikes! We aren't concerned about it, just surprised. Now the planning for a fence is in the works. It wasn't all work. There was plenty of time for play. Time to sit on the back porch and enjoy the view. I hope you are taking time to enjoy the simple moments!