Tuesday, May 19, 2015

May Daybook

{Outside My Window}  Perfection!!  Sunny, cool, only a little breeze.  I could do this all year round with one month of snow for Christmas.  I weeded and transplanted and watered in the yard and never broke a sweat! :)

{I'm Listening To}  Nothing right now.  :))  Everyone is at ballet.  Earlier I was listening to Sarah's podcast.  I just love those!  They are great to listen to while cleaning the kitchen or folding laundry.

{I'm Thankful For}  Parents and in-laws that send me Mother's Day cards full of encouragement and even gifts.  Yes, I am lucky!

{I'm Thinking About}  How full June is going to be.  Dance, dance, dance!

{In The Kitchen}  Sunday I made cheddar chive biscuits.  We have chives growing in the garden and I  wanted to find recipes in which to use them.  When I did a search these biscuits came up.  Biscuits are one thing that I have not been able to reproduce very well with gluten free flours.  I've tried a few times, but I'm never willing to experiment too much because I don't want to waste the ingredients.  We have been fairly pleased with gluten free Bisquick though and I had forgotten about it.  I don't buy it on a regular basis but I got some last week and Sunday I added about a cup of shredded cheddar, a little bit of garlic salt and some chopped chives to the recipe on the box and I used butter instead of shortening.  Cameron asked me to marry him again.  He loved them more than anyone, but they were good.  I'll add more garlic salt next time and a bit more butter I think.  If you love Red Lobster biscuits, these were close.

{I Am Reading}  Well I have had a Library Bag post in the works for weeks, but can't seem to finish it.  A couple of weeks ago I was a reading machine!  Right now though I am just beginning Twelve Years A Slave.  Callie has been wanting to read it and see the movie so we are both reading it right now.  I'm not sure I can take the movie, we'll see. 

{I Am Creating}  A "new" living room.  There should be a book "If You Give A Woman A Gallon of Paint". You know, like "If You Give A Mouse A Cookie".  There is going to be a snowball effect that I didn't quite bargain for.  When you go from brown walls to light blue, well, I guess that's just going to happen.  I don't think I realized just how different it would look.  It's a good thing our school break is coming soon because there are three rooms adjoining this one and two of them are brown and they are not going to be able to remain untouched for long.  I better make some more of those biscuits for Cameron!



{One of My Favorite Things}  School breaks!  We are all ready for a change and the chance to work on some projects.  Like, PAINTING!!

{In The Garden}  It's not much.  I didn't even bother with grand plans this year.  However, I have actually been using the chives that are growing.  I've been dividing some perennials to fill in the flower beds and they are looking better.  I have planted two tomato plants and one basil plant and am hoping to get some seeds in the ground this week.  I'm going to cut and dry the oregano this weekend.  These perennial herbs were given to me a couple of years ago and it's so nice to have them.  I'm seriously considering more plants.  Fruit trees, or bushes and things that will come back every year instead of seeds to plant each spring.  The spring is so busy for us and the weather so crazy that we just don't get much planted early.

One more thing though....




 
Yes, there are two.  Let's hope my teeny garden is too teeny to attract them.  These pictures were taken a couple of weeks ago and I haven't seen them this week at all.  Maybe that's good?  Aren't they cute though?!










Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Best Mother's Day Ever

What's not to love about a little girl planning for weeks and a big girl who can surf Pinterest and YouTube for ideas and a wonderful husband and father to help it all work smoothly?

My favorite chocolate chips melted and shaped into a heart, my favorite gum, a gift card, some seeds for the "garden", an original sculpture, and several cards.  Kate started working and planning the minute she heard Cameron and I talking about Mother's Day when we were discussing our own mothers. 

Callie didn't let on that she had anything in the works, but she made up for any year that she may or may not have done anything.  Not that that ever happened.  Or that I was bitter. ;)

I honestly don't remember every Mother's Day that we have celebrated, but a couple stand out.  There was the one when I was pregnant with Callie and Cameron bought me the VHS of You've Got Mail.  I remember thinking it wasn't a very motherly type of gift, but I loved the movie, so it was all good.  We were so excited to be parents that he could have bought me a yard stick and I would've been happy!

Then there was Callie's first Mother's Day when I told Cameron what to pick out.  Ha!  I wanted one of the necklaces that were very popular at the time that had a charm of a boy or girl and the birthstone as the body.

Then, when Callie was around 5 or 6 years old, their was the one where she was an absolute stinker all day.  I don't mean "stinker" in the cute and funny sense either.  I mean the kind of stinker that had me crying about how awful the day was and how Mother's Day wasn't suppose to be like that.

This one though!  This one will definitely be remembered in all the good ways.  We went to my parents to not only celebrate my Mother, but also my Dad's birthday and one of my niece's birthdays.  Callie had requested that we not be home too late because she had something planned so we left before supper to head back home.






Our driver decided a detour to Cheesecake Factory was in order, No one argued, and so added to a stop or two for gas and other things that put us home about 10:00 p.m.  Normally, I would immediately turn into a drill sergeant and get everyone to bed, but I knew I couldn't do that.  So while I followed orders to relax on the couch I listened to lots of whispering and giggles until I was summoned to the bathroom and saw this....

 
 
They had turned the bathroom into a little spa. It was complete with soothing music, candles, hot tea and personal attendants.  I was instructed to take a nice, relaxing bubble bath with the Lush bath bomb (which smelled like a rose garden) and let them know when I was finished.  {by now it was close to 11:00-on a school night}  So I did.  Then I was instructed to sit in the chair and they proceeded to put a mask on my face that Callie had made, then cucumber slices on my eyes.  Now this mask was made of yogurt and oatmeal and honey, so it smelled good, but was a bit on the runny side.  And you know cucumbers are somewhat watery.  So the cucumbers started sliding down my face, and bits of oatmeal were sliding down my neck, and my children are talking in these sort of middle eastern accents telling me to relax.  So I did what any good mother would do and I started to laugh.  Uncontrollably.  Probably not exactly what Callie was going for, but I'm telling you it was the funniest thing EVER! 
 
 
And there was a cocoa sugar scrub for my feet and legs!  The girls worked very hard.  I think they used about 15 washcloths.  It was so great!!  I didn't dare look at the clock at the end and yes, I let them sleep in a bit the next morning.
 





Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Mothering




A few weeks ago a friend on Facebook posted a link to an article, How to Ruin Your Relationship With Your Teenager.  {Go read it!  It's really good}  I clicked on the link to read it and the first sentence hit me like a ton of bricks!  Not to mention the rest of the article.  I think there were only two items in the list of 13 that I was not guilty of!  But the first one struck me the most.  My teenager really does know our opinions on everything by now.  Cameron and I don't need to go on and on and on anymore about our world view and our opinions on clothing and music, etc.  She's heard it all a thousand times.  It's high time we trust in The One who created her, to complete the good work He has started. 

Then last week, I saw this post, On Mothering Teens, Jesus Example and Sonic Splurges and thought it was really great too. {Go read this one too!}

I'm thankful for women who write these things because it's not like when the kids were little and you could talk to your mom friends about all the issues your preschooler had or ask advice about what to do with the stubborn toddler.  As Callie gets older I feel myself panicking about how much time I have left with her and like I have to cram in all this teaching as fast as I can.  I think some parents transition from parenting younger kids to parenting older kids better than others.  I know I'm very guilty of trying to just freeze time and wishing for the "old days", but my good friend whose son is the same age as Callie is not like that.  She's not mourning those younger years at all.  I know I shouldn't be either and I'm really working on being thankful for the here and now. 

I have no advice or insight to offer.  I'm sharing these links here in case they may be helpful to someone else and so that I can come back and remind myself to take a deep breath and enjoy my beautiful, smart, funny and sweet daughter!  Even on the days that are hard.

 

 




 



Monday, April 20, 2015

24 Hours

My goodness, how fast things can change.

Earlier in the week Cameron informed me that his office, here at home, had to be inspected.  How's that for motivation to get the house work done?!  The girls and I worked really hard to stay on top of things all week so when Thursday came around everything looked great.  The girls and I left to do school at Starbucks, I mean, the library (actually both) and when we came back to a spotless house, it was all I could do to start dinner and mess up the kitchen again. 

Friday morning, Callie came down with a stomach bug.  Yuck! 

Saturday, Kate and I had a much milder version, but still spent most of the day on the couch.

So much for that spotless, picked up house!  It never lasts more than a day!

The living room however, has survived and even got a little makeover.  Kate and I decided on Friday, while Callie was resting and Cameron was mowing, that we needed to rearrange things.  We did enlist a little help with the piano.

 Yes, I know....one curtain.  It's on the list of "to do"!



It's not perfect.  But I really like how open it looks and Kate asked, "How did it get bigger?".  It was really long over due for a change.  It was quite nice to have a different view while laying on the couch all day with Kate on Saturday!  I'd really love to change the wall color in here.  That's on the same list as the curtains. 




Friday, April 17, 2015

Spring Moments




The truth behind Callie's babysitting job.  We'd probably do it for free.  Everyone need's a baby in their lives.



He's back......Kate took upteen photos of him!

 

 

 
Now what is not to love about this?  Pink rollers, winter coat, flip flops and shorts and blue and pink toenails!


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

{Yarn Along}

I've temporarily given up on my previous project.  We needed some space!

Right now, I'm knitting socks!  A friend at church is going to walk me through the new-to-me parts.  Like turning the heel and anything else that might be tricky for a first timer.  I'm pretty excited!  I hope they fit.

I finished reading Kate Morton's first book last week. "The House at Riverton" was very enjoyable.  If you like Downton Abbey, then this is your book!  Even down to a servant named Alfred. 



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Monday, April 13, 2015

The Wizard of Oz

We are reading "The Wizard of Oz" right now during our Morning Time. 

I guess it's pretty appropriate for spring since I thought we might get blown to Oz ourselves a few nights ago!  {I really have a love/hate relationship with Spring}

Anyway!  These two lines cracked me up....

"It's such an uncomfortable feeling to know one is a fool"
"If it required brains to figure it out, I never should have said it"

Poor Scarecrow!  I've felt just like him a few times in my life.

I'm anxious to see how the book compares to the movie.  I grew up watching it as a child and had no idea it was a book!  So far we are really enjoying it.