I am so proud of myself. I got Barb and Jill hooked on this cool site called Etsy. This is where people sell their handcrafted items. Of course there are tons of blogs out there on all kinds of cute things to make. They are now having trouble staying away from these and all of the cool crafting blogs. So Kristi, go to Etsy and visit some of the blogs below and you will need a therapist to stop your craft addiction.
Monday, July 28, 2008
My friend Aprile is guilty for turning me on to junk shopping. I think I'm becoming a little addicted. You can find some junk that can be turned into something really fun! This was an old wooden shoe shine box. With a little paint, distressing and a fun knob, it turned into a cute little box for something special - not sure what I'll use it for, but I like it!
Ok, now for my grand poo ba of junk finds this weekend. I've been wanting to make a coat rack for my girls' room to hang their sweaters on. Aprile and I looked for an old shutter to turn into a sweater rack when I visited her a few weeks ago - no luck. So, look what I found this weekend at the Salvation Army for $5:
Yes, its an old twin headboard and baseboard. Are your wheels turning, can you see the possibilities? Look what it turned into - I'm so excited!
The sweater hooks were the most expensive part of the hole thing. I added the base board above them to make a picture shelf. Here is a close up of the sweater hooks:
I'm definitely getting addicted to this - sisters and nieces, want to come with me?
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Good morning sisters and nieces. Wade has a message for all of us. He has the ability to put an entire plate of food in his mouth but this is just his demonstration of the thing that really drives Kelli nuts. We had a birthday celebration for Jill and she requested cupcakes. The part that makes me laugh is his goofy face. The words to the song he was trying to sing are below.
Hello! ma honey,
Hello! ma ragtime gal,
Send me a kiss by wire,
Baby my heart's on fire!
If you refuse me,
Honey, you'll lose me,
Then you'll be left alone;
oh baby, Telephone
and tell me I'se your own
Friday, July 18, 2008
I didn't think I was going to have much luck putting a theme together for her party - but it turned out to be quite fun. Here is the invitation to her birthday party - my first try at "quilling":
Here is what the table looked like before the guests arrived. There are some fun bee decorations out there. We also made cookies on a stick in the shape of bee hives and flowers:
Well we had to have a water fight too. Lexie Bee isn't all that excited about being wet but she gave use a pose in her new bee beach towel:
However, someone else in our family does enjoy water fights very much - take a look!
O.k. I'm tired now - I think I'll go take a nap!
Monday, July 14, 2008
Since Barb will never do this on her own I will have to take over and post some photos of her beautiful gardening. I would love to just live in this back yard. She has put many hours into making this such a wonderful retreat.
I did not take nearly enough photos of the plants that are just amazing. Her lilies are blooming and it is so green and lovely back here.
This is such a beautiful and bright clematis and it is loving this spot.
I should have taken a photo of the entire hydrangea as it is the largest one I have ever seen. It is at least five feet or more wide and close to six feet tall. This is a closeup of the flower. I think this one is called a lace capped hydrangea.
Here is Barb's grandson, Joska. He now has very short hair due to a small little bug invading his personal space and look........a tattoo. He needed documentation as it will wash off if he takes too many more baths. Of course he wants to protect it as long as possible so I suppose he will be taping it up to keep it dry. He cracks me up.
I didn't put this in here because of Lucy and Byron but now I look at it and realize that Byron is stealing Lucy's shoes. Ha! Ha! Actually it is to show how pretty that part of the yard is. Barb, you have a green thumb!
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
We finally made it to the top - the picture is proof. I wished the picture could show you how high up we were - it was hard for me to stand up there without feeling dizzy:
The view was incredible - no I couldn't bring myself to lean over the edge to give you a shot of the quick way down! Although it does give you an idea of the sheer drop offs were were hiking on:
Here is Lexie after the hike - exhausted. She did fine on Pat's back on the way up because she was looking up. But, the way down was a little unnerving because she could see how far down the bottom was and how narrow the trail was. She kept saying Daaaaaaadddddy, Moooooommmmmeee!
That afternoon, we decided to cool off a bit. We hiked a trail called The Narrows. It is a trail that goes between to canyon walls, most of which you hike in the middle of a river. In fact, you can't hike it if there is going to be rain because of the possibility of flash floods and no where for you to go:
Views you can only get by hiking down!
Resting in the shade on the trail:
Boy are we tough:
O.k. - maybe not all of us are that tough, but look at this guy. He carried the girls like this most of the way back up!
Then came the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Yes we did hike down it - but only half way. We only had a half day for that hike. Here we are up at the top:
Then on the way down:
Here is Lexie finishing the climb:
Here is some happy girls after the hike:
We have been reading Brighty of the Grand Canyon for the trip. Here are the kids with a statue of Brighty:
And here we are again up on top:
So, would you like to come homeschool with us?????
Ok, back to reality - selling Krispy Kremes to raise money for our homeschool group - 250 dozen sold: