Sunday, April 22, 2012

Things I’m Loving

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:: flowers, glorious flowers

:: my Primary class – could a group of five-year-olds be any cuter?

:: sunshine, we’ve had a peak at it almost every day lately

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:: watching Djeryd play with Alyx – he is an amazing big brother

:: being ahead of schedule with Anna’s birthday dress (I never dreamed such a thing was possible)  ;>

:: poppy buds waiting to burst

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:: Anna changing her birthday party theme from Strawberry Shortcake to Pixie Hollow

:: afternoons at the park

:: catching up with an old friend

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:: watching Erik and Anna dive and make serious tracks in the water

:: a laptop in the house once again

:: inspiration at long last for the kids’ rooms (think flight)

Friday, April 20, 2012


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This week, as I have looked around, I have found Manna from Heaven in so many different forms.  One was driving home from a miserable trip to the grocery store in the pouring rain.  It was just me and my girls and no one to help at the other end.  I silently offered a prayer asking for mercy, that the rain would stop so I could get all my groceries and my kids in the house without being drenched.  Quite literally the second my tires touched the driveway the rain stopped.

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Another one has been the miracle of finding a friend I never really thought I would see again in this life.  But she found me.  On facebook of all places.  ;>  On Friday afternoon into my inbox popped a friend request.  We have not seen each other since the sixth grade and I seriously cannot describe the void that has since been filled in my heart that I never even knew was there.  There is a long letter from her every day and I find myself pushing priorities aside to soak in every word and then gaggle out a reply, usually laughing or crying along the way.  It is nourishment to my soul.  That’s what a true friend is – Manna from Heaven.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Money Jars

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I have been looking for a good, cheap, easy way for my kids to sort their income.  I did not find anything I was satisfied with.  Even the expensive things did not offer the versatility or convenience I was looking for.  This is what I came up with, making one set in each child’s color:

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I did not take pictures to make a tutorial, but it is very easy and I think you will be able to figure it out.  If you need pictures let me know and I will make another set and put up the pics. 

All you do is take four standard-size cans (like the kind fruit cocktail, olives and beans come in) and four strips of scrapbook paper that measure 4 1/8” x 9 1/2”.  I printed up the labels on the computer, trimmed them up a bit and glued them to the paper.  Then I hot glued a vertical stripe on the can, attached one end of the paper (make sure it is facing up) and wrapped it around the can.  I hot glued one more vertical stripe onto the can where the papers meet, and finished it off with a glue stick on the leftover paper flap.  That’s it. 

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Seriously I would be happy to do a tutorial if anyone is interested at all. (It would just make me happy if someone liked my idea enough to copy it.) ;>  How do your kids process their money?

Monday, April 16, 2012


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Do you love tulips as much as me?

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Yippee for spring!

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012


My two new favorite pics . . .

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A rarely photographed smile from Djeryd.

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And an even rarer photograph of double fish-faces.

These guys are definitely going on the wall.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Alyxandria’s Birthday Dress . . .At Last

Here it is, at long last. Alyx got to wear her birthday dress for the one and only time on Easter Sunday.  Unfortunately the fit is a bit snug and I’m not sure she will be able to squeeze into it again.

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She got some strawberry dribble down the front in Nursery, which I hope will come out because this little number is being entered in the fair this summer.

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Things I love about this dress:

:: How all three fabrics make each other look more beautiful than they are by themselves.

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:: How the piping makes everything pop.

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:: How much my girl loves wearing it, even though it is a pain in the neck to get on and off (next time I use this pattern I will be installing a zipper or a nice, long placket for buttons).

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:: That swingy, gorgeous hemline accentuated by the piping and bias hem.  It was worth every hour of labor (I only wish it would fit her for a just a little bit longer).

Thursday, April 5, 2012

The Biggest Airplane In the World

We went to the Evergreen Aviation Museum over Spring Break. Apparently it was a winner because my kids are still saying “thank you” for it in their prayers.

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We went on a little tour starting out with the Wright brothers.  I love those windows.  I wish I lived in one of those gigantic houses that backs up to my own personal forest or lake or something so I could have a twenty foot tall wall entirely composed of windows.  All that glorious sunshine. (This was the ONLY day of Spring Break it did not rain all day long.)

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I love how shiny airplanes are, and the bright primary colors. 

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I felt inspired to actually finish up the boys’ room and just cover it with airplanes. 

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I think Djeryd will outgrow this in a matter of months, though.  On the other hand, Sean has not outgrown his fascination with airplanes.  Maybe it would be worth the investment.

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I am highly tempted to plaster this sign over each of the kids’ doors.  Or at least put it on a t-shirt.

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There was a lot of standing and listening, which no one does cuter than Anna.

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However, I did not stand and listen, rebel that I am.  I had the perfect excuse of photography to wander at will.  I took a lot of pictures of uniforms, but was forced to delete most of them because I ran of room on my memory card (long story) before we got two steps inside the space museum (post coming soon).  I am trying to talk Djeryd into one of these for Halloween – I just think it would be fun to recreate.

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I thought perhaps this little flag should be attached to my children somehow.

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(Second family snapshot since Lu was born – how sad is that.)

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There was a little hands-on area where the kids were able to learn about the science of flight.

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The kids could sit in a cockpit and play a bunch of games using air to manipulate objects and forces of nature.  It was crazy.

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The bright shining star of the museum is the Spruce Goose (in Anna’s prayer the other night she called it the Red Hawk – she knew it was two words and had something to do with a bird).

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Seeing that thing was like being at Disneyland.  The picture above is a model that was used the The Aviator.  We saw still images of the scene it was green-screened into.  Movies are magic.

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That little mannequin man is full size.  Can you believe how gigantic that cargo bay is?  The plane was designed to carry 750 troops to Europe.  Insane!

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And that fact that that baby is entirely made of wood is phenomenal.  It is quite the sight to see.

Monday, April 2, 2012

How Movies Are Made

. . . at least at our house . . .

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. . . Djeryd directs . . .

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. . . Erik is the bad guy (much to his annoyance) . . .

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. . . and sometimes Anna gets a shot at the big screen . . .

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. . . in this case behind the camera . . .

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. . . quite literally filling her big brother’s shoes . . .

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. . . after a brief tutorial . . .

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  . . . Djeryd hands her the reigns so he can star . . .

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. . . she gets distracted between takes . . .

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. . . and the whole cast and crew critique her work . . .

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