Girls Night Out

Saturday, February 26, 2011

We could have gone out to dinner or gone shopping, but no - not us - we build! A group of us got together and had our power-tool-wielding friend Naomi teach us how to build a Pottery Barn style shelf. But instead of paying $40, ours cost $5. It was so much fun, and we all got to take something home at the end of the night that we made by ourselves! This was a great little project to start with, and since Nya insists upon having some time to look at her books before she goes to bed I thought this would be perfect to hang beside her crib. It turned out really cute. Thank you Naomi. Nya loves it. I look forward to the next girl's night out!

New blogs

Thursday, February 24, 2011

I've just about hit blogger burnout. The girls have revamped their blogs this week, and they turned out pretty cute (they aren't done yet. we are still working on them).  I am feeling very done. Blogging my own 3 and their 2 has been more than I can keep up with. It is such a fabulously fun way for them to journal though. They learn computer skills and typing, spelling and grammar, and photography as well. So we carry on and hope that the day is not too far off that they will be able to do the bulk of it by themselves. For now all I hear is, "How do you spell....", and "How do I do...." every 2 minutes. But they are loving it and learning too!

pink pillows

I had been on the lookout for pink fabric to use in the girls room. The room right now is mostly grey/blue and yellow. I wanted to add some pink through pillows on theirs beds. I finally found what I had envisioned at Fabircland, and of course they were out of it. They were, however, able to special order some more in for me. It has been washed and ironed and sitting in a drawer ever since just waiting to be used. The other day I got out the sewing machine and all the supplies, at which point the girls entered the room and begged me to sew with them. So instead of sewing pillows, we have been designing and making barbie clothes. The fabric will have to wait some more. Maybe this weekend I will get to sew {by myself!}

Home Economics

One of the very best parts of homeschooling is that we can sew or bake or do crafts whenever we want. I love that. And the kids love it too! Today Emma and I made oatmeal blueberry muffins. 
She made sure to follow the recipe, but we ran out of milk so we substituted water, hoping it would work!

 She loves to crack the eggs, and she is very good at it. Not a shell in the bowl!
{it really is the coolest thing to be able to walk out to the back yard and gather fresh eggs from our hens}
Then the best part - the blueberries.

She mixed it well...
 and we put them into the oven.
They were very yummy and appreciated by everyone.
 {all gone in 10 minutes}
We should have made a bigger batch with 7 people in the house.
They are not sugary or cakey. So if you like a real muffin, these are for you!

Oatmeal Blueberry Muffins
1 1/4 cups quick oats
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup white sugar
1 TB baking powder
1/2 t salt
1 cup milk {or water}
1 egg
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup blueberries

mix ingredients, grease tin, bake for 25 minutes at 425 degrees F. Enjoy!
makes 12

The Little Red Hen

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

She is back!!!
We don't know where she's been or how she evaded the many predators we have around here, but Monday night as I went to put the hens to bed I saw a very timid looking chicken walking around the coop. I scooped her up and ran to the house to show Emma. Emma knew it was Eggaline when she first saw her in my arms. We are all so very grateful that she is back. What a story she would have to tell if only she could talk!

Belly Dancing?

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

No, no....... NO! - this is not my next adventurous undertaking.
Last night for Family Night we played Charades. During 1 of Noelle's turns, she picked a card and then got a funny look on her face and said, "Belly dancing, what is belly dancing?" To which Bergen said, "I know. It is when you go like this." He then proceeded to belly slam into her. At this point we all... well, belly laughed. 

Dear Eggaline...

Monday, February 21, 2011

You escaped from the safety your your chicken run yesterday and when we went down to lock up for the night, you were nowhere to be found. The whole family donned puffy winter jackets and warm boots for a dark chilly search of the yard and tree tops for you. Holding out hope that you were hiding for the night and that we would find you pecking around the yard in the morning, we all woke early and looked again.
You were not there. We cried. We can only guess what happened. A part of me still hopes that I will look out my window and see you scratching for bugs, but I fear you are gone. Some may find it strange that one could ever love a chicken....yet we did. You were Emma's cherished chicken. Thank you for the eggs. We do miss you Eggaline.

our bed

With a few final adjustments (believe it or not the bed was even higher than this originally - we had to lower it a bit on account of it being ridiculous) our bed is finished. 
I still need to sew a cover for the pillow, but for now it is done.


Wednesday, February 16, 2011

We finally met Lyla, and she is every bit as sweet as I knew she would be. I also knew upon seeing her that I would want to take her home with me - I was right. But since Julianne and Mike were adamant about keeping her, this only left me 1 option. I found myself contemplating, "Could I? Could I really do it again?" I held that baby for as long as I could, wishing that somehow, someway I could have another baby. Not through pregnancy again, not ever again. I just wanted someone to hand me a baby and say, "Here, for you!" On the way home I asked Darren, "Isn't she the most beautiful? Do you think that we will ever have another baby? Don't you just sometimes wish, if only for a moment?" To which my wise and loving husband replied, "Yes....but no one is knocking". There it is - the truth I already knew. There will be no more babies for us, at least not through pregnancy anyways. And I know, without a shadow of a doubt, that if the day ever comes that 1 of God's children is meant to come to us by some different means, that we will know, because we will feel them knocking on our hearts.

Congratulations Mike and Julianne! 
We love you.

so close.....

We are almost done! I will be sleeping in our new bed tonight....if I can get in it.
We are so used to having our mattress on the floor, that this new bed seems ridiculously high. 
{It's a wee bit reminiscent of the Princess and the Pea}

Happy Valentines Day

Monday, February 14, 2011

(a BIG thanks to Robin for the cookie inspiration - who knew cookies could be so fun)
We had a great one - hope you did too!

Construction Zone

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Where do we build beds? 
In the living room of course!?

Be Mine

Every year, when I was a kid at school we would make an envelop to hang at the end of our desk in preparation for Valentines Day. On that day we would exchange cards with all our class mates. Since we home school, our children won't get that experience. So I decided that I need to make this day extra special for them at home. I have seen these chair backers on the internet (they usually have the child's name machine embroidered on the flap - so much cuter and much more personal - I will have to look into that for next year!) and I thought I would make 1 for each child and fill them with cards and treats, so that when they come downstairs for breakfast on Valentines Day morning they will each have an envelop full of surprises to open. A fun tradition for us to do every year in celebration of this day, and to let our children know just how much we love them.

5 dollar find

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

I always look at the picture frames when I am at Winners. Using photos is such an easy way to decorate your home. While I was there last looking for mirrors, I found this frame. Its paint was chipping, and the support stand on the back was broken off. I almost didn't get it, but I thought for $5, I might as well. I am so glad I did. When I got it home I gave it a sand around the edges to make it look a little more worn and I didn't even need to make another support for the back - it is such a chunky frame that it sits perfectly happy on my dresser.

Get your gi on!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Bergen has started karate lessons. He is loving it!
Parents get to stay and watch. I am loving that!
(That is his karate face! It is very serious business, you know)

Saturday Afternoon

On Saturday I was able to sneak away for a little while to go and pick up 2 mirrors from Superstore for our bedroom. I was however feeling guilty all the way there, and was already talking myself out of it. When I got there I realized that I had forgotten my wallet at home. It turned out to be a really good thing though. I went in anyways and had another look at the mirrors. I really do like them, but I was having a hard time convincing myself to spend $50 on each mirror (hence the guilt). Since I had to go home and get my wallet anyways, I thought I might as well have a look at Winners, just in case they had anything. I can almost always find something I like there. Less often do I find 2 of the same kind though - like lamps and candle sticks. So I was very excited when I found 2 mirrors that were the right shape and had a frame that I liked. The only thing is that they were black and I wanted white. But this is not usually a deterrent for me - I will spray paint almost anything. And the very best part was that they cost $20 each - $20 dollars! I had the girl at the front hold them for me while I went home to get my wallet and happily walked out of the store with 2 mirrors for less than the cost of 1 from Superstore. I probably would never have actually bought the more expense mirrors anyways so in the end it all worked out for the best. I am now 1 step closer to completing our room.
(I also spent another $5 on something for our bedroom that I almost talked myself out of because I wasn't sure if it would work or if it was worth it. I am so glad I got it!)

girls, curls, nails & cookies

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Noelle had a small group of girls over to celebrate her birthday last Saturday. We had too much fun! We each made our own mini pizza, and decorated sugar cookies and cupcakes, and then, with the help of Aubrey and Stephanie, stylists extraordinaire, we pampered the girls with manicures and curls! I don't really know what I was thinking, but I realized near the end of the night that between making pizzas and icing cookies, and painting nails, and cleaning up, I neglected to take a single picture. Fortunately for me, at least 1 of my children with almost inevitably have a camera in hand. So although the are blurry - we did get some photos to help us remember this night, courtesy of mini photographers. Again thanks to everyone who helped make this night so fabulous for Noelle. Aubrey and Stephanie - you are forever my girls!
Nya.... seriously am I in trouble or what? She is only 2. 
She was all over it, swimsuit and everything! 
(this has been her daily apparel of choice recently)