April 22, 2014


We made cookies today!
I asked Paige what she wanted for breakfast this morning and she said homemade cookies. "Sure, Precious, whatever your heart desires." No, not really, we made biscuits and gravy. But THEN we made cookies! I always shudder at the thought of making cookies from scratch because it's like: "make the dough then cut it out? then cook it? then frost them???" *hand to forehead* But I'm glad I went for it. It was fun! The babies were napping by the time we got around to frosting, so it was some great one-on-one time with her.
 (I love this concentration face) :o)
 I couldn't stop looking at the mixed and scattered sprinkles as we were decorating. I want this to be my computer desktop, ya know?
They weren't professional, pin-worthy cookies. But we had fun decorating them. :o)
Paige ate a few...
 Then we went to make deliveries to a few friends' houses. I let Paige do the dropping off by herself which made her feel very important, whilst I snapped photos of her like a spy with my iphone. Hehe.

I'll have to repeat this adventure when I can actually eat them! :O) I looove frosted cookies. Especially with cream cheese frosting. Mmmmm! :O) :O) :O)

Hope your week is starting off well! I leave you with this photo of baby "B", who has just discovered sitting in chairs. He climbs up there ten times a day and just sits and sits and sits. It's so precious! And I'm thrilled to have at least a few minutes of the day when he's not destroying something. :o)


April 21, 2014

DIY Crepe Paper Carnations!

When I threw a baby shower for a friend recently I wanted lots of flowers, so I decided to DIY a few. I feel like half of the projects I make are flowers, I love flowers!! These carnations are made out of crepe paper and wire flower stems. 

What you need:
  • Crepe paper
  • Scotch tape
  • Wire stems (I used stems from a $ store flower bunch) or straws, pipe cleaners, wooden dowels, etc.
  • Wire cutters

  • Fold a 15'' length of crepe paper in half, then in half again, etc., until it is about an inch wide.

  • Use scissors to snip the ends to create a frayed look. For a scalloped petal edge, snip three rounded bumps in the top.

  • Roll the strip up, bunching the bottom up as you go.

  • It should look like this when you're done.

  • Poke a wire stem through the top and pull downward until it isn't visible in the flower anymore. Wrap tape around the bottom of the bloom.

 Wouldn't these be great in a wreath or a flower crown? Carnations have always been one of my favorite flowers. :O) I think because they are one of the first flowers that I knew by name when I was little. My mother taught me about them and I thought they were the prettiest thing.

Hope you're having a great night! Right now I'm listening to the rain hit the stairwell to our basement and it is the best sound. I love spring rain!!

April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter!! Paige wanted me to curl her hair today. :o) She is the most beautiful thing I've ever seen. We don't usually get dressed up for easter but this year we did, just for fun. You should have seen the boys!! I wish I could have taken pictures to show you. Khakis and suit jackets and bow ties-ugh! So adorable. After church we went to the home of some great friends where I saw the most beautiful food I've ever seen/smelled/not tasted in a loooong time. :O) I may have licked the potatoes...a little.

I love, love Easter. I'm almost thinking of making it my favorite holiday. I got to explain to the kids in bible class this morning about how Easter celebrates the greatest event in human history. Can you raise yourself from the dead? Me either. But God can. And He did. For us.
I can't even wrap my mind around that.

Have a wonderful start to your week!! Yay, Monday!

April 19, 2014

Happy Day 30: Sprinkles!

Today we made something delicious we found on Pinterest
These marshmallow bark squares with white chocolate and dark chocolate and sprinkles. Paige approved!
Today was one of those "on your feet all day" days. It was great! This morning we had a celebration for a friend and sister who just had a sweet baby boy. We had a lovely lunch at a bistro in town where I enjoyed snuggles with the new little one and tried not to look like the weird person on a cleanse who couldn't eat anything. :O)

Isn't he so sweet!!

Then we had great friends come to town and we had dinner with them and then got together with a few people from church for desert, which is what I made those cute 'mallow bars for. I have to admit, I felt pretty cool for not only making something instead of buying packaged cookies, but also for actually making something I pinned! If only I could've eaten them, haha.

Well today's the day. Day 30 of "30 Days of Happy." Wow, do I ever feel different from 30 days ago! What I thought was going to be a fun, superficial sort of "just try to be in a good mood" endeavor turned into something so much more. I truly am happier. I feel spiritually rejuvenated, more like myself. And physically, I feel great! Yay for healthy food and hydration! :O) Thanks to all of you for sticking around and leaving your encouraging comments along the way. It really means so much to me! Have you guys ever taken that love languages test? I think mine is words of affirmation, which means that all your sweet comments make me feel really loved and I really appreciate it.

You know what else I liked about doing "30 Days of Happy"? I loved blogging about little things. I always feel like I'll bore you all if I blog about the little stuff, but to tell you the truth I really enjoy sharing the details of life. It's fun.

I hope you have a great Easter tomorrow. How perfect that my happiness event ends at the happiest day of the year, celebrating the happiest moment in human history.
I love you!

April 16, 2014

Happy Day 27: Behind the Scenes

It has been a long, fabulous day! Every two months I have a handful of projects that I do for Fresh Style magazine and I seriously cannot get them done until the day of my deadline. What's wrong with me?? :O) So that's what I did today! It wasn't easy getting them all done in a day with the babies and all their little baby needs :o) my husband helps watch them when he can, but he's gotta work too of course. And I'm on this health cleanse thing right now so I couldn't help thinking how much more the creativity would be flowing if I had an iced coffee and strawberry poptarts!
Anyway, as crazy and sometimes stressful as it is, I love my every-two-month ritual of whirlwind crafting. And I so wish that I could blog about the projects I make! Especially for those of you in areas that don't get this magazine.

The last two photos are just vases I made a long time ago at the pottery painting place in town. I love them! I love that place! In my fantasy world I would invite you all to a fabulous painting tea party there and visit with you until I knew you all like family. That would be so lovely!

Have a great day today!
Love you!

April 13, 2014

Happy Day 24: Stuck in My Head

Part of me thinks this all started with a song. My change of spirit and need for happiness.

I love music. I have to listen to it all the time. (And the louder the better!) :O) But music has a big impact on my attitude and I'm so affected by my surroundings that I can go from mood to mood with a switch of a song on the radio. Are you that way?? If I hear a song about a homeless child I'm ready to go home and sell everything we own to help somehow. ...Which is why I have to be careful about which songs I listen to. :O)

A while back I heard a song, I can't even remember where, and melodically it was just hauntingly beautiful, one of the best I've ever heard. However, the lyrics were not at all good, the kind of song I would usually shut off immediately because my heart is so offended by it. But for some reason I didn't, and I kept listening to it. And it made me angry and it made me feel kind of dark, but I kept listening to it, over and over because it was so beautiful and addicting. I think it created a little piece of darkness in my heart that got a proverbial ball rolling until one day I was like: "wait, what am I doing again??"

I've long left that song behind. I've replaced it with songs much less melodically beautiful, but with much more beautiful feelings in their wake. The song above is one that I just recently discovered, it's called "Oceans" by Hillsong United and it is lovely!

Songs like this really help me stay positive and happy. It helps my mind and heart stay focused on God and that really is...the only thing that truly makes me happy.  :O)

Happy Sunday!

"Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-thing about such things." Philippians 4:8


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