I know I should have stayed home today. There were dishes to be done, dresser drawers itching to be organized. But I didn't. I decided those things can be done on a Monday or a Tuesday, days when I can't go to any garage sales.
There is something so rewarding about digging through somebody else's junk and finding a treasure.
Here are some of my favorite things I found today:
Vintage cup- 25¢ (our hot chocolate cup selection is paltry at best right now)
6 frames- 25¢ a piece These will be perfect to do this: (sorry I can't remember where I saved this photo from. I'll post the info when I find it again)
Frames & shutters- $2.50 for all (I am spray painting the shutters black for my scrapbook room)
Funky white bowl- Free (from the basement of the duplex Troy is fixing up)
Chair for our desk area in the kitchen- $2.00 (need to recover the seat)
I got all before I had to pick Genna up from preschool at 11:30. We then went to Nebraska City to scout out some sales there. I was very disappointed to find only 1 sale in a town of 6,000. The trip was not in vain, however, driving to find the one sale, I drove by this:
with a free sign on it. I scooped it right up! We have a classroom setting for our roadshow coming up in October, so this will be perfect. Plus Connor already claimed it for his room.
So it was a great day of garage sale-ing. The sad thing was that Genna was not feeling well once I picked her up from school. She fell asleep on the way to Nebraska City, which was my first clue. She woke up coughing and with a fever. We ended up in the ER tonight because, she just couldn't get her breathing under control. The Dr. said she was so surprised she wasn't complaining of her ear hurting because it was pretty infected. She ended up getting sick all over her clothes at the hospital and so they sent her home in this cute little hospital gown. She also got a little "Fluffy Bear" for being such a trooper. She has yet to be able to keep any medicine down. But thankfully she is sleeping pretty sound right now.
It was a crazy, busy spring and summer. The only thing "me" thing I did during that time was working out every day. Then the fair rolled around and the kids went back to school. Now all the sudden, I want to do and make everything. I have a long list of ways I want to get organized after neglecting my house for such a long time running here and there.
I want to make cards, I want to scrapbook, I want to go thrift shopping for fun vintage finds and now suddenly I want to make stuffed animals? In a million years I wouldn't have guessed that I would have that desire. We really aren't stuffed animal people around here. But there are some adorable handmade softies who have such charm and personality.
Here's the story: With the return to a more normal routine, I began blogging again. I hadn't even been opening my bloglines because there were too many to read during the summertime. But I finally just marked read on the 1,740 feeds and having been trying to just catch up on some of my favorites. Well, eventually that led to finding some really fun new blogs and hence a crazy desire to get out of my comfort zone and create more than just with paper.
So here are a few blogs that are totally inspiring me these days:
Wee Wonderfuls Check out this cute little guy that she designed the pattern for.
I used to think felt was only used by an older generation to craft with. Check out what this gal does with it. Adorable!! She has an Etsy shop where you can purchase her felt creations.
This one has a lot of fun art projects for you to do with your kids. It inspired us to do some painting today.
While Genna was painting, I organized the art supplies that previously lived and overflowed from a basket on top of the fridge. Now they are in the pull out drawer of the desk in the kitchen. Much easier access here and now the top of my fridge won't look so cluttered.
There are a half a dozen more cool blogs that I found through looking at pictures on Flickr of handmade items. I'll share those another time. I am just so impressed by these women, many of whom are moms that create beautiful items while taking care of their families.
That is my hope, that I can channel my creativity and make something that will brighten someone's day.
I feel so blessed to be friends with some amazing women! Last weekend Cheryl, Tami and I went out to dinner and shopping. We had a great time talking and just being together. The only problem with the night was it ended too soon!
Then today my good friend, Amber and her 2 cute kids came down for a visit. Genna was so excited for Anna and Baby Josh to come over. We had lunch together at Subway and stopped in at the quilt shop in town. Lots of yummy fabric there. Makes me wish I knew how to sew better. After that we came back to my house and just hung out for a bit. After my busy weekend, that was just perfect! Genna had a fun time playing with Anna and loving on Josh.
Saturday was Jameson's first boy scout activity, an 11 year old daycamp. He got to shoot BB guns, do an obstacle course, tie knots and cook his own lunch. It was a fun time. I got to go along because it was the Stake Primary who put this activity on.
I was excited to look out tonight and see about 5 or 6 bluebirds back for a visit. I guess that snake didn't scare them off for good.
Last, here are just a couple of pictures that I thought turned out pretty cool.
Yep, it's that time of year. BLT's and fried green tomatoes are favorites at our house in the summertime.
But, I have to confess, my fear over finding this:
in my bluebird box next to my garden has kept me from getting out and picking and weeding, etc. I did finally suck it up this week and it is no longer the jungle it once was.
My Mom came down yesterday and helped me with the tomatoes and watched Genna while I subbed. We dried some and then skinned and pureed the rest freeze for use in sauces and soups. I also got a bushel of peaches from Betty. I froze 28 cups. Can't wait to make peach pies and smoothies with those this winter!
Wow, it is pretty quiet in my house right now. We got all 3 kids dropped off at school this morning. Genna is going to an everyday preschool program at the school, Connor is in 4th grade and Jameson is in 5th.
Everyone was excited for school to start, all 3 of them joyfully made their lunch yesterday after church. Genna was especially cute making her peanut butter and jelly sandwich. It's too bad that the excitement over that task couldn't last the whole year long.
I had to make a quick run to Walmart at 6:15 this morning to get a new camera battery. I foolishly held out hope that the hotel we stayed at would have returned my battery charger to me by now. I also picked up some donuts and strawberry milk. Troy got everyone up and dressed while I was gone so we could have scripture reading when I got home. We unfortunately let that slide over the summer time. It was really good to get it started again today.
I did take a picture of the kids on the steps of the school, but the boys were not thrilled about having to stand there for 2 seconds while their classmates were watching, so it didn't turn out very good. I did restrain myself from kissing them goodbye and utterly embarassing them.
I was really worried about Genna going to preschool because last year she struggled when we would drop her off. She loved preschool, but hated to say goodbye to us. She did start warming up to the idea more after helping to pick out her backpack and lunchbox and school clothes. Then after going to the open house last week and seeing all the fun stuff there, she finally started getting excited about going. It also helps that several of her friends from preschool last year are going to be there.
She did so great this morning. She hesitated just a bit after walking into the noisy room, but once she got her bearings, she hung up her backpack, let me take a picture with her teacher and sat down to do puzzles. No crying, clinging or chasing after me like last year. I know she is going to love it there. She is at an age where she is really ready to learn things. She always wants me to tell her the words of a story, so she can "read" the book to me.
I'll admit the quiet here is pretty peaceful. But I am grateful that it won't last all day long. Even though there are a lot of days where my kids drive me crazy, I am so thankful to be able to stay home with them; to be able to pick them up from school and hear how their day went. My friend Cheryl bakes chocolate chip cookies for her son after the first day of school, which is a great tradition. I am not sure I will get that done today. Oh well, we still have a whole box of donuts leftover because everyone was too excited to eat much this morning.
Ok, I better get going, it really has gotten too quiet, the washer finished it's cycle and I must get the clothes into the dryer. Gotta create some background noise so I can hear myself think.
Ok, I admit it, I am just as excited for tomorrow night's premeire of High School Musical 2, as my kids are. We watched the original version one night on our vacation and had so much fun singing along to all of the songs. I think we'll order pizza, pop some popcorn and make rootbeer floats. Who knows maybe tomorrow afternoon we'll make microphones out of toilet paper tubes so we can sing along in style!
August is County Fair time for our family. Troy has a booth for his business at 4 different fairs. My sister in law, Michelle and I split up the daytime shifts, since the guys still need to install and make money even though the fair is going on. Working the booth is usually hot and sticky and a little boring. But to the kids, the fair is a magical place and they can't get enough of it.
Last night our own county fair, which takes place right down the road from our house, finished up. I was sad to have this year's fair come and go with out my camera. I accidently left my battery charger in the condo where we stayed in Utah and they are supposedly sending it to me. This fair ranks #1 of the 4 we enter because of several reasons: a)it's right down the road, which means we see more of Troy b)the kids get to ride rides and hang out with their friends who are also at the fair and c) we have a lot of fun entering items in the open class catergories.
A few highlights from this year's fair: Genna got brave and rode the "Sizzler" with our next door neighbor's and LOVED it. Jameson won a huge, 3 foot basketball. I was so proud of Connor when he volunteered to help out at the 4-H food stand. There was no promise of pay or free food. This was a huge thing for my work challenged 9 year old.
This year here is how we "faired" in open class:
Genna- $9.50 Connor- $9.00 Jameson- $24.50 + a $10 gift certificate for the pizza place in town for the best child's hanging art Kristi- $48.00 + $10 cash for the best theme photography "school days"
Here are a few other photos I entered this year:
It is always a bittersweet thing to have this fair come to an end. It also means school is right around the corner. And even though we did our school shopping and are ready to get back into a real routine, it is always sad to say goodbye to the summer.
We had a great vacation to Colorado and Utah. We were able to spend some time with my sister Linda in Colorado and had a fun time swimming, golfing and getting wet together at Elitches. Troy's whole family all got together at the Powder Mountain Ridge Resort. It was a beautiful but, winding road up to our condo at 8,900 feet. We really enjoyed the scenery. We even saw a moose. We were able to tour quite a few places as a family: Welfare Square, the Conference center and the Humanitarian Services building. Troy's neice, Stephanie is serving a mission on temple square and so it was wonderful to see her, as well. One day we went to a session at the Bountiful Temple. The condo was really nice and we had fun swimming, playing tennis and just hanging out, playing games. Our only complaint was that their fitness center didn't open until 9am. On cardio mornings, Troy and I would run outside on the tennis court instead. Despite the thin air, the view was breathtaking on top of the mountain. On our way out, we stopped in Vernal and saw some good friends, the Larsens, who used to live in Lincoln. It was awesome to be able to step back into our friendship after not seeing each other for almost 10 years.
It really was a wonderful vacation and it was nice to make so many great memories.