Saturday, December 24, 2011


Wishing you a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Crochet Hats!

I have been a very busy girl throughout the month of December. I have been on a craft frenzy. As soon as I finished one project I was asked to make another for someone for Christmas. It's nice to make the spare change, but it can get so tiring at times.

I thought I would share with you all the cute crochet hats I have been crocheting. There are some other projects I have been doing as well, but will share them in separate blog posts in the near future.

Green!! I think this one turned out extremely cute. I love the flower on it!

I couldn't resist making a Super Mario hat for Sparrow for Christmas! The "M" isn't sewn down in the picture, but I did finish. It is wrapped and under the tree!

Another Christmas gift I have made for someone special! Can't say who, though!

Pink for Chickadee. I wound up taking the pink flower off and put a purple one on. I then made a purple hat and put a pink flower on it. Adorable!

A navy hat with a belt across the front as opposed to the flower. A friend of mine wanted one for his daughter, but said she wasn't the frilly type. We decided this belt option would be perfect!

So, what do you think? Let me know in the comments!


Sunday, December 18, 2011

Christmas Cookies By Mom...

....and kids!

We had a lot of fun making some cookies. I have these really fun cookie stamps that you dip in colored sugar and then stamp the cookies with them! The kids loved it! Every time I make sugar cookies I can't help but think of a cute kids song. It is from a tape called, "Precious Moments: The Brightest Star". I am going to try to use a few of the words here, so, here it goes:

Mounds and mounds of ooey, gooey, spicy, icing!

Give me, give me what I'm longing for!

Open that oven door! Now do yourself a favor and grab a cookie neighbor...

...every single flavor is sure to be your favorite one.

Of sugar cookies by mom!

Eat your heart out Betty Crocker! Move on over Duncan Hines! Sayonara Sara Lee!


Friday, November 11, 2011

Senior Pictures

My cousin is in his senior year of high school. His mom asked me if I would be willing to take his senior pictures, so I recruited my husband to help me. We found some good locations to snap the pictures, I tried to tell him how to pose, and my husband snapped the pictures. We are not professional photographers, but managed to get some nice shots. With a little help from Picasa, I was able to add some effects and hopefully he will like them enough for printing.

Here are just a few of my favorites:

What do you think?


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Crochet Blanket

Do you all remember when I posted this?

Well, I finally finished! I was hoping to be done with it at the end of March, but it just got too hot to sit under while working on it. I put it away for the rest of spring and summer. I pulled it back out a couple of weeks ago while we were having a cold spell and was able to finish it.

Here is the finished product:

I decided to go ahead and put a shell stitch edging around the outside.

The completed project. It took me long enough!

So, what do you think? I am going to be starting some new crochet projects here soon. I have some Christmas gifts to make!


Saturday, October 22, 2011

Learning to Read

We have been back in school for almost 2 months now. Sparrow started kindergarten this year and is already starting to read. It is so exciting to see and hear him sounding out words built with the letter sounds he has learned so far. He is doing really well. Here is a short video clip of him showing Coot, aka Daddy, what he has learned.

Chickadee is in 5th grade this year and has been enjoying most of her subjects. She doesn't care that much for math, but is good at it. I find that kind of funny. A subject she doesn't like, but she really excels at! Anyway, she has been learning long division and dividing with remainders. She also is currently learning about simple and complex machines in Science. She is learning about the early settlers and Native Americans in Social Studies. She is also still loving literature and creative writing. The girl loves to read!

Overall, the school year has gone well. The only trouble I have had so far is teaching Sparrow how to write. He is very left-handed and I am very right-handed. This has presented a challenge, but he seems to be getting along just fine. We have fumbled our way through it so far! I have had him mirroring me more often here lately. That method seems to work the best! And, so far, he has not had the "hook" in his arm as he writes. That is very good!! I must be doing something right.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Blueberry Bounty

We were given a gallon bucket of fresh blueberries recently. (The picture above is after I had already used a bunch of them.) They looked and tasted absolutely delicious! There was just one problem. What could I do with them? I only have the freezer that is above my refrigerator, so I couldn't freeze them. So, this is what I decided to do:

I made blueberry muffins. YUMMY!

I made blueberry crisp with some homemade vanilla ice cream on top. It was delicious!

And I made some blueberry jam.

I had a lot of fun baking with these blueberries. My family and I enjoyed them in every recipe as well as by themselves. The jam will be able to be enjoyed throughout the coming months. I can't wait to try some on my homemade biscuits Sunday morning!


Chickadee's Birthday

We celebrated Chickadee's 9th birthday on August 19th. I asked her a couple of weeks in advance what kind of cake she wanted. She told me she wanted a purse cake.

Now, I knew that this would require a lot of planning and thinking through how I could make a purse cake. I did a quick google search and found on on I was shocked at how easy the process really was. Here is a picture of the cake:

Of course, I do not have the steadiest hand so it isn't perfect. It turned out cute though and she loved it!


Thursday, June 9, 2011


Chickadee has officially finished school and is ready for summer break! Here is a picture of all the schoolwork that she accomplished this past year. The big stack is her actual workbooks called PACE's and the small stack is all the tests that she took through the year. She is thrilled to be finished and so am I!

Hooray for Summer!


Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Happy Birthday Sparrow!

Today Sparrow turns 5! We celebrated last night since we attend mid-week services at our church.

He informed me about 3 weeks ago that he wanted a pirate cake.
I found a few recipes floating around out there on the web and thought it looked pretty simple to make. Boy, was I WRONG!!! This was actually quite hard! But, considering I have NEVER worked with fondant before I think it turned out alright in the end. Was it perfect? Of course not! Did he seem to care? Not at all!

I just want to know where my sweet little boy who was tiny, wrinkly, and cuddly went?

Happy Birthday Sparrow! I love you!!


Monday, June 6, 2011

Garden Progress

Here are a few pictures of my garden as of this morning.

Tomatoes, Peppers, and Squash.

Squash, Corn, and Okra.


Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Ready to Garden

So, I started my garden! I am really excited about all the delicious vegetables I am going to be growing. I call it a salsa garden, because it is a lot of tomatoes, peppers, and corn. Stuff you would put in salsa.

My seedlings that I started from seed at the end of March.

The tilled plot of land. It's about 18 ft by 10 ft.

Planting. It was a lot of work. It's gonna be worth it!

The garden completely planted.

I planted some okra and squash as well. I planted Green Bell, Red Bell, Jalapeno, and Serrano peppers. I also planted Roma and Beef Steak tomatoes.

Keep your eyes out for progress pictures. You know I will be posting them as we go!


Sunday, May 15, 2011


I want to apologize for my lengthy silence. I have neglected my poor little blog badly. As most of you know, I started a part-time job as a pharmacy technician back in October. Things were going really well until mid March.

During March,the other pharmacy technician was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. She has been undergoing a lot of chemotherapy, so I have had to pull a lot of extra hours. This has put a lot of stress and strain on me.
I have been so incredibly busy that my blog was put on the back burner temporarily. I have watched my friend keep a good outlook as she undertakes these treatments. She continues to smile and keep a very positive attitude.

I watched her the other day as she took her four-year-old baby girl in her arms and just held her. I can't imagine looking at my babies not knowing what tomorrow would hold. Needless to say, I have been holding my babies a lot closer here lately. She did have a sonogram appointment yesterday to see how she is progressing. The spot has shrunk significantly and they are saying that they will now surgically remove it. They plan to do that a week from today. She will then have to undergo some radiation. She found it early enough that it was just one spot a little over an inch in size. They did a full body scan and it wasn't anywhere else in her body. We think that is good news and are hoping for a full recovery. She will be able to say she is a Breast Cancer survivor and be a light to others in the process. Please help me lift her up in prayer. Her name is Bridget.

Once again, I apologize for the lengthy silence. I hope to be posting some other blogs soon. I have garden pictures to share with you all. I am really excited about my garden this year! It is going to be a lot of fun to watch grow.


Friday, April 22, 2011

I am trying to help spread the word of an upcoming Kolcraft Silent Auction that will be benefiting the Michael Dayne Morgan Memorial Fund on the Happily Domestic blog starting April 25th. Beth at Happily Domestic has a very close friend, Lori, who just lost her husband to cancer. Lori is a stay at home mom to their 2 young daughters. However, with all the medical expenses and no income (there was no even a life insurance policy in place) this family is in a great need for help. Kolcraft has generously offered up a few of their awesome products for a silent auction to help the Morgan family.

Please take a moment to help spread the word on your blog, facebook, twitter or via email to your friends and family. They may not be interested in personally bidding on these baby items, but may know someone else who would be. Donations are also being accepted to help this family who needs support during this devastating time.

You can read more here about the silent auction as well as the Morgan family's story. Thank you for helping to spread the word!

Items to be auctioned:

Contours Optima Tandem Stroller

Jeep Overland Limited Jogging Stroller

Preferred Position 2-in 1 Bassinet & Incline Sleeper

Contours Innerspring Organic Cotton 2-Stage Infant-Toddler Mattress

Friday, March 4, 2011

New Bedroom Suite

I was given a whole new bedroom suite by a friend of mine. She is expecting her second child and needed to get rid of the furniture. She said she was going to turn the spare room into a room for her toddler, so that the new baby could have the nursery. Needless to say, the furniture was passed to me. I am very grateful for this gift and am very pleased with how nice my room now looks. I had a mix match room before this generous offer. I gave my daughter my old bed, so that her room can double as a guest room whenever family comes into town for a visit. Now, I just need to buy my daughter some matching accessories that are queen size. She is currently using some old stuff that I had in the linen closet. Her room looks so sad! It works for her for now, though.

Be watching for some pictures of the decorating progress of Chickadee's room. I have some ideas and hope to make her room as beautiful as I possibly can. Of course, it will have to be within our budget. No using credit cards for re-decorating! Dave Ramsey wouldn't approve!


Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss

Today marks his 107th birthday!

So, let's celebrate by reading to a child today! You can get more information at Read Across America and yesterday's blog post.

Some of my favorites are Green Eggs and Ham, Horton Hatches the Egg, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. What's some of your favorites by Dr. Seuss? Leave your answer in the comments.

And remember,

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” - Dr. Seuss


Monday, February 28, 2011

Read Across America 2011

Who has a birthday on March 2, 2011?

Dr. Seuss (known to his family as Theodor Seuss Geisel).

The National Education Association has been using his birthday for the last 14 years to build a larger group of young bookworms. So, be sure to pick out a good book or two and take the time to read to your children, nieces, nephews, or grandchildren!

To have even more fun you can go to Seussville to download some fun Read Across America activity pages and get some fun ideas for the day. You can also visit NEA for more information.


Friday, February 25, 2011

Can We Grow an Apple Tree?

That's the question my children asked me one day after eating a Granny Smith apple. I told them I didn't know, but that we could sure try. I never expected it to actually work. Here is what we did:

I just put the seeds in a jar with some wet cotton balls. We "planted" six. Only one grew.


How it looked after I transplanted it.

How it looks today. It is growing so well.