Friday, June 27, 2008
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Here's our little vegetable garden in all its glory! Yes, I know there are weeds that need pulling. You should have seen it about an hour before I took this picture! LOL! Mark planted it-egg plants, cucumbers, okra, tomatoes, peppers (rosemary and lavendar from last year) and it's up to me and the girls to maintain it. Let's hope we have a better crop than last year. We planted a little late, so we're just now seeing some of the veges get ready to pick. I just love growing our own food-almost as much as I love eating it!
A small garden, accordingly, gives its owner a far greater opportunity to express himself ... in a garden any man may be an artist, may experiment with all the subtleties or simplicities of line, mass, color, and composition, and taste the god-like joys of the creator.- H. G. Dwight, Gardens and Gardening, Atlantic Monthly, 1912
Friday, June 20, 2008
Here are the girls a few years ago-Mary, little Grace, Emma and big Grace)
Here they are today-Big Grace and Mary in the back; Baily, Emma and little Grace.
I decided each of my girls would "make" a dress that best expressed who she is-a straight simple dress or a full and fancy; bright colors or pastels. Each girl picked out the paper that she liked the most. We used Tricia's website to help us choose a style of dress. Then the fun part-tearing the paper and using modge podge to attach it. I did Emma's while Mary and Grace did their own. I think they turned out great-and really do remind me of each of my girls.
If you get a chance, visit Tricia's site. Not only is she talented, but she has a sweet heart to go with it.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
For the last few weeks we've been busy cleaning and converting the upstairs of our barn from an office to a small apartment. After skiing or fishing, it's nice to be able to pull the boat into the boathouse and just walk up to the barn to spend the night. It's been a lot of hard work, but fun too. Here's some before and after shots:(before)
(after-now we have a little living room)(before)(after-a bedroom for the girls)
The girls absolutely love their bedroom! They've always wanted bunk beds. The bedding is so colorful and fun. Thank you so much Candice for helping me paint! This color is much brighter than the old color.
Mark still has one room set up as his office and we use the other room as another bigger bedroom. Next on the to-do list is to make a "proper" kitchen down stairs. Right now we have a sink and microwave (of course we have the big green egg outside along with the fridge and freezer). We're going to put in cabinets and a little stove.
My favorite part about being down here is not the inside, but the outside. I love waking early in the morning and going downstairs to sit on the side porch. We're surrounded by 17 acres so about the only sound you here is the birds chirping. It is so peaceful and beautiful. God certainly blessed us when He provided this place for us.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Obviously they only missed out on one thing at camp...SLEEP!!!! Oh to be a kid again!
The monogramming on the green one doesn't show up well in this photo. I used some of my favorite thread-variegated lime green, yellow and aqua.
Christy and her family travel often so I'm hoping she'll get lots of use out of these tags.
Even the rocks were beautiful in California.
Newport Beach is known for it's surfing-it was packed the day we visited.Here's Huntington BeachWhat's a visit to California without going through Hollywood and Beverly Hills?????
We stayed at the Ayers Hotel which we loved! Our rooms had sliding glass doors that opened onto this courtyard. I loved sitting at the little wrought iron table and eating.
Emma enjoyed the courtyard too-especially the flowers.
It was nice to get away, but I'm glad we're back home. I'm really glad all the laundry's finally done! LOL!