Archive for November, 2013



on the last evening of the weekend
I’m overwhelmed with gratefulness
it was an ordinary, wonderful weekend
a Nancy Drew party, laundry- always the laundry,
Cheese Cake Factory, Chima lego looking,
Christmas shopping, Thanksgiving grocery gathering,
introducing the kids to Captain Jack Sparrow,
tree trimming, coffee drinking wonderful weekend


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no worries, the new stockings are ordered


it’s the year for stripes and polka dots under our tree


I had fun McGievering some wreaths in the kitchen


leopard duck tape may have been utilized

our tree really reflects our kiddos, you’ll find bubble glass batman, doughnuts, elmo, and hello kitty

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yeah baby, a kitchen make over


this was taken at Graham’s third birthday just days after closing in 2010

when we bought the house, we knew there was a lot of work to do

the location and square footage were perfect but it was 80s fantabulous

the kitchen was the worst with the horrible floors, lighting, cabinets, appliances everything

first we fixed the drop ceiling lighting, then the floors, then painted walls and cabinets

it was a work in progress for so very long….

as time and money allowed, we worked bit by bit


and now the AFTER

I am so very pleased with the results

but now I am very much in need of a nap

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things have been wild, busy, and wacky….
in the last two days, I have attended five hours of professional development after work
one of these included various and sundry sports analogies and a Neil Diamond impression
really, I wish I was making this stuff up


Ava girl has new glasses that suit her sassy self…
Just in time to be dramatic about a raccoon report that will
go on her “permanent record”


and we have a new stove- She’s a jewel of a gal that goes by Maude (cause it’s not weird to name your appliances, right?)

more fun is coming soon to the kitchen and I may be so excited that sleep is difficult!


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lovely surprises


this greeted me on my way to work…
so stunning I pulled over
then I heard a little voice in the back seat
praying a thank you to God
and asking for the day to be filled
with more “lovely suprises”

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