Archive for January, 2011

my trusty sidekick

January 28th, 2011 , Posted in Bella, Personal

Love my girl who loves to follow me from room to room while I work. Don’t love how tall she is getting. Or how since summer the last remaining bits of her toddler chubbiness faded. I tell everyday to stop growing, please.

it’s project time

January 28th, 2011 , Posted in House, Personal

Things are finally slowing down enough for me to begin to decorate the house. Moving in just days before Thanksgiving, rushing on to Christmas and New Years, then Damian’s surgery and recovery that ate up the first 2 weeks of this month…well, there has been little time to devote to decorating.

Thankfully it’s the time of year that nothing seems to happen (which I WELCOME after the craziness of fall and holidays). The down time of February and March lets me focus on the backlog of projects that always seems to build up.  Just a few item on my list;

choose paint paint colors for 15 rooms and then paint

hang all of my pictures and other wall decorations

paint furniture that needs painting

FINALLY decorate Lilly’s room

plan the garden

make pillows

buy chicks

…and the list keeps going.

I’m trying to tackle one thing on my looong list each day, even if it’s a small item. I’m focusing on Lilly’s room and the downstairs playroom this week. I’ll post about those rooms soon!

In the meantime, how about a clue that I am obsessed with color? I have a whole drawer full (big 4 foot drawer) of paint chips that I’ve collected over the years plus a box that I still need to go through . Benjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams, Ellen Kennon, Farrow and Ball, all the big box store brands, literally thousands of paint chips. And I’m so glad I kept them all. I found a beautiful turquoise in a discontinued Martha Stewart line for Sherwin Williams. My favorite green is no longer available in a paint chip from Sherwin William and while I found a color with the same name elsewhere, it was not the same shade. Although the the store still has the formula to make the paint, the chips are long gone. Except for in my drawer, hehe!

Here are some of the paint chips…I only put the colors I’m liking now in the drawer.

My never ending search for the perfect turquoise. I’ve found some beauties along the way!

Oh, how I love warm colors!


January 24th, 2011 , Posted in Lilly, Personal

The cutest little snow leopard there ever was.

one of my favorites

January 24th, 2011 , Posted in Bella, Christian, Garrett, my family, Personal

It seems like every year there is a photo of my kids that I just completely fall in love with. Because of our insanely busy summer (new baby, house remodels, moving our family to a new home, new schools) there are so many photos that I just didn’t have time to blog. Well, this is my favorite from the summer. It just screams “summertime” to me. My kids outside playing after dinner, a friendly race, the golden grass that we have here in late summer, Bella barefoot, the boys being so sweet and giving give her a head start, giggles and screams,  beautiful blue skies…sigh. It reminds me of my childhood playing the hayfields with my brothers and sisters, hoping mom didn’t ring the bell that told us to come home.


January 20th, 2011 , Posted in Lilly, my family, Personal

More snow here in Indiana today! I’m like a kid sometimes, I never get tired of snow-at least it hasn’t happened yet. I know, I know, some of you out there are so done with it. But the kid in me can’t help wishing we would get THE BIG ONE soon. It’s exciting! 3-6 inches is wonderful, but how about a good solid foot? Okay, I will stop now for all of you snow haters. 😉

Here’s Lilly in the snow. She takes after me and is fascinated by it.


January 19th, 2011 , Posted in my family, Personal

Today is the birthday of my first daughter, Emma Rose, who was stillborn 2 weeks before her due date. She would have been seven years old today. Seven years ago I gave birth to my little girl who never cried, never opened her eyes, never got to grow up to be a little seven year old. She was perfectly beautiful and I will always carry her in my heart. I will never forget that day and how it felt so wrong and at the same time so right to hold her in my arms. I will always remember how she was just as wriggly in my belly as Bella and Lilly…all of my girls have been little firecrackers. I will always wonder who she would have been. And until the day that I see her again I take comfort knowing she is in the presence of my heavenly Father.

I will always love you Emma.

Snag a great deal!

January 19th, 2011 , Posted in News

Just sharing a great deal with my readers. Living Social is offering a 50% off  deal for Amazon today. Get a $20 gift card for $10! I already snagged mine and had Damian get one too. Lilly does need some toys…maybe I’ll get her some at 50% off now!

baby in a buggy

January 18th, 2011 , Posted in Lilly, Personal

I have such a backlog of photos to share. Not much time for words today, but here is one that I loved from a few days ago.

Lilly Grows

January 14th, 2011 , Posted in Lilly, Personal

Our sweet little Lilly is literally changing day by day-she seems to learn something new constantly. Blowing raspberries and making kissing noises are two of her favorite talents at the moment. Oh and of course the squealing, she is always squealing about something, whether she wants a bite, her toy rolled away and she can’t get it, big sister Bella being so very silly, the dog looked at her, daddy came home, ooo-there’s a flag, I better squeal! I love it!

This little girl of mine LOVES. LIFE. She wants to be involved in everything and she refuses to be outdone by her big brothers and sister.  She is at the same time a firecracker and a cuddle bunny, melt your heart sweet and completely headstrong. She belly laughs more then any child of mine has at this age. Whatever Lilly does she does with every ounce of her little being. I want to hold her here at this age forever and yet I cannot wait to see her amazing personality continue to develop as she grows. In the words of Dr. Suess…OH! THE PLACES YOU’LL GO!

Winter Break and Homemade Slime

January 3rd, 2011 , Posted in my family, Personal

Today was the last day of winter break with the kids and we decided to make the best of it. I’ve had this recipe for a couple of years and break after break we kept forgetting to try it. Call it a pre-new year resolution or something, but before this break started I promised myself we would try it. Nothing like waiting until the last minute, right? 😉

We gathered up all the ingredients and within a few minutes had our batch of slime brewing. The kids loved it and had a blast braiding it, making pretzels, snails and much more. And hey, we used up a bunch of half empty glue bottles we had lying around. A great project for one of those winter days when you’ve heard “I’m bored” one time too many. Find the recipe after the picture.

*Best for kids ages 3 and up due to the fact that Borax can be toxic if eaten in large quantities.

My crazy children.



2 Mixing Bowls

Measuring Cups


1 cup Elmer’s Glue

4 tsp Borax

Food Coloring (we tried to make it red, but it wasn’t strong enough and turned pink)

3/4 cup and 1 1/3 cup warm water

  1. Mix 3/4 cup warm water, 1 cup glue and several drops of food coloring in the first bowl.
  2. In the second bowl, mix together 4 tsp Borax and 1 1/3 cups warm water.
  3. Pour contents of first bowl into second bowl, but don’t stir. Let it sit for 1-2 minutes. Lift the now congealed slime out of the bowl.
  4. Divide the slime.

The slime can stick to clothing. It may seem a little soupy at first, but after a while it firms up. Save in ziploc baggies for another day!