Thursday, December 15, 2016
I have been enjoying the Nester's Christmas Tour of Homes each year since I began blogging back in 2007! (although I believe BooMama was hosting it back then)
I really enjoy "visiting" with others in blogland and the exchange of visits and comments that goes on as well as seeing everyone's different styles of decorating and also sharing/recording for myself to look back on how I decorate for Christmas around my house.
This year though, Myquillyn wrote the most thoughtful and wonderful post about the tensions between our lives here in America and celebrating Christmas and what is happening in Aleppo, Syria. I really encourage you to read it. You can find it here.
I enjoy sharing our home with you but even more than that if you haven't heard of the work Preemptive Love is doing, I would really like to encourage you to check them out on Instagram, the web, etc. I have been following and learning about this organization for over a year and I think very highly of them and the ways they love and serve well.
Here are six things they shared tonight on their instagram account:
And finally, a little bit of our home . . .
David was on top of things bringing in the logs that he has been playing with all summer just as it began to get cold because he wants fires this winter to roast smores, etc.!
cut out piece of "door art" bought many years ago in Canton, TX and a fantastic book page wreath made by my talented mother-in-law
the hammock swing corner . . .
the hammock chair was a very special birthday gift from my brother-in-law and sister-in-law, stars bought ages ago at the Samplehouse Warehouse sale . . . those were such fun days when they had that . . .
and the color!
water color and oil pastel original art by yours truly :)
made at our very own Fine Arts Center here in Colorado Springs
busy wall of Christmas cards and all the garlands
colorful Christmas coffee table
Friday, December 9, 2016
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Sunday, November 13, 2016
Friday, November 11, 2016
This has been a HUGE project but we really are SO close to being done.
awesome storage in this cabinet full of drawers in the wall and at the bottom . . . my husband's BRILLIANT idea . . . the laundry chute!!!!
I am loving this niche . . . one of my big wishlist items that my sweet husband and MIL made a reality for me. And this quote . . . SO MUCH TRUTH!!
sink and countertop!!!
and a faucet!!
already a great place to play :)
art on the walls and almost done!!!
Posted by Miss G at 11:17 PM
Thursday, November 10, 2016
It's been a good day! Thursdays are the day that David and Cora are both in school away from home (one day a week homeschool program, preschool + "Nana school"). I so enjoy my time with them throughout the week and wouldn't choose to be doing this any other way but these days of quiet and being alone are recharging.
I signed back up for the FlyLady email list for this holiday season. I like how she gives "holiday cruising missions" and thought that a little prompting would be good for me in preparing for a sane holiday season. Hence organizing my grocery list and going ahead and thinking through some of the food items we will be likely to want to make around Christmastime and going ahead and stocking groceries that are non-perishable (or can be frozen) in the house.
So proud of my sweet girlie who can put her own socks on!
One of my awesome friends brought this lovely cyclamen plant to me the other night and I am enjoying it so much. It brightens my kitchen and makes me smile!
Today I invited the moms from David's one day a week class over. Two moms came and we really enjoyed visiting, sharing ideas and learning about each other and our families. We enjoyed Apple Cider Floats together for a treat!
Someone is almost sure to say they'd like to have bacon for Christmas morning breakfast so I went ahead and got some. Don't worry, I only came home with one of those packages! Do you have a favorite bacon holiday recipe?
You can take the girl out of Texas . . .
Cora LOVES grapefruit right now and this was her request.
Slowly but surely making the returns of stuff we didn't use on the bathroom remodel and wrapping this project up. Unfortunately I forgot to take the Home Depot receipt but I successfully made several other returns today.
I make at least weekly trips to the library to turn in books and pick up our holds. David is on a Magic Treehouse kick right now.
Getting ready for a music class that I am hosting tomorrow. Love making music with my kids and their friends, breaking out the instruments and teaching them new things!
The floor at the end of the school day. Still working on putting our things away when we come in from the house!
Ten on Ten
Take a photo every hour for ten consecutive hours on the tenth of each month. Document a day of your life and find beauty among the ordinary moments. Then share your beauty with us!
I hope YOU had a good day! What did you do on this tenth of November? (bonus points to everyone who leaves a comment!)
And just for fun:
Posted by Miss G at 9:17 PM
Sunday, October 30, 2016
sparkly wand making for my little Halloween princess
putting flowers into the new niche in the bathroom for the first time! One of my very favorite parts of the remodel
our breakfast book stack
We are enjoying beginning our days with a feast of words, a Bible story/devotional thought, a short poem or two (they are begging for these now which is really fun to me since I haven't been much of a poetry person before), a hymn that I sing to them and a line from the Anne of Green Gables daybook . . . some words that fit the season . . .
On Tuesday David and I took advantage of free breakfast at Chickfila day and did our All About Reading there while we ate breakfast and he also enjoyed the storytime and coordinating craft as well as some good exercise in the play area.
the bathtub got refinished!!! Goodbye 60 year old porcelain that was so hard to clean!
It finally rained! We haven't had rain in the longest time and usually we get our first snow in October but unless it happens tomorrow (which is not predicted) then it's not happening this year.
some beautiful fall shots from a morning walk I took
thankful for our flexible schedules which let me get out and walk before the kids were up and before Adrian left to work
carving pumpkins per the kids request!
yay for huge pumpkins from Wal-mart for only $3.88!
Our Italian friend who is visiting got in on the action and helped Cora with hers. The kids LOVE lighting them up!
roasted pumpkin seeds!
geoboard Halloween math inspired by Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls
practicing analog time
tally marks and number sentences
On Friday we did school in a fun and different way. I made a list of several things, some of them Halloween related crafts/activities/math etc. and some our regular subjects, some part of our morning work (laundry, etc.), books to read, snacks to eat, outdoor experiences, etc. and the kids and I rolled dice and added up all of the numbers on them to see which item on the list we landed on and then we would do that thing. It added a lot of interest and novelty to our day.
These are the things I know I will forget if I do not write them down as I have already forgotten so much that we did just last year.
Hope your week has been good as well!
Posted by Miss G at 10:10 PM
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