Sunday, January 30, 2011

A sick girl's best friend

I have been really sick this month, and I really think I shouldn't get sick again for at least 3 years- ha ha! Luckily, I've had some good books on hand to help with the monotony of bed rest.

I read this with Kaleb and Noe for their book club at school. We watched the movie when it came out a few years ago and I cried and cried then. Reading the story I think I cried even more. Dealing with death isn't easy for any age, but especially for children. It was a good book though and I'm glad I got to share it with my kids.

My friend, Rhonda gave me this book for Christmas. I really need to apply its principles to my life. I need to toss more guilt and catch more joy.

I read Dawn Meehan's blog and since she's been going through some tough times I ordered her 3 books to help her out. She's a single mother to 6 kids and through all of her trials she trusts in the Lord and keeps her sense of humor. I need to be more like that and I hope that this new year will bring her more joy too!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011


Last week I was REALLY sick! I spent many days in bed and on the couch. However, Len and I still managed to organize the bookcases in the basement AND I finally finished and ordered our 2008 blog book through Blurb. Hooray!! Now I just need to make 2009's and 2010's!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Free Prizes Everywhere

So I've entered a ton of giveaways on blogs this week. I won one too! Thanks Trina, I can't wait for the handmade cards!!

Here's a shout out for another giveaway from The Ribbon Retreat that I heard about on Tator Tots and Jello. Good luck!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Warmest and Fuzziest

Next week the youth are delivering warm clothes they collected from the ward and scarves they made to the Homeless Shelter. I was never able to find out where the Women and Children Crisis Center was, so I thought it would be nice for them to deliver the Warm Fuzzies we started back in November to the Homeless Shelter too. That meant I had to finish them this week!

I had to stuff the 14 that the girls made and then decorate and stuff the remaining 8.

I think they turned out pretty cute!

Friday, January 7, 2011

2011- The Year of the Unfinished Project

This year I am hoping to get back in my old routine of completing at least one unfinished project each week and then posting the results here.

Do you remember these Easter Friends I made (a few years ago?)

Or this Santa I made (a couple of years ago?)

This week I made a little Valentine Bear to add to the holiday collection. I will also make frames for St. Patrick's Day, Halloween, and Thanksgiving- coming soon!

This week we also hung all of the new window treatments for the 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms- woo hoo!

Next week I may work on the big canvas for the family room, or on one of the Blurb books for the past 3 years of blogging, or Teague's baby scrapbook (or any of the scrapbooks I'm pretending I will update someday), or make some jewelry, or tole paint the cute teddy bear I bought over a decade ago (you can change his clothes for each holiday and season- so cute!), or work on other holiday projects (Chinese New Year is coming next), or Teague's birthday poster, or organize all of my craft bins, or ...

Someday I want to take cake decorating and photography classes, but my husband requested I finish some of the above projects first, before I start a new hobby. Okay, I will do that!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Juicy Jewels

I was craving a pomegranate, so my sweet husband went out and bought me one. I then realized that I had never "opened" one myself, so it was google to the rescue! We found this really helpful video. Success! We enjoyed the best little treat!