Wednesday, November 30


You know how sometimes you want to do something, but for 101 reasons it never quite gets done?  Interruptions, too many steps, more interruptions, and so it goes.  This is the story of my Cricut and the quote on my door.  In January I used my Cricut to cut out a little quote for my door.  It looked like this..

Nice quote (or is it more of a saying??), but a little crooked, eh?  But it was hard to do and I got frustrated.  I always meant to redo it, but...

Enter Pinterest!  Time suck and idea goldmine!  I found this tutorial and it was my 'ah-ha' moment!  Now I see how this is supposed to work!  I did it tonight and yup!  It is MUCH easier than whatever I did in January.  See!  Here's my new quote...

Doesn't that look nice?  I love it!  And it really was much easier this time.  Now I am wondering where else I can 'decorate'...

Monday, November 28


Goodness!  We are recovering from quite a busy weekend here!  We had a wonderful Thanksgiving on Thursday, a nice little blizzard on Friday, more snow on Saturday, and even more on Sunday.  Today the sun has peeked out a bit and the winds have kicked up.  Forecasters are predicting a lovely winter storm for tomorrow night, so we're all holding our breaths to see what comes our way...will it be rain or snow??

On Saturday (while Scott was out plowing...again) the girls and I set up a little amateur photo backdrop in the living room and took some pictures.  I was trying to get a jump start on Christmas cards and such.  I must admit I was quite pleased with our results!  Here are a few of my usual there are more over on Fotki...


Aren't they adorable??  I will admit I bribed them with ice cream.  Er...I mean I rewarded their cooperation with ice cream!

Saturday, November 26

Sparkly Play-Dough

Lots of posts here lately, huh?  Just wanted to share a quick crafting success we had here the other day.  We had an older friend come over to play (she's 8), so after the little girls were in bed she and I made a couple of batches of play dough; one for her to take home and one for Kelsey and Stacy.  Taking an idea I had seen on Pinterest, we dumped in a little glitter.  FUN!!  Glitter and I are not always on the best of terms since it is nearly the messiest, most impossible stuff to clean up on the planet.  Putting it in play dough is genius though--99% of it is stuck in there!  So far very little of it has shed and left a mess.

Here are my crummy, after dark photos of our pink and purple batches...kind of hard to see the sparkles, but they are there!

pink play dough on the table

purple play dough on my fab kitchen counter!

Happy play time! :-)

Friday, November 25

Playing on Thanksgiving Day

Looking out our window today you would never know what a great day yesterday was!

Today: snowing and blowing--I haven't been able to see Scott's office (2 blocks away) all day

Yesterday:  no wind, snowing--the perfect day to play outside!

We took advantage of the break in the wind and went sledding and ice skating yesterday.  The rink had just gotten set up on Wednesday, so it's not quite smooth yet, but it didn't seem to matter to the girls!  We laced up the skates and they had a blast skating with Mr. Brad the rink man himself, and Mrs. S his wife.  What a great way to get moving after we all stuffed ourselves silly!

I am having a little trouble motivating myself to be productive today, so I fooled around with Windows Live Movie Maker and made this little compilation of videos from yesterday instead!

Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving as well!

{this moment}

{this moment} - A weekly ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Inspired by SouleMama.

Wednesday, November 23


There's so much to be thankful for!  I did a quick survey and here's what everyone came up with:

Kelsey: I am thankful for sharing.  When someone shares it makes me feel happy.  I am thankful for Mommy, Daddy, Mrs. O'Brien (her teacher) Mrs. S (another teacher), God, and soldiers.

Stacy:  I am thankful for Miss Mandy (her preschool teacher).  I am thankful for Mommy and Daddy, too.

Scott:  The incredible amount of time I get to spend with my family, beautiful scenery, and good fishing.

As for me, I am thankful for awesome friends and family who have helped me out in hundreds of ways over the last year. I am so blessed!

So enjoy your turkey tomorrow, and feel free to leave a comment about what you're thankful for as well!

Monday, November 21

All Pieced!

Look!  My quilt top is all pieced!  I have the backing, but of course I forgot to pick up the batting last time I was in town, so this one will have to sit for a week or two before I take it any farther.  I am so pleased with how it is coming together, though!

A Trip Out of the Tunnel

Sometimes when it is winter and you live in Whittier you just need to get out.  Typically in the winter we just go to town once or twice a month, but sometimes you just need to get out of town and take a little break.  It seemed like a good idea this weekend, so we loaded up and headed off to Girdwood to one of our favorite hangouts, the library!  After the library we enjoyed a nice lunch at the girls' favorite Girdwood eatery, Chair 5.  The drive was beautiful, as you can see!

steam rising off Portage Lake at -9 degrees
view from the Girdwood Library
looking south (towards Whittier) along Turnagain Arm
looking north (towards Anchorage) along Turnagain Arm
We have had an unusually cold week of weather with temperatures in the teens and single digits and winds gusting up past 60mph for the last several days.  It is unusual for Whittier to get that cold, particularly this early.  As a result there have been a number of weather-related troubles in town the last few days.  It has warmed up some--to the 20's--so hopefully the worst of it is over.  Several businesses and the school have sustained damages from frozen/bursting pipes and such.  So it is pretty out there...but messy, too!

Friday, November 18

{this moment}

{this moment} - A weekly ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Inspired by SouleMama.

Wednesday, November 16


I am getting there!  Please excuse all of the other stuff in the picture.  My craft room is also our playroom (and spare bedroom!).  The horizontal rows are all pieced and after this picture I pinned them in pairs, so it is coming together nicely.  I still love this quilt, so that's a good sign!!

A Busy Week!

This has been such a busy week!  I have been subbing at the girls' school this week, as Kelsey's teacher.  It is so much fun, but tiring for all of us.  The schedule is kind of funny, but Monday and Tuesday were full days and then Wednesday and Thursday are half days, so WHEW...the long days are behind us!

In other news the weather here has turned bitterly cold and the wind is howling.  Definitely good days to stay inside.

With any luck I'll have a picture of my quilt to show you soon...the rows are nearly all pieced!

Monday, November 14

A Four Day Weekend

We enjoyed a nice four day weekend at home this weekend!  The school had inservice on Thursday and Friday (and Saturday, too!  Ugh!), so there was no school for the kiddos.  Scott was off on Friday for Veteran's Day.  On Thursday Stacy made the following list of things she wanted to do over the weekend:

In case you need some help interpreting she wanted to:
     play outside
     play with Austin
     play inside
     have a tea party
     paint her fingernails

I'm happy to report that we got all but one done!

We played outside:

My attempt to take our picture myself!
We played with Austin and had movie night with him too:

Watching TV together!
We played inside:

The girls' classroom setup for playing school.

And of course, we painted our fingernails...and our toenails, too!
3 sets of hot pink toes!

We'll have to make sure to have a tea party this week, though!  It was a nice, (mostly) quiet weekend at home with friends and family.  The best kind!!  Hope yours was just as wonderful!

Friday, November 11

{this moment}

{this moment} - A weekly ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Inspired by SouleMama.

Wednesday, November 9

A Week of Special Events

What a fun week this has been!  And busy, too!  There has been lots going on over at the school and pair that with catching up on the housework from last week when I was gone--makes for a few busy days.  Here's what we've been up to:

:: hauling 50ish yards of bark chips into our indoor playground at school
:: running a crafts afternoon at school with a friend
:: Meeting Dave Titus from Oklahoma who is a genius presenter for all ages

The three musketeers making letters with their strings
:: Hosting the kids from the Moose Pass, Cooper Landing, and Hope schools today for some arts time and then a show by the amazing Eric Gilliam of Anchorage

the three musketeers waiting for the magic show to start
So as you can see, it has been a busy week!  We've crammed a lot into three days of school.  We have some days off Thursday & Friday for teacher inservice, so we can all recover from all of the excitement!

Monday, November 7

Home Sweet Home

I am home!  Not surprisingly, everyone did just fine in my absence.  I was anxious about leaving them, but I had learned long ago that typically most of the anxiety is on my part.  Turns out it was true this time around as well...mostly anyway!  There were a few tears here and there when I called home, but overall my fab husband and wonderful friends held things together while I was away.  Some things I missed while I was gone:

:: hugging my family every day
:: eating homemade food
:: sleeping in my bed
:: hanging out with some of my favorite people

On the other hand it was nice to have a break from some of the more hum-drum household duties such as:

:: doing all of those hand!
:: laundry
:: cleaning house

It was a fun conference.  I learned a great deal, met some great people, and had a great time.  But all in all, I am glad to be home!  And I promise some pictures next time...a post without pictures is just no fun to read!

Wednesday, November 2

Hotel Room Sewing

I am at a conference this week and since I had to leave my kiddos behind, I brought Lily along with me to keep me company.  So far I have 3 rows sewn together and ironed!