Full of Good Stuff!

We found the camera charger!!! 

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What exactly is going on around here??? Well, lets see…

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:: Planting & Harvesting

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:: Birdwatching

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:: Napping whenever possible

 

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:: Exploring

Life is such a gift. In the midst of many adjustments in many areas of our life, I never want to forget what a beautiful life I have. These kids are amazing and Joseph is my hero and this life… God truly handed me the very best. 

I hope that your life is full of good stuff. 🙂 

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“Nurturing Creativity” by Elizabeth Gilbert

This is an amazing talk from Elizabeth Gilbert, author of “Eat, Pray, Love.” Every creative person should watch!

Joseph and I watched it together and we talk about it a lot. It changed the way we think about creativity. It made us more aware of the pressures that we put on ourselves to create something beautiful.

What did this say to you? I’d love to hear what you think!

Getting Creative with Flashcards!

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These are a great alternative to those boring flashcards you buy at the store. Scarlet had so much fun making them and now we look at them every day. You could do this with older kiddos for their times tables or anything that needs reciting. 

Here’s what you’ll need:

:: pastel chalks (you can buy at any craft store and they’re great to have around)

:: white card stock 

:: special pastel eraser (Scarlet liked rubbing with her fingers and it wipes of easily)

:: Hairspray

:: scissors 

 

1. Take the scissors and cut your 8×10 cardstock into four cards. We folded to one side and then folded each one again and then cut.

2. Use your pastels like crayons and you or your child can color the background first and then add the detail overtop. 

3. This is when I gave it to Scarlet to rub. She likes to watch the colors swirl and blend together. She would switch between the eraser and her finger. I think she felt like she had more control with her finger. I helped her a good bit so that it didn’t end up smearing the letter completely away. 🙂 

4. After you get the picture exactly the way you want it you can hold it an arms length away from your hairspray and spray. Coat the whole picture evenly and let sit until dry. (if you get it too close your picture will run) This puts a slick surface on the card so that the picture is set and won’t smudge.

Have fun with this! This is a great way to get a little creative and add some color to your teaching. 🙂

~ A Girl After My Own Heart ~

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Scarlet loves our many trips to the fabric store. She’s gotten quite used to jumping out of the car and into a cart. Adelai usually goes into the sling and off we go. We browse every aisle like we’ve never seen it before. The above picture is typically what Scarlet looks like before we leave.

Yes, we share this love for pretty colored fabric and we both touch it all and love all the different textures. She sits with me at the sewing machine and pulls the pins out as we go. She is always happy to try stuff on and spin circles for me. Yes, she is certainly my girl. 🙂 

We have Radishes!!

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There is only so much space on our little porch for container gardening. So, we’ve been planting and watching seeds grow at Gran’s house. Saturday Scarlet pulled up her first radish!!

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I remember gardening when I was growing up in Virginia. My dad and I would get those seed starting kits and put seeds under lights in the basement early on in Spring. When it came time, he would till up the garden and I would bring him sweet tea. 🙂 I remember running outside with a big glass and putting it in his dirt covered hands. The top side of the garden was marigolds and sunflowers just for me. We filled it up with broccoli, cauliflower, string beans and snap peas, summer squash and cucumbers. I remember the feeling of dirt under my bare feet. I remember how hard I would get scrubbed in the bath every night in the summer time. I remember watching Daddy hoe rows and hand me seeds to plant. These are some of the greatest memories I have of my childhood. 

I know that my little 6 year old mind saved that image in a whole lot larger picture than it actually was. In my mind, it was a HUGE garden, full of yummy food. I would go out and sneak into the snap pea patch and munch down on them. But now I’ve gone back and looked at our old place and it looks like it all shrunk. But I only got bigger. 🙂 

It is so special for me to watch her sink her feet into the dirt, plant her first seed, water her flowers, and pull her first radishes. I wonder how big Gran’s little patch of garden will be in her mind twenty years from now.

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Seeing life through the eyes of a child again is a beautiful thing. 

Mr. Nobody did it!

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I feel as though there is some little elf that runs around stealing all things having to do with my camera. Mama used to say his name is Mr. Nobody. He is the guy who is responsible for all those things you KNOW you set in this exact spot and all of the sudden they have vanished from the earth. This time he has stolen my camera charger and refuses to return it. And of course there is no store that sells them in this area. So, I have two choices: 1) search until I am so very upset at Mr. Nobody that I could throw something at him. (But he never shows his face) 2) Spend the extra cash on a new charger. (oh I hate to do that when I KNOW that it was just here). Until I decide what to do I have been using Gran’s camera on her phone whenever we’re with her. So these were taken in her yard a few days ago. 

The past few weeks my days have all looked the same. Something like this:

Wake up. Nurse. Breakfast. Clean. Nurse. Try to get out of the house for a bit. Lunch. Naptime for Scarlet while I… Nurse. Cut fabric and prepare pattern while bouncing baby in sling. Nurse. Cook dinner. Bounce baby while eating dinner. Daddy and Scarlet time while me and Adi sew. Nurse. Put Scarlet to bed. SEW SEW SEW. Nurse. Sleep.

Yes, my sewing schedule is VERY flexible but I seem to be getting stuff done. Such as: (since I seem to be the queen of lists today… yet another)

:: mastered making wool soakers for the babe

:: found a skirt pattern that is perfect for me. Now I’ve gone “skirting-making crazy”

:: my first stuffed animal is in the works!

:: between me and Grans urges to sew Scarlet has a whole summer wardrobe. 

:: have a small surprise I’m working on. It might just be the first item I put up to sell!! We’ll see!

I feel like I dream about, think about, talk about sewing constantly. I am LOVING having two babes! But I have found the perfect way to clear my head and turn my focus from the babies for just a sweet small piece of time. (that is, when they let me 🙂 )

Hopefully there will be pictures of some projects to come. I still have to post from Easter huh… oops.