Thursday, March 31, 2011

Preparing our garden

First of all, I can't believe it's been over a year since I've posted.  Guess life changes a LOT with two little ones :)

I'm going to be working through the Homeschool Village Garden Challenge with Anthony, which is going to require me to be posting on here.  I'm really hoping it leads to more regular posting... I really love using this as a way to document our life.

So here we go!

This is the main area we will be planting our garden.  Our house is currently for sale, so I'm not sure if we will be here to reap the benfits of having a garden, but it will bless whoever the new owners are I'm sure.  This is also our last year here in the USA as we will be moving to the Dominican Republic next spring.  Gardening is going to look a lot different there, so I want to expose my boys to the fun of planting a garden this year, however that ends up looking.

We plan on planting garlic, tomatoes, and basil this year, maybe some spinach and lettuce, and I'm sure some zucchini and beans.

I plan on following along with lessons from Homeschool Creations.  She does such an amazing job, and with life being a little on the crazy side right now, I am blessed to be able to use the work that someone else was able to put time into.  Anthony and I have loved everything we have done off the site, and I know the garden unit will be no different.  We just picked up our gardening books from the library yesterday, and am looking forward to going through them with the boys beginning next week.

I haven't gone into too many details yet about our garden plans with Anthony; it's hard being patient when you're 3!  We prepped our beds last weekend though and had fun playing in the dirt and looking at worms.  Our last freeze isn't until the end of May, so we have quite a while until we can actually start planting.  I'm hoping to start some seeds indoors soon and do some research into seeing if any crops can be planted early here.  I am still definitely a beginner gardener!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Going 100 mph

The past couple weeks I feel like I've been going about 100 mph.  Even in my down time my head is still spinning with everything I need to or should be doing.  Breathe.  That's what I keep telling myself.  Despite the fast pace of life right now, things have been running fairly smoothly, so that's a plus :)  Although I would love to post everything I've been up to, I'm afraid time just won't allow right now.  But let me tell you briefly: we took an overnight road trip for the 1st time with two kiddos, went to 2 dinner parties, had friends over for dinner, sewed curtains, dyed our couches, installed lights, and prepped 14 new diapers for sewing.  All while keeping the house in order, waking up at 5am, adjusting to the time change, and trying to spend some quality time together.  I'm hoping to post pictures of these things at some point...

On another note, I finally uploaded some pictures onto the computer from both cameras.  I love this one of Noah smiling.
Then I realized it reminded me of a picture of Anthony.  I haven't thought they look much alike until now....
What do you think???  Noah is 9.5 weeks in his picture and Anthony is 15.5 weeks in his, but boy do they look the same.  Here's another one of Anthony at 11 weeks (one of my favorites of him).
And another of Noah at 9.5 weeks.
How fast they grow!!!  Now 2.5 years later I've not got this handsome boy loving on his baby brother.

*Sigh* Being a mommy sure is hard work, but I wouldn't trade it for anything!!!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010


"How great is the love the Father has lavished upon us..." 1 John 3:1a

This morning I can be nothing but amazed by how much the Father loves me.  About an hour ago, my husband was talking with the hospital that I delivered Noah at about our bill, when nothing short of a miracle happened.  They said that our bill had been wiped clean.  That's right, 100% covered!!!  Literally thousands of dollars of debt has been erased.  We knew somehow the Lord would provide for us, we never doubted that, but never did we expect it to happen like this.  Oh what a wonderful way He chose to remind us not only of His provision, but of His amazing love for us!  I've been singing this song all morning.  I hope it reminds you of His love for you too.

Friday, February 26, 2010

What a week!!!

This week has absolutely flown by... not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing :)

Monday, we met up with Daddy for a lovely picnic.  It was still a little on the chilly side, but absolutely beautiful!  We had a great time trying to take a family picture... here's our best shot:

Tuesday was Mom's group, and we finished up Gift from the Sea.  I'm a couple chapters behind, but I plan to write about it when I'm done.  Definitely a must read (and an easy one too).

Wednesday I had to take the older one to the dentist.  I was SO proud of him!!!  Last time, he wouldn't open his mouth, but this time he got x-rays, fluoride, and let them brush his teeth.... All without so much as a peep.  I couldn't believe it!
I also had to take a trip back to the lactation office :(  Good news is we think we've figured out what's going on... too much milk.  The remedy?  Eat a ton of Altoids. 
I guess peppermint will lower my supply.  So I have 8 more hours to eat at least 16 more of these guys.  I'm sure going to have some minty fresh breath!

Yesterday, I played catch up from being out of the house all week, but I did get the chance to make a couple loafs of bread.  I tried two new recipes.  Amish bread for the Hubby and Anthony, and a gluten free sweet dark bread for me.  I can't tell you much about the first other than it was incredibly easy to make, but the gluten free loaf... oh my goodness I am in Heaven!  This was the best gluten free bread I have every had.  Ever!  I think I had at least 4 slices of it right out of the beadmaker.  I will definitely be making this weekly... maybe even twice a week :)
Today marked day 3 of my hubby and I waking up at 5am for coffee and the Word together.  We are doing the B90X reading plan, pretty intense, but we're loving it.  I thought it would kill me getting up so early, but I actually look forward to it.  I'm loving the stillness and quietness of the morning, and discussing what I am learning with my husband.  I have also found that I am way more patient with Anthony having had time to fully wake up and be ready for the day before he gets out of bed.  Not something I expected with getting less sleep.  

The rest of the day I will be catching up on laundry (while hopefully sneaking in a movie during naptime), doing school with Anthony, and sewing a few diapers for friend.  Sounds simple enough, but everything is a huge undertaking right now with two.  

Hope everyone else had a good week!

PS- Welcome Company Girls... This is my first week joining in for some coffee :)

Saturday, February 20, 2010

What a lovely surprise!

I started blogging mainly as a way for me to look back and remember all the little things that make up my life.  To remind myself of where I've been, how far I've come, and to dream about where I'm going.  So imagine my surprise when I found this lovely surprise waiting for me:
I wasn't even aware that anyone really read my blog, let alone enjoyed it enough to send an award my way.  Thank you Danielle for totally making my day!!!

As with any award, it comes with rules.
They are as follows:

1.Thank the link to the person that gave you the award
2.Pass this award on to 15 bloggers you've recently discovered & whom you think are fantastic
3.Contact said Blogs to let them know they've won
4.State 7 Things about yourself

I'll start with 7 things about myself:

1. I married my high school sweetheart
2. I hate being pregnant, but love the reward at the end so much I want to do it at least once more
3. I have Celiac Disease which means no gluten for me
4. I'm learning Spanish
5. I'm usually on the shy side unless I'm on stage acting or dancing, which hasn't happened in about 8 years
6. I really miss being on stage :)
7. We hope to move abroad in about 3 years

I really wish I had 15 blogs to award... I'm afraid I don't have near enough time right now with two little ones to keep up with that many.  I barely have enough time to post on my own!

Here are 6 that I do try and read when I'm able, and maybe even comment on if I'm lucky :)  I also included why I enjoy it:

1. I never know what to expect over at Peanut's Page.  Some days a funny story, others a great deal or recipe, but lately, a lot of wonderful photographs!  And her little one is oh so adorable!

2. If you want a good laugh you should head on over to Mommy Wonderland.  I also love reading about how much she lovers her hubby, boys, friends, and family.  It inspires me to be more loving :)

3. Ben and Katie are on an incredible journey right now that brings tears to my eyes, and reminds me of how loving and faithful our God is.  The trust Katie has in the Lord and the love she has for her husband amazes and challenges me every time I read what they're going through.  I can't wait until I read about Ben's complete healing!!!

4. Busy Beez and Chickadeez spotlights her adorable children's and beautiful wedding lines that are sold on Etsy and in several stores in my local area.  She is so talented and I love it all!

5. I love reading anything and everything that is posted on Amerie Rose. She writes so elegantly and passionately that I can't help but be sucked into her beautiful world.  Maybe it's all the talk of France!  She also makes some awesome baby shoes, among other things, that are sold on Etsy.  

6. If you want to check out some amazing pictures, check out Amy's work at Amy Kolcz Photography.  It's absolutely beautiful!

On another note, Noah slept a full 8 hours last night.  Now that was a really lovely surprise!!!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

My 1st Refashion and a Smile

I have been wanting to try my hand at refashioning for quite some time.  I've read lots of blogs and tutorials on it, and dreamed up some of my own items I could attempt to change, but have been a little too timid to try.  I finally realized if I'm never going to wear the item again anyways, it wouldn't hurt to try right?!?

This was the dress I wore for our rehearsal dinner when we got married.  I would have taken a pic with it on, but my post-baby body would never be able to get close to fitting into it :)  Besides the memories from the night I wore it, I love the fabric and just haven't been able to part with it.  You want to see what I came up with???
This lovely shirt!  It's a little hard to tell what it looks like, but I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.  The only thing I think I'll change is to get a solid color ribbon to run through the top.  Perhaps a chocolate brown one?!?  Anyways, maybe one day I'll post a picture wearing it so you can get the full effect.

On another note, my little Noah has started smiling.  This picture doesn't fully capture it, but I promise it's not just gas :)  He laid next to me smiling and cooing today for a good 10 minutes.  I really got to enjoy it too because Anthony was napping at the time.  I love my little guy!!!


Today I filled up a "pocket" in my new sewing room.  (Want to know what I'm talking about... head on over to one of my favorite blogs, Home Sanctuary, to check out today's small thing).  I've been wanting for some time now to frame some of my favorite verses and quotes, and today I finally sat down to do it!  Such a simple thing, but it made me feel so accomplished :)  These didn't turn out as perfect as I would have liked, but I knew my time was very limited before one or both kiddos woke up from their nap.  They'll do just fine for now.  Sorry the pictures aren't the best.