After 5 years of being a stay-at-home mom, I found the wonder of mothering slowly starting to get crowded out by the mundane feeling. I realized our world seems to surround people with the negative, and complaining about blessings seems totally acceptable. So I decided to fight against that "normalcy" and focus only on the positive. I look back to my first year as a mom when everything was new and keeping house was fun and I aim to have that attitude again. This blog is my outlet to showcase the daily miracles that surround me in my blessed life as a stay-at-home mom so that I will never forget the wonder of it all.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Goodbye Summer Garden

This morning, I woke up to my garden looking like this...

But then Logan helped me pull out the Summer plants...

Felicity helped me pick every last tomato...

Kian helped me pick up every last branch...

and our silly dog went behind us like a vacuum, consuming any little red tomato left behind in the process.

Now I have some processing to do...

Logan's compost pile is HEAPING over...

and my garden now looks like this...

Kinda sad and lonely looking, if you ask me.  I'm anxious to get seeds in tomorrow and see if we can get a bit of Fall growing going on before Winter comes.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Kian's Birthday Camping Trip

How many kids are blessed enough to have a Great Grandpa who ASKS to go camping with them?
How many kids get to sit around the fire listening to their Great Grandpa sing songs he once sang to their Mama when she was their age?
How many kids sit and listen as their Great Grandpa tells stories of when he lived in the very mountains they are camping in?
How many kids have a Great Grandpa who is willing to lug camping chairs down the river to "just the right spot"?
I don't know.
But my kids are 3 kids who ARE blessed in this way.
This is our much beloved "Papa".  He is "Papa" to, my sisters, our children, the church kids, my friends in their 30s.  He is "Papa" to all.
And obviously very loved by my kids, as you can tell by Kian's expression in this picture.

Naming Kian after my Papa was one of the best decisions we've ever made.  It's so special, especially since Kian is obsessed with Papa.  He has been from very early on.  He prays for Papa EVERY meal and bedtime.  He carries around a matchbox car that is his "Papa car" because it looks like Papa's real car, and he asks me multiple times a day, "where's Papa."  No joke...EVERY day!

Needless to say, we were all very excited when Papa asked to join us on Kian's birthday camping trip.

In addition to our adventures with Papa, there was lots of bike riding, boat making (and bombing), outdoor dish washing, creek playing, and lots of hot chocolate. 

We had a GREAT time.  Though on our last morning, one little two year old was pretty ready to head home.  :)
Wonderful memories!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The Nooks Of Our House - The Play Room

The kids rule our house.  I love that they have a lot of play nooks and spaces, especially since our yard is so small.  We DO, however, try to keep our living room toy free.  It helps to have the play room.  Since the weather has cooled, the kids have ditched the play room and prefer the play porch, which I shared with you last time.  I LOVE that they are out there so much, playing in the fresh air after being cooped up a lot of our HOT Summer.  But, the play room was a disaster!  They'd run in long enough to rummage around baskets, find what they were looking for, and then race back outside, leaving the rummaged mess behind.  So, today the kids and I tackled the play room and gave it an update.  Again, like when we redid the boys' room, I thought I'd share it with you the 30 seconds it actually looked like this.  :)
This room is an odd little space.  And so, it fits our odd little house well.  Its a long hallway of a room, with window spaces that look into our bedroom!  Yep, kinda weird.  It used to be a porch, and the master bedroom's windows looked out over the porch.  But the last owners decided to enclose it.
Today, the kids and I decided to arrange the play room like a little house.  As you walk in, Lissy's kitchen, which her Daddy made her, is on your right.

We put a double sided shelf next to the kitchen for a pantry.
I love this little shelf.  I found it a few months back at the thrift store.

Across from the kitchen is the dinning room, which was a little hand me down score.

On the same wall as the dinning room are two large black bookcases for storing toys, books, and games.  There's also a dresser which houses all the dress up clothes.  This dresser was mine as a child and before that, belonged to my great grandparents!

On the other side of that double sided shelf, Kian's toys sit.  Its just the right height so that he can stand and play.  And on the same wall, we set up a doll clothes washing area with a scrub board and a line.  They have a little line on the front porch and I often fill a tub of water so they can wash the doll diapers for real, but I thought it would be fun to fill this empty space with an indoor pretend wash area for when its just too cold to play on the front porch in water.

At the end of the line drying area sits the boys' toy box, which we moved out of their room.  It now houses our HUGE wooden block collection.  Behind the box I made a snug little bed.  The kids LOVED this addition.  We used to actually have a cool indoor swing hanging in this area, but it was moved out onto the play porch a month ago.

Across from the snug little bed, is the baby's bed.  I love that little pink cradle.  It was thrifted, I think, before I even had kids.  And I saved it for years before Felicity came.
I tried to leave lots of floor space to spread cars, puzzles, games, and animals out.
Lissy used the room to instantly change baby Carrie's diaper.  ;)

The play room has a slider at the end which leads out to the backyard.  Very convenient for when one must go collect apples off the tree to bring back into their play kitchen for cooking.
And you'll often find Denver out there sleeping in the sun, oblivious to all the noise and happy chaos.
So that's our playroom.

Saturday, November 5, 2011


I haven't been in the blogging mood lately.  Been feeling a bit quiet, but not in a bad way.  Just reflective.

But I wanted to get pics of the kids in their Halloween outfits up because they were just so cute.  I've had a lot going on in life lately, and I told myself I was NOT allowed to sew the kids Halloween costumes.  It took a lot of will power, but I obeyed myself....well....until the last ten minutes.  :)

We have a lot of dress up clothes so the day of Halloween, I told the kids to pick out their costumes.  It was actually really fun to see what they came up with in the moment!  Here's how they dressed themselves.

Logan chose to be an astronaut for the 2nd year in a row.  His flight suit was a bit snug this year, but it worked.  :)
This year he spiced up the astronaut outfit by making it a SUPER astronaut outfit.
His wonderful Grammy made him this cape for his last birthday.
Kian decided to be a "fire engine".  :)  My tiny boy is sporting the outfit Logan wore on his first Halloween, WHEN HE WAS 6 MONTHS OLD!
Yes, this is in fact a 6 month size costume.
Kian is a small little guy.

And my favorite outfit of the is Laura Ingalls Wilder.
This is where I kicked my "no sewing for Halloween" rule to the curb.  Felicity had the dress and I'd made her the bonnet last Spring.  But Laura couldn't be Laura without an apron!  So I quickly made her a simple gathered apron with a ribbon tie to match her bonnet.
I'm glad I disobeyed myself because she was soooooooo cute!
And she loved every minute of wearing her costume.

LOVE them!