Tuesday, April 23, 2013

I still quilt

Sometimes, when I can bear to cut through fabric that looks this cute all stacked up.

It's rough, but I think I should be able to manage.  I will keep you posted :)

Monday, April 22, 2013

True North

Last night Ben and I watched the movie Lincoln.  I't was good.  It was also a little hard for me to understand everything they were talking about.  They spoke so differently then.  It made us both think about all the hard things that our country has gone through.  It made us wonder what they would think of America now.  I love a movie that makes you think, and that you come away from a smarter and better person.  One quote stuck out to me, I was still thinking about it when I got up this morning.

"A compass, I learned when I was surveying, it'll... it'll point you True North from where you're standing, but it's got no advice about the swamps and deserts and chasms that you'll encounter along the way. If in pursuit of your destination, you plunge ahead, heedless of obstacles, and achieve nothing more than to sink in a swamp... What's the use of knowing True North?"

No matter the obstacles between us and whatever it is we have set out to achieve, We have to be willing, and in fact expect and intend, to bend and compromise, and still continue on, looking "North" toward whatever this amazing life has in store for us. Beautiful still beautiful, happiness still happy, good still good, North still North. Anything is possible, Thank you Mr. Lincoln, for your beautiful example.

Friday, April 12, 2013


My baby is 2......

be. still. my. heart. I mean it! I haven't yet recovered from the Birthday of that one little boy who turned 5 three lightining fast weeks ago :'''''(

Thursday, April 11, 2013

I caught a bug

My friend Cindy painted her house.  I couldn't help it, I was green (actually gray) with envy.  So on Monday I caved in, or let loose, or what ever it is that happens when you succumb to that part of you that really wants something. (That happens a lot to me, but it usually involves food instead of work :))  Five years ago we moved upstairs, we lived in our basement and rented the upstairs for three and a half years before that.  When we moved up, we painted almost every single square inch of this house.  Everything except the wood stained baseboards, they are oak and it just seemed like a crime to paint over oak.  So they stayed the way they were, until Monday when I finally came to my senses and painted those tired ugly things.  We are both much happier now, those baseboards and I.  The walls, well almost all of the walls have been repainted again, since five years ago.  I have a thing for painting, I love it, and secretly so does Ben.  He doesn't like to actually paint as much as me, but he likes color and personality.  The upstairs of my house has 10 different paint colors,11 if you include the white trim.  I know it sounds like a mess, and maybe it is, but I LOVE it! So here is what my hall and entry looked like before.

Yes that color is masking tape tan on the walls, I made a bad decision five years ago. I have disliked it since it went on, I almost cried when I masked and remembered that it was the exact color of masking tape.
I started putting primer on those bad boys, and soon realized that not one nail hole had ever been filled.  Not o.n.e. So then I spackled, then sanded, then primed again, then caulked along the tops and in the gaps, then I painted, whew.... Then I started getting rid of the tan/cream/i don't really care what color you are I just want you gone.  Now it's a lovely gray, with crisp beautiful trim.  Why did it take me five years to do this?

(oh and I fixed that old chair, sort of, at least my children can't use the spindles as clubs anymore)

The pictures don't even do it justice, I can't get the true color to come through my camera, but trust me, it's amazing.  Stop by and see for yourself if you don't believe me ;) and bring some peanut M&M's with you.

P.S. A huge thank you to Cindy for getting me into this mess, haha.  No really, this color is beyond perfect, I will never question you again, you officially have "vision" my friend. Also thank you for loving me for the random paint fume induced late night texting.
And thank you Benny for helping me roll, the very last step, which took like one hour and required very little, if any, climbing, scooting, stretching, bending, squatting, I will never walk again kind of moves. I also love you, very much, maybe even more than I love Cindy.  However you might be a close second to how much I love our new paint :)

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Easter 2013

It's crazy that it was already Easter again.  One of my first posts after I decided to blog last year was an Easter post.  I have lots of pictures again, (but not one of my children in their new Easter Sunday clothes, cause that was part of the "I'm sure there is nothing on this card so I will go ahead and format it" disaster, dang it!) but no real words of wisdom or deep thought.  Easter was wonderful and sunny and perfect.  I am greatful for our Savior, and for my family.  The End ;)

Oh and also, meet my new baby niece, her name is Lily and she is the cutest thing ever.  She has a little excess body hair, but we still love her.  Oh and her Mama says she is twice as big now :)

Ty is 5

Ty had a great 5th Birthday.  He had a Monster Truck cake, lots of balloons, fun with his friends, and fun with his family.  I took picture. A week later my SD card wouldn't work, so my sweet sister in law told me that I should format it and see if maybe that would help.  But only if I had downloaded all the pictures on it she warned.  OHHHH I'm sure I have, I mean I don't even know what could be on there.  Ok she said, cause it will wipe that sucker clean, oh yeah, I said, we are totally good... ha ha ha..... so today I went looking for those birthday pics, and guess what, gone-zo.  dang.  Good thing I had already downloaded these onto the computer, or I would be saying more than just, dang.

Ty I am so proud of the amazing little man you are becoming.  You are kind and funny, smart and determined, and adventurous but cautious.  
You love to have a job to do, and you almost always stick with whatever it is until it's done.  You love to learn, and you can't wait to read (which you think will happen on the first day of kindergarten)  You love to be helpful, cooking, cleaning, putting things together, anything that requires team work.  You are always helping your sister, and she thinks that you are the coolest person ever.  I am so proud of you for being such a good big brother, It melts my heart.  I am so proud of everything you are, and have accomplished in the last five years.  But I am most grateful for all that you have taught me, and for choosing me to be your Mama.  If I have shown any patience in the last five years you have shown me twice that much more.  I love you to the moon and back, always.
And I love that today on the way to Preschool you asked me this:
"Mom, have you ever seen a monster truck crush a house?"   Nope 
"How 'bout a squirrel? ever seen one smash a squirrel?"   Ummmm, no......
Happy, Happy Birthday Ty LaRue!!!