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The Story of two little girls

They are cousins, born only days apart in the month of March.  It was only natural that we would expect them to be close, but in those early days it seemed a little doubtful.

Huge crocodile tears were what we most often got when we put them together.

Sometimes they managed to fain indifference

“Hey Cora, does this bumbo make rear look fat?”

But before long the two little girls who could hardly stand to be near each other became…

… completely inseparable.

They turned four this month.  We don’t always do combined parties but this seemed like a good year to do one.  Their very first all-girl party.  We asked them what kind of party they wanted and we got a one word response… PINK!  Very well then…

On a beautiful spring day we set the party table up on Jessica’s back lawn.  Seven little friends would be there soon with their party frocks on.  We planned a small art project, a luncheon filled with girly-pink foods and of course; pink birthday cake.

The two birthday girls waiting anxiously for their guests to arrive.

We put the party favor baskets down the length of the table.  In my head this seemed like the perfect solution but in reality it was a constant source of temptation and confusion for the girls :)   Fortunately everyone went home with their favor baskets in tact… mostly.

We started the party off with a craft project.  I found a free Birthday Crown printable on the internet. Jessica and I bought lots of fun paper flowers and glitter to decorate them with.

The grandmas stayed to help with the party.  You never know how art projects are going to go when you have a lot of little ones to help, but it went fantastic!  Jessica came up with the brilliant idea to use small bowls of glue and q-tips for application and that made all the difference in the world!  The girls carefully decorated their crowns and we left them to dry in the sun as we finished the party.

Next was the party lunch.  Lots of berries, pink milk, pink yogurt and heart shaped sandwiches.

(for the record, once the girls ate all the berries off the skewers they used them to sword fight)

They were pretty excited and I’m not sure a lot of eating actually happened, but at least we attempted to feed them.

Here they all are with their party crowns. 

I just love the way they turned out!  They all looked so darling with their party dresses and hats!

This is just a shot of the little hair clips I made to put in their party favor bags.  Right now you can buy these little crocheted flowers at Michaels.  A package of 12 only cost $2.00!  I think I need to go back and get a bunch more!

So many lovely presents to open!

And what Birthday would be complete without cake and candles!

Happy Birthday sweet girls!!  Looking forward to many more celebrations together!

The year of the flu

It really has been so hit or miss on my poor little blog lately!  I think this year will go down in the history book as “The Year of the Flu”.  Pregnancy has left my immune system basically worthless and for the last month we have all taken turns passing around a variety of illnesses.  Chills, fever, aches, sore throats, coughing, throwing up… you name it, we’ve had it!  I’ll admit that I’m a little weary and ragged around the edges but I think we are starting to see the end of this (knock on wood).

Valentine’s Day was sweet this year, not romantic, but sweet. 
The kiddos get so much enjoyment out of Valentine’s Day and the anticipation is half the fun!

On Wednesday morning I went to our local tulip farm Dutch Hollow and picked out a bunch of tulips for Valentine’s Day gifts.  Love going to Dutch Hollow!  Gorgeous tulips for amazing prices and it is run by the nicest family!  While we were there buying our flowers, Farmer John (the owner) went out to the field and came back with a pink tulip for Miss E.  She could not have been more pleased!  I also decided I could get used to having 70 tulips sitting in my kitchen!

I was sick with the flu just days before Valentine’s day, but Grammy came to the rescue and made homemade suckers with the boys so they could share them with their classmates.

I got up extra early and packed a special lunch for the boys, complete with a little love letter. 

This is a picture I took of the boys that morning, with the flowers for their teachers.  J wasn’t real keen on being seen holding flowers but I wouldn’t take no for an answer.  G on the other hand could hardly wait to walk into the classroom with his tulips for Mrs. Boone!

After I dropped the boys off at school Miss E and I went to my parents house for breakfast.  My dad had worked all morning to make a special Valentine’s Day breakfast for us!  We’re pretty spoiled girls.

Yes, that’s a little glimpse of my ever-growing belly.  

Later that afternoon, our little school, put on a sweet Valentine’s Day performance for the local rest home.  They did such a good job!  Afterwards they passed out handmade cards, cookies, and hugs.

Cutie cousins :)

That afternoon my husband came home early from work with the flu, so I spent Valentine’s Day evening curled up on the couch with some candy and watched the first two episodes of Downton Abby.  Yes, yes, I know!  I’m terribly behind on the whole Downton Abby obsession, but I’m catching up!

Lastly… it’s that time of year again. 

Hope you had a lovely Valentine’s Day!  ~April


Hi there.  Does it feel like I announced I was pregnant and then dropped off the face of the earth?  I guess that’s sort of how it happened.  I’ve written this post out in my head many times and always struggled to know how much to say about the last 2 months.  On one hand, this is the place were I write about our lives and record our memories, on the other hand I hate dwelling on the negative.  I think that some stories are best told with a little distance.  Not so much that you only remember them with fond rose-colored glasses but enough to gain some perspective.  So I think I will save any pregnancy stories I have for another day. 

Here are just a smattering of pictures I managed to take during the hustle and bustle of the holidays.  I hope you can bear with me, this will probably seem a little disjointed :)

Christmas decorations were a little sparse this year but we did manage to have a beautiful, tall, and lovingly decorated tree.

We are starting to establish some Christmas traditions that the children look forward to every year, and one of them is making paper snowflakes for our windows.

My mom made snowflakes with us when we were children.  My mom was an amazing woman who just knew how to do so many interesting things.  Her brain was (and still is) a treasure-house of creative wonderment!  Making candles, pressing flowers, brewing root beer,… I spent my childhood marveling at what she would come up with next.

I see the same wonderment on my children’s faces when I do things with them.

We must have made 3 dozen snowflakes but each and every time they unfolded one they would gasp in amazement!

We made Christmas cookies and I tried not to cringe too much when they piled candy and sprinkles on each cookie.  How many times did I tell them not to lick the frosting knife?!!  I planned on giving some of the cookies to the neighbors but decided that might not be wise ;)

Our Christmas picture to put in our Christmas photo album.

This was the one we ended up using

And here are some of the outtakes…

G being goofy in each one and E giving us her best cheesy smile

J was trying to be patient but quickly loosing interest in this photographic circus.

And he’s done…

A picture of my entire family.  My brother and sister-in-law, mom and dad, and all 9 (make that 10) grandchildren.

Her room is one of the coldest in the house.  Every night I go in and make sure she is all tucked in.  One morning I came in to rouse her for breakfast and all I saw where the soles of her little feet. 

Someone had his birthday over the holidays!

Mr. G turned six and we celebrated by having a movie and popcorn night at our house.  G is currently fascinated with the Disney movie Cars 2 so we watched that, opened presents, and sang “Happy Birthday”.

He’s such a happy guy.  So easy to please.  He was just delighted with every little part of his party celebration.  He is a good example to me.

Last but not least, I have these hanging on my fridge.  It’s been a long time since I had sonogram pictures on my fridge. 

It makes me happy.  It helps me to remember that there’s a child on the way and there’s a good reason I feel the way I do :)   Hopefully we will be finding out the baby’s gender soon.  The children have their hopes set on a little girl… we shall see!

Potato Digging Party

If you have never been to a potato digging party I can say with all confidence that you have lived a deprived life.  Every year our friends David and Beth plant a big lovely vegetable garden.   This year they planted a large crop of yellow and red potatoes that all needed to be harvested at one time.  That’s when Beth came up with the brilliant idea for a potato digging party. 

We arrived Friday evening with our work clothes on and plenty of shovels.  First we feasted on hotdogs, fresh corn from the garden, grilled and seasoned squash, water melon, and some amazing Nutella Rice Krispy treats!  After we had eaten our fill, laughed at all the children’s jokes, had seconds on the nutella rice krispy treats; we gathered our shovels and headed down to the garden.

The kids were eager to help.  My kiddos had never seen what potatoes look like outside of a super market, and they were anxious to start digging.

The weather could not have been nicer; cool with just a slight breeze.  The company was excellent and many hands made light work.

Beth’s sisters also came to help!  Some of you might recognize Mary and Sharon from our Pioneer Women Adventures :)  

We harvested buckets and buckets of potatoes!!  The red potatoes looked so pretty when we pulled them out of the dark brown earth.

She was covered in dirt.  Every time I looked up I saw her laying down in the dirt!

The little girls working hard and keeping each other company.

We dug and we dug until we had no sunlight left to see by.  The children were having a little contest to see who could find the biggest potatoes.  These two always seemed to dig up the biggest potatoes!

That night we got home late, with smiles on our faces and a car full of fresh potatoes, canned goodness, sweet corn, summer squash, red onions, and good memories!

Good night my friends!  More summer fun to come….

You’re three now my love, and even though you think you are quite grown up, you are still very small.  I love the way you twirl around the house in your mix-matched clothes, and the way you make up silly little songs that never rhyme and rarely make much sense.  You are an intriguing mix of sweet femininity and fiery determination.  You are loud and you like to boss everyone around.  You wear your sparkly shoes when you play in the dirt.  You are my favorite little girl.

We celebrated by decking the kitchen out with lots of steamers, balloons, and fresh blossoms.

All the grandparents came for dinner.  We had pesto pasta with sweet tea, and lots of garlic bread (because you like garlic bread).

You wore you church shoes.  You said (and I quote), “I love my church shoes, they are so clicky.”  And I smiled because I remembered a time in my life when having “clicky shoes” made me impossibly happy :)

We all sang to you.  You liked being sang to, but you had a hard time blowing out your candles.  It took several good blows and your brother, may or may not have, helped a little with the last blow.

After all the presents were opened and you donned your new princess finery, the grownups were sitting around enjoying coffee and chatting.  Your brothers were busy playing with your new pink cash register.  We were all so busy we didn’t notice that the birthday girl was nowhere about, until Grandma W. noticed what was going on in the kitchen~

There you were, all dressed up, helping yourself to the last of the birthday cake.

Helping yourself to the last of the birthday frosting to be exact…

You share your mamma’s love of all things fluffy and frosted ;)

The next morning your daddy took you to get breakfast, just you two.  You had the strawberry waffles.  The strawberries and whipped cream were devored, but the waffle sat untouched despite your daddy’s best coaxing.

There is not a day that goes by that I don’t thank God for sending you to us.  There was a time in my life when a house full of rowdy boys was all I wanted.  Then you showed up… my beautiful, funny, messy,  rowdy little girl!

Love you, Mamma

~The Wedding~

Our friends Erik and Susanna are married!  They may now happily refer to each other as “my husband” and “my wife”.  They are one spirit, and whatever life has in store for them they will meet it together. 

Months ago Jude was asked to be in the wedding.  After some consideration and convincing on the part of his parents, he agreed to walk down the aisle with the flower girls.  As the wedding date grew closer he grew more and more apprehensive.  To the point were he steadfastly refused to walk down the aisle.  Susanna understood that Jude was a flight risk.  She would smile, shrug here shoulders and say, “Whatever happens it’s sure to be memorable!”.

But the day of the wedding he rallied his courage, shook off the nerves and did exactly what he was supposed to do :)

Susanna picked out the most handsome outfit for him!  Complete with a spiffy bow tie!  Can you say best looking kid EVER?

I picked out a pair of grey Converse to go with the suit.  I liked the whimsical, boyish touch… Erik and Susanna agreed!

Everything was beautiful.  All the little details.  It was all so very “Susanna”   Beautiful, lighthearted, fresh, fun, whimsical… the whole evening was enchanting.

The wedding was down by a small river, on a grassy bank, surrounded by towering oak trees.

Vintage table clothes, milk glass vases, and bright summery flowers graced each table.

.:The breathtaking bride with the children:.

Erik taking a moment to help calm Jude with a fist bump of solidarity ;)

Hey, look at these handsome guys!

Dad W. was the minister who officiated the ceremony.  Jude hung close to Grandpa while we waited for the wedding to begin.

~My boy~

After the bridal party was finished taking pictures they headed up to the house while we waited for the guests to begin arriving.

It was a long wait for Jude.  He was ready to have his part in the wedding done with :)

Susanna’s grandma Leola, smiling as the bridal party arrived for the ceremony.  Isn’t she lovely?

We all stood outside the fence waiting for everyone to be seated so that the ceremony could start.

Susanna’s brother Luke taking the time for one last embrace before the walk down the aisle.

Did I say she was breathtaking?  She was…

The bride’s maids filed out.

Jude patiently waited his turn.  He was carrying the flag that announced the arrival of the bride.

He did so great!

I was a little embarrassed when I realized I had taken very few pictures of the bride and groom together.  Erik looked very handsome in his vest and bow tie! 

After the ceremony we moved over to the other side of the grass and found seats at the tables.

~The Bridal Table~

There were so many fun touches.  Italian Sodas with old fashioned straws for refreshments.

Everything was vintage inspired.  Even her dress was a gorgeous lace vintage wedding dress.

Me, with two of my oldest and dearest friends~ Stephanie and Beth

We all got small jars of homemade jam to take home with us!

(L to R)My sister-in-law Jessica, her husband Jared, Jude’s 1st grade teacher Allison, and her husband Neil

The food was delicious!  A Blue Grass band played while we ate and visited. The music would fade and the voices of the bullfrogs and crickets rose up to fill the sudden silence.  People mingled and laughed.

As the sun went down the tables became islands of light in a sea of darkness. 

We ended the evening with homemade pie and ice cream.  We waved and shouted as the newlyweds hopped into an old Mustang, leaving a cloud of dust as they raced down the lane.

We loaded tired and happy boys into the van and turned towards home.

Congratulations Erik and Susanna!  We love you!  The best is yet to come…