Sunday, May 30, 2010

Happy Memorial Day!

Thanks to all the men and women and families who serve our country!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Party Girl

I love to throw a good party.  

Libbie likes to throw a good party also.  Annie's birthday is coming up, and what a better occasion to celebrate than my girl turning six?

 image found on Google Images

Lib asked me to host Annie's birthday in my garden.  I jumped all over it.

Your first response is, "Girl, are you crazy?" 
An afternoon of 18 five and six-year-olds running all around the house?

I am still committed.  For purely selfish reasons.  

Let me explain, the fact of the matter is that Lib has Kelly, her husband,  wrapped around her finger.  If she tells that boy to work, he works.  If she tells that boy that we need wooden benches made for Annie's party, we are taking a trip to Home Depot to buy lumber.  If she tells that boy that I need a pergola in my front yard for Annie's party, he is showing up with power tools.

Got the picture???

I mean come on, Sweet Bluebird is graduating next year!  I gotta get to work!

So last Saturday, even though I had planned on spending the day working on a creation for Thespa's contest, (go check it out, and she is having a fab giveaway too, you really need to go spend some time with that girl if you haven't already met her.  She makes the most to-die-for-beautiful creations that you really need to see, click here)  I spent the day making wooden peg dolls for Annie's birthday.

One for each girl who is coming.  And we are painting them to look like each girl.  

Not quite finished yet, but they are coming along, aren't they?

And yes, these babies are way more work than they look. 

But for a girl who named me Auntie Cake?  It's all good.

To see what Libbie has been planning for the party, click here.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

A Proud New Momma!

My favorite class in school was science.  And in the spring when it came time to hatch baby ducklings in an incubator, I was in heaven.

No wonder I decided to incubate my own chicken eggs.

I now have 10 baby chicks living in my pantry.   
(Not the best pic, I know, have you ever tried to tell 10 baby chicks to hold still?)

Friday, May 21, 2010

Fave Friday Flowers

This morning I picked the very last of my lilacs to share with you.  

Hoping your weekend is as sweet as my lilacs!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Lazy Spring Afternoon

It's know it has been over a week since my last post.  I apologize, but  I was off enjoying spring!  ( I didn't have anything interesting to say anyways...Kind of boring around here, but I like boring.)

After the first week of May with freezing cold temps, a little snow and a lot of rain, spring finally decided that now is the time to show up around here.  I had to enjoy it while I could, in Minnesota you never know what the weather is going to be like.   I spent all of last week outside.

I picked masses of lilacs to fill my house.

My kids had Friday off of school, so I forced them to lounge around and soak up the beautiful weather.

What could be better than this spot to read a good book?
Enjoy some peppermint tea,
and your very own snack served on 100 year old china with your initial monogrammed on the silver?

That is what I call a good day!

Monday, May 10, 2010

My Girl

Mother's Day made me stop and reflect upon my kids.

My kids are totally swag. 
(They would kill me if I called them good, awesome, sweet, etc.)

I am actually lovin' having two teenage girls.  I am already sad that my oldest is growing up.  I sit back and try to figure her out because I don't know where her philosophy of life came from.  She is so not me.

She takes her own path in life. 

She doesn't fit the traditional, cookie-cutter "girl" mode.

She is content with who she is, doesn't try to be like all the other girls.

She has post-it notes of inspirational song lyrics above her bed.

She supports breast cancer with her black "Save the boobies" bracelet instead of the traditional pink and use of the word breast.

She has music blasting out of her room at all hours of the night.

She hides in her room reading at all hours of both the night and day.

She is one tough chic.  I suspect she threatened a boy with his life for picking on her younger brother.  (I'm not gonna ask about that one...)
I ask myself,

Then I looked back at my last post.

Sorry girl, but you even got my bubble butt from spending way too much time on the ice.

Look on the bright side, maybe you can get Daddy's legs. 
They can do miraculous things with electrolysis now days!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Happy Mother's Day!

Many of us follow our own path down motherhood.  

May that path not be filled with 300 pound defensive ends.
'Cuz that just sucks.

Happy Mother's Day to all my teammates, whether you play football or not...

Friday, May 7, 2010

Not So Favorite Friday

When I was excited about my lilacs, this was not what I was thinking of...

Thanks to my aunt who braved the elements to take pictures.  Go check out her new blog, proofofbliss.

Hoping you have better weather!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

The Teacup

This week the ladies of our church are hosting a wonderful tea party.  I am in charge of the decorating, so I have been running around like a madwoman trying to decorate. (Don't worry, I actually have a very sweet little vignette in mind, so hopefully I can keep the madwoman part hidden for a bit longer...)

In honor of the tea party, I thought I would share my daughter's little teacup.  When she was about four, we saw this cup at Cracker Barrel and Nature Girl just had to have it.  It is the sweetest little cup, so I happily bought it for her.

Nature Girl loved having her own teacup.  For the tea at our church, she carried her own little cup and saucer in this sweet little box.  
Most of her tea parties took place at home, though.  Her favorite partner-in-crime for tea parties was her dad.  (Oh, how I wish I had been organized enough to take pictures...)
Dad was a great sport and would try and cram himself into her little chair and drink chocolate milk while wearing a ridiculous hat.

When Dad wasn't around, she then moved on to having tea parties with our various animals.  We used to keep goats, and I will never forget the time she decided our goats named Firefighter Harry and Little Lady Princess Crystal, were going to have a tea party with her.  Harry kept jumping up on the table and Little Lady Princess Crystal kept trying to eat her feather boa.  Needless to say, our goats had very bad manners and so Nature Girl moved on.

One day while cleaning her room, I found Nature Girl's pet worm collection in the bottom of her tea cup.  Apparently she forgot them there and let's just say, it wasn't pretty...

One would think she might give up after the goat and the worm fiascos, but no, that girl not only was very creative, but she had a stubborn streak longer than the Mississippi River.
(And still does, oh, how I love that girl...)

One afternoon while I was preparing a tea party for her in the kitchen, I heard a thump.   Like something fell from my kitchen counter.  Very odd I thought, as I was alone in the kitchen.  I did some investigating, and I found her guest for the tea that day crawling under the kitchen cabinets.
That is Sally, a salamander.  Nature Girl dug Sally out from the pond in front of our house and thought Sally would be the perfect tea party guest.  

Sally was a indeed wonderful guest.  So much so that Nature Girl kept her for a while.  That night when Nature Girl was taking a bath, I walked into the bathroom to find only her head and tummy sticking out of the water.  On her tummy was Sally, happily taking a bath with my girl.

Now you know why we call her Nature Girl!