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Instant fireplace for the holidays

It’s a little tradition with the kids. Since we don’t have an actual fireplace, we create a paper fireplace and decorate it. Usually we draw the complete scene out on butcher block paper, but this year we got a little more creative.

christmas craftsWe used twelve 12×12 sheets of brick printed scrapbooking paper found at Hobby Lobby (3 sheets across x 4 sheets down). Then, created the mantle and hearth from black construction paper. Used more construction paper to created the logs and flames.

paper fireplace

Yes, I have waaaay too much time on my hands! (I need a job.) It’s a little taller than Parker. Alex complained that it’s not our “tradition”. I say traditions are over-rated. She added the tree on the mantle ’cause I left that part out, apparently.

Use construction paper to make the stockings and ornaments and foam stickers and cotton balls to decorate. Viola! Instant fireplace for the holidays.

Keep the kids busy for a good 2 hours! Sweet.

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Snowy weekend

As I write this on a snowy Saturday afternoon I feel more like crawling under the bed covers.

Last night we picked up our ’72 Charger up from restoration. It’s been in the shop since May to have it completely redone. I will post more on that next week. Glenn was like a little kid on Christmas morning when he got behind the wheel of his finished car. Men are funny that way.

We enjoyed corn and cheese chowder from The Pioneer Woman. It was soooo good. But, it is not low fat.

Glenn and his mother drove out to the Ranch in Deer Trail to visit his aunt and uncle. Both have been fighting cancer. Please pray for their strength.

We wouldn’t have even left the house with it snowing if it wasn’t for Parker’s gymnastics lessons. We would have been happy to stay home in our pjs and having a craft day.

This is what my table looked like all-day-long. It’s been soooo long since we had a craft day.

…And the living room floor. Christmas crafts already? Yep! And we watched Miracle on 34th Street. The one with the cute Mara Wilson.

We had to make a quick stop at Target. The girls begged for these animal hats. They have a scarf attached that are also mittens. Too cute!

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November Joy

november joyIn my email inbox was a post from Women Who Believe:

Joy.  Nehemiah 8:10 suggests that the “joy of the Lord is our strength”.  Strength is what we need to get us through these cold days of winter, with our lives often swinging back and forth between the brightness of sunshine and the dredge of those storms we know far too well.”

These women of faith are looking at November as a season of reflection and joy.

This got me thinking about “joy” and what it really means in my life.

But first I have to ask: What exactly is Joy?

Joy (v) to experience great pleasure or delight. [rejoice]

I am not one of those people who are happy and joyful all the time (you know the kind of people I am talking about). I envy those people because I have to search out joy. I need to actively look for it. I don’t walk around being a grouch either. But, sometimes it is hard to find true joy. Sometimes the “storms” in my head get in the way.

The other night the girls were play-wrestling around on the living room floor.

Oddly, this was pure joy to watch. This is not normal behavior. Normally, these two sisters are fighting; saying nasty and hurtful things to one another. That always breaks my heart.

But this night they were wrestling and giggling. They were laughing so hard they were almost crying. It was all play-wrestling. No one got hurt…until Daddy got involved in the playing. Then the joy was over.

It was a joy to watch my girls playing together and laughing the way sisters should.

So, what’s your joy? Keep your eyes open the month of November. You never know when you may experience pure joy.


To join in the November Joy conversation click over to Women Who Believe and A Holy Experience and the November Joy Dare.

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Passing the days

Marble painting

Finished artwork

We got 3 new mice this weekend. The girls made this lame attempt to say it was my “mother’s day gift” but really they wanted the mice. They did allow me to pick one out for myself but I foot the bill! Mother’s Day…bah humbug! I hope you were one of the lucky mothers out there that had a special day. For me it was just an ordinary day.

The white mouse, “Snowflake”. There is also a tan mouse named “Coco” and a black/white mouse still unnamed.

Rocco is not liking these new additions to our family.

Oh, and I think we found a new church home (finally). Hubby gave his seal of approval this Sunday. You would be amazed at how hard it is to find a church that has the “right vibe” for you and your family. (You can read the back story of our journey here if you’re bored…)

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Watercolors with kids

Today was a watercolor kind of day.

Don’t you just love a brand new set of paints?

It’s been a long time since I have painted…obviously. The butterfly is heavy handed but, like I tell the kids, art isn’t about being perfect, it’s about creating something. I always go light on my critique of my own art, but I ALWAYS like it. Alex gets very caught up it her artwork being perfect. It can be very frustrating that she is such a perfectionist. And she is only 10-years-old! Parker is much more care-free.

And we always display our “masterpieces”, even if they are not.

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Welcome to the world of competitive figure skating

Alex had her first solo figure skating competition this weekend. She competed last season on a synchronized skating team but this is a completely different league.

The new competition skate dress. I spent hours gluing the jewels on this dress. I thought it was pretty good, but seeing on the ice, I think there isn’t enough bling.

Lacing up her skates and fixing her over-the-boot tights. She finally admitted that she had butterflies in her stomach. Her coach is awesome in helping her work through the butterflies and the pressure.

This photo was taken during warm-up. She skated to Naria’s “The Painting”. She placed 4th. Not bad considering this was her first competition; and against more seasoned skaters, many probably have been competing since they were 4-years-old. We were a little late to that party.

When Alex was 6-years-old  a coach approached me at the rink about private lessons. I laughed. After all, I wasn’t training an Olympic skater. I thought she was way too young to be pushed into competing. Little did I know that I would be knee-deep in the competitive skating world just four years later. If I knew then what I know now… Still, she may have benefited from having that experience earlier. I am eating my words now.

Alex was disappointed in her performance. She fell on one jump; a combination jump she never falls on. She wanted better. It’s something to work towards for the next competition in July.


…And, we went to Rib City for lunch. Parker loves her ribs! She ate a kids rib basket, cole slaw, orange slices and chocolate pie…then complained that Rib City doesn’t give you enough ribs! And, yes, she cut her own hair…again. I am going to lock up the scissors.

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