3 reasons i {heart} my husband

3 reasons I ♥ my husband right now. He says, "No, Honey. The meat is dried out because it was a bad cut of meat, not because you over-cooked it in the crock-pot." He refuses to go to a strip club because of his moral beliefs when he is invited to a bachelor party. He... Continue Reading →

art club for kids

Noodle Art Get a whole mess of noodles, some 11x17 poster board, Elmer's Glue and create away! The girls loved this project and it's low mess...mom loved that. Let the noodle art dry overnight, then display. We called the ribbon noodles "butterflies". I was going to dye the noodles first, but I lost the energy.... Continue Reading →

two things

I originally had posted a rant about school fundraisers late last night, but this morning I decided that it was just too negative to keep posted. So, instead, here are two good things today: This cake is from Grandma Mary's recipe files. She takes 1 box of chocolate cake mix, 2 eggs and 1 can... Continue Reading →

marriage is…

Marriage is...grocery shopping together to save a buck Marriage is...vacuuming the carpet Marriage is...emptying the dishwasher, then refilling it Marriage is...taking turns cooking dinner Marriage is...putting the kids to bed, tag-team style Marriage is...balancing the checkbook and paying bills Marriage is...respecting each others requests Marriage is...when the dryer dies and the mini van needs brakes... Continue Reading →

kids in a candy store

Yesterday we took a free tour of Hammond's Candy Store/Factory in Denver, CO. You may have seen the candy factory featured on the Food Network but to see it up close  even was really cool. Hammond's still hand makes their candy using original candy making machines. And it is beautiful candy. Having to smell candy... Continue Reading →

horray for the everyday

Lately, I've been feeling like I have been beat down. I've got the blues. The there's-not-enough-money-and-the-bills-are-due blues. The I've-got-no-time blues. The kids-are-pulling-me-in-a-million-different-directions blues. The I am-stressed-out-at-my-job blues. Then I saw this post over at Ali Edwards and she reminded me to, "Stop whining! I have so much to be thankful for. I am so blessed.... Continue Reading →

easy ways to save energy this summer

It's summertime. Time for swimsuits, popsicles and rolling blackouts. Wait. What? Here in Colorado, Xcel is the king of energy supply. And that means that the king gets to make the rules when it comes to who gets energy and when. The king also sets the rate prices and there is nothing you can do about it.... Continue Reading →

summer rainshowers

It's been raining most of the week here in Denver. Unusual. We know to look out for the afternoon storms in July, but not all day long. Of course, I love it! It doesn't rain enough here. Reminds me of Missouri.

easy s’mores

All you need is this: (I got those telescoping marshmellow roasting sticks pictured in bottom left hand corner at Target...$1 in the Dollar Spot!) ...You get this: That's all you need to yummy goodness!

freedom: 4th of july

{Repost from July 2009. It still stands true to me today.} In case you haven’t realized it yet, the 4th of July is today. It’s one of my favorite holidays. There is no pressure of finding the perfect present, no searching every store to find the perfect Hannah Montana wig for that rock star costume, and no spending 4 hours in... Continue Reading →

what to do this summer

What I love about summer...no more homework for Alex! Who would have thought that a second grader's homework would be soooo exhausting? And, lazy evenings on the front porch. What I hate about summer..."I need someone to play with!" {and as soon as that little friend leaves} "I need someone else to play with!" Whatever... Continue Reading →

simple pleasure

It has been raining just about every afternoon the past week which is awesome for me! I always say, "...it doesn't rain nearly enough in Colorado," (that is the Missouri-girl talking). I taught Alex at an early age the simple pleasure of playing in rain puddles after a spring storm. Now, together we have taught... Continue Reading →

have a blessed easter

We tried something different this year...Instead of dying Easter eggs we silk dyed them (see 1 &2). They are gorgeous! (and much less messy too.) You can find the full instructions here: http://www.ourbestbites.com/2008/03/silk-dyed-eggs.html. I found the silk ties at a thirft store for less than $4 each. Another variation to dying Easter eggs is to wrap rubber bands around the... Continue Reading →

it may be spring…

...but it still looks like winter around here... I took these pictures of blooms popping up for Spring's arrival on Sunday (3.21.10). Then... ...not to be out done, Winter reared its ugly head and dumped 10 inches of heavy, wet snow on us on Tuesday afternoon thru Wednesday morning. Aaahh, life in Colorado! (The Winter... Continue Reading →

everyday should be valentine’s day

I found this on http://www.simplemarriage.net/: Love Everyday is a collection of ideas, thoughts, tips, and the like complied from over 25 of my fellow love and relationship bloggers. There are essays from Dan Miller, Kathleen Quiring, Alissa Bowman, Mandi Ehman, SM Columnist Dustin Riechmann, Stu Gray, and many others. This Ebook is definitely worth the read. And... Continue Reading →

no resolutions…one word

New Year's Resolutions are out! One Word is in! Resolutions are too vague. I read this in church today: one-third of us who make a "resolution" for the new year dump it within 2 weeks and 50% of the rest say "forget about it" within 2 months. Besides, you can start a diet any day of the week. Instead,... Continue Reading →

’tis the season

Glenn had to put a stop to a little boy calling the house for Alex last night. He had been calling for the last 3 days, 2-3 times each day! And, they're only 7 years old. I saw into my future at that moment. Glenn told the boy that 8 p.m. was too late to be calling.... Continue Reading →

candy hang-over

Halloween is over. I am over the candy. Can I dump it all in the trash without the girls taking notice? Probably not. Even though we had 23 inches of snow this past Wednesday thru Thursday, in typical Colorado style, the snow was pretty much melted by Halloween night. The air was crisp and a little... Continue Reading →

kids who inspire

I want to share this story I read in The Denver Post yesterday: It's a story of a little girl, 7 years old, who had endured painful chemotherapy for the treatment of a brain tumor. Allison Winn, a Colorado resident, had surgery and then treatment for 2 years. She is now 9 years old. During her... Continue Reading →

pumpkin patch digi layout

Too bad the pumpkins got frozen this year. Hard to find a good one that wasn't squishy. Another beautiful day in Colorado. A little story about candy corn and childhood memories.

summer reading list

Happy Birthday or Whatever by Annie Choi. Memoir. This book is just laugh out loud funny! Annie Choi tells a hilarious story of relationships, family and Korean traditions. The mother-daughter relationship between Annie, an American-born girl, and her mother, a Korean immigrant living in American, is not unlike most mother-daughter relationships with hard-to-met expectations and teenage rebellion. But... Continue Reading →

firsts

First attempt at ice skating for Parker. She didn't like it much. She said, "It's slippery." I held her up the 1 time around the rink. Then she was finished. "It's cold." But she sure looks cute in her skates! Maybe next year. First small jumps. Alex trying a new little jump on the ice. Basic... Continue Reading →

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