Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!




Saturday, November 21, 2009

Gratitude

I was really touched recently as I read this post on Clover Lane, a fun creative blog I really like. Touched as in, it made me bawl my eyes out. Often in my life I am focused on what I don't have, how things aren't perfect, and how I want more things. I forget that I should be grateful- like seriously grateful- that my family have all the basic necessities of life- like a home, clothing, food, education, and clean water to drink. I really love this time of year because it reminds me of that, and I like having a whole season to let those feelings sink into my heart.

There are a lot of charities out there, but I'm pretty impressed with the mission of this one. Water is the one basic thing that everyone needs to survive. The idea of a mother being forced to give her children unsanitary water, knowing that it might make them sick, but having no choice, is truly heartbreaking to me. I was also really inspired by this book I read just this past week.
So, I'll be donating money to this organization this year. $10 is not a lot of money to make such a big difference.
LDS Church Humanitarian Services is another place where I know my money will be used to the best advantage, for the most important basic necessities. I've loved being involved in various Church Humanitarian projects over the years.
Let's pretend we are in church, and I will close with a couple of my favorite scriptures:)


"For behold, are we not all beggars? Do we not all depend upon the same Being, even God, for all the substance which we have, for both food and raiment, and for gold, and for silver, and for all the riches which we have of every kind?...

And now, if God, who has created you, on whom you are dependent for your lives and for all that ye have and are, doth grant unto you whatsoever ye ask that is right, in faith, believing that ye shall receive, O then, how ye ought to impart of the substance that ye have one to another."
(Mosiah Chapter 4:19&21, The Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ)
Please Pass the Cheese! (Not the Biggest Twilight Fan- To Say the Least)

Is this all I blog about anymore- going to movies?! So, I went to see this last night. I don't want to upset my Twilight fan friends, so all I will say is that it was fun to get together and have a night out with a bunch of friends- something I rarely do. So, in a social sense I liked the movie. I have a friend who put together a whole New Moon pre-movie party complete with edible New Moon cupcake pictures, decorations, and party favors. She is a serious, die-hard fan! I wish I had taken some pictures because it was pretty over the top .
As for the movie itself- well, it was a melodramatic eye roller that's for sure, but the werewolves spiced it up a little. Let's put it this way- if I was 15, I'm sure I'd think it was the best thing ever. Oh, and yes, the guys are cute and all, but considering one of them is only a year older than my oldest son, I'm not feeling the attraction like all of these other ladies. That would be pretty gross!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

The End of the World!

Last night I went to see this:


This morning I went out and bought a bunch of this:

You can never be too prepared for the end of the world!

I'm a fan of the whole disaster/ end of the world movie genre, and this one didn't disappoint! It was an earth-shaking, volcano-exploding, cities-sliding-into-the-ocean good time!

(don't get me wrong- I don't like it when these things really happen, just in the movies!)

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

.Trash to Treasure: Little Girl's Table

Trash to Treasure: Little Girl's Table

So here is what I did today- transformed this little table that has been sitting out on my porch forever into something cute for my little gal:

Here is what it looked like before:
Filthy and scratched up, scribbled on with permanent marker, not my fave colors.
In a word: ugly
I got this little table and chairs from a neighbor's curb (it's from IKEA originally). I was not wild about the color, but it was in good shape otherwise and I thought it could be transformed. Then it sat there for probably almost a year until today when I started cleaning off my porch, which inspired me to fix up some of my old junk that's been cluttering it up for a long time. Doesn't it look so cute and girly? All ready for little gal's tea parties.

So, this was a pretty quick project. First I cleaned off all the gross stuff that had accumulated on the table as it sat outside on my porch all that time (like squirrel poop- ew).
I sanded it lightly, just roughed it up a little.
Then I got out my KILZ and primed the three pieces.
After the primer dries I smooth it out with a light sanding. Then I spray paint. The colors used in this project are Krylon "Ballet Slipper", and "Celery." They are the exact colors I wanted, I just love this shade of green (I bought both cans at Walmart).

She was so excited when I showed it to her all done, and put it right to use. The little tea set on the table was my mom's when she was a little girl. How sweet is that?
Go here to read about lots more cool DIY projects.

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Trick or Treat!


A pretty princess


Indiana Jones (although a few people thought he was a hobo)
He and his friends went together as "Blue Man Group." It was lots of fun smearing that blue paint all over him, let me tell you!
We took the little kids out, then came home and watched the Great Pumpkin. The little one was so into it, she had to carry her heavy candy bag all by herself, and she was not happy when it was time to go home and stop getting more candy!
Hope you had a fun Halloween too!

Vermont: It's All About the Barns...



















...and the covered bridges.



Hope you enjoyed our trip, we sure did. Thanks Nana and Papa!

Ben and Jerry's!

The last day of our trip we woke up to snow!
So what did we do? Head off to Ben and Jerry's, of course!

We took the tour where they give you a sample of ice cream, and then headed down to the shop for what else? Some more ice cream! (Never mind it was 10 am)





It's never too cold for ice cream.




There are lots of fun things to see at the Ben and Jerry's factory, like the flavor graveyard. Chunky monkey better not ever make it in here!

New Hampshire

The fam overlooking the beautiful White Mountains:

Is this trip wearing you out yet? Stop complaining! At least you aren't cooped up in the car with a bunch of kids whining, fighting, and complaining about being hungry the whole time!No, you are taking this trip the easy way, believe me!

So we headed out of Maine and onto the Kankamagas trail that goes through part of the White Mountains in NH. All throughout NH and VT, there are these rocky streams and rivers. Pretty much the whole time you are driving, they are on one side of you. There are lots of pretty waterfalls, and I love to see the reflections of the fall color in the water.

At least one kid is willing to pose for photos once in a while!

It's a good idea to click on these pictures and see them full size to get the full impact of all the beauty!

Wow.

There's nothing the boys like better than climbing around on a bunch of big rocks!


Pictures are not quite the same as being there and being surrounded on all sides, but you get the general idea.




No matter how many leaves I see, I still can't get tired of the colors. I love it when you see one tree with all the bright fall colors and still some green too, it makes for a gorgeous contrast.

I can't remember the names of all the scenic stops we made, but this one was called Rocky Gorge.


I loved this cool, gnarly old weathered wood, tree roots that tipped over a long time ago.




Remember the rule: You must have one pouty kid per picture!
What a pretty place.