Wednesday, August 28, 2013

WiP Wednesday, brought to you by the color red

Tyler's brother invited us to go to a Razorback game this Saturday.

Like last year, I'm not overly excited about it,
and was about to tell Tyler to just take Brandon (he doesn't get to go this year)
when he told me, "Mitch says Jennifer really wants you to come."

Well. Pooh. I guess I should go then.
And I did have a perfectly fine time last year...
(except, this year, we're spending the night and going to church with them.
Only an extrovert thinks it's fun to go to a church that isn't your home church)

Seeing as how this seems to be turning into an annual event,
I thought I should have a proper razorback shirt.
But since I'm not a sports fan, well, 
it seemed a little silly to splash an angry pig across my chest.
(plus, I had Brandon look online for a razorback I could use for reverse applique 
and I decided it was too tricky to accomplish in a week ;-)
A simple red and white shirt seemed appropriate.
And far more wearable for me.

I constructed the shirt by machine, but did all top-stitching by hand.
Lexi asked if I was going to add any decorate to it 
(meaning beads or glitz of some sort)
and since I'd already wondered the same thing myself, I thought a tube of white glass beads was in order.

When I'm not sewing
(or cooking or cleaning or schooling....)
I'm slowly working my way through Trim Healthy Mama.

I'd been reticent to buy this book.
For starters, it's thirty five dollars, which, in my book, is pretty expensive,
but a few weeks back, a friend posted something about THM on facebook
and I started poking around their facebook page
and got inspired by the daily weight loss testimonies.
I decided to fork over the money.

As you can see,
I've found a few things worth bookmarking ;-)

I'll tell you more about it later.
When I'm skinny...

linking up with 

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced


needle and thREAD

Monday, August 26, 2013

they know me well

Fussing and fighting began as soon as there was more than one kid awake this morning.

Yesterday evening was our church's annual meeting
and the kids ate nothing but junk.
And lots of it.
Tensions are a little high...

During our Morning Meeting I said, 
"We ate a lot of junk yesterday, so you know what that means?"
(the answer I was looking for was 'we need to work harder to be kind, we need to try harder to be patient,
we need to recognize that we're grouchy and practice just being silent' - something along those lines... We've had these talks before ;-)

Lily sighed, "That means we're having eggs today and not any chips."

Friday, August 23, 2013

five things on Friday


this makes me think of a bit of this post. and miss all of my big kids.

Today was a flex day for Tyler.
(which means he got to be home :-)

We're not real great at doing school when Daddy is home,
so this year,
I just scheduled every other Friday off.

Yesterday, Jeremiah and Josiah got a wild hair about building a fire and cooking lunch today.
They spent a good bit of time making lists,
setting aside groceries (including spices) and doing prep work
(like digging a hole in the sand pile for a fire and making lemonade. and lemonade icecubes...)

I'll be honest.
I wasn't overly excited about the whole thing.
I may have mentioned it before,
but when my kids cook - they kinda trash the place.

Jeremiah woke up early this morning 
and was too excited about making lunch to go back to sleep.
Fortunately, Tyler shared this with me in a timely manner, so I could adjust my attitude.


I sewed on Tuesday for the first time since I made my skirt a couple of weeks ago.
Matching pillowcases in the girls' favorite colors? I couldn't not make dresses!

(complete with tags :-)

Sewing / reading time is built into the school schedule.
Wasn't that smart of me?

We have had issues with our printer for quite some time.
It won't print from 'documents'.
We've managed to get around it by using notepad, or emailing ourselves
and printing that way.
A nuisance, to be sure,
but we have lots of nuisances in this house (not that this particular nuisome is the house's fault...)

Monday, I printed off the kids' handwriting sheets.
(this is what I've used for years)
Worked just fine Tuesday, too.
Wednesday, I just had the kids copy off of the ipad, 'cause I forgot to make them one and Brandon was on the computer.
(Interestingly, their handwriting is considerably neater with a printed copy for their reference)
Yesterday, it wouldn't print.
Said I didn't have a printer.
I installed it again, twice, but the computer still insists I have no printer.


Here's a little peek at my current (besides the 2 quilts...) project.

I wish you could feel this fabric.
Buttery soft.
I wasn't overly impressed with the black.
Unimpressed, actually.
But the red? Nice. Very nice!


(I finally got my rocks from Penny :-) aren't they cute?)

I went and messed with our perfectly delicious iced coffee.
I took it from a yummy and reasonably healthy treat
and tried to make it a power-packed snack by adding spinach, protein powder, and greek yogurt.
It's not bad,
but it doesn't feel like a treat anymore.
Not many people are dumb enough to mess with perfectly delicious iced coffee.
But then, 
I've never been one to follow the crowd...

Monday, August 19, 2013

one down

one hundred seventy-nine to go.
Not a bad first day of school, if I do say so myself.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

TKD midterms

TaeKwonDo testing was Saturday.
Since the kids were at Gramma's (thank you so much!!) they would have a chance to test some other time.

Some other time
turned out to be yesterday.
I 'm a little irritated that we weren't informed, so we couldn't be there to cheer them on.

Brandon passed their midterm test
(meaning he didn't earn a new belt, but now he can test in 3 months for black belt, provided he meets all of the other criteria)
 but Jeremiah and Josiah didn't.
They were disappointed, naturally,
but honestly, we kind of expected it ~ it's a tough test to pass, especially for the younger guys.
Their buddy, Aaron, is in the same boat with them, which helped to ease the disappointment a bit.

Congratulations, Brandon!
(and thanks for working on TKD with your brothers, even when they aren't always the most agreeable)

Monday, August 12, 2013

Thursday thrifting

Mom and Bill were going to be keeping the kids for the weekend,
 but we wanted to do something fun with the kids before we took them to Gramma's house.
Bargains Galore on 64 (miles and miles of yard sales)
just happened to start on our anniversary,
so that's what we decided to do.

Brandon's haul. Too bad he doesn't like knives ;-)

We headed out around 8 in the morning
and didn't make it back home 'til 4,
although, some of the kids were done a few hours before that....

I'm pretty sure Lily got more than this...

We let each kid spend $5 (give or take. It's hard to keep track of that many people...)
Lexi was so careful to only buy what she really loved,
that she still has $2.25 left!

The tea set in Lily's picture was actually in a box of tea stuffs that Lexi bought  and then shared with her big sis.

I was pretty impressed with her.
Not many 4 year old could dig through a mountain of $.25 toys and not buy a single one,
because there wasn't one exactly like what she was looking for.
(What was rough, though, and not at all impressive, was when Lex' discovered that Lily had found (and purchased) 
exactly what she had been looking for.)

Josiah's treasures

Jeremiah spent his $5 on a single purchase,
but man, is he happy with it.

The guy had $6 on it.
Jeremiah asked if he'd come down to $4,
but he'd only take off one dollar.

In addition to all of his sale loot, Josiah spent some of his $5 buying cookies for everyone
when we stopped at Walmart to get some sustenance.

(Also at Walmart, Lexi picked out lemon cake. 
I was going to put it back, because we ended up choosing orange chicken and general tso's chicken from the deli 
which was more than plenty of flour for a non-wheat family.
I didn't even know about the cookies at that point...
Lex' saw me put it back and said,
"Why did you put that back? I picked that out for everyone because you love lemon cake."
Then her lip quivered and her eyes got watery looking...
Well, goodness! If it means all that much to the kid, I'd buy the lemon cake!
So I went back and grabbed it again,
at which point Lexi wiped her eys, smiled, and said, "I'm so kind!")

Tyler and I got several goodies too - many of which were on our things-to-buy list, so that's always nice.
I found an insulated pitcher that I almost didn't get
because I didn't need it,
but it was only 50 cents....
I am so glad I bought that thing ~ I have already enjoyed it
way more than 50 cents' worth!
We passed on a vintage wire basket for 10 bucks and I'm still kicking myself over that. 
Tyler offered to go back out on Friday, but I knew there was no way it'd still be there.

Speaking of need - Lexi doesn't necessarily need clothes, 
but it seems to be really important to her to have things bought just for her, and I try to oblige when I can,
so I was really tickled to find a $5 bag sale and lots of clothes in her size and style.

we also got a pair of pink sparkly shoes - which have already disappeared... and - since the clothes and shoes
didn't fill up my bag, they let me stick  3 pieces of fabric I'd found in it, too.

I do enjoy thrifting with the fam :-)

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

surprising Pop

Around 10:30 or so Monday morning,
Brandon asked if I thought we ought to paint the shop to surprise Tyler.
They'd been priming everything, and were almost finished with that,
and they'd painted the ceiling.
I quickly calculated that Tyler wouldn't head out to the shop before Wednesday,
since he had a meeting that night, 
and Tuesdays are long days since the boys have TKD
and they don't get home 'til 7:30.
So I told him to run out and finish Kilzing.
Josiah went out to help him
and when they finished,
we went to Lowe's.
But first we stopped at Taco Bell for lunch
only to find out that they've taken their 99 cent 7 layer nachos off the menu!
So we went to McDs instead.

After we picked out paint (and grabbed $.50 icecream cones from Burger King)
we came back home and got busy.
We told the kids not to say anything to Dad about going to Lowe's or the shop or anything.
If he asked what we had for lunch
(he doesn't usually - and usually we have eggs... but every once in awhile he does ask)
they could tell him we had Mc Donalds 'cause we were running errands.
Nothing more.

They were also instructed that they'd have to do the 5:00 pick-up by themselves.
But when the house was clean enough that Mom would think it was clean, they could play Wii.
I was a little worried about our plan working.
We'd left the house messier than I realized and we'd have to rely on 4 kids, 4-9 years old to clean it up.

Brandon and I headed out to the shop a few minutes after 3
and by 3:37,
we had finished 1 1/2 walls! 
(the two sections that are the tan-ish grey color -  the workshop portion of the space.)

Impressed with our bad selves,
we decided to go ahead and paint the man cave grey also.
And by man cave, I am referring to both the section of the room,
  and the color.

allen + roth Colors by Valspar Gallon Interior Satin Man Cave Paint and Primer in One

Yes, the perfect charcoal grey I was wanting is called man cave. Which is perfect ;-)
(The 'shop' refers to the entire building, which they (roughly) halved,
and in that half, which they have insulated and dry-walled, and built 'boxes' into the rafters,
there is a workshop section, and a gym / mancave section.
The other half of the shop is storage.
All of it is a mess...)

I ran up to the house to do some dinner prep and check on the kids
and wouldn't you know it?
They had done a pretty good job!
I had them do a few things they'd missed,
and set a timer and told them if I wasn't back when it went off to turn on the oven for me.
Then I ran back down to the shop.

By the time Tyler called at 5 to say he was heading home,
we were almost finished with the first coat!
Brandon stayed in the shop to finish up
while I washed a roller and brush (and myself).
Brandon managed to finish painting and was in his closet changing out of his paint clothes when Tyler got home.

we touched up the tan,
painted a second coat of man cave,
touched up the ceiling
and cleaned up a bit in there.

Then we waited for our chance to nonchalantly get Pop out in the shop tonight :-)
(we had several scenarios in mind and figured we'd just go with what worked best.
What worked, was Brandon challenging Tyler to some pull-ups)

This time,
he was appropriately impressed ;-)

We love you, Daddy! It was fun to work together to bless you!
(and succeed in our surprise :-)

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

two, and one

Two days 'til our 26th anniversary!!

In the past year,
I think I've only been mad at Tyler one time.
(well, besides when I get mad because he's killing me in backgammon...)

He said, "You just aren't thinking about how much you love me right now."

And you know what?
He was right.
As soon as I remembered how very much I love him,
I wasn't angry anymore.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

look! I made a skirt

(lined and everything)
and it took me like 35 minutes!

Never mind that Tyler isn't impressed because I didn't hem it...
(I will go back and add a bound hem at some point)

(We're already established he's kinda hard to impress anyways
I guess living with this much awesome will do that to a person ;-)

Many thanks to my photographer, Jeremiah Sweet Lips John.

(I deleted the picture of my backside.
It looked a little too Nacho Libre-ish  for my liking...)