Sunday, December 7, 2014

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas....

Since Thanksgiving is over,  my family and I have been doing a lot of preparing for Christmas,  and celebrating Advent.

On Nov. 30 we went to our little church by the sea to make an Advent wreath. The results came out great!

 Grace and I walked down the street to the beach to collect sea shells  for the wreath.

I'm really glad we attended this, and I look forward to doing it again next year! I am excited because today we can light two purple candles.


We've also been busy decorating our house for christmas.  The front of our house has our regular wreaths we put up every year, a mini christmas tree, which we have yet to get ornaments for, and a big ornament wreath that we feel in love with at BJ's. 


Last night we finally got around to putting up our tree! It has lights, but no ornaments yet.  Hopefully we can do that tonight.


Christmas is one of my favorite times to art journal. 
For this page,  I drew my own version of art for kids hub's Santa (to check out their website click here )
and ripped up scrapbook paper.  I glued the scrap book paper on the page around Santa, and wrote things that we do every year for Christmas on the individual pieces of scrapbook paper. I did the background almost like patches, because I always imagined Santa's bag to be tattered with patches all over it.


Even Crosby has the Christmas spirit!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


So much has been going on lately it would be hard to write it all down. So here are some pictures of what I have been doing.

I made Crosby this bow tie. This photo actually won our towns pet photo contest!

He's getting so big!
Homegrown watermelon! This previous summer was all about gardening.

Pottery class.

Homemade peanut butter cups! 
Marshmallow popcorn balls!

Gluten free pumpkin roll. Lots of baking happening here.

Also, cartwheels, because who doesn't love cartwheels.

Monday, September 29, 2014

A Friday like no other.

This past Friday started off normal. I woke up, ate breakfast and got ready for our Friday morning writing group, which my mom hosts at our house. In Writing group we do a 'warm up' which is usually a drawing with words, or a game, or poem. Then we write. We work on a story, or just write whatever. Here's what I wrote:

Waiting is hard.
Whether your waiting for a package to arrive or to finish a book waiting is hard.  Waiting for holidays,  waiting for friends to come over, waiting for nail polish to dry,  waiting for sun tea to brew, waiting for dad to come home so we can see him, waiting for my hot glue gun to heat up so I can start a craft project, waiting to finish a story, waiting for brownies to bake in the oven, waiting of for the day you get a puppy.   I've waited for all these things but the last one was hard. Today all my waiting is going to pay off.  Today had 9 ½ weeks in the making. Today is going to be great. Today we get Crosby, the doodle. Today Crosby will be in my arms and I can rub his ears and tickle his belly.  Today Daphne will have a friend. Today we'll all have a friend. And there will be no more waiting.

So can you guess what we were doing Friday afternoon? You guessed right. We were getting a puppy.

Crosby was currently living with his mom and siblings 1 ½ hours away. The whole drive I was thinking about holding him and petting him and getting puppy kisses.  Also about how good the sandwich I was eating tasted.  I was worrying:
What if Daphne doesn't like him? What if he doesn't like us? What if he misses his mama and siblings? 
But when we got there I knew is was going to be fine.  When we got to his house, We were Astonished at how unbelievably cute he was.    His black curls and puppy dog eyes melted our hearts. 

It turns out Daphne isn't particularly fond of him, but she's getting used to him.  Today is day 4 with Crosby, and I'm loving it.  He is a nut.  He sleeps with his legs in the air, bite your toes, chases you around the house, and walks side ways, and runs smack into your legs. But he is amazing and full of love and goofiness.

He really is a good dog.  He is 8 weeks old and almost fully house trained.  He is calm and gentle (most of the time :p ) and Doesn't fuss when being held.  His only issues is biting, and refusing to go into his crate. 

Here are some of my favorite pictures of Crosby. 

Puppy play date!

'These smell yummy'

Here sure is something.

I love him so much. I love having two dogs again. I am so lucky to have Crosby and Daphne. 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

My first post in a year...

Recently I realized I haven't done a blog post in a year. I enjoy looking at my old blog posts, but I don't even have that many. I think I need to change that.

So, because I haven't posted in a looong time, I'll start with somethings I've been working on lately.

Two weeks ago I started my second American sign language class.
I have taken a sign  language class before, but this is my first time having a Deaf teacher. It's difficult, but I'm enjoying it!

Homemade pumpkin dog treats!

Me and my sister, Grace, have both been very excited these past couple weeks. About 8 weeks ago, we found out were getting a puppy! Its been a very long 8 weeks, but only 1 ½ weeks left! I am really excited. We are getting a black goldendoodle, named Crosby. you can even follow him on instagram! (@crosbythedoodle)
We have been experimenting with different recipes for homemade dog treats, and Daphne gives the ones pictured above a big paws up. I'm sure Crosby will too.

Here is Crosby's instagram account.

We made Crosby an instagram so we can work on our pet photography. This picture was taken right when we started the account.

Here's a picture of me with Crosby. He is 4 weeks old here.

While were on the pet topic, we've been getting a visitor almost every day. The same cat shows up to eat and drink. We think she probably doesn't have a home, because she's always so hungry and thirsty. We named her Callie.

I've also been doing lots of stuff with horses. This is a picture of me (left) and Grace (right) at horse camp.
This was our not back to school trail ride.

This trail ride was the first time I've ever cantered on a horse! It was amazing!

Lastly We've been going to our Homeschool beach nights on Wednesdays. They are slowing down as summer ends. I'll miss the beach, but I cannot wait for fall!