Sunday, January 30, 2011

Preparations

Life is all about preparations.

At work, I prep for the next lesson.  Next week.  The next unit.  The BIG test.

At home, I prep for the next big storm.  This week's meals.  The next holiday or birthday.

In my walk with Christ, I prep for His return. 

What do you prep for?

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Family Hike

Yesterday was gorgeous!  I don't just mean a "sunny day" gorgeous, but GORGEOUS.  The average temperate in January is 43.  Let's put it this way: last year on this week, we got 5 feet of snow in one week.  This is what it looked like.  First day.  Towards the end of the week.  End of the week

Yesterday, it was 54 and the sun was ashinin'!  We sat on the deck and soaked it up.  It honestly felt like summer, sitting in the sun.  Since Joe had done all my household chores for me (while I was at work on Friday), we had the whole day to do nothing.  We decided on a hike!  We have done Mullen Mountain many times, so we wanted a new challenge.  Porter Mountain is the highest peak in town and has antennas atop.  We packed a lunch and off we went.

First, you pass the cinder pit, which reminds you that you are hiking on an old volcano.


There are about a dozen antennas at the top. 


At the top, there is also a monster who eats oranges and growls at little boys.


Jack is my little photographer.  He made us stop about 20 times, so he could take a picture. 

You can see our home from here.  Well, not actually the house, but you can see the hill.  It looks so small from this high up.


We could see all the local lakes.  The big lake to the left is Scott's Reservoir.  The smaller lake farter back and to the right is Rainbow Lake.  We could also see White Mountain Lake, Fool Hollow Lake, and Show Low Lake.  We could even see all the way to Flagstaff (approximately 80 miles away).  I told you it was gorgeous day.


Sunday, January 9, 2011

Snow White Moment

Josh has always been my sensitve one.  He snuggles with his teddy.  He walks around with his blanket.  If you are female, he will snuggle in to your "soft" parts. 

He is sweet with animals too.  He speaks softly to our cat.  He always says, "awwwww".




Yesterday was a Snow White moment.  Josh somehow managed to get a fly to land on his finger.  As I watched (in horror), Josh kept saying, "he's so friendly.  He's so friendly.  Awww, he's my friend."  Sunlight was streaming in through the window.  I'm pretty sure I heard birds chirping.  It was a Snow White moment.

Until.............

Jack came flying (excuse the pun) across the room and smacked the fly out of Josh's hand.  Josh was so upset, he tackled Jack on the floor. 

And. My. Snow. White. Moment. Was. Over.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Trades

As I sit here, this New Year's, I realize that I am in a completely different place.  Both figuratively and literally.  And I'm okay with that.

I traded a house in town

for one in the country.

I traded restaurant meals

for home-cooked ones.

I traded open-toe, heels

for flat snow boots.

I traded perfectly coiffed hair

for braids.

I traded a seat in the sanctuary

for a carpet square in Sunday School.

I traded a mortgage

for my marriage.

After all is said and done, I'd say that I came out ahead.  What did you trade this year?

Saturday, January 1, 2011

New Year, New Towels

I love kitchen towels.  Call me crazy, but I do.  I also love aprons, but that's another post.  What I don't like about kitchen towels is that they are pretty expensive for the cute ones.  If you want pumpkins in October, you are gonna pay.  Another thing is that I can never find exactly what I want.  Yeah, I like the pumpkins, but I don't like the ghost towel that comes with it.  Or the oven mitt.  So, I have decided to make my own.

I did a few last year.  But, I didn't have any for January, February, or March.  I hit the bargain bin at Wal-Mart and found cute scraps for less than a buck.  With the scraps, I can make at least six towels (two for me and four for gifts).  I also found really cute quilting squares for one dollar.  For the towel, I bought the most expensive and plush towels that Wal-Mart had.  Being Wal-Mart, they were only two dollars each.  Each set cost me about $4.50 and I got exactly what I want.

I was going to do this project alone, as sewing is very relaxing to me, but....my boys love to sew too.  For Christmas, Jack helped me sew an apron for my sister (told you I had a thing for aprons).  As I would approach a corner, Jack would say, "now, slow down, slooooow dowwwwwwn".  It doesn't bother me that my boys like to sew.  Joe learned how to sew at a young age and they don't come more manly than Joe.

What did we create?
Here is the January set of towels:
 February's set:
 March's set:
 All 3 months:
Don't you just love kitchen towels?

where Glory meets my suffering