Madison began playing piano in January 2006. She loves music and is one of those rare children who actually enjoy sitting down to practice. Oh sure, we have our moments. Moments when she would rather be doing something else... anything else, but as she gets older they are fewer and farther between. God has truly blessed her with this gift and I have told her that from the first time I saw her play. On the way to her recital on Saturday I asked her if she was nervous. Her response was heartwarming: "Mom, I don't need to be nervous. God has given me this gift and He'll help me do my best."
Monday, June 1, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
Monday, April 6, 2009
~ Two Easter dresses for the girls ~
~ Two cute little reversible summer jumpers ~
~ Teaching the girls to make real homemade ice cream ~
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Honestly, I think a great book is sometimes worthy of a few less hours of sleep, I just need to find the right book and the motivation to actually take the time to read it. So, I was thrilled when my dear friend Heather decided to start a small book club. I have always wanted to be a part of a book club ~ reading great books and then getting together with other readers to discuss our thoughts on the subject matter over coffee. It all seems so sophisticated… and, believe it or not, I do actually have deep thoughts and love to dig into a character (my English teachers would be so proud…).
So here, my friends, is my brief review of our first book ~ The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows. I am no literary expert, so my apologies if this seems scattered.
The book was cleverly written as a series of letters between the main character, Juliet Ashton, and the residents of a small island off the coast of England (Guernsey) that was occupied by the German Army during World War II. The book begins post war in 1946. I found that I had to remind myself several times that this book was fiction as it is historically accurate. The characters were developed very well and seemed so real… I quickly fell in love with them and their quirky ways. I was captivated by their stories and how the German occupation impacted their lives. It is both humorous and touching. I LOVED this book and recommend it highly!
Monday, March 23, 2009
Some more of Maddie's friends enjoying themselves. Below: Maddie celebrated her birthday along with her good friend, Nina (who happens to share the same birthday!)
Monday, March 16, 2009
We started many years ago using this typical chart:
Although I liked it, our lives are busy things vary from day to day. So, this is what I came up with this past week. They hang from our refrigerator where they can be seen and not ignored!
Monday, February 23, 2009
Madison has always loved music, so I was so excited when she began piano lessons at age 6. I think music and the arts are a very important part of a child's development and education. I am amazed at how quickly she has learned and far she has come in the past 3 years. I'm very proud of her... can you tell? Anyway, since all of our family live in other states and have never been to one of her piano recitals, she decided to let me make a video. So... without further ado, here is Madison:
And because Ella can't be left out of anything:
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
But, Alas!!!! Today, as I was stalking a few blogs, I ran across this post by Mary Beth at Salt and Chocolate. Her post mentioned that one of my favorite cookbook authors, Mark Bittman, has a new book out! I was completely overjoyed (as I have a slight cookbook addiction) and immediately opened her link to this podcast. Here's a quick summary: he lives a vegan lifestyle all day and then eats whatever he wants for dinner (or "vegan 'til 6pm"). I realize that I just lost many of you, but for those of you who are still reading, this was a new concept to me and I am so excited to try it out! Not necessarily because I want to save the earth or throw red paint on fur coats, but because I need to add more veggies to my life and long to be healthier. I'm realize that the "vegan 'til 6pm" isn't a mind blowing concept and won't win the Nobel, but it has opened my eyes to options that I have never considered before.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Hello, crafty friends of mine. I have been stalking Skip To My Lou for quite some time now and absolutely love it! Cindy, the creator of this wonderful site, has many free downloads and tutorials. I'm always adding something from her site to my project list of "things to do". Please take a second to check it out!
If you have any great crafty websites or blogs you would like to share, leave a comment! Happy Crafting!