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A Tidy Tangle Thanksgiving



The Thanksgiving Dinner Table, minus my sister, the photographer


Our mom decorating Christmas cookies with the grandkids


The guys all had many adventures on the four-wheeling trails

So, we had a wonderful Thanksgiving in a very remote region of the North Carolina mountains with my sister’s family and my parents.  Here are a few pictures highlighting the weekend, thanks to my sister’s photography skills (hint: click on this post to see all the pictures).  We have so much to be thankful for.

Along those lines, I finished Ann Voskamp’s book, One Thousand Gifts, recently.  It took me a very long time, not because I didn’t enjoy it, but because it was so heavy.  Her reflections were like a thousand arrows-to-the-heart, every chapter took me days to digest, and I only felt like I could really absorb its content when I had a quiet house where I could reflect, and I don’t come by a quiet house very often.  So, I’m prayerfully considering taking her challenge and starting my list of 1,000 things I’m thankful for, maybe I shouldn’t need to pray about that, but I guess that just shows how hard my heart is.  A Thanksgiving full of fun, family and food was a good reminder of how blessed I am.




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“Helpful” Helpers

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Apr 7, 2011 | Everything Else | Tags: , ,

One of the things I love about having kids around the house is the unexpected surprises.  I opened up my fridge recently, after returning from Sam’s, and found this–a giant can of instant lemonade powder, front and center.  My three-year-old “helped” put away groceries that day, and logically thought that lemonade must go in the fridge.  Well-intentioned help is the best kind sometimes. (:




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Dresser-free Storage

I mentioned in a previous post that all five of our boys share one cozy room, and that we manage to store all their clothes in that room without any dressers. One way we do this: 67 quart clear Sterilite drawers under their beds, available at most Wal-marts and Targets for under $20.  Each boy has his own drawer and we only keep as much clothes as can fit inside these drawers.  The only clothes that don’t get stored here are their designated “church clothes,” which all get hung in their closet.  I love utilizing storage space under the bed, and using sterilite drawers rather than dressers is cost-effective as well as space-saving.

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Spring Break Adventures



The ride on my dad's boat was a big hit


A short hike out by Sarasota Bay


Relearning our swimming skills from last summer

I just returned from spring break in Florida with the family.  Both my husband and I are from Florida, and so we have no shortage of family to visit down there, and it’s a great excuse to get some much-needed Florida sun in the middle of a cold North-Georgia winter.  Our trip this year was wrought with adventures, but was relaxing nonetheless.  And, we came back a little tanner than when we left, so that’s always a plus!

I’m glad to be back, but missing that balmy, Florida sun already.  Click on this post to see many more pictures of our spring break adventures! (more…)




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Compost

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Mar 29, 2011 | Gardening, Saving Money | Tags: , ,

Recently I was poking around my kitchen trying to figure out what that stench was, suddenly it was obvious.  Ahh, the wonderful sights and smells of compost on your kitchen counter.  But, alas, we are dedicated salsa gardeners and we must endure the compost  hassles!

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Life with Boys Part II

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Mar 24, 2011 | Everything Else | Tags: , , ,

Don’t: expect boys to pose for a camera

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How to install grommets

In my last tutorial, I showed you how to turn a sheet into a shower curtain, and one of the supplies we used for that project was grommets.  In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to install grommets on your shower curtain, or in any other project you have in mind.

Why Grommets?

Grommets, also known as eyelets, are primarily used to add reinforcement to holes in fabric.  Those holes usually offer a function, such as lacing or strapping something (i.e. shoe laces or belts), or hanging something (i.e. curtains, bags or banners).  However, grommets don’t always have to serve a function.   (more…)




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How to make a shower curtain from a sheet

Okay, you’ve waited patiently and I’m finally back to show you how I made my flat sheet into a shower curtain!  As promised, I will offer two versions of this project: a no-sew version and a sewn version.  Whenever possible, I will offer no-sew alternatives to my “sewing” projects because I really want to show you that make-it-yourself home decor projects don’t always require a sewing machine or sewing skills.  There are many products available at your average craft store today that make no-sew projects more possible than ever before.

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Salsa Gardening Part 3

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Mar 12, 2011 | Gardening, Topics | Tags: , , ,

The sun is shining…the birds are chirping…

The guys are putting the finishing touches on the cold frames

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Wii Privileges


Supplies
$13 in supplies from the Hobby Lobby

Card Stock
Each boy picked a color

Cut Tickets
We cut the tickets

We recently took the plunge and made the decision to allow a video game system in our house.  Boys and video games can be a dangerous combination because addiction is a likely  side effect.  So, when my boys got a Wii for Christmas, I realized we had to come up with a system for monitoring the time spent playing this new toy fast!  It was almost as unnerving to have to field the question “Can we play the Wii?” twenty times a day as it was to realize that they could spend four straight hours trying to conquer one Mario Brothers world without even coming up for air.

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