Monday, June 12, 2017

My Desk and Chair

The library is really starting to come together and I find myself wanting to spend my time in there with friends, with my coffee, with Bryce or just reading a book.

Right when we bought this house, I found a beautiful desk at a local consignment store.  While I'm not always one for cream/gold furniture, I loved this one, especially the beautiful wood top.  We've set it under a window (that needs to be cleaned!) and I love how pretty it looks.  Also, it turns out that the white/gold paint nicely mixes up the furniture as we do have several dark wood pieces.

The old, old french chair is a favorite addition.  I wanted a chair that could be used as a desk chair but also turned around to use as an occasional chair and this one is just perfect.  I did have it reupholstered in a sweet, beautiful fabric that has all the right colors in it.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Advice for the Morning

As you may have noticed, I don't post a ton anymore about the children.  As they've gotten older, I want to be sure to be respectful and not put anything out there that would embarrass or upset them. It's a tricky balance for sure, one that I know I'm not alone in because Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook etc. make it so easy for us to share our and their lives with others.  However, I did ask if I could share this little vignette in Grace's bathroom.  She created them herself and while I consider her a happy, (fairly) confident teenager, I think it speaks to how nerve wracking those teen years can be. I love that she put some sage advice to herself by her bathroom mirror.

calm down 
u r beautiful and ur gonna do grt today
wherever life plants you bloom with grace
everybody grows at different rates

Monday, June 5, 2017


Hello?  Is anyone still there?  I didn't mean to not post for so long, but while lots and lots was going on, nothing was quite complete and then I let updating go too long and it seemed overwhelming to cull it all together!   So there we are; a little bit overwhelmed, a little bit lazy and a lot going on.

 So I think I'll just give a general, sweeping update!

For six weeks my in-laws, Al and Marilyn, were here!  Al worked like a crazy person on our unending list of to-dos!  I will eventually be sharing it all but please know we made more strides in 6 weeks than we have in the past 9 months we've been living here.  Things were going along swimmingly and then Marilyn fell ill and ended up in the hospital for 4 nights.  So that was a disappointing way to end their stay but the good news is that she is feeling much better and was able to safely go home.

Harris went on his class trip with Bryce accompaning as a chaperone.  They went backpacking and while the weather did not cooperate (we've had a rainy, chilly spring) it was a growth inducing experience for the class.

The garden is coming along, slowly.  It's taken up vast amounts of our time and I've come to acknowledge that this is a building year and it will take time for my vision to come to fruition!

Rosie.  You guys, we love this dog and she is so sweet but wow, she's a lot of work!  A week before she was scheduled to be spayed, she went into heat!  This was after she all of a sudden starting peeing inside.  Let's just say it's been a trying month or so.  I've spent more time getting stains of the carpet and floor than I would like to admit.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Sweeter Muffins

Growing up, my Mom used to make these muffins all the time and they were such a favorite of mine. But somewhere along the way, I stopped making them for my family.  Actually, I stopped making muffins period.

But recently I started making them again and everyone really likes it when I do.  These muffins aren't an explosion of flavor but they are a delicious addition to soups or even salads.  Also, it would be easy to add blueberries or raspberries.  I even think it would be fun to had rosemary or thyme to the mix!

Sweeter Muffins

1 egg
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup oil
1 1/2 cup flour
1/2 sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt

Break up egg with a fork and add milk and oil.  Sift flour, baking powder, salt and sugar together in a separate bowl.  Add wet ingredients to dry and mix till just combined.  Bake in a muffin tin for 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees.

Only makes about 8 or 9 muffins but I've doubled before to get more muffins.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Ballet... currently

I'm not sure that I ever shared how Grace has approached her dancing this year so I thought I'd give a quick rundown of how it's gone...

At the end of last school year Grace was dancing almost 6 days a week (exclusively ballet).  She was in a program at her ballet school where the focus was on becoming a professional dancer and the intensity was only expected to ramp up in the years to come.  While on our trip, after giving it much thought, Grace decided to take a step back from that intense schedule in order to fully experience high school.  She was worried that she would miss out on activities, dances and friends.

While Grace loves to dance, and is very good, she has never had aspirations to become a professional so I thought that this was a very good decision on her part.  As a parent, it was a bit hard because there was that little nugget of "what if" but, in the end, I think it was the best decision for all of us!

But here's the best part!  The beloved director of the ballet school left after 30 something years and joined a new dance school in our town.  Grace and another former student were offered the opportunity to take class with her two nights a week!  It was the absolute best possible outcome and we couldn't feel more blessed.  Grace has the opportunity to continue pointe with an amazing teacher but it's local and only two nights a week!

The school had a recital this weekend where Grace had an opportunity to perform and it was such a lovely show.  She also performed a modern piece which is totally new for her.  She was beautiful in it!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Mother's Day

Five Mother's in this shot!

Yesterday, Mother's Day, was a lovely, full day for us.  We started with breakfast in the library, attended Grace's dance recital (more on that to come), and ended with dinner at my sister's house.  It was a good day!

I do not understand why Harris is so swiftly moving away from my kiss in this photo?  Is he twelve or something?

Friday, May 12, 2017

First Harvest- Radishes

The garden is coming along, slowly, but surely.  It's been a huge time commitment to get everything in place and ready for planting.  While most of the beds aren't planted yet, our last frost date is around Mother's Day, I have sown some cool weather crops that are coming along just fine.  One of those is radishes!  I didn't eat radishes growing up, but I've come to appreciate their peppery bite and Grace loves them!  This year, I've planted several different types.  Radishes are a quick and satisfying vegetable to grow because some varieties mature in as little as 28 days.  Here we have Easter Egg Radishes.

I wanted to enjoy our first harvest by letting the radishes have their moment so I simply slathered a thick layer of salted butter on delicious bread and layered thin slices (a mandoline works beautifully) of radishes atop the bread.  A sprinkling of salt is the perfect finishing touch.

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