Wednesday, August 31, 2011

fast approaching...6 and kindergarten

Happy almost 6th birthday Allison

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Happy almost 6th birthday Emily

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On Friday my girls will turn six and in just one week they start kindy. And much to our surprise they will be in the same classroom (as there is only one a.m. kindy class) this year. Oh dear!



To my sweet, sweet girls,

My how you have grown so quickly! I hope that you flourish in kindergarten and that you make lots of new friends.

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Please be kind to each other and listen to your teacher. That is a life-long lesson that will serve you well.

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I pray that your friendship will stand the test of class together and that you each blossom and grow by leaps and bounds this year.

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And don't pick up too much bad stuff on the school bus from those older kids.

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Love,
Mom

Monday, August 29, 2011

It's project city around here

Gone is the red and I'm asking myself why I waited so long to do it. I'm hoping that winter won't feel quite so long and dark this year. Although now our ceiling and cabinets look at little dingy next to all that sunny yellow. There is never an end to all that could be done...

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Pretty soon I'll be painting our dining table and chairs black. I just love how this yellow looks against black and there is already a lot of white with the cabinets.

I am seriously giddy about being able to cover up this old 1980's intercom system that has been haunting me for 12 years.

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My chalkboard is ready to be assembled and hung, but first I need to make sure it should really stay yellow.

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I painted it a while ago when I had planned to hang it in a different room. But now that it's going here, should I change the color? I think the yellow on yellow is kind of nice but I'm not 100% sold on it. The dresser below is just a stand in until I get my grandma's old buffet repaired and painted black.

Then I'll hang red letters vertically {E A T} to the left of it to mask the lopsidedness that's necessary for covering the intercom hole. The {S} is going in Sam's room.

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So the frame could go white, aqua or red. I would love opinions...

Switching gears...David and the kiddos all camped in the yard last night. I stayed in to finish the painting, but did make it out to enjoy s'mores with them. Yum!

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And...there are exactly three beautiful pumpkins growing in Mrs. Deb's garden. She's been growing them just for our kids to pick this fall. We love her!

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Now I'm off to work some more on an Adoption TaDollie.

And tonight we start painting the living room.

Are you having a productive Monday too?

Saturday, August 27, 2011

So long red...

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...hello yellow!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Teeny Tiny

How cute are these little darlings?

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I got to mail out this custom request, in size 6-12 mos, just yesterday.

Sure made me wish I still had a little one at home to dress.

*sigh*

I'm sure they will get lots of love.

So long little ones. I hope you bring lots of sweet smiles from a little girl delighted by the pretty birdies on her legs

Thursday, August 25, 2011

New in the Shop {Brown Stripe Knit Ruffles}

I think these are possibly my favorite pants in our fall wardrobe this year. When I asked Emily to model them for me she said jumping up and down "Oh, goody, I love wearing this dress. It's my favorite!" She loved the pants too. :)

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Find them {here}.


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Beauty

I have the sweetest friends!

Amber sent me this adorable mug rug and I wish my pictures could do it justice. It's beautiful! My girls keep trying to take it to use as a doll blanket so I've got it kept in a special spot now. It was the perfect pick-me-up just as she intended and came with a heart-felt card. I will treasure it always. Thank you Amber!

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Today the stars aligned and I had not one, not two, but three very ripe bananas at the same time. That's pretty rare here since bananas are usually gobbled up in 2 days, so of course I had to make a banana cake.

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What!? Don't you put lilac frosting on your banana cake? ;) Allison thought that plain cream cheese frosting was too boring. How can you disagree with that?

Fall is just around the corner. Even my new burning bush thinks so. I can't wait to see this little guy completely dressed in red.

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But until then, I'll keep enjoying the rest of the garden.

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Monday, August 22, 2011

This week...

Good news! My new camera is finally here and I love it. I hope to get my blogging groove back soon.

I was outside the majority of the day, painting. Giving David's nightstand a more masculine look, and freshening up some end tables and painting the chalkboard portion of my new giant chalkboard. I can't wait for that to be done! No pics until it's finished. But let's just say our front yard looks like we are having a yard-sale and I'm sure our neighbors are thrilled. I should be out there right now cleaning up.

The girls had fun with playdoh while Sam napped today.

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This little guy got to join in right at the end.

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He is getting to be such a big boy these days. And evidently we tell him that a lot too. If you ask him what his name is, he'll say "Big Boy" and if you ask what his whole name is he'll say "Big Boy Samuel Avid Deagen" (middle=David, last=Eagen). He can carry on complete conversations and I understand every single word, though other people still need me to translate occasionally.

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The girls start school in just 16 days, though they will get to meet their teachers a week from Thursday. They couldn't be more excited. I'd be very surprised if there is any fear or sadness on their first day, they are just plain ready. But I do know there will be tears from the little man when he realizes that he's not going to ride that big school bus too. I'm really looking forward to some extra time with just me and my boy.

Yesterday my parents celebrated their 30th anniversary. I brought them dinner from my dad's favorite restaurant and the same type of cake from the same bakery that made their wedding cake 30 years ago (it was carrot from Wuollet if you are wondering). I also bought a collection of frames to make a gallery wall and printed up the best photos from our little shoot in June, as their gift. They loved it all and it was a nice quiet little celebration of their 30 years together. Please keep him in your prayers. His white cells are at virtually zero now and that is unlikely to change. He uses oxygen all the time and is very tired, but he still looks the same. We had to tell the kids last week that he's sick again since he needs to wear a face-mask with visitors again. He's nervous about pain, and so far hasn't had any so that may be a good sign. But we really just don't know what to expect. We just want him to be comfortable. He is at peace with it all. No fear, just trusting Jesus, his Lord and savior.

I'll be back tomorrow to introduce a little something new for {the shop}. And we should have our new Christmas dresses in the shop next week. There is lots happening behind the scenes I tell ya and I would usually give you a sneak peak by now, but I don't want to spoil the unveiling. ;)

p.s. Our new favorite dinner recipes as of late are {here} and {here}. Seriously good! And did you see that PW's new show starts this Saturday? I've already got my DVR set.