Sunday, July 24, 2016

Don't Judge A "Box" By It's Cover

I love a trip to the thrift store...and I really love it when I find an unexpected surprise!  
Like this Electricity Kit for $2.99.  I'm not sure why I grabbed it off the shelf...maybe because it looked old and interesting!! 

It looked even more interesting when I saw the top of the box.  I saw the word "ornaments"!!  
Woo Hoo!  Vintage ornaments??? Maybe!
I peeked in the box and saw some shiny metallic and some poinsettia printed paper.  
Then I closed it back up and put in my cart.  Yep...I pretty much bought it sight unseen.

When I got home and opened it...well, let's just say it was worth it!
Have a look at all my wonderful treasures.


Pretty ornaments and this really lovely piece of Christmas gift wrap.  I love vintage Christmas things. They're hard to find, so it's really special when I do.  I'll use some of them in my Christmas decorating...but most will be used in my Christmas creating.  
Maybe I'll make something like THIS or THIS.   

Remember...never judge a "box" by it's cover...there might be vintage treasure inside!

Monday, July 18, 2016

The First Three

These three spent a lot of time together...for six years.  
Some of my favorite  photos are the ones of the three of them. 
Cousins...Elijah, Charlotte, and Penelope.


You didn't have to ask them to hold hands.  They just did.
They really love playing together.


Happy, Happy, Happy!
Not really realizing that this would be there last 
threesome photo shoot for a while.  But I knew....


Hope my family notices that these photos are 2009, 2012, & 2015.  
That means a (whole) family reunion is due in 2018...for sure!

Sunday, July 17, 2016


Come on People!
My prayers...and tears...are with 
the law enforcement community.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Love These Faces...Miss Them Too!

In April 2015 I shared that my son and his family would be moving to Texas.  
When they left, they were a family of four.  
In April of this year they became a family of five!  August Willem was born on April 18th! 

 Now there are five to love...and five to miss!!  I did get to be in Texas in I got to meet sweet August.  But I haven't seen him since he was 4 days old. He's growing SO FAST!

Penelope and Fletcher seem to change each day.  
Bigger and cuter by the minute!!
I'm really lucky 'cause Jacqi shares lots of photos of them on Facebook and Instagram.  This is my current favorite of Fletcher...he's modeling Jacqi's mom's glasses!

She gets prettier and prettier....

August gets chubbier and chubbier.  
I just want to kiss those sweet cheeks!

For over seven years I was spoiled. All my grandbabies lived within an hour of my house.  
Now three of them are half the country away from me!
But I'm going to see them about 95 days!!
Hope they're ready for hugs and kisses.

P.S. I'm looking forward to seeing their mommy and daddy too!!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Family Fun

  A trip to the Zoo provides a lot of opportunities to see animals.  
It provides opportunities to mimic them too!

Charlotte enjoyed walking like a Chimpanzee.  
She's got the knuckles part down pretty good.  
Now if only her legs weren't so long!!

Here she is practicing her Chimpanzee communication expressions.  
This "full closed grin" means "I am afraid. 
There is danger nearby."

I think Charlotte has the "full closed grin" perfected.  
Lulu....she's been working on the "Relaxed Face"...which means "I'm OK, You're OK."  
I guess she isn't phased by the "nearby danger"! 

I'm not real sure what Charlotte is practicing here.  
Maybe her Gorilla stance...or perhaps her unhappiness at not 
being able to climb the rocks! 

Here we have the easiest pretending of all...and two of my 
favorite photos from our trip to the Zoo!


Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Family Fun

Katie, Charlotte, Lulu, and I took a trip the Zoo yesterday.  
It was a beautiful day!
We fed Giraffes, rode Camels and a train, got a little face painting done, 
and saw some really beautiful animals!!
Like these Flamingos. 

I wonder how long Charlotte or Lulu can stand on one foot.  
A Flamingo can stand on one foot for more than four hours!  
They can even sleep while on one foot. 
That's what I call firm standing! 
It makes me think of Philippians 4:1.

"Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, 
stand firm in the Lord in this way, dear friends." 

I hope the girls take inspiration from the Flamingos 
and stand the Lord!  

Interesting Flamingo Facts:
Adult bird is 3.3 - 4.6 feet tall and weigh between 3.3 - 9 pounds.
Flamingos wingspan ranges from 3.3 - 5 feet.
Color of their feather is result of their diet: pigments in their food (called carotenoids) are responsible for red and pink colors of their feathers. They eat shrimps, algae, crustaceans…
When they eat, their head is positioned upside-down. They suck water and filter the food.
Flamingos hold their breath while feeding.
During migration, they fly up to 37 miles per hour and travel distance of over 300 miles to reach their new habitat.
Flamingos spend 15-30% of the day in cleaning their feathers: oil produced in a special gland will be spread over feathers with a help of their beak.
Flamingos live in large groups called colonies. Some colonies consist of million birds.
Baby flamingos will hatch in the nest made of mud.
Flamingos are monogamous (they have just one partner) and they produce one egg each year.
Both mother and father keep the egg warm before it hatches. Few days after hatching both parents will start feeding their chick with milk-like substance rich in fats and proteins.
Baby flamingos don't have curved bill, it becomes curved after few months.
When they want to rest, flamingos stand on one leg.
The visible "knee" of the flamingo is actually ankle joint. True knee is close to the body and can't be seen because of the feathers.
Flamingos live between 20 and 30 years.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Random MondayMemories

Christmas Day 1985
I love those random memories that make me smile no
matter what is going on in life right now. 
Joe - 6, Katie - 4, Amanda - 2, and Kevin - 8.

Sunday, July 10, 2016