Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Happy Fall Everyone!!

I busted out the fall decor the other day! This time of year is so exciting, it is the beginning of all the fun holidays! I have to say our new place is a bit colder than what we are used to! We are already in sweaters, can you believe it?!

My little helper. . .

Our little man is such the helper! He likes to pick ALL of the dandelions, and we have a lot of them. He cracks me up because they have to be perfectly round to blow and if they aren't he throws them down. If we are on a walk he'll pick the neighbor's, too. Such the helper!

Friday, September 21, 2007

Where is the comment thing?

for some reason, the comment thing didn't come up on my last post. . .

Thursday, September 20, 2007


My first loaf! We have a bunch of wheat for food storage, so I thought we should be using it. I bought a wheat grinder and made my own flour, then this beautiful loaf of bread. It didn't taste as dreamy as I hoped it would, it was OK, but . . .Does anyone have a good recipe for whole wheat bread?

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

I was feeling a bit crafty. . .

Our Super Girl has been way into butterflies and moths lately, trying to catch all she can find (or get her hands onto). So we looked up stuff about them on the internet and then made a little "life cycle of a butterfly" thing.

We found out that some kind of butterfly likes to lay its eggs on aspen or apple trees. So we plucked these leaves from our yard and did a leaf rubbing, then glued "eggs" (rice) on them.

Then we made catterpillars out on pon-pons.

And we made butterflies by melting crayon shavings between 2 pieces of wax paper and cutting it out. It was all very easy and the kids enjoyed! So fun, I like to be crafty!

Thursday, September 13, 2007

A few more scraps

We don't have our TV hooked up to the antenna(videos and DVDs only) so without TV I've had lots of time to scrapbook in the evenings. This is a double page layout. Its actually from Lisa Bearnson's KOTM, the black is a clipboard. I wish I could take better pictures of my pages, so they don't look all warped and stuff. Any tips?

This one isn't quite done, I want to put a "tis the season" rub-on in the red frame. Who knows when I'll actually go hunt that down, but I posted it anyway. I am a bit dissapointed at the angle of these pictures, it cuts off the tops of the pages and gives extra room on the sides. I need some advise from the experts. . .

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Our Garden

This is our garden. . .its a weed patch actually, but I have dreams of it being a fabulous and fertile garden next year. Somehow, (we didn't plant it) this little corn stalk grew. I took a picure of it next to the Little Man, so you could see it only comes up to his shoulder. It is quite small and probably won't mature all the way, but we have enjoyed watching it grow and making plans for many more next year.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Great Find!

I have to say these are a great find if you have Pre-schoolers or one in K or 1st grade. They are very simple consonant-vowel-consonant word books. If they know just a few letter sounds they can sound out/read the books. They are great! I found the collections at Costco and Barnes and Noble.

First Day

It was our Little Princess's first day of Pre-school. She is so social, she has been begging to go for weeks! The day finally arrived and we all couldn't be happier. The only down side is that between dropping her and her older sister off at their different schools, my Tuesdays and Thursdays are broken up into little 2 hour blocks. Oh well, the price we pay. . .

Grandparents are so fun!

Thanks for the great week!!

My parents came down for a week! It was soo wonderful to see them, I really wish we lived closer!
My mom got me busy in kitchen! She taught me how to make blackberry jam, can applesauce, and I made my first pie crust in a food processor. Thanks Mom!

Unfortunately, their car was over heating on the long 15 hour drive down and the mechanics couldn't find what was wrong. They didn't trust it to drive home, so they left it here for us to sell and flew home. Looks like they will be buying a new car. . .Bummer.

Labor Day

We had a Gygi family picnic at a beautiful park. It was fun to see everyone, although we really missed those who were not there!