Sunday, November 29

a weekends work in progress...

I am hoping that our family can send a little homemade love in the mail this year for Christmas.
Here is a little bit of our start.

I made a star last year and while revisiting the Crafty Crow yesterday I rediscovered this project and a cute little twist and making them into snowflakes. I really like the woodsy look, but might have the kids add some glitter to the snowflakes. I'll be better prepared and PICKY with my sticks next time I go on a hunt (literally a hunt in these parts).

Finally made these!!! After more than a year ago peeling off all that crayon paper, we have tree shaped crayons!!!! We are going to make some sort of book (either blank like a sketch pad or handdrawn images for a coloring book) to go along with them and give them as gifts.
Woot Woot!!! These were very exciting to watch melt.

And my current obsession. So far I haven't followed a pattern, it overwhelms me a little. However this is my second long practice scarf, the other was half this size in width. It only took me two days to get this far and that I am excited about that because I really don't feel like I spent that much time at each sitting. There are several mistakes but I am getting there.

Wednesday, November 25


(picture taken at Canaan of the Desert , Arizona)

Be Thankful

Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire,If you did,

what would there be to look forward to?

Be thankful when you don’t know something

For it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times.

During those times you grow.

Be thankful for your limitations

Because they give you opportunities for improvement.

Be thankful for each new challenge

Because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes

They will teach you valuable lessons.

Be thankful when you’re tired and weary

Because it means you’ve made a difference.

It is easy to be thankful for the good things. A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are also thankful for the setbacks.

GRATITUDE can turn a negative into a positive. Find a way to be thankful for your troubles and they can become your blessings.

Author Unknown

Sunday, November 22

Life... enjoy...

I took a rather long hiatus from this here spot of mine, and trying to gather up pictures to some up what we have and had been doing is rather time consuming. I mean how do you pick just a few pictures....

For the better part of my absence we had extra special house guest for the end of October, beginning half of November. (Ganga and Grampa Mikemal)

with whom we trotted all over our neck of the desert (woods didn't seem to fit). They arrived the morning of Halloween and the kids could not have been happier. It makes me sad that family lives so far away... witnessing just how much my children love their family, instinctly, just makes me love them even more. They love with their whole little beings!!!

Myla only wanted Ganga to help her (insert everyday activites here) ... Corbyn was constantly wanting to play jokes and get Mikemal. We played 'eye spy with my little eye' only a few hundred times. Read books. Went on a hike. Went to the zoo/aquarium. Ate out. Alot! Shopping was done.... laughs were had... movies were watched... coffeepot always warm... and loads memories were made.

My kids want them "to come and stay forever".... Myla's exact words.

That pretty much sums it up in a little bitty nutshell.