Thursday, October 28, 2010

Around Here

It seems that when life gets busy, the blog is the first thing to suffer. Sorry I've been so scarce around here. I have a mental list of about 12 different things I want to blog about, but haven't found the time. I saw this somewhere on another blog the other day and thought it was a fun (and easy!) way to share some of the things I would love to write about if I had more time.

on my windowsill...
on my...
Scripture memory cards made using this tool and found via A Holy Experience. It makes memorizing so much easier and helps me better use all of that time I spend at the kitchen sink!

on my walls... (for those of you who have asked)
on my2
Hidden Peak by Behr, although it is much less blue and more gray in person. Our den doesn't get a ton of natural light so it stays darkish during the day. If if were up to me, I'd live in a house flooded with natural light all day long and have white paint on all the walls (it would also be a walk from the beach and filled with about 6 children, but yada yada yada, it isn't all up to me.) I have brought more paint samples home trying to find a good color for over two years now.
Seriously, the paint man at Home Depot probably thinks we have about 20 rooms in our home as often as I'm bringing home samples! He knows the girls and I on a first name basis, yes really, it is that bad.
Will wanted me to just embrace the darkness and paint it a darker color. We had read somewhere that no matter how bright you paint a dark room, it will never look bright so just go ahead and make it cozy and dark. Will was set on a dark blue color and in a desperate attempt to prove him wrong and hush the debate, I brought home a this paint sample just to show him how bad it would look. Wouldn't you know, he was right??!?! It actually does look better a darker color. :)

on my countertop...

and in my oven...
on my4

on my sewing machine...
A thrifted skirt we are currently transforming into an Aerial costume. You will never, and I do mean ever, guess how much this skirt cost to begin with! (more to come after Halloween...)

on my walk...
so many of the old farmhouses and barns that I love around where we live have recently been put for sale or already sold. Then, one of the old houses down the street burned down a few weeks ago and a crew came out on Monday to clear the debris. Now there is just an empty lot sitting where history once stood. It makes my heart heavy every time I drive by. :(

also on my walk...
another empty lot, but this one makes my heart happy. It is my most favorite spot to look at the lake. It has a gorgeous view of the water, the picture does not do it justice. If somebody doesn't build on it soon, I'm going to pitch a tent and live there until they do!

on my porch...
our little family of pumpkins

on my bedside table...
I stayed up last night until 2 am reading because it is so good. I can not put it down!!

on the girls' bedside table...
Last winter we read through all of the Little House books. This spring and summer we've read through many other children's literature classics, but Anna Cate doesn't love any of the them the way she loves her "Laura books." We are starting back at the beginning again and I don't know who is more excited, me or her!

on my heart...
My sweet girls.
Specifically, mothering both my girls in way that they will grow up to be strong women of faith and be equipped to be "keepers of their homes."

in my dvd player...
Wowza! Charlee gave me this workout DVD this summer and I regret to say that I've just started to use it. It is only 20 minutes long, but I am as sore after I've done this workout as I am from the full hour workout at the Firm.

These two chickadees keep me motivated. Anna Cate loves to exercise along with me and asks me every day when we are going to do our workout. :) And of course, Caroline has to do everything Anna Cate does, so they both bounce and jump around the room while I'm trying to focus on the video. Also notice the toilet paper rolls in their hands. These are their dumbells! :)

That is all for now, but I have so much swirling around in my head I hope to be back soon!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Trip to Tiger Town

Clemson's homecoming was this past weekend and we thought it would be a great game to take the girls to (first actual game for both girls). We drove up on Friday and stayed with Charlee and Robbie and then headed over to Clemson the next morning.

Our first stop was Bowman Field to see all of the floats! Some of my most favorite memories from Clemson are from working on FCA's float during homecoming week. I got the worst case of homesickness this year just being on campus. I really almost cried during several different moments during the day because I miss it so much.

Isn't this just the greatest family picture?
Can you tell the sun was in our eyes? :)






Uncle Ben! :)

The girls were great all morning and had a blast running around on Bowman. Things were still looking promising when we took them into the stadium. Anna Cate loved watching the tigers run down the hill and all of the balloons fill the sky. She loved watching the cheerleaders and the marching band.

And then Clemson scored a touch down and the stadium got LOUD and she completely melted down. She just cried and cried, "Mama it is too loud. It hurts my ears."
So I got to take both girls out and walked them around campus until the game was over. Yep, three whole quarters of nothing but fun with two tired little cranky and hungry girls.

I tried everything I could think of to get them to fall asleep and take a nap. Wouldn't you know they only passed out right as the game was ending. And when I say passed out, I mean PASSED OUT.

I guess that is what I get for putting them both in a single stroller!


Oh well, I'll be better prepared next time...
Quote of the day:
"Mama, when the tigers run down the hill, will they be in cages?"