Thursday, July 29, 2010

Chillin'

This girl just cracks me up.  When I asked her yesterday how things were going in the backyard she looked up at me and said,
"Just chillin'."

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Sunshiny Day

It was hot, hot, hot today!  We had a great time cooling off in the yard with the hose.  I love the way the kids look with water dripping off them and huge smiles on their faces.
























I also have to laugh just a little bit about how many times 4 other children were happily playing and laughing and one particular three year old girl felt the need to give us the constant background noise of her loud wail.  Well, we had fun anyway!
Today was great for another reason - I got some fun projecting done while visiting with a great friend, which always fills my tank up.  I'm excited to get it finsihed up and all put together!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Pudding Cookies

Everyone needs this recipe.  These are the best cookies I have EVER had, ever.  I've never been able to purchase a cookie better than this from anywhere.  This recipe came into my life during my college years - my roommates and I made them on a fairly regular basis.
This morning the first thing my man said when he woke up was "You know, I've been really craving pudding cookies - do you think maybe that's something you could do today?"   He so rarely makes special requests and always compliments my cooking so I thought he was a well-deserving recipiant!
Enjoy!

Pudding Cookies
1 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. white sugar
1 1/4 c. butter shortening or half butter, half shortening (I do the half and half)
3 eggs
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 small package instant pudding (any flavor but vanilla is my favorite.  Even pistachio is tasty)
3 1/2 c. flour
1 bag chocolate chips
1/2 c. chopped nuts if desired

Mix together the sugars, butter & shortening and eggs.  Then add vanilla, baking soda and pudding.  Mix again and add flour.  Do not add too much flour, dough should be sticky and very soft.  Mix in chocolate chips and nuts.  Drop onto greased cookie sheets and Bake at 375 for 8-10 mintues.  Eight is usually perfect.  They will look a little underdone when they come out and will be very soft (from the pudding).  Once they cool down they will be perfectly soft and tasty!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Let's go on a Frog Hunt

It is one of life's little pleasures that you can do at any time and with very little effort.  The entire experience is both fun and hilarious and it makes everyone smile and laugh.




We did not in fact come home with frogs.  We had a rather close encounter with a coyote (this is where the great expression on Clarks' face comes in - he was pretty worried about seeing that coyote run past!)
We did come home with:
2 preying mantis
3 grasshoppers
smiles
fun photos
good memories.
It was a great evening spent together as a family.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

My Brave Girl House

I feel that I need to share more about my experience at Brave Girls camp.  I have been asked many questions since I have returned home.  Most questions I can answer, others... well, the experience is somewhat sacred to me as far as some of the emotional journeys I walked and the ties that binds these women to my heart now.  Which leaves me unable to explain everything - it is my journey, and I'm still on it, and when I have fought the good fight and laid down to rest I hope my life will have spoken enough for me.  If not, I hope someone will find my story, and read it and it will help them to be better than I was. 

Was it worth it ? 
A million times over.  Seriously - it was worth it, and I'm worth it.  It was a good chunk of cashola to give up to go and do something for myself - and leave my family at home without me for 4 nights and 5 days.    And I would do it again and again and again.  I honestly can't think of any other way at this point in my life that my money could have been more wisely spent.  
How did it change my life? 
Becoming a part of the 'Brave Girls Club' has changed my life in several ways.  The best way I can think to describe it is 'art therapy camp'.  And that is such an understatement.  Meeting women from all different places, ages, backgrounds, families and situations - and truly connecting with them makes me feel so supported and not alone.  I came home feeling like I have a new army of sisters who will come together to help me become my best possible self.   I also discovered a lot about the artist inside me - which I KNOW we all have.  I was challenged to look deeper into myself - to figure out which pieces of me need to be restored, repaired and bettered.  To find the best parts of myself and use them to bless others; to walk with the sad and weak and scary parts of myself and find ways to heal.  
Do you have to be 'crafty' or a 'scrapbooker'?
Not at all.  Some people there had not every scrapbooked and were not familiar with most of the supplies.  Not an important element at all.  Each one of us used our innate desire to create in a different way to help us tell our stories.  
Did you go alone?  Was is scary? 
Yes, I went alone - not knowing anyone else who would be there.  Rather than being scary, this was rather liberating - I was able to share so much of myself and my story because I didn't have to 'watch my back' so to speak.  I did go alone, but I did not come home alone. 
What was one major thing that you learned? 
I learned a lot about being 'in the moment', being emotionally present as much as possible.  I learned that by teaching myself to be and to ponder, to evaluate and to focus on truth and promises and to listen I am truly "doing something" for myself that extends way past going to get a pedicure.  I am also "doing something" for my family, as I become a more whole and healthy person who can give more love as I restore myself to who Heavenly Father wants me to be.  
What's with all the art?  
Creating is a beautiful thing.  Taking something blank, or basic, or a collection of things and re-creating or making it into something new, symbolic and beautiful is a process that heals us in many ways.  I found this week that each time I began a new piece, my 'style' reworked itself - you can see that in my art I was going through a lot of emotions and listening to different truths.   Every thing we did was very symbolic and we talked a lot about houses - which led me to create this wooden house that will be hanging in my home.  I love how it turned out, so many layers to it, so many messages within and, of course, a lot of color and texture!  

Any other questions out there?  Are you wondering if you should go?  YOU SHOULD.  xo
E

Monday, July 19, 2010

Brave Girl Returns

I returned home from Brave Girl Camp last night.  I have so much to say, but for tonight, all I want to say is that I am a changed person.  It so deeply impacted me and helped me emotionally work through so many different issues.  I am so thankful for people like Medoldy and Kathy and how they are making the world a better place.  You should go.  All of you.
I will just share one of the things I did while I was there.  I really love how the combination of the rolled fabric and rolled paper turned out - it was really fun.  And I learned that mod podge can do just about anything you want it to!





































It is so nice to be home with my family again, I really missed them!
E

Saturday, July 17, 2010

I'm so grateful

That I have a husband who is capable and smart and talented and hard working.  He really is all of those things.  And his knowledge and hard work brings our family many blessings.





































His ability to figure out how to make things for his wife is also something I love about him!

I'm grateful that she is so cute.  Especially when she is up most of the night screaming about wanting to sleep in another bed or about how when she rolls to the side her blanket doesn't cover her toes all the way.  Yes, being cute helps a lot - even at 2 or 3 o'clock in the morning.





































E

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Somebody loves peanut butter

Yes, I'm breaking all the rules.  I don't believe in waiting until you are two to eat peanut butter.  Clark is in agreement with me.


Silly boy!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

It's Official

We will soon have a new place of residence!   Ok, so 'soon' is a relative word, as we have not even broken ground yet!  We drove out to the 'new place' yesterday and stood on the lot about where we think the back of house will stand and told the kids = do you see that fence way back there?  Do you think it will be fun for our yard to go all the way back to that fence?





































It's exciting.  And stressful.  And I'm worried about a lot of things.  I feel the Lord's hand in all of it guiding us through and I'm grateful for this blessing.  It will be alright in the end.    I have faith in good things to come.

































































I was planning on waiting to do this post until I could at least show you that dirt is moving around.  But that photo of Christian leaning against the sign with his church pants tucked into his cowboy boots is just irrestible.
E

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Can't help but share

These cute photos.  Just having some more fun on Memory Mixer!
I am selling Memory Mixer at the Rocky Mountain Sew Expo here in Denver this weekend, come see me!






































And the weekend is upon us again, enjoy!
E

Monday, July 5, 2010

The 4th

We had a wonderful Weekend celebrating Independence Day!

I hope you and yours did the same.

I didn't do any decortaing because I have too much going on that I am trying to keep a handle of right now.  I look forward to doing more in the coming years.

We loved having a nice dinner at my parents' house where we were surrounded by flags, good food, lovely flowers, favorite people, and rain!


yes, we did sparklers in our pajamas!
sailing on...
E

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Faith



'Sorrow looks back... 
Worry looks around... 
Faith looks up.'










Here's to all of us looking up a little bit more every day, especially Myself! 
E