What a weekend!

Biggest went to see the new Hunger Games movie with some of his friends on Friday night and didn’t get home until after 10:30pm! This gave us a glimpse of the future teenage years and I DID NOT like it at all!

On Saturday, we took the train into the city for a Scout trip at the Franklin Institute. Did you know that a canary has a really fast heartbeat?

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I love the pendulum that swings in the main staircase.

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And, of course, the giant heart. Who doesn’t love the giant heart?

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Afterward, we rushed home for the big soccer tournament. It was pretty exciting. Our team didn’t win, but I was super proud of the boys for playing really hard.

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The best part of the weekend, though, was when we lit our first fire of the season, had a picnic dinner on the living room floor, and played Life.

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Sammy snuggled in to watch.

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Charlie insisted on being the banker. (He’s very good with money.)

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There is just something so wonderful about a fire in the fireplace and all my peeps at home. I feel so cozy and thankful and happy in moments like these.

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Later on, the fire died out, the kids were tucked in bed, and we were left with sleepy animals and our books. It was an introvert’s dream come true.

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Sunday was a long cold day. Littlest and I somehow ended up at home by ourselves. He was bored so we looked up science experiments on the internet. Who knew that Borax could be so entertaining?

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Scientist hard at work.

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A homemade lava lamp!

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In other news, Charlie showed his displeasure at wearing a coat.

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And I did a little stitching on Day 4!

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Have a great week!

Random thoughts on a rainy day

Hi Blog. How I’ve missed you!

It’s been so busy around here but as I write this, I can’t even remember why. It’s funny how when you’re in the midst of things, they are such a top priority, but just a week later you can’t even remember what they were.

Some random thoughts:

A headstand!

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Three things that make me swooooon: Tom, Charlie, & a wall of cross stitch.

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“I am pissed off at you for taking my picture while I’m enjoying this box.”

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I set up a little office for myself in the corner of the guest room. That’s all I get, a little corner, but I love it.

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Animals sleeping in sun patches = so cute!!!

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This little kitten wandered into Tom’s office a few weeks ago and wouldn’t leave. I was (secretly) certain that she’d come home with him one day but they found a home for her! Yay but sighhhh…

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I was a chaperone on a field trip this week. The boys were so adorable, but I’m still recovering. (How can a bunch of third graders run in so many different directions at once?)

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No stitching whatsoever. Stitch-a-long Christmas 2015 is looking dire, but I guess that means I am really far ahead for Christmas 2016!

A quick hello!

Hi Friends!

The weeks just keep flying by. I’m not complaining though because exciting things are underfoot. I can’t wait to tell you all about them, but until then I’m trying to be patient.

There has been some progress on the stitch-a-long. I frogged and restitched Day 3 and then started Day 4 only to frog that too! Blergh! There must be a life lesson in this somewhere. Patience again? That darn Patience is really getting on my nerves.

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Around here…

We went to a party at a farm last weekend and they had a taco truck and a full-on fireworks show. I don’t know which part was better.

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Our chandelier stopped working and then we trash picked this one that works perfectly! The Universe provides!

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Our new computer arrived! Isn’t she a beauty? (Insert emoji with heart eyes)

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Exciting times! What’s new in your world?

On the third day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…


Last night, I had 2 hours alone. What’s a Mom to do but arm herself with stolen Halloween candy (it’s really much better for the kids if I eat it), cozy up to the cat, and stitch the time away?

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It was going really well…

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Until I added the green. Things weren’t lining up and I finally realized that the Christmas tree is missing a tier.

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There was barely time to get upset before the house filled back up again with people who needed food and reading and bed time. It was probably good timing, as we will think of happier things and deal with this annoying frog on another day.

Speaking of happier things, it has been an amazing week of Indian Summer here. The boys and I had off for Election Day and were excited to get outside.

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The boys really wanted to go to the creek and catch minnows.

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We caught one minnow…

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And one frog (Do I sense a theme?)…

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Before getting bored, setting them free, and heading home.

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Chasing your friends around the house and causing havoc are much more fun than catching minnows anyway.

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Happy Thursday!

Happy Halloween!

Hi Friends! Did you have a good Halloween?

We are all a bit pooped from an overly social weekend. Too much socializing + introverts like us = eventual melt down.

Our festivities included:

Going to a total of 8 stores in search of SOLD OUT pumpkins. Who knew that this even happens? I finally gave up and bought an acorn squash. So lame.

Having our annual Halloween dinner. It was a bit low key this year since I was exhausted from the great pumpkin search.

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The menu highlights were the Spider (olives) and Jack O’Lantern pizzas,

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And Dracula’s Dentures cookies, which ended up looking more like Jokey Chattering Teeth instead.

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There was also some “magical potion” to drink. It was fizzy and bloody and made curious popping noises. Between you and me, it was seltzer, black cherry kool aid, and pop rocks.

We had a little visitor for the weekend. Holly!

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She did not appreciate having to wear a costume and hid under the table, but it was just too cute to take off.

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I did not get a single photo of the boys before we were off to trick or treat and various events. This was officially the year of bad planning.

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On Sunday, we had family over for yet another birthday dinner. Birthdays go on forever around here. This was the grand finale!

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By the time everyone left, I was ready to collapse somewhere alone with my stitching. Charlie had other ideas though.

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He was almost too cute to move, but even a cute cat can’t keep a woman away from her stitch-a-long. Deadlines, People!

I finished Day 2.

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And got ambitious with Day 3. This is as far as I got before giving up and going to bed.

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Sometimes you just have to quit while you’re ahead.

The End.

The pumpkin that got away

We never did make it to the pumpkin patch this year and when I went to buy pumpkins at 3 different stores, they were all sold out. Total Mom fail. This will forever be known as the Halloween with no pumpkins.

But, what can I say… there have been so many distractions: a rainy work trip to NY, losing power at the house, fixating on green embroidery thread, and this guy’s birthday…

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I could go on and on about how great he is and how much he means to me, but well, he’s a private kind of guy, so I will just say HAPPY BIRTHDAY QT! I LOVE YOU! And yes, that is pie instead of cake. We had a vote and decided that we all prefer pie to cake, unless it’s ice cream cake which changes everything.

And speaking of green thread, I got some options for the stitch-a-long:

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I’ve decided to use both dark and light green depending on which looks better with the particular fabric. Between that and all the different linen shades, this collection might start to look a bit crazy town, but we shall see.

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Happy Friday! Enjoy your weekend!

On apple muffins, cross stitching, and chain saw killers…

What do you do when you finally fall asleep at 4AM only to have your darling wake you up at 4:45 with his snoring? You get out of bed and make apple muffins.

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The crumbly bits on top were a little dry and weird, but the muffin part was thumbs up. But then again, anything sugary and warm probably tastes good when you are operating on little sleep.

On a brighter note, I’m enjoying this stitch-a-long.

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I got most of the red done for Days 1 and 2 and now need to add the green. These are some greens that are in my stash but they aren’t quite right. I can’t decide between bright & modern or traditional & dark. Thoughts?

And a few more photos from the weekend…

We had our Halloween block party.

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My favorite part was the horse drawn wagon rides.

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I was planning to enter the pie baking contest, but forgot to bake a pie. How do you forget to bake a pie? Then Tom volunteered to be a pie judge and they picked someone else. We really failed at the pie competition this year.

Coal was popular in his sweater.

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You know you’re a boy mom when walking in on this doesn’t even phase you. He was trying to show me that his socks have skulls on them too. A+ for follow through on a theme.

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Happy Tuesday!

YAY! Cross stitching!

Oh boy… Oh boy… What a weekend we had!

On Saturday, I dropped Littlest off at Scouts and ran some errands. A quick stop at Barnes & Noble unearthed this…

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What do you do when you’re giddy with excitement to see yourself in a magazine at the bookstore? You hide behind a shelf and take selfies, of course.

Things only got even more exciting later at soccer. Our timid Biggest begrudgingly took a turn playing goalie. He was dreading it as he hates attention and was nervous about playing the position. His coach gave him a little pep talk and we all hoped for the best. Well… he turned out to be an AMAZING goalie, making all sorts of elaborate saves and fancy kicks. The spectators were cheering like crazy! It was all so exciting and he got congratulated the entire way back to the car. My heart felt like it would explode with happiness as he walked a little taller and smiled his shy smile.

Here we are at the Halloween block party later in the weekend. Love this sweet boy.

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And finally, some actual stitching news…

I am taking a break from “Love Never Fails” and joining Plum Street Samplers 12 Days of Christmas stitch-a-long! This is my first stitch-a-long and I’m already behind but, oh well, fun! I am going to make individual ornaments instead of the full blown sampler. Anyone want to do it with me?

My goals (just because one need goals):

  1. Use only linen from my stash. Since I’m doing ornaments, I thought it would be fun (and frugal) to use the bits and pieces leftover from other projects. That way they’ll end up with a mismatched look.
  2. Embrace this opportunity to get over my fear of sewing/finishing. 12 ornaments = a lot of practice sewing and finishing creatively, right?! Eep. 
  3. Try not to over think things and have fun. HAHAHAHAHA!

So far…

First Day, Partridge in a Pear Tree!

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Second Day, Two Turtle Doves…

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I think this is just the type of project that will give me a kick in the pants to start stitching regularly again. The only downside to stitching regularly?

Getting behind on chores and finding your dog sleeping in dirty laundry. Tradeoffs.

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Down to Earth

This was a pretty eventful week!

First, my kitchen was featured on Rhonda Hetzel’s blog, Down to Earth, as part of her My Favorite Places series. I am such a HUGE HUGE HUGE fan of Rhonda’s blog and books. She inspires me every day to live a more simple, authentic lifestyle. Love her!

Then, I spent two days with this woman…

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Fergie! She was amazingly down to earth, thoughtful, and friendly.

But just so you don’t go thinking that life around here is all about hob-nobbing with royals and famous bloggers, this week I also…

Watched Charlie watching Tom practice guitar:

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Such a fuzzy photo, but I love that Charlie is speaking his mind, music critic that he is.

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Found a fake pumpkin with fake barf that some practical joker left in the kitchen:

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Felt warm and fuzzy catching a kid reading. Tom is clearly exasperated by the dramatic turn of events in Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

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Homework! Homework! Homework! What is up with 5th grade math?!!

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Cross stitched:  I know (snore).

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If you think it’s boring reading about the slow progress on this project, imagine how boring it is to be the one stitching it.

Hope that you had a great week! Happy Friday!

Simple pleasures

There is something so exciting about the changing of the seasons. This morning, we woke to frost outside! Frost! In October!

The weekend was nice. It included:

roasting stuff over a fire:

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dinner out sans kids (sangria!):

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stitching more of this skirt (zzzzzz…):

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building a model rocket:

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eating GIANT grapes:

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Shown here in comparison to a regular size grape:

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Fascinating, right? Happy Monday!