Archive for April, 2009

Trip to the middle of nowhere…

Posted in hike, travel on April 25, 2009 by hollybirdy

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Today my family went on a day trip.  

We left when it was dark, came home when it was dark, we drove over 400 miles, we finished reading “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe” together, we made a delivery for work, we went on a 3.5 mile hike, we had a picnic…..we had an outstanding day.


What currently fills up my life…

Posted in my life, parenting on April 20, 2009 by hollybirdy

In no particular order….

1.  Two long legged boys who are spending hours training to be Jedi.  

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2.  Reading from 2 Kings after a Sunday morning sermon that I enjoyed a lot by Del Tackett.

3.  Rotating clothes in the boys closets for a new season…I can’t believe that this 5 year old is in size 7 Levis.  Wow.  When it is time to wear those jeans again after the summer…I bet they will be too short so for a few weeks we will get some wear out of them.

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4.  Making these protein shakes for my hubby (and myself)

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Basically they are fruit, whey based protein powder, whey based greens powder, almond milk and ice.  Yum…our new breakfast.

6.  Waiting for summer…excited for summer break.

 Today my 5 year old told me all about what I suspect he learned in kid’s church (where they go after worship at our church…their own sermon time) on Sunday.  Out of the blue, during one of those moments when we were both putting on our shoes about to work outside planting some veggies…he starts talking about Jesus.  Kids want to have a discussion about these things when you least expect it (or at least mine do!).  He told me all about it while he pulled on his cowboy boots. 

“Mom, Jesus died on the cross and then when he came back to life…he came back to see his friends and then was taken right up into Heaven.  His friends were waiting for him to come back to them but they were told to go and tell others about Him.”  I chatted with him..about how he asked them to remember him by communing with Him.  He just nodded and it all clicked for him.  

What a moment…I am so glad I was there for that moment…so grateful.  

Summer is great that way…time for us as a family.  Precious moments…

I hope you had a very nice Easter…

Posted in Easter on April 14, 2009 by hollybirdy

I wasn’t totally sure I would ever shake the virus that caught up with me last week.  Yuck.  Chills, stuffy head….just “yuckiness” as my youngest and I decided to call it…during a bonding moment in the midst of our sickness.  I would say I am mostly back to 100 percent but it has been a week so you would hope so.  Yesterday was a get ‘er done Monday….felt very accomplished by the end of it.  Work, housework, errands, a couple hours of yardwork….and I did okay, not too worn out.  Praise God for blessing us with a body that works hard to conquer viruses.  :0)

We ended up with a pretty nice Easter afterall.  We had cousins visit and share in the Easter blessings.  Kids were all fighting off infection…didn’t totally feel great but enjoyed some of their time together none the less.

There was some basketball playing…

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School playing (pretty cute as the 5 year old is the teacher and the 1st/2nd grader are the hard working students)….

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And some Wii playing…

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Thankful for all these blessings…but mostly thankful for Easter’s true blessings. 

Acts 2:24

But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him.

 PS.  The new header is a picture from 2004…have been scrapping and looking through a bunch of old pics…this is one of my all time favs.  My boys were 3 and 1….time flies.

Been working on my front flower bed…

Posted in gardening with tags on April 7, 2009 by hollybirdy

and it was sooo much fun!

I do a little bit each year, trying to find things that flourish there.  It gets great morning sun but a big tree and my house keep it from getting all day sun.  I try to stick with perrenial flowers.  

Two plants that have liked the spot are candytuft (seen below with white blooms) and wallflowers (seen below with orange blooms).  The candytuft in particular is doing very well.  It’s only drawback is that it only blooms in the spring here.  

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As seen in my next pic, my allysum (tiny white/purple blooms seen below) did great this year.  I think that due to our mild winter they didn’t die back much.  The tall plant is a butterfly blue pincushion that I am trying out for the first time.

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The part of the flower bed that really needed help was the most shaded area.  I decided to put in mostly caladium bulbs (which you can’t any signs of yet), shasta daisies, and Heuchera Dolce Blackcurrent.  

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I also put in Lithodora ‘Grace Ward’ which a striking blue color and a really pretty purple phlox.  

I bought the plants throughout the week and then choose Sunday to put them in.  I was surprised by signs of a frost on Monday morning but the plants were hardy enough to not miss a beat.  I will have to post some more pics later in the season and report back on what worked and what didn’t .  🙂

Getting my scrapbooking back on….

Posted in scrapbooking on April 4, 2009 by hollybirdy

And so….inspiration is needed.

I love some of Elle’s studios jounaling embellishments. 

These are for sure a favorite (just wish they had other color options…might email to find out):

Prompts, Patterns and Journaling Tags - set of 20 - kraft/black

I have been enjoying these cute weekly sketches from 52 sketches….52 weeks.

And these over the top sketches and out-takes from Pencil Lines.  

And so I thought I’d start with these weekly online sketches.  I certainly have enough pictures to do ANY type of sketch.  🙂

And so I am going start with the current Pencil lines sketch (which will likely change soon but I like this one a lot)….


And I thought I’d wait for the new sketch which should be posted on Monday or Tuesday on 52 sketches…52 weeks.

Who would like to join me?  :0)