Spring Door Wreath ~ I need your help!

Front Door

OK. So, I’ve planted the annuals and cleaned up the yard, but every time I look at the front door {which we plan to replace later on this summer} I feel like something is missing.

I was thinking about adding a wreath, but can’t figure out what would look good. Can you help me out with some ideas, please?

Here are a couple of pictures to give you an idea of what I’m talking about.


A Piano Recital

It’s a busy performance and assessment season around here these days and I thought it would be fun to share some of Nicholas and Clara’s well prepared piano pieces. I read somewhere a while back about how it’s a good idea to record songs as the kids learn them. {I have been very bad at doing this.} So, here they are. Enjoy!




Goals Update ~ May 2013

Goals for 2013


Well, better late than never, right? I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to sit down and review April’s progress. Especially, since I’m so excited about the progress I’ve made on one of my personal goals!

Here we go…


Personal Goals


Complete a Bible Reading Plan. This is working out very well for me. Easy to keep up so far. Check out the plan I’m following here.


Memorize Ephesians. […]

Spring Garden 2013 ~ Update #3

Hanging Baskets

I’m so thankful for these past few days. A little calm before the storm. {We have a VERY busy rehearsal and performance schedule starting tomorrow through Sunday.}

Before the weekend, I made a list of tasks that needed to be done around the home, including yard work, cleaning out the garage, wiping down walls, sorting the kids toys, etc. I am happy to report that we checked off most of the items!

Here’s a look […]

It’s a Party

Gigantic Cookie

We are so excited that JR gave his final presentation on Monday and will be graduating with his MBA.

The kids and I decided that it was worth celebrating, so we picked up some special desserts and decorations. {I starved myself all day, so I could join in the tasty fun. It was totally worth it! :)}

We started out with a low calorie dinner.

Here’s the recipe we used for the BBQ […]

10 Meal Menu ~ No. 2

10 meal menu


It’s time to share another 10 meal menu. I can’t tell you how thankful we are for our friend who cooks these delicious meals for us. {Read more about the decision to hire a cook here.} You’ll notice that I ordered several side dishes instead of all main dishes this time around.


Here’s what our favorite cook is making for us this week.

:: Stuffed Shells {the kid’s favorite}

:: Chicken Pot […]

Water Lilies ~ Watercolor & Black India Ink

Water Lilies

Over the weekend I spent some time working on these water lilies. I used the same process I shared in my Goldfish Pond post. I’m loving the results and especially how easy it is.

Ready to be outlined with ink.



I’d love to stay connected.

Please follow me on facebook, google+ or twitter. You can also subscribe to my free emails or post feed {upper right hand corner}. Thanks!


Spring Garden 2013 ~ Update #2


The flowers are loving the spring rain and warm sunshine. It’s amazing how much everything has grown since the last update. Come take a walk with me.

Here is the view walking into the back yard.

The kids enjoy our little reading bench nook. I’m loving the river birch. The trunk is starting to peel, which is really the reason I planted it.

Here’s what’s blooming. All the flowers {except […]

Goldfish Pond ~ Watercolor & Black India Ink

Goldfish Pond

Remember how I mentioned at the end of my Flower Art post that I thought the watercolor and black India ink combination would make a great fish painting?

Well, I kept visualizing how colorful and fun it would look and decided to put it on paper. After an image search on the web for a little inspiration, here’s what I came up with.

I started out by outlining the fish.


Then I […]

Flower Art ~ Water Color and Black India Ink

Flower Art


I came across this art project idea over at bloesm kids. The directions are very easy to follow. The one thing I would add is to make sure your paper is wet enough so the color will “spread”.

Best of all, it’s a very kid friendly project. They especially like working with the India ink.


Here’s a list of supplies you’ll need:

watercolor paper watercolor paint sponge brush paintbrush black India ink […]