December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas, Everyone!!!!!!



The happy yelling of George Bailey's always seems stick with me after our annual, "It's a Wonderful Life" family movie night.... "MERRY CHRISTMAS, EVERYONE!!!!!!"

November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving, Folks!

The day is off to a great start! 
Way to go, Ben- 
on the first day of "Late Muzzle Loader" season, too!

November 7, 2011

DIY Fall Project: Organic Wreath



F irst
You gather your sticks.
I lucked out with a brother who just bought a new mountain bike, and is R E A D Y to go on a ride anytime. So for this step, we ventured down the gravel road, and I, perched on the seat of my blue bike, pointed to the Vine Maple branches I wanted him to chop down for me. It was great. ;)


Then it was my turn to go to work.
To form the base of the wreath, I bent and twisted the branches together, wiring when needed. I can never find clippers around here, and scissors weren't tough enough, so to trim the big branches, I whacked them off with the firewood maul instead...  


  I love how it resembles a Celtic Knot....


Find yourself a decorating pal. 
(Who was also my backup photographer for this post.)

And pull out all of those fall decorations you just bought at Michael's Craft store for 70% off. 
Wait, this is the spot where I have to apologize and confess that this wreath isn't really Certified Organic. All of those decorations you see... 
they're fake. 
P L A S T I C. 
Styrofoam.  
Who would have guessed? 

Create! 
Prop the wreath up so you can see how it will look when finished/hanging. It is much easier to design this way!

Enjoy it.
It takes time to wind the details, and sometimes you will end up taking it all out and just starting all over again. That's okay!



Because the exciting bonus about this "organic wreath", is that it should last much longer than the truly certified organic wreathes..... ;) 

October 23, 2011

Epic Fall Weekend...

Molly turns ONE, 
pumpkin pie for dinner, 
and the "release" of our latest Fairchild Family Film, 
"The Revenge of the Maple Bars"... 







October 11, 2011

Cooking with The Pioneer Woman


It's a blast cooking with "The Pioneer Woman"! This morning we ate "Edna Mae's Sour Cream Pancakes" for breakfast~ (Except this country girl added *pumpkin to the recipe.) Her recipes are soooo yummy, I'm beginning to wonder if I should just stick to reading the cookbook...........  It's good reading too, ya know. I'm not the only one who reads cookbooks, right? Love this one.

September 6, 2011

These Are the Good Old Days

This weekend found us at one of our favorite places in the WORLD.

It's a pretty special place, with pretty special people.


And we girls were mighty proud and excited to watch Gabe fight his first battles...

...and Ben playing with the Fife and Drum Corps!




THESE are definitely the "good old days".

August 24, 2011

Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice...


My new Baby Sis is here!
She just about leaves me speechless.
Thank Heaven for little girls!!!
I love you, baby Natalie!

July 1, 2011

And BANG! It's July Already***




Thus begins the summer of a lifetime for this Family of ours~ ♥

June 23, 2011

I Went to the Thrift Store [and this is what I found]

A truly vintage {white} dress with a silver & pearl beaded bodice. 
For a dollar. 

June 18, 2011

A Father's Day to Remember!



From my grandparents, to my little nieces... we all took a day trip to see the *original* Focke-Wulf 190 A-5 German WWII fighter plane and listen to the history behind its restoration from a Russian swamp. Wow...









May 18, 2011

It's a Beautiful Day...




 And I feel like posting a blog post!
aaaaand going on a walk,
cooking something out of nothing,
weeding,
catching up on emails that have been patiently waiting for me,
playing Frisbee with Dad and the kids,
and Chess with Gabe,
shopping for a new lens,
organizing my brain,
and on
and on
and on

Right now, I'm working on the brain part!!! Top priority, right? I just started my own special "Brain Book".
I'm so excited!!!
 I mean, it IS so simple, but invaluable.
You just need a notebook + pen + string = all tied together.
You can keep your "brain" somewhere handy to jot down fleeting thoughts and to-dos. 
And get this: no one can steal your pen!!!!!! 
It will always be there for you.
;)

This week we celebrated TWO birthdays.
Our "sweet, sweeeeet" Annie Liz.
And Ben, our "Lean, Mean, Fishing Machine".


Today, the three of us spent the afternoon together... like our usual weekly date. We started out at our historic Post Office (where our favorite Mrs. Newman was working. And we uh, mailed a package), drove a block down to the library (where I picked up my latest reading: "Seeds of Deception" - about genetically engineered foods) , and then bee-lined it for the park (where the two little girls I volunteered to push said to me, "I haven't seen you in a while. Or... have I EVER seen you?"). Next, we visited our favorite thrift shop (since our favorite ladies work on Wednesday)... where I found a poster of one of my favorite Renoir paintings. (Score!) All this before music lessons at 3:30. And our date was topped off with a birthday purchase of Annie's.... Popsicles.

I'd say it was a beautiful day. And it's not even over yet.
"But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us."  
2 Corinthians 4:7

March 31, 2011

Something to Ponder

"There is a difference between devotion to a Person and devotion to principals or to a cause.
Discipleship means personal, passionate devotion to a Person, our Lord Jesus Christ. Our Lord never proclaimed a cause; He proclaimed personal devotion to Himself."  
(Oswald Chambers)

March 26, 2011

----------<> Let's Go Fly a Kite <>----------


These guys love kites... And I mean true love.
It seems like we have new kites being built weekly.
Today found Ben and Annie flying $2 kites from Dennis Company
{our local hardware store}.
But still, they spruced up their $2 purchases.
Dad's striped surveying tape made such a groovy tail.

But my favorite part of all has got to be the fishing poles. How creative is that? I mean, why didn't I think of that when I was little? But then, I wasn't a kite addict either.








I loved soaking in these sights today. These moments are something I've wanted to capture for a long time. This is a regular part of our lives...



 The sun rarely shines here, but the wind is our next door neighbor. I'm thankful. As much as I miss the sun, we have wind and rain.




And kites.



March 24, 2011

Pepsi, Anyone?


{Just now found this random shot as I was sorting photos. I had no idea that lonely pop can was sitting there when I took this... I was just scouting out photo shoot locations, that's all!} =)