Seven months and seven teeth. Like most boys he loves to be outside and he adores his big sis. And yes he is still happy all of the time. Its kind of contagious.
Monday, December 2, 2013
Its December and I'm not quite sure how I feel about that. 2013 has ended up being both the best and the worst year for me. So I struggle with both wanting to enjoy the last month this year has to offer, and at the same time I'm ready to kick this year to the curb. But lets just focus on the positive shall we? Its December and it has the most wonderful things in store for me. We are getting sealed to Axel in the LDS Columbia River Temple this Saturday which I can't even... hearts exploding all around me. Its Christmastime and I have more blessings than I can count. I can't wait to enjoy this magical time of year with my family. So lets have a cup of cheer. I prefer chocolate chai at the moment.
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Our friendsgiving brunch was so delish I thought I'd share the menu with links to the recipes. We loved them all so you can go ahead and make any of them for Thanksgiving or your own friendsgiving without worrying if people will like it or not!
Friday, November 22, 2013
I hosted the first Friendsgiving brunch this week. It was a chance to get together and enjoy a peaceful morning with a few friends before the craziness of the holidays begins. I think technically Friendsgiving means having Thanksgiving Dinner with your friends, but I thought brunch the week before sounded like a fun twist.
It is potluck style, so I encouraged my guests to bring something they have been dying to try. Maybe something fancy that their families would never eat, or a trial run on a new recipe for the holidays. I had them let me know what they were bringing to make sure we didn't have only muffins and to help me decide what to make.
As hostess I also provided the drinks, a clean house and a cute baby for entertainment. We had really yummy food and it was fun to hear how Thanksgiving ttraditions are so different for everyone. And even though our views on turkey are different we all agreed that we are already looking forward to our new tradition of friendsgiving.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Branchlers! I've had a crafting itch lately and this was the perfect easy and fast diy to do during Axel's nap yesterday. I even got the floors swept afterwards. The hardest part (as always) has been deciding where to hang them.
a scrap of leather, wood plaque, paint, furniture tack or small nail, branch.
I collected all of these things from my craft room and the the branch I got from a tree in my backyard making it free, which I love. If you don't have a black hole called The Craft Room then you can get the plaques for $1-2 at a craft store and while you are there you can get a grab bag of leather scraps. I promise you will find other ways to use the leather.
Start by painting your plaque. While it is drying cut a piece of leather long enough to make a circle to fit around your branch. Using a hammer, pound your nail in each end of the leather to punch holes.
Put your tack through the holes to make a loop and then pound it into the plaque.
Set your branch into the loop and just like that you've made branchlers.