Play “Date”

Saturday Reagan’s little boyfriend Jaydon came over to play. It is so cute to watch these two interact together. They’ve been friends since we moved to Iowa when she was 4 months and he was 18 months old.

First we made salt dough (aka Homemade playdoh) which is super easy and extra messy!

Excuse my messy microwave. Clearly I need to make banana bread.

Then we made handprint keepsakes which I baked to harden. Do you know how hard it is to get a good handprint from a toddler? This is 3 decent out of 50 attempts…each. We will paint their name and date and give them to family members.

Up next is out painting project. This was fun…and a complete mess!

Exploring the table I set up. Oh, what’s this? Reagan had already pitched her egg carton on the floor.

The mess started developing rather quickly once we got started.

This is the completed activity. I must confess I was very surprised how focused and engaged in the project they were. We must have painted nearly an hour. Afterwards a bath was very much in order. I forgot to get a picture of Jaydon’s caterpillar finished but basically it was John Deere green and yellow which is fitting for a tractor loving 2 year old!

We finished with a bit of finger painting before our bath and snack.

My goodness, I love being the mama to a toddler!

I got this idea over at Pinterest. Are you addicted yet? I am.





Feeling inspired…

Oh yeah…Let the living room make over begin.

Inspiration fabric has been selected

The pictures don’t really do the fabric justice but I love the yellows, reds, orange, greens and pops of turquoise. All my favorite colors. We will be painting the walls the warm harvest gold. I am super excited to get this project started. I am especially motivated by this….

Our new piano. Great condition, gorgeous mahogany wood gotten for a STEAL on craigslist!

Now to start trolling for a new couch. I abhor our couch. It was the one we had down in the basement of our old house. The set we had in the livingroom was much too large to fit in the trailer so we gave it to some friends. I know God will provide a replacement but in the mean time I need to break out the slip cover again. I took it off since Reagan spent her free time pulling it off.

Speaking of Reagan…guess who’s walking!!!!

I have been hunting down fun, cheap and cute DIY projects for home decor since I need new art work and vignettes. On my sewing to do list is slip covers for the throw pillows. I am super inspired by this one. Who wants to make it for me? Just kidding…although if you wanted to buy me the pattern…

I am finding lots of great ideas on Pinterest also…soooo addicting!

Sneaky sneaky…

Reagan and I snuck up to Wisconsin last week…but didn’t really make that known to a lot of people. Not because we don’t love them but because we went to help my dear friend Dawn pack for her move and I knew we would be super busy. I can’t be very helpful if I am off visiting everyday.

We did have a great time even though it was a lot of work. We even made a trip up to Duluth, MN where Dawn will be moving. It is gorgeous…plus we stopped by Norske’s Nook twice for pie!

Duluth is right on Lake Superior…wowsers it is gorgeous there!

An added bonus was Dawn’s daughter Sarah who is also my good friend came with her adorable daughter and super sweet husband. Reagan and Zaria had the best time playing with each other!

Snuggle fest with Grandma Dawn and Buckwheat.

We would have stayed longer but Michael said we had to come home. I thought that was so sweet…he missed us. Except when I got home I realized he filled up our calender for the next two weeks….yikes. Monday we met friends at the lake for a picnic, Tuesday was tons of errands plus we have a birthday party on Saturday, potluck on Sunday, Monday we are going to the Zoo for Reagan’s boyfriend’s 2nd birthday, next Tuesday Michael is out-of-town and Wednesday we have a benefit dinner to raise money for a mission trip…whew, I need a nap just typing it out! Gotta love summer.

Easter at the Manor

We had a beautiful Easter Sunday. It was so glorious to celebrate our risen Savior with our precious daughter and our wonderful new church family!

I did have to get up extra early to finish a little last-minute sewing for one of the sweet girls at church but after that the rest of the day was full of fun, praise and worship…and amazing food!

We had a beautiful church service and an extra special surprise as Michael and Richard (our next door neighbor, Mayor of Plano and adopted grandpa) sang a special performance in honor of the occasion. As most people know Michael signs beautifully with a sound very similar to his musical hero Elvis. Well, we are so lucky to live next to the most musically inclined mayor around! Richard plays the autoharp (think June Carter Cash) and sounds very similar to his musical hero Johnny Cash! The just blew us away on Sunday with their beautiful renditions of country gospel favorites. Someone in church commented that they were afraid we are going to lose both the Pastor and the Mayor to fame on fortune. Not likely but it was a joy to hear them sing.

After church we joined Richard and Marilyn for lunch and had the wonderful opportunity to get to know their family better. It was great since we already feel like such a part of their family. We truly have the best neighbors in the world.

Here are some pictures from our special day!

The Basket

When Michael was growing up they used the same basket each year and also each boy had a special inflatable rabbit they only got to play with that day. We decided to keep that tradition and spent a fair amount of time at Hobby Lobby selecting just the right basket to play a part in Reagan’s Easter memories. The rabbit posed a slight problem for 2 reasons… we aren’t keen on plastic toys (we prefer natural materials) and frankly we just couldn’t find an inflatable rabbit in Iowa or Nashville (Michael insisted we try since that was his favorite part). So we (gladly) settled on this beautiful and realistic bunny. We aren’t going to really “teach” the concept of the Easter bunny. We are going to go more along the lines of  celebrate Spring/the Earth awakening from slumber and the gift of Salvation we received when Jesus triumphed over the grave. Michael named the rabbit Herbert which he got off of an original Star Trek episode (the one about the intergalactic hippies for those who care).

Her basket contained some crocheted fruit and 2 board books. The Very Hungry Caterpillar and But Not The hippopotamus (which is hilarious).

Isn’t she the most gorgeous baby ever!

Sweet Spring!

I strongly suspect that all the seasons are so much sweeter with a child. Especially one as sweet as mine.

Reagan is growing like a weed! I ca’t believe she is 7 months old already. I also can’t believe that besides crawling she can pull herself up to standing and “creep”. The parenting book said that would happen between 11-12 months… they lied. She is such a joy. The kindest and happiest baby there ever was.

Yesterday we spent some play time out in the sun. We love watching the world and our sweet neighbors go by from our front porch. Words can not describe what a wonderful community Plano it… We are so happy here.

I discovered the most amazing surprise in my front yard! Orange tulips. My favorite color and favorite flower is making a grand appearence in my very own front yard. I was so thrilled I took a ton of pictures. I am also very pleased with my new camera…goodbye fuzzy pics…Hello DSLR!

May God’s abundant blessing rain down on you this Spring.