Happy Birthday my sweet girl!

I can’t believe Reagan has turned 1 already. The cruelest part of childhood is how fast it flies by. We are enjoying every minute of it.

I have been planning her party for months and since I had a very small budget I knew to be resourceful and creative. I should have titled this “How to have a great party on $100 bucks”

***Disclaimer*** These pictures are terrible. There was a storm rolling through casting shadows everywhere. Also, while I actually have a great camera I have not bother to learn how to “use” it. I just keep it on auto. So no spectacular photography here today folks.

I had envisioned this whole fete happening outside however after putting up the tent and hauling everything outside it became VERY apparent about 45 minutes before party time that we needed to haul everything in very quick like. It POURED.

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The yummies. I left go of my controlling nature long enough to let Michael, his brother Mark and my mother in law help decorate the cupcakes and pixie pretzels. Perhaps they don’t look exactly as I had intended but we had a great time making them. I also discover that the pixie pretzels (pretzel rods dipped in candy melts) are the perfect PMS treat. Salty and sweet.

Drink table. I decorated the whole party around those polka dot straws. Seriously.

Crepe paper rosettes. These we so fun to make. I couldn’t bear to toss them so I pinned them up in the sewing room.

We had carrot cake and banana nut cupcakes. Homemade, of course.

I forgot to take a picture of the treat bags until after the party. At least there were a few left to take a picture of.

Our Birthday girl!

In hindsight I realize I should have made her a coordinating bib to cover her birthday dress.

Our first adventure with refined sugar.

We had so much fun at the party. We got to visit will lots of our favorite people and even open presents.

Whew…who is going to clean up this mess?

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Tea for 3 please

I forgot to share this with ya’ll. A couple of weeks ago we had Ms. Elizabeth over for a tea party. Ms. Elizabeth is a very sweet lady who goes to church with us. She is 88 and has been playing the piano at the Plano Christian church since she was 12! We are a kindred spirit (Oh, how I love Anne of Green Gables) as we both love and collect tea cups!

Ms. Elizabeth just loves Reagan. She tells me she doesn’t think this baby has ever cried she is so sweet. Of course 10 minutes before she arrived Reagan was throwing a royal fit but as soon as company arrived she put on her public face and was sweet as pie. I found that hilarious. Granted she doesn’t cry often or much but she is certainly strong-willed.

I really should have pressed my table-cloth…

I served homemade chicken salad in a purple cabbage leaf to make it pretty. I also set out a selection of raw veggies.

Since Michael and I are eating Paleo (The Paleo Diet) I didn’t make a proper tea but I did serve Elizabeth homemade molasses cookies fresh from the over. I took the rest to my sweet neighbor lest we be tempted.

It truly was a lovely afternoon.

Farm fun!

We love animals! We are so excited that so many people at our new church live on farms. Spring is a wonderous time on the farm especially farms who have kids who do 4H.

We took Reagan the other day to visit our friends The Rogers. They have lots of animals on their farm and we even got to watch them shear some lambs. Plus they give me the raw wool!

I love how intrigued and curious Reagan is… she wasn’t scared at all. She was trying really hard to get down so she can do some exploring on her own but since she has to also taste to explore (what is with putting everything in the mouth?!?!) we thought it best to keep her contained.

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I serious love old tractors! Seriously

We met bacon I mean pigs.

And baby chicks! I had to check Michael before we left to make sure he didn’t try to chick-nap any…he LOVES baby chicks…and chickens.

I suspect Reagan was a little confused as to why she can pet this bird but not the bird at home. Although I must say that petting this bird has renewed her interested in a certain feathered sibling…

GOATS!!!!

If you have read my blog for any amount of time you will know how I feel about goats!

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The sheep weren’t very pleased about getting a haircut and thus uncooperative with my desire to take their pictures.

We had a great time. It was so neat to introduce our sweet baby to this part of God’s creation!

Wonderful Weekend fun….

But alas I sit here on Sunday night utterly and completely exhausted.

Saturday began with the autumnal hair coloring of Brenda. (Aka I colored Brenda’s hair a warm brown for the fall)

Then it was time to run errands with the Michael. Somehow we ended up at the fabric store where he managed to weasel many treats out of me. He decided he needed all his own sewing things such as pin, scissors, tape measure and what not. He put a large dent in the money I had just earned (see above). At least he will keep his paws off of my stuff (who am I kidding?)

After the errands it was time to head to the park for Miss Emily’s graduation party. She finally graduated from the University with a very useful B.A. in art. mmmm perhaps her minor will be more helpful in the whole ‘find a decent job’ quest….except she minored in Religious Studies. Well, best of luck to you gal. Actually we are very proud of her. We rewarded her with the following:

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In my opinion it is much more useful then Barbaras idea of a beer helmet. See, we aren’t crappy friends after all.

It was really nice to meet all of Em’s family. Although I must confess I was taken back a bit when her granny and her Aunt were so excited to meet me. Flattered and over joyed of course but still surprised. I felt like a celebrity for like 2.47 seconds.

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I don’t know what time she started on the Oj and southern comfort but the gallon sized bottle of alcohol was nearly gone when I arrived at 3:30 (in the afternoon) so I would imagine she was feeling nice.

The the Mr and I headed to the grocery store to buy the needed food items for the taco bar we hosted after lunch today. How can $65 worth of groceries fit in two standard sized reusable bags? That seems insane to me. I felt like I should have many bags of food for that price. Oh well, lunch was very fun. We had several families from church over although Michele and Becca couldn’t make it due to illness.

After a nap I did my friend Brianne’s highlight and haircut. Then it was time to rally together with Michael and wage a surprise attack on the clutter in the basement (Aka the family room and the sewing studio) Especially since he decided he must have his own sewing nook. We had some rearranging to do in order to carve out some space for him and his stolen sewing machines. He stole both of my vintage singers…..

Hope your weekend was full of laughter, love and family. Many Blessings

A Perfect day!

Words can not accurately describe what a perfect day today was…..seriously. It was wonderful. Days like these remind me why I love my life and how blessed I truly am. God has blessed me with the most wonderful family and friends and sometimes that realization is a bit overwhelming. Have you ever felt that way?

After Church this morning we had a rendezvous at the park for some picnicking, fishing and kayaking. We has a blast as we soaked up the last of the Wisconsin summer. You could feel the cusp of fall in the air. I am so in love with this season.

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Isn’t this the most gorgeous baby ever? Noami was off exploring in her mama made dress.

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Tyler helped Max get his fishing pole ready to catch some fish. Unfortunately today the fish were not hungry so we didn’t catch anything.

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Bryce likes to wittle the twigs.

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It was too cold to swim but we still explored the little beach.

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Aren’t Jason and Margaret the cutest couple! Margaret and I sat on this bench and knitted for awhile. I am still envious of her skills and patience with the needles.

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My two favorite girls, Becca and Naomi. This picture makes my heart swell with love.

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Oliver, Michael and Max are trying to catch some fish.

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Look at how adorable Max is!

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Bryce, Max and Michele took the kayak out for a paddle

Then everyone wanted in on the kayak fun….

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Hunting for treasure.

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After our fun in the park we came home and took a nap. I love naps!

Now Emily is here and we are sewing….actually she is sewing and I am blogging but since I am also most done I will be sewing soon!

Perfection!

I was not as productive today as I had hoped to be….

I did hem some pants for my sister in law.

I finished 2 swap blocks (but I won’t show you till I have all 5 done)

I took Becca and Bryce to the library which we do every Wednesday. I was a little saddened to realize we only have two weeks left before school starts.

I was also horrified to discover that they had never seen the movie The Goonies so we checked it out. They really enjoyed it.

I did make plans to get together next week to sew with a friend from Sewing Mamas. I am incredibly excited. I can’t wait to meet her in real life. I love meeting people with the same passions and interests.

I meant to finish my BIL’s pj pants for Christmas. The dragon I embroidered on them looks amazing but took a life time to stitch out. (Seriously like 2 hours) Once I have them sewn up I will make him a quilt and check him off my list. I will be whipping out (LOL) the turning twenty again pattern in some manly colors.

 

Thats all I got folks

I’m Home in Tennessee!

I can tell because my hair is a big gigantic afro frizz puff due to the humidity! (Now you know why southerners rock the big hair…that and to look taller, not that I would need to)

It is just a short trip but well worth it. We always miss our family so much. Lots of catching up with friends and shopping to do also. I miss my girlie friends in Wisconsin but I will see them soon. They will probably be waiting in my sewing room for me when I get home anyways.

Things already accomplished:

Multiple trips to the grocery store: Check

Eat at Captain D’s and the Waffle House: Check

Covertly crank up the air conditioner when the in laws are sleeping: Check

Hit up Rivergate Mall with my Mama in Law: Check

Hancocks of Paducah: Check

Still to Come:

Visit with old friends and a family member I haven’t seen since I was a kid: Check

Eat at Chick Fil A: Check

Hit up the Beauty Supply Store: Check

More trips to the grocery: ugh…Check

Go to the Apple Store in Green Hills: Seriously ran out of time….guess I will drive to Madison

Sneak into a couple of fabric shops (I am still being good: Fabric I buy when no one is looking doesn’t count):Check

Church: Check