Sunday, February 28, 2010

February 2010

Here is my month of February at a glance:

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January 2010

vintingy type stuff

So I have recently been on this "vintage" kick. Mostly just in my blog reading habits, to be honest. But I'm really digging the originality and creativity that I've been seeing. So I've got TONS of links here for you to vist, or not.

First of all The Lovelies blog is link central and SO cool!
Then there is Lune Vintage - she likes posting things she's bought even more than I do! And she's doing a class online with the aswesome chick at a beautiful mess
The REALLY cool and creative photographer Violet Bella blog by Laura M
The BEAUTIFUL vintage-inspired photography blog of Sadie Olive (there is music on this blog, to turn it off scroll to the bottom of the page) really, really pretty work.
An AMAZING shop called The Vintage Pearl and the blog is here
A blog that made me SMILE is the paper-crafter blog Capture the Details
I also discovered ModCloth.com today which is CRAZY amazing! I created this collage out of some of my favorite pieces but there are all kinds of amazing and unique clothing in the store.


Saturday, February 27, 2010

sometimes it rains

Here I am at the end of a wonderful day. The house is quiet, except for the gentle hum of the heater. Everyone is asleep, and I am at the computer with my coffee and my thoughts, that have been tumbling around in my head all week. I thought I'd get them out here.

I know it's kind of hard to tell, but this is a photo I took during a rain storm. If you look closely you can see water on the bricks, it's the only photo I had that had anything to do with rain. Another one I like is this one, but I'm pretty sure I've already blogged it.

I watched the NOOMA video Rain the other day. Here's a clip:

You can watch the whole thing on YouTube here.

Since then I've been thinking about rain and the storms in our lives. I thought about how in the video, near the end he says how those times when the storms are loudest and the rain is hardest that those are the times that God holds us the closest, and He cherishes those times with us. When we know we need Him and we cry out to Him. It is hard for me to comprehend God cherishing a moment with me, especially when I am kicking and screaming and just generally hating what is going on in my life. So I wish I could remember that more.

As I was putting the girls to sleep tonight I was singing to them and I thought about these songs.


I love the idea that God is holding me close in my deepest times of need, of uncertainty, pain and despair. I wish I was better at responding to God in faith and worship in my times when the rain falls hard and it hurts and I just want to scream, when I don't understand what is going on or where life is going, or if this is ever going to get easier or make more sense. But I love to remember that God is holding me, through every sunny day and stormy night, no matter how bad it gets. He's here. With me. He's not going anywhere. He'll never leave me. I might not be able to feel Him here with me, I might not particularly want Him so close to my stinky attitude, but He's here. Because He loves me. So I can praise Him and not dwell on fear or on how overwhelmed I feel right now.

I have had another line, from another song, in my head on repeat:

Sometimes the best way out
is through

That seems like good advice. Sometimes I just try and try to get out of my situation, I try to scheme a way out instead of just embracing my situation and trying to get through as a better, stronger person.

Just because I know my family reads my blog, I just want to say that everything is fine. Daniel and I are doing fine, we are excited about the move and life right now is going really well. I've just been thinking about this stuff and wanted to write about it.

Life happens. Rain falls. God's love is faithful.

Click on this to hear another song Brenton Brown "You are My God"

Friday, February 26, 2010

did I mention I love the sunshine?

Today was another gloriously sunny day. I got an astonishing amount of packing and general cleaning/organizing done which was just wonderful. For the first time in my life I am day dreaming of moving to Florida... or Southern California.
Below is a photo of the things I got and blogged about yesterday...


The storage ottoman is something I'd considered buying when they first started carrying them at Target, then when I saw it marked down to half off I couldn't resist! {score!} Besides which it'll be easy to re-cover sometime in the future. And the mug is just a little bit of my new favorite color to brighten up my too-early mornings. This cute little bag is Old Navy brand that I picked up at the consignment store for Katie-Abigail. I think it is utterly adorable.

We got the keys to the new house in Augusta today! It feels so great to be able to think about the move with more certainty to know that my key to our new house is in my purse on a cute dragonfly keychain that Daniel gave to me today, and imagine our family in the cute little white house, down the street from the pool. I have been planing the kids new rooms a blue room (with Beth & Josiah) and a pink room (with Emma & Katie-A) I saw these bedspreads at Target yesterday - aren't they too cute?! I think this would be perfectly adorable as a quilt too. Can you imagine if all the flowers were appliqued floral fabric? That would just be awesome, but I would never have the time for an undertaking like that. At least not now.


Daniel took some pictures of the Augusta house for me while he was there today, so I thought I'd post a little peek here.




Well my man in snoozing on the couch after his exhausting trip to and from Augusta, so I guess it's time to sign off for now.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

love and sunshine

the sun has come out again and I feel like I'm finally awake again after a week! The kids and I did errands and I didn't even feel like screaming even once! I totally scored at Target and maintained my sanity at the consignment store. While Josiah was settling down I put together is collage of photos from a few weeks ago.

Here is a cute office makover to brighten your day, and an awesome DIY project.

Sorry posts have been so short lately. Better that nothing, right?

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

packing

I finally got a little more packing done yesterday, which included finally packing up my little Christmas tree. We managed to break what seemed like half of the ornaments this year.

Then I read this blog post and laughed SO hard!

Monday, February 22, 2010

sleepy Monday

I'm sipping hot coffee, snuggled on the couch, with soft contented sighs. The big kids are off to school and life returns to normal for a little while. Katie-Abigail is playing computer games on PBSkids.com and Josiah is sorting Dinosaur cards. I think it's going to be a good day.
Over the weekend we bought an xbox. It came with Lego Batman, which Daniel & I stayed up until after 11pm playing together last night! It's strangely addictive.
It's rainy again today after a gorgeous week of spring-like weather and it feels like a good day to do laundry & pack. So I guess I'll get to it!
Here are some photos of beautiful vintage fabric to brighten up your day!
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Saturday, February 20, 2010

more bliss

Daniel & I are sitting in Atlanta traffic right this moment and I have never enjoyed moving so slowly. We passed Peidmont Park and it was like being in a movie - there was someone flying a kite, people walking dogs everywhere. Beautiful twenty-somethings sitting on a blanket. Lovers holding hands, mothers with jogging strollers. A couple passed on the sidewalk it looked like they were coming home from Trader Joes, and it looked like they'd just had a fight.
Watching the people here in the city of Atlanta is one of the most interesting things I've done in a while. There are so many people walking, so many people with their dogs. It's amazing, like a different world then the one I live in in the suburbs.
We are seeing a movie at a theatre here, it is the first time I've ever seen a preview for a claymation film in French. I enjoyed seeing a movie at an "artsy" theatre. We watched the movie "Creation" which is limited release, but a good period drama.
After the movie I went to a Thai restraunt for the first time and tried a curry for the first tie, which I loved.
Bliss= date with husband,
doing something new,
snuggling at home
the box of Krispy Kremes waiting for me for in the morning

Friday, February 19, 2010

zazzle

purple stripes 2 sticker
purple stripes 2 by mamaraider
View more stickers available at zazzle

New products in my Zazzle shop! Check them out today :)

bliss

It's finally a really beautiful day here in Atlanta. I stood outside my door sipping my coffee and just listening to the birds, there is something so peaceful about their chatter. And I watched some Cardinals flirt in the bushes. I love spotting the few kinds of birds that I know and I love knowing what they are. My kids are so disinterested in it whenever we look at them in books or try to spot them outside. I wonder if I acted like that too when we were building that bird species mobile for the window so that we would recognize birds like Black birds, Finches, Chickadees etc., or when we looked through the Bird Species Almanac. My family were such brainiacs, I'm sure I thought it was fun, or something.

This morning I also discovered a cute blog called A Beautiful Mess. I especially loved this post on how to make your own fabric-covered journals. I LOVE this idea!! Wouldn't each of my girls love one of these? Check out her blog for lots of fun ideas and plenty of inspiration.
If you follow me on Flickr you may remember this photo.

Well this wall got even worse if you can believe that, but yesterday I used a "magic earaser" scrubber on it - it really was like magic! With just a couple of minutes and a little bit of effort it looks as good as new! It also got a bunch of pesky pencil marks off of doors etc.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Little Girls Love Tutus

Today I frantically cleaned out Beth's bedroom to prepare for a photoshoot for a local merchant. She sews tutus and other frilly things for little girls and wanted me to do some product photography for her upcoming website. The photoshoot was a bit of a disaster and was way more difficult then I'd thought it would be. Esther the Tutu Lady let each of my girls keep a tutu which they were thrilled about! They wore them all day long. It's a wonderful thing to watch.
Here is the first image I've finished processing. It's my favorite from the session. The model is Katie-Abigiail, my four year old daughter.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

squidoo is so addictive!

I found out about Squidoo.com late last week. I didn't know what it was at first, I'd never heard of anything like it before. Apparently you can make some money, but that all seems very confusing to me. So far I've just been doing them for fun. It's been addictive!
I gave made several squidoo "lenses" this week. My favorite so far is this one: Bright Star the movie, which is a small collection of photos & videos of that (most awesome) movie. I watched it for the first time last night and LOVED it, but that is another post. My most personalized lens: The Dove/Bliss project which is a humerus "duel" site on which you can vote for which chocolate candy you think is best! It has 100% original photography by moi! So hop on over - please rate my lenses or leave a comment!

We found out today that we got the house that I really wanted! I am SO happy about that. I had just about given up hope that we would get it and was trying to work out how dark wooden paneled walls and poky bathrooms could be beautiful. Beth really wanted us to get this house too and so she is really happy about that too, when I told her we got the house she jumped up in the air and screamed. I love that about her.

So we'll probably move the first weekend of March which gives me precious little time to pack. It'll be an adventure for sure!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

waiting

We are still waiting to find out if we got the house I particularly liked. It has been an emotionally up and down day for me as we have passed each hurdle towards being chosen to rent this house. This time of waiting has given me a few moments to think, especially to think about how I will respond if we are not chosen. I was thinking, if I can be happy only when I get my own way in life then I won't be a very happy person. So whichever way things turn out I've made up my mind to be happy.

songs in my head

Today I thought I'd post some songs that have been meaningful to me these past couple of months...


Tenth Avenue North - Hold My Heart


Stand in the Rain - SuperChick


Tenth Avenue North - By Your Side


Lead Me to the Cross - Chris & Conrad

Monday, February 15, 2010

finding my joy again

Thank you for praying for me. The day has turned around a bit and I feel more at peace with our decision making process. I am such a huge fan of speaking honestly to my husband. Nicely, but with total honesty. It made such a difference in how I feel about our move. We are still waiting to hear back about one of the properties and no final decision has been made about which house we'll rent but at least I know now that whatever happens I can be okay with it.
I was able to get away for a minute, just barely. I opened my Bible to look for a verse that I had in mind but before I got there I saw this verse:

For you shall go out in joy
and be led forth in peace.
(Is 55:12)

I think that is the verse for this move, because joy and peace are what I need right now. So I'm believing God that I will be able to make this move with joy and peace, even if my faith is only tiny today.
So here is my photo of the day. I actually took it at the beginning of the week. I'd been waiting to process it but I don't think I'm going to have the time. So here it is unprocessed, for now. It looks about the way I feel right now, so it seems like the right one for today. As always you can click over to my flickr site for more.

home again, home again jiggity jig... at least for now.

After two looooong days of house hunting, we only found two houses that could seriously be considered and out of those two one is very small and in a poor school district and the other one is about the right size, in about the right location, in a good school district but it's ugly!!! None of the kids or I are particularly thrilled about the idea of living there. (Beth said "I don't want to live there, it's too run down" which I thought was a very adult thing for her to say).
I'm feeling rather depressed today. Daniel is pretty firm that he doesn't want to take another house hunting trip (it's pretty expensive, between food & gas) and I'm too exhausted and stressed out to be reasonable about it. A whole day with the kids in the van pretty much did me in. So it looks like, if our application is accepted, we will be moving the first of March. The kids are out of school for a week on some insane winter break, and they are crying because all the snow is melted and they hardly got a chance to play in it. Sorry kids, life is unfair. Suck it up and start packing.
If you pray - pray for me.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

hello from the white south

Overnight Atlanta was transformed into a winter wonderland, we got a good couple of inches of beautiful white fluffy snow. We weren't able to play out in it, much to the dissapointment of my children.
We spent the evening at the auto repair shop watching "Madagascar" (I forgot how funny that movie is!) and waiting for our van to be ready. We had some major repairs done over the week but when we picked it up the electrical system needed a little tweaking. The owner of the shop was super-nice and eventually gave us a ride home and delivered our car to us this morning.
So now we are (finally) off and on our way to Augusta to do some househunting. The big kids are in the backseat bickering, Josiah is asleep and KA is singing to herself. She's been making up songs about the "giant towers" that she saw in the big city.
I love driving through Atlanta. It reminds me of my childhood and all the trips we took through the big city on a Sunday night coming back from church. I loved watching the rows of streetlights, I used to long to be able to draw them. And trying to spot the tallest skyscraper and any familiar buildings - like the Bellsouth building Grandpa used to work at before he retired.
Today it's really beautiful out. The sun has melted the snow off the interstate, but it's still falling of the trees. When it is snowy like this I wish we lived somewhere that snows more. I love it. Maybe it's some fond yet forgotten memory from my early childhood in Michigan. Snow makes everything slow down, sometimes it all comes to a grinding halt, but we pause and just snuggle close to the family we love. We hunker down in thankfulness for warm homes and hot cocoa.
So now we are on our way... it must be some kind of madness - KA woke up with a fever, though she feels much better now. I feel like someone poured lead down my spine. But we're trudging on and trying to make the best of it.
Oh and by the way, Daniel gave me my Valentines Day present early! Season 4 of BONES!!! It's my favorite show.

Friday, February 12, 2010

inspiration

The thing about missing my date with the computer yesterday and going to bed at 8:30 last night without blogging is that today I have given myself permission to once again blog in the morning. I love blogging at this time of day, before my brain dissolves into a pile of screaming goop! I love giving into the urge to get lost in the blogverse, finding new blogs, meeting new virtual friends and on yet another gloomy day, peek into someone else's world only to discover that we share so many common experiences. If you haven't checked out 4 little men and girly twins yet you really must! I also found savvy little women today which I really enjoyed!

So the other day I was browsing on Flickr and stumbled upon some amazing shots of various people's re-decoration projects. I was thinking about it that night, how inspiration is so important. It's so easy for me to just get stuck in a rut, but then something inspiring comes along and lifts me up, if only for a moment, to see how things could be different, maybe better. So I wanted to share some images & ideas that are not my own but I found very inspiring.

This is from the house tour that Rachel of Smile and Wave posted on Flickr. Her flickr stream & blog are really cool and inspirational. I love her use of bright colors and vintage items. She has some neat make-over ideas. This one is my favorite:

I have a lamp just like it just begging to be done a similar way - plus I'm just lovin' the color she picked!

Another amazing shot that I found on Flickr is Heather's

Is this not totally awesome? I love the painted chairs in the corner and the painted floors and did you notice the fabulous dishes in the cute little cupboard? She also has a blog! Here's another shot from her Flickr site - this is coolest idea. Her brilliant husband made this from a table they were given for free!
Can you see the teal theme developing? Okay, now check this out:
This photo is from a really cool website called the kitchn - it's part of a gallery of "Light, Bright Kitchens" which is totally awesome. You really can't beat all the pretty colors (and teal!) in this room. Below is another shot from the gallery that I really love:


I think a kitchen like that is maybe a bit more realistic for someone like me. I LOVE the use of white and the open space in the cupboards to display the dishes. Which reminds me of this idea that I saved from a decorating book a few years ago:
The inside of the cabinets are painted "robin's egg blue" which I think is the neatest idea! I've also seen this done to bookshelves.

Check out this pretty lace tablecloth that was transformed into curtains and I just LOVE the pattern of the wallpaper.

Or how about these vintage curtains? Click on the images to see them on Flickr and to view more of her stream. Also check out Nestled In on Flickr for a beautiful trip into a cozy home - I couldn't pick just one to post here so go check it out! Also this home tour. Her use of wallpaper is superb!

On the topic of home decor here are a few blogs to check out! Cookie, DecoFabulous, ApartmentTherapy, Houzz

Okay, well Katie-Abigail has now been sent to her bed for an eternity, or five minutes, whichever comes first, so I really must go. If you know of more blogs on the topic of home decor or you have your home tour posted online do please leave a comment and let me know!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

ready for spring

Today was another cold, gray day. It even snowed a little. I am sooooooo ready for winder to be over already! So while I was at the grocery store I picked up a few flowers. Mostly just to give me something to photograph, but also to brighten up the house. Here are a couple shots strait out of the camera from my quick look through the images that I got this afternoon. I got a few more that I'll process tomorrow. Can't wait to share them with you!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

another day

It was another grey and rainy day. We spent most of the morning out doing errands. We did a little fun shopping too, which is, for me, one of the best parts of a move. I get all kinds of ideas about how to decorate and organize. I got some hampers for each of the kids rooms and some storage boxes and also a few more cute things for the kitchen. It is shocking how happy those little things make me feel.
We stopped by the goodwill. I was hoping to find some "vintage" fabric of some sort, such as curtians or a table cloth. I found a cute bedspread but by then the kids were ready to get out of there and I couldn't make up my mind quickly enough and so we walked out with some plastic plates and some children's books.
In the photo are a few of my finds today:
a Strawberry Shortcake plate, some plastic dinner plates, a cute tea towel (the image shows front and back) it came in a set of five. I love the colors! All of a sudden I'm crazy about teal. I have no idea why. It's never really been on my top five of colors until this year. I also bought another placemat. It's just like the red & yellow flower one except blue & teal. I'd meant to buy a third red placemat so that it would cover the table properly but when I saw the blue I just couldn't help myself. It ended up looking great all put together. So now whatever I had of a "theme" or color coordination has completely been wrecked. But whatever. One day I'll have coordinating dishes. One day I used to have a whole pile of coordinated stuff - from when Daniel and I got married. I had not only dishes but casserole dishes and sald & pepper shakers and it was so very boring.

Monday, February 8, 2010

trying to start this week right

I've got grocery shopping to do, a huge mound of laundry to be folded and put away, a fussy, clingy sleepy boy. It seems like the perfect day to stay at home and get things done, but here I am going to play group. Today that feels like the right thing to do. The sun is shining again and it's time to go out.
On Saturday night Josiah was up from 11pm until after 2am. Katie-Abigail AND Emma were up after Josiah finally fell asleep in our bed. They both wanted to sleep in our bed too. So needless to say we did not try to make it to church. We hung out and watched movies, but by the end of the day I was feeling really depressed. I kept trying to remind myself that it was mostly just from being tired and to be gentle with myself, but I was a grumpy mess. I was crying like with tears and everything when I tried to put Josiah to bed. We watched "Love Happens" and I cried tons more but at the end I was saying "that's the stupidest movie I've ever seen" I never say that, even about horrible movies. I went to bed and cried more, ugh. depression sucks. grieving sucks too.
So today is about taking care of me. Getting out with other people helps. Working hard at home to clean things up helps sometimes too. I just made myself a wonderful green smoothie. It turned out perfectly.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

it's Saturday

hey there. thank you to those of you who thought of me or prayed for me today. thanks Elisabeth for the Facebook message. I got it right as I was walking into my parent's house. it was an emotional day, for sure. the long drive there, the even longer drive home. crying. missing my brother. we had a really great time together. it's always so great to see my sisters and to spend time with them. we sorted through toys that we had shared with my brother, that had been passed down from sibling to sibling. the day was full of "oh I remember this!" and "do you remember when that happened?" it was full of laughter and hugs and our shared sorrow. I sorted through my brother's stick figure drawings - he was really good at that. mostly army men and fighter planes. we even found a tin of stick-figure army guys made from fuzzy wires (pipe cleaners) with guns that were amazingly detailed. I brought home some of soldier guys for Josiah to play with when he gets older, and my brother's mini-classical guitar that he played when he was like six. Josiah loved it right away, it was just the cutest thing.
So now I've got brownies and coffee and a really awesome photostream that I just re-discovered Heather's photos have made me smile today and reminded me of the beauty that is all around us, even at the same time as pain.
Here are some other links I stumbled upon today:
Smile & Wave blog
Deco Fabulous blog
Velvet & Linen
Eric Roth - crazy amazing "high-end interior" photographer (Abi & Heather I was thinking of y'all)
A Blog directory that will keep you up until two in the morning!
A blog I could get lost in for an entire day!
A Day that is Dessert - don't get the title but the photography is so great! Definitely one to visit again soon!
Another cool blog
Chapman interiors - if you love saving pictures from Real Simple and Martha Steward you'll love her blog plus she uses those little {thingys} that I love so I've got to love her blog!

Friday, February 5, 2010

rainy day... yet again

Once again it is wet and rainy and dismally cold. Today I am thankful for hot coffee and for a garage in which my children can at least ride their trikes and get a little bit of energy out.
Tomorrow I'm going to my mom's house for the day. My mom, sisters and I will be sorting through my brother's belongings. I am anticipatingthat it will be an emotional day for us. He died just a year ago but it feels like less. I am happy that my mom is moving on in her grief, it has been unimaginably difficult for her, I am also glad to be with my sisters, we haven't all been together since my brother's funeral. So if you think of it please pray for me.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

you are my sunshine

The big girls are feeling better and off to school. The little ones are getting the attention they are used to and fighting less. I am drinking coffee and trying to get my act together. It's going to be a better day today, I think.

Today I am just so happy to be "Mommy" to snuggle and laugh and feel the warm bread dough I made today that will hopefully be a more successful second attempt at donuts. Today, although the weather is rainy and cold and crappy again and it feels like it might just never get around to being spring again, I have my sunshine here with me, with my kids.

I've begun the house hunting process online. I am so thankful for that modern innovation of placing homes for rent online. It simplifies things so much. I am also using google wave to create a little document that Daniel can also view online it has a map with little pin points showing where the best schools are and some of the houses I'd be interested in looking at whenever we go house hunting. I get a little obsessive about checking craigslist - that's where most of the best ads have been. I was told our budget, and that has been a little cold splash of reality, as usual.

I didn't do any photography today. I fell asleep on the couch while Katie-Abigail was watching PBS instead. Later Katie-Abigail asked me to tie her blanket around her shoulders. She ran off saying "I'm SuperWhy!" -if you've seen that on PBS you'll know what I'm talking about :) Later I gave Josiah a bath, we were playing with some cars on the edge of the tub and mine fell in he said "oh crap" and pulled it out for me. I tried not to laugh. Guess where he got that one?

p.s. my donuts were a complete failure. somewhat due to the fact that I accidentally bought self-rising flour. If I'd been baking rolls I think they would have turned out fine. They also burned or over cooked or something when I tried to fry them. They were pretty good as fritters. hmmm..

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

another sunny day

It was another day at home with sick kids. Beth was well enough to go to school, for which I am very thankful, however Emma still had a fever and some body aches for most of the day. Katie-Abigail and Josiah are completely fed up and were fighting all morning. I have totally forgotten which day it is and am tired and ready for things to get back to normal. Thankfully the weather has turned sunny and so we were able to spend a little bit of time out of doors which was really really nice. I was finally able to take a photo of Molly, our dog, who got a nice hair cut over the weekend. It's like we have a new dog! It can be tricky to photograph on a bright sunny day, I was looking for areas with diffused light. I ended up using my own shadow a couple times and got some pretty interesting results.

I got a really sweet email from a dear friend of mine saying how much she'd miss us when we have moved. I felt really sad about that. Beth cried last night about moving away from all of her friends. I want to do that too sometimes. I love my friends so much and it is so hard to think about moving away.
But then I also spent some time today doing house hunting on the internet. I didn't know this before but craigslist is an excellent place to find listings for homes for rent! There is something deliciously exciting about the prospect of moving into a new home. I don't know what it is. It's like getting a fresh start or starting a new year.
Today I also got a call for to schedule some product photography. That is so encouraging. I really hope to seriously start my photography business again after we move. It is so hard to maintain momentum, and it took a ton of effort to get as much business as I did last year, which was pathetically little. But anything of value takes an tremendous amount of effort, though, right?

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

sick day

Today both of my big girls are home sick. They've both got fevers and a cough. One or the other home is actually kind of nice. Both home sick - not so much. It means that nothing is going to get done and I'll be totally exhausted by the end of the day - both true of today!

James McAvoy in Penelope, photo from Fame and a photo from Bright Star
We watched Penelope, which was pretty cute (James McAvoy is such a good actor) & Fame which actually gave me goosebumps - some of the performances were just that good. Though I think it was maybe a little mature for my girls, though they loved it! While I was at the RedBox I saw that Bright Star is out on DVD and I am totally thrilled about that. It's an historical/period drama type movie, like Pride & Prejudice. Those come out so infrequently that I get crazy excited and Daniel teases me about it.



I cut Emma's sandwich into the shape of a heart. She really likes that. I served it on the heart place mat I bought at Target on Sunday.

Today I said "Hey Jojo" to Josiah and he said "Don't call me Jojo" I said "Okay, what do you want me to call you then?" He thought about it for a minute and said "Nick."

Today I also discovered that Josiah is at an age where he has a window of opportunity during which he'll nap, if I wait to put him down too late he just won't go down at all, which meant about two hours of whining before dinner. Not fun at all!

Hopefully tomorrow Beth will go to school and it'll be a less-exhausting day.



Monday, February 1, 2010

moving

It's official. We're moving. We got the final approval last night. So as long as everything goes according to plan we'll be moving in anywhere from two to four months. We told the kids last night and they took the news way better than we thought they would. The one thing that they were worried about was being "the new kid" at school. They really, really didn't want that. I don't know anything about all that, since I was home schooled, we offered to home school them until the start of the new school year, so we'll see how that pans out. We go up to Augusta in a couple weeks to spend more time with the people who my husband will be working with at this new branch and to see the area we'll be living in. I'm looking forward to that a lot!

I've been really emotional about this move. I realize more and more how much I've loved living here. I've been so blessed with our kid's school and with friends who have become like family to me and who have encouraged me and prayed with me through the worst couple years of my life. It's hard to leave that and go to someplace where I don't know anyone. It's overwhelming and scary and sometimes I just don't feel brave enough to start over again.

On the flip side, this is Daniel's dream job. He has waited so long for an opportunity like this. Also it will be nice for Daniel to get a raise for the first time in what feels like forever, money might not buy happiness but it certainly helps the stess levels! I am fully prepared to fall in love with living in Augusta and I am hopeful that I will find a church and a mom's group and make a new group of friends. I'm looking forward to finally having the kids in ballet classes, and trying again with my photography business.

On another note, I bought the cutest place mats at Target yesterday. They are so bright and cheerful! I totally love the pattern. They have them in blue too and the most adorable valentines day ones. I think I would buy a whole kitchen set in this pattern if it was available! I bought a little tea towel to brighten up the kitchen. It never ceases to surprise me how these little touches of beauty make such a difference!

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