Monday, May 31, 2010

Weekend Project

We spent the holiday weekend tearing out the awful carpet in my hubby's office and laying a pretty new laminate floor. And by we I mean hubby, son and son-in-law. This grammy is VERY thankful for strong young men to help with the labor. I just provided the food and entertained the sometimes too helpful two year old :o)

The awesome work crew

Hubby's bionic knees ;o)

They did a good job

Grandma provided food and Olivia provided the comic relief :o)

Sweet little baby Ella and her momma

Aunt Melissa and Olivia saying "sheese" for the camera

Thanks to Melissa for the pics...I kept meaning to take some, but never got it done!

Our Young Heroes by Oliver North

So thankful for those who have served and continue to do so to keep us free!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The Things You Can Learn from a Two Year Old

For a while now we have been walking down a difficult road, facing a long-term, daily problem that only seems to get worse with no hope for a resolution. Many days I feel completely with out hope concerning this situation. Some circumstances this morning left the burden feeling particularly heavy, but in God's perfect timing our daughter-in-law called and needed someone to watch Olivia for an hour. Of course, grandpa said yes :o) So I ran home and pulled some lunch together for the three of us. While we were enjoying lunch our darling girl was singing for us. She was singing one of the songs we heard her sing in church last Sunday--I loved it then, but it has touched me deeply this afternoon as I have listened to the words over and over again. So I thought I would share the video...the message is perfect for whatever difficulty you may be facing. As you listen picture super cute little two year old with her arms wrapped tightly around herself singing at the top of her voice: "Oh no, you never let go..." and feel encouraged.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

New Craft Room

We have been busy little bees for the last week or so--turning the old upstairs craft room into a guest room and the basement family room into a new, improved craft room. I have been asked to post some pics so here goes...keep in mind there is still work to do.

This is just down at the bottom of the stairs. The paper rack is something my sweetie researched and made for me; it is perfect storage and it is on wheels in case I need to move it--he thinks of everything :o)

Next is my desk. Once again a creation from my sweet hubby. Quite a few years ago he took the wood from Tom's dorm loft and turned it into a desk for me--he's a talented guy, isn't he?!!

Some canvas prints I did in an online class with Wilna Furstenberg...she's a great teacher! One of the things we'd still like to do is get rid of the flower border...but I don't see that happening anytime soon.

This is the new storage piece we got at IKEA. I LOVE it. Especially the new workspace. I was always creating in a little tiny square on the desk--so nice to have room to spread out.

This corner still needs alot of work. I have to go through books and weed out and store away, then hopefully move out two of the cases. But for now Olivia's table is set up in front of them. She was so excited when we moved "our craft room" downstairs. The first time she came after we assembled the IKEA unit she walked straight to the bin that I filled with her craft stuff and pulled it out and started working. We hadn't told her that it even existed...somehow she just knew. I love sharing my room with my favorite litte crafter and can't wait 'till Ella can join the fun!

These are cases I moved from my upstairs room filled with all kinds of stuff. I love the vintage coke crates that my father-in-law gave me years ago; the hold my acrylic paints.

Back to where we started with punches stored in a shoe storage bag on the door. This is another of Olivia's favorite spots!

And of course, this would be totally boring without including some cuteness. Here is Olivia making a Twizz-eler moustache for Grandpa. Twizzlers are her favorite treat for being a big girl and using the bathroom which she is doing amazingly well!

I am really, really happy with the new space so far and now I have room for friends to come and play-- consider this your invitation!