Sunday, November 18, 2012

It melted my tired heart...

A few days ago I was up really late, which is not all that unusual, especially since my hubby is on all nights this month. The longer I live with him the more we is weird! Anyway, I finally became too tired to see the needle on my sewing machine so I headed to bed. Before I made it down the hall I heard her cry. It was a real cry like the one when a child is really in distress. I thought I would be super Grammie and save Annabelle's parents from getting up, which didn't turn out so well for me:)
I was feeling so generous, so magnanimous in the bestowal of my sacrifice on behalf of my daughter.
Annabelle seemed to possibly have a tummy ache and so I began to sing and rock, and pat, and rock and sing and pat and cuddle.......and sing and get the picture. This went on for hours. I made the big mistake of thinking I could sleep in a twin bed with her tossing. and turning, and pounding the toddler rail with her feet.
I finally reached my limit, did the aggghghhgghggg sound, 
and said in a stern voice 
"Annabelle you have got to stop and go to sleep" 
I wrapped the blanket tightly around her arms and flopped back down on the pillow. What happened next melted my heart. A tiny voice in the dark said 
"Tank you Gwammie."
It was one of those moments when I was brought back to the reality that my comfort and convenience doesn't usually matter most. 
This same scenerio happened two more or three times during the night and every time I did the frustrated agggghhghggggg and tucked her little arms too tight in the blanket she would sweetly say again 
"Tank you Gwammie."
The more I have pondered on that night I am realizing the power of thank you. While her gratitude didn't instantly turn the night into a joyful one, it did teach me a powerful lesson. A simple thank you can melt hearts, mend hearts, soften hearts and bring joy to the hearts of those we love. I am grateful for innocence of children. We have been commanded to become as little children...
that night I was reminded why.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Notes with a sparkle!

Sparkle is always a good thing:) 
My daughter Brittany caught the glitter bug 
and upgraded a craft idea with some fabulous 
brown glitter and a chipboard flourish. 
She thought this would be fun for sweet notes to the hubby. 
See her whole project and instructions at

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Paint, ruffles and cabinet doors from the curb!

My daughter in law has done some amazing make over magic in her home but this room is just plain snazzy:) Visit her blog and enjoy her creative and crafty room makeover.

Puppies & Presents

This is the reason I scrapbook!

Watching my daughter with her daughter look at the new album was priceless! I have always had a vision of being snuggled up on the couch with the grandbabies, looking at scrapbooks, making new memories as I tell them about past memories. I had that same vision for my children with their has become a reality!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Muddy Piggies:)

Annabelle has been obsessed with a particular Old Mc Donald farm video which has an adorable muddy piggy bit at the end. That is why her second birthday was all about muddy piggies! This is a budget friendly birthday party with all the trimmings.

Invitations were so fun to make..layer, layer layer!
Kraft paper for the cards.
 Piggies-from Create a Critter cartridge.
Barn-from Country Life cartridge

The party food table was filled with pigs in a blanket, corn on the cob, 
and Brittany made THE most amazing calorie laden, creamy mac & cheese ever! 

I found some cute muddy images on google images
which I printed and put in some old wooden frames
for easy and cheap table decorations. My scrapbook stash
came in handy for a barn scene on one of the buckets.
We rounded up any metal buckets we could find, and added rafia for a vintage farm look.
The piggy cupcakes were so fun and easy! I ordered piggy squirters from Amazon for party favors. We added them to the top of the cupcakes and then drizzled chocolate fudge icing (while it was warm) over the top for the mud. A wooden tray was the perfect piggy corral.

Chocolate fudge icing recipe:
1 stick of butter
4 Tbsp cocoa
6 Tbsp milk
Heat to boiling
Add 2 cups of powdered sugar
Mix with a mixer until smooth

The party activities included watching the piggy video, tractor rides and playing in the dirt. 
We filled up a plastic pool with bags of dirt we bought from the garden center.
We wanted to make mud but it was too cool for the kiddos to be wet.

Michael cut out a barn using a projector which we painted barn red of course!
We added a bale of hay, an old washtub and viola...
A cute photo back drop for pictures of all the party guests.

That is how to do a muddy piggy party which makes a really happy two year old...
And we all know that having a HAPPY two year old is PRICELESS!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

30 days, 30 notes of thanks

I have a drawer of cards. 
They mostly just sit there hoping for the perfect event, thought, or thank you. 
This month I am going to change that...I am going to actually write notes AND mail them!

I think November is the perfect month to usher in the holidays. I don't think there could be a better way to begin the season of goodwill than focusing on gratitude!
My life is touched by so many people I never thank. 
The sweet postal carrier that honks and WAITS for me to come running out of the house for my packages, who is never grumpy. 
The lady that sits on the back row every Sunday who inspires me with more faith than anyone I know. 
My sister in law who was a shoulder for my teenagers when we were fed up with each other! 
The nursery leader at church who keeps Annabelle happy for 2 hours along with all the other 2 year olds. 
The car detail guy who can make my suburban look new even after the most messy DIY project week.
My favorite checker at Walmart who doesn't get frustrated when I check out with 5 different transactions for our businesses.
The list could go on and on and on......

This month I am going to thank them with a simple note. 
One note a day for 30 days. 
One overdue thank you for 30 people who have touched my life. 
It's the least I can do.
Take the challenge...30 days of thank you's.

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing

 that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. 

And because all things have contributed to your

advancement, you should include all things in your


                                                     Ralph Waldo Emerson