Staycation

Mar
2013
13

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Does anybody else need a little get-away, but just can’t seem to, well, get away?! Last night I decided in a moments notice to leave the clean laundry in a pile on the big chair & head for the tub. The laundry will clearly still be there when I get to it. Unless of course it sprouts legs and runs off, to which I would hollar “Adios muchos pain in the assos!”  I digress…oh yes the tub…so after herding the lil endangered species, mermaids and pirate ships out of the way and scrubbing the grimy thing down (hello I wanted to relax!) I filled it up with the only bubble bath I could find, lit every candle I own, gathered my sweet nuncs unto myself & dove right in, like a sasquatch in a puddle I tell you. About 10 minutes later, my head was spinning with the one glass of wine I had indulged in, I was sweating from my over-zealousness in water temp and fighting a cramp in my back, so I got out-quite rejuvenated! I felt almost like a grown up again! This time in the bath, all humor aside, reminded me how poorly I take care of me. How can I pour out to those I love, with passion for doing the things I love to do if I am empty and drained? I cannot. What makes me happy at the end of the day is quiet, deep thoughts, accomplishing things I’ve dreamt of all day, candles that smell of sweet orchards and of sexy manfolk fresh from a romp in the snowy mountains, a cup of something hot, fire roaring…now who is going to make me that cup of something hot? or light my candles? or accomplish my daydreams? Nobody, not a one. They can’t do it. They are mine for the doing. It’s up to me, to you, to pour into ourselves what makes us breathe deep and slow, feel empowered to accomplish the impossible, whether it’s writing your first novel or getting that last load folded and put away. You have to do it for you. No else will. We are the only ones capable of accomplishing our dreams.

These are a fe of my favorite things:

These are a few of my favorite things: Aveda’s Botanical Kinetics Cream Face Wash and Shea Moisture’s Shave Butter Creme 

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This is one of those delicious candles I told you I splurge on and reuse the glass later. This Simpatico Candle in Spanish Lime will make a happy home for a handful of poppies!

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This candle is a Glade cheapy on sale for $2.99-and the glass is still so cute and reusable!

 

 

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So this is so easy, that I feel goofy posting it. But I LOVE my chalkboard. We had a big party back in the fall and everyone brought soups, chilis, bread, dessert. It was such a great time; the fire outside, everybody mingling, so much hot, tasty food and the music and clanking of horseshoes lasted into the hours of the night. So that morning I whipped up the chalkboard to prop up outside so people wouldn’t miss our drive way. We live way out in the evergreens as they say. Well that’s what I say anyway. We do live in Evergreen. Anyways, here it is in it’s simplicity!

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Paint 2-3 coats of chalk board paint on the board.

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We fitted this one to fit nice and snug, but you could just as easily just nail the trim boards on the front and it would look fine.

We fitted this one to be nice and snug, but you could just as easily nail the trim boards on the front and it would look fine.

quite a snug fit!

quite a snug fit!

tah dah!

tah dah!

 

“A Celebration”

Mar
2013
11

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Friday Lil Miss asked me if we could celebrate. “Celebrate what?” I asked her…to which she replied “I don’t know-anything!” So we commenced to plan a celebration of the time change, which of course the littles don’t understand at all. It consisted of a meal, cake & “special drinks” (all thrown together from what I had in the pantry and freezer). So Lil Miss made a cake, all by herself and was so thrilled about it. We ate dinner, discussed what we were most excited about this spring and then indulged in the “spring cake.” The conversation was priceless: Lil Miss is excited about St. Patrick’s Day, so we can have another celebration, of course! Lil Man was under the weather, refusing to eat dinner and begging for cake and our lil dinner guest said he was most excited about the coming warm weather. We are Texans in the mountains after all!

I was so pleased that the fam was so pumped about our celebration, and it made the time change seem even more special than just the additional hour of sweet daylight itself. Once the cake was made, the details just started to fall together. A few extra minutes of effort went along way to make everyone feel the joy of the changing seasons, despite the snow outside!

Pink Lemonade with Berries

Pink Lemonade with Berries (from the freezer)

 

Scrapbook paper makes the setting special, easy & quick to clean up! And Lil Miss set the table all herself.

Scrapbook paper makes the setting special, easy & quick to clean up! And Lil Miss set the table all herself.

Party Time!

Of course the cute table didn’t last for long, in the presence of lil men…Party Time!

 

Lil Miss and her spring cake

Lil Miss and her spring cake

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Not quite spring time yet, but we can hope!

Oh Happy Nuncs!

Mar
2013
09

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That’s right, I said nuncs, as in ranunculus! It’s a happy day when it’s a nunc day. I went by Paulino’s on Monday for a few supplies and to flush out some ideas in my head. There’s something about the humidity in the air, the canopy of the trees overhead, the scent of blooms not present in every day mountain life…my head just swims, my heart races. I actually lost the littles in there last week! I guess maybe it has a similar effect on them. They were racing in and out of the rows of banana leafs & hanging staghorns like little jungle creatures. Needless to say, I went with out them the next time, so I could have the high all to myself! I found exactly what I was looking for and of course a few extras…ahemm, totally necessary extras of course! One (or maybe 2!) of these extras being some blooming nuncs in the most outrageous yellow and the blackest of purples that you could imagine. I had said no to their siren’s calls last week, but this week, sans jungle monkeys, they had my full attention and I couldn’t leave them behind, singing my name. So they came home with me, only to be spoiled, photographed like models in superflous layered skirts and even moved to the living room with the fireplace over night so their delicate ruffles wouldn’t freeze. I love everything about them, their lanky stems, their oversized heads, the unruly layering of their petals-wait maybe I like them because they are like the graceful version of myself! Lanky, awkward, unruly hair! Yup, I’m having an ahah moment here. The nunc is my lovelier-than-I, flowering soul sister. It’s been determined. Well, regardless here are a few shots of them in all their glory, to brighten your Saturday. Whether it’s Snowmageddon, like at my house, a lovely day of spring cleaning or you’re trapped in a workplace, you deserve a hint of spring. Afterall, the time change is upon us, which means Spring is right around that corner. Even if it’s a snowy corner!

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I adore my old green juice jars that I scored off a friend’s junking-dad a few years ago! Thanks Terry!

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The green of the jar really makes this yellow nunc glow.

 

Blooming Beauties

Blooming Beauties

 

Distractions

Mar
2013
07

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This afternoon I was elbow deep in this project…

Just a glimpse...post to follow soon!

Just a glimpse…post to follow soon!

…when I noticed through the window, a herd of stately visitors. I probably scared the kids, running around the house, hands covered in potting soil, fumbling for the camera, whisper-yelling for them to be quiet and get out on the deck. But it’s just so dern exciting when these guys come through the neighborhood!

Two young bucks playful fighting.

Two young bucks playful fighting. This is the Aspen grove right across from our driveway. It’s north facing, so still covered in snow.

The "King of the Forest" as the little ones have dubbed him.

The “King of the Forest” as the little ones have dubbed him. He was right in the circle of our horseshoe driveway.

 

You can see how close hey were in this shot. We were safe on the top deck-don't worry!

You can see how close hey were in this shot. We were safe on the top deck-don’t worry!

It was so amazing to sit on the deck and hear them bugling, the crack of antlers locked in a tussle. I took pics until my fingers were too cold and the day light was fading…then I snuck out there to google hangout with my lil bro so he could have some wildlife right there in his office in Dallas, TX. Signs of spring tease us with a little warmth, the slow  melting of the creek, ice skating season has come to an end and the bull elk have gone back into their bachelor heard. We’ll start seeing lil calves soon. I still have my heart set on finding a fox kit to bring home as my lap fox. I might even name it Kit! Hubs says he’ll try to eat my sweet Kitty, so we’ll have to see how it goes down. Here’s to the melting away of the cold, to spring and to the warmth it brings each of our hearts!

~Keri

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For Valentine’s day I gave each of the littles their very own succulent to love and cherish. Lil Miss insisted on taking hers to show and tell at school. As expected, the poor thing didn’t make it home alive. Lil Man’s however sat in the same spot for 2 weeks until it suddenly dawned on me we should give her a permanent home. Yes, he insists his plant is a “she.” So I let him pick out his gravel, sand and all the fixins. He carried on the whole time we were building it that it was like the land where the dinosaurs lived. I loved his enthusiasm, and he was so right! It looked just like a tiny Dino Land! So of course, we had to put a happy lil dino in it…here’s how we did it… This planter was uber cheap because I keep candle vessels, clean them out & tuck them away for such a day as this. It makes me feel justified in buying the ridiculously gorgeous high end candles that I have become totally spoiled to having!

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So the supplies to have on hand are as follows:

  • Your chosen vessel
  • Expanded Clay pellets (known as Hydropon)
  • Succulent soil, or cactus soil (a mix of lava rock gravel & potting soil)
  • Sand
  • Decorative gravel
  • Moss if desired
  • Succulent who needs a new home
  • Dinosaur, be sure you get an omnivore as opposed to a carnivore, so you can support a healthy diet for him or her.
Step 1: Hydropon

Step 1: Hydropon

If you are concerned about the appearance of the layers, pour sand around the outside edge, moving the hydropon into the center.

If you are concerned about the appearance of the layers, pour sand around the outside edge, moving the hydropon into the center.

Shake all the excess dirt of your potted plant. The succulent soil used in the new potting is better than the nursery soil.

Shake all the excess dirt of your potted plant. The succulent soil used in the new potting is better than the nursery soil.

 

Fill in around the root base with fresh succ soil or cactus soil.

Fill in around the root base with fresh succ soil or cactus soil.

 

Side view

Side view

To finish off the layered look add a top layer of soil...(tip: I keep my sand in a wine bottle for easy placement and pouring).

To finish off the layered look add a top layer of soil…(tip: I keep my sand in a wine bottle for easy placement and pouring).

...side view.

…side view.

 

Lil man with his busted lip. He was so excited about his tiny dino habitat!

Lil man with his busted lip. He was so excited about his tiny dino habitat!

Finish it off with a few details that make it uniquely yours or your little's!

Finish it off with a few details that make it uniquely yours or your little’s!

 

The happy dino in his new habitat.

The happy dino in his new habitat.

Small sized plantings like this one are perfect for the little people because you can get it done before their attention span expires! And you can let it be entirely their creation. You could use pink sand, white gravel, purple moss and a Kalanchoe Fantastic plant for a girly planter and put a cute little unicorn in it-that’s what my Lil Miss would want! This is such a fun activity to do together. Little ones are fascinated by growing things, especially miniatures. Happy Planting Friends! Comment or link up and let us hear about your creations!

~Keri

Thrifty Thursday

Feb
2013
07

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This week’s Thrifty Thursday is a mix of thrift and a jackpot sale item from Ikea, but you’ll love it! Some of these Thrifty Thursday spots are not something that you can run out do exactly as I have, but the intent is just to inspire you to get out there and hit the spots you love regularly, because one day you’ll happen upon a perfectly delightful $49.99 Jonsbo Orod Table Lamp for only $9.99-just as I did! Ikea had this lamp on sale because it was missing the halo & top screw. But 40 bucks off?! I can find a halo for dollars! My thrifty friend Claudine actually found the lamp & texted to see if I wanted it..and of course I did! Then on my next adventure I stumbled upon a brand new Threshold Mix & Match Burlap Lamp Shade, still in the packaging from Target for $4.99, regularly $15.97!!! So I put together a simply enlightening lamp that would usually cost $65.96 for only $14.99-sheer joy my thrifty friends! The simple things, this is what it’s all about.

Threshold Mix & Match Burlap Lamp Shade

Threshold Mix & Match Burlap Lamp ShadeLovely Thrifted Shade & Hot Sale Priced LampThrifted Shade & Hot Sale Priced Lamp: $14.99

Stay tuned for more on what thrift stores are the good ones and how to get the best finds and prices…

 

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(An old post from the old family blog): Here’s my disclaimer: I had to wait until I finished my sandwich before I could sit down to compose this narrative. So, to the faint of stomach-you won’t hurt my feelings if you skip this post!

It was a lovely Easter Sunday and the family was slowly accumulating at our house for a late afternoon, impromptu Easter lunch. We were supposed to have been at Kelli’s for the day. But after spending Friday night in the ER with a ornery hernia we shifted plans to relieve her of the hostessing duties and to recover.  I had ridden the motorbike earlier in the morning, cruising along with the wind in my hair & wildflowers whacking at my feet. I hadn’t been on the bike in about 5 years and it suddenly donned on me that I was letting my young motherly inclinations hold me back from a motor-scootin good time! So I would putt  by in 1st gear and Luke would jog beside me with a “How ya doin?” and then shift the gears for me and I’d zip off again feeling free as a bird. Well, a bird on wheels. Who didn’t know how to shift the bike for herself.  This went well, as did the Easter egg hunting, blowing of giant bubbles, kite flying and the making of lunch. (Ok, I totally flubbed the chicken, but we will laugh at that later. It is more sensitive a subject to me still that the crash itself. Although I know one day when I am successful in some sort of entrepreneurial culinary business, we will look back at that chicken and laugh. But not today.) My dear mom even forced herself to eat some of that chicken and declared it as dad’s leftovers for the week. My sweet dad. He looked as content as any doting father at this announcement. Not telling what he’s eaten in his 30 years of marriage. So after an over all successful lunch Trip went down for a nap & we all headed outside for some fun.

Mom started hot rodding around on the bike (in 1st gear) feeling her youth and then I took another spin after turning her down on an offer to “hop on!” I cruised around the back of the house and skillfully shifted into 2nd for the first time. I was ecstatic-”woohoo”ing at no one. I came around that bend and now, feeling my youth, I headed straight for the hump in the yard. I’d seen Luke do it a thousand times-with kids in his lap, no less. I later realized Luke had a pretty good route planned out in his mind that didn’t include the trees just on the other side of the hill.  So I came flying over that hill, catching some air, thinking “Did my mom see that?! Oh ya baby!!” And then, out of no where those trees appeared, like the walking trees in the Lord of the Rings-right in my path. If I was Luke-which you’ve probably seen by now that I’m not, although I try -I would have made some theatrical feat out of evading those trees. But alas, I am me. And I never even touched the break. I just thought if I sucked in & held my breath I’d probably roll off & sustain a few sticker pokes in my butt, but walk away a hero. Not so fast that tree said! My handle bar on the left hit the tree at the exact second the foot peg sliced off my big toe and I went soaring over the handle bars, through the air, yelling “I’m ok guys!” concerned mostly with my family’s ensuing panic. I had no idea at this point my toe was not attached. I landed with a thud, thinking “see Keri, that wasn’t so bad.” My mom is standing there with her mouth covered trying to decide if all is well & she should maintain control or if she can go into manic mode. I glanced across my legs; I had landed sort of Indian style and suddenly saw my foot, with a toe dangling and not a drop of blood. My brain did not register what was happening as I calmly said, “No I’m not OK! Get Luke & the keys!”

So…Luke deposited me in the car and went to “get his keys.” I’m yelling after him “they’re on the kitchen counter!” He actually went to gather any pieces of toe that we might need for what had quickly become my digit puzzle. My mom raced over with a wet kitchen towel to wrap around the foot. And that’s when the pain hit and my breakdown began. I just burst into tears and moans saying over and over “I’m sorry, I’m so sorry! This is such a stupid accident! What was I thinking?!” My sweet brother was right there telling me it was ok & accidents happen. I’ll never forget that look on his face of such intense sorrow and empathy.  We raced to the Denton Regional Emergency Room, guessing & hoping it was the closest hospital to our semi-rural location.  The drive was light-years worse and more intense than the trek to the hospital/birthing center with either of my babies.  And then I was even in hard labor and dilated to an 8 the minute I got into Labor & Delivery with both babies.  I’m sure the people we were blazing by on the road thought I was in labor from what they could see through the window view. At this point I was freaking out between the pain and the fear of what they were going to do to my foot before I got any relief from the pain. As it turned out I was wheeled straight in to a room, waited about 40 minuted before I got a nerve block for just the bog toe and then another 20 minutes for an IV & the good drugs. They did a series of about 10-12 Xrays, checking for internal injuries. I was covered in dirt and tree bark, 1 mangled toe, 1 open fractured toe, a busted up knee, a bump on the head, 2 severely bruised and possibly broken toes on the other foot and a very swollen and purple ‘pelvis area’ let’s just say. So they were fairly intent on making sure there weren’t bigger issues than just the big toe.  Me, mom and Luke stopped amidst the “code black” announcements and tornado sirens in the hallway, held hands and prayed, begging the Lord for safety & healing regardless of the outcome of the toe.  All was well with my innards and I was in surgery by 8:30pm. <In the meantime, mom had followed us to the hospital in her car, dad was in the house when the accident happened & stayed with the kids that night. I didn’t see him again until Monday when he got off work. Trip was napping, Riley deposited Joss with dad, stopped by the accursed trees, found bone & tissue pieces in the tree and then brought them to the hospital.> I couldn’t have orchestrated an accident better myself if I’d been given the chance! Every one had a role and played it so perfectly-accept my sister who is the toughest one of us all and was desperately missed in such a traumatic situation! I can just imagine had she been there she would’ve been with me in the back seat, holding my bloody foot in her lap and distracting me with stories of mishaps at the ranch!  So, as you probably know already they were able to reattach the big toe. We spent a few days at the all inclusive Hotel Denton Regional for our anniversary (which was Easter Sunday.) So romantic. And here I am. Grateful to be alive and intact; almost walking “like a normal person” as Joss told me the other day.  I have a load of great new memories of my family through out this unfolding saga. I can’t begin to tell you how the Lord has blessed and sustained me through this process. I feel as though my life has become a comedy of errors in the last 6 months, unfolding for all to see, humbling me in the process. I have a whole new appreciation for Matt Chandler and his out look on cancer-to be grateful to be counted worthy of this trial. That is so heavy. I don’t know if I would volunteer for it again. But I also might not take it back if I had the chance. I have learned to let Luke care for me in a whole new way; to better accept grace and love from those who love me; to have a sense of humor and hold loosely to the things He has given us-even something as small as toes. I wrote a post before titled “Growth” where I touched on the Lord giving and taking away. And now I laugh because I had no idea how literal it would become for me in the coming months. I am learning every day to walk. Not just on my vulnareable feet, but in His grace. To not be a narcissistic Christian, focused obsessively on what I’m doing or how I’m doing. There is a better way to get better than to try to get better.  Tullian Tchividjian spoke last week at church and he simplified it for me.  To make progress is to begin again each day. Begin again by waking up and accepting Christ’s grace and substitution for me, understanding that what’s important in my relationship with Him is not what I have done for Him, but what He has done for me.