Sunday, October 16, 2011

All Done Blogger, All Done

In an attempt to use my iPad for what it was purchased, I have had to make a change.  This change is going to require some flexibility on your part.  The "pain" will be fleeting and you will find yourself safely home in the midst of humorous stories, cutesy crafts, fabulous photos, and (let's face it) adorable children being raised in a fall world by swirly parents.So, take a deep breath. . .

The Blue Hutch has a new address.  
It's easier one to remember, actually.

Quick, go change your bookmarks, reader subscriptions, and mental notes.  You aren't going to want to miss what's coming up this week.  Seriously. . . there was a trip to Atlanta, a concert with my Honey, and a kid ate poop.  See! You are not going to want to miss that.

So come on over and I'll see you there.  Leave a comment to let me know you found us.  I'll dig through the stuff on the blue hutch to see what I can find to share first.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Story Boarding

Our proud little author made six separate trips into the living room to share the story line he was weaving on his dry erase board.  He loved that I took pictures and I plan to print them out and make a little book for him.

The Author:

The Story:

Thursday, October 13, 2011

I'm Here - RU Still with Me?

It has been 14 days since I last posted.  FOURTEEN DAYS! I think that is a record.  Life has been zipping by and I haven't had time to breathe, much less write about my breaths.  Right now my youngest has a friend over and they are dancing around in KB's pajamas, so I am going to seize the moment and see what I can type.

1.  Fall has come to the Midwest and we literally have to wade through leaves to get to the van.  I LOVE it and have put pumpkins and candy corn on most of our flat surfaces.

2.  There's been a lot of soccer and Bubba has loved it.  They won a game and it didn't even seem to phase him.  I don't mind that.  Honey makes a point of asking each week if he had fun and if he learned anything new about soccer.  It's cute.

3.  Last week was a whirlwind.  Honey was in Las Vegas from Monday to Wednesday night LATE.  I left Thursday after lunch and was in the south with my extended family until Monday.  I now feel completely discombobulated and ready to settle back down into a "routine".  (Who am I kidding? There is no routine here.  Try as I may to create one, the Lord seems to think that my sanctification is more important and I obviously have control issues.  Sorry, we now return to our regularly scheduled blog post.)

4.  The trip to Birmingham and Atlanta was fun.  Seeing my brother was a real treat (Andrew, I wrote Hannah Kate about doing a trunk show) and WAY too short.  In heaven I still hope to have a mansion on the same block as him.  Time with my mother and sister was super.  We laughed a LOT.  Several friends from seminary were at the conference and it was nice to see their familiar faces.  There was little to NO free time and I was sad I couldn't see my dear friends in Atlanta - so close and yet so far.   (Amy and Jackie we'll have to try again.  Direct flights to the gateway city aren't too pricey and you are welcome anytime!!)

5.  Honey finished another class in his quest for a second masters degree and that means we are officially halfway done. Only three classes left (I think) and then a big project.  Sounds so simple. . .

6.  Took Bubs to the eye doctor today to see if the patching has been working.  His acuity is much better but the eye is still turning and Dr. G says the only reasonable action is another surgery.  So, we'll be scheduling that in the next couple days.

That's all I can do right now.  I have pictures on the camera to share and I am sure there are stories to be told.  It's more important right now that I stop clicking away on the keyboard and listen to KB and her friend Lillian singing "O Come Let Us Adore Him" in the kitchen while playing with Playdoh.  (Don't you hate you are missing that!!)

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Wonderful Words

The wife of one of our professors was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.  Her treatment starts soon and we received an email today encouraging us in how to pray.  Part of that email was a quote from  the letters of 17th Century Scottish pastor Samuel Rutherford and a bit of comment from a sermon in which it was included.  The words were so wonderful I wanted to share them with you.

“In one of those letters, Rutherford wrote to a much afflicted woman these glorious words:
Madam, when ye are come to the other side of the water, and have set down your foot on the shore of glorious eternity, and look back again to the waters and to your wearisome journey, and shall see, in that clear glass of endless glory, nearer to the bottom of God’s wisdom, ye shall then be forced to say, “If God had done otherwise with me than He hath done, I had never come to the enjoying of this crown of glory.”

When I read that God loves us with an everlasting love, that his people are always upon his heart, that he weeps with those who weep, that we never pass through a trial but that he passes through it with us, I am persuaded that Rutherford must be right.”         (Rutherford, Rayburn)

Oh, that the things of earth would grow strangely dim in the light of HIS glory and grace. 

Julia, You Are Forgiven

This was sent to me today from my friend, Julia.  The message accompanying it read, "I am sorry but I think of KB when I watch this."

No apology needed - I can see it too.  (She would have chosen a better song. . . )

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

What I've Been Up To (Besides 102)

I am realizing that I can only do one hobby at a time.  I have been sewing which means I haven't blogged, read (there are 184 posts in my Google Reader), or scrapbooked ANY.  I don't think I used to be this way.  I have to admit that my ability to multitask isn't as sharp as it used to be.  I mean it's not like I am on death's door or something, it's just that I have to concentrate a little bit more.

So, I have been inspired by Pinterest and I thought it would be fun to show you what I saw and then what I made.  I have decided that Pinterest is just a time sucking covet trap unless one uses it as a tool, so I'm trying to be a better steward.  That said.. .

My friend, Michelle, came up with the idea of the "sewing group" making these shirts.  They are so adorable and I have to admit this is the earliest I have had a tshirt prepared for a holiday.  The Pinterest link:

Michelle gave me the pattern for a pair of pants she was going to make her little girl and I thought I would take that on as well.  So. . . (or sew. . .)


Then there was this A.D.O.R.A.B.L.E spider shirt:
Source: via Becky on Pinterest

and KB has this cute tulle skirt so I had to try and this is what I came up with:

The spider was a bit tedious and so I was NOT going to make one for Little (or Bubba, for that matter).  I did a little search on Pinterest and saw this:

I just realized I don't have a photo of those, but they were quick and easy to make and now the girls have matching shirts.  Bubba's going to get a monster instead.  You'll see photos eventually, I am sure.

Then there's the gift I made today and I'm excited.  I can't remember how long ago it was that someone (my mom or another friend) gave me an clipping from Southern Living which showed a half apron made out of a dish towel and ruffles.  Oooh, after a quick Google search it seems it was July 2010 that it was given to me and here's the photo:

Recently I was on Pinterest and came across a tutorial that spelled it all out for me and I decided to make one for my sister-in-law - she loves to cook.  Pinterest link:

Brooke's apron (which I think will look better with real hips behind it - even small hips like Brooke's - and maybe I'll hem the towel up a few inches):

So, there we go.  Now I have to move on to the next thing.  Honey is headed to Vegas next week for a three day conference and the day after he returns I am headed south to see my BROTHER!!! and then spend the weekend in Atlanta with my sister and Mom.  Oh, sorry - SISTER AND MOM!!!!!

I'll check in again real soon.  There are soccer photos I must share and Bubba's first MLB game.  Till then,
"Good night, sleep tight and may your dreams come true.
Here's a wish and a prayer that every dream comes true.
And now till we meet again, adios, au revoir, Auf Wiedersehen. Good Night!"
(Lawrence Welk)