Thursday, April 27, 2017

This and that....

Life is crazy right now with all of the end of the school year things going on.  This little project had been hanging over my head for months, so I finally decided to get it done!

This old buffet was a piece an old friend was trying to get rid of many years ago.  I rode with my mom to look at it and we laughed so hard when she paid the guy $50 for it!  It isn't in perfect condition, but I do love the way it looks!

I don't like dark wood.  I have painted with linen chalk paint and I recently did a light gray on another antique cabinet that I have.  I decided to do this one in charcoal.  It is darker than I anticipated, but our dining room is the lightest room in the house.

I was happy with the way it turned out.  I just emptied the contents, which was stuff I had been trying to sell.  I hauled it all away to be donated. (FREEDOM!)  I have cleaned out and cleaned out! I am getting so close to where I want to be with minimizing our belongings!  I have dishes that were my mom's that I plan on putting in the bottom.  I'm trying to get as much as possible out of my attic and storage room. 

 Myles has lost several teeth lately.  I love his messy little smile! :)  I know it won't last long, and he will be a big boy before I know it!  I try to soak up every little age!

These two little fellows have always been so close.  I have so many pictures of them that look just like this one.  I hope they will always love each other like this!

I spent last weekend cleaning out my dad's storage unit! (yes, in the midst of trying to get my own house cleaned out! I am sick of "stuff"!)  We came across this picture of Mariah when she was little.  I had posted it on my blog many years ago and my mom thought it was so funny that she printed it and framed it for my dad.  Macheus found it and was horrified.  He said, "He (he only uses masculine pronouns.)  is so rude.  He is saying bad words."  He was so serious... it made me laugh.

Well, it is late and I need to get in bed!  We have been busy getting ready for Madeline's graduation this weekend and I have a lot to do tomorrow!


Saturday, April 22, 2017

Easter 2017

It was a beautiful day!

We were all together.... which is a rare treat these days with this busy crew!  We went to church and then came home for our traditional Easter lunch.

                                   After lunch we hung out and visited.

I loved the boys' ties this year!  So stinkin' cute!

Everyone wanted their picture taken with sweet Elizabeth!  This was her first Easter and she looked beautiful in her mommy's first Easter dress and bonnet!

                                                 I love this little boy! :)

We have pictures of my mom and dad holding McKenzie her first Easter in this same outfit!

                              I love this little (growing!) family!

                                                      The two "Graces"!

                                                    Best Buddies!

                                                             My girls!

My sweet 91 year old dad.  So thankful that he is still here to make memories with.  He really enjoys just hanging out and watching the chaos!

                                       Cherished memories....

The hunt!

Aunt Maddy making sure that Lizzy got her fair share of eggs!

Late in the day us girls went for a really long walk.  The guys ended up going coyote hunting!  One less coyote out here to kill our chickens!
Hope you all had a wonderful Easter!
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us" Romans 5:8

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

A day in the life...

It is rare to find a moment in a day when everyone is quietly on task.  I happened to capture one... on a Monday no less! :)

Myles busy doing math and learning to add three digits at a time! :)

Malachi pouring over grammar.  He has accomplished SO much this year!

Madeline working on a college Literature class.  So close to graduation!

Mariah practicing her hymn playing!

Macheus working hard at his paintings!  He finished and told me the titles.  He painted a "storm", "grass" and "dirt". :)

The days are long but the years are oh so short!  Glad that I have experienced grown up kids and still have littles to truly appreciate the truth to that saying!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Two little boys...

a hose...

                                 and a whole lot of water!

                                          Makes for a big mess....

                                             And a very fun day!

                                       Dirty bathtubs and tired boys....


Sunday, April 2, 2017

A couple of weeks ago we took off on a day trip to see Georgia's "Little Grand Canyon".  We rarely have a day when we are all home together, so it was a much needed break from the routine!

The weather was perfect for hiking the canyons!  We took a picnic, hiked and relaxed!

 I'm not sure why we haven't been before!  I went as a child, but this is the first time I even thought about taking my kids.
 Nothing like the wide open outdoors for little boys!  They ran full speed all day!

I try to soak up this time with Matthew.  I know his time at home will be gone before I know it.

 The views were gorgeous!


 I love these two little munchkins!

And this one..... :)

 Squeezing into the little caves.

 This was about as far as I went!

Macheus was a trooper! I didn't think he would handle it as well as he did!

The history of the area was pretty neat.  We learned that the canyon was formed during the 1800's due to poor farming practices.  Kind of interesting...

So much to explore...

Matthew... always climbing something.

Malachi being a goof ball!


"Bubbie" (Matthew) ran and jumped the stump..... so everyone had to give it a try. :)


Such a peaceful day... and such a beautiful place.  We are already planning our visit next fall!