Did you know that I am a swimmer & a diver!
Those of you who know me personally (not virtually) will know that neither of these are true. However, there was apparently some misunderstanding while at a party shortly after we moved here when I was explaining that I almost drowned at an Auburn University Intramural Swim Meet. Apparently the words... DROWNED & INTRAMURAL weren't heard and a friend has been telling others that I swam for Auburn. It actually makes me laugh pretty hard.
While I can do neither in the water with any skill whatsoever; I can do both in the trash with some agility. Wednesday is curb-side pick up day in our town and you can always find a treasure or 4. These I can't take complete credit for... but I do have a dear friend (who's husband is a doctor & was a tad too intimidated to be seen scrounging through her neighbors trash) who called to inform me that her neighbor was throwing out some really great wicker chairs I needed to come look. So, me in my pregnant state with her help (thankfully she's not too good to be "seen" with a "diver") loaded up all we could fit in the car and off I went! Here's what I found... and I hope to "clean 'em up" soon. While they're not in "mint" condition, I can certainly get at least 3 or 4 more years out of 'em. Unfortunately my husband isn't near as thrilled about my find as I am... men, can't they get excited about a little trash!? Now what would he have thought if I had actually spent our money on them!? Then he'd be excited that they were free. I should have first told him I paid $50 a piece for them... then maybe he would have been more excited! :)
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Did you know that I am a swimmer & a diver!
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Yesterday morning Justin was outside working in the yard with Morgan and the Raiger was playing quietly in the playroom. As a mom you start to learn (eventually) that sometimes silence (while thoroughly enjoyed) is not always golden. I got an inkling when she was just being "too" quiet in there and I decided to go check on things. This is what I found-- purple mouthed, tongued, and teethed Raiger. She was a sport about it and I told her what great blog material she was and she (being the well behaved daughter that she is (ha! ha!)) posed quite nicely and opened her mouth on cue for the camera! Her lip is healing quickly and thankfully the markers are non-toxic as I'm sure some of the ink entered her bloodstream if not through her saliva than through the laceration in her upper lip that is almost completely healed. What a little squirrel she is.
While the purple squirrel was napping on Friday I had a little time to myself on the patio. I'm always eager to see what I can find in the treetops and I was very delighted to see a pair of Great Crested Flycatchers. I'm not sure how many, if any, of y'all are bird enthusiasts but these little guys (while not extremely rare) are seldom seen in your backyard. I spotted them in the Dogwood and was so excited that I called Justin on his cell phone. Thankfully he is equally enthralled with these type things! Unfortunately (for me), he keeps our Sibley's guide in his truck (archaeology can take you places most don't go so he's much more likely to need it than me!) so I had to take a good mental image and wait for him to get home before I could actually confirm what it was that I saw. The one I saw didn't have his/her "crest" tufted up like this but he/she was beautiful nonetheless! Special treats like the Flycatchers makes me anxious for my husband to build a platform feeder. We've had one at every house and have yet to put one out here. If any of y'all enjoy birds (and don't have cats that eat them) I highly recommend you get (or build) a platform feeder you are sure to attract the greatest variety of birds... and well, squirrels too... but that's why you should have dogs instead of cats! :) Justin makes ours out of plywood and drills holes in the corners (covered with wire mesh) to drain water and places it on a galvanized pipe "stand". They are really easy to make and I guarantee you'll see lots of birds on them. Ours was always frequented by Red-headed Woodpeckers in Tallahassee. They are some feisty birds and always made for good entertainment when others would join them for a meal!
While I'm on a "nature" note I will share this quick (40 second) video with you. If any of y'all were reading last summer, you'll remember the snake Justin introduced to Morgan. Justin has never been one to fear anything in nature (well, besides snakes that are poisonous) and has instilled in his children to enjoy God's creation. This morning we were walking in the back door when he spotted an Anole in the fern. He quickly snatched it up was showing it to the girls. Paiger is much more reserved around "lizards" and bugs than Morgan so he thought it would be a good opportunity to show it to her. You must watch below to see what happened. We didn't think it was funny at first. The Anole doesn't have teeth and didn't hurt her. He scared her because he latched on to her finger but it just barely pinched her and didn't harm her at all. After watching the video over and over I can't help but laugh. We thought we'd show her just how harmless these little creatures are and now I'm certain we've scarred her for life. Watch and enjoy and please know she wasn't hurt at all... and if she had been I most certainly wouldn't have posted it on the blog. I make myself sick at the end as I snap at Justin as if it was his fault the Anole got her... remember what I said in my 100 post... I think I know best on most occasions... well, here ya' go... you can hear it first hand! Something I'm not particularly proud of!
As for my sore throat... still have it! I have finally resorted to drugs. I tried the tea and honey and salt water gargle... you name it, I've pretty much tried it. Today I started a z-pack and I'm hoping it will do the trick. Thank you all for your suggestions!
Posted by Darby at 3:02 PM
Friday, April 25, 2008
... with no water all afternoon? Our water main broke today (thankfully on the city-side of the meter as hundred of gallons of water gushed into the road and down the drain) and with no water... how can a mom/housekeeper do dishes, laundry, shower, or clean? She can't. Oh darn! So, instead I cranked out a couple little things for the girls... just thought I'd share.
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Thursday, April 24, 2008
beach bunny #2
Now that it's Thursday... I better "recap" our beach weekend before I forget. We have another big event tonight.... Miss PattyCake; she's in town and hosting a "Pajama Party" the girls (& I must admit, Justin and I) are totally pumped about it. If you don't know PattyCake... and have a child between 18 mos and 5 I highly recommend you check her out! She's great for kids and always shares the Gospel with them! I'll be sure to snap some photos and blog about our evening.
Back to our weekend. It was fantastic and I'm already looking forward to next year. We had PERFECT weather and it was a wonderful group. We ended up not going down until Saturday morning (which made things easier on me) and the fact that Erika (& Chance) took the girls Saturday night was also a tremendous help. Justin helped lead worship on Saturday night and Sunday morning and the fact that I could just sit in my chair and enjoy & participate peacefully was such a ROYAL treat. I'm sure it would have been great if the girls were there too but it was nice not to have to be chasing them around. Erika spent several hours with us on Saturday and then rejoined us (w/the girls) Sunday afternoon. The Laguna Beach Retreat center was so MUCH better than I expected. We were "gulfside" with an incredible view and heated pool! I'll include a few pictures for those who may not believe me! :)
the "view" from our balcony! it was beautiful! "MommaSissy" (& us)
there's very little sweeter than "Raiger" kisses... she doesn't give them... but she receives so well!
Posted by Darby at 2:17 PM
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
We had a great weekend at the retreat! I'm off to the dr this am to drink some lovely orange or grape sugar loaded soda for a glucose test! I have to fast which makes for one hungry mama! Ok, I'll update more later!
Posted by Darby at 7:35 AM
Friday, April 18, 2008
As for the big trip ahead of us... my husband has informed me he has a very long day ahead of him. Looks like we may not be making it down to the retreat center until tomorrow morning! We'll see.
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Thursday, April 17, 2008
Here are some pictures before & after:
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Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Hello bloggers... I snapped a few pictures last week and wanted to post them and never did so I thought I'd throw them in this post! I took the picture of the rose early one morning. I couldn't get over it's beauty... and if you could only smell it! As much as I enjoy gardening and tending to plants I'm always reminded (even just the next day after this picture was taken) of truth in what Isaiah 40:8 tells us. Gorgeous one minute, gone the next. The same really is true with company too... here one minute, enjoying their presence all while the house seems to be inundated with bustling women tending to the needs of little children and then they leave. And it goes from bustling to barren in a matter of seconds. I'm certain there has to be a "scientific name" for that empty feeling when everyone departs after a gathering. I'm sure some of you know what I'm talking about; it usually comes after the holidays or a vacation. You think, how could the fun end so abruptly? Well, I'm thankful that my sadness was just momentary and that I can find comfort in knowing that the flowers will fall and family will leave, but the Word will stand forever! What an amazing promise!
Later that morning (after I snapped the picture of the rose), Justin found a female box turtle in our yard! You would have thought that it was Christmas morning. I loved seeing the girl's (well, really Morgan's) excitement over the little creature. We only entertained her for an hour on the patio and then Morgan helped me set her "free" on the other side of the fence. Mom's dog, "Bird Brown", would have certainly had her for breakfast had he known she was a living creature. Anyway, here are a few pictures of that...
I couldn't resist... she was so cute and patiently waiting for her to come out
Ok, now for the Tastebook update! Today is the deadline, but I tend to be like one of those teachers who would still accept papers days late. So if you have a good one and have the inclination to procrastinate (like myself), I'll have grace on you (because if anyone needs it... it's me!) and you can still send 'em in. I've probably processed and entered 2/3rds of the recipes and I've been a little slack in the last week or so. A bunch of emails got caught up in my spam filter and I didn't think to look there until last week and I found 'em, a bunch of 'em. So, with that said, send 'em on because I'm still entering them in the book. I'm still missing a lot of pictures and some people have not included where they are from... which makes it more fun! Once the book is done, I'll put it out there for a week and let y'all help me "edit" and make any necessary changes and then once everything is looking good... we can order away! It's been a real treat to read all the recipes, hear all the stories and best of all to see God's providence through something that seems as meaningless as a "blog"! It has been truly a blessing and such fun! Y'all are wonderful and I'm thankful for your willingness to sit down, type an email and tell me your story... I've been tremendously blessed! And I've tried to reply to all the emails, if I haven't, either I haven't "processed" it yet or it got lost in cyberspace!
Posted by Darby at 2:56 PM
Monday, April 14, 2008
Mimi & Mom are back from their adventure to the beach. They got in last night and are leaving in the morning. Of course, with the short time we have, Mom & I decided we needed to tackle a little project. We couldn't clear out the room and not tempt two little princesses to break out in dance. I captured it on video and have to share! You might can tell from my voice that I've been attacked by a nose, throat and cough crud! I spent the better part of Sunday in the bed and have been fighting a low-grade fever! No fun, but I am feeling better today and for that I am very grateful!
Now to our project... My friend, Jennifer, has a very cute bulletin board in her kitchen with her children's art work on it. I was so inspired by it that I thought I'd copy her for the playroom! I've been searching for a bulletin board to put in a big frame that's been in my garage for months and months. Well, I finally resorted to the cork squares from Target... until I priced them and realized how many I needed... OUCH! Last week we made a quick run to the AAA Salvage house and low and behold there were 2 enormous... I mean enormous (4 ft x 8 ft) bulletin boards. These are some really nice, executive boards and I was thrilled. One was damaged (slightly) and one was perfect... the total for both was a whopping $40. Mom and I went on a wild goose chase today for some fabric and nail head trim. We were successful in both of our searches. Hancocks had a great sale on outdoor fabric (no fading and heavyweight) and Ed at Houston Seat Cover (who did my chair) sold me 50 feet of nail head trim and 300 tacks for $23! What a bargain! Mimi was a champ and stayed home with the girls while we were on our search for our goods. We arrived home in time to whip up a dinner and get one board behind us before dinner started. After dinner, we tackled board number 2! Justin must have gotten some really good experience last week with Erika, because he was a champion with the nail head trim! Thanks, Justin! Erika, you trained him up right... except, he believes these boards are far too sophisticated for the artwork of a 3 year old and 20 month old! Oh well... here are some pictures of our project!
Posted by Darby at 8:04 PM
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
I'm totally wiped out. It's 9:29 and I feel like it's 1:29 am! Anyway, "Mom" and "Mimi" left this afternoon for the beach to visit with Erika for a few days. I'd be totally sad and depressed if I didn't know for a fact they're coming back in a few days! Yea! Justin got home tonight from a 3 day jaunt to Tallahassee on an "interior design installation" with Erika at a house she just finished up. We keep teasing him and telling him what a great interior designer he could be... he'd have to change his voice, lose his work boots and wear tighter clothes.
Here are some pictures over the course of the last few days. And a few baby boy shots (for you Shireen!). Cousin is back in the Windy City and I miss her like crazy. She's one of my most precious friends and I hate that we can't be closer. Despite nasty weather we had so much fun and I made her PROMISE me that she'd come back again soon! Anyway, here are few pictures from our time together...
Morgan, Cousin , and Paige
Posted by Darby at 9:23 PM
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
- 1 yard of ribbon of your choice & width, unwired grosgrain does best (I like ebay for fun unique ribbon, I've even bought from Bobo in China, but it did take a couple weeks for the ribbon to get here)
- a couple inches of coordinating ribbon in narrow width (1/4") to wrap around center of bow
- fine gauge wire
- hot glue gun
- hair clip of choice (Alligator/pinch clip or barrette clip for older girls. Pinch clips can be found at Sally's Beauty Supply stores or Ebay and barrette clips can be found at Michael's or Hobby Lobby.)
- if you tend to be anal you can lightly starch your ribbon and with a cool/warm iron press it... it will make for a better looking bow! I did starch my ribbon prior to starting this bow.
Take the ribbon (I'm using 1 1/2" ribbon in this tutorial) and make the shape shown above, always be sure to keep the "right side" (ie- printed side up in center). Make sure the long side of the ribbon is in the back with the longer side of the ribbon hanging down to the left.
Take the long side of the ribbon (that is up and to the right) and bring it back down BEHIND the top piece of ribbon in the center of the bow. The long piece will now be hanging down towards the center of the bow.
Take the piece of ribbon that was hanging down towards the center/left bottom and bring it to the upper left side of the bow. This would be a good time to make any adjustments to your bow to be sure all the loops are even.
Using your fine gauge wire tightly wrap the wire around the center of the bow and twist it on the back side of the bow and trim off the long pieces. Press the wire down so it's not sharp.
Singe one end of the smaller ribbon (I always use a long candle lighter-- fray check is expensive and I've found it to not work as well) to prevent fraying and starting on the back of the bow where the wire is tightened and cut off, glue one end of your small ribbon. Wrap the ribbon around the center of the bow. Trim off excess ribbon and singe again and glue down on back of ribbon. It's important to completely finish the bow prior to attaching it to the clip. Especially for the alligator clips. Some clips are made with the center ribbon wrapped around the entire clip and this causes the clip to not close entirely and the clip won't stay in as well. This way the "seal" on the clip is tight.
Tear off a piece of the wax paper and fold it over several times. Clip the alligator clip to the wax paper and load the clip (the angled side) up with hot glue. And stick your bow to the glue covered clip. Allow the glue to dry completely and then peel away the wax paper that is in the clip. Trimming away any excess that can be seen from the front of the bow. This should leave a very smooth and even surface inside the clip so that it will hold the hair! Trim and singe the ends of the ribbon with the lighter... be careful though... just barely get the end of the ribbon near the flame... the ribbon will turn black if burnt.
Place the bow in your daughter's hair and try not to eat her alive! :)
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