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Creative state of mind

As with most things in life that which is not essential takes a back seat. Needless to say,  this blog has not been a priority.  So what has been a priority?  Well,  I have been adjusting to night shift,  my daughter going to preschool and my son starting kindergarten.  Oh,  and we are remodeling our half bath.  Just keeping up with the day to day is a challenge.  I call it organized chaos. 

This Thanksgiving I fortunately did not have to work,  and I took a vacation day giving me 6 days off if work.  (Yay!). So today I instated a craft day (exciting!). It started with a trip to craft wearhouse where there was inspiration overload. My son and I had a blast.  Here are just a couple of the projects we completed (two are almost done,  but need to dry). Next I am tackling holiday cards ūüėÄ. 
Happy crafting! 

My daughter painted the canvas and i applied the mermaid and letters

Busy as a Bee

It has been awhile since I have written or felt as though I have time to write. ¬†Ironically, this has been the busiest week of the past 6 months. ¬†I graduated nursing school, got into a residency program, and started my new job on Monday (yay!!). ¬†Needless to say, there have been logistical things to work out between child care and getting both my husband myself to work. ¬†So this morning, I actually don’t have any classes, but will be meeting with my manager to go over some paperwork and such. ¬†Which meant I got to sleep in a little bit and ease into the day. ¬†Hence, the writing. ¬†So when I came downstairs this morning I got a good look¬†at what hadn’t been done. ¬†Which inspired this:

The Not-So Spotless House

The toilet’s not been scrubbed in a week
There are dishes in the sink
The floor’s not spotless
There is laundry to be done
The playroom floor is free of toys
but on the table–
projects in the works are stacked
I stand and look
I’m clearly slaking
On all these chores
But I’m OK with that.
I’ve worked a full week
The hubby too
and given the choice between playtime and dishes
I’d rather make memories with the kids,
Wouldn’t you?
There’s lots of time left to teach,
These little ones how to clean and be neat.
So for now I’ll smile when I see
the happy mess that surrounds me.
For here the house may not be perfect
but my kids know their loved
and that’s more important.

~Springdoor

P.S. ¬†One of these days I’ll get around to posting about all the craft projects and photography I’ve been working on over the past 6 months. ¬†Happy Friday!

 

A Cottonwood Canyon Thanksgiving

A post I wrote for the ever awesome Park Ranger Dave. Thanks for making our experience at cottonwood memorable.

Cottonwood Canyon State Park

So the last time around I roped a host into writing a blog post. I figured this was such great idea I would continue to pass off my work to others. We had our first Thanksgiving feast out here at Cottonwood with many friends and family. Below is a report of some good friends experience. I have taken for granted the limited email, no TV and limited cell coverage out here. I forgot what a change it can make in an experience. So come on out, unplug and enjoy! For more on a little digital detox this is a great article I read recently.

A Cottonwood Canyon Thanksgiving

Kristi, Ben and family

This year, our little family decided to try something different. We received an offer from our friends to celebrate Thanksgiving out at Cottonwood Canyon State Park so we packed up the car Wednesday and headed out.

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Life is changing…fast

Time is flying by and my little boy will be three on Wednesday!¬† My little girl is turning one next month and I am going back to school in June.¬† Yes, that’s right.¬† I got accepted to nursing school.¬† It is an accelerated program so it’s only 15 months, but I suspect that it is going to be a very busy and tough year and three months.¬† Needless to say, not only has this blog sort of taken a back burner already, but it will become even more so.

While I still have some time I have been teaching my boy (and my daughter who is constantly with me too) about gardening, plant growth and reproduction.¬† He has taken to it and has become very skilled at weeding and finding worms.¬† It is really great to see how much he loves the earth.¬† This year we made a trip to the nursery to buy plants for a planter.¬† His favorite color is yellow, so naturally he wanted only yellow plants.¬† I had to help him round out his color palate a bit, but it was a really great bonding moment.¬† I also found some time, especially with the amazing weather we’ve been having, to take some more pictures.

Enjoy, and I will write when I get a free moment

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Our first child who loves us more in the spring and summer when we are outdoors

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Our first apple blossoms!

Holiday decorating

Last weekend we went looking for our Christmas tree. One of Oregon’s largest industries is Christmas trees, and we all bundled up to cut ours down from a farm. It’s quite the experience and there is nothing like having a fresh fir-tree in your house to bring out the holiday spirit. Right now, however, the tree is still undecorated. Our dining table, however, is decked out. I was inspired by the Michael’s ad this year to make my own candle centerpieces. I took mason jars, tied a ribbon around the top, placed a vanilla candle in the bottom and crushed some cinnamon sticks to sprinkle around the bottom to tie it all together. Then, I took some of the tree trimmings and artfully placed them down the middle and around the jars. I am pretty pleased with how it turned out.

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With the lights out and the candles lit
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Let it snow!

Before we moved to the big city, we used to get snow every year. I love snow. It just isn’t winter without it and I always get so excited when it does snow. I love watching it quietly fall, especially with a mug of hot cocoa. This year, we in the big city, actually got snow! It was freezing, but I still bundled up my son and we ventured out for a little bit. He didn’t last long, but it was worth it.

Here are some pictures that I managed to snap before my camera battery died and my fingers froze.

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pre-dawn magic

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DYI Advent Calendar

Growing up we had an advent calendar every year. You know the one where there are little doors with chocolate hidden behind them. Even though it was really simple, my sister and I always enjoyed the thrill of counting down the days until Christmas in this way. I was at the craft store before Thanksgiving and there were advent calendars. Not the cheap ones that we used to have as a kid, but the decorate yourself kind with little drawers. I was drawn to this advent calendar like moth to a flame and suddenly my children needed to have a really cool advent calendar. I looked at the price and said “you have to be kidding me?!” They wanted $22 for some cardboard that you then need to spend probably about the same amount if you want to properly decorate the thing. So, I came home minus an advent calendar but the beginning of an awesome idea for an advent calendar.

Here is my brainchild:

I made 25 origami boxes of increasing size. Then my husband found some scrap wood in our garage and we glued them onto it. I wrote the numbers above the boxes and loaded them up with increasing awesomeness. Right now it is making a very charming center piece on our dining room table, but eventually I will have my husband attach picture wire and we’ll hang it. Probably not this year though.

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Autumn sights

I love all four seasons, but autumn is one of my favorites (see Pumpkin Patch Part I for more details). This year we sold my grandparent’s orchard, which makes me incredibly sad. I have so many fond memories and it is a place that to me was always akin to ‘home’. It is a place that instantly relaxed me and made me feel free from the stresses of every day. I know that if I were to buy the orchard and run it I would not only be going against my grandparent’s wishes, but it would probably change my perception of the place. That being said, I really wish my children could experience the land the same way I did as a kid. This year was our last year of picking the apples from the 80+-year-old apple trees. It was as difficult as it was enjoyable and I will never, ever, forget it.

Aside from the orchard, I have been enjoying taking photos of the season. The beautiful weather we’ve been having has really accentuated the season’s colors and I have been loving every minute of it!

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Pumpkin Patch Part II

On our outing to the pumpkin patch I took so many photos that I couldn’t possibly fit it all into one blog post! This one is dedicated to the flower portion of the pumpkin patch. This particular patch, located on Sauvie Island in Portland, Oregon, is not only a pumpkin patch, but a vegetable and cut flower farm as well. They had some amazing dahlias, zinnias and marigolds that I couldn’t stop taking pictures.

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Pumpkin Patch Part I

We have been having the most fantastic weather which was well deserved and long overdue after such a blustery September. I have been super busy in the garden pruning, weeding, and moving plants around including a very large azalea and hydrangea. As time often does these days, it got away from me and I realized that it was almost Halloween and we still did not have any pumpkins! So today we went on an outing to pick pumpkins and enjoy this glorious fall weather. I love autumn! I love the all the colors, the crisp air, hot cider, hot chocolate, caramel apples, apple pies, pears, soups, scarfs and the anticipation of the upcoming holidays that autumn brings.

What do you love about autumn?

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