Studio day

So far this week, no day has been on schedule and “normal” like I hoped would happen with school back in session!  But TODAY, finally some reprieve, except for a doctor appointment for DD3 to make sure she didn’t have a UTI.  She doesn’t.  So it’s likely a mild intestinal bug or just plain ol’ teething (which I tend to lean towards believing).  She is getting her last tooth, a nice big molar.  The whole dr. outing didn’t take long, so we were back home in record time and able to take back the day mostly!



Thursday I like to keep as my creative, studio days if at all possible.  It felt wonderful today.  I set up DD3 with her new crayons and some coloring pages.  Then she wanted to paint.  Then she found and empty Tic Tac container, and that kept her quiet as she stuffed it with some little foam stick on craft pieces.  She was so proud of her accomplishment, and so was I…several minutes of pure quietness!!  She was anxious to have her picture taken as I was taking pictures of the cards I’ve made recently, so I captured her with her Tic Tac container all neatly filled.

little girl

  I needed a masculine birthday card, so of course, I made two.  One to give and one for the stash.  Pinterest inspired of course.Masculine birthday

I needed a few coffee themed cards to mail out.  Played with a new Tim Holtz die…I know…I have a Silhouette and shouldn’t be buying die cuts, but there is something about dies and punches that is just so handy and user friendly.  Also loving a new 6×6 paper pad from Michael’s of the kraft and gold combo designs you see on the above and below pictured cards.

Coffee love

And another SU Paper Pumpkin card to send out soon,With love

And two anniversary cards, one to give and one for the stash!  Pinterest inspired again.Annivesary wishes

Still loving my MISTI…used it on these two cards to stamp the sentiment, so I would have no issues since the card was fully made already except for the sentiment!  Perfecto.  LOVE!


Now it’s nap-time and the big kids will soon be home from school.  Dinner is ALL prepped!  Some days are win-win!  The last late afternoons have brought on quite the witching hour as it’s often called, so I’m going to enjoy a quiet late afternoon today.  Sautéed cabbage, onions and garlic (oh, and some finely chopped kale for good measure!) with kielbasa, roasted garden fresh carrots and sautéed zucchini with fresh tomatoes and onions.  Yummm.  I’m soon going to be missing all this #gardenfresh dinner prep goodness.

garden fresh

Welcome September and school days and…

….and an intensely teething toddler.  Whew!  This is what my morning started out looking like,


Well, actually this is how it started out looking (plus a beautiful sunrise)!


I did get my quiet time on the deck this morning!  But then…

DD3 woke up even more not herself than she has been lately.  Shortly after the big kids left for school, this little one was up and irritable.  I gave her a bath, gave her a drink of watered down Gatorade and a dose of Tylenol.  She wanted to snuggle and rock.  We did.  And she eventually fell asleep.  We both had a good 1 hour nap in my bed!

On days like this, it’s always a relief to at least get dinner prepped…

Cloudy (in the house at least!) with a fairly good chance of lo-carb meatballs for dinner tonight….(and I even got a meal of them in the freezer for after baby…SCORE!)


And now it’s nap time and after another dose of Tylenol (don’t worry, I hardly ever dole out medicine, but today it has really been needed…), she is down for the count.  I had a treat for myself (the last sliver of the lo-carb chocolate cheesecake DD2 made for me and some decaf coffee with lightly sweetened whipping cream!) and now I’m off to find something creative to do.  I’m hoping the big kids are having an awesome first day of school.  IMG_6428

I have about an hour before they are home!

I want to throw a fit that my first day of “school” didn’t go like I wanted (hopping back into my comforting routines and a fun little daily preschool curriculum for DD3!), but instead I was thankful for the reminder of what baby days will soon be like…totally unpredictable and if dinner gets made, your day is complete!!

Week in the Life

Another documentation of Week in the Life is over!  I always find myself questioning if it’s too much repetition with Project Life.  I go pretty in depth with Project Life, almost never having just one photo a day!  But overall, I think I likely dig a little deeper with Week in the Life and enjoy the quick snapshot into life through it’s own little 6×8 album.

Here are a few of my favorite captures of the week,

This little peanut still loves to be very close when I’m on the Mac…

August 17, phebe at the computer for blog

One repetitive photo I captured through out the week was the sunrise,August 18, morning sunrise for blog

Shopping with a soft-hearted Daddy,

August 18, this little piggy, phebe, philip for blog The family that brushes their teeth together….August 19, brushing our teeth_edited-1 for blog

DD1 took this on her flight HOME!

August 18, above the clouds

Eating dinner together,

August 19, dinner together_edited-2 for blog

Morning snuggles after my early morning walk,August 19, morning snuggles for blog

Up before Mommy was done with her quiet time…August 20, bible reading for blog

She loves to check out my hot tea and repeat “hot” often…August 20, checking on mommas tea, phebe for blog

Chicken duty before dinner,August 21, chicken duty for blog

Cutting, prepping…just part of each whole, fresh and healthy…August 21, cutting up melon for blog

The evening laundry pile…August 21, evening light on the laundry for blog

Shoes.  Someone is very into shoes around here…August 21, shoe girl for blog

Most glorious sunrise,August 21, sunrise for blog

Now to work at getting these photos+  into Ali’s page templates and uploading/ordering at Persnickety!  Always fun to get the finished product back!!

Have a wonderful day and new week!

Week in the Life…

I thought I would take some time to at least do one post about how Week in the Life is going and add some fun photos, but alas, even though I woke up feeling full of enthusiasm, I soon found myself spinning my gears!  A slow computer, a demanding two-year old, discovering that many of my indoor WITL photos have a yellowish hue to them…(meh…indoor lighting is hard), etc…you get the picture!

And then there was the spilled pasta…IMG_6176

And the burned toasted pecans for pilaf.

Lots of chopping and prepping for dinner.  I didn’t think I would be doing all of this, but if we’re going to have a nice steak birthday dinner for me, we need some yummy sides….and DH is working all day today…so…!!  The kids and I are headed to the pool this afternoon, so all the prepping needed to be done this morning, regardless of how much fun stuff I wanted to be doing.  DD1 was babysitting and DD2 was trying hard to help with DD3.  You see how the equation worked out for me to be the cook??!!

I love the season of #gardenfresh and the abundance of fruit and veggies…but it does take time to throw all together!  Chopping, sautéing, etc.

(forgive the unedited photos below!)

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So tonight for dinner….Ribeye steaks, Rice & Quinoa Pilaf, Beet Salad and sautéed & seasoned zucchini and onions.  Hot Fudge Pudding cake with vanilla ice-cream for dessert.  I will have a tiny portion of dessert!

Have a wonderful day!

Thanks a Million!

I’m on a creative roll, and it feels great!  It gets so much easier to make a quick card when you keep the creative gears in action.  This can’t always happen, but when I get some creative mojo flowing a bit more steady, it is wonderful!

I made this for our neighbors who take care of our little “farm” while we are away!  I’m sending it in the mail because who doesn’t like getting some happy mail?!

Thanks a million

And then I quick assembled these two cards from my August SU Paper Pumpkin kit.  I’m in need of sympathy cards, so this kit was perfectly timed in coming!  Now through September 10, you can get your first two kits 50%!  I thought it was the perfect opportunity to try them out.  With a baby coming soon, I’d love some kits to work with!!Paper Pumpkin August kit1

Supportive friends!

Crazy quilt of life

Ahhh…we all need a block of friends in the crazy quilt of life eh?

I’ve been so thankful for support from my family and a few close friends who have encouraged me and answered bunches of questions about Gestational Diabetes for me!  I sent this to a DF this week!  I hope it inspired her further to start on a quilt…she had just mentioned thinking about starting one!!!  “Just start….” I say!!  :)

Week in the Life so far today…

August 19, No sunrise

I’m off to sip some tea and warm up…it’s 57* here this morning.  I didn’t check the temp before I headed out on my early morning walk and I about froze!!!  Gusty winds, no beautiful sunrise and a loose shoe (lace won’t cinch up tight as of this morning…) and then home to a crying toddler who was NOT ready to wake up.  Thankfully she let me snuggle in with her and all ended well.  I was beginning to wonder about this day LOL!!!

early morning snuggles

Quick and easy

I CASE’d the idea of this card from Lydia’s card here that I saw on Instagram yesterday!!  Now that I’ve gone to her blog, I see a wonderful video tutorial on how she did her card! I just used ink sprays for my background!!

TCP, flyer cat

I gave this card to my oldest daughter when she arrived back in town this morning!  We are so happy to have her home again!!  She had an awesome time away!  Her first solo flight, with a stop over in Chicago even!

Proud of her!

August 18, abigail comes home, phebe

Week in the Life…I’m in!

WITL, I'm inIt’s that time again…time to document life in a little more detail for a week with Ali Edwards!  I just finished up last October’s Week in the Life, and I fell in love all over again with this fun project!

This photo is this morning already…Happy Monday!