Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
1 Corinthians 3:17

Monday, July 28, 2014

Project Minded...But Still Having Fun!

Oh my crazy goodness, have we been up to our eyeballs in projects this week! Remember those awful, ugly, nasty orange front steps? Gone. The ongoing dilemma/debate in finishing off the upper 4 inches of Isabelle's walls? Decided upon and fixed. That Goliath-sized rock wall garden in our front yard? Oh yeah, finito. Done, done and done. We solved the problem of too-narrow shelving in the upstairs linen closet with, literally, the easiest, quickest, and cheap fix ever. And I love it so much!

So with projects, summer life- you gotta have beach days and trips to the farmer's market and impromptu ice cream shop visits- and an insane amount of sewing, I am tuckered out. Smiling deliriously, but seriously tuckered. I don't have pictures of all our projects to share, or any recent ones, really, that are edited and ready to go, so I'm posting about a very special, fun day with my main squeeze. It was our last hurrah before the boys came home from camp, and Isabelle Katie had a sleepover with my parents. Aah, I love my children so, so much, but those little breaks are nice too. =)

We strolled around historic Portsmouth. Such a beautiful, picture-perfect day.
Then we sat here on this deck overlooking the water and enjoyed lunch. Right beyond that bridge is Maine, which we spent about ninety seconds in because we were in such deep conversation that we missed a turn. ha ha

I must get one or two of these glass bottles with the pop-off tops. I've seen them all over TJ Maxx and other home stores but was never that impressed with them...until I saw this little spread awaiting us. While I'm on the subject, those cobalt blue glasses made me a little weak in the knees, too.

More walking, strolling, and talking.
Without interruptions. Whoa.  ;)

One night when Isabelle was sleeping over at her other grandparent's house, we packed a picnic for our favorite park. So fun!

And now massive thunder clouds are rolling on in as the winds pick up. I heard there is a chance for a tornado. Ugh. An actual tornado ripped through a small town in Massachusetts this afternoon, destroying several buildings and homes. We aren't used to that up here, so that has me freaking out just a leetle bit. Okay, a lot. God is in control, God is in control....

Have a great week!  =)

Oh, and if you are interested in something from Rose & Ruffle, not to pressure you, but I will be taking some time off soon and won't be making more summer items. Just a heads up. Thank you as always for your support and patronage.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Girls' Day...All Week Long!

I am always amazed at how different things feel when members of the family are missing. Our house was so quiet every single morning the week the boys were off at camp, I honestly didn't know what to do with myself! Isabelle Katie is my late sleeper, so I literally had every morning to myself until around 8 or 8:30.

The first few days were nice, but then it just got lonely. And kind of sad. I missed my boys!!!

One day after swim lessons we had a picnic date at the park. We don't eat much fast food, but for our special date, I let her get a Happy Meal. Oh joy. No, for real. You'd have thought she just won some huge prize, but really it was just a teeny tiny stuffed animal thing (who has slept beside her since that day!).

Several of our friends happened to be at the pool that day. Don't you just love it when things like that work out? Everyone had so much fun!

 I was picking up new thread and looked down and saw this. Totally my girl.  =)

Daddy took Isabelle on a date, too! But she probably had way more fun with him, because he takes her to get her nails done. She hadn't ever had a pedicure before, and she was SO excited to tell me about the lady slathering lotion on her feet and legs after they soaked, ha ha!

My Mom and I whisked her away for a special day later in the week. First we went to the farm to see goats, enormous pigs, and other farm animals, as well as this handsome fella. He was working really hard to impress the lady.

No, she didn't look terribly impressed to us, either.

I forget what it was called, but it had huge chunks of fudge and brownie batter swirls in it, and it was good! I had a small pistachio and it was so creamy and delicious. Yum!

Next we headed off to Newbury, NH to visit the summer estate home of John Hay (The Fells). Absolutely gorgeous.

Deep in thought constructing a fairy hut in the Fairy Village.

There is a post up on the Rose & Ruffle blog about some sewing projects. I focused mainly on the tunic top pictured on Isabelle above...the top that made me cry and nearly got kicked to the curb. I also wrote a little more about our day at The Fells. You can read about it here.

Have a great week! The temps are supposed to skyrocket again, so we'll be in the water somewhere for sure! Ahh, summer.  ;)

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Thinking, Planning, Dreaming

I was going to write about my Girl's Day with Isabelle and my Mom, and then maybe post that recipe for the blueberry coffeecake, but... my mind is seriously mushy after spending multiple hours this week researching curriculum guides, text book options, non-text book options, making school schedules, chore schedules, cooking schedules and all that craziness.

And well, the thing on my mind and heart at the moment is just this: what a beautiful opportunity I have to spend this time with my children.

I don't have to be perfect (never gonna happen anyway), I don't have to have the perfect outline or schedule or whatever. I can simply love my kids. I can invest in their hearts and minds. I can be there for them, as we work and play, but also as we navigate the community and world around us.

And I can be thankful for this amazing, challenging, life-changing opportunity.

And whatsoever ye do, be in it in word or deed,
do all in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
                                                                                                                             Colossians 3:17

I hope you are encouraged today, as I have been this whole week. Have a fun-filled, exciting, amazing day!