Goblin Glow

We went to the Goblin Glow event last night with the kids at the local City Park.  Live music, face-painting and other activities for the kids, a movie in the park and hot air balloons that the kids got to trick or treat at.  They had a blast!  We didn’t stay for the movie, but the kids didn’t mind as they got to see friends and run around after a sugar rush…haha!  They wore their costumes and we all had a great time in the night with the glow of the balloons and good friends around. 

Today is getting ready for the week day, but I find myself wanting to be outside in the garden instead.  The weather is absolutely fantastic!  The garden is loving the sunshine after all the rain and looks better than ever.  Soon it will be time to start cutting back all the perennials and getting ready for the winter.  But right now I may forget about the mop for a bit and go play in the dirt. 

Hope your weekend is gobliny good and full of sunshine and laughter!

Ice Princess and Little Red Riding Hood
 The balloons are so colorful!
Trick or treating at one of the balloons
Every few minutes the balloon operators would stoke the fires
And the balloons would glow
So pretty in the night.
Friends and candy (limited quantities of course)…a possibly dangerous combination.  hah!
Luckily the girls ran off their sugar rush so going to bed wasn’t too difficult when we got home.


Happy 4th of July!

Hope everyone has a great day! We are spending it with friends, a pool and good food. Hope you all are enjoying your holiday out of the heat and with lots and lots of fun (and safety of course!).


Happy New Year!

It’s been awhile but we’ve been busy too…so I apologize for the delay in posting! All is going forward here. We had the most amazing, most magical Christmas ever I think. The girls received so many wonderful gifts from perfect strangers! A dear friend here put together a Holiday Helper for us and believe me, the girls were set up! New clothes, much needed coats and winter clothes…socks…shoes…toys…books…art supplies, you name it! Mothering dot com also did a number on us and we received gift cards, books for the girls, clothes and more toys. Nothing was over the top and everything is being loved, worn and played with. People even paid our electric bill and insurance! It is a true testament to the power of the human spirit and all that can be done when working together as a community. It is humbling being in the financial situation we are in. My only wish is we do better this year so we can give back because we received so much this year and are extremely grateful for it all. I can’t think everyone enough for what they’ve done. The biggest gift I received however was seeing J’s transformation. He had all but lost his faith in humanity, especially after getting laid off and not finding another position still… and when he saw this, what perfect strangers wanted to do for his girls, it changed him. So the gift I received was getting my husband back and nothing can top that! Thank you to everyone from the bottom of my heart. Much love and peace to everyone for a happy 2009.

And Santa has arrived, the before shots:


and after:

new holiday dresses from a mystery gifter:

and 3 of the most beautiful sacks of rocks from J for each of us:

There is a story behind the rocks. J went hunting the 3 days before Christmas (I am mastering the art of deer sausage…that’s another post though), and while he was out in the woods alone, he started seeing some of the most beautiful agates. Large and intense colors. He was inspired and got each of us gals a rock for our hearts, our minds, a tool, a helper and our souls. They are the most beautiful sack of rocks anyone could ever have and a testament to receiving my man back.

Peace in the New Year!

Busy Holiday Preparations

Just a few pics. The girls made a gingerbread house on Friday and it came out great! I also learned to fold paper lanterns and love the way they turned out. So here’s to warm holiday preparations! Only a couple more days folks! I’m frantically trying to finish…


Wishing Everyone A Happy Holiday Season

Hope all your days are bright and the New Year finds you with peace and love.


Holiday Cheer

Since we all could use a good pick-me-up every now and then, here are some photos to hopefully brighten your day. A longer post will be forthcoming, just not quite yet.

So enjoy!

Holiday Gnomes that we won from Wee Folk Art. They seem to like their new home, don’t you think?

Kids building a castle. These were last year’s Holiday gift to the girls from Grandma Martse and Papa Dennis. They love them!

Our holiday nature table.

One of the oaks just outside the dining room window.

Painting on a cool sunny day.

Color in the garden still, and a little visitor as well.

St. Nicholas left some treats for the girls on December 6th. They sure were excited.

Hope your day is bright!