• Crazy Kids,  Family

    Beam Me Up. Now.

    Mike and Sophie LOVE building Lego sets. It's one of their favorite pastimes. Usually they end up getting somewhat persnickety with each other, given all the tiny details that need to be tended to… Mike: "Where's the little one-piece thing that goes in this spot?" Soph: "WHAT one-piece thing? The directions say you need the half-piece thing." Mike: "What are…

  • Crazy Kids

    Say Yes to the (Homecoming) Dress

    The big Homecoming dance is in just a few weeks, so Sabrina, Sophie, and I decided to go dress shopping. After roaming the mall wings for what seemed like days, I plopped down on the fitting room floor and decided to rest while Sabrina tried on some dresses.  I hadn't planned on taking photos, but I grabbed my little purse…

  • Gardening,  Ramblings

    This Post Is Not for the Squeamish.

    The last time I posted pictures of what some would call "creepy-crawlies" and others would just call "gross," I got a few commenters letting me know that it would have been nice if I had warned them about the post content. This post is mantis-photo-heavy. Consider yourself warned. 😉 I've had some strange luck with praying mantises lately. (Did you…

  • Crazy Kids

    Big Red

    My Breanna went back to Lincoln to start her sophomore year a couple of weeks ago, and while I won't miss the daily queries as to whether I'll be joining her at the gym or not (to "get her fitness on," as she put it), I will miss her joining me in the living room for coffee and stitching. (I…

  • Family,  Ramblings

    Details

    Yesterday I went to a lake near my house, looking for a good spot to take Sabrina's portraits. I wanted to find some really beautiful light, so I set out just after I dropped Soph off at school and the sun had been awake for a couple of hours. I got out of my car, headed through some very tall…

  • Crazy Kids

    Dog Duds

    When we were in Kansas this past time, Sophie spied an entire doggy wardrobe that I had stuffed into a bag to be hauled out to the garage sale. She pulled out each piece – sweaters, raincoats, a "10 Karat Dog" shirt – and cried, "Mom! What are you thinking, putting these in the garage sale!?" I explained to her…

  • Gardening,  Good Things,  Home

    Revived

    Oh, the heat! I can't remember when it was so hot for so long here in the heartland. It's usually about this time that I wonder what possessed me to plant any vegetables during the springtime, bc I certainly don't want to have to go out in the heat and water them. Poor veggies. I'm a very bad veggie mom.…

  • Good Things

    Fit for Royalty

    You won't believe what I received in the mail this week! I came home from running errands, and there on the counter sat a package. A package from France. From France! It's not every day a girl gets a package from France! I eagerly opened it up and found the most wonderful surprises, all from an extraordinary stitcher and seamstress…