family, friends

Winter Break Comes to an End

Winter break this year was eight days instead of six, thank you very much winter storm Pax. We did some fun stuff, but by today the kids and I were pretty much over each other. We met some friends and headed over to the Chattahoochee Nature Center. I’m glad we did. The kids needed the sun, and fun!

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We counted three turtles, and some ducks.

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And found this awesome tree called the Pawpaw tree. I’m going to have to print a copy and send it to my Dad, who we call PaPa. I think it’ll make him laugh.

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family, holiday

Christmas Stockings

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care.

We’ve waited a long time to say that. Now, don’t get me wrong, we loved out townhouse, and never missed a fireplace until we didn’t have one at Christmas. Now we have two. Making up for lost time, I guess.

I always decorate for Christmas the Saturday after Thanksgiving, and this year was no different. Except we’re in a new (to us) house and have a fireplace and mantel to hang our stockings.

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family, friends

I Built This

I’ve worked with four amazing neighbors over the last year and a half to bring a new playground to Inman Park. Meetings, fundraisers, grant writing – all for this incredible structure in the center of our neighborhood. I couldn’t be any more proud of our work and accomplishment.

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The playground opened on this weekend. We took the kids there on Sunday for some fun.

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cooking, family, friends

Playing Catch Up

I’ve been wanting to update this for ages but haven’t made the time. I finally have a quiet moment and decided to take advantage of it.

Our life since May:

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Baseball

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Biking on two wheels

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Or three

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Baking home made fruit strips

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canning pickles

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visiting grandparents in the mountains

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and at the beach

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making skirts for our friends

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sadding

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and realizing that all little boys need on a hot day are a garden hose, baseball bat and popsicles.

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family

How Does Your Garden Grow

I’ve been trying to get these photos up for weeks! Little Mister’s class took a field trip to Oakhurst Garden recently. It was a blast! The kids learned a lot and had such fun!

Q Man was sick that day so he got to come along with us.

The garden has a lot of beautiful details

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Fruits, vegetables, herbs

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An old wagon repurposed into a dragon flower bed (really, it’s adorable!)

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And worms (yes, there is a worm from the compost pile in Little Mister’s hand)

family, sewing

Two For Tee Pee

I love any reason to sew – especially when children and fundraisers are involved. The boys’ school has an auction every spring and each class makes a class project. They are always so adorable!  Last year I made this and it’s still a favorite. Sadly, my friend Barb is the happy owner. Guess I should make a new one. But, I digress.

This year I thought it would be fun to make a tee pee. My friend, Julia, found a pattern a few years ago then decided to make her own. Of course. Her tee pee was adorable and she was kind enough to let me use her pattern.

Putting the tee pee together was SO quick and easy. I did modify it a bit, though. Julia used French seams for the openings. I serged all the parts of mine together.

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Julia used grommets and leather cording to close the tee pee. I reinforced the back of the opening with woven fusible then used large eyelets and 5/8″ ribbon to close.

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I used acrylic paint and had each child put their handprints and footprints on the tee pee.

Close up of the footprints.

Little Mister told me that I was not to come home without the tee pee in hand. He was THRILLED when I told him that it was his. So far it’s been a good investment – Sean loves to play with it and buying the darn thing benefited the boys’ school.