Thursday, May 26, 2011

I've Got Plans

My kids are making lots of plans for the summer. Lots. I've got plans too.  These are a few ideas that I am thinking and scheming about.

Chicago Art Museum
Mt. Rushmore
Surprise trip to UT {Like, I think I am just going to get in the car one day and starting driving.  This is the only way it is going to happen.}
Mrs. Effie's Garden
Indiana Dunes

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

For Uncle Taylor

My brother commented on facebook that he wanted to see some pictures of his nieces and nephew. I guess that was the hint that I haven't updated in awhile. I still think I am trying to find the balance on this blog {even after almost 5 years of blogging}. I love to share crafty things, but also know that there is family all over the world, that doesn't see much of my kids unless it is on here. So it is important that I share what we are up to as a family and not just my creative endeavors. I don't have that all worked out quite so many other things in my life.

 Ella just finished Spring soccer.  She liked it once she got there, but it took some coaxing to get her away from the TV and in her gear to play. Once on the field she was on fire and loved it! She had a great team and coach! Go Hawks!

 Sydnee's soccer team {The Pumas} is playing very well.  They still have a few more games and one more tournament.  Their record is 6-2-1.  She loves to play goalie.  It is one of her favorite positions, but she is also good at midfield and forward. 
Sydnee says: "Uncle Taylor, what position do you like to play in soccer and what position are you good at?"
She is very passionate about soccer, she loves it.  She is making good friends, and they are turning into a great team! Go Pumas!

Christian and Sydnee just had their spring piano recital last weekend.  Christian played William Tell Overture and The Pink Panther.  Sydnee played Country Dance and We're Off To See The Wizard.  They both still enjoy playing more than practicing. 
We love you and miss you Taylor! We are praying for your safety each day and night. Hooyrah!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Monday, May 9, 2011

Anniversary Gift {Stella and Dot}

I am not really a jewelry person. I feel that most jewelry is expensive and there are other things we need to spend our money on. I received two very special pieces of jewelry from Craig: a simple diamond necklace on our 1st Valentine's Day, and my wedding ring. Now I have added a third piece of jewelry from him, and I love it!
About a month ago, my sister was married.  As part of her wedding jewelry, she picked a simple chain with 2 charms; one was her husband's birthstone & the other was his initial.  After the wedding, I was talking to another sister that thought it was the PERFECT jewelry piece.  It was a few weeks before our anniversary, so I decided that I also wanted this beautiful reminder of my wonderful husband so close to my heart. 
I ordered it. 
When I told Craig that I chose jewelry for my anniversary gift, he was a little bit surprised.  He knows I am not a jewelry person.  But I told him that it was perfect for me, and I think he was just glad that I had found something that I wanted and he didn't need to worry about 'the gift'.  After 16 years, this is kind of how we work.  We don't set high expectations for the anniversary.  We are working on our marriage every day, so our anniversary is a simple celebration.  I remember one year, just after Ella was born.  It was our anniversary and we had just put 3 out-of-control kids to bed.  I was tired, and he was tired.  We passed each other in the hall and gave each other a high five.  I don't remember exactly what I said, but it was something like: "Happy Anniversary! Great job on 10 years, honey!"
So here is my anniversary gift.  I love it.  The quality of the jewelry is wonderful.  It is simple.  It is timeless.  I added the 'love' charm since we have been married 16 years and are still in love {most of the time}.  I have worn it everyday since I received it in the mail.  Thanks to my cousin, who is my Stella and Dot stylist; for ordering it.  It came so quickly and in the most wonderful packaging. If you are interested in this or any other Stella and Dot Jewelry, check out her website: Stella and Dot Stylist - Emilie Hicks 

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Day to my Mom!
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