As promised – A few pictures from our whirlwind trip to Colorado/Wyoming -

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All of the pictures were taken while driving from Boulder to Cheyenne Wyoming.  We didn’t really stop, but took the scenic route because I wanted the girls to see the mountains up close and personal.

We ended up seeing a lot of damage from the September 2013 flood that ravaged the area. I, honestly, had not known of the flood and was saddened to see all of the destruction.

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I do hope everyone got to safety.

Have an awesome day! Rain is being called for  here in Missouri so we’ll see!

Bright Blessings!

 

 

We are back from our weekend in Colorado and with a days rest to recover from our quick journey, we are ready to bounce back into normal routine. And normal it is! Private dance lessons, riding lessons, barn day, classes and recital practices are all squeezed into the next 4 days.

Our trip was wonderful and too short. Friday we hit Pearl mall and shopped for a bit – I didn’t take too many pictures on Friday, I was concentrating on enjoying the day with my family -

trip ot colorado 008Pearl street was really just a lot of shops – but I love the way it’s a pedestrian only street.  They have the best apothecary shop just off pearl street so I will show you what we grabbed while we were there in another post.

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Trying on fun hats…

This was more of a visiting with friends weekend – we’ll go back when we have more time to do more of the attractions. Friday afternoon we chilled in the hotel rooms for a bit, met some friends for some awesome pizza and salads, hit the Tattered Cover bookstore -

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Best bookstore ever  – huge, roomy, fantastic children’s area (bookstores draw us in – I think we hit 3 that day).

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Saturday we had some wonderful crepes and fruit compotes with the same family and my husband spent several hours training and talking martial arts.

We decided to have a leisurely drive through the mountains since we needed to be in Cheyenne WY by 5 Saturday afternoon. I have tons of mountain pictures on my camera camera -

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We spent Saturday night with my husband’s Dad and wife. We had a wonderful dinner of prime rib, mashed potatoes, bread etc.. … The whole family was there – It was a great experience and totally worth the very short trip to Colorado. Jaia met her grandpa for only the second time ever (she was just a baby the first time) and we just enjoyed ourselves a great deal. There’s talk of another trip in July.

We headed back to the airport Sunday after breakfast and more chatting. It was good for my husband and his dad to see each other.

Tomorrow I need to tell you about the fantastic restaurant at the airport – we sat and had lunch before the very long journey back home.

Bright Blessings -

 

 

Millet Crispy treats. That’s what we made yesterday.

Row has been wanting to make rice crispy treats for a while now but we rarely, if ever, buy rice crispies and marshmallows are not a staple in this house either. I had purchased a bag of mallows, though, for our bonfire/smore’s night, and by yesterday we only had a handful left. (methinks children were eating them out of the pantry!). We bought some millet cereal the previous week to try out for breakfasts and  we only had just over  1 cup of the  cereal left also – so I decided to toss them together to see what millet crispies were like!

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I used these millet puffs from whole food.

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Melted about a tablespoon of butter and all the marshmallows I had.

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I added some vanilla and melted all into a big, very unappetizing looking mess of marshmallow goo.

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I think in total I added 1 cup of millet puffs to the amount of marshmallows I had. I had to hurry and press them into the parchment lined pan with a spatula that I wet so the cream wouldn’t stick.

pictures from phone April 2014 017Millet crispies. Everyone in my family really enjoyed these! I was surprised – they ended up chewier than their rice crispie counterparts (it’s a softer cereal anyway)  and with a nuttier taste but we all enjoyed them very much. They didn’t last too long and with in a few hours my small batch was gone.

Next time I will try them with chia seeds – or cinnamon and sugar – or peanut butter? Who knows! They’ve been requested again so now I just need to fine better marshmallows – or make my own ;)

Bright Blessings!

Blah week, that’s all I can say, Blah week. The living room needs painting. The basement needs cleaning, organizing and a new carpet. I would love a new kitchen. I’m trying to arrange my sewing corner so it’s more conducive to actual sewing.  We need to finish with our lessons for the year soon and Row is procrastinating on her history project. Summer camps are quickly coming up and neither girl wants to work them and I would love those 6 weeks of summer to work around my house.  Did you ever hit a point where there is more to be done than time and you are the only one doing anything? Yep – that’s how I feel right now.  Blah. Just feeling sorry for myself I guess :) I need a week or two at home alone -

Now. This week we are taking a quick (I’m talking 3 day) trip to Colorado   – just because :) Row is flying to London soon and her dad wanted her to fly first so she would be familiar with how airports work and such. We leave Friday. Thursday I get to run around dropping children off at classes and dogs of at sitters. Winter goes to a kennel where he is left in a little cell all alone :( I really, really dislike this but he’s such a fearful, aggressive little dog (not sure why it seems to be a breed issue) that this is all we really can do. They treat him well there and they are super nice.  He likes 4 people in this world – yes he was socialized as a puppy – more so than any of our other dogs ever.  His wee little brain is wonky. Our older dog goes to my mother’s house.  We have a friend arranged to house sit for us. All is good.

Last week Jaia got new book shelves for her room -

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They are just from Target but they are doing the job -

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My helper -

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Now if Row would just please clean her room so we can get shelves for it! (hint)

DSCN3222We had our first bonfire last week. It kicked off the birthday weekend really. We roasted hot dogs over the fire and made smores! Can’t have a bonfire without smores! (really-it’s in the handbook) :)

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LOTS going on this week for us – riding lessons, dance lessons, a meeting for Row to be a Jr. member of a horse organization, barn day, classes, packing, errands, making horse armor (yep), packing,  travel – whew!

I found the best instructions for a simple circle skirt!

http://nosynonymforsynonym.tumblr.com/post/81580302355/easiest-skirt-in-history-you-need-42-x42-fabric

I wonder if I can fit this in this week???

Bright blessings!

 

We had a fantastic weekend here at our household. My baby turned 11

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And my Biggest turned 16!

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We had a wonderful family party here on Saturday. Brats, coleslaw, chips and fruit were served all per request of the 11  year old. Row requested spinach artichoke dip and costco was nice enough to provide that for us as well :)  I have quite a few wonderful pictures on my actual camera but the cord has gone missing after Jaia carried it upstairs  – There will be a missing cord search today! Hopefully we’ll find it so I can post some of those pictures this week.

The girls got some really nice things. Rowan got a “reading is my superpower” mug and Jaia got a “breyer” barn that my dad recreated from some pictures I had sent him of a vintage barn found in a thrift shop.

april pictures 2014 iphone, birthday, etc 030The barn is soooo cool! He hand painted the wood detail and the brick detail. Sorry for the crappy pic! He made the ladder from toothpicks and the feeders are pvc pipe. He is the coolest grandpa/dad I know!

Sunday we went to Comic Con/Wizard Con where Rowan wanted to go to specifically see Nathan Filllian- the actor who plays Castle. I wanted to go see Nathan Fillian because 2 other Firefly Crew were going to be there  – Adam and Alan – so fantastic!

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We waited 2 hours through two Dr Who panels but it was totally worth the wait. We laughed from the moment these guys walked out on stage.  It was awesome  – I could have sat there for hours watching and laughing! I hope Row enjoyed it.

I finally broke down and texted Row’s riding instructor. For the past couple of weeks Row has refused to go  and has said the disappointment and frustration has been building up.  I feel bad that it’s taken me this long but I finally realized. The trainer’s response? “maybe it’s for the best” and “maybe ………………………………….. can help?”  Maybe I guess Row made the right decision. I was leery up until this response, but in my mind this is telling me that Rowan’s riding was not priority for this instructor. There was no concern voiced, no questions as to how she can help.  She was just teaching Row, not to help her learn more, ride better or gain confidence, but just because.  Nothing was invested in Rowan’s riding skills. Rowan has riding ability and maybe, maybe, trainer it wasn’t Row’s skills (or maybe you think lack there-of)  that were causing the issues but maybe, just maybe, it was teaching style. What works for one doesn’t work for all and as a home schooler I should have seen that long ago.

Such is life and I hope that once we get trainers in place Row’s riding skills can blossom to the fullest extent. I have seen others that have left this trainer and bloomed. I hope it’s the same for my biggest.

Bright Blessings

 

It’s been raining pretty steadily here for the last day or so, and it doesn’t seem to be letting up today. But that is okay with me – I actually love a good thunderstorm -  really. I am extremely grateful that it’s rain we are receiving this week and not snow! We were up this morning at the crack of dawn to the tune of tornado sirens screaming in the distance.  If you’ve never heard on before, they are simply LOUD sirens meant to warn you that a tornado is possible or one has been spotted . Basically – get to your basement NOW type of scenario – We’ve gone through the routine enough that the girls now get up without question and head to the basement. My husband usually heads to get Jaia, we used to have to carry her down the steps, and I grab Rowan. Row was already up and moving, grabbing her blankets and pillows. Luckily we still have the old futon couch I refuse to get rid of, so the mattress was tossed on the floor and the girls made them selves comfortable.  We weren’t down there for long though before the alert was cancelled and everyone headed back to bed to see if they could catch a few minutes more rest before the day starts. Jaia is still asleep as I type this at 8:00 -

It’s been a pretty laid back week here – thankfully  – sometimes we need that break. This weekend my girlies turn 11 and 16! A fact I cannot seem to wrap my head around – I think I tell everyone – Rowan is going to be 16!!!!!!!!!!! Throws me for  loop each and every time -  We are having a “family” party Saturday;  Sunday we are taking Row to Wizard Con to see “Castle” her favorite tv show/ actor. And next weekend I think the girls are having friends over.  Rowan is super excited about going to see castle and now that she’s 16, she can get her upper ear pierced – well being 16 and having a passport helps -

Some random pictures from this week so far :

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Jaia gets the biggest kick out of pretending to go to school. (I know- Right?) So here she is making her lunch to take with her -

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Doing “homework” at the kitchen table – Seriously – she gives herself homework.

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Working on trying to figure out how to make her “pouffe” for the irish dancing wig. See the wig there?  This is the bane of every irish dancer in the world!

I FINALLY got around to opening up my sewing machine and cleaning out the guts -

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There was a ton so smegma from sewing all those horse blankets and stall guards. As much as I like helping people out with repairs I think I need to nix them – It’s killing my machine and I don’t have the funds to buy a heavy duty one that could take the beating. Just an FYI – pants hemming OKAY :) Horse blanket repair not okay -

And last but not least this week – this dinner got a blessing from the dinner pope (my husband)

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Chopped salad night – I had bacon, chicken, feta, cucumber, tomatoes, yellow peppers, sprouts and your choice of salad dressings all ready on the table . We could top the salad with our favorite toppings and dressings. I had added some gluten free bread for me and some naan for those that eat gluten and dinner was complete and a success!

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Rowan is supposed to have a riding lesson tonight but I guess we’ll see how it works since there are more severe weather warnings for later this evening…

Bright Blessings!

We had  lovely calm quiet week here in our small house hold.  Barn day passed with out hitch. A trip to the vet for the dog was no problem at all. Normal stuff – shots since he needs to be boarded when we travel. Plans to visit Colorado are solidified.  Realizing we only have about 8 weeks until the end of school has me counting chapters and units in lesson plans so I know exactly how to plan out those days. The weather is finally warming up enough I don’t have to wear warmers and wool gloves each and every time I leave this house. Whew – this was a harsh winter and one I hope not to repeat.

The variety show has passed and Jaia did a fabulous job – I am so super proud of her for just getting on that stage in front of hundreds of people and dancing 2 soft shoe pieces.

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The picture is fuzzy. I couldn’t get Rowan to go get a better pic. Rather than jumping up and taking lots of pictures or videos, I chose to sit and enjoy. I wanted to view her performance NOT through the camera this time, but rather just watching.  She did great.

Saturday we had a friends party here at our house. Their house is rather small so I volunteered our place.  It went off with out a hitch and I hope they enjoyed it  -

Sunday there was a “show” at our barn. Rowan didn’t compete but we went to help since it was a Pony Club sponsored show – Rows favorite trainer was going to be there judging so we sat with her for most of the day.

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Row announced and called for one round of the show. She did wonderful and did something I couldn’t do – Announce and have people HEAR her :)

Her passport came in the mail Saturday and the trip to London is looming closer and closer for her. I think she’s struggling with this quite a bit. She really, really wants to go to London, but the shy, quiet, introvert in her is trying very hard to talk her out of it.  I am trying my hardest not to let that happen. She is a wonderful, brilliant girl who is letting too much of her fears dictate her life. She’s become too complacent and I’m trying to kick her in the pants a bit.  I think she’ll have a fabulous time and this trip will cause amazing growth for her.

Some tough decisions have been made about riding lessons at our barn – She is discontinuing lessons with the current trainer there. She really wants to concentrate on Dressage  and while the trainer IS doing dressage she’s an eventer NOT a “dressage rider” – I’m told there’s a difference – A BIG ONE and I need to recognize that and move Row forward. It’s kind of like learning knitting from a teacher who sews, crochets and knits but loves sewing most of all and puts all of her time and energy into sewing and never, never practices knitting. An afterthought type of thing.  It was a much tougher decision for me to come to since I hate to cause issues or ruffle feathers, but I needed to recognize that those lessons are not working for Rowan at all and in order for her to grow as a person and as a rider, changes needed and need to be made. All well. Such is life.

Bright Blessings

Yesterday I made not just 1, but 2 small zipper pouches!

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I really like how these turned out! My sister gave me this small piece of vintage? fabric  and I paired that with 2 “vintage” zippers – and voila!  So quick, so simple! (I hunt for bags of zippers/buttons and fabric when I hit thrift stores or junk shoppes!)  Now do I use them or create a small stash to open an etsy store with??? Or hoard them for personal use??? Just exactly HOW many small zippered pouches can one have??  HMMM –

I did  discover though, that my machine is not up to snuff – it really doesn’t like all the heavy duty repairs for people I’ve done in the past couple of months. And no it’s not the pants cuff repair! It’s the horse blanket/stall guard repairs that the machine is not liking!  I need to give it a good cleaning and hope that works – get the barn dirt out -

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With the end of the zipper I made a zipper head band!

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Rowan worked on British History

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With a little help from our dog – He’s cute isn’t he? (hates people though he does)

Today is barn day – Barn days are getting rough – Camps are coming up soon – at the end of May – and neither one of my girls wants to help anymore. It’s just hard work and not enough pay really. And hot – really hot. Ah well. This may very well be the last year of camps for us…

Bright Blessings!

 

 

This week has been deemed “electronic free week ” by me :) I have two girls who very much like to be on their electronic devices of choice, whether a laptop, ipod, ipad, or Samsung tablet.  Row reads fan fiction and browses “I heart this” for hours on end. Jaia watches American Girl videos.  I admit that I too, get sucked in to being on the computer. Craftzine, Pinterest, Facebook, – they all suck me in – But Pinterest is GOOD right?? I have GOT to figure out how to put a pin it button on this blog !

So this week we are taking a time out from most of it. I usually will give each of us an hour or so in the morning – maybe two depending on what I need to accomplish on the internet. This allows the girls and I to watch our videos, read, check email, blog and do our various what nots online. Then they need to go off.  TV is okay because we don’t sit around and watch tv constantly and it has to be okay’d by me – tv is not the issue. It’s those devices that can get carried around and taken into bedrooms where the door is closed !

The only exception during the day this week is really if I need to send an important email or print something up for school. Hopefully this break will get me out of my crafting funk and push me to sew! I’d like to hit my stash of vintage fabrics and make some cool zippered pouches to sell or make my body lotion bar or bath salts.

 

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Jaia and I did dig into the crafting supplies yesterday – She’s been trying to talk me into buying a washer necklace kit – but! I have all the supplies at the ready at home so I was unwilling to spend money on unnecessary items. Last week, when I was prepping for my “recycled art” homeschooling class, I hit the local teacher recycle center. I found these small metal round disks – samples of some sort – maybe 1 1/2 in in diameter – perfect for our necklace making.  NOT really washers but hey – they will work!

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I dug out cute paper and mod podge dimensional magic glue – and we got to work.

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We cut -

 

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So far these are turning out very cute! They need to sit and cure for 24 hours and then I can touch them again. Mine I will make into a pin and I’m not sure what Jaia will make.

This evening Jaia has practice for the variety show on Thursday – But the day is calm and quite.

Bright Blessings!

Wow – time does fly! It’s been weeks since my last posting and we’ve been so crazy busy – We did end up having an impromptu school break last week simply because I was never at home! Most of it has been dance shows, but classes and a trip to the Magic House got in the way also -

This week is spring break “for real”. The classes that Row and J are taking are on break – so this week will be so much more relaxed. Jaia will be performing in a Home School Variety Show on Thursday, which she is very much looking forward to – but other than that (and our own school work) we are good to go! Everyone once in a while it’s good for the mind and body to have a week where nothing is going on -

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Waiting for the parade to start! It was, as usual, fantastic. Weather was perfect. Sun was gorgeous and warm (got a bit of a sunburn!). We started off the morning with a cheer corner for the runners, a dance portion after, the parade 3rd in the line and rounded off the evening with a wonderful evening with our dance friends partying and dancing the night away. Well until 7:00 that is. I was beat.

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Monday was JA Biztown – which Jaia absolutely loved! She was the CFO and got to write all the payroll checks and pay the bills. HEY! I could TOTALLY do that job. That’s is what I do at home! LOL! Think I’d convince a corporation to  hire me based on that experience?

I have to say that I was very impressed by my tween. She got right in there, opened her book, read what she had to do and got started. She did a wonderful job. As CFO, she “made”  $8.50 and then got to spend that at various shops in the “neighborhood”.

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J and her Debit card she got for JA Biztown.  She’s already asked if she can go back next year -

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And blowing bubbles at the magic house. While we were there, someone had misplaced their cell phone. We found it just sitting on a ledge and Jaia ran it down to the front desk. She arrived just as the owner was coming to ask if someone had turned in the phone!  The owner was so thankful that she bought Jaia another pass to the magic house. She even hunted Jaia down to give it to her. What a great day! It was such a wonderful and not at all expected gesture.

Hope the weather is warming up in your neck of the woods! Sunny but cool here – (at least it’s not freezing)

Bright Blessings

 

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