Raiden – You found a hill covered in snow and all you wanted to do was jump and slide.


Sylas – You definitely did not want to help with firewood…you wanted to play with the puppies.

I’m joining in with The 52 Project over at Practising Simplicity. A portrait (or portraits) of my boys every week in 2015.



I lay down on the floor in the sunshine and asked you two to lean over me and make faces at the camera. This is the best I got. I don’t know how you managed to pull off sunshine and gloom so well in the same picture. Sylas you look so neat and tidy with your new haircut. Raiden, I love you so much and that lump on your throat is terrifying me no matter what the doctor says.

I’m joining in with The 52 Project over at Practising Simplicity. A portrait (or portraits) of my boys every week in 2015.


Week2I tried so hard to get a picture of you two last week. This morning I woke up early and wandered around doing chores for a while. When I went back into the bedroom you two were cuddled right up face to face. I suppose that getting up at 5am from time to time is worth it.

I’m joining in with The 52 Project over at Practising Simplicity. A portrait (or portraits) of my boys every week in 2015.


Week1I though I would start this off with a portrait of the boys and the dogs sitting nicely together, but when I went through all the pictures that I took this one was my favorite. I’m not sure what they were looking at, but whatever it was, it must have been serious!

I know that I said Thursday was the day for this but I took this picture and here I am.  I’m joining in with The 52 Project over at Practising Simplicity. A portrait (or portraits) of my boys every week in 2015.

New Year New Cheer? Beer? Tear? (i wish i could rhyme like dr. seuss)

Hello little blog that I haven’t posted to in 9 months. Hello anyone who is out there still reading. So this is me jumping on the new years bandwagon. Kinda. Would you believe that I write blog posts in my head all the time. I just never really get around to actually blogging them. So…this is whats what!
Inspired by Jodi over at Practicing Simplicity I am going to be starting a 52 week project documenting my boys. Probably to be made into some sort of book when it’s finished. You have to keep the grandparents happy you know? This project will be helped along with my awesome new birthday camera! Jason bought me a Canon Rebel T5 for my birthday. I have no idea how to really use it, but I know that I absolutly love looking through a viewfinder to take a picture, and zooming by turning your lens…yay! So I am thinking that Thursdays will be the day that I force the internet to look at how awesome my kids are.

This month I am doing a 31 Day Financial Boot Camp Course over at Live Like You are Rich. It is a free course that sends you an email every day with a challenge of the finance related type. We would really like to start being more financially accountable and pay down some of our debt, so I thought that this would be a good place to start.

I need to take some pictures, but I am working on a baby blanket, a cardigan, a bag, another bag and I have a whole bunch of sewing planned as well.

Also, have I mentioned the overwhelming need that I am feeling to give my whole house a makeover? There is that too. Look for paint splatters in the future!

one day, two dates, three boys

I was a very lucky mama yesterday, I got to go on two whole dates! I never go on any dates, so two in one day is kind of a big deal for me. My first date was with this handsome gentleman here…


Or should I say slightly grubby gentleman who is looking kind of annoyed with me because he hadn’t even got out of his work truck before I started snapping pictures of him for this post.

Yesterday morning Jason broke down at work so he was home in time to go back to bed. When we got up Grandpa was called and he and I took ourselves on a little trip across the border to the casino in Bonners Ferry. Gambling isn’t really my thing but Jason likes it so we pretty much set a limit for him and I sit at a penny machine and don’t even get through twenty dollars before he is done. I really can not get my head around the whole excitement of *almost* winning, I look more at the definitely lost part of the equation. I guess it isn’t for everyone.

Then we went for lunch at the restaurant in the casino…if you can ignore the terrible décor that looks like the worst part of the 90s *even though I think it was done later* they have decent food, the french fries are super yummy and there is beautiful view overlooking the Kootenay River.

After lunch we ran a few errands, I stopped at the quilting store, Alley Fabric Nook, to buy a new quilting ruler and may or may not have bought a little bit of fabric. This might be sitting on my sewing table at the moment waiting for me. I am pretty sure that I have heard it whisper my name more than once today. Then we zoomed back to Canada, stopped to pick up the kids and were home in time for Jason to go to bed at 2.

I know it doesn’t sound very romantic or exciting, but sometimes even just a few hours with Jason away from the kids is just what I need.

My second date of the day was with him…


and him…


We took ourselves on a little trip to the theater while daddy was sleeping to see Mr. Peabody and Sherman. Popcorn was eaten, a giant root beer was shared and everyone had a good time.

When we got home it had rained and outside just smelled delicious.

I didn’t really think that this was quite worthy of a whole post, but sometimes it is just nice to reflect on a good day. On days that my boys are driving me insane I can look back on this and remind myself of how lucky I am.

A Blogpost in Black and White.


I was wandering around the grocery store this morning. By myself, which these days is a bit of a luxury. Anyways, being by myself I had time to ponder while I wandered and suddenly a realization hit me. The kind of realization that stops you in your tracks and a very nice elderly old man has to try to reach around you to get to his nutritional shake type drinks because you are standing there like a mong. I realized that I have become one of *those* people. The people who have a fully stocked pantry. The people who never run out of mustard because as soon as they put one bottle out they pick up a new one. The people who are prepared for an emergency.

camo hatted boys

Now I’m not saying that being a prepared type of person is a bad thing to be. Because it is actually a very good thing. And I have very good reasons to want to be prepared. It is just that I never saw myself as being one of those people. I get a certain comfort and sense of security from knowing that my pantry and freezer are full, that every year I do my best to preserve what I can. It is a nice to know that even if for whatever reason we aren’t able to purchase groceries, we don’t have to. We have what we need to last us quite a while. And right now if something comes on sale I will keep stocking up. Especially on Cadbury Mini Eggs. They are on the shelves right now you know, we are on our third bag :)

dog in gray

I like knowing that I have my crafty skills. I know that if push comes to shove I can crochet a blanket, knit a sweater or sew a pair of pants. I also have a rather large stockpile of the materials needed to do these things. Plus I like to do it, and I love to see my family decked out in handmade or wrapped up in one of my blankets. And I like pretty decorative things, because who doesn’t.

cat in gray

It also bothers me that I have one area where I know that I definitely lack the skills that I want to have, which is gardening. I am working on it though. This year I am planning to start with some small steps. Last year I was all about going big with the garden and it really didn’t work for me. At all. It was a pretty spectacular fail.


So what are you? Are you all out prepared for the end of civilization as we know it? Or do you go about your day, buying only what you need? Is it a space thing? If you have enough room to start collecting food do you just do it because you can? Is it something to do with small children and never wanting them to go without? Or is it just something you do for no reason? Is having too much something to be avoided? I really want to know because this seems to be this totally unexpected trait that I have found in myself and I am curious.


I have watched/listened to Frozen about 4 times in the last 24 hours. Who knew boys would like it so much too, I mostly bought it for myself.

Tonight dinner menu is ham, scalloped potatoes and caesar salad. Yum!

Still working away on joining Raidens blanket.

There is mud EVERYWHERE and today was not a good day to wear new shoes.

I have a giant pile of denim waiting to be cut up into squares and I can’t wait to dig into it, but I seem to have misplaces my quilting ruler. Have you seen it?

Alexis, your package is on its way.

Banana-oat-chocolate chip-fruit cookies. Need I say more? 3 bananas from the freezer used up!

Don’t look to closely at this next picture or you will see evidence of my terrible photoshop skills.

colors in the yard copy

Somewhat of a mission…

kata blanket wip

Seriously though, I really am on a mission to finish this blanket! All the squares are done so it is just joining time and then the border. I was really good at weaving in my ends as I went along while making the squares but now I am just so excited to see what this blanket is going to look like when it is finished that I am just crocheting like mad and pretending that ends do not exist. I will pay for that later. I know.

blanket arrangement

I kind of got to a point in this project where I didn’t really want to work on it because I wasn’t sure that it would turn out quite the way that I saw it in my head but It was too late to rip it out. It was a kind of annoying because I made myself a little rule that I couldn’t start any of the million sewing projects that have been bouncing around in my head until I finished this blanket so I just wasn’t doing anything at all. Well that’s a lie, I was cooking and baking lots. But now all is well, the squares are done and I think this is going to turn out nicely and then Raiden will be happy and I will be on to other things.

sys picture

Speaking of other things…we have been on the weirdest schedule here, caused by two things. Or three maybe. 1: Raiden is on spring break for two weeks so no school. 2: Jason is working super long night shifts so he leaves the house at 9:30 and gets home around noon the next day. 3: I am only working one day a week at the moment. Friday to be exact.

So here is the breakdown of our day. Me and the boys wake up in the morning whenever we feel like. Strangely I have been waking up before them and just kind of hang out quietly until they wake up. I think I am doing this out of necessity,  because this is about the only time I am getting to myself these days. They boys get up and then things such as breakfast and arguing with Raiden about the X-Box and coloring occur. We have lunch and then Jason gets home and we get him for an hour or two, depending on the time and he goes to bed at about 2 o’clock. Then me and the boys hang out some more, have a late snack and maybe watch a movie and then I have dinner ready for 8 o’clock when Jason gets up. The boys get to hang out with him for another hour. There is usually a temper tantrum thrown by one or both of them about how they want to go to work with daddy. He leaves and we all pile into bed and go to sleep and the next day it starts all over again.


I don’t really mean to complain it’s just that in that whole little routine there is about an hour *maybe* that I get to myself. I just needed to get it out there. Really I know it is a good thing that Jason is working lots right now since it is almost time for him to go on break up and then he won’t be working at all so I will just suck it up and shut up now.

I ripped down the wallpaper in my entry way!

After I finish this post I am going to get started on some bread dough.

I am looking for a way to use up the stockpile of frozen overripe bananas in my freezer. Every time I make banana muffins I am the only one who eats them.

The sun is SHINING today and when I went outside to take a picture of my blanket I found some green things poking up in my flowerbeds.

But we are still using the woodstove.

I am debating if I should apply for another part time job…the deadline for applications is the 28th so I will think on it for a few days.

Or maybe I should get down to making things and have a stall at the farmers market again this summer.

I am babysitting my niece today *she’s the same age as Sylas* and she brought waffle batter and cantaloupe with her for  breakfast.

Have a great weekend everyone!

It’s the first day of Spring! We all win! (Also I picked a winner.)

plant and bowl

I knew I could find an appropriate container of names holding thingy for my giveaway! Or a little orange pot as I shall refer to it.

There was a little bit of a argument as to who got to do the actually drawing of the name between my two boys and my niece, but in the end Sylas just went for it and grabbed a name. I was barely able to get an action shot.

action shot

And the winner is….

*pause for anticipation*

winner heart

Congratulations Alexis! She said “I have twin boys who just love caribiners!”

I had a peek through her blog Cob Cottage Craft and I have to say I am extremely impressed by her lace knitting skills and also very very jealous of her lovely spinning wheel! Everyone should go look immediately.

Thank you so much to everyone who entered my giveaway and Alexis, you can be expecting an email from me shortly!