Sunday, January 26, 2014

for hire

These guys will shovel your driveway for you.

She will get mad if you try to take her inside.

Friday, January 24, 2014

fraggle rock

Annie's hair reminds me of something...

Wait... I know. 

Thursday, January 16, 2014

love note

Dear Mommy
I love you so much. You make my heart sparkle like fireworks.
Love, Joseph

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

pillowy niceness

This is my Grandma Girodat (and also a teeny-tiny Joe and an itty-bitty Kaycee, in 2010). Grandma was such a lovely lady... kind, crafty, smart, prayerful, funny, and sweet. And she was also a wearer of cardigans. Many cardigans. She always wore a nice dress with a matching cardigan - I never, ever saw her wear anything else, and I may never have seen her wear the same cardigan twice.

After Grandma died, her cardigans were distributed among her grandchildren and I put mine away with the plan to "do something with these." Finally, finally, I did. I made them into pillows, so they could be out and seen and enjoyed (but, I stressed to the boys, not played with and wrecked, please, please, please). After three years of hanging on to these sweaters, the actual crafting into pillows took less than two hours. It was the mental preparation of actually cutting the sweaters apart that took three years. But when I was finally ready, I said to my helper Henry, "Okay, here I go. Let's pray I don't mess this up." And he said, "Okay. Dear Jesus, don't let mommy mess this up. Amen." (He is both very literal and very helpful.) But it worked! Here they are! I'm really happy to have them in my home.

(I also have a cardigan of Grandpa's, but right before I put my rotary cutter to it, I thought, "I should just try this on." And the sleeves are long and it's warm for my cold house and so now I am wearing it and it shall not become a pillow.)

Monday, January 13, 2014

always a lady

p.s. new underpants. never worn.

Monday, January 6, 2014


Happy New Year! We celebrated like crazy over here... watched a movie with the kids, put them to bed, and said, "See you next year." Then David and I played Boggle. Rather, I played Boggle. I don't know what David was doing but, according to the score, it wasn't playing Boggle.

I would like to report that, during the two week vacation, I did very little laundry, almost no housework, and minimal anything. But we did do this:

And this.

And Annie did this. (She likes my scarf. I think it makes her look like a little Grandma.)

And lots of this.

So, the verdict is: it was a really good holiday.

And now I have a lot of cleaning up to do.