I don’t know if you can call it sewing

When we moved back to town Pat got my sewing machine all set up in our extra bedroom. I’ve been excited to try my hand at using it again. Even though I’ve never really sewn to begin with. Unless you count sewing a hem  on some curtains.

I figured I’d better stick with what I know. We had bought really long curtains for our kitchen windows and they needed to be made into smaller curtains with a valance. So basically just cutting and hemming but it felt like a huge project to me.

I think they turned out pretty cute. Although probably not sewn “to code,” or whatever the right terminology is. But hey, as long as you don’t look too close, they look good!

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We recently got Caleb a bed set that came with a curtain but he also has another set of windows that are wide and short. He doesn’t use the flat sheet and so I decided to use that to make curtains for the other windows.

Thankfully my 5-year-old doesn’t care what his curtains look like, because I didn’t make them quite the right size.


Ooops. Oh well. I was impressed with myself that I managed to sew a fairly straight hem. I have many grandiose plans to sew a dress for Angel, curtains for our weird shaped window in our room and maybe a few other things. We’ll see.

In other news we went on a bike ride tonight. Pat and Holly took the kids for their first ever bike ride yesterday morning. They went a long ways too. Tonight was their second bike ride, but my first time seeing them ride on the trails. I was a proud mama!


Also yesterday after I got off work, Holly, Angel and I got ourselves manicures.


I can’t believe how grown up Angel is becoming. She was so confident about everything, it was so cute.

And speaking of cute, I went to tuck in Caleb last night and I was greeted by this…


Love my little dork!


I took this picture at work today on my break…


Seriously, so beautiful. I’m so grateful!

Also grateful for my hubby, who was on my mind today, especially when I got this out of the pop machine…


Well that’s life lately. Enjoy your weekend!


Our 5 kids

Last night all FIVE of our kids were home!

If you are new to the blog, you might not realize we have five kids!

Holly (my step-daughter)
Timothy(Holly’s husband)
Cody (my step-son)

Holly and Timothy live out-of-town and so we don’t get to see them a lot. But they are in town for a few days before they move to Detroit. Cody lives in Sioux Falls, but unfortunately we don’t get to see him much. Since Holly and Timothy were over for supper last night, Pat was able to convince him to come join us.

It was amazing! I love my kiddos so much. And it’s such a joy to have them home!

Pat made a scrumptious supper – homemade mac-n-cheese, steak and shrimp. I was in charge of the bread and veggies. I threw a loaf of french bread in the oven and I microwaved some peas. And then I dropped the bowl of peas all over the floor. So like I said, Pat made a scrumptious supper!



As usually our entertainment for the night was Angel and Caleb.

After supper the guys had to check out Pat’s Jeep.


And then we asked Holly’s mom to stop by so we could get a family picture.


It’s been a very long time since we’ve all been together and have actually taken a picture. I love it, I thought it turned out great! Even Molly dog was looking at the camera!

The kids then convinced Pat to light a fire. It was a little breezy last night but he finally gave in.

We had bought those huge campfire marshmallows and so the kids wanted to have s’mores.


Oh my word. That’s a lot of marshmallow!  But we had fun making fun of each other trying to eat the humongous marshmallows.  Unfortunately Cody couldn’t stay long but Holly and Timothy stayed for a while.




Love, love, love my kiddos! So thankful we could all have a night together before Holly and Timothy head east.

Here are a few out-takes from our family photo shoot.



Even the out-takes aren’t too bad!

Hug your kids and/or parents today! If you can’t hug them, call, text, email, skype, etc., and tell them you love them. You can never say it enough!


Weekend wrap-up


We had a very fun-filled weekend. It was supposed to be fun-filled up in Aberdeen with Aunt Nellie, but it ended up not working out for us to go. However it turned out being a blessing as we not only got some much-needed rest, but also made some great memories. One of my best friends, Liz, called […]

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Life in the big city


I think it’s safe to say that we have completely adjusted to living back in Sioux Falls. Every once in a while I’ll think about my chickens or the beautiful sunsets or the sunrise coming up over the cornfields. But then I just have to turn my head and I see beauty right around me […]

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The road trip of crazy people


We had quite an eventful week a few weeks ago. The second week in June we had the amazing privilege of attending my sister’s graduation from DUI Court.  It was a difficult week as Monday was June 9th, which was the day that we believe Mom and Dad went home to heaven. And then the same day […]

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