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Boppa time

6 Jul

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I know the snaps aren’t the greatest but the subject is!


14 Dec

Eliana Eliana Eliana Just look at those little lips!

Eliana’s baptism

19 Oct

Welcome to God’s family sweet baby girl!

Such a beautiful day.  we channeled Kris and kept it “simple and elegant”


Eliana baptism

The sponsors:  Karen and Emmett Gundvaldson and Crystal Peterson


Guests typed a blessin’ for Eliana on a vintage pink typewriter…(the “g” isn’t working)

Baptism Baptism


Tablescape Tablescape

A pink and gold color scheme was reflected in the chevron and  confetti placemats and napkins as well as gold tissue confetti.   Carin spray painted Ball canning jars gold first with a matt finish and then with a glitter texture.  We filled them with baby’s breath.  First we bought twice as much as we thought we would need, and then went back for twice that amount in order to get the look Carin wanted.  The church had a large funeral a few days after the baptism and were able to use the jars and baby’s breath on their tables.

Lunch was simple but YUMMY!  Chicken salad croissants, noodle slaw and broccoli filled some of my favorite hobnail milk glass pieces and a mix of vintage and reproduction pink depression glass:


and punch and sweets:



French macaroons, cake pops, lemon filled with gramcracker’s jam and topped with vanilla bean buttercream frosting cupcakes, ruffle cake, krumcakes, meringue cookies rounded out the sweets.

it was a delightful day.

Floor treatment

7 Aug

Seriously.  Easiest way to spiff up wood floors that have been used and abused.

behold the battered entry floor ( about 20 years old, faded, scratched, and tired looking) before:


And the after shot:


Now folks, there is no trick lighting, no photoshopping, no magic of TV hanky panky going on here.

wanna see it again on the floor in Scott’s hunting room?  I will do slow motion for you this time. B e f o r e :

Floor Again battered and abused, water stained, scratched and almost 100 years old.


wait for the magic…..


A stream of vegetable oil.  Yes. Cheap garden variety vegetable oil.  For real.  Mop that into the floor ( we bought a cheap mop just to use for this purpose).

let that soak in for a bit.  not long, maybe 10 minutes.

using a spray bottle, spritz a solution of vinegar and dawn dish soap and water, and wipe with an absorbent rag.  Sorry, I don’t have pics or the recipe but can get it if anyone is wanting it.  And, drumroll please…..



Seriously!  Is that amazing or what?  Now, while it truly blows my mind, don’t expect brand spanking new floors for 69 cents.  this doesn’t FIX anything.  My floors are still worn and scratched.  But it hides some of the blemishes and really shines them up.

So, let me know if you give it a try and what your results are.   I’d love to see snaps too if you are inclined.

and now back to our regular programming:

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Eliana and her brothers

5 Aug

Ian Ian

Liam Liam

Kaiden Kaiden

She’s here!

5 Aug

We flew to the hospital about 2 am.  She arrived at 6:36.  I’m waiting for the boys to wake up and then we will make another trip to town!


We are on baby watch here…

29 Jul


I know, it’s still more than 10 days until her official due date however, “signs” indicate she might be getting ready for an early appearance.  Yea!

so in anticipation of that, we have been re-arranging the living space of our house- sort of a two step shuffle kind of dance.

scott and I moved to the room that used to be kris’, the boys moved into our old room, the boy’s old room became Scott’s hunting lounge, Carin and Scottie’s closet became eliana’s nook.  Yeah, she will sleep in a closet folks.  But it will be a closet fit for a princess!  And the linen closet has never looked better!

Closet  Mostly a full on shot

Closet Bins with “fold-ables”

Closet Bins with swaddle blankets and bedding.  See the cute little vintage cuddlies peeking out?


And wa-laa!  Miss eliana has 50 adorable teeny tiny 0-3 month outfits to wear.  now, lest you think we are ridiculous ( actually we are but we embrace it), out of those 50 outfits, only 9 were purchased new!  Look at us be all thrifty and such!  We are also soooo fortunate to be the recipient of little Miss Ruby’s outgrown treasures!

and so we wait…