Sunday, September 21, 2008


The weather was absolutely lovely this weekend. I love fall and can't wait for the cooler weather and the change of scenery. I was determined to get some decorating done this weekend--really trying to have it finished before my October 1st deadline.

The Beginning

Michael hung up the black shelves that I bought at Hobby Lobby a few weeks ago for $5. I had no idea when I bought them where they would end up, but I am thrilled with their new home. The Boston ferns are a bit over the top, but I hate to replace them when they look so good!

The mantle got a bit of a makeover this morning as well. The wisteria and hydrangeas are put away until spring.

Michael also hung up my other Hobby Lobby find on the the back porch. I was up early before church spraying it black. Then using stuff I had here and there, I stuffed it pretty full! I think it needs some tweaking as I am well aware that flower arranging is not my thing--never has been and probably never will be! Yes, I know there is a whole world of artificial flower haters out there, but I can live with them. And I really love the welcome that Kelly put up over my back door last week while I ran an errand. That was a very nice surprise! I love her new business!

Thursday, September 11, 2008


I read a lot of books each year, but don't often feel compelled to tell others about them. Sure, I loan a lot of books out and am always ready to recommend something, but compelled? Not so much!

I am totally compelled to tell others to read this book--if for no other reason than I just must have somebody to discuss it with!! I cannot get it out of my mind. The strange thing is that I came very close to not finishing Uncharted because in my gut I just felt that it could not have a happy ending, and it was a bit creepy at times.

With that said, as much as it disturbed me, I'm glad I read it. I do feel like it is one of those books that I will never--or won't be able to--forget. And maybe that is a good thing. You be the judge. Read and report back!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008


Michael and I recently visited my mom and sister in Massillon, Ohio. We stayed at a hotel in the downtown area that had its entrance on the top floor of the building--very strange. It took us forever to find how to get into the lobby. Anyway, the view from the top of the parking garage--outside of the lobby--was kind of neat. As you can see below, they have beautified the city by painting murals on the buildings. My uncle, who was once the chief of police, can be seen sitting in one of the windows. From what I understand, many of the faces in the mural were inspired by the folks who live there. Don't forget to click on the photo to see it up close.

Monday, September 08, 2008

More Fun on the Lake

Some swam!

Some tubed!

Some watched!


Heading to Mud Island
Well, technically it is not an island,
but they are going there nonetheless!

The Arrival
Yes, they are in this photo!

I think this is how Casey toasted her tush.
Do click on it for an up-close view!

The Lunch Break

Trip to Mud Island - Take Two

Return Trip

Night on the Boat

Although Michael spends several nights a week on the boat either by himself or with one or all of the kids (Tessa, Ross, Nate), I have never done it. I just prefer to not aggravate my already bad back and to have a shower in the morning. :)

I did, however, agree to have a girls' night on the boat. We were anchored slightly off shore of the property where several families from our church were camping.

Chloe and Tessa shared the top bunk. I slept below them.

Casey slept on a cot in the kitchen area--
about two feet from the others!

This photo should make their hygienist mother,
who was not with them on this trip, very proud!

The girls started the day with commercials.
You really had to be there for this!


Every time we visit our friends in Florida, Tessa and I come back very inspired. These girls truly do live life creatively! They are gifted artists, crafters, writers, dancers, etc. I'm not so sure they realize it because being homeschooled, they haven't much opportunity to play the compare game. That is a good thing. I kid you not--these two come up with so many cool things on their own. Take the project below.

They started collecting the Bella Sara trading cards and then decided to make their own. These are pretty impressive, but they didn't stop there. They began making trading cards of famous people that they are studying. The photos do not do the cards justice ,and the close-ups that I took are too blurry. You can click on the photo to enlarge it and make viewing much better.

The Great Artichoke Adventure

One of Tessa's favorite things to eat is an artichoke. Her friends were visiting from Florida last weekend, so she thought she'd introduce them to this strange food. Casey was very interested in trying it; Chloe not so much!

Chloe looked agreeable, but looks can be deceiving!

It took bullying and begging!

Yeah, this about sums up her opinion.
I'm not totally convinced that she actually tasted it.

Not a problem!
Casey and Tessa scoffed all three down!