This blog is simply the story about my little life
with my sweet family that the Lord has blessed me with
and the day in, day out things that we do.
It basically is my online diary/photo album of our life.
I'm glad you're here!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Life with a new kitten...

We have had this darling little guy for about two months now and he has brought so much happiness and joy to our family.
He's officially Hayden's kitten, but he's become the whole family's pet, including our dog, Blondie!
Hayden loves MacGyver.
Oh, honey, you are soooo cute!
He's just so precious!
Cameron and MacGyver.
Brittany and MacGyver.
Mackenzie and MacGyver. Ummmm.....not quite sure what to say here! My son is a nut! He's an adorable nut!
We were watching TV and I looked over at Eric and he had MacGyver on his lap all wrapped in a towel to stay cozy.
He's just the cutest little kitten.
I showed you this picture before, but it is so cute, it's worth reposting. Grayson, Blondie and MacGyver snoozing.
I thought this was so cute. Hayden was munching on mac and cheese and MacGyver was starring at it.
This picture is so cute the way MacGyver's looking up at Hayden.
It's really fun to watch him play...
...and sleep!
New best friends, Blondie and MacGyver.
He's so soft and has such pretty eyes!
He's so precious!
My friend Shelley and I were on a morning walk and here comes Hayden pulling up to us. He was so cute! He had Blondie in the back of the truck and MacGyver inside with him. He put MacGyver up to the steering wheel as though he was driving!
This is just the sweetest thing!
Funny kitten trying to get in the back door.
We temporarily turned our main powder room into a makeshift home for MacGyver. This actually worked out really great because he was contained to a small area, but it was big enough for comfort and playtime. We only put him in there at bedtime and when we were gone from the house. I got the idea to put the litter-box in the bathtub from my son and his wife. It works well because if they make a mess, it's really easy to clean up. Actually, now that he is older, he has free range of the whole house.
Cameron came walking out of the house with a kitty in his pocket!
Isn't this picture sweet of the two of them looking at each other!
Uh, oh! Naughty kitten found the toilet paper!
I love this kitty!
Hanging out with Eric in the garage and watching TV.
Is he not adorable!
Hayden chill'n with Blondie and MacGyver. So sweet!
Blondie and MacGyver love to wrestle. They do this every evening! They are so cute!
Hayden likes kitty in the car day!
I used to do this with our cat every so often back when the boys were little and I think it's so cute that Hayden likes to do it!
Nap time!
He even plays X-Box! Hahaha! I love this picture. He is an absolutely adorable cat and you guessed it, he's worked his way into all of our hearts!

"For surely, O Lord, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield." Psalm 9:9

Hugs, Sharon

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The Midas touch!

So, I've had this very cool Gothic looking amber ring from the 70s in my jewelry box for about 15 years, never wearing it once because it is too beat up. The "gold" has worn off badly, so it just didn't look right. I don't know why I never threw it away, but I'm glad I didn't!
The other day when I wore my leopard print outfit with matching accessories, I though it would be fun to wear a big dinner ring since they are in fashion right now. This one would go perfectly with my outfit, except it was in such bad condition. So what's a clever, crafty girl supposed to do?
She completely covers the pretty amber stone with masking tape and....
.....spray paints the ring with a new fresh coat of gold paint!
Wow! It turned out pretty!
Isn't that stone gorgeous!
No, it's not perfect, I can still see bits of the silvery metal coming through on the prongs, but... looks pretty darn good!
I believe it is probably an old Avon ring from the 1960s or 1970s. I think it is soooo cool!
It coordinates really well with my leopard print purse and my amber jeweled bracelet!
I'm so glad I finally painted this ring, now I get to enjoy it after sitting in my jewelry box for 15 years!!!
Excuse me dahlings....but someone very important with lots of status from my social circle is calling me, I really simply must go. Tah tah for now! Haha!

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised." Proverbs 31:30

Hugs, Sharon

Monday, August 29, 2011

Queen for a day!

This is my mother, Queen Shirley! We had a big family birthday party for her to celebrate her 74th birthday. Here she is in her glory wearing her diamond encrusted birthday tiara! :0)
We held it at their house because we wanted to make sure and have at least one more party in  their pretty backyard for all the grandkids to remember. Because of my parent's health concerns, we really don't know what the future holds, so I thought,  "Let's have a big party to make Mom feel special and make great memories for the whole family!" I told my sisters about my idea and they loved it!
I brought over two of the tables and we used my parents patio table. We used Mom's china, which is a blue transferware pattern by Johnson Brothers on one table, my sister Kathi's pretty blue dishes on another and my Blue Willow on the third table. It was fun to use Mom's china because she's had our whole life but I think we only ate off of it one time
I also brought the tablecloths and center pieces.
Kathi and I planned to decorate the tables similarly to how we did it at the ladies' tea that we held in her apple orchard last summer.
These are Mom's pretty dishes.
Mom got to eat off of the "You are Special Today" plate!
These are my Blue Willow dishes.
I think they look really cute on the blue checkered tablecloth.
These are Kathi's pretty dishes that she found at the Dollar Tree for only one dollar a piece! Crazy, huh!
She also brought the cute blue and white throw that we used as a table topper.
Cousins! Samuel, Hayden, Joseph and Whitney.
My Daddy with Kathi's husband, Stacey.
Sisters! Kelli, Kathi and Sharon. I love them!!!
I just missed Mackenzie hugging his Grammie, but I got this neat picture of him about to shake Grandpa's hand.
Kelli and Dad.
Cameron visiting with his grandpa.
Grayson and Rachelle arrived bringing a pretty bouquet of flowers for Grammie.
Cameron, Grayson, Mom and Rachelle.
Grammie laughing with her grandkids,  Jessica and Samuel.
Brittany and Rachelle.
She received a lot of gifts!
Mom, Kelli, Brittany and Rachelle talking out in the yard.
My sweet Mom and Dad. They've been married for 55 years!
Us three girls with our parents.
Here's most of the grandkids (and significant others) with Grammie and Grandpa. We were missing Wade's three daughters, Jade, Alex and Drew because they live in California. Sadly, we are missing my sweet little niece Haley, who died 16 years ago at age 4 of a brain tumor. She would be 20 years old now and I'm sure she would be beautiful smiling here with her cousins and grandparents.
Oopps...this one is a mess-up! Hahaha!  After this we all got in a circle and held hands and prayed. My brother, Wade, arrived in time to pray with us, so it was really special to have my parents, and all four of us siblings with almost all of 15 grandkids standing in a circle holding hands and hearing my father's gentle voice saying a blessing over the meal. May the circle be unbroken!
Mmmmm! It's time to eat!!! Us girls all brought salads.
And Brittany made two beautiful cakes.
She was so sweet and she called my mother and asked her what's her favorite flavor of cake and my mother requested lemon, so Brittany made this gorgeous lemon curd layer cake.
She also made a beautiful vanilla cake with chocolate ganache.
Eric smoked two rib eye roasts.
It turned out delicious!
Daddy looks like he's building a beautiful plate of food!
Kelli was so sweet and made up Mom's plate.
We had really great salads and side dishes. My son, Cameron, was so sweet and brought a delicious dish of baked zucchini! He never ceases to amaze me!
Kathi's being sweet and she's pouring ice tea for everyone.
Mom enjoying her birthday dinner!
Rib eye roast, baked beans, broccoli/grape salad, baked zucchini, Jello fluff salad and garlic bread. Delicious!
Eric, Grayson, Rachelle, Brittany, Mackenzie, Whitney and Cameron enjoying their meal.
Ralph and Kelli.
The kiddie table....haha...Garret, Jessica, Samuel, Victoria, Hayden and Joseph.
Harrison's girlfriend, Niki was so very sweet and she just jumped in and started doing the dishes!
Then everyone else joined in.
There was lots of work to do, but we had many hands to help. Aren't pictures of women busy in the kitchen fun!
Time to light the candles!
The wind was blowing and threatening to snuff out the candles!
Happy birthday to you!
Make a wish!
Brittany and Rachelle cutting and serving the cake.
Hayden talking with my brother, Wade.
Eric and Stacey shooting the breeze.
After we had cake we pulled out four boxes of fabric that Mom had. She has decided she will not sew any more, so we had a "Grab and Go" where all the girls got to dig through it and pick what they wanted.
It was fun to watch them and see them inspired with sewing project ideas.
Kelli, Kathi and I also picked what we wanted.
Mom was happy to give it to people who appreciated it and will use it.
Me and Cameron.
Time to open presents!
She got many lovely gifts and cards.
We had so much fun.
There is nothing like spending an evening with family.
I am so happy that we got together had this party for mom. It was a special night.  I really love and appreciate my family.
Happy birthday Mom! Thank you for taking such good care of me when I was little and teaching me many things. Thank you for giving me a home full of love.  I love you!

"Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee." Exodus 20:12

Hugs, Sharon
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