Monday, September 1, 2014

What a Church Campout Is

A church campout is...

Hours of fun playing in the creek

 Finding all sorts of interesting creatures to catch,

as well as friends to show your discoveries to!

A church campout isn't complete without a minnow in a plastic cup!

It's a variety of colorful tents, snug cabins and cozy RV's {the latter, for those of us who don't prefer roughing it!}

A church camp out is a time to get away in the beauty of nature,

and enjoy a slower pace.

It's a delicious breakfast smorgasboard 

cooked by the guys!

It is fun on the sliding board

and learning to share our favorite toys!

It's the delight of finding a muddy puddle to stomp in

while the mothers grimace about yet another change of clothes!

A church camp is an opportunity to make new friends...

and many long conversations with old friends.

It's the sharing of exciting experiences like loose teeth,

and painful a bite from a crawfish!

Church camp outs are bike rides in the rain,

sharing an umbrella..

and huddling around a fire under a tent to stay warm!

It is tired babies and strollers to push them in {or for them to push!}

vibrant wildflowers and adorable little girls.

Church camp outs are competitive soccer games

that children of all ages can play!

It's a long drink at a water spigot

and happy smiles from a baby!

A church camp out is lots of good food,

roasting hot dogs on a stick,

and steak, chicken and shrimp at midnight around a campfire!

It's a place for daddies to teach their sons all about shuffleboard,

and photographers have a hay-day!

A church camp out is a chance to enjoy each other

and make memories that will last a lifetime!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

A New Desk & DIY Art

I am so excited to share my latest find with you...
a new-to-me desk!
I've been on the look-out for one of these for a few years, but only searched Craigslist sporadically
until recently, when I rediscovered my love for shopping for bargains online!
Some people have tremendous success thrifting for items like this,
 but with two busy toddlers to keep occupied, it's much more practical for me to find whatever deals I can from the comfort of my home.

 The previous owner said that the desk was in the family for years,
but it was clearly cared for.
I was so pleased to find that the drawers open easily, and I now have the perfect place to store my crafting supplies, paper and pens.
My actual book work takes place in the office for now, but I'm hoping one day to have my own creative space to work in, and this is a great starting place! :)

Those gorgeous handles and the chippy surface make me swoon,
not to mention the curved legs and the claw feet.
I love it all!

I still can hardly believe I found a desk exactly like I wanted...
and for 50 bucks!!!
{See why I love Craigslist?!}

I wanted art to hang above the desk, and snagged a few clipboards from a stash my husband had in the office.
The "Life is Beautiful" print is a favorite of mine, and was a gift from a friend.
I lettered a verse that I love, and clipped up some feathers with the word "inspire" for the final board.
Super simple, and it cost me next to nothing!
Even better, the artwork can be changed as often as I want!

I added some greenery, along with my vintage typewriter {another Craigslist find!}
and a gorgeous piece of wood from my brother's old barn.
I'm thrilled with my desk,
and love how it creates a new functional area in our home.

What are you favorite bargains? I'd love to hear about them!

Monday, July 21, 2014

The Big Things

Everyone talks about "the little things",
those bits and pieces of a day that make up a good life...

...The sunlight streaming through a meadow;
fresh raspberries along the lane;
the joy that shines from on a child's face when they discover something new.

Those things, in reality, often are the big things.
They matter.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Little Man Turns One!

A week ago, we had a birthday celebration for Nicholas, who turned a year old!
From the start, we've nicknamed him "little man", and it seemed fitting to have a party with that theme!

I made some mustache sugar cookies
and decorated them with picks...mustaches of course!

The first year of a baby's life is so full of milestones, and I love to take their monthly pictures, 
so I compiled the two on a chalkboard I created.
The change from a newborn to a one-year-old is absolutely amazing,
and every stage is precious. I could get a little teary just looking at this!

Every party needs a "stache" of candy!!!
Gummies are my personal favorite :)

Cute little striped bags were perfect for the favors!
I added some mustache stickers and wrote their names on them.

She's sneakin' food again! Wonder where she learned that from?!

This little guy was a trooper at his party, even though he was teething.

I'm learning to take family pictures before the party, if I want them!
Kyra (my sister-in-law) was in charge of the camera
during the party and she did a great job!

The smash cake was made out of the abundant zucchini in my garden.
I was secretly worried it wouldn't smash as good as a regular cake, but I should have remembered it was Nicholas who would be doing the smashing! :)

This little guy is all boy!

He tore into the cake, and pounded on it like his life depended upon it!

His audience loved it!!

He demolished that cake, and wore the same mischievous grin he always wears when he's in trouble!
I love this little guy!!

She is his biggest fan. It's so fun watching them interact!

Opening presents is always fun, probably even more for the other children than for the baby!

A little man's first birthday isn't complete without a tractor from Grandpa Shenk :)

The besties loved their candy!

This picture is priceless! I want to squish them all!!

This handsome boy is growing so fast!

My heart melts every time I look at this.
My family. My world.
I am so blessed!

So tiny. So precious.
How are you one year old, little man?

I think he's the cutest little guy ever! But I am prejudiced, a little :)

Happy birthday, Nicholas Edward!
We couldn't love you more.