Thursday, April 28, 2011

Easter Weekend

Saturday we celebrated a cousin's birthday, and Alexa had her first experience with a pinata, I'm not sure how sold she was, although she enjoyed the candy that one of her cousins shared!
She was rather puzzled when it came to egg dying....

But she did have a great time Sunday afternoon with the egg hunt. Mike hid 24 eggs for her, and she LOVED running around and collecting them. I was surprised at how good she was at it, and how that she was interested in it the entire time.

Sunday night we went to Grandma and Grandpa Bevans house for Easter dinner, and another Easter egg hunt. This time Alexa was too shy to really join in. Lisa snapped some really cute pics of her that night, as well as Saturday night with the pinata, thanks Lisa!

Holidays really are more fun when you have kids, and when they're old enough to really enjoy it! I can't wait til next year when she can enjoy dying eggs, too!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Project 2.5

This is our "office" closet. Since we have moved in, it has been FILLED with boxes, like all the way up to the bar, and then on that shelf. All boxes, all of which were still full. You see, our big bookcase broke in half while we were moving, and lets be honest, it wasn't big enough anyways. So, we had boxes full of books and other things just sitting in the closet. I have recently claimed the desk in the office for my sewing machine, so since I'm turning the office into my craft room (slowly but surely) I decided the time was coming to start cleaning it up. Plus, my parents are coming out in a couple of weeks, and they'll be staying in there...... So all the boxes were opened, sorted though, then stuck in the garage. I put my sewing projects and such in the bottom and the random things from the boxes that we didn't want to put in the garage up top. Now I just have to do some more projects, sell a couple of TVs and a computer, and then the room will be parent-worthy.

Book Review: Departures

Departures, by Robin Jones Gunn, has 2 separate short stories of Christy Miller and Sierra Jensen. Both are young women with strong beliefs in Christ that are trying to figure out where exactly they are in life. Christy returns to the town she grew up in for her Grandparents anniversary and how much things, including herself, have changed hits her. Sierra tries to figure out if she is ready to be a woman, or if she wants to keep her childlike view of life (especially of boys) and gets confused when her best friend is emphatically ready to grow up. Both use their faith to guide them and come to terms with themselves.

I really liked these two stories, they were cute. They had a little romance, a little faith, and some innocence about them. They can stand alone, but I found out that both characters are actually main characters in two series that Gunn writes, and the short stories made me want to read the series to see how things continue to develop. I would recommend these stories to women, especially young Christian women. Those are the people that would probably be able to relate best to the characters.

* I received this book for free from the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Project #2

It's by no means perfect, but for the very, very, VERY little sewing experience that I have, I'm pretty proud of my little valance!
In real life it's not uneven, it must just be the angle I took the picture at.

Friday, April 8, 2011

DVD Cabinets

Many of you have been over to our home at one point or another (or one state or another) and know that we had those open shelved DVD racks. Those have been very inadequate for awhile now. Not only were they too small, but we had to have our couch cut off the corner of the room that they were in because Alexa likes to pull the DVDs off and destroy them. I had been looking for something big enough to hold all our movies and video games that had doors so Alexa at least wouldn't be able to see the movies, but everything was really expensive. I always watch craigslist, though, keeping an eye out for good deals and found 2 of these- for $10! Not pretty and not matching our other furniture, I sanded them and painted them and got this:

I'm quite pleased. And so far, Alexa hasn't figured out that they open and the fun that they contain :)

Wednesday, April 6, 2011


For my birthday my parents gave me money so that I could buy things for the sewing machine that my mother-in-law got me for Christmas, and I finally got around to spending it! I bought lots of stuff from JoAnn's online to do several little projects that I've been wanting to do for awhile, including 2 window treatments, 2 shirts for Alexa, hemming some jeans, and making myself a tote for primary. I'm excited! Now I just have to teach myself to sew! Stay tuned for another project that I'm completing!