Thursday, April 29, 2010


Next week is Teacher Appreciation I am getting all my little gifts ready. We like to give our teachers a little something every day. These little monogram things I picked up at Hobby Lobby for $2 each and I made the fun little flashcards. These are ready to start the week and now I need to finish the other 3 days.

Today after school the kids had a really great time. Have you seen these cute cookies to color on from Target? Ben and Madi think they are cool. After snack we played a few games of UNO. We each won one game.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Picking strawberries at Southern Belle Farm

First off today: I really enjoy getting to substitute. Today I subbed at the private school that sometimes calls me. Last year while sitting at Madi's gymnastics with all the other moms, Kim heard me say that I sub at Ben and Madi's school. She is the director of a private school and asked me to be on their list of subs and I agreed. So for the last year I have accepted jobs at both schools. So anyways today I was lucky to work at the private school. They have the coolest teachers and the sweetest spanish teacher. I would enjoy working there everyday.

It was yesterday that we went to southern belle farm to pick strawberries. There were strawberries galore. And what fun it was.
When we got back to the van there was a silly peacock doing some kind of funky dance for us.

Last night I washed a bucket of the berries to freeze. I laid them all out on cookie sheets and luckily I have two freezers so it was easy to freeze them over night like this.

Then today after getting home from teaching I grabbed the frozen strawberries and bagged and tagged them. Then I used this recipe to make some delicious strawberry jam. Steve just made two huge peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with it. Half of one of my jars is already gone...we may have to go back for more berries.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Climbing Stone Mountain

After staying home all day Saturday, yesterday afternoon we to get out in the nice weather. stone mountain park is a great place to go to enjoy the outdoors. There are so many things to do at Stone Mountain Park but yesterday we just wanted to climb the's been almost 2 years since the last time we hiked to the top.

At the top we enjoyed some snacks we had stashed in the backpack. Ben just went and found his own rock to snack and meditate on...cracked us up.

When you are
almost to the top you climb up this steep rock.

Coming back down.

On the lower part of the mountain it's so pretty with all the trees.

Halfway up there is the gum can smell it as you hike by.

Close to the can see the Atlanta skyline and Buckhead on the horizon.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

What do you do on a rainy Saturday?

QUILT! I caught up on two of my quilt blocks from that jelly roll quilt along I am participating in. Despite the
rain and our baseball game getting cancelled we are all together here at home watching what else...the NFL draft mixed with a little bit a NBA in there. I have watched more of this years draft than I wish for. I watch a little at night with Steve and of course we tape it so Ben can watch when he gets home from school...we are 4 days into this draft but I am about to turn on my taped Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice...I am going to try at least.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

this week...

...has been full of r&r...running and reading. I have never been much of a reader. But over the last year I have really stumbled across some great books. This past week this book The Help has been glued to my was so good you gotta read it. Anyone have any suggestions for me to move onto next?

Monday, April 19, 2010

He is sweet and silly....

...Steve that is. A few weeks ago he surprised me with a new tiny ipod. I had been wanting a small one I could just clip on when I went running. Sweet huh? BUT before giving it to me, he went and bought a song from itunes and put it on there....Michigan's fight song!!! What the heck?!? Cracks me up every time I am out there on the trail and that song comes on.

So I went and baked my Georgia lovin' husband some yummy Tennessee Orange cookies.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

snowballs in April

I am telling you, I am on fire when it comes to quilting and sewing projects...I can't get enough! These American Jane fabrics are some of my most favorite, I love their bright colors. So does Allison over at cluckclucksew! Her taste has worn off on me. The tutorial on making a snowball quilt also came from's on her sidebar along with lots of other tutorials. Right now this quilt is hanging over a shutter in my living makes me 'sew' happy every time I look at it.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

The G&G Blog giveaway!

You can win this super cute dress! All you have to do is go leave a comment on the the georgia grace blog by the 18th. Through a couple of marriages I guess you could say I am sorta related to Jordon. She makes the most beautiful clothes! Go on over and will be love at first site!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Madi and Daddy and some Georgia Football

This past Saturday was Georgia's Spring Football game. Our whole family had plans to go, until Friday when Ben started making plans with his friends. I agreed to stay home for Ben. When Madi got wind of this the tears started flowing like a raging river! She wanted to go to the Georgia game. (Like we don't ever do kids have been to more NFL, NBA, MLB, World Cup, NASCAR and college football and basketball games than any adult I know and they are only 7 and 9 years old.) So Steve said he would take her. They had a date. For lunch they ate at the blind pig....a famous joint near Sanford Stadium. Doesn't she look cute in her aj green jersey Steve's mom got her last christmas.

On Saturday I got some organizing done...getting ready for the move. But you know I snuck in some fun crafty time! I can't wait to finish it.

Madi looked all patriotic this morning wearing some new shorts I made her in red, white, blue and peace signs.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Play ball!!!

Baseball started this week. The Chicago Cubs have been in town this week to play against the Braves. It's been hard to get tickets, they have been sold out but we got some last night. We just saw the Braves less than a month ago down in Florida at spring training...but there is nothing like being inside Turner Field! My kids take some goofy pictures...they are the same kids who rarely speak a word in public.

Atlanta is home to Cartoon Network and Turner Field has a really neat playhouse for the kids to play in.

Before the game we met Steve at his work. Ft. McPherson is right there in Atlanta and only 2 exits from Turner Field...funny how there is a big Army Post in the middle of a large city like that. After picking up Steve we headed straight to the game. We like to get there way early to watch batting practice so we just ate dinner there too. They have some YUMMY food. I had the New York dog.

Look at Madi's chili fries!!! They were so big that when she was done it looked as if she hadn't eaten any of them.

Some history: The Braves use to play in Fulton County Stadium. Turner Field was built to host the 1996 Olympics. After the Olympics it became Turner Field home to the Atlanta Braves. The Fulton County Stadium was torn down and is now the parking lot for Turner Field. In the middle of the parking lot is this piece of wall...the place where Hank Aaron's home run broke the record. NEAT! Back in the spring of 1997 Steve and I had only been married a few months. We were visiting Steve's family. Steve wanted so badly to go to a Braves was Braves vs. Yankees and the first game the Braves would play in Turner Field. Steve's mom was so nice to lend us her car and we spent our last $100 on tickets...but we made it to the first game ever played in Turner Field...obviously not our last that's for sure.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

circles, circles, circles...

Yesterday...we had to go down to Warner Robbins Air Force Base to get our passports and Visa's made. I think it's funny my kids have Korean Visa's...they are 7 and 9. Nothing in the military is simple!! I finished punching and punching and punching a whole bunch of fun circles to make some really colorful cards. I enjoy looking at all the pretty papers.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Easter weekend

Teresa, Steve's mom, came and picked up Ben and Madi and off they went for a weekend of fun. I can only imagine how much giggling and fun went on. Ben and Madi LOVE hanging out with their's their favorite thing to do.
Steve and I sure enjoyed a weekend together. Saturday night we went to the Italian Oven for dinner and then did a little shopping before rushing home to watch the Final Four.
Thank you Teresa!!!

On Sunday Steve and I met up with everyone to celebrate Easter with lots of food and everyone playing outside. Even Great Grandma Marcella got out with her new white shoes on and played baseball. Alicia had gotten a badminton set and that was a hit! What a perfect Easter weekend.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Sewing with leftovers

All I can say is I LOVE themodabakeshop!!! Two of the quilts I made are free patterns from over there. I get inspired by so many of the things all the girls make for the blog. Last fall, Target had all the girls short sleeve t-shirts on sale and I bought at least 7 of them for $2 each, knowing I wanted to 'play' with a few of them. So on this one I made pleated flowers ...a pattern nicole did for the bakeshop.

The skirt idea also came from the moda

And now...Madi looking so cherry. This was so fun to make!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

April Fools

I sooo got my kids after school today!!! Thanks to a fun idea from the talented Camille over at simplify which is one of my FAVORITE quilting blogs. Just look at Ben getting sprayed....there is a rubber band on the sprayer.

And...look at our "mashed potatoes" we are having for dinner. I think they will enjoy the joke. Have a FUN April 1st.