Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Thursday, March 24, 2011
I love fresh flowers. This yellow sunshine was $5 at the Grocery store and I have had them for two weeks now. I just have trimmed and changed there water every couple of days. They make me feel so happy.
We had a little Leprechaun visit the homestead and left us some of his gold. This is just a cookie cutter placed on top of gold chocolate coins. Perfect for adding a bit of Irish spark.
Monday, March 21, 2011
I love Mindy Gledhill's music. It is uplifting and soothing. Beautiful and thoughtful. It makes me smile and cry. I have her new CD and I seriously listen to it ALL the time. I wanted to share her newest video with you. I love the windmill's in the back ground. I'm pretty sure they are the one's at the mouth of Spanish Fork Canyon. We drive past them on our way to our beautiful Mt. Pleasant and they make me smile too. Plus I totally dig her glasses and am thinking I might be sporting something similar soon. Hope you enjoy this and are smiling at the end. Happy Monday.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
We had a wonderful Pasta Spinach Salad...veggie tray with a Greek Cucumber dip, Mushroom Sausage tarts, and Zucchini boats with feta, and tomato mixture. It was so delicious.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
She found these flowers and butterfly's at the Dollar Store. Some where from last year.
The Birthday sign with Butterflies from the Dollar Store.
Wall Stickies were also from the Dollar Tree.
This banner was from Hobby Lobby on clearance for $2.50 it was so darling.
The favor bags had a Pascal party blower that she made with foam from Disney Website, mini Slinky's, little tube of bubbles, a couple bendy bands, a tangled notebook from Dollar Tree, a mini paint set (she got on Clearance at Walmart after Valentines day 4 for 50 cents.) and some watercolor paper sheets, little recorder (Valentines section at Target), and a little candy bar. They were so darling and so much fun for the kids.
The Pascal Party blower was darling.
These were my favorite item...they are mini frying pan necklaces. She used baby food jar lids with modge podged tissue paper, then hot glued a pipe cleaner onto the back. She used ribbon and/or yarn to make them into necklaces. Idea also off the Disney Family Fun website. Such a cute idea.
The lantern's up close.
For the boys she made Flynn Rider satchels. They were made out of felt and hung over their shoulders.
It was a great party full of fun and laughter. Just what a party should be.
For a link to the Disney Family Fun Website go here. Thanks Alisa for letting me post your darling party.
Sunday, March 6, 2011
This is a very touching and sweet story I have heard several times. I don't know the source but a dear friend gave it to me last year and then another dear friend sent it to me today and I thought it would be a great thing to post. This is to ALL those who sometimes feel invisible as they go about doing Good Works.
The Invisible Mother
It all began to make sense, the blank stares, the lack of response, the way one of the kids will walk into the room while I'm on the phone and ask to be taken to the store. Inside I'm thinking, "Can't you see I'm on the phone?"
Obviously not, no one can see if I'm on the phone, or cooking, or sweeping the floor, or even standing on my head in the corner, because no one can see me at all. I"m invisible. The invisible Mom. Some days I am only a pair of hands, nothing more! Can you fix this? Can you tie this? Can you open this?
Some days I'm not a pair of hands; I'm not even a human being. I'm a clock to ask, "What time is it?" I'm a satellite guide to answer, "What number is the Disney Channel?" I'm a car to order, "Right around 5:30, please."
Some days I'm a crystal ball: "Where's my other sock?, Where's my phone?. What's for dinner?"
I was certain that these were the hands that once held books and the eyes that studied history, music and literature -but now, they had disappeared into the peanut butter, never to be seen again. She's going, she's going, she's gone!
One night, a group of us were having dinner, celebrating the return of a friend from England. She had just gotten back from a fabulous trip, and she was going on and on about the hotel she stayed in. I was sitting there, looking around at the others all put together so well. It was hard not compare and feel sorry for myself. I was feeling pretty pathetic, when she turned to me with a beautifully wrapped package and said, "I brought you this." It was a book on the great cathedrals of Europe. I wasn't exactly sure why she'd given it to me until I read her inscription: "With admiration for the greatness of what you are building when now one sees."
In the days ahead I would read - no, devour- the book. And I would discover what would become for me, four life-changing truths, after which I could pattern my work:
2)These builders gave their whole lives for a work they would never see finished.
3)The made great sacrifices and expected no credit.
4)The passion of their building was fueled by their faith that the eyes of God saw everything.
A story of legend in the book told of a rich man who came to visit the cathedral while it was being built, and he saw a workman carving a tiny bird on the inside of a beam. He was puzzled and asked the man, "Why are you spending so much time carving that bird into a beam that will be covered by the roof, No one will ever see it." And the workman replied, "Because God sees."
I closed the book, feeling the missing piece fall into place. I twas almost as if I heard God whispering to me, "I see you. I see the sacrifices you make every day, even when no one around you does."
No act of kindness you've done, no sequin you've sewn on, no cupcake you've baked, no Cub Scout meeting, no last minute errand is too small for me to notice and smile over. You are building a great cathedral, but you can't see right now what it will become.
I keep the right perspective when I see myself as a great builder. As one of the people who show up at a job that they will never see finished, to work on something that their name will never be on. The writer of the book went so far as to say that no cathedrals could ever be built in our lifetime because there are so few people willing to sacrifice to that degree.
When I really think about it, I don't want my son to tell the friend he's bringing home from college for Thanksgiving, "My Mom gets up at four int he morning and bakes homemade pies, and then she hand bastes a turkey for three hours and presses all the lines for the table." That would mean I'd built a monument to myself. I just want him to want to come home. And then, if there is anything more to say to his friend, he'd say, "You're going to live it there!"
As mother's, we are building great cathedrals. We cannot be see if we're doing it right. And one day, it is very possible that the world will marvel, not only at what we have built, but at the beauty that has been added to the world by the sacrifices of invisible mothers.
Thursday, March 3, 2011
I am not a huge sushi fan...okay I've never dare try it. But I thought these candy Sushi were fun and easy. Just Google Candy Sushi for ideas and recipes. They are just Rice Crispy Treats and various candy. SOooooo Easy.
Chocolate Dipped Fortune cookies. I bought the fortune cookies and just dipped in melted chocolate and sprinkles.
This was our place setting. The cup was made by my fellow party planner and is a Japanese number. The take out boxes had Japanese Cherry Blossom lotion from Bath and Body Works. The place mat is from the dollar store. And we found the chopsticks and fans online.
I had very little money for decorations and so decided to make my own cherry blossom stems. I hot glued flowers on sticks. I picked up the sticks at Michael's 50 for 5.99 with my 40% off coupon. The flowers I had and just pulled off and glued on. The vase I found for $1.50 at DI
The decorations were simple...two Chinese lanterns and I cut out birds and flowers on my Silhouette and hung them on twine. They looked cute and simple.
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
This book was recommended to me by a dear friend. I finished last night and found this a beautiful read. It was truly bitter and sweet. The book flips back and forth between the years of 1986 and 1942-1945. It is full of interesting facts and heartfelt moments. The main characters Henry and Keiko will capture your heart and spin a tale of the conflicts inside America during WWII. It highlights the cultural differences between various groups and injustice between cultures, while painting a beautiful picture of loyalty, honor, service and love. I completely enjoyed this book and highly recommend it.
Hope you are having a joy filled week.