Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Latest Knitting Finishes....


I had a custom order for two cupcake hats. These are the first cupcake hats I have ever made. Although I made the one bigger (for two different sizes) they ended up still being so close in size. I actually made three because I was trying to get it right. I am hoping these work well for the girl who ordered them because they are not too difficult...but definitely tedious knitting! And although it is hard to see, there are colored "sprinkles" sewn on the cupcakes as well! :) Maudie is modeling each of the hats for me! :)



♥ In loving kindness,
    Katy

Monday, November 26, 2012

Light Up Night!

Our town has a *light up night* parade once a year. It's held on the Friday after Thanksgiving. My dad always takes his trucks (he owns an auto body shop) through and my children ride through and throw candy! This year, we made a gingerbread house to put on the back of one of the trucks!

Putting the frame together...


Cutting out the windows....


Putting on the roof...


Adding extra details...


 It was a long day of preparing...but we got it done! I had just enough time to run home, give the children a sandwich and get them suited up in warm, cozy winter clothes before having to take the kids in to get on the trucks in preparation for the parade.

Here are the trucks all lined up (there were three...the Dodge (which is a general work truck), the big wrecker (driven by one of my dad's employees) and then behind that was the big tiltbed (which Chris drove through the parade)...



I turned off the flash for a minute so you could see the pretty light/glow coming through the windows of the gingerbread house we made!


And then a photo with the flash on...


Jaxson, Madelyn and Xavier all ready to go!


Nickel (my parents' pup) was ready to go too! She rode in the tiltbed with Chris...


My little elf...


Chris, always making us laugh, wearing Madelyn's elf hat (and other employees of my dad's are there too) ~ waiting before the parade got started!


A little glimpse at our town...


My mom and I watched the parade across the street from the courthouse...


And here they come! (I know it's quite hard to see...but I did the best I could!)...



Nickel wants to snag all that candy left on the road!!!


It was a cold, busy, exhausting day...but it all turned out wonderfully and the children had so much fun! :o)


♥ In loving kindness, Katy

Thursday, November 22, 2012

~Giving Thanks~

 At all times and for everything giving thanks in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God the Father.

We had an absolutely delightful Thanksgiving celebration this year. We had Thanksgiving with Chris's family this past Sunday so today, we celebrated with my family! Our feast was held at my parents' house (aka: Grammie and Pop-Pop). In attendance were my parents, my sister and family and then my family!

The children had fun playing...


The Squeezle was there too! She really enjoyed watching the parade on the tv! She was such a hoot to watch as she danced along to the music!


Here the children are, getting ready to see Grammie's horses (Boone, Cowboy and Jasper) **Notice, El is wearing the pumpkin hat I made her!**...


Parade watching...



Playing...




More parade watching (Eloise was so sweet to watch and listen to! My mom commented on how Eloise was the best parade-watcher! She Ooh'd and Ahh'd at everything! She would even say *Wow!* sometimes...it was incredibly cute!....


My better half and me....we truly are so perfect together...mmm, yes, I am *quite* thankful for *him*!


Xavier...


He helped Grammie carve the turkey!


We enjoyed a lovely lunch ~ turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, rolls, sweet corn, stuffing, cranberry sauce and pie. I didn't eat a roll, sweet potatoes, gravy or pie...and I measured out all my helpings (and brought my scale to weigh out my turkey). It's truly second nature to me now, after doing it these past 6 months, and it really helps you know how much a serving *is*. (I also went to spin class this morning so I would have some extra calories to eat today...just in case I needed them! Today was a different spin teacher than my usual instructors and boy, was she hard! It was a *great* workout though and she was just as sweet as can be!)

After lunch, Madelyn and Eloise played in the doll house for a bit...




My Christopher, watching football....




But we your people, the sheep of your pasture,
    will give thanks to you forever;
    from generation to generation we will recount your praise.
~Psalm 79:13



 And...just for fun, I thought I would show a few photos of some pretty places in my mom's home! Here is her canning cupboard. I just love seeing all the veggies in jars, sealed and stacked like this!!


In the dining room (that frame picture on the left is one I did in high school...it's a chalk drawing on velour)...


In the kitchen, I just love all the wood! That old door to the right is my mom's pantry! It's so neat!


I hope you enjoyed this little peek into our Thanksgiving celebration! My sister was there too! I bet she will post some photos too soon! I hope you will stop by and say hello!

And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
~ Colossians 3:17

I praise God for Who He is and for the blessings He bestows upon us...the good and the bad ~ for all is according to His perfect will and I know that no matter what happens, He is always in control. 

The evening is winding down...we'll spend time as a family, maybe eat a little something if anyone is hungry, I'll work on knitting and we'll be heading to bed in a few hours. Tomorrow is another day and I plan on being up and at 'em early and back at spin class! When I weighed yesterday, I have now lost a total of 47 pounds...slowly inching my weigh to the 50 pound mark! After spin, we have a busy day planned which I will try and post about sometime soon! 

I hope you all enjoyed your day with loved ones. I know that not everyone who reads my blog was celebrating Thanksgiving today in it's technical way...but truly, every day we live we should be expressing an attitude of gratefulness for God's grace and goodness to us! So whether you were officially celebrating or not, I still hope you had a great day filled with thanks and love! 

♥ In loving kindness,
   Katy

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Pictures By Madelyn

I have many, many plans today...but I just wanted to drop by, quickly, and post some photos Madelyn has taken on her camera. She has wanted me to post things she photographs...so I wanted to do that today! :o)

Here are a few from today (just a bit ago, actually). I am not sure why they are so faded/foggy looking...? She *did* use the flash...? 

Here I am (and is still how I look at this moment as I sit and type this post)... this is as real as it gets ~ no make up, my hair not done (just up in a bun), completely unprepared for a time of picture-taking...


Jaxson...working on schoolwork...


My Ruthers, laying under my feet...


And here are a few photos Madelyn took over the summer from around our little homestead...




Later this morning, I have to journey over to my sister's house for a bit (yes, yes...I get to see the Squeezle! It's a glorious day!) So, I must get going...there is much to accomplish before heading out the door today!

I hope you all have an absolutely God-honoring, gratitude-filled, heart-warming Thanksgiving celebration with those you love most! Thank you for stopping by!

♥ In loving kindness,
  Katy

Monday, November 19, 2012

In Our Spare Time...


Lately, some things that have been keeping me and my three (affectionately known) stooges busy (when not working on school work or chores) are...

Early morning roll baking...


Snuggling a new cousin...


Reading...

 
Lego building...



 Mask-making (although Xavier made this during his art class at our homeschool co-op!)...


...And knitting! Madelyn is modeling the mittens I recently finished knitting for her! I plan on making myself a pair pretty soon as well! She loves them and I know they will keep her hands toasty-warm on some of our upcoming super-cold winter days! 


I am terribly exhausted this evening. My day started out at spin class (as usual...goodness, it's so addicting! I started attending the class 7 times per week...once every day!). Then I came home and got everyone ready to head to our homeschool co-op day (that's in the next town over). I am part of the "set up" crew who gets things ready in the morning, so we have to be there early. After spending the whole day (until mid afternoon) there...the children and I made a quick stop and Walmart (although it is truly one of my least favorite places to shop!) and then made the journey home. It truly made for a long day and we were all utterly exhausted when we got home. After doing a little straightening up, getting my clothes off the line outside, and checking my email...I plopped down in a chair in the living room to finish knitting Madelyn's mittens. Now, here I sit....trying to keep my eyes open. It's much-too-early to go to bed yet...but oh how I desire to drift off to dreamland!

The rest of the week holds lots of busyness of it's own...journeys to make, schooling to do, baking to bake, errands to run, and Thanksgiving festivities to prepare for/enjoy! I hope you'll forgive my absence from posting until I have time next! Hopefully it will be sometime this week...but I make no guarantees! :)

So, let me take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving. We truly have so much to thank God for (every day)! My heart has been pondering Psalm 118:1 lately:


Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
    for his steadfast love endures forever!


And I like how Spurgeon puts it in one of his sermons:

"But how shall we give crowning thanksgiving for this crowning mercy of the year? We can do it, dear friends, by the inward emotions of gratitude. Let our hearts be warmed; let our spirits remember, meditate, and think upon this goodness of the Lord. Meditation upon this mercy may tend to nourish in you the tenderest feelings of affection, and your souls will be knit to the Father of spirits, who pitieth his children. Again, praise him with your lips; let psalms and hymns employ your tongues to-day: and to-morrow, when we meet together at the prayer-meeting, let us turn it rather into a praise-meeting, and let us laud and magnify his name from whose bounty all this goodness flows. But I think, also, we should thank him by our gifts."

Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you each are well and enjoy the rest of the week with your loved ones! :)

♥ In loving kindness,
   Katy