The Bats are Back

When we first moved into our home four years ago we used to spy a few bats feasting in our backyard on a fairly regular basis, but somewhere along the way they seemed to move on to better living spaces or tastier places. This made me sad long before the rise of the Zika virus and the new suburban bat lovers who are suddenly embracing these mosquito-eating machines. So imagine my delight this week when I stepped out onto the deck and spied two bats speeding back and forth across our backyard with seemingly ravenous appetites. Maybe it was just coincidence, but this… Continue reading »

trash bag jellyfish

Trash Bag Jellyfish

In a quest to create something cheap and easy for this year’s “Submerged” Vacation Bible School theme,  I found this wonderful trash bag jellyfish project on, where else, Pinterest. These cute little sea creatures have been taking over my home for a week now and I simply love their ethereal presence all around our decorated church. Along the way I discovered that these fun little sea creatures have been assembled in many different ways by several different folks, but I wanted to share with you exactly what worked for me. Start with two trash bags. I used opaque ones, translucent ones, pink… Continue reading »

VBS jellyfish 2016

VBS Should Be a Verb

Well I’m halfway through VBS prep week and I’m happy to report that my family is neither hungry nor naked, unlike some years past. I’ve even prepared dinner every night this week — okay, so one night was Papa Murphy’s pizza, but we ate dinner at the table so that counts. Right? While most of my free time has been spent making jellyfish out of garbage bags, sign posts out of foam board and cutting lengths of barely visible fishing line, I have managed to squeeze in a bit of mommy-and-me time along the way; but only because I didn’t want… Continue reading »

Fourth of July Parade

I Cried on the Fourth of July

Independence Day started so innocently with family breakfast on the way to the local quintessential small town parade in Parkville, Mo., with plans for the carnival after. We parked the minivan, walked a couple of blocks, nabbed a front-row spot, and laughed and made small talk with our five-year-old son while sipping on sodas until the festivities began. It was supposed to be a completely care-free and fun-filled day, but soon after the vehicles began rolling down the hill in front of our little spot along the road, tears began to fill my eyes. As hard as I tried I couldn’t hold… Continue reading »

patriotic project

One Last Patriotic Project — The Jean Banner

Happy Independence Day, y’all! I hope you get to celebrate our stars and stripes in good old down-home fashion with food, fireworks, friends and family. We are headed out to our friends’ lake house later today, but only after the local parade, carnival and naps. . . oh, and of course we’ll stop for fireworks along the way. This is definitely one of my favorite holidays of the year and I love decorating our home with loads of red, white and blue. I just had to share one last patriotic project that I finished this weekend, using a pair of old jeans, cheap material, a bit of jute and a… Continue reading »

card challenge

“Hello Sunshine” Card Challenge Creation

Good morning, Saturday! It’s a dark, rainy good sleep-in morning here in KC, but I woke before the rest of the house and finished up a couple of cute little items for this week’s Freshly Made Sketches card challenge using some new beach-themed paper called “Seaglass” by Craft Smith. I think this is the perfect card to brighten anyone’s day. To create the cards, I used a blue wood-look paper for the base and cut premade sentiments. I love it when a paper pack includes a few really cute designs. I inked the inner cards with a light blue color,… Continue reading »

Florida vacation

Florida Vacation Full of Family Firsts

We returned from our Florida family vacation last week; and while it’s so good to be home, I feel like I’ve been playing catch-up for the last several days. I sure do love to travel, but I always love to come home. I think it makes me appreciate what I have. . . and home is a good thing to have. My in-laws rented a house for the whole family smack dab in the middle of the state and we descended on the hapless retirement community in true crazy family fashion. We arrived in shifts with several days of overlap, so we had… Continue reading »



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