It was Heritage Days in Mt. Vernon this past weekend. We had fun seeing my family, old friends, and of course the parade. Obviously it wore us out. Or at least it wore the two of them out. Just a normal Sunday hanging out with our flippers on…


Garden Time

This is one of my favorite times of the year. The time of year when it’s warm, but not too warm. You can hang in the yard and not sweat to death or get eaten by mosquitoes. And you can plant a garden. There’s always so much hope at the beginning of the garden. Hope that it will stay looking so neat. Hope that I WILL go out there and water it every other day. Of course all that ambition fades by July when it’s 95 degrees and I’m tired from being at work all day.

We have scaled back our garden efforts the past 5 years. Mostly because we don’t have the time or energy to care for all those plants or the freezer space to keep them all. And I am not interested in starting a canning operation. We also don’t care to wage war against the bunnies, deer, and chipmunks that inevitably end up consuming most of our harvest. So we took back the garden plot and turned it back into grass a few years ago. I still love having my own homegrown fresh tomatoes in August though. Lucky for me my mother-in-law had four extra plants she wasn’t using. Sweet! I didn’t even have to buy anything. Sonja and I planted our four tomato plants in an old flower bed next to the house. I’m hoping they do well there. It’s very sunny and far away from the pine tree that sucks the life out of all the other plants in the yard. Only a 3-4 month wait for fresh salsa…

Who knew you could buy Disney Princess garden supplies? Ours are getting a lot of use these days.


I’m a hoarder. Kevin is too. There I’ve admitted it. We have a one-and-a-half-story house and until now we haven’t really needed the half story upstairs. When we have something we don’t want to get rid of but also don’t have a place for it on the main level we put it upstairs. There is no rhyme or reason or organization to our junk up there. And now we have another person arriving in 18 weeks or less and we need to clean up the hoarding mess. I spent a large portion of Saturday up there sweating profusely as I organized our art portfolios and old bedding and toys and Kevin’s CD collection. I really do love that room and I can’t wait to spend time up there when it’s the baby’s room. But it’s going to be a long road from hoarding nightmare to cute nursery. Also, I’m trying to do the nursery for as cheap as possible and use stuff we already own to decorate. So here’s the before picture. Don’t judge me too hard!

View from the doorway. And oh yeah, did I mention I painted this room BRIGHT ORANGE when we moved in 8 years ago? I’m leaving it orange for the baby.


Wedding Quilt

Last fall I decided I was tired of our two duvet covers for the big down comforter. I went hunting through my hoarding mess in our upper level and found a quilt we received from our wedding. It was made for us by Kevin’s great-aunt Vivian who is just the sassiest lady you’ve ever met! She’s nearly 90 (she might already be 90) and she plays the organ and hangs out with her friends. I only hope to be as involved and fun as she is when I’m 40 let alone 90! Anyway, I found the quilt and thought hey, that has some fall colors, I’ll just throw it on top of our bed. Turns out Kev and I both loved it and it was an extra layer of warmth during the cold part of the year.

Well now it’s spring. Those golds and browns are making me think of football and turkey so I thought it was time to switch it up again. I didn’t want the boring old white comforter and I have no idea where I’ve stored the duvets. So I went hunting again. And I found this quilt! We also got this for our wedding almost 8 years ago. I’ve kept it safely in a closet all that time. My sister helped make this along with the sewing circle at my parent’s church. And it’s pink!!!! It’s probably a little girly for Kevin but I love it! And he says he likes it too. It looks like the cat approves as well.

This is all part of my plan to decorate with the stuff we already own this year! We need to save our cash for the daycare bill that’s going to more than double come November. And we have lots of great stuff that we’ve forgotten about. Here’s to spring cleaning and re-decorating!

Close up of the cross-stitch detail in the center

New quilt plus cat