Wednesday, March 27, 2013

What I Wore: Perseverance


I started a project.

In fact, I started it three weeks ago and thought for sure I would be blogging about it two weeks ago. And here I sit. One more week away from finishing it.

Probably.

It’s pretty awesome, if I do say so myself. Can I say that? And only because my kids are already trying it out, and it may be one of the coolest things I’ve ever done for them.

A labor of love.

And it should have been easy.

Like most things in life always start out.

But then one thing leads to another and you are still one

or two

weeks away from your goal.

But I won’t give up on it. Oh, no. It will be worth the wait!

Just like all good things in life are.

And so I persevere.

Other things in life have taken the front seat.

My son started his first season in lacrosse – and went all the way to the championship game!

My younger son wanted to get baptized! So we went to baptism class, said the prayer and planned the day.

We spent family time in Big Bear.

I added 150 plus grades for the end of the quarter

And am now counting the days before I start my Masters degree.

Persevere.

These are not tough times. They are good times – but they all take time.

And, as I learned in church recently: you only have enough time to do God’s will.
Truth.

And if I ever get overwhelmed with time, I remind myself of that.

And in that time -- did I mention
that I had to make time to put a couch together? Yep!

Talk about perseverance!

It was…

Not fun.

But we did it!
 
Before...

 
 
After...
 

 

 

And seriously, after that, I’m ready to take on another day!

Right now, my life is encompassed with books, and kids, lacrosse and family – and a project.

So, what did I wear this week?

A French manicure, a little drywall... (those go together right?)

 




 

And a can-do attitude!!

 

Sweater: Target
Necklace: The Road Closet


Has that ever happened to you with a project? What is life keeping you busy with right now? What are you persevering through this week?

pleated poppy


“The key question to keep asking is, Are you spending your time on the right things? Because time is all you have. ” ― Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture
"And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up." ~Gal. 6:9

Monday, March 18, 2013

St. Patrick's Day Shenanigans

Sometimes I decorate my house and front door for St. Patrick's Day and sometimes (okay, a lot of times) we wear green, but always on special days I decorate the table and make my boys a fun breakfast! I love surprising them when they wake up in the morning! (Although, after 12 years of breakfasts, it's hardly a surprise anymore! lol)

This year I used the 'Top O' the Morning' printables from My Sister's Suitcase. I actually wasn't sure what I was going to use this year, but then I got mailed my local neighborhood magazine and inside came ALL the 'Top O' the Morning' printables, in color, ready to be cut out and used! How could I refuse? So, I didn't! lol

Here are some photos from our morning:





                  



I also made them personalized fortune cookies. I took out the original fortune and put in my own message. {Tutorial here}



I'm pretty sure they liked it, because my little one made this on his plate with his chocolate gold coins:



And then we ate!


After breakfast my kids said they were happy and FULL. Two things important in their little lives right now! I think of their needs often - and when I am behind in my blog posts, Facebook updates or unable to comment on my favorite blogs, I feel bad, but I never regret it. I never regret spending my time and energy on my boys. They deserve the first of my time, not the leftovers of my time and it is so encouraging to read some of your posts knowing you feel the same. You get it. And I know you get me too. :)

I feel so lucky blessed to be their mom and to have you here reading our ramblings.

I leave you with one of my favorite parts of our breakfast...



Yes, this is a green clover pancake! {Quick tutorial here} Did you get creative with food this St. Patrick's Day? Decorate with green? Cause some shenanegans? Where do you feel blessed in your life right now?


"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to [his] purpose." ~Romans 8:28



St. Patrick's Day ~ Clover Pancake

I've seen lots of clover pancake versions around the web recently, but none, *I think* have been made this way before.

I was going through my cupboards gettin all my St. Patrick's Day 'stuff' out of the pantry when I came across my flexible heart ice cube mold:



Originally, this tray made fun heart shaped ice cubes:




But as I looked at it, I thought it also had the potential to make a really cool clover pancake. So, operation pancake experiment began. I filled the ice tray with pancake mix:




I let them set overnight in the freezer and then popped them out for breakfast in the morning. I placed the frozen hearts (in the preheated pan) in the shape of a clover:


Frozen batter makes pancakes just as well as fresh batter, it just takes a minute or two more on each side. (Depending on your oven.) The nice thing about the batter being frozen is that I didn't have to worry about the shape changing as I poured and I could be very specific in placement. As the batter heats and cooks, the hearts molded into an adorably festive clover! My kids and I were very happy with the result!
 

 
 
 
I now want to mold pancakes into every imagineable shape! And since there are all kinds of ice shaped molds - the possibilities are endless! Have you tried this technique before? What shapes do you think would make fun pancakes?
 
Happy St. Patrick's Day! 
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