Tuesday, October 21, 2014

fall flowers

We planted zinnias in our yard ages ago and now they are coming up! October flowers! My 8 year old decided she wanted to photograph them and I LOVE seeing them through her lense. And also that the dandelion was just as beautiful to her. I think she did a great job and now we can remember the day we walked around the yard exclaiming over the flowers! The leaves! The light coming through the trees!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

what is going on over here?!?!?! :) (a long overdue update + photos)

 One of the last things I posted here was the news that we were trying to sell our house. But, thankfully, we have not had to sell our house, but are going to be able to stay here, Lord willing, for a while longer. It's a long story, but one that we have over and over seen God's hand of provision and kindness. Being able to stay here ((at the beautiful and cozy art house)) has been a huge blessing to us and something we now do not take for granted. Each day is a gift! Each breath a blessing from God!

 Art class has been adorable and fun, as usual. I can't get enough of their masterpieces :)

 I mean, look at that texture!

 An ombre sunflower? Genius.

 you can see my August project list here with links (not shown on that pinboard is the barn shingle we  freestyle painted).

you can see my September project list and links here.

The kids' apples took my breath away! Here is the youtube video I watched and modeled the project after.

 Now for an entirely different story.....after we got home from visiting my parents in Canada this summer, my mom found out her breast cancer had come back. She was scheduled for a mastectomy and I got to fly and be with them for the surgery and after. (photo: flying over Toronto)

 It was so good to see my parents again and to spend about 9 days with them. Mom went through the surgery well and has recovered so nicely. I was nervous and at times a bit teary, but God gave us such an amazing peace throughout. I know her recovery is not over and it will take awhile to get her energy fully back, but I am encouraged every time I talk to her, she is very upbeat and doing well.

 We were able to take Mom out for a nice drive along the coast. Beautiful scenery, gorgeous day, and delicious lunch of fish and chips.

 It was very relaxing and quiet at their house :) We would sit for hours watching movies and stitching on our little projects. I would call Dave to check on them and there was always a ruckus in the background :) Dave was awesome...kept things going at home and just was a great hubby and dad. Our friends and family on both sides (ours and my parents') were AMAZING....meals, childcare, cards, calls, emails, PRAYERS......just a tangible way everyday that we saw God's love and help.

 Sweet times...

 Fun times too....

 I was the maid :) Making up for all those times when my mom catered to me when I had my babies :) But really, I had an easy job :-)

 Flowers from Mom's garden.

The infamous brownie on a lettuce leaf (when I was little, I brought her a brownie on a lettuce leaf) So we had to recreate that.


School has been in session for us for about 4 weeks and so far we are loving the Sonlight curriculum. We have enjoyed the book selections and I have seen the kids being stretched in their writing skills. I honestly pinch myself when I walk into our school room and know I get to spend a great portion of the day in that happy room with my 3. God is so kind to us and I know I don't deserve it.

I hope all is well with you, reader! Thank you for reading this update and thank you, also, if you have prayed for my mom!

P.S. Focus on the Family had a great broadcast yesterday dealing with character building in our kids. Loved this- we are going to try and implement some of these ideas:

Intentional Parenting

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

JULY aRt ClaSs

Welcome! come in and get creative :) 

 The kids always have an easy project to work on at the beginning until everyone gets to class. This was a fun little robot that the kids could color and personalize.

 This project was so much fun, in fact, I was surprised at how much the kids loved it. They could have kept painting and painting. I gave them all sorts of sticks and leaves and pinecones, etc. They used these nature bits as paint brushes.

The 100 year old self portrait was super cute. I found the idea here...the best part...the brown paper face made from wrinkled brown paper.  We looked on the Internet at pictures of people who were 100 years old. 

The dolphin drawing was from here. Thank you, Marty Nystom!

The robot template is here.

  The flowers were made from tissue paper strips taped (with washi tape) to sticks. A fun bouquet :)

Art class is so much fun and a huge blessing!!!! My boys have outgrown it, but they hang around in the living room to play games with any kids who finish a project early. My daughter is still loving it and when she is not a student, she is my right-hand-helper-lady :)

I am excited about the August class coming up on the 22nd and 25th....lots of great stuff....studying the artist Winslow Homer....ships....sunflowers....and sculptures using a fun summer toy (what could that be?!?!?). I have a few spots left in each class...email me to inquire (saramincy @ gmail.com)

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Cherry Limeade Cupcakes

Mmmmm these cupcakes were good! We followed this recipe pretty much, but used a lemon cake mix instead of scratch. I was in such a cooking and baking kick, and now I'm......not! Ha! I think I just get bored and move onto something else. Now it's getting ready for a homeschool curriculum consignment sale (pricing, tagging) and getting ready to do art classes again- Yay! It has been too long. Hope you are having a sweet and fun summer.


P.S. my favorite verses right now:

Psalm 62:5-8

For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence,
    for my hope is from him.
 He only is my rock and my salvation,
    my fortress; I shall not be shaken.
 On God rests my salvation and my glory;
    my mighty rock, my refuge is God.

Trust in him at all times, O people;
    pour out your heart before him;
    God is a refuge for us. Selah


Saturday, June 14, 2014

Instagram is making me lazy

How can it be that I have not blogged for 2 months? I have no good excuses...Here is what we have been up to :) :) Oh! And we are still living in our house! How wonderful is that? It has been back and forth, but for now we are still here and putting selling on hold. God has been so gracious and kind to us through the whole process. These things take time...Dave was out of a job for 6 months a year ago...and that catches up to you eventually. But, here we are still and thankful...willing to move if we have to....but more than happy to stay if we can :)

Saturday, April 12, 2014

COLOR: 2 Ways

We colored eggs at our last art class- I used a new technique that was sooo fun and so beautiful. I saw the idea here.

Step one) Splash a hard boiled egg with white vinegar (that's a kid arm there in the photo :)

Step two) Squirt with food color (my tip- give the kids choices of either cool colors or warm colors. I put yellow, orange, red, and pink food color bottles in one container, and the rest of the colors in another (blues, greens, purples). The kids could pick either hot or cold colors (good way to review :)  If you let the kids use all of the colors they run together to make a nice brown...and hey, if that is what you are going for, that is fine- we were going for vibrant!)

 Shake the egg around (that's a kid hand there shaking the egg around :)

 Let the egg sit for 30 seconds. Everyone count together! Math practice too :)

 Rinse and enjoy the beautiful egg! (yeah, that's my hand there holding the egg)

 I have tried so many egg dying methods and this is by far my favorite.

Now for color #2.............................
Lydia, Jen, and I ran in a Color me Rad 5k a few weeks ago. It was colorful :) And fun...the best part is that you are so distracted with all of the color (and not getting the powder in your mouth :-/) that you don't feel how painful the running is :) Even though I don't actually run enough for it to be painful...I totally believe in a walk/slow jog combination for optimum health :)



(we did start with white shirts)

Hope you have a colorful weekend! We are enjoying having Dave's parents here. The weather is perfect! 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

We Are Moving!

****Updated to add that we are not moving at this time! Yay! Who knows what the future holds, but for now we are here and happy :) 

I know?! Who would want to leave this colorful house? We would.....Dave's new job (which he loves, he's a mortgage loan officer) is one that will take awhile to get up and running. We have been house poor for awhile and need to rent something smaller. So we are praying that God will allow us to find a cute and cheap little house with the perfect location, gorgeous yard, and friendly neighbors :-) (why not pray specifically?! I am focusing on the cute part)

Let me know if you would be interested in our house or if you know someone who would. We are in the Raleigh area (a really nice and cute suburb)....it looks like we will be putting it on the market in May.

And, do you know of anyone wanting to rent out their house?

I am totally in pack and organize mode! WHHOOOO hooo- and can't wait to have a blank canvas to decorate once we get in a new place!!!!