Sunday, October 28, 2012

To Do - Week of Oct 27th

I want to get back to my weekly To Do lists. It really helps me feel like I've accomplished something through the week. I usually also give myself a short (3-ish things) daily to do list in addition to the weekly list. This is my list that I wrote on the plane for myself last week.

  1. Find Matt's Canadian passport & print renewal application - DONE! plus I got the kids' Canadian citizenship applications started
  2. Organize Christmas binder - DONE!
  3. RSVP parties x2 - DONE! yes to one, no to another
  4. Find babysitter - NA - rsvp'd no to that party...
  5. Kate's costume - DONE!
  6. Jack's costume - DONE!
  7. My costume - NA - rsvp'd no to that party...
  8. Decorate for Halloween - DONE! (mostly by the kids... we are not Martha...)
  9. Order birthday presents for cousins - DONE!
  10. Vote - not done... just. can't. decide... much to the dismay of my friends on both sides...
Here's my list for this week

  1. Vote
  2. Get kids' Canadian citizenship paperwork notarized
  3. Complete Reality Checklist for Organized Christmas
  4. Clean fishbowl and hedgehog cage
  5. Do fall cleaning of chicken coop
  6. Winterize garden
  7. Order new living room rug
  8. Clean office (it has fallen into a massive state of disarray - worse than usual!!)
  9. Put out bird feeders
  10. Update Mvelopes budget

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

This Makes Me Happy

A little Halloween, Etsy gift came in the mail yesterday, but I don't know who it is from!


(I actually have it hanging in a window but it was difficult to get a decent photo in that spot)

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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Organized Christmas

How convenient is it that the Organized Christmas Countdown starts on the day I get back from my trip? Pretty perfect timing for this wanna be organizer! I've used this the last couple years, and it has really made my holidays so much more enjoyable. Instead of running around like a crazy lady, I actually have found the time to enjoy what I love about the season - holiday lights, making cookies, giving to friends and family, etc.

So as I drag myself through this week and the awful jet lag, my only goal (other than getting back in our homeschool routine) is to get through the Week One Get Organized checklist.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Heading Home

It has been a lovely week and a wonderful trip with my friend Elizabeth, but I'm looking forward to being a home. A few photos from this week in Croatia...





























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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Right Now

Enjoying a new favorite - Croatian brand Franck black Indian tea. You'll have to trust me that the view of the sea from here is lovely.


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Saturday, October 13, 2012

Lovely Day

Arrived in Dubrovnik. Did a bit of walking around Old Town. Had a nice rest in our sobe. Dinner at a vegetarian restaurant Nishta (yum!) during a torrential downpour. Look at the steps behind me in the photo below!








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Thursday, October 11, 2012

This Makes Me Happy

I bought these little Lotta Jansdotter zip bags YEARS (8? 10?) ago thinking they would make a nice little gift for someone. Well, they have sat in the gift closet all this time because I just couldn't bring myself to actually give them away.


I've been on the lookout for some new zipper pouches when I remembered these. I decided to give them to myself! They are currently holding my few little things as I travel across the ocean.

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Tuesday, October 09, 2012

This Makes Me Happy

I literally squealed with delight when I opened this little present!!


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Sunday, October 07, 2012

Glacier/Waterton Trip Days 4-6

From our trip this summer. Wish I could find more words to describe what a great trip it was. Photos will have to do.

After 3 nights on the west side of the park (Apgar campground), we moved to the east side of the park and camped at Many Glacier. This is a first come, first serve campground that fills up quickly. Matt gets lots of kudos as a great husband and dad for getting up early, driving over to find us a site, driving BACK to get us and the camper, and then BACK AGAIN to the new campsite. It was a lovely campground right on the river. The kids could have spent 3 days playing in the river, but we did manage to get in a boat ride and a few hikes. I loved that there was a camp restaurant not far away. Nothing like a big pancake breakfast cooked on a greasy griddle after a few nights of camping!

There was a huge rainstorm our first night in Many Glacier. That camper was well worth its price as the rain poured down!
River that runs by camp
River play
Suspension bridge
Can't remember what lake this is! St. Mary's?
Great spot for a picnic
Suspension bridge on the return trip
Hiking back to catch the boat
Another great picnic spot
Waterfall 
Mama bear with 3 babies
See all 3?? Plus Mama behind the tree

Saturday, October 06, 2012

Daybook 10.6.12


FOR TODAY
Outside my window... it's SNOWING!! Okay, barely, but there is already a bit on the back furniture. It is so cloudy, you can't even tell there are mountains out there.

I am thinking... I love the mountains! I never thought I would live where I can see them every day. That being said, I think my ideal would be to split time between here and a tropical beach. Maybe Hawaii?

I am thankful for... a husband who goes out on cold mornings to get bagels for the herd of children I have in my house this morning.

From the kitchen... having a chai tea dusted with cinnamon right now, bagels (see above) for breakfast, and I'm thinking we'll make potato soup for dinner.

I am wearing... my Patagonia PJ pants (love these! got 'em on sale this summer and wish Patagonia carried them all the time) and a long sleeved white long hoodie and my Smartwool socks

I am creating... think it will be a good day to pull out some crafts for the kids. Maybe I'll get to my sewing machine as well.


I am going... back to Europe this week! Sorta a 40th birthday present to me. Going to fly into Geneva, pick up my dear friend Elizabeth, and let her take me off to Croatia for an adventure.

I am reading... not much lately.

I am hoping... to clean out the darn pantry today!

I am hearing...
kids watching TV in the other room.

Around the house... same old, same old... the more I clean and declutter, the messier it seems to get!

One of my favorite things... my deep freezer! Love having meals fro zen for when I don't feel like cooking.

A few plans for the rest of the week: normal homeschool activities, normal tennis, not normal packing. And my mom is flying in to help Matt with the kids while I am gone.

Here is a picture I am sharing: Jack Van Gogh. Somehow he hurt his ear on the banister while running down our front stairs. Has been wearing a bandaid over that ear for the last couple of days.

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

WIP Wednesday

I really shouldn't title this "Works in Progress" since all I am going to show is a new start AND finish.
Hot out of the dryer at Miss D's house
I started this quilt last week for a friend having a baby girl.  The shower was Sunday, and I sadly had to give her an unfinished quilt (only the binding not complete, but still...). Managed to finish it up Monday night and wash it and gift it for good yesterday.
Quilting and Prairie Points
Really happy with the results.

I subscribe to Pink Chalk Fabric's Charming Solids Club (we won't talk about how far behind I am in using my charms but know that I have BIG plans), and used my Domestic Bliss charm packs to make this pattern. I backed it with a Children at Play print that I had in my stash, and I have no idea what the binding is - something else from my stash.
Like my little label?
Other than that, nothing has changed on my WIP list from last week...

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Right Now

Enjoying a few precious moments by myself. Just not ready to face the day yet...


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Monday, October 01, 2012

Right Now

Gosh, I love my chickens! And double yolk eggs are such a fun discovery!


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