Monday, October 13, 2014

Birthday Weekend

We had a fun, busy weekend...I could really use a day at home for laundry and napping!
 On Saturday, I celebrated my friend Jenny's 40th birthday at her surprise birthday party.
Riley went to the groomer Saturday morning where he got all cleaned up and received a nice orange scarf.
 Sunday we went to Silver Dollar City.  We thought it wouldn't be crowded because of the weather, but we failed to realize that it was a long weekend for some due to Columbus Day.  It was pretty crowded!
Sunday evening we celebrated another birthday - our friend Ian.  He had a local food truck - the Vienie Vagon - park at the end of his driveway to serve brats and other German food.  We thought it was a really cool idea!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Guest Room Update

While I was window shopping (ha ha!  Get it?), I found a neat spray of orange berries for the pitcher in the bathroom.  I added a few real twigs and really like it.  
 Without further ado, here is the newly refreshed guest room.  Anyone coming to stay?
 A cozy new quilt and fresh new sheets.  I think the colors in this quilt will make it easy to add a little Christmas cheer in here.
 Here's the little white dresser, which I painted gold before I knew that the color I thought was gold in the quilt was actually green.  Now the dresser is my old stand-by - Eddie Bauer wicker.  The window and wreath was a pinterest inspired addition, and pictures will be added to the frames soon.
 I've taken everything out of this white cabinet twice trying to figure out the best way to arrange it.  I think I like this version.  I had some loose pictures, so rather than buy and find space for more frames, I got some tiny clothes pins and made a little display of the loose pictures by clipping them to some twine strung between two thumbtacks.
I'm not quite finished with this project, but I think I'm finished for now.  It has been a lot of fun...for me.  Maybe not for the guy who got tasked with hanging the picture. :)

Monday, October 6, 2014

Fabulous Fall Weekends

There's so many fun things to do on fall weekends.  So many, in fact, that I took a vacation day on Friday just to squeeze them all in .  On Friday, Mom, my aunt, my cousin, and I went to the Ozark Craft Fair.  You could go to a craft fair in the area just about every September and October weekend, but this one is my favorite.  
 Sure, there are plenty of scary crafts, but there are also about a dozen booths that I just love.  I've seen gourd garlands on Pinterest a lot this year, and was pretty excited to find the one above made with gourds, corncobs, and walnuts.  It smells kind of good too!
 I also found this neat pumpkin made from an old quilt with a feed sack used for the back.  I'm a sucker for pumpkins of all shapes, sizes, and materials!  I got a stocking for Christmas and stocked up on my favorite soy candles.  We had a great time, despite the cool temps and cloud cover.
 Friday night, David and I went to one of our favorite pizza places for dinner, then walked around First Friday Art Walk downtown.  On Saturday while David worked, I continued my quest for the perfect window for the guest room wall.  And I found it!

On Saturday afternoon, we went to Farm Fest, where we ate corn dogs and looked at tractors.  There's always lots to see at Farm Fest, whether you have a farm or not.  Saturday night we went to dinner at Bair's for the best burgers in town.

Sunday we went to breakfast (no...I didn't cook at all this weekend!) then to check out the swap meet.  It was good for people watching, but easy on the wallets as we didn't find a single thing that needed to come home with us.  There's a lot of junk out there, and a few neat things that people are really proud of based on the prices. :)

It was such a fun weekend that I really hated to see it end.  The good news is that another one is coming soon!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Guest Room Facelift

I've been pondering doing something a little different in the guest room for a while, so when my friend Krista asked if she could stay with us at the end of October, that was the motivation I needed to get going.
 Here are a couple of pictures of the room as it is now.  I love this quilt.  I got it about 16 years ago, and will get it back out in the spring and summer for this room, but I wanted something with darker colors for fall and winter.
 The picture below is blurry, but I included it because it shows the little white dresser, which will soon be a new color.
 Here's a small sneak peak at the new quilt.  The piece below Raggedy Ann's arm looks very similar to her dress fabric, but in a larger print.  My Grandmother made that Raggedy Ann for me when I was about 2, so I think it's neat that the quilt has a similar fabric even though it's...ahem...a few years since Raggedy's dress was made.


Thursday, October 2, 2014

Pumpkins

These pumpkins grew voluntarily in a ditch on my parents' property.  Aren't they cool?  I think they look neat in front of this window, and I'm a little obsessed with taking pictures of them as the light changes from day to night.



I think they need names...what do you think?

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Alley Springs Camping

Last weekend we camped at Alley Springs State Park.  It may be one of my favorite places to camp.  There weren't many other campers, so it felt like we had the place to ourselves.
 We checked out the mill, which has been worked on this summer.  It looked freshly painted.
 The blue water looks almost unreal because of it's color, but it is a really picturesque place.
 The kids (both big and small) explored some caves.
 This was spring water, so it was cold cold cold, but Riley didn't mind.
 Child labor laws don't prevent children from helping set up a tent, do they? ;)
 Emily, age 4, might be a budding photographer.  She snapped this picture of me.  There was also a picture of my knees, one of my shirt, and another of her own forehead. ;)
 The kids were lots of fun and there was lots for them to do, like climbing this rock.
 And this rock!  Matthew, age 3, is a talented climber.  If his mama would let him, I think he'd be happy to do some serious rock climbing!
 After some trail and cave exploration, the kids and dogs cooled off with some wading.
 I have long threatened just to tie Riley to Emma, since Emma will come back when you call her and Riley generally does not.  On Sunday morning, when David, Todd, Scotty, and I were the only ones in our section of the campground, I finally tried it.  It was pretty entertaining and they didn't seem to know or mind being connected.  I felt sorry for Emma after a little while, as Riley kept pulling on her, but it worked well for a while!
 We weren't quite ready to go home and face the post-camping laundry and unpacking, so we checked out Devil's Pool and rode the Akers Ferry just for fun.
 It was a really great, relaxing camping trip.  It's a pretty rare occurrence that I'm not ready to go home after camping, but I could have happily stayed another night.


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Catching Up

While cleaning pictures off my phone and sorting them out, I realized that lots of potential posts have gone unwritten.  
 I entered a drawing on Confessions of a Semi-Domesticated Mama for Southern Breeze Sweet Tea, which is sweetened with Spenda and sweetens as it steeps as the Spenda is in the tea bag.  I never, ever win anything, so I was really surprised to get an e-mail from Delia saying I'd won!  I'd pretty well given up on sweet tea because of the sugar, but this stuff tastes like the best sweet tea and is calorie free.  Winner winner chicken dinner!  The sad part of the story is that my favorite grocery store doesn't carry it, but Amazon does!  I've finally run out, and I think I'm going to need to restock.
 We had tomatoes this year that we could actually eat!  I ate as many as I could hold until they started causing canker sores.  A good summer tomato is worth a little pain though!
 The Tuesday following Labor Day, we took Riley to the annual dog swim.  Most of the dogs spend their time sniffing each other and staying on the pavement.  Not Riley!  He doesn't care much at all about sniffing.  He'd much rather be swimming.
 The weekend after Labor Day, we camped at Springfield Lake for Bass Pro's annual Outdoor Days.  It was cool and rainy on Saturday, but Sunday was gorgeous.
 I really like David's new addition to our campsite...don't you?  I think every camper needs a plastic flamingo?
That's a little of what we've been up to.  More fun-filled busy weekends are ahead, and I'll try to do a better job of keeping up.