Spring/Summer Wreath

I have a wreath that I change for each holiday/season. And with Valentines Day finished (and I’m not into St. Patrick’s Day over kill with green) I’ve decided to just do a Spring/Summer Wreath. After looking and looking, and talking with Trav who is just as opinionated as I am about wreaths, I have decided on this one. 

Please ignore the hanging head. But I’m thinking of adding a bit more yellows and brighter colors. Too much black/brown for a cheery wreath but thought it was perfect! Soft, whimsical, and easy to accomplish. (and cheap too-holla)

I can’t wait to show you when it’s done. 🙂

Photo shoot- Emma

I don’t pretend to be a professional photographer. I do not have the equipment or the education. But as I was looking at some photo shots, I thought, ‘I could kinda do that.’ So here is my attempt.

I kinda only had one model. And she’s too young to say no. 😉




and lastly,


I am limited with the photo editing I have now but I think it may be changing soon. (*cough, Travis)

What do you think? They’re not the ‘professional amazing quality’ but I’m pretty happy with them!

Happy Monday everyone!

Spring ideas

Isn’t this a fabulous idea!!! Travis, this will be in our house somewhere. Perfect for Spring/Summer

this next can be made as colorful as you want to make it. Anyone want to let me borrow their butterfly punch?

OK and here is my spring to do list:

spring list

I can’t stand it


I can’t stand it. I’m done and ready to run away. To California. Florida or Texas. Somewhere that IS NOT RAINING! I am done.

I’m sitting on our couch looking outside at the wind, rain and cold temps and am about to make a cup of tea. Boo.


Complain. Complain, I know. I shouldn’t be complaining. But I am so bothered by the rain. Argh! This is it. My very deep insightful post. Will I have to cover Emma in winter clothes for Easter?! 🙁


Will you please stop the rain and bring warmer temps? I would LOVE to go outside without a heavy coat, scarf and umbrella. Thanks.



OK, and this is me with a clearer mind. My mom said something that was so refreshing. She said, ‘If rain equates to beautiful flowers, we are going to have the most beautiful summer’. Thanks mom! What a good outlook. And, we are not having any flooding or nasty outages or anything. Just constant drizzle, hailstorm and random burst of sunshine. An typical spring day in Oregon.

Question: would you rather have a rainy spring and a mild pretty summer OR a a dryer spring and a hot hot hot summer?

None* photo courtesy of our family trip to Austin,TX. *sigh….


Spring is here and even though there are days of sun and blossoming trees, there is a part of me that is waiting and maybe even yearning for the rain. I tend to be a pretty symbolic person and I feel the desire to wash myself of all the crusted stuff that has caked itself to me during the winter months and wash it off. Negative attitudes, periods of loneliness and just tiredness of the daily grind. I want the refreshing cleansing that happens in the spring time.

Just the smell of a rainstorm coming brings me hope and excitement. And I see that it will take many ‘rainstorms’ to wash off the grime I have on me. But I welcome it and wish for it…just some thoughts.

I am signing for the Easter program to the song, I Will Rise by Chris Tomlin. I am SO excite to be able to be apart of such a special song that will reach so many people. I think it will be on utube later sometime. I’ll hope to post the link. Most people don’t now that what we are signing is not the words that people sing. We have to translate it and as we sign something like…’I confess life good’ when you’re singing, ‘ I can say it is well’. It’s a heart translation. Anyways, after we translate it and memorize the signs we then have to combine the signs to the words you are singing. So event hough it looks like we’re signing what we’re mouthing…we’re not. It’s not that easy and a bit challenging. Most people don’t know that and say, ‘You did a good job dancing’. (Dancing!? Really?! Come on, really?! *Sigh, they meant it to be a compliment. I have to remember that. 🙂 ) Anyhoo, here is the song we’re doing and the words translated. Hope you can see the differences, I think it’s fun and interesting. But that could be me being nerdy. 🙂

Can you see which paper Emma got her creative hands on? 🙂

I made quesadilla’s for lunch because I wanted to eat sour cream. Pudding is my and Emma’s special treat today. 🙂

No, I have no idea what I was thinking when this picture was taken. Maybe I was trying to look tough…didn’t really work though. 🙂

I was curious if you have heard of or like/love Missy Higgins. She is one of my most favorite singers and there’s just something about her voice that captures me. Like it’s relatable. She has a song titled, ‘The Special Two’ and there is a phrase she sings that touches me every time I hear it. I can’t remember her exact words, but it’s similar to : ‘Life will lock you up and Truth being your only key’

Amazing huh. Oh, Emma just woke up. Gotta go. We might go to the park with all the other sun deprived families in Portland who flock to patches of grass on the weekend. 🙂