Saturday, January 30, 2010


We planned a surprise Birthday Party for the Man at Beef O'Brady's (our fav resturant)
Jayden was very excited and even made a sign for Scott.
My family and
Scott's family came out to celebrate!
Fynn even got in on the party fun!
My sweet friend, RAch.
Uncle Scott is pretty popular!
Best Friends.
We laughed a lot, ate good food, and had tons of fun!
It started snowing around 20 mins after we got there. The kids enjoyed watching the snow came down!
His cake done by our local fabulous bakery: Rolling Pin. They did our wedding cake too.
blowing out the candles. he had a little help.
We came home afterwards with a few friends to play Settlers of Catan.
It was a blast.
His birthday presents.
I used the last of my fav polka dot wrapping paper.
I made him Pioneer Woman's Eggbert's Sunriser
It was soo yummy!
Hope you had a lovely birthday, my love!

Friday, January 29, 2010

Today's a BIG DAY!!!

It's the Man's 25th...

Happy Birthday!!!

I love you because....
You are soo good looking...
You let me get a puppy and you love him. And you take care of our home!
You point me to Jesus, challenge me and are a servant in our church.
You care about others and have compassion. You MENTOR, love others, and would do just about anything for anyone.
You work hard to provide for us.
You support me at my job and other interests. You help MKK all the time, pack my scrapbooking stuff to the care when i go scrapping, and then you always burn my c.d.s for my photography families!
You are my best friend. We always have fun doing just about anything together. I love that you laugh at my silly songs and even join in sometimes! : ) I love that we can talk about all types of things and then we can just sit beside each other while we read!
You are such a family man and great with all the littles in our life. It makes me even more anxious to have our own babes together!
I love you for too many reasons to count!
Happy Birthday, Sweetness!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Corners of Bluff House...

I've been thinking lately about our home. The place we come to take refuge from the scary, rough and hard world. It's where we laugh and rest. This home brings people together: our family, our friends. It holds so much of what I enjoy most in this life.

Realizing the importance of our home and all that is in it, has me wanting to make it the most it can be. It also makes me want to review, take stock, and reflect on what I love about it. Reading Soule Mama has made me start looking at the "corners" of the Bluff House. Here is one corner of our sweet little home.

After Christmas, we put our new chair in front of this window. Isn't that light glorious.
It's one of my favorite things about our home, all the huge old windows. It makes me happy and the soft light sets a relaxing tone to the rooms.
We decided to put our books in the living room, and what a better place than beside the desk. Especially since the Man uses soo many of his books for school.
We also got a new rug. I'm in love with it. As much as we like our (STILL GLUE COVERED) gorgeous... original... hard wood floors, we needed some warmth in the room.

After we added the chair, we knew we needed something as a side table. I brought down some old suitcases from the attic. The black ones were the ones my parents used forever. They actually are in some of my most favorite memories of traveling as a child. I remember them dragging them to FL, out west, and even on shorter regional trips. I couldn't (of course) part with them. I knew they'd come in handy one day. I hope to house something practical in crafts for the kids' (nieces, nephews, and mentees) craft stuff, magazines I want to keep, stationary supplies for snail mail. See, all kinds of potential.

On top, sits this one of a kind bowl (that is housing some of my needles and scrap pieces of yarn). Isn't it gorgeous.

You see it's one of a kind because it was made just for us. It is a gourd made into a bowl and hand painted.

A long time family friend made this for our wedding. It was such a sweet and special gift.
A treasure I'll keep forever.

Isn't it wonderful when things find a second, useful purpose!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010


this past weekend...

GIRLS NIGHT! Bunco style!

Of course all the cake, games, and fun wouldn't have happened if not for all these great gals:

This was the hostess with the mostess! Thanks Jess for having us all over!
There was a lot of laughter, a bunch of silliness, and tons of fun!

Monday, January 25, 2010

A bright idea...

My sister brought us this back from a trip visiting family.
can you tell what it is?
a closer look
yep, it's a small hanging vase made out of a light bulb.
Johnah's sister-in-love made it!
isn't that a bright idea?

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