A week or two ago I was driving down the road on a sunny fall day and so I put on my sunglasses that I keep in the car. I began to notice how beautiful and vibrant the leaves on the trees were. Once road near our house was a stunning shade of red dotted with burning orange trees. Another day driving down that same street I noticed that the leaves were mostly brown and dull. Had they really changed so quickly. Then I remembered the glasses and put them on. Once again I saw beautiful trees and stunning fall leaves. I had found my very own rose colored glasses!
Since then I have been using my sunglasses more than is probably necessary, but I am loving the colors these glasses bring out. I have also been reflecting on the idea of wearing rose colored glasses, of seeing the good in life even when all that is really there are dead leaves. It's a habit I'd like to work on, a habit of being more positive and content with the potential in things/situations/people instead of just the current reality.
And now due to time constraints here is a quick photo summary of the past few weeks:
Peter got a really yucky stomach bug, the worst any of our kids have ever had, throwing up 11 times within 18 hours. He has been fighting his naps lately, and then with the bug he was exhausted one day, fell asleep in his bed, woke up and came down stairs, then fell back asleep in my arms and transferred to the couch were he slept for a while longer.
Joanna is in a stage of "take a picture of it!" At least once a day she asks me to take a picture of her with something. This is her and a small pretzel. I think she was interested that the end of the pretzel was slitghly squished.
One day when I was staining wood signs in preparation for super Saturday Joanna and Peter wanted to paint too. I let them do so and once I got them started and took this picture I ran upstairs to use the restroom with explicit instructions not to touch anything. When I came down Peter had painted both hand (carefully with the brush) blue. Well, he didn't touch anything, and it could have been much, much worse. No more painting without mom in the room.
Our RAs organized a Michigan string art night where we learned how to make this. It was fun and I met some new neighbors. Now we have this hunk of wood to remember Michigan/Northwood. Go blue!
I am trying to learn how to digitize my hand lettering using inscape which is a free program. This is the first piece I have done. I am pleased with how it turned out although it took a really long time on the computer! The bottom is a printed copy of what I digitized.
Super Saturday was great! I went to a cookie decorating class first taught by a sister who has a degree in culinary arts and worked until recently at a bake shop. Now that I know how to do these type of cookie icing the pressure is on to have beautiful cookies every time I make sugar cookies. :)
The basic idea is royal icing slightly watered down, flood the background, dots and toothpicks.
I taught the hand lettering class and participants made a wood sign. I loved seeing what the ladies came up with and the excitement they expressed in learning a new skill! Twenty people signed up for the class and we had a blast.
We are getting to the end of the Halloween candy that we let the kids keep. Isaac ended up donating a bunch to the troops oversees and a bunch was hidden in the freezer for gingerbread houses in December.
I have written (and submitted on Friday) my first freelance piece for Ann Arbor Family Magazine! And this picture of Joanna and Scott that I submitted with my application was published in this month's edition.
We got a piano! I had an alert from craigstlist set up for "free piano" and got an email last Sunday. To me the pictures looked like a Northwood apartment. I called the guy and yes, he lives in our neighborhood but is moving and needed the piano gone. So we borrowed a flat dolly from the community center and with the help of our friends Amilcar and Yabethsa we moved it across two parking lots and down the main street at 10:30/11 at night. We are thrilled with this piano and it is getting a lot of use! Amy had her first piano lesson with our next door neighbor this week and has been playing Yankee Doodle non stop. John is working on the simplified hymns, I have loved pulling out my old music and playing through it and the others just like to play it. We figure it is form the 1930s or 40s because of the ivory keys and what I could find on the internet.
Took Peter to a different grocery store that has little shopping carts and wide isles. He was in heaven and insisted on unloading everything at the register. Such a good helper!
Another one of those "take a picture of me!" moments, finishing the bottle of juice.
Creating animals with stickums.
And I recovered the piano bench with some free fabric I found at the dumpster. It was neat to see all the layers of fabric on this thing, at least 5 that I could see.
The skirt I was debating on wearing today to church. I made it out of fabric I found at the dumpster that was actually a curtain which I took apart. I was really proud of myself because it was my first time sewing an invisible zipper and making up darts and a small slit in the back. But then last night as I was doing the final iron I didn't check the setting on the iron, let it get to hot, and melted a hole in the back. Oh well, guess I'm not going to be wearing my curtain skirt after all. Maybe it's for the better because there is a really good chance that the curtain originally belonged to someone in my ward.
I love this sleeping position!
This boy loves sticks! And the freedom of walking!
Amy and Yankee Doodle are best buds...
These boys are going to be great playmates as they get older!