Secret Sisters

I am so excited about the Secret Sisters Ministry at our church. My prayer life has already drastically changed! I cannot wait to reveal my sister next year :) It has been so fun being apart of the team that put this together and I’m looking forward to being apart for as long as I can!! If you don’t know what Secret Sisters is, basically you get paired with another lady from the church and you pray for and encourage them secretly for a year. Each month you write an encouraging letter, but you can give gifts as well. I was excited to hear that my grandma does this at her church too! It has been fun to see the table on Sunday mornings filled with letters and gifts! The kids have enjoyed being involved with the idea of Secret Sisters :)

xo, nikki :)

A collection of pictures from our summer ;)

Enjoy!

xo, nikki :)

DIY love

Here are some projects that I have done since the new year. It has been refreshing!

What can I say? I love to do crafts.

Unfortunately, like a true “artist”, I always choose to do them at crazy times and in crazy places. Like the clock, on a whim, I took it down and did most of the work on my dresser. Weird. I know. Despite that, it was completed and I didn’t break it! Believe me, it crossed my mind more than once.

Thankfully, the next project was planned. The diaper strap and wipe case were for a friend’s baby shower. At first, Danny thought it was for me. A diaper case… he forgot that Marseille was potty training! I was grateful for a quick sewing project because it reminds me how much I love sewing.

The message board and chalkboard were nifty things that I saw on Pinterest last year and decided that I just needed to do them. A little Nike action. Just do it. I’m glad that I did because we have been using and enjoying them.

Lastly, I received the pasta machine that I have been drooling over for Christmas. I had been waiting for a good opportunity and it came, so I seize it! Can I tell you that I absolutely LOVE making pasta?! I do, it’s so relaxing and fun. The family LOVED eating it, so it was well worth it!!

Here’s to DIY!

xo, nikki :)

Travelling at the speed of life

I have no idea what we have been doing for the past month! As Bentley has been trying to figure out how to make the minutes, hours and days go by faster, I am trying to find a way to slow it down! We’ve been doing a little of this and that, gardening, swimming in the neighbor’s pool, physical therapy, hanging out with friends, tons of trips to the library, and pink eye!

Since a picture says a thousand words, here are a few to fill in the gaps!

Making homemade pretzels — Bentley loves to take pictures

 

Trip to the mountains

 

The kids brought me flowers

 

Flowers from our garden.

 

Blueberry picking!! 1 gallon for $5!

 

Playing dress up! Marseille said,  “I’m getting married!” She loves to say that when she wears that dress :)

 

This head of cabbage was much bigger than my head. It made great cabbage rolls!

 

I rigged this noodle sprinkler for the kids. They loved it!

 

Shot time!!

 

Lazy 5 Ranch was quite an experience! We met Danny’s parents and the cousins for a carriage ride through a ranch full of animals. You were allowed to feed most of them.

 

Learning how to do the dishes

 

I found this praying mantis on the grill, I caught it but had to let it go because I couldn’t find any food small enough for it.

 

Pool time :)

 

I was so excited to find that my rosemary sprigs, that my friend gave me, had roots.

 

Our huge sunflowers! There are at least 10 of them in our garden and at least 9ft tall. I love to see all the busy bees on them.

 

I was so excited to find these eggs. Papa and Mama Blue abandoned their nest so the eggs never hatched.

 

Bentley found the nest. I dried it out and saved it. It is an American Goldfinch nest.

 

We started school on July 2nd. We did an American Revolution and Fourth of July unit. Bentley is making his cucumber sandwich to enjoy with his “taxed tea”.

 

Our Boston Tea Party. I even polished the silver!

 

We made a cake for the 4th of July.

 

It went right along with our 4th of July unit!

 

Prizes from the summer library reading program. We read 80 books in a month and they received a medal, a pencil, a sticky hand, bounce house tickets and baseball tickets. At the baseball game they get to be in a parade and get a free shirt! They were very excited!

 

They are nice medals!!

 

July 9th, was the first day of our Olympic unit. A is for archery. Water balloon archery :)

 

Aunt Becca helping Bentley learn how to use a bow and arrow! Bentley loves archery.

 

B is for Basketball

 

Playing Basketball

 

I cut open one of the sunflowers to let the kids look and touch it. They really enjoyed that. We observed the insects, and eggs that were on it. We made guesses at what ate the leaves. I showed them where the seeds developed and Bentley wanted to eat them. :)

Hope you enjoyed the update!

xo, nikki :)

There’s a bluebird…

on our porch! A family to be exact. It has been a lot of fun to watch Papa and Momma Blue scope out our decorative bird house and choose to make it their home. The draw back to this close encounter is that they are using our back porch! Every time, Momma Blue sees us, she flies away. We want her eggs to hatch and, in order for that to  happen, she needs to be sitting on them! I’m grateful for this new little excitement! We all have had fun watching Momma Blue collect so much stuff to make her nest. Every time she went in, pine needles and twigs fell out. There was a huge pile of scraps on the deck. The kids enjoy trying to be quiet so that they will not scare them away. I was glad when she finally laid her eggs on Saturday. Hopefully, all three eggs will hatch! We’ll keep you posted!

xo, nikki :)

Papa Blue
Keeping a look out
Mama Blue
Surveying their new place
Eggs on June 2nd!
So small!
Momma Blue taking care of her eggs