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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy 12th Birthday Noah and Happy 4th of July!!!

Today is my 5th baby's birthday!  He came into this world with a bang, which is fitting since he is my 4th of July baby!
He is my math genious, a whiz at school, computer loving, sport hating, preteen son :)  
He and his dad took a flight lesson early this morning. They both seemed to enjoy it and Noah said it was much less scary than hiking a mountain...go figure.



He requested breakfast for dinner as his birthday supper, which consisted of french toast, sausage hash, and thick cut bacon.

We then had a festive berry cake and homemade icecream:)

Happy Birthday Noah!! We love you and are so proud of the person you are becoming!

And Happy 4th of July to all of you my friends!

Tiff

Friday, July 3, 2015

Kayaking on Mousam River, Kennebunk, ME

It was another gorgeous day here.  We took the kids kayaking on Mousam River in Kennebunk.  This is a tidal river, so most of the trip was with the current up river and then with the current back down.  We did about 4 miles total and I don't think the kids could have done much more.

Here is a neat old railroad bridge that crosses the river...

We rented 5 kayaks, two tandem and 3 singles.  Zach and I road together and Mason road with James.

Very pretty scenery...


A bald eagle came and flew circles right over us...

My partner tired out for quite a bit of it(notice the paddle Not in the water)


Gavin...

Mason was all smiles...



Me in a swimsuit, not something I would normally post, but wanted to show Asher along for the ride :)

 Coming out the other side of the railroad bridge...


Me and hubby :)

It was a great day!  Though I'm paying for it now... currently laying on the couch with a backache and some pretty strong braxton hicks!

Tomorrow is Noah's birthday(and the 4th of July) and he and James are taking a flight lesson.... I hope they can fly over the house so I can get a picture.

Tiff

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Car Seat Canopy and Diaper Bag...

I'm slowly checking things off my "to do" list, still lots on the list, but it is getting shorter!

Two of the sewing projects were completed over the last two days, the first is a car seat canopy....

I'm not a pattern follower for the most part, so I just made up my own.  This was a super easy and quick thing to make. Would make a wonderful baby present if you know someone expecting.

I used my handy dandy snap machine for the two parts that attach to the car seat, I really really like that thing. It's so easy to use and just gives a more finished look to projects.

I used flannel for the lining, to give a bit of warmth and more rain protection.

The 2nd project was a matching diaper bag, which I will use as Asher's hospital bag.  Again, I just winged it and made up my own pattern as I went along.  It's more of a messenger style bag than a traditional diaper bag.


I kept it simple, just one big pocket in the inside.

My next project is a blanket for him, it will match his going home outfit :)

Have a lovely day,

Tiff

Monday, June 29, 2015

Mt. Major, Alton Bay, NH...

On Saturday we decided to head over to New Hampshire and do a little hiking.  We chose Mt. Major in Alton Bay.  From the description online, it seemed like a pretty easy hike, only 1,100 feet in elevation and a little over 3 miles round trip.  Definitely no Mt. Washington, but more challenging than Bradbury Mountain(a local one we did last year with the kids).

It was a perfect day, sunny skies and a high of around 72.

We soon realized after getting to the first vantage point, that this was not a leisurely hike. There were some steep rocky climbing points and you could definitely feel the elevation gain.  We took the blue trail up and the orange trail down.


The the views we becoming worth the effort...



The kids did great and Jenny loved it!


The lake in view is Lake Winnipesaukee...





Mason tripped more than once during the whole thing and ended up with a pretty scratched up leg, but he still had fun.






I usually do not wear just a tank top in public, but fairly early in the hike I had strip off my outer shirt because I was overheating.  I will admit, at 33 weeks pregnant, this was a challenging hike..... I had to take it slow and I felt like a turtle at the end of the group, but it was fun and I look forward to doing another one next Saturday.






My dreams of hiking Mt. Washington again before Asher arrives, are just that... dreams. I concede, I am just too pregnant to do that big of a hike :)

Sunday I worked on a baby project and I have another one on my sewing table right now... lots to get done!

Tiff


Thursday, June 25, 2015

Happy Leon Day!!

What's Leon Day you ask?  It's June 25th, the halfway mark til Christmas!!! and Leon is Noel spelled backwards.  I actually had no idea that today had a name until I heard about it from the lovely people at Patience Brewster.  

 I know, who is thinking of Christmas in June?!  But, why not?  We should keep the spirit of Christ alive in our thoughts and hearts all year long :)  
Giving is part of that, the giving of yourself to others... whether it be through your gift of time, talent, compassion, art, or thoughtfulness.  

For me, I love to give handmade gifts, so now is a perfect time to get started on some. I always say I'm not going to wait until the last minute, and some years I am good, but I will admit, most years I'm a procrastinator!   This year,  I am going to try to make at least one gift a week from this week on(with a break in August for obvious reasons!)



If you can't or don't have the time to make something yourself, but still want a creative and special gift, check out these Ornaments(hand made and painted) from Patience Brewster, and to learn more about the artist, visit her Blog.  She offers lots of lovely gifts from stationary to jewelry, all in her own whimsical style :)



So what about you?  Are you making Christmas presents yet?  Are you shopping for them already and stashing them away?  Are you dreaming of decorations?

Here are some things to get you started...  It's garage sale season, so be on the look out for vintage ornaments...  Make them into Wreaths!

Check out my Christmas Pinterest Board and Church Fair Idea Board for lots more Christmas crafts....

Need some inspiration to crochet a gift?  Lots of projects Here!

Want to make a quilt for a gift?  I've Pinned some fabulous ones... here


Lots of everyday gifts can be found here


A baby in your life?  Check out Here


Thinking about planning a Gingerbread House Party(mine as been great fun for 3 years running now!), check out some inspiration Here

I hope this has inspired you a bit, and put a spark of giving spirit in your heart to go out and create!

I'm off to my craft room now :)

Have a lovely day!

Tiff