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Follow Along Friday: Pinterest Link-Up

Y’all know I love me some Pinterest. It’s such a great way to find new ideas for recipes, decorating, fashion, art projects, educational ideas, and so much more. Ii seems like every time we change seasons, Pinterest is my go-to site for ideas and I spend tons of time pinning. I have been a pinning fool lately. Wanna see?

1. Strawberry and Cream Muffins (My girls would love these for breakfast!)

2.Roasted Corn with Queso, Cilantro, and Chile (Oh my!! I’m definitely trying this!!)

3. Cleaning fruit and veggies with vinegar (I was so glad to find this trick. I know washing with water wasn’t getting our fruits clean enough and leaving waxy residue. I will do it this way from now on.)

4. I’d love to try to paint my basement stairs using this striped painting pattern

5. And this saying? Yeah, that. I could stand to take that to heart.

6. This make-upknock-off list is pure genius! You enter the brand and color of designer make-up and it tells you the drugstore brand that is similar.

7. This print-making project is perfect for Vacation Bible School. Next week I’ll be leading about 200 kids using this technique and our verse, 1 Timothy 4:12 “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for other believers in speech, in life in love, in faith, and in purity.”

I’m always looking for new people to follow on Pinterest, and if you are like me and LOVE to Pinterest-stalk people whose items you like, you have come to the right spot! I’m joining up with Aimee at ByAimee and three other ladies to bring you a Pinterest link-up party called…

It’s like a free invitation to stalk! Join us by linking up your Pinterest page so that people will follow you and you can follow them as well. Here’s what you do:

how to
connect:

1: Follow me on Pinterest & the other four featured ladies linked down below as {hosts}


2:
Link up your PINTEREST URL


3: P
lease follow at least 5 other Pinners!


4.
IF you want to share our little get together, please tweet:

“love Pinterest? follow along with @byAimeeSki today
at http://wp.me/p1yWH4-fv & link up.”

or you can always tell your peeps on Facebook too!


5.
come back & share your favorite boards, pins & pinners… we will be featuring some favorites next Wednesday!

Thanks for stopping by today. We’re glad you did!!

Please note: By linking up, your email will be added to our Link Party MailChimp subscription list and you will be notified of upcoming Link Party events.



Merry Christmas from the Hills

This Little Blog Is Gonna Have To Take a Backseat!

Y’all, we’ve had a busy fall. We have had a ball, but these two little girls have kept me on the road! With our buy schedule, this little blog has taken a backseat. I’d like to be able to tell you that I’ll do better about updating and posting more often, but the truth of the matter is that that probably won’t happen. These two sweet girls God has given me need my full attention. Homeschooling them is a BIG job. It’s a job that I love, no doubt, but it is demanding and time-consuming. If I am going to do all of the teaching, chauffeuring, socializing, Bible-studying, parenting, wife-ing, cleaning, cooking, laundering, bill-paying, organizing, decorating, sewing, reading, and whatnot that I also need to get done, the blog just won’t get as much attention. I will, for sure, check in when I can. But writing a new, insightful, powerful, creative, laughter-inspiring post five days each week? Ain’t gonna happen. Thank you for not stoning me for that decision! Love to you all!

Is It Still a Pumpkin Patch If The Pumpkins Are All On Pallets?

So, I started this post eleven days ago. ELEVEN. I gave up on it once because the pictures wouldn’t upload properly. I guess that in the craziness of last week, I never got back to it.
I took the girls to a pumpkin patch back before Halloween to take our annual pumpkin patch pictures. There is a lovely little pumpkin patch (or do you call it a stand?) in town which I love to visit. It is at a church and they use the money raised for mission work. What’s not to love, right? They have beautiful pumpkins, squash and gourds. It’s right on our way to church, so we stopped by to take a few shots.
Poor girls! The lighting was terrible, so they had to squint into the sun. I still couldn’t get a very good shot.
I love the texture of the knobby pumpkins.
Hello?
If I have taken one picture of Pitter Patter NOT looking at the camera, I have taken 10,000. The little stinkbug will not look at my camera on demand. In fact, she doesn’t do many things in life on demand. We’re (ahem) working on that. 🙂
I’m glad I found this post before it was too late to post it. Darcy is once again hosting Sweet Shot Tuesday on Life with My Three Boybarians, so I’m linking up. If you’re visiting from there, please leave a comment to let me know. I’ll be sure to visit your blog as well.
Happy Tuesday to y’all!

Where Did I Leave Off?

Sorry to have left you hanging out there in Blogland! I didn’t intend to take a blogging hiatus, but I have been away from my computer enjoying the cu-ray-zee fall schedule my cowgirls and I have.
It seems that this year our Halloween festivities lasted all week, and it was a really fun week. The littles were cowgirls this year, which actually turned out to be an easy costume. Yea for Mom! I am usually the one running all over town the week of Halloween paying an ungodly fortune for costume pieces that we really don’t like and will never ever wear again. Or, even worse, staying up all night sewing together some kind of foolishness that is going to start falling apart the moment we head out the door trick-or-treating, only to have my children cry the whole time that their costume is coming apart. So this year, they had the denim skirts and cowboy boots (although MA’s were too small to wear for very long). I found the vests at Target for $20, which I was happy to pay because they will wear them all winter. Add a cowboy hat from the Dollar Tree and kerchiefs from our dress-up stash, and we were on our way to trick-or-treat!
Our Halloween week started on Wednesday with a trip to an assisted living facility in town to do our music class with the residents and trick-or-treat with them. It’s really fun to take about 35 preschoolers dressed up as cheerleaders and bunnies and Buzz Light Year and lambs to visit with a bunch of sweet senior citizens who don’t get to see children very often. They were good to our kiddos. They clapped along and oohed and aahed over them,  and I hope we were able to entertain them for a little while.
The last few years we have spent Halloween night with Jonathan’s sister and her family, and it has become one o our favorite traditions. They have a fabulous neighborhood block-party sort of event in which they block off a street and most houses on that street go ALL OUT for Halloween. They decorate their houses, don fabulous costumes and have hundreds (maybe thousands?) of people trick-or-treating. People are EVERYWHERE and it is just a good, fun kind of chaos. You can see all kinds of costumes. Some are funny, some are scary, some are just really, really creepy. For some, I have to distract my kiddos from seeing them so that they don’t have nightmares for weeks. But it’s all good fun and the girls get to hang out with their cousins for a little while. That cute little pirate you se is my nephew Tucker.
For the first time, I’m participating in the Trendy Treehouse’s Shutter Love Tuesday. Look around at some other great photos on the participating sites. If you are visiting from the Trendy Treehouse, welcome! Please feel free to look around and leave a comment to let me know you’ve been here. I’ll do my best to return the favor. Thanks for stopping by!

Allow Me To Introduce Myself…

My name is Ashley and I write this blog. I haven’t been around to write in a while for one reason or another. Life and life abundant has kept me away from my computer lately, mostly hauling kiddos to their various activities and such. I’ll be back soon to update you on all our outragelously exciting happenings. 🙂

Autumn Cooking: A Few Links

Although the weather is not really what you would call “fall-ish” in our town, we are in the mood for some cooler weather. We keep thinking that if we wear our fall clothes and cook fall foods that the weather will cooperate. So far, we’re just melting and eating a lot of heavy food!

But this weekend, I am determined to do a little autumn cooking, cool weather or no.

Here’s what I’m gonna make:

Chipotle Pumpkin Barley Soup with Chicken from Edie at www.LifeInGraceBlog.com. Doesn’t that look DIVINE?!? Can’t wait to try it!

This San Francisco Sourdough Bread recipe that I got from www.Allrecipes.com. We’re going to top it with this Pumpkin Apple Butter that came from the same site. I’m hoping the apple butter will be good enough to can a few jars.

I’m not sure we will need a dessert after eating the pumpkin apple butter, but why not go all out? Look at this Apple Spice Cake with Caramel Sauce from http://www.marthastewart.com/. Oh, my! Can you go into some kind of sugar coma from eating a meal like this? Because I think  might.

I can’t wait to try these fabulous looking recipes. If the weather doesn’t cooperate any better than it has been, we might be sitting around in our swimsuits eating it all.

Please, call before you drop by.

Y’all have a good Tuesday!

Thrift Store Find

I am in the market for a new desk or table to put in our schoolroom, so I headed out Saturday for the thrift store. While I didn’t have any luck on the table, I did find this beauty…
I know she might not look like much right now, but pretty soon she will have a makeover and find a new home in our playroom. I look forward to sitting in her and reading a good book.

Is It Friday Already?

Now there’s a question you don’t hear very often! Maybe “Is it Monday already?” or “Isn’t it Friday yet?” is more common, but I have to say that this week has flown by for us. We have school-ed and ballet-ed and gymnastic-ed and soccer-ed and church-ed so much this week that Friday sort of took us by surprise. Not that we are complaining, mind you.

A couple of things…

I took the girls to the McWane Center (our children’s science museum) this morning. We ran into some of Mary Anneliese’s friends that were in her ballet class last year. They don’t take ballet this year, and we have missed having them in class so much. It was a great treat to get to spend the morning with Zoe and Lexi.

We ran by the nursing home to see my little grandmother this morning. She is 88 years old and because of a major stroke a few months ago, she is not able to live at home or with her children any longer. It was a heartbreaking decision for my parents and my dad’s family to put her in a nursing home, but they were just unable to care for her at home. That being said, I was so pleased when I saw her today! She looked and felt great. Her physical therapists are on the ball with her. They felt like she was not responding to therapy very well because she was over-medicated. They worked with her doctor to pull back on some of her meds, and she is so much better. She was able to feed herself her entire breakfast this morning, which she hasn’t done in many months. She is not able to talk, but she was still able to comminucate today. It’s amazing how she doesn’t have to use words to get her message across. Such an improvement for her! We hate that she is not able to live at home, but are so incredible grateful hat she does have a nursing and therapy staff who love her and look out for her best interest. I can’t tell you what a relief it is to have a facility available where we trust the people taking care of her!

My big girl and her Daddy have a date tonight to a Samford University girls soccer game. They love to go see the big girls play and then strategize how they can work some of those moves into her game. So funny!

Friday night is eating-out night at our house.  We’d rather try a new place than eat somewhere we’ve been a thousand times. Any suggestions on where to go tonight?

Happy weekend to you and yours!