Little Wife On the Prairie

When you are everything to everyone, well, you had better act like you have it all together.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

More gifts after 2 months of blog silence.

Oh I am so ashamed.  Not only have a been ignoring my blog but I have not even been taking pictures!  Shame on me.  This is my family record, the place where I catalog our memories.

No promises but I am going to try much harder!

To start, here is the continuation of my Gifts that I started back in September. 

251.  Watching swallows viciously defend their bald babies

252.  little twitching toes

253.  planning a surprise

254.  Being carried by His Spirit

255.  Getting in bed early and then reading too late

256.  Beans and cornbread

257.  Turquoise

258.  Talking with him about the future.

259.  The soft light and clear sounds of dusk

260.  pineapple-ginger booch

261.  Orange blaze of the sunset creating a solid black silhouette of the trees

262.  Seeing that second line appear

263.  When Micah says "my Daddy"

264.  Finding a home video taken from a kids perspective

265.  IHOP-KC

266.  Trees

267.  Time

268.  Prayer

269.  The feel of the bass in my chest

270.  Undivided focus

271.  Holy Spirit moving


273.  Talented people suing their gifts to honor the ONE

274.  Kalamata olives 

275.  Fresh Pita

276.  Falafal

277.  Humid air

278.  Hearts stirring

279.  Almond butter

280.  Micah's sweet voice saying I love you.

281.  Getting a text from my big girl

282.  Beautiful worship

283.  Quenching a thirsty soul

284.  My husband selflessly allowing me a weekend of rest

285.  Fall leaves fluttering to the ground

286.  Our little town square bustling with shoppers.

287.  A Fall latte from Palace

288.  Cousins who love to be together

289.  A surprise gift from my mom!

290.  Matt's blueberry muffins

291.  When sports end and I get my kids back

292.  Paying the kids allowance, seeing the big smile and hearing the big plans

293.  The good time change

294.  Micah's growing language

295.  Getting my IPSY bag!

296.  Cleaning the dust clumps from ceiling fans that have run all summer

297.  Fizzy, beautiful fresh grape booch

298.  A pile of pumpkins

299.  Spreading crystallized, cotton honey over fresh bread

300.  When Halloween is finally over

Monday, February 9, 2015

Tiny tip for busy mommies.

I find one of the hardest things about staying at home is that I have so much to do but I also have a little one needing my attention.  

So I love finding something that provides her entertainment and gives me a few minutes to work uninterrupted.  

I saw this idea on Pinterest or Facebook or in a magazine.  It is not original to me.  I love that it is simple and not hard to set up.  It is something that I can pull out and have ready in just a few minutes.

All that you need is a jar of any size, some tape and some buttons.  I have a little collection of buttons that the kids love to play with.  You can buy packs with buttons of varying shapes and sizes for a few dollars.  I got a pack at Hobby Lobby.

The idea is to give them a slot in which to push their buttons into.  I know it sounds silly but Micah LOVED it!  

I took a mason jar and used duct tape layered in a way that left a tiny "coin slot."  You don't want to make it too big.  You want there to be a bit of resistance when they push the buttons through.  It seems to be satisfying to the toddler mind.

Here Micah is demonstrating.  
(She doesn't look like she is having fun but she is!)

 See here how she is having to push the button into the hole with her thumb.  That is the resistance.

Just a pile of buttons and a jar and you have created yourself a little block of time to get something accomplished!

 This entertained her for about 30 minutes.  She asked for more buttons after she got these put away.  

She is motivated by being a helper so I told her I need her to help me by putting the buttons away.  It was fun to watch her concentrate.

As a bonus this is a great fine motor skill for her to work on!  We even upped the skill level by adding bigger buttons and cutting a bigger hole so she had to decide which hole a specific button could fit into.

And some icing on this cake, I got 2 loads of laundry folded and put away! 

 This baby needed something to entertain her too.  A soup bone did the trick.  She left me alone for about 5 minutes.  Whew.  Border collie puppies have a lot of energy!

Saturday, January 31, 2015

My husband, the artist.

Matt is all man.  He shoots guns, he works with wood, he fixes cars, he spits, he...I will spare you his other manly characteristics.  

Here and there I catch glimpses of a different side of Matt.  I see it in the way he will argue with me about paint colors or how to arrange the furniture.  I see it in the detail he puts into the furniture he rebuilds for our home.

He is an artist.  He sees a beauty in the things I rush past.  He love to dawdle and watch and appreciate.

I am so thankful for that balance in our world.  We would miss out on so much if it wasn't for our sweet Daddy.

Here are some of his snow-day pictures.


Friday, January 30, 2015

Catch-up time!!!

Few words, lots of pictures.  Let's do this!!!

We had a piano recital before Christmas.  Asher, my nephew Cody and my niece Emma all take piano from the same place.  That made it very nice for the recital.  We got to see them all!

We went to the local university to walk through the lights.  It is always a beautiful place but when the lights are hung, it is magical!

And we had a great, big wonderful snow!!!

This makes my heart happy.  This brother loves his baby sister.

There was Christmas  New Years and an anniversary somewhere in there.  But I failed to take pictures.  Bad mom.  At least I am caught up now.  I promise to do better!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Turkey time, dodgeball and alien mysteries.

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays.  I love that there is no pressure of Christmas.  I love that it's in the Fall.  I just love it.  

We got to spend our weekend with my family in Roswell.  We had a blast!  It's always good to connect with each other and  remember why we love being together.

Tre baby is such a sweet boy.  I love that mini-man!

Baby cousins

The dudes

Beautiful mama and sister

Loulou and Weebies

Sweet girls

It was so good to be with my Grandma and Papa.  We got to celebrate Papa's 76th birthday.  He is a precious person to me and everyone else. 

We love our Grandma too.  So blessed to have our grandparents around.  I am thankful my children have gotten to know them.

Bro-in-law selfie!!!

Yes, these two are always this cute!

One of the highlights of the weekend was our Turkey-day dodge-ball game!  We had a couple of awesome families come and share in the competitive spirit.  It was just the thing we needed after feasting! 

There was one incident in which a certain husband decided to help his wife run faster by pushing her in mid-stride and saying, "GO FASTER!"  

It did not have the desired effect.  I fell.  I fell all the way down.  And while I was down, the other team so graciously pelted me with balls.  I even took one to the face.  It was memorable.

 One of the things Roswell is famous for is the supposed 1947 alien spaceship crash.  We have the privilege of my dad being best friends with the family who owns the crash site. 

So on Friday, we got the grand tour.  It was a beautiful hike.  My dad gave us a history lesson on the site.  It was interesting.

  On an even more historical and less crazy adventure, we hunted for arrowheads and pottery from the native campsites located in the area.   We found lots of chips from the making of the arrowheads but failed to find the real deal.  We got to keep a few treasures.  

It was such a wonderful time.  The kids loved being out and active. The adults had more fun than the kids with the archeology.  

 My 76-year-old Papa hung with the hunt all day long!  He was a science teacher in his younger days and currently, hunts artifacts with a group near his hometown.  This is something he is good at and loves to do.  He was able to identify some things we found. He is awesome.

Of course we had a picnic.  That may have been the highlight for the kids.  There is just something great about working up an appetite and then eating outside.

We feel blessed to have another Thanksgiving with so many things to be thankful for.  We realize that no day is promised.  We give glory to God and pray that we can honor him in all things big and small.  

Hope your holiday was fantastic!