Thursday, March 26, 2015

A Charm Bracelet

Thirteen years ago, a month or two after Grace was born, I purchased a charm bracelet and a charm with the intention of giving it to Grace on her 13th birthday.  It seemed like a long, long way off at the time and thought it seems as if we've had Grace forever, it also feels as if it was just a blink of an eye ago that we brought her home.

My intention was to buy her a charm every year representing something that happened in her life.  It will surprise no one that I love charm bracelets and the beautiful way in which they tell the story of those that own them.

I would love to be able to tell you that I remembered to buy a charm every year but that is not the case!  In fact, I had to buy several at once to get the bracelet up to speed to give to her on her birthday.   The plan is to continue adding a charm each year but here's what we have so far...

1.  Baby shoes that are engraved with initials and birthdate
2. Cross from Christening
3.  and 4.  Two charms representing states she's lived in
5.  Siblings
6.  A typewriter
7.  A horse
8.  Ballet shoes
9.  A book
10. A hiking boot
11.  Soldier from the Nutcracker
12. A cat

My hope is that Grace will always enjoy looking an the charms that represent her childhood!

Monday, March 23, 2015

A Ballet Gala

Saturday night Bryce and I went to a ballet gala to support the school where Grace takes her classes. It was a fun evening of watching ballet, getting dressed up and eating good food; all for a wonderful cause!  Ron and Gretchen also joined us for the evening.  It was made extra fun since Grace was able to attend the Jr. Gala, which was for students who performed in the show (they also have a professional company).  The Jr. Gala had a DJ, dinner and lots and lots of dancing!  It was such a great way for her to feel an important part of the school and for the girls (and a few boys) to have fun in their own independent way!

Unfortunately, we didn't take the time to take any pictures but these and we didn't get any of Grace!  I wore a vintage dress that I bought a while ago and Bryce got to pull out his tuxedo.

I also wore this vintage pin turned hair comb in my hair!  I think it's so pretty!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Favorite Thing #46

I have a mild case of psoriasis that comes and goes but definitely gets a bit worse during the winter. This past winter (happy Spring!), I kept getting spots of it on my face and was looking for something to keep my face a bit more moisturized than even my beloved moisturizer of years seemed to be doing.  I'm not sure how I came upon Shiva Rose Facial Oil, but I now don't want to be without it!  I love everything about it; the bottle, the smell and most importantly how it works.  I put some on at night and wake up with super soft skin.  My skin has never felt better!  While it's certainly not inexpensive, I've found that a little goes a long way and while I've been using it for months, I think I'm not even halfway through the bottle yet.

P.S.  My vitamin D levels have been low, so I've been taking vitamins.  I put the vitamins in an old perfume bottle I had and it looks lovely on my bathroom counter.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

An Important Person

Harris recently had an assignment at school to write about someone who was important to him.  He chose his Dad.  Here's what he wrote...

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

St. Patrick's Day

Happy St. Patrick's Day!  Tuesdays are our busiest days, but we still managed to give this holiday some notice.  We started the morning off with Lucky Charms and, to balance out the completely unhealthy cereal, a green smoothie.  The smoothie was delicious and everyone loved it.

Harris and I made potato candy for an afternoon snack.  I was happy that I found a gluten and dairy free version and it actually included a bit of potato in it!

For dinner, we had O'Brien Irish Stew that was truly delicious and one that I will make again!  I also made a gluten/dairy free soda bread that turned out pretty decent!

And, last but not least, Grace made cupcakes for her class bake sale!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Little Jars

I'm obsessed with these little apothecary jars that I find here and there (garage sales, antique stores, etc.).  I don't think I've ever paid more than $7 for one and I find that they are incredibly useful for all sorts of things.  Plus, they fit my criteria of being useful and beautiful.

I've decanted Harris' vitamins and calcium supplements (he's on both because of his dietary restrictions) to the jars.  Now they don't bother me as much sitting out, and it's more of a visual reminder to Harris to take them!  This one is special because it has a stopper.

Currently, these two are being used to hold cinnamon sticks and matches for the kitchen.

And on my vanity I have a jar filled with q-tips.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Spring is Coming!

Yesterday was the first warmish and sunny day we have had in weeks (months!?)!  When that warmth was combined with more daylight in the afternoon it made for some pretty happy and excited children.  They went outside and played even though the only surface to play on was our driveway since we still have significant snow coverage.  Even funnier?  Grace actually put on shorts!  It wasn't that warm, but apparently in her mind anything over 45 degrees was shorts weather!  So they rollerbladed, skateboarded and played some basketball!  Spring is on it's way!

These pictures aren't from yesterday, but I wanted to share them as I think they are so fun!  Grace took each of these pictures last fall when she and Harris were having fun with the my camera.

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