Monday, October 8, 2012


My mother-in-law requested that Hubby and I post on our blogs and let the world know about our lives. :)

There has been a lot going on. I have finished a few projects and started several more. I've moved closer to finishing long projects and started a list of things I want to hand make for Christmas gifts.

I also nearly completely switched around my work schedule. No more days off for me. (I was only working 3 days a week...very full and LONG days, but still...5 days off! Who would complain!) Hubby and I started a couples bible study with some friends. I'm actually babysitting quite a bit. Weekends have been even busier than week days!

Here are some things that have been going on:

Finished adorable quilt (not good pictures...will do a longer post when I get better photos!):

Nearly done with a LONG project for my sister-in-law...just in time for Christmas!

Picked up crochet. My friend Erikka, who I made this quilt for when she married Greg, has her own Etsy shop and makes the cutest crochet things. They keep popping up on my I decided to learn to crochet. :P This may or may not be a Christmas gift...

This last weekend was spent in Yosemite with a (slightly smaller than normal) group of our awesome college friends that now live spread out all over California. My knee has not been happy with my half marathon training (only 6 days away, EEK!!!), but it was a champ when we hiked Vernal and then Nevada Falls (straight up!).

We were supposed to have bible study tonight, but since one couple is still in college and barraged with homework (tends to happen around week 4), and the other couple includes a fisherman who was heading out tonight for a trip no shorter than 24 hours...we postponed this weeks meeting. So...I got a little ambitious and decided to make pumpkin pie from scratch (including the pumpkin part!),

and make some strawberry jam. Buying strawberries, jars and instructions was about as far as I got. It is a little more involved than I thought. :P So in my spare 3 hours tomorrow, that is what I will be doing. I grew up on this stuff and I'm sure my siblings would love to receive a jar for Christmas?

I've also been hanging out with these kids at work:

Seeing this little guy once a week (he loves throwing rocks in the creek!):

Taking this guy to Avila Valley Barn (today his mom said I wiped him out and he fell asleep for the first time during quiet time in a long time!):

And hanging out with these guys after they get out of school two days a week! Last week we went to the pumpkin patch where they played on these things:

The pie was delicious. :) I'll let you know how the jamming goes!


  1. The strawberry jam you "grew up on" was only "freezer jam," which is actually a LOT simpler and less involved than the cooked and canned stuff that it looks like your book is explaining about. I never even wanted to try that. While freezer jam doesn't survive years on the shelf (only months in the freezer), it usually tastes more like fresh strawberries than cooked jam does. But it's also harder to give freezer jam as a gift than canned jam because you have to keep it frozen and can't put it under the tree. Love, Mom
    P.S. oh, and I love all the photos and news! :)

    1. Do you still have the recipe? Cause I think I'll try this, but I want to make it how we use to! This does include "freezer" jam, but I'm thinking it's making it too complicated!

  2. Thank you so much! We are looking forward to seeing you this weekend. I love my new dog almost as much as I love you two, and it is going to be very hard to leave her. I hope you can sit and stay on command - being rewarded with a treat of course.