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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Gifts and Gab - Join Us!

Gifts and Gab


A bloggers' holiday get together featuring friends, shopping,

and space for working on holiday projects!


November 13th, 2010

9am - 4pm

The Mill House
Norwood Young America, MN







Take a scenic drive 45 miles west of Minneapolis, and gather in a old feed Mill turned spacious 12,000 square foot antique, home furnishings, and gift store.



Nestled in rural Norwood Young America, The Mill House is a fabulous find filled with gently used furniture, accessories, clothing, jewelry, pottery, baby gifts, books, a flower shop and coffee house.




We will have a private room for lunch and mingling, and table space for any project you wish to work on offline. Bring knitting, needlework, scrapbooking, or just your smiling face! Cozy up next to a fireplace and the warmth of new and old, online and real life friends. Browse and chat and munch.

We will have coffee, tea, & muffins for the early birds. A light lunch will be served, or you can purchase something at the Mill House Cafe. You are welcome to bring treats to share.

We will be sending out invitations via Evite on October 13th, so let us know if you would like to be sent one! We have some fun surprises planned and would love to spend the day with you! Space is limited, so let us know as soon as you can!









Contact either of us. You'll find us here:

Kristina of A Joy Walk
@ktinajoy
ktinajoy@gmail.com

Carrie of 4 The Love of Family
@4MamaBear
4theloveoffamily @ gmail (dot) com


Follow this event's news on twitter under hashtag #GiftsandGab



Thank you to our sponsors:

{So}Sartina - Limited Edition Bags and Accessories. All kinds of beautiful.

Counselor Realty of Norwood Young America 952-467-4663


We are looking forward to seeing you!

Carrie & Kristina

Monday, September 27, 2010

I see

a mommy dragon kissing a baby dragon.


What do you see?

Gifts and Gab


Gifts and Gab



A bloggers' holiday get together featuring friends, shopping,

and space for working on holiday projects!



November 13th, 2010

9am - 4pm

The Mill House

Norwood Young America, MN







Take a scenic drive 45 miles west of Minneapolis, and gather in a old feed Mill turned spacious 12,000 square foot antique, home furnishings, and gift store.



Nestled in rural Norwood Young America, The Mill House is a fabulous find filled with gently used furniture, accessories, clothing, jewelry, pottery, baby gifts, books, a flower shop and coffee house.







We will have a private room for lunch and mingling, and table space for any project you wish to work on offline. Bring knitting, needlework, scrapbooking, or just your smiling face! Cozy up next to a fireplace and the warmth of new and old, online and real life friends. Browse and chat and munch.



We will have coffee, tea, & muffins for the early birds. A light lunch will be served, or you can purchase something at the Mill House Cafe. You are welcome to bring treats to share.

We will be sending out invitations via Evite on October 13th, so let us know if you would like to be sent one! We have some fun surprises planned and would love to spend the day with you! Space is limited, so let us know as soon as you can!



Contact either of us. You'll find us here:



Kristina of A Joy Walk

@ktinajoy

ktinajoy@gmail.com



Carrie of 4 the Love of Family

@4MamaBear

Follow this event's news on twitter under hashtag #GiftsandGab



Thank you to our sponsors:

{So}Sartina - Limited Edition Bags and Accessories. All kinds of beautiful.

Counselor Realty of Norwood Young America 952-467-4663

We are looking forward to seeing you!




Thursday, September 23, 2010

checkmate

Sam and Brian learned how to play chess tonight using a book.

alphabitty moments - the letter p

This week
Alphabitty Moments is brought to you by the letter P.






P is for Plastic spoons (and if I can get more pictures of the other plastic items my kids used as toddlers I will add those to the book before printing)

Wait, you say, that's not a moment - that's a thing!


Here's how I look at it - It's something that my children used at a time in their childhoods. That time feels like a moment in the grand scheme of things. In fact we are really close to retiring the Gerber bowls the kids use for cold things (hot items are reserved for glass custard dishes or Pampered Chef Prep Bowls). Pretty soon there won't be any colorful items in my cabinets anymore and a moment of their childhood will have passed.

What P moment do you want to remember this week?

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Fall Harvest Orchard Outing

If you haven't been to to Fall Harvest Orchard then you are missing out on a whole lot of fun! September 4th in BearCountry was BEAUTIFUL so we packed up the van for a little road trip and headed out to find Fall Harvest. I'd visited their Facebook page so I knew a little bit about what to expect. Everyone raved about the place and the orchard (and working farm) didn't disappoint.

Upon our arrival the owner greeted us and directed us towards a girl with a basket of (FREE) food for the goats. Sign me up! I HATE having to pay 25 cents for a small handful of grain!



Back to our outing...we fed the goats half a bag of grain and then moved on to the other baby animals on the farm. Adorable chicks and sweet kitchens were the highlights of the day for me.














The kids really enjoyed the corn bins and feeding the cows.













Two hours after our arrival we were ready to take a wagon ride through the orchard. The driver stopped along the way to let us pick popcorn and a gourd for each of us and then again to show us the sunflowers & unique equipment they use for harvesting. We did have to pay for the ride ($1.25 per person) but it was worth it considering all the fun we had on our first outing to Fall Harvest Orchard.

Did we even pick apples? You bet! (They have U-pick and you can buy them in the store as well.) We also picked up a big mason jar of honey. Yum! There was a hail storm in the area this summer so their Honey Crisp are on sale for less than $2 a pound even though there was hardly any damage that I could see. We were able to eat all our apples - no bad spots for us - and are looking forward to going back for more!

Have you been to an orchard this year? Which is your favorite?

Monday, September 20, 2010

Take me out to the ball game, buy me some peanuts and cracker jacks....

At 9:30 Sunday morning we found out that PapaBear and I were going to a 1pm Twins Game. When you work every single day for six months out of the year it isn't easy for us to do something like that on a moment's notice. Thankfully we have great coworkers and family that made it possible. (Thanks Jamey and Sharon for the tickets, Jo and Howard for covering for us, and Grandma and Grandpa for babysitting and for paying for our day!)

We don't go to the Cities very often so parking is always a little stressful. Add to that the Vikings playing on the same day and I headed straight to Google to find out what to do about parking. I found a forum that suggested the La Salle Court Parking Ramp for only $5 a day. It's about 4 blocks from the stadium and was really easy to find. So if you're headed to a Twins game and don't mind walking four blocks, park at the ramp at 811 La Salle in Minneapolis for a stress free and cheap Twins Game experience!

We met some people in the ramp that were headed to the game so we followed them towards the stadium. (After the game we only saw four other people go into the ramp - it was SO quiet in there!) We happened to chose the right way around the Target Center and walked right up to our gate - #34. They searched my little purse and away we went to find our seats. Section 103, row 39, seats 15 and 16 gave us a great view of the field and the scoreboard. There were some loud chatterboxes behind us but other than that it was a great experience!

It was funny to watch the cameras catch people in different parts of the stadium. Half was in the shade wearing warm clothes and the half in the sun were only in T-shirts. We were in the shade but with my long underwear on (top and bottom) I didn't get cold. I never put on my hat and gloves that I brought with. PapaBear and I haven't been to a game together since I was pregnant with Julia four years ago so this was a huge treat!

It also was a cheap date with for us which is always nice and guilt free! We were able to see the Twins play, park four blocks away for only $5, snack all game long on our bag of $4.50 peanuts, and read up on the players in the $3 program. Our grand total was $12.50!

Have you been to a ball game this year? Do share!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Alphabitty moments - The letter O

Welcome to Alphabitty Moments where we stop and remember the little things of childhood! These are not the milestones or the well documented events like holidays or birthdays, but the every day things, events, and emotions that might be forgotten as our kid's interests and abilities develop.

This week 'O' is for "Old McDonalds", the name my kids gave McDonald's long ago. I suppose some day I should correct them but for now it's Old McDonalds to us! I took these pictures at a McDonald's an hour from home.



Our local McDonalds doesn't have these fun chairs or the yummy chocolate ice cream, but I snapped these as a reminder of Sam's favorite food there - "douvle hamburger" and ice cream!









What's your Alphabitty Moment for this week?

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Too busy Tuesday

Alternatively titled: Simple Woman's Daybook


FOR TODAY ....

Outside my window...it's perfect out! cool & partly cloudy. Now if only the mosquitoes would go away so we can enjoy FALL!
I am thinking...about how to stick with my new routine
I am thankful for...my kids' teachers.
(NOT)From the kitchen...going to try to eliminate gluten & sugar from my diet.
I am wearing...$2 garage sale jeans & a sweater
I am creating...(with the help of Kristina) an event for readers & their friends at The Mill House. Stay tuned for details!
I am going... in many many different directions these days
I am reading... The Marriage Project and The Love Dare
I am hoping...that I can successfully give up sugar
I am hearing...the washing machine
Around the house... we're organizing and decluttering.
One of my favorite things... listening to my kids tell me about their school day
A few plans for the rest of the week: photoshoot tonight, set up for garage sale number 3, pick up another load of garage sale items from one house to deliver them to a different house for the weekend's sale, finish proofing a weddingsoccer practice, set up a proof site for a senior session, 2 soccer games, finish a blog book, and if I'm lucky get a few blog posts up - I'm SOOOO behind!

Here's a photo of how we keep track of school papers. When I empty backpacks each kid has a clipboard by the door where all school related paperworkd is hung. Julia's wasn't up when I took the picture, but we keep their things seperate and handy by our front door. So far so good!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

alphabitty moments - the letter N

Welcome to Alphabitty Moments where we stop and remember the little things of childhood! These are not the milestones or the well documented events like holidays or birthdays, but the every day things, events, and emotions that might be forgotten as our kid's interests and abilities develop.

This week I'm on the letter N, though I know we got off track there for a while so link up whatever day you are on or if you want to jump on board in the middle of the alphabet you are welcome to! When we get to the end of the alphabet I always start over again!

This time around N is for:



Both of the kids love the outdoors and all God's creatures. Sam is especially observant and shows no fear in picking up frogs, worms, butterflies, bugs, and whatever else he can find.
This wasn't the first time he brought home a turtle. The first one he named Yertle. This one he named Brianna.

What N moment do YOU want to remember?

alphabitty moments - the letter N

Welcome to Alphabitty Moments where we stop and remember the little things of childhood! These are not the milestones or the well documented events like holidays or birthdays, but the every day things, events, and emotions that might be forgotten as our kid's interests and abilities develop.

This week I'm on the letter N, though I know we got off track there for a while so link up whatever day you are on or if you want to jump on board in the middle of the alphabet you are welcome to! When we get to the end of the alphabet I always start over again!

This time around N is for:



Both of the kids love the outdoors and all God's creatures. Sam is especially observant and shows no fear in picking up frogs, worms, butterflies, bugs, and whatever else he can find.
This wasn't the first time he brought home a turtle. The first one he named Yertle. This one he named Brianna.

What N moment do YOU want to remember?

Monday, September 6, 2010

Birth of a butterfly - the final post


Now I lay me down to sleep,
I thank you Lord for the butterfly that Mommy let us keep.
May angels watch her on her flight,
and keep her safe until mornings light.

Amen.

The other six posts in the series can be found here.

Friday, September 3, 2010

The Birth of a Butterfly Series - Day 4


The wings are starting to dry but the butterfly is showing no signs of taking off any time soon. Plenty of time for a few more photos....


Day 1 (with linky for your own butterfly posts)
Day 2
Day 3

Thursday, September 2, 2010

It's a beautiful day for a wedding (post)


Alphabitty Moments - The letter M


My blogging time is limited as I am swamped with work & preparations for the Minnesota Blogger Conference next weekend so I'm combining posts today.

I'm on the letter M for Alphabitty Moments so it works out quite well actually to post these Monarch photos. If you missed the first and/or the second editions of Birth of a Butterfly you can click on the links and be directed to the other posts that show the Monarch before it emerges from its chrysalis and it's first moments of life.

Go ahead and link up YOUR alphabitty moment for the week, regardless of what letter you are on:

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Birth of a Butterfly - Day 2 of the series

Our monarch was still in its chrysalis when we started this series yesterday, but today, there is major progress as the butterfly emerges and takes its first steps.....right towards Sam and then well....he just kept going...right up the side of his head!

Stop back tomorrow for day 3 of our week long series on the birth of a butterfly and if you blogged about raising butterflies (or moths) this summer click here to link up so we can visit and relive the remarkable transformation again and again.

My friend Darcie has some great photos of their summer butterfly adventures so be sure to check out the links and add one of your own!

Have a good morning!

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