People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway.
If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.
Give the world your best and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway.
For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It never was between you and them anyway.
-Mother Teresa

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

When school started for Jason in August, I took the girls on a 2 week vacation to see my family. It was great. I got a couple cute shots of Sophie out enjoying my mom's flowers. I may be biased, but I think she is pretty darn cute.

Here is one of my trips to see my sister in Vegas. The girls had a fun time mauling my nephew and playing at the park in the water.

While I was with my sister, we went to D.I. and I found this desk/bookshelf for $15!! I could not be parted with her. It was a process getting it home but well worth it. I sanded for hours and painted and now she is in a lot better shape.

I also took a bunch of old bed sheets with me on my trip. I had collected them and wanted to make a blanket out of it. I got it pretty much done and all I had to do when I got home was sew on the binding. It is a king size quilt that I kind of wanted for a picnic blanket.

My mom came up to stay with us for a week. Lucky for me because I got sick and she took care of the girls and the house. We did manage to fit in a couple projects.

Here is a Halloween table runner I put together.

We went to D.I. and found some great stuff. Below was a run down night stand for $4. Well, you can bet I picked that thing up in a hurry and immediately started to paint it when I got home. I LOVE it!!!!!

This is one of the lamps I got at D.I. a while ago. Painted that thing and decorated the lamp shade to match my almost done bedding.

Good times. I did manage to read 4 books in the middle of all that. You'd think I would be going crazy, but I love every minute of spare time I have!!


Dallas said...

You are so talented! I love all the projects you have going. Not to mention the time you spend doing things for other people! :) You are the greatest! It is fun to have you back from all your traveling.

Amber S said...

Wow you are handy to have around. And i think Sopher Dopher looks like a gangster with that bling on!

KaNdRa and JaReD said...

Awesome projects!! I love the table runner and your hutch...oh and your side table an your lamp...ok I love EVERYTHING! Way to go!

Aunt Tiff said...

Next time you go to DI will you please find me something cute:) You are so stinking creative & talented!!! You come by it rightly though because you have one talented mom!

Brock and Rachel said...

I really need to go on a DI trip with you! How do you find these things? You must have an eye for it? It that something that you are naturally born with or do I have hope of acquiring it? You're amazing!

Heather said...

What great finds. Gorgeous projects. You have a great eye! I usually have no luck at you have any tips?

Dawna Greer said...

Spotting 'smoking deals' at DI or any other thrift shop or bargain counter is definitely a talent--you are the best! I pass by things only to have you turn them into a treasure! I guess necessity is the mother of invention. It was great fun spending time with your cute little girls though my sciatica is paying for it. . .but definitely worth it.

The Colvins said...

I love it all--especially the bookshelf--I can see how you fell in love!

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Catherine said...

Wow, all your finds are pretty awesome, but I have to say that bookshelf is gorgeous! I just have to see it in person. When you get back from St. George, I'm coming over next week, okay? :)

PS) Could Sopher Dophers BE any cuter? Even in a baggy grey t shirt, she could be a magazine cover child! Such a cutie!

The Gurney Family said...

Love the flower pics....WAY I am taking Jonny while liv goes to school. It will be great for Olivia to have the friends. Can Jonny and I ever come visit you guys?!

carrie said...

Seriously! I can't get that much stuff done in an entire year, you are amazing!

Becky and the Boys said...

Simply amazing you are! I love all your projects!

DKAZ said...

I knew you were pretty cool when we met...glad my total coolness rubbed off on you and you're able to glean such creativity from me. Love your projects and your kids!