Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Sean and Chase Peterson were baptised two weekends ago, on November 7. Kelly and I were lucky enough to be there, along with most of the family. The boys had it all planned out -- one was baptized first, and the other was confirmed first. The near-scalding hot water in the font will definitely make theirs a memorable day. (It's like they were baptized by fire twice!)
Congratulations Sean and Chase!
So, I'm still the newest member of the Peterson family and during the trip I noticed that I shied away from taking pictures of the adults. (Kelly's intense dislike of having his picture taken just might have something to do with this!) But I have lots of picture of the cute Peterson kids as follows. . .
These cute kids are ready for pizza!Since he was sitting at the head of the table and had a crowd watching, Will decided to put on a show.
He learned this dance from Kung Fu Panda. His older brothers (and Dad) get a kick out of it!
Since I'm relatively new to the family, it is fun to spend time together and be there for important events. I might have missed the twin's first six years, but I was there for their baptism!
When I think of my own extended family, I don't think of the in-law aunts and uncles as add-on's. (Even those who's weddings I remember.) They are just part of the family. I don't feel out of place in the Peterson family, (on the contrary, they are great at making me feel welcome) but it's good to know that I won't always feel "new." And each opportunity to spend time together makes me feel less brand-new.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Of course, all is not sugar and spice, but keeping my perspective centered on the blessings is the point.
Several months ago, on the verge of a difficult season I didn't know was coming, Kelly gave me a blessing promising that I would look back on this time as a season of joy. The seeming contradiction of the blessing has helped me to recognize the Lord's tender mercies as He has calmed my troubled heart in the midst of difficulties and shown me that I am richly blessed in all the ways that actually matter.
I started writing this post just to tell you that I know my blog header is cheesy. But as I tried to pinpoint why I haven't taken my cheesy header down (even though I've created a couple of good replacements) I realized that it reminds me that, although life is not always sweet, "the sweet life" is always available. It is a gift of the spirit that is available in abundance when I keep life in in the right perspective.
Monday, October 19, 2009
I'll have visions of turkeys, pies, jello salad and maybe a few sugar plums dancing in my head for the next month. (Last year, my sister-in-law made an amazing turkey that involved a marinade and bacon. I think I'll need your recipe April!)
Friday, October 16, 2009
I really did want this little sombreroed doll, but I didn't have a good reason to get it. It will probably still be there next time!
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
I enjoy trying a 'fancy' drink every now and then. I discovered this recipe from last month's edition of Real Simple. It's perfect for summer, deliciously refreshing and pretty darn easy to make.
Another good one- iced herbal tea with plums and thyme. (I used Celestial Seasonings' Country Peach Passion-- my favorite)
Sunday, July 26, 2009
We took this picture in a barn filled with agriculture equipment to send to Grandpa Garner who is an agricultural engineer.
The brickwork was designed to provide roost for sparrows. I want little sparrows to live at my house! It reminds me of Sleeping Beauty and Snow White-- to be surrounded by charming woodland creatures.
Next to the windmill was a home farm. These women were sitting down to a colonial-period lunch that they had cooked-- stew, greens, and raspberry pie. It looked good! The meal was made from things grown and raised on property.
Noah Webster's home. (Author of the Webster's Dictionary) I was very impressed by this home. In addition to the dictionary, Webster wrote some of the first school text books. He felt that the religious value of the Bible was diluted when it was used to teach reading and grammar. In order to preserve it's role as a moral compass, he suggested that primers and grammar books should be written to be used in public schools (another new concept he influenced). What a great man!
I really want to make this rug!
It was neat to see the same rug design, in miniature, among the doll houses on display in the museum, a few hours later. It must have been a trend for some time--- like puff quilts in the 90's!
I love this picture!! Evelyn feels so pretty with her pink car atop her head and Eli is closely inspecting his blue car.
Not the best photo, but this might be my favorite Degas. I love the intense yellow, orange and turquoise. You don't see that from him very often.
This is definitely my favorite Gauguin. I didn't even know he sculpted. It's beautiful. (Again, not a great photo.)
Jeni inspecting Bar-T Corral by Conrad Marca-Relli (1958). The construction of this piece was very interesting with muslin and paint layered on and then removed in sections. Cool.