Just enjoying the little things in life ....

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Our Latest Addition!!!

We are still adding to our collection of musical instruments.....don't think that's something you ever get finished with:))  Our latest is the big bass fiddle or stand-up bass!!!  I am in love :)) Ordered back in July....it finally arrived last week.  It is absolutely beautiful....just what I wanted and maybe even more !!!  Love the color, the wood grain, everything about it!!!  Now if I can just learn to play it :))
A big shout out to  Ronnie Hatley over at ronspickinparlor.com  for all of his hard work to get it here and now he'll get the pleasure of trying to teach me to play a tune or two:)) 

Friday, October 25, 2013

~ This Moment ~

this moment. A Friday ritual.  A single photo....no words....capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment.  A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.  Happy weekending!!!

Inspired by Amanda

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

~ Food for Thought ~

Thought you might enjoy this....
Photo: Empower your life with positive thinking : www.bit.ly/po_library
Hope you're enjoying your week so far :))

Monday, October 21, 2013

Happy Birthday, Daddy!!!

Happy Birthday to one of the most hard-working, tender-hearted men I know!!!  You are always ready to get a big garden planted in the spring and share with us....you always have some kind of new baby animal the children are eager to see...forever chopping and hauling firewood to keep the house warm....always so welcoming when it comes to mealtime at your house....never seem to mind the grandchildren coming to spend the night and bring company with them.  You take such good care of Mama and the rest of us!!! Want to thank you for your great work ethic that you have tried to pass onto the rest of the family....just hope we can live up to your expectations!!!  We love and appreciate you more than you'll ever know.....I just so often fail to tell you so!  Hope you have a very "Happy 68th Birthday"!!!  Love you, Daddy :))

Thursday, October 17, 2013

~This Moment~

this moment....A Friday ritual.....a single photo....no words...capturing a moment from the week.  A simple, special, extraordinary moment.  A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.  Happy weekending!!!
Inspired by Amanda

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Congratulations, Kimberly!!!

Kimberly has completed her final project in vocational class.....the beautiful but kinda dreaded Alphabet quilt!!!  It has taken 3 years to finish....pictures just don't do it justice :))  The detail is simply amazing....she actually drew the barn and details to go along with it....lots of hand work and lots of machine applique went into this quilt and then to finish it off it was quilted by hand!! Hope you enjoy the pics ;))

Congratulations girlie!!!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Our weekend in pics.....


Helping a fellow-employee give his truck a makeover :)

Ivan's new paint job :)

Willie and Jacob mixing paint :)

We ended the weekend with Kimberly's 16th birthday party!!!  Happy Monday to you all :))

Friday, October 11, 2013

Sweet Sixteen!!!

Happy Sweet 16th Birthday to our oldest daughter Kimberly Annette!!!   Seems like yesterday we were anxiously awaiting your arrival.....yes, you waited 20 extra days to get here....guess that was just the beginning of you teaching me some patience...haha!!!   Loved all 9 lbs. 12 oz. of you from the minute I saw you!!!  I was so happy to have a little girl to throw in the mix with our older boys....you have stood your ground from day one and hunted and fished right alongside the boys and any other fun thing that your brothers would let you in on....you're quite an  accomplished musician and soon to be a high school graduate!  Where does time go?  Just hope I have been the Mama I should have for these first 16 years and looking forward to many more!  Love you with all my heart and wish you the very best in life!!! Happy Birthday, Kimberly!!!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Music filled weekend!!!

We had so much fun last night at the 47th annual "Granite Quarry Fiddler's Convention"!!!  Kimberly won "1st runner-up " on guitar...isn't that exciting? Yeah!...I thought so too :)  She was surprised and thrilled at the same time :))  Her lifelong friend "Madeleine" won "champion" in the vocal category!!! and another good friend "Tori" was the fiddlin' champ!!!  It's such a pleasure to meet up with folks we don't see all year....and pick and grin right along with them.  While the convention is going on there are always jam sessions going on in the back hallways , so it's easy to find a pickin' buddy :)) Papaw and Nana came to our rescue and let the younger three children spend the night with them and we didn't have to be home a certain time :))

l to r....Madeleine, Ronnie Hatley (the world's best music teacher), Kimberly and the fiddle champ "Tori Jones" :))

Kimberly @ Granite Quarry :)) 
Then today, Kimberly and Madeleine participated in the first talent show at "Midland Magic"!!!  The girls have worked very hard over the last several months to create their "very first" original tune "Every Tear"!!! I am so proud of them....they didn't place today but their performance was beautiful!!!
Thank you for stopping by!  Have a great week :)

Friday, October 4, 2013

~ This Moment ~

this moment....A Friday ritual.....a single photo.....no words......capturing a moment from the week.   A simple, special, extraordinary moment.  A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.  Happy weekending!!!

Inspired by Amanda

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Abbey's New Do :))

Knowing we had hair appointments coming up today had Miss Abbey wondering what to have done to her hair.  This girl grows some serious hair....I mean THICK, curly and very long!!!  She really wanted to have it cut and send it to "Locks of Love" so it could be used to make a wig....but she wasn't sure if she wanted short hair!  We talked about it off and on all day and when she got in the chair for her appointment....well, her mind was made up :))  The stylist took 9" of beautiful, thick, curls off....I am proud of her decision.....it turned out so cute :))