Sunday, November 13, 2016

I'm Back!

October 2016

First and foremost, I just want to say how much I have missed blogging and connecting with my friends. I have met some WONDERFUL people through blogging, some whom I have even had the opportunity to meet in person, which just warms my heart.

Blogging is a great way to connect with other who share a common interest. It is MAGICAL when you find kindred spirits along the way!

I cringed when I saw the date of my last post!  I remembered how I felt when I would find someone and wanted to connect, and was bummed out to find they haven't been active.

But HEY, I've been buzzzzzzy! For instance....this numero uno lady in my life, my beautiful daughter Nadia GOT MARRIED in June!!! We are so blessed to have such a wonderful son-in-law Jon, whom is a men among men and gives the best hugs on the planet!

Months of planning, preparation, two bridal showers, and loads of family visiting and it was all WONDERFUL! more, since I am so happy for these lovebirds!

And....the Honeymoon in Hawaii!

Dan the Man and I celebrated our anniversary in October and took a week vacation staycation and had a blast going places within a 2 hour radius of KC.

Every day we had an adventure and had the most FABULOUS fall weather!
Shoal Creek, Kansas City, MO
Bothwell Mansion Lodge, Sedalia, MO
Watkins Woolen Mill in Lawson, MO

Shatto Dairy Farm with Dan the Man enjoying the finer notes of their 
vanilla ice cream in Osborn, MO

These little new little calves who will providing milk for many happy Kansan and Missourians.

The Mahaffie Stagecoach Farmstead in Olathe, KS

Some other mischief we got into but not photo documented are:

  • Miami County Kansas Farm Tour (too busy eating Artisan cheese, fresh pecans and fresh picked apples to bust the camera out.
  • Going to the national Archives to research Family History.
  • Driving to rural towns to enjoy the wonderful architecture of historical homes.
If that wasn't enough, we had the cu de gras of spoiling ourselves silly by going to the Elms Hotel and Spa and getting a couples massage followed by dinner at the Rieger Hotel and Bar!


Sunday, March 1, 2015

Artsy Craftsy

Wanted to post some journal pages I did from last year. I am working on a NEW journal for 2015 but instead of random items, it is a health journal.

Love going to the Miami County Farm Tour each year. So much fun meeting the Farmer's and going to local wineries.

This was one of my favorite pages I worked on. Anything I can add Stickles glitter to is a good page!

I took an Art Journal class last year, and it was great to learn some new techniques and step out of my comfort zone.

More to come soon. What craft projects have my fellow bloggers been working on?

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Alvin the Elf

Yesterday I made some cookies to take into work, and put them in the microwave so the dogs wouldn't get into them. I opened the microwave door and found ALVIN inside caught red handed eating one!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Alvin the Elf

Alvin thought with his red outfit I couldn't I spy him this morning! He is a sneaky one!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Alvin the Elf

I think Alvin and I have a difference of opinion. I said he could have a
 "little" whipped cream on his hot cocoa, and this is what I found!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Alvin the Elf

Alvin must have heard me talking about the upcoming 
Ugly Sweater Christmas Party
 and assumed he is going with me.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Alvin the ELf

Well one good thing about Alvin, he did his own laundry and hung it out to dry by the fireplace!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Alvin the Elf

Alvin found his way into the kitchen while I was in the living room watching a Holiday movie and this is what I came upon when I went to get some popcorn!

Last night (or should I say early this morning) around 2:45a.m. I came downstairs to use the bathroom and busted Alvin having a sugar snack attack! Where in the world did he find those       Nik-n-Nips? I haven't seen those since I was like 5 years old!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Alvin the Elf

There is Elf on the Shelf MISCHIEF going on at Acorn Cottage!  Alvin showed up yesterday and was passed out after his long journey from the North Pole.

 This morning while I had my back turned putting up Christmas decorations I busted him getting into the Scrabble letters!
Stay tuned for more antics!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Country Drive

Nothing is better to me than discovering a new country road to meander down, loads of fresh air with the windows down, and Blake Shelton singing.

Came across this little treasure the other day and saw a beautiful wedding being set up in this lovely setting.
Further down the road we chanced upon Aldredge Orchard. 10 years living in Kansas and never knew about them.  We were greeted by geese and chickens and could see the apple trees that were just loaded, ready for pickin'.

Dan-the-Man asked how this pumpkin would work for me, knowing what a fall fanatic I am :) Any place that has twinkle lights is a.o.k. in my book.  They sale fresh pumpkin butter, peach butter, apple butter, apples, cider and a few other treasures in this barn.
Rustic cute with a capital "C".
 They had a bakery too...oh my. Couldn't decided between apple pie ala mode, pumpkin cookies, peanut butter cookies, pumpkin pie, apple fritters, pumpkin squares with thick cream cheese frosting or a caramel apple!
Cute little custom bird feeder out in front of the bakery.

Drove home on a rural route and discovered this gem of a house that was so unbelievably amazing.  Trim work that just isn't made anymore these days. Straight out of Victoria magazine...had me day dreaming all the way home!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Salt Mines in Hutchison Kansas

We had a BEAUTIFUL drive down to Pratt, Kansas to visit family.  The drive through the Flint Hills was magnificent.  This is what "wide open spaces is ALL about".
We went to STRATACA Salt mine which is one of the 8 Wonders of Kansas. Of course, now I need to find out what the other seven are!

It was AMAZING inside. You have no idea what to prepare for...and it was about 1,000 times larger than what we were expecting to see.  We rode down 650 feet underground in a pitch black shaft anticipating what we would see when we arrived.  This picture was taken on the ceiling and I wish all the glittery sparkles would have shown up to show you just how magical it looked.
These are actually some old coal cars that the owner of the mine purchased to help haul the salt after being mined. Now remember, everything that came down 650 feet had to be dismantled, taken down the same shaft we came in, and then reassembled once down.

Of yes, the classic photos that will live in history within our family.  We went on not one, bit two train ride in the mine,'s that big!

That is a cardboard cut out of mike Rowe from DIRTY JOBS.  He was toured around the mine in this beauty of a car that he dubbed the Marvinmobile, since Marvin was taking him on a tour for the show.  Now of course, I need to watch that episode, and already think Mike Rowe is a hoot.

My daughter Nadia and her man Jon.  EVERYONE had to wear helmets and carry respirators (just in case), but they made everyone at ease stating in all the years the mine has been open to the public, they haven't be used.

We were told "What comes down to the mine, stays in the mine" many cool artifacts over time to see.  I felt like I was at Disneyland.

After our tour that was a blast, Jon and Nadia took us out to dinner at a wonderful Italian restaurant called Jillian's in Hutchison which I would highly recommend to anyone!  The fresh rosemary bread hot out of the oven with evoo & spices....HEAVEN! (do you hear me sing when I say that?)

The two happy campers. Always game for a road trip, and even better when you get to have a new experience, and of course, the best thing of all FAMILY!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Artsy Craftsy

 Having a BLAST participating in the Documented Life Project!  My good friend Kim invited me to come play with her in a group where you learn to make an artistic journal.

I learned a new term called "tip-in's" where you add extra pages to your journal and use washi tape to secure the pages.
 This was my first week of the month, more of my scrapbook style, but getting BRAVE as time goes on!

This is some random doodles from week two with things I HEART.

These are my tabs before I put them in my journal.  Used scrapbooking paper, then Mod Podged them for reinforcement.  Can't wait to see what the year ahead will behold!

Janaury and February are usally cold, grey months here in Kansas and I LOVE having something fun and colorful to work on and am making some nice artsy craftsy friends along the way :)

Monday, August 12, 2013

So Stinkin' Proud

This is my handsome son Faris....who worked so hard to become a Firefighter. Months of training, testing, doing ride-alongs, live burns, pushing himself physically and mentally all leading up to this day of glory.

Here are the two best kids in the whole wide world !

My son went from "cadet" to being an official Firefighter on Friday, August 9, 2013. This is his custom badge that will go on his helmet.

Ceremony of being sworn in by the City of Shawnee City Administrator.

Proud Papa pinning on his Firefighter Badge.

The family beaming with pride!