Catching up on long overdue happies. I have been keeping track of them and taking pics, but I have also been so busy with house projects the last couple of months that I let "52 Weeks of Happy" posts slide, however I am determined to finish out my 52 weeks!
Moments of happy...
1. School's out. Any homeschooling mama will tell you that this item needs no further explanation. At all. I could take pics of the piles of school papers to file away and the organized chaos that is my bookcase of school materials, but really, who wants to see that? Yeah, me neither. That's why I haven't touched any of it since the end of May. WHEEEEeeeeeee!!!
2. Dandelions. They started showing up right after the snow melted. And they kept showing up. Everywhere. Oh, this poor yard. I tried digging them up. I was filling a 5-gallon bucket one day only to wake up and see twice as many new ones take their place the next day. And then I thought, "Why fight it?" Emma loves them. The deer (and my puppy, as it turns out) love them. We'll Weed & Feed this autumn before the snow fall for next year, but it's way too late to do anything about them this year. That's okay. We have a young doe and buck stop in every day for lunch. I think it's a good trade-off.
3. Milky Way. A quilt for the queen-sized bed in the bunk room. Pattern by the amazing Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree Quilts. Finished in two weeks. (I said I would never do that to myself again after making this quilt, but alas...) I looked and looked and looked at quilt patterns, but nothing was jumping out at me. I wanted something that would lend itself to a western theme. Something that would feel vintage. I strongly considered doing a scrappy Swoon, but then I saw Milky Way and that was that. I've never in my life seen a night sky like the one here in Steamboat. The stars. Yes, Milky Way it is. The fabrics of reds and blues and browns, florals and ginghams and tiny dots feel exactly as I hoped they would - western and vintagey.
The backing fabric was purchased online at Connecting Threads. (Do you know about Connecting Threads?! Nice, quality, inexpensive quilting fabric.) I folded the backing over to the front for the binding. I did super simple quilting on my machine, because I was on a major time crunch, but as it turns out, I absolutely love the simplicity of it. It makes it seem more like something I would see on an old feather bed, and it allows the stars to take center stage. I added an extra white border to better fit the size of the bed. And that red and blue border fabric. Made from my very favorite fabric in the entire quilt. Bluebonnets. I had to put a little Texas love on that quilt somewhere.
4. Flowers and a blank slate. Finally flowers! After the snow melted, we got our first good opportunity to see what we had to work with. We weeded and weeded and weeded. We discovered two flower beds full of wild rose bushes that sarvis berry bushes had all but taken over. We found bearded irises which had been nearly swallowed up by all kinds of forest undergrowth. As much as we (meaning "I") wanted to plant beautiful perinnials everywhere, we really needed to focus on the inside of the house this season. Next year I'm hoping to grow lamb's ears, delphiniums, salvia, hollyhocks, and daylilies, at least. For now, the best we could do was try to clean the flower beds up and mulch, so that next spring we can start with a blank slate. Hopefully, we can breathe some life and color into these poor neglected flowerbeds. So, all you gardeners out there...have any of you had wild roses before? Ours look overgrown, and they didn't bloom. Instead they are already producing rose hips. My guess is that they need to be pruned. Any insight? Also, if any of you have suggestions for good flowers to grow in the Rockies, please share!
5. Tall green grass. Molly loves running through it almost as much as she likes bounding through the snow drifts. Almost.
6. Nine years. Where has the time gone? She wanted a Frozen birthday. I'm no cake decorator, but my kids have never seemed to mind. Emma and I found blue sugar crystals and pearls and made a snowflake on top of her cake. She got Anna and Elsa dolls from John and I, and a SpongeBob Square Pants game from her brothers. (Oh, this little girl loves her some SpongeBob. She told me recently, "I'm very much like Sandy. Deep in my heart, I'll always be a Texas Girl, too.") Sweet Girl, Mommy loves you so. You bring such love and joy into my life every single day. Someday I will tell you a story that will tell you just how much.
7. A New Activity. For Austin. Mountain Boarding. I had never heard of it until this summer. Take a large skateboard and put tires on it, and you are ready to ride down the side of a mountain. A cross between skateboarding and mountain biking, if you will. He loves it. He also went a little too fast on the road one day about a week after getting his board and split his knee open. Five stitches and a whole lot of road rash later, and he had to sit his first month of summer out. Major bummer. He's now on the mend and ready to enjoy the rest of his summer outside. He's getting a new set of elbow and knee pads for his birthday this coming week.
8. John & Molly. You have to know my husband to know why this made the list. My Mr. Monk, I call him. He puts up with dog toys on the floor, a wet beard (Airedales!), and various puppy smells. He loves this pup. And she loves him back.
"The happiest people don't have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything."