Saturday, September 25, 2010

WELCOME visitors!

Jed's parents live in northern Wisconsin, about 8 hours from Des Moines, so family time with them is not easy to come by. However, now that Jed's sister and brother-in-law have a REALLY cute baby, Ma and Pa Johnson seem to come visit more often! :) Today, Jed's parents, sister and our niece came to visit us and we got to spend the afternoon mostly oooo-ing and ahhh-ing over baby Jaylen. She is pretty cute, but I might be a bit biased since she's our niece! Jed and his Dad temporarily fixed our leaking chimney in the attic. (It's always something!) We enjoyed dinner together and I got A LOT of good baby snuggling time in!
Here are some pictures from our fun afternoon...

She definitely is deprived of attention and care.
Uncle Jed and Aunt Sarah saying "Come visit us again soon!"

It never ends...

Last weekend we FINALLY got the spare room (aka catch-all room) cleaned out and organized, we swapped mattresses and set up the other bed frame and started turning it into a REAL guest bedroom! These pillows were in sale at Target (only 6 bucks!) and started the inspiration in my mind for the room!
Now we just need some guests! :)

We also salvaged this book shelf from the basement. For some reason, the previous owners left a entertainment center/buffet style piece of furniture in the basement and this book shelf was a part of it. I think we'd like to maybe try and hang it on the wall, but I wanted to see how it looked in the living room and get a feel for it first. I think it's kind of cool!

An (Unwelcome) Visitor

This afternoon, we spotted this visitor in our yard... in the middle of the afternoon. I am NOT a fan of this critter.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Friday Night Lights

Our Bible study made big plans on Friday night to head to Carlisle to catch the Wildcats take on the Saydel Eagles on the football field. Everyone was pumped. I was especially excited - I just really enjoy high school football games and it's always fun to see current and former students too! Even though it rained on us several times, great fun was had by all. Here are a few photos from the night!

We ended up leaving during the 3rd quarter. Carlisle was winning at that point with a score of 61-0. The final score ended up being 68-0. WOWOWOW WILDCATS!!!

Finished product!

Jill was kind enough to pick up our finished pottery yesterday and hand delivered it to me at church last night. Jill, you'll have to post a picture of yours - I want to see how it turned out! The firing and schlacking really made the colors darker but I think it turned out great!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Painting Pottery with my Pal Jill

[Lack of posts is a sure sign that school has started and I have much less free time...] :)

For Jill's birthday back in May, I got her a gift certificate good for 2 things: Glazed Expressions and quality time together! :) We redeemed BOTH last Saturday with an afternoon painting some pottery. After carefully choosing our pieces and wandering around the store for ideas, we found a table and prepared to PAINT!
I wish I would have gotten a shot of the plate that we were using as a guide. But our idea was.... dots. Lots of dots.
Almost more than the actual process of painting, we truly enjoyed whatever satellite radio station was playing at Glazed Expressions. A true variety of musical treats.
Here is Jill's and my almost final product. We did this last weekend and Jill picked up our goodies today after they were schlacked and fired in the kiln. I can't wait to see them!