Thursday, October 3, 2013

Brown Paper Packages.

Love Basket

My favorite things are wrapped in the Fall season.  Not only do I get to celebrate Mr. C's birthday and my beauties birthday; I get to spend day after day viewing the beauty of the changing New England leaves. I will post this years fall photos in an upcoming post!

This year I decided I would let go of traditional wrapping paper for birthdays and come up with a more economical option.  I found within my craft supplies brown shipping paper and I knew instantly that this was it!  I picked up another roll at Walmart for under $5 (and still have most of the roll left).  

I wrapped each small gift in the brown paper, drew a heart, and wrote about the things that we love about them.  I am calling it The Birthday Love Basket.  It's almost as if Julie Andrews herself is singing the song My favorite things including the part where she belts out brown paper packages tied up with string these are a few of my favorite things!   

Mr. C's cherry pie and birthday love basket.

The beauties turned 11 this year!  I started this blog in 2007 when the girls were five and now they are full fledged 11 year old girls.  Here is a link to their fifth birthday HERE.  It's completely throwing me off thinking that I have had this blog this long.  I enjoyed scaling back this year on wrapping paper, balloons, and decorations and trying my hand at a few handmade decorations.  The brown paper garland was fun to make!

Cici and Nini's brown paper garland.
Then I used the brown paper and made little paper sentiments to them; taping them around the room.  Mr. C picked them up from school and took them to the batting cages.  Then they picked up Chinese food and came home.  This is when I surprised them with their love baskets, store bought cake ( much better than I could  make!), and decorations.  I barely had enough time to put it together and was throwing away the scraps just as they walked in the door!

paper sentiments
There has been a lot of joy and appreciation this year for the opportunities we have to be together.  I can say without a doubt that we have been blessed during this time of upheaval.  We have found a renewed sense of family and togetherness that maybe we weren't paying attention to before Mr. C's job relocation.  We are lucky to have him home for the next three weekends! The in between parts will be filled with Halloween costumes, school, activities, and there is even a girls night in the works for this girl!

The beauties and Mr. C on their 11th birthday!

One last peek!

Thank you for sticking with a happy heart blog!


Sunday, August 11, 2013


Corn Crib and Barn on our property :)
It has been impossible to really put into words how I have felt this past year.  There have been so many ups and some downs- but through both, so many changes.  When Craig lost his job in October of 2012, I was certain that it wasn't going to take long for Mr. C to find a new job.  Through every week and eventually months, I realized that this wasn't going to be a short process.  It took four months for both of us to realize that our dream of staying in New England may come to an end.  It took that long for us to grasp that Craig needed to look for a job in other areas. 

So he did.  He was offered a job in April.  We were open for moving and open for this job to work out - but we just weren't feeling good about it.  Everything should have made us jump at the offer; but after prayer and a trip to the temple, we were both certain and comfortable about turning the offer down.  It was so agonizing.  The experience helped me come to terms with moving and leaving our home.  I knew I could do it and do it with a good attitude!  It also showed me that even when we think we know what we want, it may not always be the best for us.  Two months later, Craig received an offer from a different company - which he did accept.

It's been two and half months since he moved to Missouri to start his new job.  While I am here in New England keeping our beautiful house beautiful and ready for a buyer!  There is little movement in our area, but I am crossing my fingers and praying a lot.  I know there must be a family, just like ours, who dreams of living in New England and wants our home - they just don't know it yet!

We took two weeks to check out our new area and are really getting excited about it.  We feel blessed that Craig is working, blessed to know that Heavenly Father is looking out for us and knows what we need, and blessed to know that so many people are praying for us.  Thank you!  

Tuesday, February 19, 2013


Craig is in photo number one sporting his very stylish snow suit!  He's handsome and ready to snow blow the massive snowfall that we received in last weeks Nor Easter. Just the day before I was dreaming of spring and enjoying the lovely ground beneath my feet - the next morning we woke to thirty inches of snow.  We rode the storm safely and enjoyed lots and lots and lots of family!

Taking you to photo number two, you see my smiling happy children enjoying the snow!  What you don't see is the crying that took place minutes after the photo because Hawk's hands (little guy on the right) were too cold.  Poor guy just can't enjoy the outdoors in weather minus 70 degrees - yet who can blame him?

Frosty the snowman in photo number three, was the result of an earlier snow storm more around Christmas time. My twin boys would wake-up looking for Frosty every morning and sing to him.  The poor guy melted around the New Year and hasn't returned.

While I love walking on ground covered in grass and leaves, I enjoy those moments after a snowstorm when the snow is untouched.  The snow is still light and fluffy and just gorgeous.  In photo number four, I've made my footprints in the snow and looked back to see the sun glistening brightly on the snow making tree shadows. 

Until next time my friends!
Michelle :)