Thursday, December 31, 2009

Favorite Things Swap


Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens,
bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens,
brown paper packages tied up with strings,
these are a few of my favorite things...

Please join me for a Favorite Things Swap.

Here's how it works.

You bring 2-3 items that you no longer want/need
in your home that are in GREAT condition.
We will draw numbers and you can go through and choose
something that someone else brought to take home with you....for FREE!
Whatever is leftover is FREE for the taking, or will be donated.

Who knows, your trash might be someone else's treasure!

So clean a closet, but don't throw everything away!
Save it for our Favorite Things Swap on the second Sunday!
{this event is for my local gals please}

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Baby Bumps

this lady is beautiful.
she just so happens to be my sister-in-law.
she also happens to be very pregnant...and eagerly awaiting the arrival of a baby boy or girl. (totally kills me that i do not know...but the surprise will be they say! :0)
it also so happens that she is very active and was snowshoeing at the time of this photo.
i know.
because when i was 36 weeks pregnant, i was sitting on the couch
eating sun-chips and butter pecan ice cream.
she rocks.
she inspires.
she's gonna be an awesome mom.
so excited for you heidi.
can't wait to meet my new nephew or niece.
oh, joe's gonna be a good dad too...
but heidi...
she ROCKS.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

lotsa more cards....

Lots of cards to see, if you haven't done your cards yet...I still have time!

Check them out at

Saturday, November 28, 2009


I did it.
I started the blog for my custom card designs.

Go there and check it out, please.

Thursday, November 26, 2009


Happy Turkey Day!
-so many things to be thankful for-

::families:: that laugh, support, encourage, and love.

::home:: with comfort, warmth, and hospitality

::children:: who learn, ask questions, seek truth, and show joy.

::health:: that keeps us near each other today.

::friendships:: that strengthen, test, and endure.

::FOOD:: seriously, you thought I could post something sappy, yet not include food. You must not know me by now. Ahhhh food....for comfort, for celebrating, for creating an art to give around the table. To break bread and share today's news. Food. Ah. Food.

I'm thankful. Yesterday. Today. Tomorrow. Praise Jesus. I'm thankful.

Thought I'd leave you with Zach and his first chicken bone.
Enjoy today.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

child's play

Macy and I had a "mommy day" recently where Daddy took Zach to town with him, so we had the house to ourselves.

I had been feeling under the weather, so we decided to stay in the house and get some things done without little Zach fingers meddling. Seriously, he should get an award for how fast he can "decorate" a house.

We (meaning me, myself, and I)....decided to clean out the cabinets and do a bit of rearranging. Tsk is you must, but I heart cleaning out cabinets. Even if they are my own. I like things organized. I like things easy to find. I hate hanging on to things that I know I'll never use, unless they have some special sappy story and then I can't bear to part. On with the story.

During said "rearrangement" Macy found an old ice cube tray that I had used when I was pretending to be "Supermom" and painstakingly prepared all of Macy's homemade veggies for easy freezing and use when she was starting to eat solids. Really, who was that person? Then I got smart and bought one of these and my whole world changed. (enter the singing angles). Sorry. On with the story.

She asked: "Mama. What. Is. This. Weird. Looking. Thing?"
(I type it like that because seriously, each word was it's own sentence.)

Me: "That's an ice cube tray."
(no need to sugar coat it, make it something more 'awesome' than it really is....i mean really, it's not like the tooth fairy keeps teeth in there or it's used for something more exciting than ice or frozen vegetables for that matter.)

Macy: (disgusted)..."Where in the world is alllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll the ice?" ( in case you haven't met Macy, she frequently practices her drama queen skills on the off chance that a talent scout might be hiding in the bathroom or something...)

Me: (equally as disgusted)...."In the freezer where it beeeeloooooooooooooongs" (I know, I'll never get famous with whitty comebacks like that)

Macy: "Oh."

So I get busy rearranging...making things sparkly and new and fun. You know how you feel when you've just cleaned out an old's like, oh hello old house....i love you again, you look pretty and sparkly and new. ta. da! might as well add three snaps in a z formation to that.

A friend of mine calls me on the phone, and in mid-sentence, I look up to see this.

Macy is putting the ice, where it rightly belongs.

The end.


um hmmmm.
that's right.

homemade orange zested scones.
with devonshire cream i might add.

macy awarded me with mother of the year.
it's that easy people.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

::More Custom. Christmas Card Designs::

{photography credit: maxwell wyatt photography}

Custom Christmas Card Designs using your pictures. Design Flat Fee $25.
Let me know if you are interested!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Looking for Custom Christmas Cards?

Are you looking to send out something unique for your
Christmas Cards this year?
Are you tired of getting the same Costco photo version in the mail over and over?
I'm offering custom photo cards, designed to your specifications.
You provide the picture, and I'll design with your input your Holiday Card.
You pay a flat design fee of
and you will receive a .jpg image that can be loaded to Costco,
or any other online site for easy printing.
Print as many or as few as you like!
Let me know if you are interested!
If you are looking for some talented photographers, I recommend Maxwell Wyatt Photography (he took ours), Stephen Ferguson, Christy Barcus & Kristin Day.
Here are a few samples I've been working on.

Sunday, November 1, 2009


dressing up is fun.

spending time with family and friends is fun.

giggling is even funner.
(i stole that word from macy thankyouverymuch)
halloween was full of giggles and we had tons of....what else?

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Sunday, October 25, 2009

::nice day for a white wedding::

remember this post?

it's official.

macy debuted as "THE FLOWER GIRL"

she was awesome.

and she was definitely four.

thanks steph for including macy in your special day.

i love this little gal


steph's living in kansas the red shoes were so fitting.
we love the moyers!
twirly girlie

::just missing zach::
so proud of my girl.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

now THIS is life from the Hilltop

~i just did the grossest poop diaper in the history of poop diapers

~ which resulted in the need for a quick bath on his part...IF you know what I mean.

~while drawing the water for the bath, zach pointed to the toilet and his "business" so I placed him on the potty.

~zach went pee=pee in the potty, horray!

~ nice quick bath follows, ahhh....yummy baby smell.

~ I go to clean up the remains of the grossest poop diaper ever, and darling, dear zachary (did i mention DARLING) is STANDING in the toilet...


~ bath #2 in the sink.

Who's ready for a glass of wine? Her name is, Joni.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

~the shack~

i just finished reading one of the most profound books i've read in a long time.

for me,
it is one of the most thought provoking
creative looks at our
and i wasn't expecting how it would make me feel.

i anticipated that i would cry, as my friends had cautioned.
i did not.
instead, i felt a rush of adrenaline.
i experienced joy and promise.
fresh perspective.

i embraced the fresh and creative look
and i breathed deeply as i took in the experience
of this book.

i think you should experience it too.
read it and breathe.
and then let me know what you thought.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

sUnDay sUpPeR

~okay, so i know by now you are all
sick and tired
of my "oh i want to be donna reed" and stuff.
and i know that by now you are all
gagging with
"geez j, enough of the food already, is that all you do, EAT?"

but seriously.
we had sunday supper.
{insert squeel}
and i felt all norman rockwell.
and like any second i should turn on the radio and listen to
and one of his fireside chats.

so grimace if you must.
but deep down i KNOW,
you wish you had some a 'dis

::rosemary scented pork loin with dried apricots, cranberries, & port wine gravy::

::pork, strawberry salad w/edamame, cheesy garlic bread, mashed potatoes, zuchinni, & fruit salad.
::i have no idea why::
if you are interested in the recipe, leave me a comment and i'll email it to you, it's kinda long to post. ;)

i heart donna reed

i have always thought that the perfect era for me would have been the 50's.
the aprons.
the cooking.
the focus on family.
and of course...
donna reed.

today...i was donna reed.

today lu lu and i baked creamy banana bread.

bubba gave direction...
lu lu practiced patience...
while it baked we cleaned and reorganized the dry goods drawer
::and when it was done, we enjoyed our work::
here is the recipe for creamy banana bread {pam}

1/2 c. butter, softened 80z cream cheese, softened 1 1/4 c. white sugar
2 eggs 1 c. mashed bananas (i use more) 1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 1/4 c. all-purpose flour 1 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp baking soda
2 T brown sugar 2 tsp ground cinnamon

1. cream together butter and cream cheese. gradually add the white sugar, and continue beating until light and fluffy. add eggs one at a time. stir in the mashed bananas and vanilla. add flour, baking powder, and soda; mix until batter is just moist.
2. in a small bowl mix together cinnamon and brown sugar. you may add pecans if you like.
3. divide batter between greased loaf pans.
4. sprinkle sugar mixture over the batter.
5. bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.