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Canning peaches with my daughter, #FamilyGrowing up we canned EVERY YEAR.  We canned just about everything you could think of, hundred of jars of fruit and vegetables were preserved then enjoyed all year long.  Even when I was little I had a job to do, as part of the canning.  Mom made sure all my brothers and sisters knew how to can.  I admit I grew to HATE canning as a teenager. I would have much rather been out playing with my friends.  BUT now that I am grown I am so glad my Mom took the time to teach me these skills.Canning peaches with my daughter, #FamilyI have never canned with my own kids… but this year I decided it was time to teach them what my Mom taught me.  I was worried they might give me a hard time and not like canning.  I was very happy to see they LOVED it, every step of the way they were smiling.  Skinning, slicing, putting them in jars and even processing them.   Made me happy to see how much they enjoyed it…  we only did 29 quarts and 8 pints.  But we enjoyed it and I am looking forward to canning with them again next year.Canning peaches with my daughter, #Family

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Tea party with freinds, practical gift ideas for little girls

Knowing what to get my kids for Christmas is always a hard choice.  I do not want to get them “Stuff” that will just sit on a shelf and create clutter in our house.  My girls LOVE to have tea parties with their friends, BUT it never fails one of the little ceramic cups and plates fall off the table and break, and their hearts are broken.

I was looking at ONCE AGAIN buying them the little toy ceramic set, but feeling frustrated knowing they would just be broken like the others.  That is when I had an idea…. what if I bought them a REAL SET, something that would not break.  So over the last 5 months my husband and I have been on a little treasure hunt. Picking up a piece here or there, yard sales and 2nd hand stores.  We even had a few date nights where that is all we did, go to every 2nd hand store in the valley looking for trays, butter trays, salt and pepper shakers, bowls, super bowls, gravy pot, tea pots and odds and ends. It was fun, we really enjoyed it. Most the pieces were under a $1 each!

Some of the pieces are real silver, while others are just stainless steel…. it is a mix matched set but all fun, and all very fancy for little girls.  When the girls opened it they were SO excited, which made me happy too. We have had two successful tea party’s with no broken dishes so I think we are off to a good start this year.  Plus it will be fun to add to their collection over the years.

Little brother crashed the tea party yesterday, when he found a “straw” on the side of the tea pot….lol. They were less that impressed that he got his gross boy germs all over their fancy tea pot :).

Tea party with freinds, Little brothers are weird lol....  practical gift ideas for little girls

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It’s bright and early and my girls are screaming that their big brother Matthew is messing up their make up. I see no harm done and tell the girls to stop yelling and play nice. Then the mask comes off and the crime is revealed…. he got little brother in on it too. Never a dull moment at our house. Little stinkers.

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Happy to report a “thumbs up” and all looks good for another 4 months with Matthews heart. These appointments are always hard for me as I am always worried it will be bad news. Feeling blessed and so grateful for everyday the lords gives us with our miracle boy.hypoplastic left heart syndrome, HLHS, echo

Every night before my head hits the pillow I go to check on my kids and make sure they are ok.  But as I enter my oldest sons room each night I can not help but hold my breath and say a quick silent prayed to my Father in Heaven that he will be ok.  That his heart will be strong, that he will grant us one more day with this miracle of a boy, that we get to call our son.

We have been very lucky and the last 5-6 years he has been rather healthy, and beside a few hospital stays and seizures his heart has been strong.  Living each day with only half a heart and proving to the world that miracles happen.  To many those weeks even months in the hospital for the first 4 years of his life getting him well, are just a memory…. but not for me.  Not for this Mom, not a day passes where I do not thank the Lord for him, and plead (some days more than others) for the understanding and knowledge of how to teach him, how to care for him.  But most important pray that he can be healthy.

We went in for his 4 month check up, to check his heart again.  I put on my brave face, hold his hand maybe even skip thru the parking lot with him.  But inside I am a mess, I want to crawl into a ball and cry my eyes out.  Terrified this might be the appointment when we get the news that his heart can no longer keep up.  The news that in order to keep our son alive he must receive the life saving gift from another… a heart transplant.   But I can not let that show on my face, I have to be strong.

This week Matthew had his routine echo and heart check up.  He gives the Doctor a high 5 and climbs onto the table to have an echo-cardiogram done.  I hold his hand as I have always done…. but this time I looked down at him, my sweet baby boy and I see something different.  He is still small, he will never be large do to his heart…. But I saw a glimpse of the young man I dreamed and prayed he would be able to become.  My baby boy is growing into a man, and for any Mom that is an amazing site… but for me it is simply breath taking.

hypoplastic left heart syndrome, HLHS, echo Matthew

My sweet handsome boy at just one month old, after his first two major heart surgeries and 3 1/2 weeks in the hospital.

You can read more about Matthew and being Hypoplastic Left heart here under I’m A Heart Mom. 

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green tomatoes

I was working in the garden, when my 3 year old came out to help. He spotted a red tomato and yelled, “MOM, me see a RED tomato… can I pick it”.  He was so excited so I told him to go inside to grab a bowl and come pick the tomatoes.  He ran in, came back out and went to town picking tomatoes.  A few minutes later I hear him huffing and puffing a bit, “Mom these are heavy… Look at my tomatoes”.

I looked over to see he had picked one red tomatoes and 8 green ones. Oops guess he still does have have the whole gardening thing down just yet :)

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sewing with mom

I was raised by one of the craftiest ladies on earth… no joke my Mom can turn just about anything into something beautiful or creative. Check out these Wooden Photo Carvings she makes for people on Esty.  The plus side to having a SUPER talented, artistic Mom is she is constantly teaching me how to sew, paint, crochet, cross stitch or something creative. Growing up she always had a fun project for me to do.

Only problem is I am NOT near as talented as she is,  sure I am good at some things.  But others I really struggle with, like sewing it was just never my thing.  My Mom use to say, “Sarah, slow down your not driving a race car” I had a lead foot when it came to the sewing machine, and my lines were not exactly straight lol.   Yet my older sister was sewing her own clothes all threw high-school and even sewed her own wedding dress… (not me lol).

sewing oops

So still to this day when I have a sewing project I tend to go to Mom’s house for a little help.  My kids had really messed up the seat to my bench in the kitchen.  It was covered in stains and looked absolutely awful.  So for my birthday I went to Home Fabrics I was able to tackle the pillow cover just fine by myself, but the cover the the seat… well that was a little tricky and I needed my Mommy for that project.  Yes I am 33 years old and still need my Mommy:)

She was taking the old cover off so she could make a pattern off it, and we were laughing about all the old memories  of my sewing projects gone wrong.  She gave me the piece to cut out.  I was feeling rather good about my accomplishment, only to lift up the fabric and realized I totally cut right threw the table cloth underneath….. OOPS.

My Mom just looked over at me and started laughing.  I have not changed much in 20 years, still seem to find a way to mess up every sewing project I do :)  But the end project turned out just how I wanted, keeping my fingers crossed these will stay clean a little longer than the last ones.

Thanks for your help Mom :)

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