Thursday, August 8, 2013

{pretty, happy, funny, real}

~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life. ~

{pretty}


Here is a peek at one of the headboards for the older girls new bunk bed.  So pretty!  


{happy}


The girls were so excited to move into the bunk beds and Rose was also very happy to have her very own big girl bed!  We went to the store last weekend and she helped pick out a new quilt for Twinkle Toes' old bed.  Plenty of pink and covered with little roses, it is perfect for her!  



{funny}

I've never been very good at gardening...
This year our garden is doing much better than last, but we still have so much to learn.


I have a feeling that whatever this random plant that grew in one of our raised beds (from seeds in the compost?) probably didn't need the tomato cage despite the little curly things (tendrils, according to google) that seemed to want to climb... Do I leave it where it is and if so do those (melons? spaghetti squash!) need more support? 


... and check out our compost.  Whatever is growing there is doing better than the rest of the garden! 


{real}


Oh, how I am missing this oldest boy of ours!

Captain left for a boys camp on Monday morning and will be home again on Friday.  This is his first time attending a summer camp, other than camping with our whole family.   He has spent the night away from home a few times for various reasons, but always with at least a brother or two.

Actually, this week has been the hardest on Rascal, who has never been away from his older brother overnight.  (Except for one night when he was 9 months old, when we left Captain with my parents for  an overnight trip to the coast on our anniversary.  Actually, he didn't do well with the separation that night either.)  Rascal is definitely my hardest worker and on Monday he spent the day cleaning out the van, mopping the floors, doing dishes, and any other random job that he could think of to help me. He said that "If I stay really busy the week will go by faster." Awwww...  The afternoon at the Science Museum with friends yesterday helped, and the week is already more than half over!  Captain will be coming home tomorrow!  All his siblings are making cards and little handmade gifts to surprise him with when he gets home.  He has been missed!


Visit Like Mother, Like Daughter for more pictures of contentment.

25 comments:

  1. My younger kids also get a little lost when their older siblings are gone. All of the kids are having a hard time with #2 being gone to boot camp. Rosary every night includes prayers for him, which I believe truly comforts them.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Oh that makes my heart all warm to think of Rascal missing Captain so. Good job with those boys, Mama!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Our compost pile sprouts random stuff at times, too - and yes, it always seems to grow bigger than what we intentionally planted!!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Beautiful new bunk beds! Maybe just the inspiration I need to frill-i-fy my girls' (currently gender-neutral) bedroom....

    My oldest daughter Bunny (11) just left for a Catholic summer camp on this past Sunday afternoon--so much fun. She'll be home Friday as well. Summer camp is so special; I'm sure Captain will come back with great memories!!

    :o) Becky (near PDX, OR)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm sure he will! He did get to meet our new Archbishop at camp!!

      Delete
  5. That bed is GORGEOUS. That it is a bunkbed is astounding- I have never seen lovely bunkbeds (until now.)

    Keep those compost plants where they are! They might just give you good (unintentional) gifts! As for the cantalope- I have heard of people putting them in pantyhose and tying that to the stake (or fence) when they get super large. I just grow mine on the ground.

    Visiting from P,H,F,R~ happy thursday!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Rebecca! I love love love the new bed! :)

      Thanks for the tip and for stopping by!

      Delete
  6. I believe what is growing in the tomato cage is actually spaghetti squash and not a melon..I could be wrong but that is what it looks like to me..delicious!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That makes sense! I did buy some spaghetti squash at Trader Joe's earlier this year and all the seeds went to the compost. Looking at a few other pictures of spaghetti squash plants online, I think you are right. Thanks!

      Delete
    2. I thought it looked like spaghetti squash, too. Yum! I have made spaghetti squash lasagna and it has been a hit!

      Delete
    3. That sounds good! Do you have a link to a recipe to share?

      Delete
  7. I agree, I think that's a squash...those yellow flowers look like squash....

    ReplyDelete
  8. I have to agree with Christina - you are growing spaghetti squash. Squash will climb anywhere! You could make a sling of sorts with some old nylons tied to cage which will reduce the weight drag of the squash.

    We, too, have different things in the compost. A fun surprise when the flowers start to change!

    Love the pictures. Hope you all have a great reunion tomorrow.

    blessings
    Karen

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That is so interesting! I never would have thought that Spaghetti Squash would grow on vines... I mentioned the nylon tip to my husband and he said "well, that's going to look really classy..." lol I don't think it will look as bad as he is envisioning. :)

      Delete
  9. Aww I just bet Rascal is missing him heaps. Our oldest boy (18) went away to College this year and his brother (16) misses him the most, so lost.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh, I bet Erin! I don't even what to think about what it is going to be like when that day comes for us... :(

      Delete
  10. That is so sweet that your children are so close. I love reading about real families who love each other, instead of those ridiculous relationships on sitcoms where they are dripping with animosity towards one another.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Ooh, the beds are so pretty! And I love the rose bedding! Is there a link to that bedding? God bless your family,
    Marianne

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It is the Simply Shabby Chic Ditsy Patchwork Quilt from Target! I think it is so much prettier in person than it is on the stores website. I still need to get her sheets and curtains... Hopefully soon! :)

      Delete
  12. That sounds like a special camp that he Archbishop went to visit! That is so sweet the boys are so close. Did your boys go through a bickering/fighting stage? My 5 yr old and 7 year old just seem to clash a lot. Not sure if their personalities are so different, or the age difference. We're working hard to instill virtue and kindness, but often it seems like we are far from it...any tips?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. These two boys of ours have always gotten along really well. I wish I could say the same for my girls... They are doing better now, but we've had some challenges these past couple years. Their personalities are so different from each other, plus I do think it had something to do with their ages. Now that the younger one has gotten a little older (they are almost 10 & 8 now) they have started having more in common again and are enjoying playing/talking/etc together so much more! It makes me so happy. I really hope the same will be true for your boys.

      Delete
    2. Thanks Jessica! It's true - I really think it is a personality clash, and hopefully theyll get over it soon. So many opportunities for formation and for patience for us as moms! God bless!

      Delete
  13. Those bunkbeds are so pretty! Where did you get them?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Anita! This bunk bed is the Twin over Twin Gabriella Bunk Bed by Smart Stuff Furniture. I ordered them online from Hayneedle.com. It was the first time that I have ever ordered furniture from an online company. I waited for a good sale with $100 off and free shipping and then ordered them with a 6 month interest free plan from BillMeLater. A few of the pieces (including the headboard pictured in this post) arrived with defects (you can't see it in this picture put there are slightly grey spots - paint overspray from something else or water spots? - all over the top of this headboard, a defect on one of the footboards, and other random scuffs and spots on various other places - I wasn't very happy with the quality control). I did call to ask about touch up paint which wasn't an option, but they offered me $20 off to purchase some paint myself. Honestly I couldn't help laughing out loud at that suggestion... Instead of sending replacement parts (which is what I was leaning towards, even though it would be a HUGE hassle) we settled on a $200 discount which I think was fair and I can live with the defects or have it painted someday. So, in the end the bunk bed cost $1045, which is very close to what we were looking at spending on bunk beds from Costco and one other online store. It is still a lot of money, especially since it is the first bed(s) we have ever purchased new for the children (all the rest were hand-me-downs) but I think it was worth the money. It is so beautiful, feminine, and even has ROSES! ;)

      Delete
  14. I am often just so touched by the genuine love siblings in large families have for each other. It is such a blessing and I just feel God's grace when I see things like the two boys missing each other.

    ReplyDelete

You can find my Comment Policy and Guidelines here. Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment. I love hearing from my visitors here at Shower of Roses! May God bless you all!

Note: All comments are moderated.