Another milestone has passed in our house....our daughter got her ears pierced!
About a year ago, she told me she did NOT want to get her ears pierced, because she'd heard it hurts. That was fine with me. I did not get my own ears pierced until I was eighteen, and I distinctly remember that in spite of what everyone told me, it DID hurt!
Our daughter may not have wanted her ears pierced, but she did want to wear earrings. So she talked me into buying her a couple of pairs of cute clip earrings. She found out that they hurt her ears and that the selection of clip earrings was not as big as the selection for post earrings.
All of this, combined with the fact that her next-door-neighbor-friend got her ears pierced motivated our daughter to change her mind!
So, today was the big day.
We were grateful to find a place that would do both ears at the same time. She was so brave. I was expecting tears and screams that would bring everyone in the mall over to see what was wrong. The sweet girl didn't even flinch or jump. I think I was more afraid than she was. Do you see that my eyes are closed?
She is very excited to have those earrings in her ears. She has told everyone she knows that she had it done!
And there's her little brother taking part in the whole thing. He watched every moment. We love making a family affair out of our little girl's milestone.
Yesterday was absolutely beautiful in our 'neck of the woods.' The humidity level was drastically lower than usual, creating a quite mild and pleasant day. Since that kind of weather is such a rarity around here, I could not stand to stay inside all day. So, I packed up the school books and headed to a friend's house.
These friends own a horse stable across the pond from their home. With their permission, we sat at a table outside the stable and did our school work.
It was a great location. There were horses grazing nearby,
cats to pet,
and a pond to gaze into.
Add to that a gentle, cool breeze and it was perfect (except for the scary looking spiders nearby).
After both children did their math lessons, the oldest read a Bible story to the youngest and we discussed Christopher Columbus's voyages, it was time for some exploring. We wandered around the pond and then went on an adventure on the four wheeler.
I was struck by how gracious God is to allow us to enjoy such beauty. I am grateful for fluffy clouds, the sound of birds praising God and the innocent joy of children.
For several years now, our daughter's room has been a pretty pink girlie room! It was full of pink gingham with lime green accents. But this year, she decided that she wanted to re-do it for her birthday present. This sweet picture of her with some of her friends gives you an idea of the pinkness!
The inspiration for the new room came from our friend, Lindsey's room. Our daughter looks up to Lindsey, so it was a natural for her to want to pattern her room after Lindsey's. Our daughter picked out the bedding and the rest of the room was built around that.
After lots of shopping, crafting, painting and more, here is how the room turned out:
Lindsey painted the big C on an old ceiling tile that I had salvaged from the trash a couple of years ago. She also created the wall hanging you see on the right near the lamp.
The lamp is one I had crafted to fit in the pink room. Here is what it looked like then:
We removed the ribbon and painted the shade brown. Then we added a bow and button to embellish it.
We already had this jewelry box in her room. It has three little windows for placing photos. To make it fit in the room, we glued ribbons to the back of the spaces. We also added little 'gems' to make it even more interesting. You know, once you get started with that glue gun, it is hard to stop!
Add this canvas creation also by Lindsey,
and the curtain scarf and ribbon embellished mirror,
and the room is complete! Our daughter is thrilled! I think it is a much appreciated birthday present!
(You can see more of Lindsey's work by clicking here.)
Several months ago, I mentioned that I had planted an herb garden. It has been fun to add flowers and more herbs to it and to watch it all grow and flourish.
Here is what it looked like in March:
Here is what is looks like now:
What herb garden is complete without a wayward soccer ball or two in it?
It has been a fun experience to have an herb garden. There is nothing like the convenience of having herbs at my disposal! I don't have to run to the store when I need them and I don't have to PAY for them!
Plants in my garden this year include Rosemary, Oregano, Basil, Cinnamon Basil, Cilantro, Thyme, Chives, Mint, Ginger, Jalapeno, Cherry Tomato, Bell Pepper, Vinca, Lambs Ear, and Canna.