Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Spring Festivus and Egg Hunting.

We had a ton of fun last weekend with our big egg hunt ... We try to have our Spring Festival before Easter, so that as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints we can focus on the resurrection of Jesus on Easter, but still get all the fun of chocolate bunnies and jelly beans. 

Above are the two tables all set for munchkins and their parents for a traditional Easter Feast. 

As you can see I used the spray painted glass vases for our centerpiece at the main table.

Loved this picture of me with Lu and her cute brother photo bombing us from the hall. 

With dinner behind us, and the Easter bunnies having done their work, the kids gather, with 
their Aunt toting our one year old, all ready for the hunt!

I so wish I had caught the look on her face when her dad opened one of these pretties for her and she realized what was in them all!  It was a look of sheer thrill!

Lias had so many eggs he needed a second basket.

.. And a special thanks to Ben and Hanna won tried their paws at Easter Bunny this year!  They were awesome.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Heber Utah Flea Market at April James

 Spring time means good weather which means getting outside and doing lots of work, at least that what it meant for Mr. P. This weekend.

He needed to finish the new roof on one of our rental houses, of course he had lots of help from our four awesome boys, and even some from a daughter and a sweet d-i-l.

Then there was the hauling that needed to be done at home to render our lawn tree branch free for flea.o.logy next month. (We cut down two 110 year old Catalpa trees last November, that had died.)

I told him I needed to run up to Heber, to support friends who were doing the April James flea and  I was sure I would be home to help with the yard cleanup ...

 The flea was awesome ... this is her second year to have a monthly flea, but it was my first time to attend.  The 45 minute drive was beautiful, as a half an hour of that is through Provo canyon, and is lovely.

Love this bike, one of April's permanent displays.

 Found Jennine of Le Junk, with her usual assortment of awesomeness ...

Her sign below may be irreverent ... but as a small gardener myself, I completely understand the sentiment.

 Here I am with a few of my favorite flea.o.logy dealers, Angie, Kathy, Me, Jennine and Christine.
Angie is the American Homaker ... you just have to love her portable shop!

 ... and her new sign!
Christine is the head honcho of Vintage Yard Sale Utah, a very successful Face Book site.  And look, polka dot phones!!

 I think her card holder is the most creative use of a toy truck I have ever seen!!

To the right is Denise of Two Old Crows, another flea.o.logy veteran, she and Mark were set up on the other side of the shop and gave me a good deal on the treasure I found in their space.
 Inside of April's store are lots of wonderful shabby items.  April specializes in chalk paint and even teaches classes.  She is a very talented lady.

 I thought her banners were charming too, and you know how I love banners.

 Back outside I got to meet with another couple of dealers .... Emma Lee crafts with ephemera ... isn't the folded book art fun?

 I also liked the goodies that 'Three Shabby Birds' brought to the sale!!
Thanks for coming along, I hope you enjoyed the wander through a darling flea market.  We don't have the wonderful huge markets you find in other regions in the county, but I always love going and tend to find great priced goodies.  Of course getting to catch up with some of these amazing market vendors, always makes it a pleasant day for me.

... oh, and just in case you were wondering, I did get home in time to help Mr. P. with his third load and last load ... and I just have to say ... I am truly married to the energizer bunny ... (Maybe that explains the 10 kids?)

Friday, April 11, 2014

A Brave Little Princess!

OK, can you tell this is going to be a story about a princess?  Yes, and since our little princess looked something like Merida from Brave, I thought I would show her picture first ... in reality, our princess' story is really more like Sara Crewe's, from A Little Princess ....  and Sara Crewe said it so well, when she told Miss Minchen 

 "I am a princess. All girls are. Even if they live in tiny old attics. Even if they dress in rags, even if they aren't pretty, or smart, or young. They're still princesses. All of us. Didn't your father ever tell you that? Didn't he?"

Well, our little princess was given the name Esperanza, which means 'hope' in Spanish  ...  she was named for a beloved paternal grandmother ... sounds like a lovely beginning for a story, right? 

She was my granddaughter, born to my adopted daughter L, who sadly suffered from Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.  L was a beautiful girl, but her abilities to function and cope were very limited.  Thus  when L found herself pregnant soon after the breakup of her marriage, it wasn't long until the state, kindly, stepped in and ordered her three daughters into foster care.  Of course extended family is always the preferred placement.

Thus we took on three sweet bewildered little girls, and they lived with us for 7 months, until L had her baby, and her workers helped to set her up in a nice home, under the wing of a volunteer women's organization that tried to help such young mothers.

The support system somehow failed, and within 6 months the four little girls were in separate adoptive homes.  We were heart broken when we learned what had happened, just a year after we had kissed their sweet faces goodbye, but there was no recourse.

Then less than a month ago, (15 years later) we heard from Esperanza's (though she has a new adoptive name, I will refer to her as E) case worker, telling us the adoption had failed some 6 years ago, and E had been in foster care since.

 She had still had visitation with her adoptive family until last year, when personal issues of their own lead them to decline including E in their Thanksgiving plans. She was devastated, and begged her long time case worker to help her find her 'real' family.

Thus we were able to meet this gentle teenager last week for lunch ...  she said she had no recollection of living with us, other than the week long boating trip she and her sisters went on with us that summer.

She also said she has very few pictures of her early adoptive years, and would love to see pictures of her time with us.

Thus was born the idea of a Smash Book for E ...

 ... and here it is.

We will be meeting with her again next week, and will present her with this little book of memories.

 This page features a picture of her being held by her uncle who was graduating from the same high school she would attend some10 years later.
 The girls were living with us when we moved to our current home, what a sad adventure that must have been for three little girls who were already missing their mother.
I am a big believer in scrapbooks, I believe they celebrate lives, focusing on the good, and reminding us of happy times.  I hope that E will be able to see how cherished she is, and that our future associations will help her learn her own wonderful value.

Please pray for a happily ever after for us all!  Thank You.