Wednesday, June 11, 2014

My 2014 Flower Garden

For my garden this year, I wasn't sure what I was going to do.  I got books from the library, looked at seed packets, I couldn't decide.  While I was deciding, I noticed that things were growing in my garden that were not weeds. They were flowers from last year.  So, I remembered how pretty it looked and that some of them didn't come up.  So I decided to do a flower garden.
Last year, I planted some flowers called Canterbury Bells. I didn't realize that they take 365 days to bloom until after I planted them.  And they finally bloomed!!! I waited two year for these flowers!

Joyfully in Him,
   Diana<3

p.s. I have been experimenting with ink pens and water colors.  I drew this picture and gave it to some of my friends.  I think they liked it!

Monday, May 19, 2014

5/17/14

My brother is married.  I had a lot of fun planning the rehearsal dinner, putting lights in big paper lanterns. Seeing my good friends after one whole month! Folding napkins while watching jostie flicks and beauty and the beast. Going to lunch to eat fish tacos.
 Getting dressed in my black high heels for the dinner. Having a circuit blown. Serving dessert. listening to awesome maid of honor and best man speeches.  Spraying whipped cream into our mouths. Drinking Izzie with paper straws. getting my hair done real fancy. Helping Adam move out of his bedroom. Having a dance party in the bridal room.  Waiting for 1:00. Playing with Aidan.

Walking down with two gentleman. ;) Holding a bouquet of flowers.  listing to a friend talk about bubble grenades. Enjoying my pearly whites.  Talking wedding party pictures. Being introduced as the wedding party.  Talking to all of my long lost friends and relatives.  Watching Adam walking to us.  
Drinking a strawberry shake and watching good friends eat cheese sauce with French fires.  The feeling of the wedding being over but there being another party after!  Running downstairs expecting to see my nephew but instead seeing my friends.  Eating chicken tacos at a long table. 
  Playing Frisbee golf for the fist time and getting a 78!! ;) Having the same exact score during Frisbee golf with my friend. Riding back in a mini van with the windows down and singing country music.  Hearing a friend tell about how he drove a stick shift for the first time and accidentally got it in 5th gear.  
Playing guillotine and bang at the same time!! Relieving stress as we played the piano. Being the outlaw twice in a row.  Eating brownies with powdered sugar on top.  Making jokes like "dis boy" and "hope you had a magical time." Laughing so hard my eyes got watery.  So thankful that my friends traveled 7 hours to be with us for this special weekend.  
Watching youtube videos and laughing all together.  Talking into the wee hours of the night,  Sadly saying goodbye.  But happily planning the next party.  I had a great weekend!!

Joyfully in Him,
   Diana<3

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

A Day at a Farm

It is very rare indeed, for me to really really enjoy an event.  There has been only a few events that I have done that I very much enjoyed.  I place these in a categories called "events that I had really fun at"
This newest event I went to was a trip to a small country farm.  I got to shadow the daily life of a farmer.  It was planting and plowing time.  And I got to sit in the big New Holland tractor and watch the big plow in the back do its work.  It was an experience I will never forget!  We had a lot of good laughs!


 The tractor's wheel is as big as I am!!
 As it slowly got cloudy,  I got to watch the big gray cloud roll in and soon it was pouring rain.  My friend and I went out and splashed in the puddles. 
 Then I followed my friend around as he did his regular chores around the farm including milking the cows! 
 This reminded me of Charlotte's Webb 

Joyfully in Him,
   Diana<3 

Saturday, May 3, 2014

"I'll paint the walls some more, I'm sure there's room somewhere..."

I have been doing a series of different crafts lately.  I recently watched Tangled again, and I got inspired to paint a picture from the movie.
The original picture is on the left and mine is on the right.
Here is my desk while I was painting.  (kind of messy)  
I also have been decorating the back of envelopes.  I found the idea on Pinterest (where almost all good ideas come from?)
And I saved the best craft for last, I learned how to write in Elvish!!! I only know the basics but I know who to write sentences and names. 

Joyfully in Him,
   Diana<3

p.s. Last week, I had the chance to spend the day at friend's farm.  It was a nice experience. I saw things you don't normally see in the city. You can really see that the world is round out there.  moooooo!



Thursday, April 17, 2014

"Something Strewn"

Yesterday, my family hosts the leadership meeting for our church on Wednesday every month.  And my job is to make a treat for the men to eat during the meeting.
So this week I made Cinnamon Streusel Coffee cake.  The name means "something strewn" in Old German.  Also, when I make the dessert, I make a little extra for my two friends who come over during the meeting.  
It didn't take me too long to make this and was easier than I thought! 
 And here is the recipe for this amazing cake! 

Joyfully in Him,
   Diana<3 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Yummy Dinners

Yesterday we had a family dinner night.  (With my oldest sister, her husband, and my two nephews)  Mom and I made a Pinterest inspired dinner. Or well, that's what it looked like.
We had a veggie salad, meatloaf, mashed potatoes, lemon rosemary asparagus, and for dessert, I made gooey white chocolate blondes.
The Salad
~green leaf lettuce
~yellow and red peppers
~1 roma tomato 
Asparagus
~dried (or fresh) rosemary
~lemon juice (& lemon slices)
~salt & pepper
~ extra virgin olive oil
Potatoes
~rice milk
~salt & pepper 
~ cheddar cheese (optional)
Meatloaf
Gooey White Chocolate Blondes
recipe here

Joyfully in Him,
   Diana<3 

Friday, April 11, 2014

hello spring

In this house, we do second chances, We do grace, We do mistakes, We do real, We do loud really well, We do hugs, We do love, We do family.  
 Family
like branches on a tree,
we all grow in different directions,
yet out roots remain as one. 
 I made some M&M oatmeal cookies last week.  I got a lot of compliments on them! 
Here is the recipe
 Yesterday I finally got out my pencils and paints and just sketched and painted. It's been a long time since I've done that! 

Joyfully in Him,
    Diana<3