Wednesday, July 18, 2007

It's Finally Done!

Well Vic, you asked for it, you got it. What do you think?

O.K., so maybe it's silly to post about my bedroom being painted, but I love the way it turned out so I thought I'd share. Now I just need to do curtains and wall hangings and accessories and... Where's my interior designer sister when I need her?

We bought paint for the classroom and kitchen too, but I need a break before moving on. I was hoping to get the classroom done before school starts (which is in two weeks, yikes!) but I'm not sure that's going to happen.

I guess you can stay tuned for more "Home Makeover" pictures!

Saturday, July 7, 2007

Our Day at the Creek

What a wonderful day we had yesterday! Some friends of ours mentioned that they had been fishing at Holly Creek on July 4th and that it would be a great place to take the kids and let them swim and play. So we decided to spend the day exploring that part of our great state.

Holly Creek is part of the Cohutta Wilderness Area in the Chattahoochee National Forest. It's about an hour and a half northeast of our house, just past Chatsworth, GA. It was beautiful and made me feel a bit like I was home in Oregon. I have such wonderful memories of my parents taking my sister and I to areas just like this one. There were plenty of shallow areas so even Nathan was able to get in and play. We saw a lot of little fish, big tadpoles, and even a crawdad! The boys had such a fantastic time wading around and throwing rocks in the river!

We had a picnic lunch right there by the creek and then decided to venture on and check out some of the other sights in the area. We travelled up the mountain to Fort Mountain State Park and on the way we were able to stop and take in the amazing view. The mountains just roll for miles. It's a very different mountain view than what we are used to. The mountains here are smaller and gently rolling, but they are beautiful none the less. We stopped at the information center when we reached the park and collected some information on camping and the cottages they have for rent. What a fun time that would be when Nana and Poppa come. There's a beautiful mountain lake up there with swimming, hiking and even miniature golf. It's a lot like Red Top Mountain and we would definitely like to go back and visit.

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Moments of Bliss

Last night was one of those idyllic evenings that I long for but that don't materialize very often. We all gathered in the living room with Shawn Macdonald playing in the background. (If you don't know him, check him out! I highly recommend his album Simply Nothing!) Andrew was playing Tetris, Noah and Alek were taking turns playing chess on the computer, Alek was reading Left Behind Kids in between turns, and Nathan and I played together on the floor. Best of all, no TV! It was so cozy and peaceful; exactly what I needed after a busy weekend. I pray that my whole family was blessed by it and that we spend more evenings like that; snuggled up together and just enjoying each other. Thank You, Lord, for those moments of bliss that sustain us through trials and the "dailyness" of life. They are truly a precious gift.