Sunday, January 29, 2012
Friday, January 27, 2012
My sister had to take one of my nephews to the hospital for an appendectomy. I took her two youngest boys for the day. I love that we live close & I can fill in for her. And when her 2 year old calls me "mama" I like to think that it's not because he can't say "Candace" or "Aunt" but that I actually remind him of his Mama. That I look a little like her or sound like her & that my lap feels like hers & is just as comfortable to fall asleep on.
Posted by Candace at 8:50 PM
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Monday, January 23, 2012
Friday, January 20, 2012
Thursday, January 19, 2012
I've added lots of great vintage sheeting fabrics to my little blue cloud vintage fabric shop! You'll find one yard & half yard fabric cuts available, as well as a few pillowcases. I've got more to come, so I'll keep you posted whenever I update. :)
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Monday, January 16, 2012
Sunday, January 15, 2012
Friday, January 13, 2012
It started out with a little text message to my 4 sisters: "Hey, do you want to combine all our stuff & have a yard sale? We can give all the money to Russell & Caitlin for medical expenses."
The responses came back, "Yes!", "I'm in!", "Love this idea!"
We gathered our own no longer used items & then asked our friends to donate anything they we ready to part with.
We posted it on our blogs & on Facebook.
Donations in bags & boxes started showing up outside my parents garage. Some of us drove around collecting the offerings.
We started to run out of room for all of it. We all wondered what we had gotten ourselves into. We were overwhelmed. People were so generous! They were bringing really good, quality items.
There really wasn't even enough time to sort through everything. We did a good amount of sorting the day before. All of us siblings + our spouses & our children were involved in the work & we definitely needed all those hands.
We were surprised by some helpers that showed up early Saturday morning to help us with the sale. They were much needed! We were continuing to put items out until mid morning. None of the items were priced. Shoppers would just need to ask us how much. We wore yellow caution tape tied around our arms to indicate that we were the workers.
The people stared showing up to shop. The street was filled with parked cars. Caitlin's dad drove by & said he counted 40 cars. There were strangers...one gave me $10 for an item when I priced it at $5 because she saw that we had a cause. There were friends...some we hadn't seen in a while. We found moments when we could chat & laugh. It was busy & happy & really so much fun.
The kids set up a bake sale table. They were completely adorable. You could see how happy they were to have full responsibility running that table. I'd hear the little one's say, "This is Ruby's yard sale." I can't wait for the day when they all get to run & play with her.
We worked our tails off. We way exceeded my goal as far as funds raised. We could not have done all this without the help of so many.
This was such an amazing experience for me & for my family. I am so very happy that we got to be a part of this. Thank you, thank you, thank you to all who were involved. Whether you donated, worked or shopped.....Thank you! People are so good & we can accomplish so much when we come together.
My parents are up in Boise right now visiting Russell, Caitlin & little Ruby. Word is that Ruby has now doubled her birth weight. She now weighs 2 lbs. 8 oz. We are celebrating that!!
Posted by Candace at 10:08 AM
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
I once heard Heidi Klum give this weight loss advice, "Exercise & don't eat carbs." Time to lose my pregnancy weight & I'm trying to follow this advice. So I'm having a green smoothie for lunch today. Need to figure out when I can fit in the exercise part, though.
Posted by Candace at 11:24 AM
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Saturday, January 07, 2012
Friday, January 06, 2012
Wednesday, January 04, 2012
The yard sale for baby Ruby is almost here! We have been working so hard to get ready. So many wonderful donations have come in for the sale & I am super excited to go shopping! It's going to be a fun day. The kids are also putting together a bake sale table with yummy treats!
All the information is included in the adorable flyer above, designed by my youngest sister & freshly graduated graphic designer, Kimberly Church!
We can still accept donations of goods through Friday. And if you come shop, please be sure to say, "Hi". Thank you, thank you!!!
Posted by Candace at 1:24 PM
One of my favorite & most beautiful things about marriage is that we're always there with each other at times like this. I sat nervously in the waiting room & wished that I was the one in the bed instead of him.
** Dylan had a small outpatient surgery today. He's already home...resting & recovering well.
Posted by Candace at 12:51 PM
Tuesday, January 03, 2012
Monday, January 02, 2012
Sunday, January 01, 2012
The fact that I have three doesn't seem so strange to me anymore. It's like he's always been here. Like they've all always been here.
** This month I am going to try to post one photo + a few words daily. Who knows what each new day will bring. That's what makes it fun. Hope you'll enjoy the daily surprises along with me.