Sunday, March 31, 2013

Easter!

After early church (wonderful service for us and Bo's debut at the church nursery), we gathered for Easter dinner and family fun. E.W. and I were so thankful to have all the children here as well as Gramps and Sa. 

Bowers Family - Easter 2013

Ellie and Emma love their Baby Bo...

...who soon learned that life with two older girl cousins
 was going to involve dressing up. 

Wait. What just happened
and why am I wearing a ridiculous hat AND pink bunny ears?

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Cousins on a Saturday

The guys golfed, the cousins had a play date, and Ashley had a rare day to herself. After all the rain and cold weather we've had lately, Kate and I enjoyed being outside with the kids on a perfect spring day.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Four Years In

Patricia and I haven't met, but through the grace of Compassion International (which I have blogged about before), this little girl and I have developed a relationship. Today marks four years that I've been her sponsor.  She had her twelfth birthday in December. I am thankful for the opportunities afforded her by her participation in the Compassion program and so proud of her accomplishments. What she might not know is how much she has blessed me these past four years.  

Lucky for you, there are plenty of children ready for a sponsor. Go ahead, explore the possibilities.


Friday, March 22, 2013

The Caboose

Apparently, the caboose was happy to have an ultrasound yesterday. You can read about it HERE.

We covet your prayers for a healthy baby...

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Bunny Hop and Beauty Shop

This morning we went to The Bunny Hop, a fundraiser for Ellie's preschool. Grandma and Papa met us there (E.W. and Worth were chasing that little white ball, tournament style). After a delicious breakfast, there were games for the children. I love this picture, despite Ellie's cheesing for the camera, because she is holding Emma's hand and showing her how to wait in line for a game.


Emma had no idea what was going on, but she was willing to follow her sister's lead!








She really didn't understand face painting, but did end up with an Easter egg painted on her cheek. If it was good for Ellie, it was good for her!


The slide was, of course, the most popular. Grandma felt bad that Emma was too little, so she braved the slide with her. One time was enough. Sadly, I can't post THAT picture, as Grandma was adamant that her slide adventure remain undocumented (although you can see that and more right here)! Ellie didn't make that same request, so here's one of the wild woman in action.


Finally, it was time for the big egg hunt. Really, that's a misnomer, as no hunting was necessary. There were eggs aplenty scattered on the ground and the areas were roped off for the different age groups. The ones and twos didn't quite understand that they had to wait until the signal was given. There were a few meltdowns, one of which the Bowers family can claim. Poor Emma. She reached in and got that big purple egg and was made to put it back. 


It didn't take her long to figure out the goal!


The threes and fours already knew what to do...


...as evidenced by Ellie's bounty.


The Bunny Hop was not the only event of the weekend. There were also several sessions of hair styling and a fashion show. Yes, Emma is sporting a pair of her daddy's socks. Not sure what look she was attempting.


Oh, and the guys came in a close second in their flight and are already plotting for next year...

Friday, March 15, 2013

Bronzed Coffee

It's been almost three years since the coffee table switch. Ready to brighten things up just a bit, I've done a little tweaking.

the studio :)

the supplies

the closeup
I have no idea why it photographs as green in the picture below; the color is actually more like the above closeup photo. Oh, well. Here is the table in its current state (which is not to say it won't change down the line...the heavy wood and grain of the top make it a perfect canvas).

the table

Monday, March 11, 2013

3 Months Old

kcb photo

Friday, March 8, 2013

Alaskan Tundra and Myrtle Beach Sand

I bought a few samples of CeCe Caldwell chalk paint and wanted to try them on some small projects. The living room is so dark and has so much wood; I thought Alaskan Tundra Green on the demilune table would brighten up things just a bit. The piano bench has been black forever (again, dark!) so I dry brushed Myrtle Beach Sand on the top. It's functioning as a side table (with storage!) in my dining room reading nook (a work in progress). 

There are differences between these paints and Annie Sloan. These seemed chalkier/dryer, which meant they did not go on quite as smoothly but dried super fast. The chalkier feel wasn't a problem for me, as I really enjoy the waxing process. Good thing, since CeCe Caldwell is available locally and Annie Sloan is not. :)  HERE is a great review of this chalk/clay paint.


Haven't taken a photo of the surfaces after waxing, but those streaks are gone and in their place a great feeling finish. Now on to the next project... 

Benched

E.W. bought this sweet bench at an estate sale. I was excited to break out my Annie Sloan duck egg blue chalk paint, so yeah, no 'before' picture.

an almost-before picture

love having this bench at the foot of the stairs

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Wednesday with Emma

This morning Emma and I spent some time together while her mama was at work and her sister was at preschool. We were VERY busy. Love that sweetie and her quick smile.

Emma selects a book. Freddie is unimpressed.

Her favorite was one of Ellie's, a gift from my mama
and daddy in 2009 (lots of textures in this one).

That smile! 

Besides reading, we managed to do a lot more (I was just too busy playing to take pictures!):
  • putting coat on and buttoning it
  • unbuttoning coat and taking it off
  • admiring boots
  • playing monkey see, monkey do
  • back rubs
  • dancing to Motown tunes
  • working a puzzle
  • trying out daddy's new chair
  • riding a pony
  • face timing with Bo, Kate, and Jay

Sunday, March 3, 2013

That wedding gave us chills!

The weather was ridiculous (28 degrees and snow flurries!) but it did not stop a wonderful celebration Saturday night. The wedding was lovely and so was my dear friend, the mother of the groom.

The groom's father, mother, and sister
watch the first dance.

We tried but we couldn't even figure out
how long we've been friends!
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