The Weekend Lens


I'm getting back into the swing of things around here after being gone for a couple of weeks and it feels so, so good.


Yes, love it.


Even my garage.

I bought a cord of wood for our fireplace last week so I spent a big part of Saturday morning moving things around in the garage to make room for the delivery. I love having a fire in my fireplace and with family coming this week it was time to get that delivered.


That's what a cord of wood looks like in the back of a big truck.


And this is what it looks like when the truck dumps it in the driveway.

Simon helped me for a bit and then I proceeded to stack that wood piece by piece in the garage. I felt gloriously independent and strong as I stacked that wood and reflected a bit (because that's just how I operate) on this crazy life. I felt thankful for my house and my job and my family and my health and all the good things I have right in front of me.

Here's what it looked like when I was all finished:


My back might be a little sore but man it felt good to get it all put away. Okay, it was more than a little sore but it tells me I was doing something!


Meanwhile Anna was loving playing inside. I heard lots of mother/baby chatter and school chatter as she conducted her own lessons with stuffed animals and dolls.


I took a break from stacking to work on a Kiwi Crate we had leftover from a few months back.


This one was all about birds and included this cool feather mask with three different beaks and awesome blue wings:


These crates make a great gift if you are looking for something for a crafty kid in your life. They have subscriptions and also single crates available.


The second activity was to make a nest and paint eggs. She's getting old enough that she's really into it - wanting to do it all with a little help from me. Definitely a fun project to do together. I like that it usually includes some education along with it (this one included a booklet about a few different kinds of birds and their eggs and nests).

She's totally a maker and a doer.


This was also happening in between wood stacking and crafting and hanging out.


Sunday morning play with Simon included listening to him tell me an Adventure Time story. He's super full of holiday spirit already.

Things I didn't capture on film: Aaron and the kids were here for dinner Saturday night. Anna attended a birthday party on Sunday. Simon and I stocking up on some things for Thanksgiving at Target while Anna was at the birthday party.

I also found myself on Pinterest more than once. Tis the season for inspiration for me on there - big time. House stuff, holiday stuff, memory keeping stuff, gifts, oh my.

Such a wonderfully simple, productive, cozy weekend.

And I have I said that I'm excited to have my family here this week for Thanksgiving? I am. Big time.

25 thoughts

  1. Honoré

    2013-11-25 07:38:28 -0500

    You had a great weekend; thanks for sharing and kudos for stacking all that wood! Enjoy those fires.

  2. Kim S (nerdgrl)

    2013-11-25 08:02:05 -0500

    A fireplace is the one thing I miss having in our home--I grew up with three in my parents' home. We went through a LOT of wood each season. One of our chores was to replenish the wood by each fireplace. Thanks for the memory!

  3. Silvia

    2013-11-25 08:11:50 -0500

    Gosh, I wish I had a fireplace. Not only because I'm always cold, but I love the sound of the fire cracking. So cozy. Wishing you a lovely time with your family!

  4. Toni From

    2013-11-25 08:26:42 -0500

    Love your outlook and your spirit. Have a great week Ali!

  5. Abby P

    2013-11-25 09:06:34 -0500

    Sounds like a perfectly lovely weekend!

  6. Lisa W.

    2013-11-25 09:08:10 -0500

    Beautiful post...I love LOVE my fireplace also:) Thank you for all...OH How I miss the baby teacher playing kind of stuff, my little girl is 19!!! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. I too am looking forward to have ALL my kids in one place!!!!!

  7. Holly S

    2013-11-25 09:30:14 -0500

    Love this look at your right now!

  8. lilly

    2013-11-25 10:23:26 -0500

    Oh, how I wish I can have a real wood fireplace (we have 2 gas ones) so we can roast marshmallows and make smores. Wait, I can use the burner on the gas grill, can't I? Enjoy your week with all the family!

  9. Megan Anderson

    2013-11-25 10:30:20 -0500

    That picture of George with his arm locked in yours is the cutest.

  10. Carrie

    2013-11-25 10:57:04 -0500

    You rock, friend. Plain and simple. Loved the reflections while stacking wood. :)

  11. Carrie Sunday

    2013-11-25 11:06:48 -0500

    You SHOULD be proud of how independent you are! Your strength rings out in many ways. :) Happy (almost) Holidays!

  12. Sue K. Smith

    2013-11-25 11:15:09 -0500

    So happy for you and your happy life! There is something good about physical labor, especially if you can see the results of your efforts! Have a wonderful week.

  13. Pam

    2013-11-25 11:57:05 -0500

    Your blog reads like we are knocking on your door a visiting a bit. It's just lovely.

  14. CandyW

    2013-11-25 12:03:56 -0500

    You Rock Ali! And I love your can do attitude!

  15. Debbie

    2013-11-25 12:35:26 -0500

    Wonderful post and awesome photo's. It's so good to get "chores"done, but also great "kid" time. Great job momma!...welcome home.

  16. Karen S

    2013-11-25 12:54:49 -0500

    Love the coziness of your post.

  17. Melissa

    2013-11-25 13:03:53 -0500

    We love Kiwi crates in this house, too! I've been hoarding a couple of them for Thanksgiving weekend. Can't wait!

  18. [email protected]

    2013-11-25 14:09:24 -0500

    Great to have you back Ali. Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  19. dawn

    2013-11-25 14:59:36 -0500

    Welcome home Ali, so glad to see you and even the kids again! Having a warm fire sounds good to me right now. Great job with the wood and having sore muscles for a few days is always a great reminder of hard work.
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your sweet family, so glad they will all be with you this year. AWESOME!
    I'm thankful for mine this year too, my oldest is home for it for the first time in 6 years, YIPPEE!!! Can't wait for some relax time and good food and family.
    Thanks for sharing these with us!

  20. susan garner

    2013-11-26 01:47:18 -0500

    Enjoy your fireplace this season. Nothing like a real fire. I had a fireplace once and it caught fire in the chimney. Scared the living daylights out of me. lol.

  21. carine f

    2013-11-26 02:24:08 -0500

    greta, and thanks for sharing !

  22. Julie

    2013-11-26 21:20:13 -0500

    I don't comment often..but I can hear the excitement in your 'voice'..
    Have a wonderful time celebrating your fam and life baby!

  23. Sue Kment

    2013-11-27 21:30:04 -0500

    Oh my this pic that stands out is the last one and that wonderful sparkle in Simon's eyes! He is growing so fast!

  24. Liz

    2013-12-04 12:15:31 -0500

    I had totally forgotten about this company! Just ordered a couple single crates for gifts. Great idea & so glad I got reminded here.

  25. Uncustomary Art

    2013-12-08 20:58:04 -0500

    Recently, I did a survey on my blog to find out what else my readers love to read, and that's how I found you! The photo of your cat is really cute, and now I want to make myself some wings!

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