July 2014 archive

DIY: Painted Flatware

I’m thanking the Lord for that cozy weather we had yesterday.  I don’t know what it is about clouds that make me productive but they do.  I got my flatware project done – yay! – and today I’m gonna show you how simple it really is.

I’ve done this before for a baby shower I hosted for my sister.  I used hot pink for that event and I absolutely loved how they turned out.

Cool, yes?!

Adorbs, yes?!

This time, I chose a matte black paint; maybe not as exciting as electric pink, but I think it’s gonna go well with the rest of the decor.

What you’ll need:

  • Flatware – any and all; doesn’t have to match (I prefer it not to)
  • Painter’s tape
  • Spray paint that adheres to metal.  (I prefer a model car paint put out by Krylon but maybe there’s some better options out there??)
  • Clear acrylic top coat

    Acrylic coat and spray paint

    Acrylic coat and spray paint

Step 1: Prep and clean your flatware.

A few spoons

A few spoons

I ran these through the dishwasher this morning and then got busy taping.

A few forks

A few forks

I wanted these to be painted at differing heights but the possibilities are endless.

Step 2: Paint the back sides of the flatware.

Face down

Face down

I always start with the backs because I’m usually half-way in a hurry when I’m doing all these projects and if any side is going to be less than perfect, I’d prefer it to be the back.  This model car paint dries to the touch really quickly so after I let them sit for about 5 minutes, I flipped them to do the fronts.

Step 3: Paint the fronts of the flatware.

Step 4: Repeat steps 2 and 3 with the clear acrylic coating. 

This was something I did not do with the pink set of silverware.  They’ve held up pretty well…there are a few nicks here and there…so I thought I’d try adding this step this time to see how they fare.  I’ll let ya know…

Step 5: Let them dry for 24 hours.

A very important step, obviously.  Put them on a flat, dry surface that they won’t stick to – ie – no paper.

Old records work well...

Old records work well…

Step 6: Pair your flatware with some killer dishes.

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That works

Black matte

Black matte

I love this project because it’s cheap and easy AND it’s one of those details that can totally make a dinner party.  Scourge your local thrifts, find some cheap flatware and funky it up!

Random Rambles

It’s overcast and cool out; my soul is begging for fall!  This has been such a mild summer and I have very little tan left on my arms and legs…might as well call it and hide them under sweaters and jeans, right?!  Come on, fall…

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Wryder’s namesake and great-grandpa is turning 85 this year and I have the distinct honor of providing decor for the grand event!  I’ve got about 10 projects half done and quite a few *ahem* that I have yet to embark upon.  For some reason, this overcast weather makes me uber-productive, so I’m hoping to take advantage of that today.  I’ve already got these bad boys in the dishwasher…

A few spoons

A few spoons

Stay tuned for a DIY this week!  Maybe that will REALLY make me get it done this week…

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Our church cleaned out their library and had tables of free books for us to peruse this past Sunday.  For bibliophiles, it was hard not to take them all, but we decided upon these:

Uncle Arthur's Bedtime Stories

Uncle Arthur’s Bedtime Stories

These are the sweetest little stories that discuss character and wise choices and how the Lord would prefer us to live.  They’ve been a fun edition to our daily readings and we highly recommend them if you can get your hands on a set!

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I missed my kiddos terribly while I was at jury duty last week so we’ve tried to make up for lost play time with LOTS of playtime.  I must say, I have the cutest playmates of anyone around.

My little party planner

My little party planner

This girl throws quite the party and this little guest sure makes them fun!

Cheeeeeese

Cheeeeeese

It warms my heart how well they get along.  I’m sure those feelings for each other might change and evolve as the years go on but I hope they only intensify amorously.  It’s so cute to see them interact together and greet each other in the morning and give random hugs and pull each other close to sit…

Awwwwww

Awwwwww

I wish I could say this attentive shot was during our family devotions…but I was letting them watch “Let it Go.”  *ahem*  Maybe I should start theatrically singing all of our Bible lessons…

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I don’t know about your kids, but Sawyer is a lover of rocks!  Every parking lot/driveway/restaurant/farm/house/business/ we visit, she finds at least one to add to her “collection.”  Wrex was cleaning out his pickup last night and found a stash under her seat.  He brought them in and she put them in a little baggie and showed them to us and said, “These are so I can remember all the places I’ve been.”

It was completely cute and completely heart melting.  We talked to her about how incredibly Biblical that was.  Over and over in the Old Testament, stones are placed at significant places of significant happenings so that when people saw them, they would remember what transpired there…they would remember the faithfulness of God and what He did.

That’s sort of what this blog is; a giant rock of remembrance for me and my family.  He has done so much for us and I don’t want them to forget where all of this good comes from.

I don’t think I’ll be forgetting her and her rocks anytime soon.

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If you’re not familiar with Angie Smith, you should be!  She has quite the story, the best red hair, an adorable self-deprecation and I swear she’s my sister from another mister…or something.  Her latest book, Chasing God, is on sale today for $0.99 (Kindle edition) at Amazon.  I haven’t read it yet but if it’s anything like her others, it will be worth the buck.  Bought and downloaded!  

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All right, I better hop to it!  The coffee cup is empty, the play tent is set up and the natives are growing restless; time to camp and then create!  Enjoy this cozy day!

 

 

County Fair 2014

The Phillips County Fair was this past week and we had high hopes of letting Sawyer enter a few open classes; with our crazy week, it just didn’t work out.  She has plenty of show years ahead of her, so no one was too concerned or heartbroken.

We went into to town on Saturday to watch the parade and check out a little bit of the fair.

Always fashionable in her official parade watching chair...

Always fashionable in her official parade watching chair…

This was Wryder’s first parade and since he’s a pro-waver and kiss blower, he thoroughly enjoyed himself!

Are they cute or what?!

Are they cute or what?!

Sawyer’s candy snatching skills have improved greatly over the past year.  Instead of just sitting in her chair while sweet kids shared some with her, she went for it this time!

Get it, girl!

Get it, girl!

Life is so good with these three...

Life is so good with these three…

After the parade, we drove down to the fair grounds and took a peak around the barns.  Wryder was a HUGE fan of the hogs!

Let's be buddies...

Let’s be buddies…

Come here, piggy!

Come here, piggy!

He did NOT want to leave to look at any other species…

I don't want to leave...and there's a fly on my head!

I don’t want to leave…and there’s a fly on my head!

Sawyer was NOT impressed with the hogs at his age.

Not so much...

Not so much…

That was as close as she was willing to get and she kept saying, “Scary!  Scary!”  She did better this time, but still preferred the goats and chickens.

Ah, yes...much better!

Ah, yes…much better!

The highlight of the fair was the ride in a miniature grain cart!  How cute is this little train?!

Adorbs!

Adorbs!

It was a good day!

Worth 1,000 Words: Petting Zoo

We had the privilege of assisting a ministry with a petting zoo this week!  (I know…we had NOTHING else going on, why not?!)  Apparently, it’s common knowledge that the Phipps’ always have a small menagerie of animals around and, of course, we jumped at the opportunity!  We love kids…we love livestock…we love doing things that the whole family can participate in – it was a win win!

We had a ton of fun talking to the kids about they animals and THEY had a ball petting them, feeding them and begging to take them home.  Here are a few pics from the evening…

Rabbits and cats and lots of chickens!

Rabbits and cats and lots of birds!

Of COURSE we had to take Naked!

Of COURSE we had to take Naked!

The kids LOVED these little chickens - they're so gentle!

The kids LOVED these little chickens – they’re so gentle!

MeMo the rabbit his debut and even let a little boy carry him around sans injury!

MeMo the rabbit his debut and even let a little boy carry him around sans injury!

There were bottle goats and a bottle calf...

There were bottle goats and a bottle calf…

Fuzzy

Fuzzy

Jet and Spot

Jet and Spot

We COULDN'T leave Ozark at home!

We COULDN’T leave Ozark at home!

And there was plenty of feed for everything!

There was plenty of feed for everything!

These guys have made their home in the barn...

These guys have made their home in the barn…

And the kids loved them so much (as did we), our cousin Courtney gave us two more!  There were two excited littles around here this morning!

Sawyer and Ref

Sawyer and Ref

I think he likes her...

I think he likes her…

Wryder checking out Bandit

Wryder checking out Bandit

Yes, he MUST touch it's mouth...

Yes, he MUST touch it’s mouth…

Sweet kitties!

Sweet kitties!

Thank you to the Royal Family Kids Camp for allowing us to be a part of your week and thank you to Courtney for our sweet new additions!

Jury Duty

When we arrived home from vacation I had a red, white and blue piece of paper awaiting me; I was being summoned for jury duty for the second time in three years.  I served on a jury six months after we had moved to the area and it appeared it might be my time again.

That time, Goo Goo was in town and kept Sawyer for me while I was away.  This time…well, I feel like the court picked the busiest week in the history of the world to hold district court.  We don’t trust our kids with just anyone…and rightfully so…and it was becoming a challenge to find care for them.  Our lovely neighbors came to the rescue on Monday and kept them for jury selection day.

The week leading up to my report date, I felt like I was in denial.  I didn’t want to go.  I didn’t want to leave the kids.  I was hoping it would get cancelled.  No such luck.  A friend texted me and reminded me that maybe the Lord had me there for a time such as this…so off I went, verbally submitting myself to Him, as a reminder to myself if nothing else.

There were about 100 potential jurors and before we had our first break so the attorneys could look over the juror questionnaires, they had excused 10 or so people because of conflicts of interest, 10 or so people that worked in law enforcement or social services, etc.   After the break, they dismissed 20 or so after reading their questionnaires.  They then sat 25 jurors in the box and then had to have private meetings with them.  When one was dismissed, they were replaced with another.  During this time, I’d say close to 30 people were excused for one reason or another during the private meetings or for wheat harvest or one reason or another.

It was around 3:30 in the afternoon and the attorneys were just about to dismiss each of their six choices…when the judge dismissed one last individual who was replaced by a gentleman who asked to be dismissed so he could finish his harvest.  And?  You guessed it…my name and number were called to replace him.

At the end of the day, I was chosen to sit the jury.  We knew from the moment we walked in that it was a child sexual assault case; a grandfather was being accused of repeatedly engaging his grandson in unwanted sexual acts.  I wasn’t looking very forward to the testimony…at all.  It was a hard, confusing, frustrating week.

There were testimonies that made your stomach turn…testimonies that made you question whether the boys’ parents should’ve been on trial for poor parenting…facts and figures that made you shake your head…things that were hard to follow because a child’s memory and concept of time is only so good.

At the end of the day, after five hours of deliberation, we found the defendant guilty.  It was the right choice, no question – but still hard to make.  We had to remember though, that the defendant chose this…not us.  He chose this the first time he sexually abused his vulnerable grandson and he chose this for every time he did so after…for three. solid. years.

I am spent; my heart is heavy and my head hurts…though what I’m experiencing is not nearly as bad as what the victim has been through.

As we left the courthouse, the sky had clouded over and rain was just beginning to fall, almost as if the heavens were weeping for the victim.

I have been praying for you from the first day of this ordeal and commit to continuing to do so.  I pray that you receive the help that you need to get past this and to quit blaming yourself and to heal.  I pray that your new community would embrace you and not bully you.  I pray that your parents, especially your step-dad, would truly understand the trauma you have experienced and will have grace with you.  I pray that you would know Jesus and that He would send someone that is worthy of your trust to disciple you for Him.  I pray that you would be able to trust again.   I pray that you would be able to sort out all of the confusion and shame and mixed emotions so that you can use your story to help others and be all that the Lord created you to be.

The Perfect Saturday

Yesterday just might have been our favorite day of the summer, thus far.  We got to spend the day with some of the most God-fearing, solid people on the planet!  How lucky are we?!

The summer I was pregnant with Sawyer, Wrex and I ran a trade show booth for his previous employer down at the Colorado Cattlemen’s Convention.  We were boothed next to the Farm Credit team and in so doing, made some of our dearest friends.

They were so kind and encouraging and offered up so much wisdom and love regarding the new journey of parenthood that we were about to embark upon.  We stayed in touch via Facebook (it has it’s good, it really does!) and then we got to see part of them again the next year.

The next convention was less than a month from our departure date to a new adventure in life and they ministered to us sooooooo incredibly much!  We still have the piece of paper with a word they had given us regarding our decision that affirmed all that we had heard from the Lord as well.  Seriously, these are some special people.

Besides Facebooking and a few phone calls, that was the last time we had really spent considerable time together…until yesterday!  We met in southeastern Colorado for some swimming and picnic-ing and playing and chatting – it was the BEST!  The kids all had an absolute ball together and we loved every minute as well.

Wryder and Gunner - how CUTE are they?!

Wryder and Gunner – how CUTE are they?!

Sunbathing beauties!

Sunbathing beauties!

The men in deep discussion on a break from their game of washers...

The men in deep discussion on a break from their game of washers…

Love these ladies!

Love these ladies!

It’s such a beautiful thing when the Lord connects people in the Spirit.  These are people that love Him and live their lives for Him…who are bearing fruit that is evident in the lives of their children…who live their lives with their hands wide open, ready to give and encourage and love at the drop of the hat.

And their sweet kids!  They were all so kind and loving and polite and grateful and obedient and CUTE!

We left feeling like someone just breathed a huge breath of life into us!  Our steps felt lighter and our souls felt more joyful and we felt hopeful about the world.

You guys, seriously, we adore you – YOU ARE A RARITY in this world!  We are so thankful for the time with you!  Let’s attempt to make this happen at least twice a year, yes?!  And if you’re really serious about that commune thing, we’re in!  ;)

Worth 1,000 Words: Country Cottage

Our floral boxes have really come on in the past two weeks and things have bloomed like crazy!  ***I contribute their success to my sweet neighbor who took most excellent care of them while we were gone.***  Regardless, the Phipps “Ranch” is looking more like a country cottage…and l love it!  If only we could find time to mow…sigh…

Pretend you can't see all those weeds...

Pretend you can’t see all those weeds…

Love this little area...

Love this little area…

Flowers planted in unusual items = love

Flowers planted in unusual items = love

I heart zinnias...

I heart zinnias…

And these pink petunias are Wrexy's favorite!

These pink petunias are Wrexy’s favorite!

Down the walk...

Down the walk…

A little show box full of red surprises!

A little show box full of red surprises!

Purdy

Purdy

Volunteer portulaca has sprouted up everywhere!

Volunteer portulaca has sprouted up everywhere!

My galvanized garden

My galvanized garden

Today was so incredibly lovely…I even told the Lord that if He wanted to send an early fall I wouldn’t complain one bit!  I’d gladly trade these pretties for pumpkins.  ;)

 

On the Road Again

I’m baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack!  Long time, no write, yes?!  We’ve been a weeeeee bit on the go…

July is one of my favorite months because my hubby gets a little vacation thanks to the sale barns closing down for Independence Day and harvest and county fairs.  YIPPEE!  This year, we headed south to visit the plant in Texas and then see the fam in Oklahoma and Kansas.

Before we left, sweet Sawyer helped daddy get the car ready to go.  She helped change the oil and loved laying under the car.  (Safety note: the Ford is tall enough to change the oil without being jacked up so there was no risk of it falling on them.  Just wanted you to know before you started sending hate mail… ;) )

Daddy's little helper

Daddy’s little helper

Cute cute

Cute cute

We went to the sale with daddy on Monday – his only one for the week – and then headed south to Texas where his plant is headquartered.  We got to stay with his boss/our good friend, Travis.  It was so good to see him and spend some time with his INCREDIBLY sweet girlfriend, Kasey.  She is the epitome of a hospitable, Texas lady and we were greeted with hugs, a steak dinner and fun gifts for the kids – what could be better?!

Opening her gift

Opening her gift

With Kasey and Travis - the kids almost look like they could be their's, yes!?

With Kasey and Travis – the kids almost look like they could be theirs, yes!?

Sawyer and Sky

Sawyer and Sky

Wrex spent Tuesday meeting with folks at the plant and then we loaded up and headed to Oklahoma to spend some time with the fam and meet those precious nephews of ours.

Sawyer and Breckyn had soooooooooooo much fun together!  They were both absolutely exhausted come nap and bedtime every day.

Sweet girls

Sweet girls

There was a lot of popsicle eating…

They're better with sweet cousins!

They’re better with sweet cousins!

and porch swinging…

The girls with Goo Goo

The girls with Goo Goo

RaRa and 3 of the grands

RaRa and 3 of the grands

and swimming…

Matching suits from Aunt Tootsie!

Matching suits from Aunt Tootsie!

Swim time!

Swim time!

What?!

What?!

and book reading…

The girls with RaRa

The girls with RaRa

and dog playing…

Sweet Booey

Sweet Booey

My turn!

My turn!

Booey in the cave

Booey in the cave

and cuddling…

Wryder and Goo Goo

Wryder and Goo Goo

Breckyn and Uncle Wrex

Breckyn and Uncle Wrex

and tea parties…

Apple juice and mini banana breads!

Apple juice and mini banana breads!

Let's eat!

Let’s eat!

Sweet Brecky

Sweet Brecky

and car driving…

Woo hoo!

Woo hoo!

Sharin' stories

Sharin’ stories

Distracted driver

Distracted driver

and general playing/running around/kid-fun chaos!  It was so fun to watch them all interact with each other…wish we all lived closer…

On Thursday, we got to meet our sweet nephews for the first time!  Oh. My. GOODNESS!  They are so sweet and cute and cuddly! We got to spend time holding them both and comparing their little personalities.

Proud Uncle

Proud Uncle with Brenhem

Proud Auntie with Berwick

Proud Auntie with Berwick

We were so hopeful that they would come home while we were there, but they both needed a few extra days in the hospital.  On July 11th, after 105 days in the NICU, they got to come home!!  I know it was a sweet, sweet homecoming; truly, they are miracles.

Headed HOME!

Headed HOME!

We hung out with more family and watched fireworks for the 4th.  I bought the girls some glow stick accessories to wear and they had a ball dancing around, entertaining us.

Putting on a show

Putting on a show

We glow!

We glow!

Saturday, we celebrated Breckyn’s 2nd birthday with an ice cream party!  Her momma had a fun idea for balloon ice cream decor – it turned out super cute!

Ice cream!

Ice cream!

Adorable, yes?!

Adorable, yes?!

From the door

From the door

Anxiously awaiting the party

Anxiously awaiting the party

Love this girl

Love this girl

Uncle Wrexy being squirrely

Uncle Wrexy being squirrely

Wryder didn't much care for the hats

Wryder didn’t much care for the hats

Gorgeous girls!

Gorgeous girls!

On Sunday, it was time to say goodbye.  :(

One more twin pic

One more twin pic

We packed up and headed back north…with an extra car mate.  Booey the dog is in Colorado to live out the rest of her days!  Sawyer was so excited (as were we).  Booey is the sweetest little dog and doesn’t mind the constant pestering of children; she is truly an answer to prayer!

Enjoying the ride

Enjoying the ride

We stopped and spent some time in Kansas with Uncle Waco and Aunt Amber.  Sawyer got Uncle Waco to help her make her fancy necklace from Aunt Tootsie and Uncle Blake.

Cute as a button!

Cute as a button!

Someone slept with Sawyer all night…

How precious is that?!

How precious is that?!

We spent a little time at the farm with Amber’s family and then it was time to head north again, as daddy had a sale on Tuesday.  We finally got home on Tuesday evening and then headed to Denver Wednesday morning for an impromptu work day/mini vacation.  We stayed at a hotel and ran a bunch of errands we can’t do anywhere around here.

The kids swam and I shopped and we checked out the local Krispy Kreme.  Sawyer and Wryder had their first donuts that Tuesday so we went and saw how they were made.

Is she a doll or what?!

Is she a doll or what?!

They rode the train with daddy through the Orchard – a big hit!

Choo Choo!

Choo Choo!

We got home Thursday night and I spent eight hours on Friday unloading the car, unpacking bags and doing laundry.

It was soooooo good to get away for a bit and spend some time with some of our favorite people on the planet.  We laughed and ate and worked and talked and reminisced and enjoyed each other…give me a few more days to recoop and then I say let’s do it again!