Friday, July 19, 2013

There's no way I can't make this a photobomb.

I've missed you guys.  You may have noticed that I've been on a bit of a blogging/social media hiatus for the past two weeks and I'm easing slowly back.  It has been important to step back a bit, because life threw me a few lemons and I needed some quiet and privacy.  (I don't believe I've ever said those words before in my entire life.)  It's nothing for you to worry about... just life, and a few things I couldn't/can't share.
While doing that, I put together a recap post and I only included the good stuff, because I don't know about you, but sometimes that's what I really need to focus on. (Of course, it's not always perfection and happy rainbow cake all the time, as these photos may imply...  It's real life, but as a mama I'm doing my best to make sure we "make lemonade" at least once each day and these photos reflect that.)

And isn't that what it's all about?  Finding the good moments in life and being thankful for them. 
We picked the first of the flowers from our cutting garden and I congratulated myself on not killing them.  (Which is what I tend to do with plant-life.)  I am thankful for growth.  Sometimes in my garden... sometimes in my heart. 
 I made a rainbow cake for my kids on a weekday...just because. No special occasions.  It brought smiles and that was my goal. 

This cake was stupid easy.  Six bowls. Six bottles of food coloring.  One batch of your favorite vanilla cake (gluten free in our case) divided evenly between all six bowls, and one batch of butter cream icing.  Do it.  (Make the batter color nice and bright and you'll be fine.)

 This was my, "Honey!!  This cake is SO AWESOME I CANT STAND IT" face.
 This was my "NEVER TRUST A SKINNY COOK" face.  It is, what it is.

 My children shall rise up and call me blessed.  Amen.
I am thankful for cake.  I am thankful for kids to make it for.  I am mostly thankful for kids who eat thick slices every day... so that I don't. 
I spent two entire days of my life that I'll never get back going through every paper, rock and treasure in both kiddos rooms, ending with paint touch-ups and donation boxes. Apparently, I was craving some sort of order.  I do that sometimes.  And I can die in peace now, should it ever come to that.  (If you've ever cleaned a child's room from top to bottom, including school papers you know what I mean.)
I am thankful for this house that shelters us. I am thankful for the beautiful things that fill it and the relationships being developed inside it.  Small homes create tight families.  Amen.

Ava and I dip dyed some shirts and scarves and things using Rit dye and a bucket.  It's instant gratification and a way to bring new life to old things.  I am thankful for a daughter and the creative connection we share.

We were invited to do a little beach time with favorite "cousins" and their mama.  I am thankful for friends who have known me since eighth grade.  I am thankful for conversations where fears are mulled over even when there is no solution.  They always say that when you go through a hard time, you find out who your real friends are.  They are the kind of friends who grab your hand when you find yourself slipping into a dark pit and say, "HECK NO.  I'm picking you and the kids up and taking you all to the beach."  I love you Alli.

I am thankful for friends who used to be favorite neighbors, who show up because they care.  I am thankful for their hugs and the sweet flowers they hand me and heart to hearts about life, contentment and kids.  I love you Trudy.

We also made a backyard play tent from ripped up sheets and scrap fabric.  It's a bit jimmy-rigged.  And I couldn't possibly tell you how on earth to make one because it took me darn near all day long.  It was way more involved than I anticipated.  (We used four 8 foot garden poles from Lowe's) I am thankful this project is over.  Ha!

I taught my kids how to use a sewing machine.  Ava made a full, old-fashioned play skirt and petticoat (she's reading Anne of Green Gables right now (I am crazy thankful for THAT! One of my all time faves!) and I'm reading Little Women to her each night) and Joe got a cowboy play shirt and cape because some things... never change.  We don't have much longer for pretend play around this house, so I am making every opportunity for it to happen NOW.  I am thankful-OH SO THANKFUL- that I can be home with them right now...  and do this with them. 

I watched all previous seasons of Parenthood in the evenings with my man.  I am thankful for a good man who comes home to me each night and helps me solve problems.  
 We went out to the country and soaked up farm life.  We found baby birds waiting for their mamas to come back with lunch.  It was crazy adorable. I am thankful for an adopted grandma who says "yes" to my kids and says, "Oh honey, they can't hurt anything," and then pats my hand as they run off to climb trees and do wild things.
I am thankful.  Oh so very thankful.

Emily from Jones Design Co. has been interviewing some bloggers for the past many days.  I'm not sure what on earth I'm doing in the company of these amazing bloggers but for some reason Emily included me.  I am humbled, thankful and to be quite honest... overwhelmed. (in a good way) These are all women I've got blog crushes on and that I'd love to know in real life.  Emily has asked us to choose an item that she can offer as a giveaway on our interview day and I picked out my favorite Noonday necklace. Make sure you pop over there, check everyone out, and enter to win!  (And Emily, thank you.  Thank you so much.  What a sweet blessing to be a part of this fun thing.)


Sally Kelly said...

Welcome back. I missed you. xo

Grateful said...

Missed you girl! Love the pics, I miss the Northwest. Your littlins are beautiful and that tent is rad, must have one:)

Holly said...

This was a beautiful post to read. Thank you so much for sharing the things you are thankful for- it's so easy to become bogged down by the problems and circumstances in our lives, and you are a reminder to FIND things to be thankful for.

Welcome back!

Wendi@EveryDayMiracles said...

SO MUCH BEAUTY!!!! As usual, love, love, love!!

Kathy Olson said...

I missed you! Where did you get the darling bedding for your little girl?

Cheryl said...

Sasha you have been missed! I am glad you took. Break though and just refreshed and enjoyed living life. : )

Sweet post and sweet pics.

Polly_E said...

Really missed you! So glad you are back!

Gina said...

Happy to see a post from you today!! I'm sorry things are hard but I am glad you are focusing on the good and being thankful. This post made me happy. :)

Msmoozy said...

Glad to see you posting again! ~hugs~ Some times a step back in what we need to get a better grasp on things. I am so sorry you are going through this rough season right now, hang on and remember to breath! Prayer will get you through the hardest of things, well and of course good friends and family. :-)

Denise @ frazzled JOY said...

Thankful for all the thankfuls and beauty in this post. Memories were made :) Thanks for sharing and welcome back :)

Lorraine and Jessica said...

I have been missing my daily lemonade in a BIG way!!! It's so good to have you back!! And of course you never disappoint....what a beautiful post -gorgeous pictures and beautiful heart words! I am so happy that you've soaked in so many good things!!! Your life is a blessing to me {and many others}. I'm going to go make that cake with my Julia for her birthday tomorrow!!!!

Thanks, as always, for the inspiration <3

Barbara said...

Well all this fun those kids are sure going to remember the Summer of 2013. Continue your fun times and hope to see your sweet self again soon.

Happy Friday!

Clara said...

Just did that: cleaned every nook and cranny in my children's rooms! Wow- a lot of work! But so happy it's done. Thanks for the encouraging post, Sasha, and I'm glad you're back!

Farmgirl Paints said...

It's all so beautiful. That cake had me at hello. Seriously the cutest ever. Love the shirts and the teepee and you of course.

daisy said...

Thankful that you and your family are weathering any storms together. God bless...

carissa @ lowercase letters said...

I like the looks of your lemonade. So proud of you for seeking the good in the midst of the really hard. And if good looks like a rainbow cake then count me in, too! 😘 Love you sweet lady. Off to check out you JDC post!!

Momma Bug said...

I really really enjoyed this post Sasha! Thanks for sharing bits of your life. I am inspired and edified by the beauty you choose to capture, and I'm also grateful for your transparency. Thank you.

I'm praying for you today~

All my heart,
another sis

Deborah said...

It looks like you're having a blessed summer despite life's circumstances. Love the orange ruffle shirt on your clothesline.

Between You and Me said...

You're making delicious lemonade, friend.
I admire you way more than you know.

thankful for those friends who have stepped into your life and are loving you well. praying for a continued sweetness in friendship for you.

wishing i lived next door or in the same town or in the same state. i'd be there in a minute to eat that cake with extra thick slice.

You've got a beautiful voice on this blog of yours and you use it well. I'm learning from you.

Between You and Me said...

ps. not surprised AT ALL that you are in the line up at JDC. going now to read it.

Lea Culp said...

Welcome back and glad you enjoyed your "down time." It's good for all of us for sure!

The bouquet is perfect and the cake, well, I just may have to make one for my Grans. It is so cute and I'm sure quite tasty.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

Mindy Whipple said...

Visiting from JDC and happy I did! Such a great bunch of pictures. I LOVE Anne (with an e) of Green Gables and couldn't help but notice the Seahawk helmet. We are from Washington State so are definite fans of the Hawks. I think we all need down time - I sure do, and when I am quiet I am more in tune to listen to what God is speaking to my heart. And that is a good thing. : )

Arriving said...

Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!!!!!!!! Missed you. :-)

Mama Ds Dozen said...

Love all of the pictures, and the Rainbow Cake is AMAZING!

Hugs & Prayers,

Laurel :)

Talia said...

So happy when I saw your post! Missed you. Such lovely photos. Hope life is treating you gently!,

Susan Jeffries said...

Friend I have missed you and your beautiful posts! Your house and your kids are fabulous and you are beautiful and win the award for best blogger eyelashes. Thank you for teaching me how important it is to focus on the positive when things are not going your way. I needed that today! Enjoy your summer. Blessings. Susan

Tiffini said...

i can't help it these days..but i cry reading this.
for i too know about trying to find the good things
i know i know
and i love YOU for sharing this and just HOW many we do find
when we count
i am thankful for rescue people in your that gorgeous smile of yours.
it makes me smile and may i say that i copied ava's cake last year for grace and guess what? she
wants a rainbow cake and here you have it all spelled out for me...see? a gift? and you didn't even know it..ha!
i want to give you a BIG hug...can you feel that? good cause it is from my heart to yours.
love you. always do what is longing in your heart friend.

Jessie May said...

I've been checking in at your blog every so often and yesterday it was a "yes". Lovely photos as always, delicious looking cake and I would love to make a play tent like yours with lights! So glad you've done lots of happy things with your family. Enjoy your weekend xx

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

the comforter was a target find (think they still might carry it) and the sheets were from TJ maxx. (I made the bolster pillow)


Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

that cake is dangerous. LOL

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

I'm so happy to "meet" you! Thanks for swinging by! :) And if you like Anne then we must be kindred spirits. :) (And Oh yes Go Seahawks! LOL)

LeslieWms said...

Dear Sasha, new friend, Just found your blog through Emily's post - JDC - and I'm very thankful. Love reading your reflections, and you will be in my prayers for continued healing. Now a quick question: the sign in your son's room ... the "Live Pure, Speak True" one. Who gets the credit for that quote? I'd love to paint one for my home and don't want to steal from the author. Thanks, and blessings for a wonderful end-of-summer. Leslie

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

Oh welcome!! The sign came from my dear friend Tara at Between You and Me. ( She makes them!! The quote came from the book Raising a Modern Day Knight. Loved that book too!


The Every Day Extraordinary said...

You've been missed and thought about and prayed for on this side of the map: ) Glad such prettiness surrounds you these days:) xoxo

Deborah said...

Wow...gorgeous post! Love, love, love that rainbow cute is that?!!!!
Love how beautiful it is when cut too!
Love all your photos, your chats, your honesty.
Love the lemonaid you share here ;)

All my heart,
Deborah xoxo

Nantucket Daffodil said...

So glad you are easing your way back into our lives! I adore this post.The colors are so bright and cheerful. Adore. You are such a sweetie. I am sorry if you are going through a rough spell. Glad you have people to support you. Sending hugs and virtual bouquets your way.


Lee said...

While so happy that you had time away to privately muddle through the heavy parts life has brought to you, I am selfishly happy to see new posts from you. Hope you always remember what a blessing you are - to your family, to your friends, and to those of us who are inspired and comforted by the reflections and daily celebrations you share here. =)

Wendy said...

I'm so happy you're back to blogging. Thank you for brightening your friends and followers' days with your beautiful words and photos, even during your difficult times. I've missed you. :)

Jenny Ikari said...

This was my first time on your site {found you through Emily @ JDC} and I absolutely love your photographs, and the bright & cheerful feeling I get while on your blog. Your kids are adorable and it looks like you are having a wonderful summer. Thanks for your inspiration.


Alicia said...

this post makes me smile from ear to ear. I have not heard from you...but whatever the outcome, you are looking at the GOOD. I've been really blue lately and I hate that. but I realized too, that if I don't look to the GOOD, i'm gonna drag everyone down with me.

I love your cake. that's amazing, and I don't believe you that its crazy easy. liar.

I love all the flowers. flowers are my favorite

I love that Ava's reading Anne of Green Gables. I'm reading it to my kids at night. Such a sweet story. Can you believe I've never read it!?!?!?

Also, I love you. You are amazing. And I have this overwhelming urge to hop to next flight to see you. Would that be too compulsive?? :)

Abbie said...

My first time to stop by, Sasha! I am loving what I'm seeing. Found you through Emily's feature, and am already feeling encouraged by your sweet, Jesus-loving spirit. So glad you got your blogging break and glad too that you're back because I'll be following along!

If you want to stop by and say hi at my "place," I'd love it, but I totally understand if you're too busy! : )


two 'lil weeds mama said...

How sweet is that needle point (?) in your daughters room next to her name. The girl face with the flower- did you make that. I adorable it and would love to know if its something available to purchase. Thank you- love peeking into your blog, thank you for sharing!