The Happyish Homestead

Monday, February 24, 2014

I Made Something….

a shirt!

Or maybe it’s a blouse?

{My grandma would be impressed I know what that word means.

She never held out a lot of hope I would ever turn into a girl. 

Mainly because I said yea, instead of yes, took too big of bites, didn’t wear gloves when I worked outside, didn’t stand up straight and never wanted to go shopping at the mall.}


I made a shirt.  A real one with: six darts, two armholes, a zipper, a button and a collar.

Used my serger and everything.



A real shirt.



And I didn’t cry

or call my mom for help.


Also, my friend made this really, really, really cute quilt for Bennett.

He loves it so much, the first night he used it, he was awake for three hours {11 pm – 2 am}, just so he could admire it.






Hope you’re having a great Monday and you’re not about to ship your 2 year old boy off to the gypsies the first chance you get.

And if you are, maybe Spencer could catch a ride….?

{If he ever leaves time out…}


Tuesday, February 18, 2014

My Life in Numbers

2 – the number of lungs Spencer cries at the top of when: his hands are dirty, his pants get wet, his socks are crooked, he’s hungry, when he’s tired.

90 – the number of minutes my massage lasted that Bryce bought me for Valentine’s Day!

4 – the hour at which Bennett wakes up almost every morning and fills his diaper.

3 – the total number of minutes it takes me to walk to Bennett’s room, change his diaper, give him his pacifier and walk back.

1 – the number of husbands completely oblivious to this ritual.

A(lot) – the number of points Bryce had when he beat me at racquetball.

8 – the number of years since the last time I played racquetball.

3 – the number of days I was sore afterwards.

1 – in 5 babies will be fussy.

12 – the number of eggs we get a day.

4 – the number of children that ‘comment’ about dinner.

3 – the number of days in rained last week non-stop.

5 – the number of days the teacher’s have been on strike.

Twice(as many) – the hours my older kids are home during the day.

100(%) – the number of people in the house that think that is a bad idea.

652 – the number of times we’ve listened to the Frozen soundtrack.

651 – the number of times I didn’t want to.

1 – the number of moms around here that get so, so frustrated at bedtime.

4 – the number of children that are ignored after 7:45 pm.

24 – chocolate covered blueberries

3 – cookies

1 – mini Reese’s peanut butter cup

= my sugar intake…..for the day. {see number of days for teacher’s strike and rainy days}

2,986 – number of photos I’m scrolling through to make a ‘free’ 8x8 Shutterfly book for the kids.

2,986 – number of pictures that remind me how blessed I am.

1 – exaggeration about how many photos I’m actually going through.

No idea = actual number.

1 – the number of Bennetts that prefer pear sauce to peas.

1 – the number of containers of maple syrup in my pantry waiting to be made into maple cream….think whipped honey type goodness.

All of you – number who can come over when I make scones to try the maple cream on.  Open invitation.  Unless you’re a crazy, then….no.

Interested in reading about a number from your life.

Hope you’re having a great week wherever you are, whatever the weather,



1 of the 2,986 photos I’ve gone through…

Thursday, February 6, 2014

A Midweek Post With a Lot of Pictures

I asked Bryce to take this picture of us.

It was an humbling experience.

But the bigger part of me wants to make sure I have some photos with my kids.

Regardless of my pride.


I set up a station to make Valentine’s.

Obviously, the organization of it lasted 2.3 seconds.


Excited to try it out.


The Family Fun magazine had this cute idea to make felt envelopes to hold Valentine’s and tie them to the backs of the dining room chairs.

I made them and the kids decorated them.




And because I feel it’s necessary to document anything productive I ever manage to accomplish, here’s my spice cupboard.




{I don’t know if I turned on the light or if the sun was shining just a bit brighter upon my tidiness, but there’s certainly a difference in light exposure in the pictures.}


And my vanity forces me to share this.

Bennett loves this mobile I made for him.

Apparently he doesn’t discern between things made from scratch and those that are not….

{Thank goodness.}


And his 4 month picture, two weeks late.

Isn’t his hair awesome?

It sweeps to the side all on its own.


The teachers in our district are on strike so there’s no school around here till next Tuesday.

So, if you’re planning an extended weekend trip and need some extra company, my children are available.  All or part.


Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Some Random Happenings From The Bell House


* Bennett slept through the night for the first time. 

I had stopped feeding him at night.

He didn’t seem to care.

And would wake up at 4 am pretty consistently.

The doctor thought it was because he was hungry.

{Sometimes I think I pay too much for the doctor’s opinion.}

I told Bryce we should celebrate by taking Bennett out for hamburgers and French fries.

He mentioned some sort of nonsense about people coming over for dinner and it would be rude to not be there, blah, blah, blah.

Also, he thought perhaps I was projecting my desires onto Bennett…..

* Bennett has two teeth.


* I bought some maroon colored pants.

Meg told me I looked good in them.

* In the next conversation, Meg told me we don’t have brains.

Grain of salt, people, grain of salt.

* Spencer asked if he could take off his wet shirt and put on a ‘new’ shirt.

What he really asked is if he could have ‘no’ shirt.

And proceeded to head outside without a shirt.

In February.

He eventually came inside and put a ‘new’ shirt on.

* I fished a tube of toothpaste out of the toilet.

That had ‘stuff’ in it.

At least it wasn’t flushed?

{No words, no words.}

* I asked Elizabeth if she wanted some granola.

She said, yes, as long as it wasn’t the kind I had made.

Maybe she didn’t want it because I hadn’t made it from scratch?

I mean, after all, I had used my food processor to chop up the almonds

the oven to bake it

and a Tupperware to store it.



* I got two quilt tops done.

Hope you’re having a good week,