Hey there, Friends!
So many fun things going on here lately!
I decided to change the sitting area in our kitchen, retrieving a beautiful table that my grandmother gave me and I had kept stored in my parents' basement. I *love* the way it looks now! The wingback chairs were in our front room and seemed to work better with this table than the shorter chairs that were out here. At some point this spring I'd really like to make cute slipcovers for the blue wingback chairs, but it is such a comfy place to sit that I don't really mind the color for now.
What do you think?
Bad blogger that I am, I totally forgot to take a "before" photo. So typical of me... : )
Here are Dan and I, working on reading and totally enjoying our "new" sitting area!
I thought this picture of our Corgi Jasper was adorable! He *so* wanted to be out playing with the boys in our one and only snow of the winter, but he kept grabbing their gloves when they would sled past him, so they banished him to the house~ poor boy!
Ever since I decided to be brave and attend a Master's Swim class last June, I have been trying to tackle new things. I think that I have mentioned here before how super-nervous I was before that class. For a whole week prior I was so sick that I could barely eat! Seriously! All I could imagine was a class full of fabulous "real" athletes... and then there was me~ the "poser" who could barely make it to the other end of the pool! LOL! To my great relief, everyone was super-nice and encouraging and I did learn how to swim. While I'll never be a superstar swimmer, I can now easily swim the 2.4 miles that would be required to compete in an Ironman event. That still totally floors me! 2.4 miles!
So now, when I want to learn something new I am much more willing to tackle the learning curve, figuring that "if I can learn to swim at 48, surely I can learn to __________!"
So, my latest endeavor is drawing/sketching and watercolor! Here's a peek at some recent pages in the journal that I keep open on my desk near my computer. In the past I decorated it exclusively with photos and pictures from magazines, and quotes, to-do lists, etc. Here are some more recent pages with some added sketches....
I was so excited to find Junelle's blog~ *loads* of beautiful inspiration there for sketching and watercolor! The little drawing on the top left of the girl holding the flowers was inspired by a drawing that she did. So excited to get to participate in a class that Junelle is teaching this March! So excited!
And my newest, unfinished, current page... just waiting for more "stuff" to be added here~ I like to see how each page evolves!
Here are a few of my first watercolor attempts.. (promise you won't laugh, ok?)
And my first person... I was seriously scared to try this... I'm holding the original photo on the left so you can see it....
The boys have also gotten in on the watercoloring fun....
And last, but not least, my biggest, scariest news? You really, really won't believe what little ol' afraid-of-heights me is going to do this coming Monday afternoon.....
I'm going skydiving!!!! Can you believe it?!! Actually I'm super, super excited to get to do this~ a gift from my parents, whom I'll be visiting in Arizona for six days along with our older boys Jacob and Gabe. Earlier in the day we will all get to try out the wind tunnel there and "practice" skydiving~ what a blast!
So, I might not have opportunity to update here with my skydiving report until later next week, but I'll be back, hopefully with an exciting, but somewhat uneventful report! LOL!
Here's to facing fears and having a blast in the process....