Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Ingenuity On an Icy Day

We all found ways to amuse ourselves on this icy day.  I took the opportunity of a few extra days off to catch up on my classwork and to decorate the house for Valentine's Day.  Here's how our older sons spent the day:

That's Jacob pulling Matthew down the street.  Matthew is riding a skateboard with no wheels.  They took them off and Jacob attached them to one of his house shoes.  He calls them his 'heelies'.  Here's a picture:

I'm so glad that the kids were in the gifted and talented program.  I think that worked out real well for us, don't you?  I mean, you just don't see enough of house shoes with wheels. Here's more proof of just how ingenious Brian's children are:

I really can't complain.  They weren't inside all day, even though it was stinkin' cold outside.  I went out to get the mail and that wind cut right through me.  Our dog, Blizzard, is loving this weather, though.  He's an American Eskimo, and everytime the boys go outside to play, he stands at the door and whines.  Brian took him out for a bit today, and he was as frisky as a pup.

As for me, I discovered table scaping last year, and I love to do a Valentine's Day tablescape in the dining room.  I took a picture to post on the blog, though I'm not quite finished with it.  You'll notice that I don't have flatware or napkins at my place settings, and I don't have anything in my punch bowl yet.  I have some shiny red hearts to put in it, but I couldn't find them.  Here's my work in progress:

 I especially love the little Valentine dessert plates.  I got those at Ross last year.  Aren't they cute?
It's not a great picture, but I think the floral ones are really cute.  I like mixing up the patterns a bit.

The china pattern is "Tahoe" by Noritake.  It is our wedding china, and is discontinued.  The chargers are from Wal Mart.  I would like to do something festive above the table, maybe some hearts or tissue paper pom poms hanging from the chandelier?   It needs a tablecloth or runner.  Definitely some color, right?  Any suggestions how to complete my table?

Many blessings,


P.S.  I'm participating in Susan's Tablescape Thursday.  You can visit other tablescapes at Between Naps on the Porch.


  1. You've got a great start to a lovely table. Maybe a red runner? It always takes me awhile to get things just right too. thanks for sharing, I'll watch to see the finished project!

  2. I too will await with anticipation to see the final layout of the table! I'm sure it will be beautiful!

  3. Hi Jen,
    It looks like you have a good start! I agree... a red runnner, placemats or a tablecloth would look wonderful. Go with what you have and make it work! I can't wait to see the finished table. Blessings,

  4. Love the heart dishes. so cute.I too couldn't find some of my stuff lol and had to do with what I could find at the dollar store.

  5. I love the you don't know where to locate the red hearts that you want to put in the punch me, too! It's probably the main reason that I change up my seasonal holiday decorations from year to year...I can't find them! It might be nice to flank the punch bowl with a pair or pairs of candles for a bit of candlelight. Thank you for sharing your design. Cherry Kay