Friday, December 31, 2010

recent craft projects

I forgot to take photos of my 'made' gifts this year, but I did get some time this fall and winter to do some knitting and sewing for myself!  The knitting projects are from Knitting 24/7 and there are lots of other fun projects in the book I am looking forward to trying.

 Mittens in process:

Throw blanket I made and had quilted (totally worth it!). I thought it would be handy to have a new throw around for nursing and cuddling with baby rush.

And this is a duvet cover I am in the process of making for our bed.  I love having my craft room all set up, I have done more sewing this fall than I have the last few years combine!  So nice to leave projects and the sewing machine out and ready to go.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

holiday fun 2010

Christmas Morning:  Lizzie LOVES candy canes!

 Trying out the new snowshoes

Check this out, it is a soap holder.  There is a magnet with a few teeth on it that sink into the soap and then hang from this wall mounted thingy.  Definitely a cool gadget that John found for me, straight from Japan!

This is what I opened for Christmas from John, which translated too.....
 This!  We had a great day yesterday chair hunting (well it was fun to spend the day together, but we could have done without visiting every furniture store in Maine).  In the end, we found this chair at Richard Parks in Ellsworth and it has all the features we wanted.  ie. the impossible chair.  We wanted a recliner, glider, swivel chair that was not over sized/over stuffed.  It is much harder than it sounds.  Thanks babe for the wonderful gift and your patience during the shopping process!

holiday house

Some pretty excited homeowners got one heck of a christmas present this past week, their home was delivered and set on Dec 23rd! 

new wood stove

John got his new wood stove last month, but I don't think it made the blog yet.  Clearly griffin loves it! There is some glass facing grif, so we can enjoy the light from the fire.  It is a wood gasification stove and is connected into our domestic hot water (as are our solar collectors) and into our hot water heating system (baseboard and radiant).  Anyway, we have actually turned the propane furnace off!  Pretty exciting!  The woodstove is a Sedore.

solstice fun

Lizzie enjoys the annual winter solstice bonfire party at the farm. 

 Solstice party goers with the tower lights and hay tree in the back ground.

And the main attraction

And the house is officially ready for the holidays.  We hosted the rush family party this year, nice to have a house that suits such a gathering! 

John and Grif have fun at the Rush family holiday party 2010.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

babys room

Baby Girl Rushes room is coming along nicely!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

34 weeks and growing

Ok, so after looking at this photo, let me just say I feel WAY  bigger than I look!  6 more weeks of growing?  OMG!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

lift assist

We stood the burgess farm windmill back up this past weekend.  We had taken it down for some maintenance.  As you can see, Dan almost single handedly took care of this task :)

Monday, November 29, 2010


Baby Girl Rush has been showered not once, but twice this month! What a lucky little girl!  I did not get many photos, but here are a few.

 Mom makes 'Aunt Lucy's' punch
 belly cake

 Pretty flowers
 Have fun at the Rush Shower
 Pretty decorations
Thanks everyone for showering us with so much love!

bowling night

Fun bowling night!  I think it might have been lizzie's first time - it was great fun.  They even have a Pats Pizza and Blueberry Beer!  I think we will have to do this again soon.

 Lizzie watches with Em and Dan, waiting her turn.

 My own personal bowling ball

 Mike, John, Liz & Em enjoying some Pat's Pizza!

 Lizzie Bowls

She is having fun!

 Determined to carry her own bowling ball..

Talking it over with Ryan

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

trick and treat

 The snow was the 'trick'

and Lizzie was the Treat!  She sure was a happy and excited cookie monster!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

around the house

Grif hanging out at the front door....

 i had a turkey pot pie marathon last week.  we cooked a 27 lb turkey, made 9 turkey pot pies and still have TONS of turkey left!  I use the pioneer womans recipe for pot pie (I highly recommend it) and we froze most of them for post baby eating.
 the weather was really warm this week, so we did a little yard work and burned some brush.  Here are a couple shots of grif and I 'helping'

 Finally got the guest room put together - the quilt that was made for us as a wedding gift is goes beautifully in the room! 

Thursday, October 21, 2010

28 weeks

fall days

Here are some up close and personal pics of Grif:)  I got a new camera lens and have been having fun practicing.  Luckily Griffin doesn't seem to mind. 

John, however, does seem a little annoyed with all my photo taking.
 so, this is what we get.... 
 That's better!