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our new shop is open!

Matheau and I have been working on getting an online shop open. Please go take a look at Chestnut 203!



Luke is ten years old.







Happy Birthday Luke!!!

Some great things you need to know about Luke.

He believes in fairness at all costs

He loves to make people laugh

He is a super brother to three sisters

He only gives dad and mom kisses if they are before we near the school

He loves homemade pizza and dessert

He loves pop tarts and cereal and especially loves that he gets them when he stays with Grandparents

He loves the wii

He is involved in tae kwan doe, tumbling and loves socer

He is a follower of Christ and shares his faith


new hats for winter.


I’m glad they are finished. It is cold outside!! Notice Lizzie has no socks on in this photo? Yea, how do kids feet not get cold? Mine are always cold.

I knit Matheau a new hat as well, I took a couple of really quick photos so I am hoping to get one of the both of us to post.

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more catch up…

This is going to take a while. Since last September, the older 3 kids and Matheau have been taking tae-kwan-doe. This was at Matheau and Hannah’s second tourniment, Alli and Luke’s first. They all rocked!



Decorating this last weekend at Mom and Dad’s.


All the Burwick and Casner great grandchildren with Grandpa Harvey.

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well, it has been a long time.

and we are getting close to winter so now as good of time to jump back in and blog here again.

Let’s start simple with some photos from birthdays and apple picking. 😉






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It is no longer winter.

Over three months is a long time not too post. It is hard to know whether I should start again or just let the blog be.


There have been a lot of snows, some really lovely days, and rain, all since January 15. And there has been a lot of life taking place. School done, piano practiced, inches grown (at least it seems like inches), new recipes tried, more miles logged in exercise, trees and flowers have bloomed, stitches knitted, singing and concerts…. next will include the youngest’ turn to learn to tie her own shoes, classes and days of school finished, clothes swapped out for the warmer days of spring…

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weekend photos






Some of our weekend.

Time spent at home, sledding at Jason and Rochelle’s. Rochelle figured out a cool system for using the bottom of their pet carrier to drag the kids around behind their 4 wheeler. (That way Jeremiah could also go sledding.) While we were out there some friends, Shelby and Melanie and kids,  came to visit. (I wish I would have grabbed my camera.) And then Sunday was filled with some great time with friends at church, along with a little more down time at home.

And tonight, I’m trying out General Tso’s chicken for supper.

*I finished Matheau’s winter hat. Pattern is Cairn from Ysolda.

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a new year begins.

Alright, I have taken my time about starting this post. What I am thinking about tackling for the new year? What parts of my life do I want to live with more consistency and dedication? I honestly hate to commit.

I would rather just take photos of my pretty bowls…. and knitting projects that take me way too long to complete. {grin}…


This last year held a lot of transition for me. I went from working several hours a week outside of the home to more then doubling that, I’ve also taken on more responsibilities regarding the financial side of redlogic (responsibilities = time). Throw in adding a third child to our home school schedule and I have struggled. The thought of becoming any more consistent in anything really pushes me the other way. And then there is this place, the blog. As hard as I try to want to give it up, because, it does take time, I just haven’t been able to force it totally out of my routine. I still enjoy looking back and seeing that I really do accomplish a few things over time. And a real bonus, when a recipe is lost and I know it is here, the print button is just way too convenient.

So… some thoughts of resolutions…

*The wok. I purchased one with Christmas money. Last year I worked at improving my soup making skills, this year it is going to be the stir fry.

*Another year of “My Utmost for His Highest”. It makes me more humble and thankful for salvation through my Lord Jesus Christ each day. Also to get “Crazy Love” read. I’ve started, that is about it.

*school-staying on top of Hannah’s and adding Sonlight back in at home. This is huge for me. We are starting with language arts for Luke and soon to be Alli as well. If Luke is going to go to public school next year, I really want him to have this as part of his foundation. I used Sonlight when Hannah was younger. I loved it, but it is very time intensive. Since time is something I already run short of, this was a choice that was really about what will be best for Luke. With dyslexia, we have had lots of struggles and I feel like we are finally at a place where we can take this on and still love each other at the end of each school day.

*to keep up my newly and more functional book keeping system for personal, and all business related papers…and bill paying “stuff”. I now have clipboards above the computer table so that it is easy to grab the appropriate one needed. I’ll try to talk about that at a later date.

*cardio-I used to run with out fail. When I started teaching more I made plenty of excuses why I couldn’t fit cardio in anymore. Well, my body is paying for it. 20 minutes a day-that all I am going for.

* blogging – to post about some more specifics (this one is really a low on the list of priorities goal). I have ideas I started recording for craft/knitting projects that if I can carve out the time, I would love to share here. Along with just recording “what we have learned” kind of things. I am forgetting some of the kids younger struggles and how we dealt with them… I would like to journal some of them before my mind totally forgets.. and of course photos, because that is why I still love blogs way more then facebook. It is so much about the photos.




*Family time – Matheau purchased Rock Band with some of his Christmas money. With this crazy cold weather we have been jammin’ in the basement. I would love to learn to play those drums… now I know the drums seem a bit self serving, but if you fail bad enough, then no one gets to finish the song. So it is all about the family band. 😉

And that is all I’ve got. What are some of yours?

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This and that.

This little flower should have taken no time at all. After about a week and a half-it was finished.

Pattern was from Blair (wisecraft), posted over at Design*Sponge.


And I posted this over at Fresh Eggs, but I tried this amazing caramel corn (with pecans instead of peanuts) – it was way too good. Warning – if you made any dietary new year’s resolutions, you may want to wait for a while to try this one. (Scroll down a bit and you will find it.)

We are having another snow day today. The high is around 4 degrees. My only trip out is to go to the post office. Stay warm!

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Wordless Wednesday-maybe not…


Jason’s femur surgery is today. There will be bone grafting to besides just “fixing” the femur.

So with their family on my mind, we are going to tackle a bit of school, along with coming up with a new plan for some of my previous Christmas gift plans. It is hard to switch gears…

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