Friday, May 29, 2015

Life Lately

These last two months have honestly been a bit of a blur. I can hardly believe that our spring on the farm is almost gone. Makes me want to cry. But it has been a lovely time, and I'm so grateful...so I will treasure the memories and not dwell on regret that it's almost over. 

And now for a little life lately....

-Back in April when we were in Texas we got to spend an afternoon @ Starbucks with the dear kindreds (her + her) pictured above. Can't even say how much we love these women. We can be together for hours and yak our heads off and not even scratch the surface about absolutely anything and everything. From the deep + the serious, to the light-hearted + ridiculous...we've got it covered. =) Such great memories.
As mentioned before in this post, we have been in the throes of deep cleaning @ the Bontrager house.  Ah, how I love it. Gives me such a sense of accomplishment! Had this beautiful metal cross frame for the wall that we've had for years now and only just got it put up the other day. It is so beautiful-I love it on the wall there above the desk in the library/schoolroom.
Yeah, we're perfectionists. It was off by 1/2 an inch so we had to redo it. =)

Hosted a marvelous surprise 21st birthday bash for my sista. It was such fun + a complete success. I couldn't have planned it as well as it turned out, honestly. So thankful for the sweet friends who came! Had such a grand time that I almost forgot to take pictures! All the guys who attended were out playing basketball so we just grabbed a shot with some of the ladies. 
I've managed to squeeze in a few sewing projects. This is one of the latest-can't wait to post a full review on the outfit! It was such fun!
Finally connecting again @ Caribou with this beautiful girl after a whole winter of texting + emailing to stay in touch while I was on tour. So great to talk business + goals + dreams + life again.
I had this grand idea to do a garage sale. 
The purging part was great. Completely overhauled my closet and got rid of so much stuff I didn't need or wear or like. It was fabulous.
The actual garage sale itself however was somewhat of a bust. Oh well.
 Goodwill got many lovely items when it was all said + done. =)
A successful attempt at gluten-free, sugar-free, + dairy-free rhubarb crisp. Normally my sista cooks the healthy stuff like this but she was gone to the south so I had to try my hand at it.
Can't believe I actually pulled this off. Everyone said it was good sooo...wow, maybe I am finally becoming a healthy cook? #score #dreamhealthstatus #notreally
This beautiful gift I wrapped for my cousins bridal shower. The contents are pretty grand, let me tell you. =) There's just nothing quite as fun as a girls' only bridal shower!
Laundry. And laundry. And more laundry. This should really be included in every "life lately" post, ha! #storyofmylife

I don't really have anything to say here. Other than that my sista and I had a few extra minutes when we were downtown one Saturday morning and whilst browsing a vintage shop and looking through the book collection I came across this. The title was unusual.
Nope, I didn't even open the book, or buy it. I can do without.
I texted a friend the picture and she suggested I do a group study of sorts with this book as the study material. I about died. What an idea. =)
I got this flower bed planted, weeded, + mulched. Oh, how I hope the weeds haven't overtaken when I return in August. =/ At any rate, I can enjoy the beauty of the current perfect sight for the next two weeks!
Got to spend a few beautiful hours one windy afternoon with our cousin + cousin-in-love, enjoying many cups of coffee + yummy scones w/ devonshire cream, and the most wonderful conversation. 
I just have to share a picture of these cupcakes that my sista made earlier this month. A friend of ours was having a birthday + she is an extreme cupcake lover, so Alli whipped up six different kinds of scrumptious cupcakes + delivered a box to her front door. Coolest gift idea ever. 
My sister! Seriously...whoever marries her is essentially marrying Scratch Cupcakes, and the Cheesecake Factory, and Chipotle, all rolled into one. #nojoke
Time with these ladies is always the hugest treat. Don't know how in the world I've managed to be blessed with the world's greatest friends. The spice they add to my life is just amazing. 

And that's a tad of life lately! Not pictured are more things like company, and work, and all sorts of other activities + jobs. But these are a few that were captured in action. =)

I will close with a little bit of wisdom from a very wise lady...the one + only Anne of Green Gables.
 I share this quote because I think it it such a good summary of life, and so true:

"Its been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make up your mind firmly that you will."

Happy Weekend!
-Chels

26 comments:

  1. I just love these posts -- always so fun to see a peek into your life! and hanging out a few weeks ago was so great..always enjoy spending time with you!!

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    1. The feeling is mutual. =) Great times!

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  2. Lov it hehe I would marry homemade cupcakes too hehe lov it cute pics hugs lov u guys an God bless u guys ;)

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  3. Your "life lately" posts are some of my top favorites. :) Excited to hear more about your sewing project (the colors are just beautiful!), the picture of HanSan and you is lovely (and makes me miss you two fabulous people even more :'(), I wish I would've been in town for your garage sale (I'm sorry it wasn't a smashing success - I'm sure you had so many gems there), those cupcakes look delish, and even the laundry picture is so colorful/creative! This quote is so SO true: "Seriously...whoever marries her is essentially marrying Scratch Cupcakes, and the Cheesecake Factory, and Chipotle, all rolled into one. #nojoke" Alli is incredible, yes! Thanks for the update + have a beautiful day!

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    1. Okay I love that new nickname...HanSan. =) hehe....

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  4. So fun! Love this posts, girl! Way to go in the closet clean-out. Yay for productivity!
    xoxo,
    ali

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  5. Hey Chelsy, I really enjoyed this *Life Lately* post! Oh...and were you serious about the *Brothers* post you said (on Hannah's blog) you were gonna do? Please do NOT feel rushed to do it ; I was just wondering! =) --K.B.

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    1. Yes I was serious! I've been working on it in bits + pieces for the past several months. Sometime soon!

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  6. I enjoy these posts SO much!! They inspire me to cherish all the fun moments with dear people, that I often take for granted. Also, to be more productive! You all seem so hard-working, and I love that you work together as a family, but also have your own projects and are able to develop your talents... Blessings! - Dina

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    1. Thank-you for the encouragement! We definitely do love to work, both as a family but also on our own individual businesses + enterprises.

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  7. Could you please post some of Alli's cupcake recipes?

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    1. Actually I'm trying to convince her to start a cooking blog. =)
      But who knows, maybe I will get around to posting more recipes in the future. Will see!

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    2. I would DEFINITELY follow her blog if she would start one. I can already taste all those delicious recipes she could share. Keep encouraging her to do it just don't push her to hard. =)

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  8. Only now have I got around to reading this post. Anyway, I would like to know when Allison's birthday is, because it might possibly be the same day as my b-day, which is May 19. =) ~Kara Beth Wenger

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    1. Oh...that is close! =) Happy belated birthday Allison!! ~Kara Beth

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  9. First of all, I love that you ended this post with an Anne of Green Gables quote! <3 I just finished reading that book aloud to the kids and I can't tell you how many times we laughed aloud at Anne's antics.
    Second, I concur with the above comment that Allison NEEDS to start a blog. ;)
    Lastly, next time you have a garage sale you need to post a notice on your blog first. I'm pretty confident that half of your readers would drive halfway across the US to get a chance to snatch up your wardrobe castaways!
    -Kayla

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    1. I will pass on your vote to her!
      Aww...bless your heart, that is so sweet + kind of you to say about our clothes!
      And yes...Anne of Green Gables is a favorite for sure! I think if she would've lived in real life we would've been friends. =)

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  10. When will we be able to buy your new cd?

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    1. It is currently in production! So hopefully it will be available in the next few weeks!

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  11. It's so wonderful to meet another like-minded girl. I live on the other side of the ocean. :) May the Lord continue to lead and guide you and make you a blessing wherever you go. :)

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  12. Do you know how to pin pictures off of a blog when the blogger does not have the pin button on her pictures?

    Ash

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    1. I don't think its possible unless the blogger has the pinterest pin button enabled....

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