Thursday, February 25, 2010
Daddy asked Aulora on Tuesday what she did that day. She answered, without pause, "Got punished."
He asked her again yesterday how she spent her day and she responded, "Got in trouble."
Poor little three year old....
The princess in her time out chair
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
I was given an honest scrap award earlier this week for my blog and, quite honestly, it froze me up! Ha! I haven't had the time to compose the required post to receive it so my blog has just sat all forlorn this week. Maybe later today I'll have time? I don't know.
This week and last week both have been consumed with painting walls and furniture. With the exception of the wallpaper covered entry way (which isn't that bad really) and the laundry side of the basement (shudder), our whole house is finally painted! Oh, and also the top part of the staircase wall. I ran out of paint and I also have to figure out how to do my cutting in there anyway. I'm thinking I could duct tape my paint brush to the end of the broom and stand on the landing with a steady arm? Either that or I need a hover board like on Back to the Future.
(Update: the monkeys are both at the piano "practicing" the lesson books.)
My mailman informed me that spring is next week. But, uhm, excuse me? Maybe someone should pass that message along to all the snow in our yard. And the snowmen too, for they seem to be reproducing.
My 30th birthday is quickly approaching, and, like any normal freaked out 29 year old woman, I decided to board the excercise train. I'm ready to get off though! I had to laugh at myself when I was sweating like a monkey in a sauna 5 minutes into the workout. 10 minutes in and I couldn't breathe. 15 minutes in I was laying on the floor in a fetal position, crying. That's when the fitness trainer, Shaun T, said, "Alright, that's enough of the warm-up! Let's get moving!"
I haven't given up though. However, I do not expect to look like the people in the picture above anytime soon (or ever). That would be a nice birthday present though. I wonder how many kids any of those women have given birth to?
(Update: There's a cow shaped bug dome sitting on my living room shelf full of the grossest looking rollie pollie bugs ever. Julia claimed them as her pets and gave them all names - Kylie, Rebecca, Elizabeth, etc. She feeds and waters them daily. I'm pretty sure they're looking at me.)
My dvr messed up last night and only recorded part of American Idol. Boo. Does anyone know where you can watch the show in full online? I can only find highlights and I want the whole thing! Mr. DVR did record Lost so the night wasn't a total bust.
I better sign off and go run my errands. The groceries are dwindling down and Walmart is calling my name. Besides, Team Umizoomi is over......
Monday, February 15, 2010
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Friday, February 12, 2010
Last year we made these airplanes and they were so cute! (An idea from family fun)
Another year Julia made these flower valentine cards from family fun.
This year we made rice krispie treats that were wrapped like lollipops. It was a variation of an idea Lindsey posted about that I thought was way too cute to pass up.
We did big ones for all the teachers and staff and smaller ones for friends.
And since I didn't buy enough marshmallows (oops!) we did bags of hershey kisses with a Yoda tag for John David. He was totally impressed with my ability to make something Star Wars related on my own.
Happy Valentine's Day everyone!
Even though we have many lamps (my father-in-law thought I was a crazy, obsessed, lamp collecting pschyco when he helped us move), it hasn't been quite enough. Have you priced lamps though? They aren't cheap. Even the tiny, ugly ones are at least $10 plus more for a shade. So I was happy to find this cute little thing at Goodwill for only $2. I brought him home and plugged him in on my kitchen chest. (Yes, I have a chest in my kitchen. I'm neat like that.) The way he lights my kitchen is so warm and happy.
The next lamp was $3, plus I paid around $12 for a new shade I think. This sad thing was ugly brown wood, but I brought him home and introduced him to my can of creamy heirloom white spray paint. And we all lived happily ever after.
Don't forget about Goodwill and other thrift stores when you need a new lamp. And keep in mind that spray paint and/or a new shade can work wonders.
Speaking of thrift stores, I picked up this dresser last weekend at a resale shop and I have lovely plans in mind for it.
I love the idea of all the extra storage right in our den. So far, the only thing in it is the box of hair brushing "equipment" for the kids. I got tired of lugging it upstairs and downstairs every day and we really only use it downstairs. (Because I got smart years ago and learned that if you want your litle girl to have pretty hair then it takes a few minutes and if you want your little girl to sit very still for a few minutes then you should park them in front of a cartoon. I also bought a second tooth brush and extra toothpaste and we keep it downstairs for the get to school rush. It's great to not go up and down the stairs over and over. Seriously guys, I'm smart.)
So now if only I can find the time to refinish and paint it. Until then, I love it anyway!
Sunday, February 07, 2010
But first, I give you the very first "before" picture when the previous owners still lived here:
And then it looked like this (which was no small thing if you remember this horrific painting adventure):
If you travel around blogland much then you may have seen this idea. These are "dropcloth curtains" - as in painters dropcloths! They are, what I like to call, "poor man's linen".
It's not cheap to buy such long curtains. But I think $9.48 a panel is pretty good! I'm even thinking of doing something similar, but with some pretty fabric sewn on the bottom portion for the front living room. We'll see.....
Do you have any creative curtain methods?
Friday, February 05, 2010
We prefer to have little kids throw toys at ours and break it just in time.
In honor of Lost, that's one of the first scenes showing on our flatscreen in the basement. Our beautiful, six month old, biggest tv we've ever owned, watch it while sitting on our amazing Lazyboy leather reclining sofa we scored off of craigslist, want to grow up and marry it and have its babies kind of flatscreen.
The only other tv we have is an old 19" tv in our den that has constant rolling lines on it and every 6 or 7 seconds totally messes up. It's a sad little thing, really. I already had plans to replace it with a better tv I saw at Salvation Army the other day.
I feel sick about it. And I feel bad that I feel this bad, but other than our cars and our house, it's the nicest thing we own. I guess that'll teach us to own nice things!
I guess I'm just very glad we decided to not host a superbowl party.......