Thursday, April 26, 2012

yo ho ho and a bottle of fun

One day, we were at Michaels and this glass corked bottle found its way into our cart. As did some unpainted treasure chests that Dad had been wanting to use for a game he plays with Maddy.
We may have gotten a bit carried away.

Adding glitter where glitter wasn't necessarily necessary

It wouldn't be legit without some chocolate coins

Or a sidekick or two (striped shirt an awesome coincidence)

Yes, I have indeed recently discovered how to blog with picasa. And now you will probably see beards and writing on everything. You can thank me later.

The crew finds the treasure at last. 

This was a week ago. You can only imagine the hijinx we've gotten into since then.
The End. :)

Monday, April 16, 2012

my sister would have sent out search and rescue if I didn't start blogging again

So. I am back. (today at least!)
  Back, and talking about my recent ikea finds. I bought this great shelf and found the other things from around the house, except for the carved whale and map. I found both of those at TJ Maxx for really awesome prices. Seriously, that map was $8.
 This is not a table, and it's not technically a bench either, but that's what we are using it for. It is one of ikea's versions of a media console. But it is a great height for putting on some shoes and I love the sliding drawers. So does my one year old-- not surprisingly. I think he keeps hoping he'll find some illicit treasure that is not supposed to fall into his baby hands. He knows most stuff in drawers is off limits. So he likes to check their contents several times a day just in case someone slipped up and left a hammer and some nails, or some toxic chemicals in there. hey, a baby can dream.
 I added the cushions for some color, but honestly, I think it could use a bit more color. I don't know. Maybe I hung things too high? Or maybe it's perfect. I am living with it for a while to see what I determine.
 funnily enough, the reason I wanted to go to ikea in the first place was a computer chair, and the day before going to ikea, I checked craigslist one more time and found this dream chair for $15. Craigslist, you managed to save the day again!
Perhaps you recall that I am forever changing my front room and my dining room? Yeah...I did it again. I don't know why these two rooms haunt me, but they do. I finally figured out that I needed two round tables, because the little cute Pottery Barn craft table I bought for the kiddos wasn't working out (Mr. Grant is too tall and could reach all of the coloring supplies). So...I got another round table and life is pretty excellent. Here is where my desk ended up. In a nice cozy corner in the front room. I think this photo makes me realize that a picture would look good hung above the computer screen. hmm...
 a recent thrift store find. i don't drink coffee or tea, but I love these things. they came with the weird goblet cups. I think I'll end up using them for paint water cups for Maddy. She will be doing her aquadoodles in style now. ha
 here's the new round table.  It was a great price and it surprisingly sturdy for a pedestal table.
 and good ol' shelfy ended up back in her corner. I missed her there. She just looked too bulky in the front entry way.
 and here's the new front room. This round table is now an arts and craft table, and we moved Maddy's easel in here too. It's a quirky room, but I like it. hi red chairs, you were missed. hugs
 there's my secret desk corner. it's nice to be close to Miss M while she does her coloring, and Grant can wonder around, banging on surfaces with whatever utensil he has managed to find, to his heart's content. It's a good set up.
 oh yes, lest we forget the "moody pencil holder" shot. i dunno, the lighting seems a little moody to me in this photo. just me? dah well
 the chalk for her chalkboard. really, i just wanted an excuse to take pictures of pretty rainbow colored chalk. mission accomplished
and there you go, tour finished. Whenever I start to feel a little nerdy about my house hobby, I remember this quote by the inspirational Dieter Uchtdorf. He once said:

The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul. No matter our talents, education, backgrounds, or abilities, we each have an inherent wish to create something that did not exist before.

Everyone can create. You don’t need money, position, or influence in order to create something of substance or beauty.

Creation brings deep satisfaction and fulfillment. We develop ourselves and others when we take unorganized matter into our hands and mold it into something of beauty—
So true. Thanks Dieter.

Saturday, April 14, 2012


Today I remember you Grandpa. I remember your wonderful sense of humor, your contagious laugh, your strong farmer hands, and your kindness. It's been three years since you've been gone. love you always

Monday, April 9, 2012

 not sure what brought on this pose, but I'm pretty sure she is practicing to be in a soap commercial or something

 my favorite view these days

 the boy we sometimes affectionately refer to as "teefers."

 gotta love the four year old smile-grimace they give you when they see a camera

 yes, this is confirmation of what we have long suspected. i have, indeed, let myself go. in more ways than one apparently

 the easter feaster
 "Grimace, i mean, Smile, Maddy!"
 strawberry infused lemonade. fancy nancy approves

 lion house rolls. realized belatedly I forgot the powdered milk. they were thereafter ruined for me, even thought they tasted fine.
just another one of those easter posts. hope you had a good one too. :)

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

things to do when you are sick

 color huge coloring pages with your four year old (who, as it happens, thinks I'm a really good artist and should have my own artist show. Watch out bob ross)
 watch your baby try on everyone one's shoes. and then bring everyone's shoes to you while saying, "schu? schu?" because that means he wants to go outside. kissing his chubbster cheeks every time he says schu because it's the cutest thing known to mankind. ever.
leave the flowers your honey got you on the counter for a few days still wrapped in plastic because you feel too crummy to arrange them artfully in a vase. that's how he knew I really didn't feel good. ha

Split Second

Just a boy, minding his own business, eating a strawberry. And then...

so glad I accidentally caught that on camera. love him