Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
Just a few feet away, these two family photos hang in the living room as you come up the entry stairs in our split level home. The top photo was taken in November of 2008, and the threesome is from October of 2007.
Hmmm - Here is a small framed photo from this year, which sits just BELOW the larger version on the photo shelves. Chris gave us this framed photo at Christmas. I put it out immediately because it went perfectly in our living area (which she knew of course)... but neglected to move it when I put up the larger version.
Friday, March 26, 2010
After work and before bedtime, we try and get outside and enjoy the weather!
The fashion "must have" of the season for the toddler set are garden boots!
Raking under our giant weeping willow.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Here I am taking my picture with the purse in the mirror in the bathroom at Rebar. Of course THAT didn't work well!
Thursday, March 18, 2010
About an hour after my post below, my fellow blogger formerly from Hector, friend, and fine woman I USE TO BABYSIT FOR, Nicole Mages of Mages Mania commented to alert me the Lady Mustangs had lost.
Thank you for the quick update Nicole. She also noted NINE fan buses were chartered from Buffalo Lake-Hector. God Bless our wonderful home town.
Your ALUMNI remain PROUD!
The BL-H Girls Basketball team is playing at state TODAY, and I am mentally cheering them on.
I am sure you could guess I did NOT play sports in high school. (I was speech and drama geek myself.). I will also alert you the Mustangs did not generally excel in most any team sport. My entire high school career, the football team did NOT win a single game. The one notable sport in my time was volleyball. We did go to to state several years. I remember our family staying at a Days Inn in Bloomington to attend the games. Back then, it was a BIG DEAL.
I am sure it is a BIG DEAL today too! I AM EXCITED, and I DON'T LIVE THERE anymore!
My Dad is over at William's Arena right now watching the game. He called me at 10 pm last night to alert me, just in case I could come over. He also alerted me buses were chartered from Hector. Well of course! That's what you do in a small town!
My cousin Michelle's daughter (Mikayla) plays on the B-squad. She is quite young for B-squad! My cousin's husband (Mikayla's dad) helps coach B-squad.
Go Lady Mustang's!!!
*The photo above is our actual mascot. I grabbed it from our school district's web site. Pretty classy don't you think???!!! When our two small town schools combined when I was in the 6th and 7th grade, I think there might have been quite a debate about the mascot. The mighty Mustang won out, and s/he looks the same to this day...
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
We watch HGTV, drink wine, and decorate!
Mark and I feel our home is our sanctuary and our oasis, the center for our family. We want to make it comfortable, and truly and distinctly our own (on a budget of about nothing...)
So, after two trips to IKEA (because I changed my mind about the shelf size and location), we were ready to take the boring wall between our dining and living area from bla to brilliant. (Obviously I forgot to take a BEFORE picture & had to stage the props.)
The clock sculpture thingy above was taken down. The shorter IKEA shelves on the floor will be returned. I wasn't sure if we wanted two shelves, three shelves, or a combination.
Because Mark wanted to hit the studs, he also needed to drill new holes in the shelves to center them on the wall between our windows. After we were done, we couldn't find enough of the little white sticker hole covers, because now we had more holes(even though I had those ones that needed returning), and OF COURSE none of our projects turn out perfect (but remember... we're OKAY with that). I'll deal with the little sticker/cover issue later.
Whalla - We love our stud finder! We decided on two shelves of the same length (at a cost of $14.99 each).
Next we sat on the floor, stared at the empty shelves, and drank more wine for a while. We ran around upstairs and downstairs grabbing things from cupboards and boxes trying to find the right display combination. Wild, crazy Saturday night action!
Monday, March 15, 2010
Fear not, we were peering out the open window ever few minutes to check on the Twinner's.
Here is the view from our living room window...
Friday, March 12, 2010
This year, Gretchen invited us to come play again with kids. Mark couldn't get away from work, and my schedule only allowed for a mid week visit, but it was an opportunity not to be passed up. So, Tuesday after work the kids and I headed up, and had a VERY NICE break from the usual routine.
Wednesday night the kids baked a cake with Gretchen... which is good.. since Mommy doesn't bake!
At the time the photo above was taken, P (who is 4) was at round two at the pool with her Daddy. The younger threesome stayed back.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Salvation Army Thrift Store Bunnies - (59 cents each = $1.18 total)
Thrifts store bunnies after three coats of high gloss paint and spray on lacquer.
Monday, March 8, 2010
Alas, I got her out last week when the weather warmed. At the kids current size and weight, she couldn't cut the snuff. With an envelope of the kid's birthday cash in the cupboard (and a few gift cards), I knew it was time to upgrade. Of course I planned to search for a used model on line first before shelling out the $79 retail. Guess what? - Friday a wagon was posted on my M.O.M.S message board, "Like New Radio Flyer Wagon - $40"
I e mailed immediately, and got a call back in less then a hour. A mother of QUADS was selling the wagon. She oringally owned two. It was barely used because it turns out ONE stay at home mom, with TWO wagons, pulling FOUR kids doesn't work so well.
I picked it up Saturday morning. Four 5 1/2 years olds (3 girls/1 boy) peeked into the garage with their footie jammies to see where their former toy was headed. I don't have a photo of that.
The Twinner's new ride has storage and cup holders.
Sunday, March 7, 2010
When I was little, my mom made absolutely beautiful decorated eggs from real eggs she had blown. They were adorned with fabric, glue, ribbon and glitter. Every year we would hang the eggs on a live honeysuckle branch my mom would cut and force in a coffee can wrapped in pastel paper and filled with wet sand. Every year she made me an Easter dress and Brett and I would have our picture taken in front of it on Easter 'morn. Those eggs are in a shoe box somewhere in our home. I will get them out when the kids are a bit older.
(I admit I didn't have the ambition to blow eggs myself this year. Plus I don't have any pretty fabric scraps! Someday though...)
Mark drilled a hole in each plastic/paper egg. I jammed embroidery thread in, then Mod Podged the crap out of the little buggers.