Thursday, February 23, 2012
Monday, February 20, 2012
As usual, I created many fun opportunities for myself for birthweek. The Saturday before my birthday, my girlfriend Jess and I had a FABULOUS girls night out in St. Paul - cocktails at Kincaids; dinner, wine, coffee and dessert at Pazzaluna; finished off with a night cap at the St. Paul Grill. Truly a fantastic night filled with perfect moments with one of my dearest girlfriends, fantastic food, and spirits to heighten it all.
Saturday, February 11, 2012
And Dinos for Dean-O from Estsy seller Sassy Photo Creations
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
I suppose on Saturday I might also have made a stop at the NEW Good Will in Champlin when I was out running errands.
See those tubes above? They are a sampling of the shades available of Rub and Buff. I bought them on Amazon after reading about this metallic wax product on one of the blogs I stalk. It is my answer to Minnesotan's inability to spray paint in the off season.
I found this framed, hand crafted, embroidered(?) art at Good Will for $3.99. At first I picked it up for the brassy, metal, bamboo impression frame only. I thought I might "buff" it up, then slap some chalk board paint on the glass for a message board. As I pushed my cart through the aisles, it dawned on me this retro wall decor would look PERFECT in Marly's purple and pink butterfly bedroom. Just hours after arriving home, I had the frame buffed up with 'Silver' and hung in place on her once sparse wall.
Last summer I bought cardboard letters from JoAnne Fabrics for Dean's room and spray painted them navy blue. I never really liked the way they looked, so the letters just sat on his ledge for months. This weekend I was finally inspired and love the end result. Dean is NOT as excited about the finished product as I am, but he'll live with it. Like the letters, I had bought the paper months ago at Archiver's for his blue and green dino decor. I wasn't exactly sure how I would use it at the time.
Seriously, I was on a roll and it was barely half time, so I put a coat of Martha Stewart craft paint on this wooden shelf, also purchased at Good Will this past weekend.
Sunday, February 5, 2012
Friday, February 3, 2012
Two summers ago, the kids did Community Ed tiny tots soccor. That fall they did a round of swimming lessons at the YMCA, then did another round right away. The bitter cold of winter hit, and we took a break from the water, and tried gymnastics through Community Ed. That was met with hit and miss enthusiasism.
Spring came, and along with it the Community Ed brochure. I admit I selfishly just didn't want to run to the park after work . We decided to take the summer off. Mark and I spend most evening in the yard with our kids, and we decided to simply enjoy our kids at our home. Midway through summer, Dean realized he might be missing some action. One day he said, "Mom, are we going to do soccor again???"
Me, "Um no... we didn't sign up for soccor this summer.." I was surprised he remembered.
Dean, "Okay... how about swimming lessons?"
Me, "Well, we will do that again in the fall."
Dean, "Gymastics then.?"
...Okay, okay, I get it!
Then fall came, and I neglected to get on line and sign up. Dean and Marly finally started swimming lessons through Community Ed two weeks ago.
Just to prove what an outstanding parent I clearly am, I forgot their towels at home by the door the first week!