Sunday, May 31, 2009
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
This is what happens when the sweet cribs, cute stuffed animals and fun little toys get packed away into boxes and stored in the basement. This is what happens 12-14 years after the adorable nurseries and the fun toddler beds are replaced with "big" beds and "big" desks and "big" kids...
And I need warn you: It. is. not. pretty.
Welcome to the teenage years... Be sure to click on each image to really get the full effect!
First stop: The 14 year old daughter's room:
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Now back to the house tour at Kelllys Korner...
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
It's a fun puzzle. I've been enjoying just looking at the box cover, reminiscing about all my old favorite TV shows. Lavern & Shirley... CHiPs... M*A*S*H... Cheers... Gilligan's Island... The Love Boat, etc...
In other news and thoughts... I didn't end up doing a Menu Plan this week, nor did I do a "To Do" list. I'm taking the week off! We had such a productive weekend, we don't need another list of things to do right now. Other than the usual laundry, cleaning, etc.
We've also been working on getting estimates together to get some work done on the house. We're going to get some more insulation in the attic and we're also looking to get the house painted this summer. We had the exterminators here today to take care of our carpenter bee problem. (Which in turn will hopefully also "take care of" the new Woodpecker who has been pecking on our house...)
Monday, May 25, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
So yes, the clean garage... is now full again. But it's for a good cause. And once winter comes, we'll bring the elliptical inside. Somewhere. Because nobody is going to want to go out in the freezing garage to work out! Or maybe we'll be tired of it by then and put it on Craig's List and get our money back...
Friday, May 22, 2009
Then we did some grocery shopping and then put that new grill to use! It's the perfect size for us. And it's super easy to use. We ended up getting a grill cover for it, since we decided we'll keep it on the deck for the summer. It'll be easy to store in the garage in the winter and won't take up much room.And speaking of the garage. That was our after dinner project. Above is the "before" photo of one part of the garage. Yes, I'm extremely embarrassed to show this to everybody!! But when we moved in to this house last summer, we had 2 houses moving into one. So we ended up putting a lot of things out here on one side of the garage and forgot about them.
And that's our Dining Room! Thanks for stopping by. Be sure to head back to Kellys Korner to see more great Dining Rooms!
Thursday, May 21, 2009
The first thing we did was to buy a grill. You just can't have a Memorial Day Weekend without a grill. Amy told me about this great grill last week. It's the Coleman Road Trip LXE Portable Grill.
I showed it to Eric and he liked the portable-ness of it. It's not too big, not too small. It takes small propane canisters, the grill plates come off and we can clean them in the sink (or dishwasher), but best of all....
It folds up like a suitcase! We could take it in the car, or just store it easily in the garage for the winter. (That was really the selling point.) We noticed it was in the Dicks Sporting Goods flyer this past weekend and it was on sale. So we picked one up tonight. I'm hoping we can put it together tomorrow and have some burgers and dogs for dinner!
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
I did really well on my list last week. The only thing I didn't do was clean out the sock drawer. But I did everything else! I would like to spend more time in the office this week and clean it up some more. Another project that desperately needs doing is cleaning out the garage. I'm going to put that on the list this week, but there's no way I (we) can clean the whole garage in a week. That's just too daunting of a task. I'm going to instead break it down into projects. I'm also adding to-dos for the blog.
5. Work on organizing the office more.
Monday, May 18, 2009
Monday: Leftovers... (track meet)
Tuesday: Chicken Stroganoff with whole wheat egg noodles and carrots
Wednesday: Ham Steak, Brown Rice and Corn
Thursday: Whole Wheat Cheesesteak Wraps
Friday: No work, no school, no menu!
Sunday, May 17, 2009
The party was great, we ordered food from Peppino's and Sheila brought this very fun, very delicious Pizza Cake. (See above photo). She is so creative! A good time was had by all, even Jenny, who is passed out for the night from all the excitement.
Click here to see all the fun photos from the day!
Saturday, May 16, 2009
I think today will be a lazy day. We have no plans set in stone. Just the usual: cleaning, doing laundry, running errands... and lots of relaxing. Oh and maybe finishing up that to-do list! I still haven't tackled that Office yet. I did get everything else done on the list though.
These are the flowers that are hanging in front of the house. They match the house pretty well!
Even the pot matched.
On a walk one evening with Jenny this past week, I had my camera with me. I think the view of our backyard is neat. It's like we live in the middle of the woods. Even though we're in a neighborhood. And thankfully, most of that yard that needs mowing isn't ours!
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
That's the "home" to-do list for this week. I'll cross things off as I go along. And click here to go to Crazy Adventures in Parenting to play along!
Monday, May 11, 2009
Monday: D-I-Y dinner. (track meet)
Tuesday: Chicken Quesadillas, Taco Rice
Wednesday: Pizza Melts
Thursday: Baked Mac & Cheese and Corn bread
Friday: Pork, Cashew & Carrot Stir Fry
Sunday: Eric's Birthday!
And that's it for us this week. Be sure to go check out some more great menu planning ideas at Organizing Junkie!
Sunday, May 10, 2009
For Mothers Everywhere
This is for all the mothers who didn't win “Mother of the Year” in 2009. All the runners-up and all the wannabes. The mothers too tired to enter or too busy to care.
This is for all the mothers who froze their buns off on metal bleachers at soccer games on Friday night instead of watching from the car. So when their kids asked, “Did you see my goal?” they could say, “Of course, wouldn’t have missed it for the world,” and mean it.
This is for all the mothers who have sat up all night with sick toddlers in their arms, wiping up barf laced with Oscar Mayer wieners and cherry Kool-Aid saying, “It’s okay, honey, Mommy’s here.”
This is for the mothers who gave birth to the children they’ll never see. And for the mothers who took those babies and made them homes.
For all the mothers who run carpools and make cookies and sew Halloween costumes. And all the mothers who don’t.
What makes a good mother, anyway? Is it patience? Compassion? Broad hips? The ability to nurse a baby, cook dinner, and sew a button on a shirt all at the same time? Or is it heart? Is it the ache you feel when you watch your son or daughter disappear down the street, walking to school alone for the very first time? The jolt that takes you from sleep to dread, from bed to crib at 2am to put your hand on the back of a sleeping baby?
The need to flee from wherever you are and hug your child when you hear news of a school shooting, a fire, a car accident, a baby dying? I think so.
So this is for all the mothers who sat down with their children and explained all about making babies. And for all those mothers who wanted to but just couldn’t.
This is for reading “Goodnight, Moon” twice a night for a year. And then reading it again. “Just one more time.”
This is for all the mothers who taught their daughters to tie their shoelaces before they started school. And for all the mothers who opted for Velcro instead.
This is for all the mothers who show up at work with spit-up in their hair and milk stains on their blouses and diapers in their purse.
This is for all the mothers who teach their sons to cook and their daughters to sink a jump shot.
This is for all mothers whose heads turn automatically when a little voice calls “Mom?” in a crowd. Even though they know their own children are at home.
This is for all the mothers who sent their sons to school with stomach aches, assuring them they’d be just fine once they got there…only to get the call from the school nurse an hour later, asking them to please pick up their son, right away.
This is for young mothers stumbling through diaper changes and sleep deprivation. And mature mothers learning to let go. For working mothers and stay-at-home mothers. Single mothers and married mothers. Mothers with money, mothers without. This is for you all.
So hang in there.
Pass this on to all the moms in your life.
“Home is what catches you when you fall... and we all fall.”
Happy Mother’s Day. Even if you aren’t a mother now, you may be some day. Or you are a godmother, or a teacher who gives more than the title requires, or a very special lady someone needs when their Mom is not near.
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Later in the day, my mom and I did a little shopping. I picked up this fun sign at Kohls for $7. (65% off!) I thought it would look great in the living room as well. (It's hanging above the window seat in the above photo.)
Below is a close up of one of the large pieces of art. Aren't the colors great? And I just love the frames. They're such a nice quality.