Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Egg Wreath

I got this idea over at Frills, Fluff & Trucks. Perfect for us, since I have to have that balance of decor that I like, yet decor the kids really love (like the annoying singing Easter bunny).

I followed her tutorial. Only I had to get my styrofoam wreath from JoAnn, and they didn't have the circular ones left, so I had to grab one of the flat front ones, which made it a bit more difficult to cover up the white spots. In hindsight, I'd have wrapped it in ribbon first. This took 2 bags of eggs, with 48ea, from Target's dollar spot. I think they were each $1.75 or something close to that. I already had the ribbon, and I went through an astronomical amount of glue sticks.

Thursday, March 25, 2010


What's up with all the burlap in blogland lately? I am just not feeling it.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Shake, Rattle & Roll!

Every year, our school has a Sock Hop, complete with a DJ, hula hoop contest, bubble gum blowing contest, and a contest for the best costumes. Its a fun time.
(and a big thank you to a little girl in the Pacific NW for lending Norah her skirt and glasses! i tried to get my daughter to wear a cute white blouse, but she wasn't having it. she was going to be "too sweaty". hence the white t-shirt that is now retired)

Our Chicago Trip

We had a great time. What an awesome city. We went to the Children's Museum, swam in the hotel pool, went out for pizza and southern food, hit the lego store and American Girl, and saw the famous green Chicago River. We ended our trip with a day of the Museum of Science and Industry -- a truly amazing place. We got to see trains, planes, chicks hatching (literally!), a working coal mine, and a U-505 submarine that was captured in WWII.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Do you have a picky eater?

I was relaying a story to my husband last night and it involved telling him what Bean requested for dinner last night. She wanted a salad. This salad was huge...a large soup bowl. And it had on it, a hard boiled egg, black beans, peas, carrot, tomato, and cucumber. He said, "You have to knock that off and feed her normal stuff. She needs more protein. She's starting to become such a picky eater!"
I think I had to pick my jaw up off the floor before I responded to him.
A picky eater?
Huh? More protein? What exactly is the egg and legume then?
What, dare I ask, am I supposed to feed her? Should I instead force her to eat "kid foods"? I am so proud that she is such an adventerous eater. I am so happy that I can take my kids to dinner and Elliott requests catfish instead of anything off the kids menu. Don't get me wrong...they like the occasional macaroni and cheese or french fry (not Aidan. he doesn't like fries), but hands down, they prefer tasteful food over anything else. Ask them what their favorite food is, and among the ones they list, Elliott will tell you pot pie and Norah will tell you gnocchi and Aidan will say crab (the *real* kind from New Orleans, not the imitation crab.)

Buffet Help pt II

Requested photos....

The buffet (with the lamps I returned)
*side note: should I paint that inside area arch (the 'ceiling', if you will) the ceiling color? Or the cream of the arches that separate the rooms?*


Tall grasses?

Vase w/ tall berries?

Smaller uplight lamps?

Something else?
What else....

Monday, March 15, 2010

Buffet Help!

And I don't mean the edible kind. This girl needs some serious decorator help.
A few weeks ago, I yanked down everything that was up on our buffet in the DR and had an idea for lamps. I went out and found these at Kirklands, but they just don't do it for me.
Do I need something more candlestick like (smaller)?
Do I need an uplight-type fixture like that or this?
What do I put in the middle w/ the lights there? Do I leave it naked?
Or do I just skip the lights all together and do something else up there?? Something tall on the sides, but different on each side? And something in the middle?

Two things to keep in mind:
1) This area is a catch-all for my wonderful husband. I hate that he loves to pile carp here and I need to stop that!!
2) Our home is mainly mission style/craftsman-ish.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

sewing help :)

I got me a sewing machine!!! In all actuality, I've owned a sewing machine for roughly 11-12 years now. I last used it in 1999 when I tried to hem some curtains that I made and failed miserably...something to do w/ the damn bobbin. I called my gramma and cried and tried to get her to help me over the phone and finally, I just packed up the machine, put the curtains in a bag, and gave them to her to hem. The machine has not come out of the box (portable machine) since then. Its moved 2 houses w/ a box of accessories I've never opened, too. I inherited the machine from my other grandma, who used to make all of my clothes for me when I was a little girl.

Yesterday, my grandma gave me her machine that she got roughly 7 or so years ago and has used but once to hem a garment. I am afraid to use it. I am a smart girl - I should just open the book and try the darn thing out on a piece of material. But today I am going to pick up the phone and call some stores and see if there's a beginning class I can take.

However...if anyone can give me tips....books or... I don't know? Whatever! I'd appreciate it. All I want to be able to do is simple hemming and making simple patterns for my girl.

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Free swag! Free swag!

Yo....check it. Sarah at Frills, Fluff & Trucks is giving away a Marshall's GC in honor of her 200th post.

Sunday, March 07, 2010

On Saturday I had some time and got a chance to organize hundreds of photos and start putting some into an album. Yay - baby steps! (prior to this, all I've done is my scrapbooks)
Tonight, I sat down with the kids and we flipped through the album. We passed several nursing photos without any comment. However, we got to one where the twins were tandem. And Norah stopped my page flipping and says, "what's THAT?!" and Aidan started giggling. I said, "you don't know what that is?" Norah said, "No. What is it?" Aidan said, "they're sucking your KNEES!" [giggle giggle]. I said, ''noooo." This is when daddy chimed in and informed them that they were nursing from mama ... that's how babies get milk. And Norah says, "gross!" (wth?!) and I said, "that's not gross. that's life." Aidan says, "yeah. like a cow. they're on your nipples just like a cow!"


Saturday, March 06, 2010

My baby is eight!

Aidan turned 8!!! He had a baseball themed party and got his first skateboard & had his first sleepover! He even chose not to get gifts and asked for donations for the amur tiger cubs at our zoo. He's growing up!!!

Edited to add: I forgot that you can't see my comments on flickr when I add a slideshow. So.... at the table, there was an armpit noise demonstration, several kids were in awe, and then followed suite. Very "boy". Ugh.
They loved the games, but boy oh boy was it LOUD and chaotic. Very. VERY.
Oh, and of course, pre-party...we gave him a skateboard for his birthday :) He's been asking for one for years, and we always said when he's 8. Well, I guess that time finally came. He got a super cool helmet from his great-grandma, too. I am holding off on kneepads.... for now.

Monday, March 01, 2010

I hate you! ... and cake.

"I hate Mommy!" "I want my daddy!"
I just heard those words coming from upstairs. I had recently scolded Elliott for throwing a football in the living room and knocking down a photo. Dang, they cut through you.

In happier news, Aidan is about to turn 8. EIGHT!

We had a party for family this past Sunday. I had grand visions for his cake. I made a vanilla buttermilk cake and a swiss buttercream frosting, both from Smitten Kitchen. I did the cake like a rainbow cake, but only with blue and gold, for the Brewers. I was going to do the classic Brewers symbol, but apparently, you can't color swiss buttercream the same way you do other frostings. Perhaps its the fact that its made from almost a pound of butter and barely any sugar? (oh, my arteries! but its soooo good.). So my blue? Yeah...purple. All he got was an outline. I had a tub of Duncan Hines in the cupboard, so I broke that open and put some yellow dye in it to make it look a little better (but I wasn't going to color it in w/ Duncan Hines dyed blue. That would taint the flavor of this heavenly buttercream).
He was happy. That's all that matters.
His party with his friends this coming Friday? That will be a box mix and canned frosting, though. And baseball cupcakes. None of this hours of baking stuff.


Arches painted. Check.
Walls touched up. Check.
Frames spray painted. Check.
Fabric ordered for dining room chairs. Check.

I still have to tackle the doors. Bathroom and upstairs kids rooms. Does anyone recall seeing the blogger who posted her 2-toned panel doors? I wish I had bookmarked it. Gah.

I hate those louvered closet doors. I hate that closet. It needs an overhaul. Anyway, I did these. Not sure what I think of them.

I hung some photos that I took. I have one of Jackson Square cathedral that goes w/ this one, but I didn't have it matted yet.

(yeah yeah. bad photos of photos)