Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Mamie Jane's website is so fascinating. I was worried at first because re-purposed, thrifted things usually turn out way too frilly or junky for me, but this woman does things right. Here is a wine box she re-purposed to showcase some clocks in:
What a great use for $4 Ikea spice racks. Found here:
Now this is a great idea. You have to scroll down a bit on her website to find the picture:
Blake did great at preschool. He gave me a play-by-play rundown. The teacher told me he had a hard time after riding bikes but otherwise loved it. When asked about it he said, "I cried for you because I wanted you and Reade." So sweet.
Sunday, August 28, 2011
I want these:
The White Attic
Am offered these locally on craigslist (ahem, for $400):
Worth it, but can't afford it:
Bohemian bookcases just look so cool:
Friday, August 26, 2011
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
1) Blake had fallen asleep in the car on our way home from the grocery store so I left him in the car while I packed his stuff and changed his brother. Once en route to school, I looked back to check on Blake and realized he was wearing flip-flops so I had to turn around and get his light-up Spiderman shoes.
2) We finally arrive at school and Blake plays independently and is super happy.
3) The first mom I am talking with gets stung by some flying insect. The teacher takes her by the hand and leads her inside to get an ice pack. I was left there standing by myself and had to do that awkward half turn thing and start talking to a new mom.
4) Kids explore the classroom and Blake shows me all the cool things like: the giant bullfrog, the turtle, and the new books.
5) Time for parent circle while the kids go outside to eat a snack. Different, crazy parental personalities come out during the question and answer segment (the crying mom, the too-loud Nanny, the one who asks everything including why the sky is blue, etc.).
6) Kids come back in and Blake is the only child with artwork. I am a proud parent thinking Blake asked for crayons and paper and is the lead self-starter in the group. Come to find out, my kid was crying the whole time I was in parent circle time and the teacher's assistant had to keep telling him to draw lines so he wouldn't completely melt down. Hmm, not what I was envisioning!
7) Blake has fun riding cars/bikes/scooters around and then eats it on the pavement. That ended our first day at school.
Blake's thoughts on our way home: "Mommy, why is daddy home with a headache? (starts to cry) I don't want him to feel bad. I don't want you to separate with me and me be alone at school on Thursday. I want to go back to our old home. I don't like our new house. I just want to go home."
Oh, and I took pics:
P.S. Andrew came down with the flu and spent the wee hours bent over the toilet! Can't wait for Thursday.
Sunday, August 21, 2011
On Friday, Blake visited the dentist for the first time. I asked him to smile and show me how he felt and this is what I got:
Thursday, August 18, 2011
My friend said this to me, "Shannon, This is not a reality show, this is real life." It would be just as fun as watching Kate & Pippa rule the roost.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
I came across the Super Healthy Kids blog and want to make these carrot cubes:
I also have plans to make a poppy garden in the front yard. I have no idea what a poppy garden looks like in the winter, but I am willing to try it out. This picture makes me laugh because it is one of a series taken in front of funky trailers. Click here to see the trailer:
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Monday, August 15, 2011
Speaking of stinky, here are some photos of our stop at the Cowgirl Creamery in Point Reyes:
The men had a Jiffy Pop competition. I have to admit that Jinnah beat Andrew fair and square:
Saying goodbye to a great campsite and great adventure:
I have to report that I am not super satisfied with the color I chose for the house. It is too light, but it will have to do for now. It would be perfect if it was two shades darker. We sold our old couch so I am waiting to find the perfect couch (vintage with a bit of retro) for under $100 (good luck). Blake fell asleep in this chair while watching a video. Poor kid was exhausted and had nowhere to go but down. We really need a sofa:
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Blake has a new fascination with army guys. He requested army guy videos on YouTube so I compromised with a few Google images. For your information, a search for "army guy" will only produce a surprising amount of pornographic material. So after exposing my son to 30 or so of those images I found that a simple search for "army" was good enough.
I still didn't do right.
He ran around other campsites playing Army Man and ended his battle in the RV. He did a karate kick move in the hallway, fell into the shower, and almost took out his eye with the wooden spoon he called his gun. Darn boys.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Step 1: Paint:
Mr. Rogue beer tap, please help me decided on the best color (don't worry, it won't be any of the colors you see):
The painters come this weekend to paint over the orange and brown. I hope it looks good when finished!
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Ellen and I were garage sale-ing and saw this playhouse on the sidewalk with a "free" sign on it. I couldn't pass it up. There was the best, basic playhouse here when I first viewed the property. It broke my heart when it left with the previous tenants. This will have to do for now:
Blake is in a stage where he plays super hard and crashes super hard. We just can't keep him awake between the hours of 4-6pm. There is going to have to be a no-car-ride rule after 4pm just so he will go to bed before 10pm:
Saturday, August 6, 2011
Our peach tree:
In need of some TLC:
One of the two apple trees:
Our pear tree:
Our lemon tree:
The gardeners have pruned the life out of this tree. We are going to ask them to let it grow out a bit:
This house reminds me of one of my favorite children's books: