Saturday, March 29, 2008
I have been working diligently on my kitchen, and it is coming together so nicely! I can't wait to show you all how it is turning out. I think it will be another week or so before I can do that, though, because I still have a bit of painting ahead of me. I'm a little stumped over choosing fabric for new valances, but I'm hoping I can settle on something in the next couple of days. One thing is for sure - - it is no longer dark and dreary in this kitchen. It feels so bright and cheerful, and I'm having a great time transforming it.
While my parents were here, I really had the chance to take care of myself, and it was wonderful. I'm just not good at focusing time on my own "upkeep", if you will, probably because I don't often feel as though I have the luxury/time for things like that. What a difference it made for me to have my hair cut and colored. To get to the eye doctor for an exam and pick out some new glasses. To get away for a night with Steve. To treat myself to an hour-long massage. To go on long walks with my mother. I'm so grateful to my mom and dad for the support they provide me with - - they are wonderful parents and grandparents. Thanks, Mum and Dad - - we miss you very, very much.
Friday, March 28, 2008
But then there is this next picture. Griffin was being a bit of a "pill", shall we say - - didn't want to sit where he was supposed to, had a very runny nose, kept bursting into tears, etc., etc. However, he really liked the teeny chaise lounge prop they had, even though it wasn't supposed to be in the picture. He insisted on sitting in it, so we finally gave up and threw it in the picture, so that he'd sit still and get his picture taken already. Look very closely at this photo, though. Pay particular attention to Griffin. Does this picture look familiar to you?
Think, now. Where have you seen this picture before? You know you have.
Happy Friday, everyone!
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
First, Camden and Griffin received a box full of finger puppets, knit by their Aunt Jean. They have been having fun with them. Thanks, Aunt Jean!
Next, I was ecstatic to receive this vintage Pyrex from our friends, Curt and Mary. In my humble opinion, no kitchen is complete without a Pyrex liquid measuring cup, and I love, love, LOVE the vintage refrigerator dish. I was so touched that Mary saw these things and thought of me.
And last, but certainly not least, we received a box full of Easter treats from Auntie Rachel and Uncle Kevin. I swear, my brother and his wife have an uncanny ability to pick out the most perfect things for little boys. Whether it is a book (a no-brainer there since they are both librarians!), a treat, a small toy, or gadget, whatever they send to the boys inevitably ends up being among their most prized possessions. Not to mention, they included some Starbuck's coffee and Lindt chocolates for Steve and I - - two of the things that make our world go 'round, for goodness sakes.
My parents managed to escape Camden for a couple of nights while Steve was out of town, but no sooner did Camden get in bed with me, when Riley and Roy took his place between them. So much for a good night's sleep!
Now, I must run. I am off to Boise to retrieve my husband, for we are ditching the kiddos with my folks tonight! Oh yes, we are staying at a swank hotel in the Big City so that we can celebrate Steve's impending 40th birthday in style. It has been so long since the two of us have had a chance to go out for dinner, much less, spend a night away without the little ones, that I can hardly contain myself. I hope I remember how to act like an adult out in public.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
In other news, Camden has been sleeping with his Nana and Papa every night since they arrived. Mind you, our guest bed is only a double bed, so I'm not so sure they have actually been getting much sleep. Camden is so very happy to have them here (as are the rest of us), and he asked them multiple times tonight if they would move in with us. He proudly showed both of them around his preschool today - - I wish I'd thought to video tape that because he was just so darn cute.
Roy's day started off on the wrong foot when I loaded him into his kitty carrier and carted him off to the vet to be, *ahem*, neutered. After some blood work, however, he was sent home with his testicles still attached to his body, along with a teensie bottle of antibiotics, and was told to return in a week when his white blood cell count is back to normal. I'm pretty sure when I went to retrieve him from the vet, I heard him breath a rather loud sigh of relief. It's only temporary though - - he'll be back on the chopping block next Thursday. Yeouch!
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Ick. Besides being ugly and outdated, it makes the kitchen so dark. While we have a lovely, large window, I generally have to pull the shade around lunch time, because the sun shines right in and it gets hot - - especially during the summer. So, with these dark walls, it sometimes feels like a dungeon in here. My goal is to lighten and brighten.
Maybe you noticed the crazy-looking bright yellow light fixture hanging above the table? I've always wanted to get rid of it, but now I'm realizing it will go perfectly with my new table, so it will stay. As for the rest of the kitchen:
There's a bit of this. I really do not like wall paper. This paper is very old, vinyl, and it is not the type of wall paper that will simply peel off. It needs to be steamed off, but there isn't too much of it, so it would be more effort to do that then it is worth. I'm opting to be lazy and paint over it. I'm quite sure nobody will ever be able to tell when I'm all finished, so don't tell.
I've got quite a few days of prep work ahead of me - - more scraping, lots of patching, priming, and taping. I haven't decided whether or not to paint the cupboards yet, but I'm thinking it would probably be a good idea. So, stay tuned to see the progress!
Oh! I found this great kitchen clock last night, while surfing the Internet for funky kitchen decor - - I love it and think it needs to go in my new kitchen:
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Now, on a completely different note, if you would like a cheap thrill today (and I know you would), then do yourself a favor and head on over to my dear friend Kate's brand new blog, and read about how Patrick Dempsey touched her yesterday. I'm so jealous, I could spit.
Saturday, March 08, 2008
Griffin takes his naps pretty seriously
This is how you will usually find Riley and Roy
Camden gets some help from Daddy during his visit to Miss Helga, the military barber. You see, the clippers tickle, and the last time, he flinched and ended up with a line shaved across the back of his head!
Griffin's first haircut turned out about as we'd expected! He wouldn't sit in the chair, so Daddy tried holding him. When that didn't work, I held him, so he could have full access to my hair, which he proceeded to rub like a magic lamp during the entire haircut (more about Griffin's obsession with my hair, in a later post).
Griffin's chip-dipping method: Dip the same chip repeatedly, until it is a soggy mess.
Friday, March 07, 2008
What I am really excited about, however, is my kitchen. It is a wonderful kitchen, but there is also wood paneling on the walls, along with some wall paper that I really dislike. The kitchen table is too big for the space, but it came with the house, so we've kept it. I want to brighten it up with some paint, a little ripping and tearing, and a little creative decorating. I have a plan in mind, and it is based around the fabulous little table that I purchased the other day, at a local antique shop (this picture was taken at the antique shop, while Griffin was busy testing the chairs out). Very retro, and very yellow. I am madly in love with it. My goal is to create a bright, cheerful little breakfast nook, and then brighten up the rest of the kitchen, since the boys and I spend so much time in it. We eat all of our meals in the kitchen, too, but I'd like to start using the dining room instead, because, why have one if you aren't going to use it? Anyway, I'll be posting pictures in the coming days of the before, during, and after. I hope what I have in my mind's eye will turn out just as nice in reality. We shall see!
Thursday, March 06, 2008
So....preparations for the onslaught of company! I'm afraid the guest bedroom has been my dumping ground for outgrown baby equipment and clothing over the past year, so I have quite a project ahead of me in the next few days. I'm in the process of preparing for a HUGE baby-focused yard sale, but won't be having that until after my nephew has been here in April. Last year, I was dreading the thought of parting with all of these baby things, but I must admit, I am actually looking forward to it, now. I'm anxious to "make room" for the next stage in my life, whatever that might be. I won't give up the crib though, because Griffin will be in it for quite some time yet, and, because I just can't. It doesn't take up much room when broken down, so I'll be keeping it for now. I will also be keeping the moses basket, along with many special pieces of clothing and a few other treasures. What I am learning is that little boys seem to accumulate a lot of "stuff", and you just cannot keep everything.
Yesterday, I bought some lovely buttery-golden towels for the guest bathroom - - if you are in need of towels then please do yourself a favor and head over to Target - - they are having a wonderful sale this week, and the selection is HUGE. So, after some cleaning, baking, grocery shopping, etc., we should be all ready to entertain!
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
- One child, who shall remain nameless (*ahem* the older one) throws a massive temper tantrum in the middle of the local library. Result: mortified mother drags him out to the car by his ear
- This same child returns home and proceeds to crunch his baby brother's hand in the back of the bathroom door (oh yes, the part near the hinges). Unfortunately, the sound of his brother wailing didn't clue him in as to what was going on - - he pulled and pulled and PULLED until his mother physically removed him from the door knob.
- Mother is so horrified by the sight of her baby's hand (seriously, folks, the crease was so deep and so purple that his hand appeared to be bent backwards, in a highly grotesque fashion) that she spits the half chewed sandwich that was in her mouth at the time, onto the floor of the laundry room. Only later that day, when she nearly stepped in said sandwich tidbits, did she realize what she'd done.
- Mother nearly loses her marbles after listening to oldest son say, for the umpteenth time, "Mummy, here's what happens on The Lion King" and then proceeds to monologue for a never-ending amount of time.
- At the end of the day, mother makes the executive decision to feed children early, and then send them off to their bedroom with a DVD, so as to eat dinner in peace, without having to repeatedly say, "Calm down!" or, "Eat your dinner!", or, "Mind your manners!" which of course could have potentially led to her head exploding.
Alas, today is a new day (thank goodness!). On our agenda today: A trip to the pediatrician to have Griffin's mangled hand inspected.
Monday, March 03, 2008
- I want my bottom to look exactly like the one Catherine Zita-Jones has. If someone knows how I can get my flabby, large, stay-at -home mom bottom to look like hers, please contact me immediately (this recent obsession was brought about by watching the movie, "No Reservations", in case you were wondering).
- White vinegar is a natural anti-bacterial /disinfectant that you can use on your counter tops, cutting boards, etc. I don't know if I could stand the vinegar smell, though.
- One of my new favorite blogs is Chocolate on My Cranium.
- I also am loving Thrifty Goodness.
- I watched the documentary, "Bowling for Columbine" on YouTube, and it was an eye-opener. It has caused me to think differently as a parent, and as a person.
- My blog layout is very boring, and I think it is time for a face lift. Working on that.
- When a really popular, witty, and well-known sports blogger links to you in his blog, your site meter goes CRAZY!! Unfortunately, my traffic only picked up temporarily, because all those sports-loving people realized they'd landed on some random stay-at-home mom's blog, and quickly exited.
Sunday, March 02, 2008
Saturday, March 01, 2008
I've seen a list such as this on many, many blogs. I've never taken the time to sit down and do it, but since I'm banished to my bed today, I thought I'd give it a shot.
- My middle name is my mother's maiden name. My brother and my oldest son have this same middle name, too.
- When I was very small, I once wrote to President Reagan. He wrote back.
- I hate touching raw chicken. It totally grosses me out.
- For years, I've had a recurring dream/nightmare that the University of Maine has contacted me, to inform me that I never really graduated.
- When I was little, my dad use to make popcorn and shake it up in a bag with powdered cheese. It is one of my fondest childhood memories.
- I've climbed Mt. Katahdin (with my dearest friend, Jen)
- Even though I am uncomfortable/scared of heights.
- I use to think the Wicked Witch of the West was under my bed at night.
- I have each earlobe pierce 3 times, although I haven't worn earrings in the third holes in years.
- I had my belly button pierced when I was in Maine in 2005. I had to take it out when I got pregnant with Griffin.
- I won't be getting it pierced again, because after having hernia surgery last year, I no longer have a belly button.
- No, I won't show you.
- I love black licorice, black jelly beans, and Black Jack chewing gum.
- I use to play the trumpet.
- I do not like flying in an airplane. At all.
- I don't like to drive at night. Especially if it is raining.
- I do not like having to wear glasses.
- I have one sibling, an older brother.
- I love blue cheese.
- Especially on a salad.
- I'm a technology idiot.
- I've seen Rod Stewart in concert three times.
- I've lived in three countries.
- My favorite number is three.
- I love to cook.
- I love baking even more.
- I was 29 years old when I got married.
- The farthest distance I've ever run without stopping is 6.2 miles (10K). My dream is to complete a half-marathon (and maybe even a marathon, someday).
- I feel weird if I don't have my toenails painted.
- I have little patience for poor customer service.
- I have an extremely irrational fear of vomit. I recently learned that Matt Lauer has this same irrational fear, which makes me feel a little less like a freak, for some reason.
- I love sushi.
- I once (okay, more than once) kissed Humphrey Bogart's grandson.
- I do not like to "sleep in" in the morning. It makes me feel like I'm wasting my day.
- I've loved James Stewart for years and years. I could watch Rear Window or It's a Wonderful Life over and over.
- My favorite scene in It's a Wonderful Life is when George Bailey is sitting in Martini's bar, crying and praying to God to show him the way - - it chokes me up every time.
- I am a moody person, and I'm not proud of it.
- The sound of another person eating crunchy food (like cereal or potato chips) makes me cringe.
- I have had all of my wisdom teeth extracted.
- I once walked into Martha Stewart's yard while she was having a garden party.
- I love to watch any kind of "true crime" shows, like Cold Case Files, or Dateline.
- I love Barbie dolls. I have a small collection of them hidden in my office
- It makes me angry that women can treat each other so badly.
- If there is an open bag of chocolate chips in my house, I have a hard time not eating them.
- I love lotions, potions, perfume, makeup, frills, and all things girly.
- I don't like waiting for a table at a restaurant. I get testy.
- I often fantasize about being a famous singer, although I cannot carry a tune in a bucket.
- I have always been fascinated with eras-gone-by.
- If I could change one thing about myself, it would be to be more organized and not procrastinate.
- I've never been as fulfilled as I am now.