Wednesday, June 30, 2010
About a month ago, I took some photographs of a little girl and my goal was to translate some of those feelings onto her pictures while still capturing her personality, of course.
She was a fun little one to follow around. I am always amazed to see our surroundings from a child's perspective and finding out what grabs their attention.
Here are a few images from the day that make me smile.
Monday, June 28, 2010
I mean, the dancing was pretty good, certainly not Michael but not bad. In his defense, no one can dance like the King of Pop.
The crying though? Really Chris, really?
I know, forgive and forget, but do you think he was really overcome by the words to "Man In The Mirror" or do you think he used it as an opportunity to revive the career? Do you think he is remorseful because he truly gets that what he did was evil? Or do you think he is more remorseful since his wallet was effected?
Terrible cynicism I know...but who doesn't have questions?
I guess I should just believe he's changed and can help stop the cycle of abuse.
Yeah, that's better than being a cynic.
See HERE for the video of Chris Brown's performance.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Is it just me or do you find yourself in wierd situations like these??
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
It was a daily ritual to peer through the deck and make sure they were still there.
On the second to last day that I checked, one bird remained. Sitting in her nest in stoic silence, she looked fluffy and mature. The next morning she was gone.
When the nest was so carefully constructed, there was no dog living with us. I'm sure the mama bird was cussing me out in her language the day we brought C dog home.
It was a great day for the kids. It was probably the worst day for her.
I protected them everyday and finally, I was relieved to see that they were all gone.
And then it dawned on me that the last bird may have come back and wasn't fast enough to take off if she felt threatened.
And just as quickly, all of the birds flew and retreated in silence.
I felt bad about it all day.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
I also found that more of the old cabinets were gone and in their place were nice, new cabinets. Jon enlisted the help of our friend, Chris, and they tried to get this done before I got home. Even though it wasn't, I was so happy to see that a lot had been done.
Jon also installed the apron front sink that I have been dreaming of for 15 years. I literally hugged it when it went into place. The butcher block counter tops were also installed. Jon felt bad that he didn't let me say good-bye to the old, chipped Formica counters...
We have a few more cabinets to hang and I have to go to Baltimore for the tile back splash. Someday soon I'll be able to take off the blue protective film on the dishwasher. Progress...
Taking a much needed break from the mess in the kitchen, we hopped into the car and headed to an amusement park about an hour and a half away. It was a great evening and we ended it by going on the Skloosh water ride; sufficiently drenching ourselves for the ride home.
All of them...
Reese and Blair in the last car. Watching their faces cracked us up.
Sunday, June 20, 2010
I was one of three adult leaders over the YCL's (Youth camp leaders) and we enjoyed a week of activities. Because the YCL's were busy helping the other year levels (1st through 4Th year camp attendees) there was some down time for me.
I was able to canoe with my daughter on a beautiful lake and hike up to a zip line which took me sailing over a wooded valley. I was able to shoot BB guns at targets and take aim with a bow and arrow. I listened to funny songs, played games and was able to sit around campfires and talk with girls who told me their life stories. One girl was a little scared one night and asked if she could sleep in my tent. We stayed up until 3 am and talked while she shined her flashlight at bugs.
I was also able to enjoy the splendor of nature and study its details while being shaded under lovely canopies of trees.
That's what camping does for me.
Monday, June 14, 2010
School is officially over for the summer and we're jumping right into activities.
I'll be out of the house this week and into the great wild! Which could also mean that I am still in the house...
But really, I'll be getting back to nature overseeing a campsite full of giggling 16 year-olds.
I will also get to see and work with my own daughters who are giggling 13 and 15 year-olds.
Oh what a time we'll have!
It's only 5 days but I will miss my little ones at home...potty training of the 2 year-old should be complete by the time I return. Jon will be 5 for 5 on that. I helped with #4...
Have a great week!
Saturday, June 12, 2010
How about a little look?
This is the inspiration photo for the mid-century modern piece that I was looking for to go in the boys' bedroom. Although I wanted a 6 drawer, I found a nine-drawer with similar lines for $20.00 on Craigslist. Sold.
from Google Images
So after applying a heavy duty primer,
the dresser was beginning to take shape. The problem was that I liked the wood grain in-between the drawers. The inspiration photo shows they are white. What to do, what to do...
I think I'm going to live with it this way for a while. I can always get back to it. "When in doubt do nothing" my mom would say about things of this nature.
Upon moving in, we found the walls painted with a color called "Petal."
I know that because I found oodles of it in a closet. I don't recommend it. Too green with a yellow cast in a house without a lot of natural light. It came off dingy. The flat paint wasn't helping either.
Sadly, it stayed this way for too long.
Reese wanted a blue room with polka dots - A bright blue room. I'm a believer in letting them have a creative space but that blue was "too creative." I got it anyway thinking I'd work it in somehow. I called it "Painter's tape" blue. And I was hoping to change his mind about the polka dots. I told him to trust me.
He did get some of his bright blue and the polka dots were forgotten when he saw stripes. I strategically placed the blue stripe nearer to the bottom of the wall. It took me painting 2 shades of orange paint before I got it right on the 3rd.
The lamp was a Target donation to Goodwill. $3.99 are you outta your mind?..not me. I scooped up that bad boy knowing it would go right in this room.
The shade was $5.00 on clearance at Wal-mart.
The $2.00 flea market persimmons box is waiting to become a bookshelf mounted to the wall and the pennants will soon be hung.
Between naps on the porch
Dilly dally and flitter
The Thrifty Home
Just A girl
The Girl Creative
Thursday, June 10, 2010
But as parents, we either give in to their demands or stay in charge and wait out their tantrums. I go with the latter. Right now my two year-old is screaming because I won't let him hit the printer with his shoe. Oh well. He'll figure out quickly enough that no one is paying attention and stop.
I have never been a "talker" to my kids. I figure if I start trying to tell them a what-it-is-they-are-doing-wrong-and-why-it-is-lecture, all they hear is "wa wa waa wa waaaa.."
I'm more of the "you're done-time-out-see-you-in-a-few" type. If I were as good as my mom, just a "look" would send my kids straight to their rooms and I wouldn't have to say a word.
So when I saw this video of the two-year old Indonesian smoker, I didn't know who I felt more sorry for. The overweight and 2 pack a day 2 year-old? Or the uneducated, poor, 3rd world country mother of his who says that if she doesn't give in to him, he'll throw tantrums, become cranky, hit his head on the wall and suffer from headaches. Heck, why not just pour him a glass of wine too?
I certainly would rather him be cranky than live a life with emphysema and lung cancer by age 10. But then again I live in a country whose standards are better and whose government's solution to this problem wouldn't be to offer me a car to get my kid to quit smoking. Where would they go anyway??
In any case, I vote for the "You're done-time-out-see-you-in-a-few" option for both child and parent and maybe government too.
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Now I get to pass this on to a few fellow bloggers and then tell you 10 things you didn't know about me. I wish I could send this out to everyone. I'm sure it'll make it's way around. In no particular order, let me start off with Alysa, my friend for 19 years now. She was the one who told me to start a blog and I'm so glad I did. Her personal blog is private, so trust me when I tell you that she may just be the best person I have ever met. Her only flaw is that she doesn't have any.
And finally Peggy at A Primitive Plot always makes me smile at how she says hers "is a place for ordinary people." The world needs more Peggys.
Thanks Lourie, it was fun!
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
It's been a little over 11 years now since your mortal journey ended and today would have been your 73rd birthday . I think about you still. I wonder how you are, what you're learning; if you've run into anyone interesting.
A lot has happened since you've been gone. More grandchildren were born, more job moves, more life lived.
When I was going through mom's things, I found a box of your old paycheck stubs, canceled checks, budget notes, land titles and receipts from long ago. Before I was born even.
It made me weep.
I was humbled by the historical, written evidence of 40 years of work - of a dedication to a family.
Did I ever tell you then how thankful I was that you worked so hard?
Sometimes I worry that I'm forgetting details about you or that I'll forget your eyes and their surrounding lines, telling of a life of laughter. And then I'll look in the mirror and see them - one of my favorite things about you which is my favorite thing about me.
Monday, June 7, 2010
Friday, June 4, 2010
Jon didn't have to work yesterday so we enjoyed spending the day together.
We are always thinking of ways in which we could run a business together. We did once and it was fun but we still had the main jobs.
In a perfect world we would run a company that would allow us to work from home. Well, actually, in a perfect world we would be independently wealthy, travel the globe and fill our days with adventures and philanthropic efforts while writing books.
In any case I would never tire of him.
Me: "Man, I need to get a haircut."
Jon "Did I tell you about when I got my hair cut yesterday?"
Jon: "Well, my barber, the female one, likes to talk. A lot."
Me: "Oh? Eva Scrivo says hair stylists shouldn't talk while they're working. They should be concentrating."
Jon: "Yeah, I guess when she had her last baby, her placenta was falling into her uterus or her uterus was falling into her placenta. Whatever. Something like that."
Me: "She told you that?? She doesn't know you at all."
(Jon = queasy stomach when talking about things like this.)
Jon: "Yeah. Not at all. I think I threw up a little in my mouth."
Me: "Maybe she's lonely and needs to chat."
Jon: "No, she's not lonely. She has a boyfriend. A new one. Did you ever see the guy in the booth next to her? Have you ever been in there with me?"
Jon: "Well, he left and so did the big screen t.v."
Me: "Where did he go?"
Jon: "I don't know but the big screen is gone. They had three kids together."
Me: "The big screen? What??"
Jon: "No, the barbers. Now she has a new boyfriend and had pictures of them all over the place."
Me: "And tell me why you go to the barber still?"
Jon: "I don't know. Can we just get some clippers and you can do my hair?"
Jon: "You won't tell me about your placenta, will you?"
Me: "No. I don't know anything about a placenta."
Jon: "You wouldn't tell me if you did, would you?"
Jon: " Then you're the barber for me, lady!"
Me: " I think you just gave me my next blog post."
Linking to Never growing old
Thursday, June 3, 2010
First up: Fish tacos. Easy and delish.
I don't go by a traditional recipe but this is what I do.
1/2 cup mayo ( I use the olive oil mayo)
1/2 light sour cream
chopped fresh cilantro to taste. We love cilantro so the more the better.
You can also add spices to the sauce. I don't because I add those to the fish.
Place the fish (I used Cod but any firm fish will do) with a little olive oil in a fry pan, add spices like cumin, chili powder and any zesty seasonings you wish. Cook on med-high heat until fish flakes easily - about 5 minutes or so.
Rinse the corn tortillas and heat them in the microwave for a few seconds until pliable and soft. I usually heat them on a paper towel to soak up any moisture.
After heating the tortillas, fill them with fish and top with the sauce, shredded cabbage, fresh cilantro, tomatoes and avocado slices. Add a squeeze of lemon and you are good to go.
**For a fun look I also use red cabbage and for extra flavor, try it with a mango salsa, another favorite and add a splash of cider vinegar to the cabbage. If you're feeling extra over-achiever-ish, you can make your own corn tortillas which are not difficult - but for me, that's for another day.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Come along as I share some finds from the day...
This bird planter and owl were cents a piece. Both had finishes that I didn't like and were a little rough. The bird looks like she's gossiping to the owl. He looks less than enthused. "Did you see that Cardinal over there? He thinks he's all that with those red feathers..."