Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Monday, October 10, 2011
Jake is our little daredevil and Anderson plays it safe. It seems I have inadvertently put their teacher on tilt. On the first day of class, they announced that all parents had to watch from the bleachers on the second level. Ummm....come again?!?!? The boys are total non swimmers, and even worse Jake thinks he is a swimmer. I needed to be close to them, I needed to know I was within arms reach of them if the teacher was distracted and didn't notice you know what ( I hate to even verbalize it). Keep in mind that the class has about a 6 to 1 ratio.
I took both boys by the hand and walked up to their instructor to introduce her to her "Totally non swimmers, as in can't float above water, only 4 years old, first swim lesson, and this one right here thinks he can swim and tries to swim whenever he can." I don't know, guess I must have come off a bit strong because this instructor is constantly glancing up in the bleachers at me during every class. She never lets either one out of her sight and if Jake makes an attempt to swim independently she quickly puts him back on the wall and looks to see if I'm watching.
I feel bad that she thinks I'm a total helicopter mom, cause really I'm not. I guess when it comes to their swim class, I am but we've all heard the horror stories of kids drowning in a pool full of adults. When it comes to protecting our kids, instincts just take over and damnit I just don't care what this chick thinks of me as long as she keeps my boys safe.
Jake bowled with the potty shot method
Saturday, October 08, 2011
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
It's fall and it's my favorite time of the year. Today,I'm linking up to Layla's Fall Mantel party happening over at The Lettered Cottage. My mantel is definitely leaning to the Halloween side and that is for the little guys. A and J love them some Halloween almost as much as I do. We have a tradition that we started when they were babies. Right before they go to bed we bring up bins from the basement. While they are sleeping I decorate and in the morning they "discover" all the Halloween decorations around the house. They love it!
Showing up on the mantel is my beloved mercury glass. The candle stick is from PB and the pumpkin is from Home Goods. Looks just like the ones in the PB catalog but only cost me 12 dollars.
Thursday, September 08, 2011
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Jake's Star Wars Mural
Some Star Wars subway art I found online for free. I just printed it up at Costco. It has the names of all the characters.
Sunday, July 10, 2011
View from in the kitchen
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
The boys had their first Karate lesson last week. They are in a trial period right now to see if they have the interest level and maturity to join the little dragons class. They both absolutely love it and oh my goodness do they look adorable in those little outfits! I was proud of how well they did in class. Not only did they follow the directions and do what was asked of them, but they were just exuding pure joy and excitement. We go back tomorrow for our second class and I'm hopeful they will do just as well. Both of them have been practicing counting in Japanese and can't wait to show their teacher what they've learned.
Sunday, May 01, 2011
The fun part was I didn't want to spend any money on reinventing the room. We had a pair of old leather couches that weren't being used so I put them up on Craigslist for 400 dollars. I sold them in just a week for $375. I now had my budget for my mom cave.
This desk is about 8 years old that we purchased from Cost Plus World Market. The original chair broke so this teeny tiny red Ikea chair was its replacement. The shelf on the right was bought at Target years ago. I decided a new desk would eat up too much of my 375 dollar budget, so I would attempt my first furniture painting by re doing the desk.
The rug came first. I searched high and low in stores and on line for a rug that would compliment the sage couches and it appeared to be a lost cause. I had resigned myself to a solid cream rug on Overstock but thought I'd give Pier One one more try. Buried deep behind several other rugs I saw something creamy sticking out. The rug had been repackaged and the picture on the package looked promising. The only problem was that it was 300 dollars. I had a 20 percent off coupon so I figured I'd at least bring it home to try it out. I was pleasantly surprised when the sales associate told me my total was 50 dollars and some change. What?!?!? I was no longer bringing it home to try it out....I was going to make this work. Now I had my color pallette to work with and the rest just fell into place.
Love this beautiful bird pillow from Pier One. I found the chair at K-mart of all places. The nailhead trim and distressing on it are quite nice. The chair cost twice as much as the rug.
I primed, painted, sealed and distressed the desk. It didn't go quite as I planned but it turned out nice nonetheless. Not bad for a first time experience. Now I know a bit more for the next project