Friday, January 29, 2010
Why there are not one, not two but three bottles of soap is a mystery to me. Most likely someone got lazy about running one of them upstairs when assigned the task of refilling the soap.
I guess we're all about choices in this house.
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Last night I stopped in at Target. On my list was a pair of jeans for myself (I don't usually buy jeans from Target, but I was desperate and it was the only place open.), a swimsuit for myself (yuck. When else do you spend $40 on something that doesn't totally flatter you to the fullest? Again, I need something before this weekend and Target was my only option at this time of night.), and one more thing.
That was it. My list was 3 items long.
After I tried on every pair of jeans in the store and every swimsuit that was even remotely padded and covered all the vital areas, I wandered off to find the last thing on my list.
On my way, I found a new black hat for me (replacing the one I lost last week, definitely a necessity), a pair of gloves for Hubby (actually, make that two pairs to replace the stinky ones he wears now) and this baby... Yes, it had an orange sticker.
Yes, it was on clearance. The 75% off clearance for that matter. (a whopping $24.95.)
How could I pass it up? Yes, I did do a bit of hemming and hawing because that's what I do. Iit's almost exactly what I'm looking for so the chances of me finding something similar again are slim to none. Especially at that price. Into my cart it went.
As of this moment, I have no buyer's remorse. It's a keeper. It'll look smashing on the wall above my piano.
The gift card to Real Deals that I was saving for a clock will now be able to be used for something else. Anyone game for a trip Up Valley with me?
(For the record, I did buy a pair of jeans and a tankini top last night. Not sure if I'll keep the swimsuit yet. The jeans are a definite maybe. I'll have to try them on again. How could you not love Target when you're in a pinch?! I walked out with a bill about what the full price of the clock would have been. Love it!)
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
- The snow gently falling to the ground.
- The smell of lemon bars baking in the oven.
- The washer humming.
- The dishwasher purring.
- The dreams tumbling thru the heads of the toddlers.
- The peacefulness of the afternoon.
- The anticipation of escaping for the weekend with Hubby and a group of other couples.
- The sewing mess on the kitchen table.
- The stack of packages waiting to be mailed.
- The simplicity of the needs of my children.
- The sparkling clean, freshly organized freezer.
- The music playing softly in the background.
- The joy of life.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
My kids were awesome and when Baby Doll made her way my direction, one of the Bigs snagged her before she got to me. I didn't even have to ask, growl or scowl. Now that is a rarity.
I got three blankets done before it was time to clean up. Any little bit counts! I'll take what I can get.
Friday, January 22, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
I went over to my friend's house today to borrow her baby for a bit. I brought along 6 blankets. I had hoped for more but I ran out of thread yesterday just as I started sewing. We got baby all set up, I turned on my camera and it told me "no memory card." Oh dear. Luckily she had an extra so I popped hers in. Whew!
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Her drawings are simply adorable!! From cupcakes
I'll go gather the info I need for Tuesday Treasures.
Saturday, January 16, 2010
I dropped our oldest off at the ski hill today along with some friends and two chaperones. It's her first time on skis. Yikes! All the 4th graders in Colorado get a free ski pass so this is her year to shine! I ended up putting her into two hours of lessons this morning so she could learn a bit before she hits the slopes on her own. She was pretty excited and only a bit nervous (or so she said). I'm sure she'll be exhausted when she gets home. We'll try to get her out a few more times, at least, this year. What do you know though, I forgot to bring my camera. Another "first" missed. Bad Mom!
Remind me again why I let an 8 year old bake? She loves it and does a good job but, oh the mess!
- half bag of flour spilled down the heating vent,
- cinnamon and sugar covering her from head to toe,
- Baby Doll crawling thru it all,
- she mixed the batter on the stove which has a lip all the way around the edge to it's not very easy to clean up...
I knew it would be like this and I thought I would be fine with it, but now that's it's done, I feel like singing a different tune! I appreciate the effort and will continue to let her bake but I get weary of the mess, especially after a full day of cleaning yesterday.
On the bright side, I've reclaimed our basement. I can hear the basketball being dribbled, the hockey puck being shot, the cheerful voices of the kids playing "rough" to their heart's content. Our basement had become a "holding tank" for all things craft sale related, empty boxes, totes brought in from the garage, luggage, everything that didn't have a place elsewhere. What a disaster! I didn't let the kids play down there because it was so disorganized. It was one of my goals for January and lo and behold, I accomplished it! It was a project and a half, but it's done and it feels awesome! Now where are those Rollerblades?
Maybe I'll read a book for the rest of the day! ;) Dream on, right?!!?
Thursday, January 14, 2010
It was hard to tell from the pictures just how dark the colors are.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
A little bit of this, a little bit of that.
- A bit of sewing. (okay, a lotta bit of sewing. I was working on some patchwork blankets and was having too much fun.)
- Some cleaning. (well, straightening.)
- Baked a batch of cookies. (which are rapidly disappearing down my hatch. no one else is awake to help me eat them straight out of the oven. hate when that happens!)
- Did a bit of laundry. (a teeny tiny bit, one load was minky which is a necessity.)
- Read my book for a bit on the front stoop. (gotta get that Vitamin D in while the sun is shining.)
- Snuggled the baby. (another necessity.)
- Played with the toddlers. (ditto.)
Now for the evening scene with the Bigs and Hubby.
Life is good.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
The Nesting Spot.
Taking an ordinary glove or sock, she turns them into extraordinary animals, such as cats
Monday, January 11, 2010
Thankfully it was a beautiful day out. We packed up and headed to the hills to do some sledding with friends.
The menfolk busied themselves building a bonfire so we could roast hot dogs, while the rest of us hit the sledding hill.
Friday, January 8, 2010
I called up my friend and asked if I could "borrow" her little cherub. She was a gem to work with. Young enough to cooperate fairly well, yet old enough to let us know when she had had it.
But, there's more to her than just her toes. You gotta love those baby fingers.
Thursday, January 7, 2010
the laundry instructions on the other. I love how they turned out! It was a bit of a learning curve figuring out how to get them "just so" in the seam.
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
I was surprised at how quickly I got it all done and was home by 1:30. Sweet! A bonus afternoon!!
I got the kids down for their naps and looked around at my house, trying to decide what to work on.
- Cleaning? (insert nose wrinkle here)
- Laundry? (double nose wrinkle)
- Light switch covers? Hmm...possibly
- Sewing? Naw. Not enough time for how much work it is to haul it all downstairs.
I looked outside at the clear blue sky and the sun streaming down and knew exactly what I was going to do. (Blogger is insisting this sentence be underlined and highlighted and I'm not sure why.)
I threw on a pair of light mittens and my vest, grabbed a cup of wild berry tea and my book. I sat out on the front stoop and caught some Vitamin D. I meant to only sit out there for a half hour but an hour went by before I knew it!(I'm still undecided if this book I'm reading is good or not. It was recommended to me by the librarian. So far it's good enough to keep my interest, sort of, but not so good that I can't put it down.)
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Her products are broken down into four different collections; Cypress, Spruce, Driftwood and Bonsai.
Monday, January 4, 2010
The fun and games become slightly more difficult with a baby crawling on the floor, wanting to get in on the action.