Does everyone have a place where clutter collects? At the old house the counter was only about 18" wide. At the new house it has doubled. Which means we have way more clutter. It's not always like this. Sometimes it's.....worse. It does get to Mickey and I so it only lasts for a few days before getting cleaned up. We can't seem to find a good solution to totally avoid this what with all the paperwork coming home from school, the mail and paper waiting to be read, and all the other non-important things that don't have a place to go landing there.
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Monday, May 30, 2011
The kids couldn't sit still while the parade was going. I can't blame them since people were throwing/handing candy, stickers, flags, and beads to them. At times there wasn't enough to go around so we'd see this.
There must have been something to the right that drew Kade's attention. They all walked away with a fair amount of candy so no one can complain.
After the parade we went to lunch with Mickey's family. Can you guess where we went? If you guessed McDonald's you're right. We almost never go to that place twice a month but to be subjected to it twice in one day....that's just asking too much.
Since it was so hot we decided to visit the pool. It was PACKED. We found some friends and enjoyed their company since we couldn't really enjoy the frigid temperature of the water. Somehow the kids didn't mind as much. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that they are always moving.
Sunday, May 29, 2011
We made it home with time to spare. Mickey came with us since he didn't have any meetings. That was a nice treat. We had leftovers from the party for a late lunch and I made everyone have quiet time. The boys both slept.
After quiet time the kids watched a movie and made s'mores. Watching marshmallows expand in the microwave is very entertaining. Or so it seems.
We ended our family time by playing two rounds of Apples to Apples Junior. This is a lot easier to play with the kids than the regular version.
Saturday, May 28, 2011
They all had a good time tromping through the woods, playing catch, making s'mores, and playing Farkle. Kade was the only one that actually slept well. But that happens when you wear yourself out wrestling in the mud with a friend. He was totally covered in dirt when he came home.
We had our family party for Mattey tonight. We had lots of food and family. It was fun even though it rained and we couldn't go outside.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
This is really out of the box for me but I'm loving it. Here's the pattern if anyone wants to make it. Now I have to piece the back and figure out how to quilt it.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
This evening I took Mattey to the middle school for her to try out some instruments before deciding which one she wants to learn. (She did not want to learn a string. So sad.) The trombone and baritone were very tempting. She could get a nice sound with the clarinet too but she settled on the flute. At least the flute will sound lovely with a violin and piano.
Monday, May 23, 2011
It was a joint effort. I bought a light kit. Mickey took down the (lightless) fan. I spray painted the ugly, dated brass. Mickey hung the fan and installed the light. We work well together.
Sunday, May 22, 2011
After a few more hours it no longer looks like a mess but a real nest where baby birds could live. (picture was taken in the morning, still messy looking)
Isn't she a little late in her nest building? It's close to June already. I hope she has babies and we get to see them. I'm sure we'll hear them once they hatch.
Saturday, May 21, 2011
I asked her what the best part about turning 10 is and her reply was "Now I get to start the double digits". I suppose when a lot of people you know have a two digit age and you don't it seems exciting.
We let her lounge around in her jams for a good part of the day. (One of her favorite things.) She and I went out shopping for a few things this afternoon. Then we all went to Hacienda for dinner. Now she's at her friend's house helping her celebrate her birthday. They were born on the same day. How fun is that?
Happy Birthday to you, Mattey!
Friday, May 20, 2011
They made bracelets, ate pizza, played tag and other games, ate cake, and went home. It was a whirlwind party but I think they had fun.
Kade got to hang out with the girls. (That was very nice of Mattey to let him participate. He really got into stringing beads.
I mentioned something about it to Mickey and he got a weird look on his face. Not that he's against Kade doing something that's considered girly but...I explained that if he looked at the bracelet he would see it was a pattern so therefore he was really doing math, which is something he really likes.
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Meg had a game at the same time. We missed most of it but she did pitch a no hit inning. She is also a great right fielder. She is fast, can throw the ball, and actually backs up plays to first (which is something her team is in dire need of).
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
For Activity Days Mattey learned to sew. She and all the other girls each made a skirt. There was a lot of hand holding and explaining but somehow I, the impatient teacher, helped Mattey make the skirt. There were times that she did the pedal and I did the "driving" and other times where we switched. At one point she was a little nervous about the needle going too fast so I cranked the wheel instead of using the pedal. Luckily that part was only a few inches long. Time will tell if she really wants to learn more about sewing. My older machine, that a friend was borrowing, came back home so Mattey could have a machine of her own to use.
Monday, May 16, 2011
During the visit we all ate a slice of cake. It was good. The conversation eventually turned to trees and the fact that Mickey's name was still in the beech tree in the woods. We piled the kids in the back of the pick up and went for a bumpy drive to find the tree.
In 1980 the letters and numbers were only a thin cut from a knife. In 31 years they have grown quite large.
Sunday, May 15, 2011
That more than made up for not having a great dinner.
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Walking in the front door you enter the foyer.
To the left is the living room. (still needs paint and...something)
To the right is the dining room.
Straight ahead from the front door is the kitchen/breakfast/family room.
Off the kitchen is a hall with a bathroom...
...the laundry room...
...and the studio. (still needs decor on the wall)
Upstairs we have all the bedrooms. The master.
And its bathroom. (I need a brave painter to reach the high ceiling and walls. It will be a lighter shade of the master.)
The kids' bathroom.
Mattey's room. (needs lots of help paint and cleaning wise)
Megan's room. (the next room to be painted, after she removes all her artwork)
I am happy with the progress we've made thus far. As you can see most of the walls are blank. I have a few ideas of what I want to try. I'm sure I'll post those as they happen. As for right now I'm loving the minimalist vibe we have going on. It's totally changing the way I look at things too. I was at Hobby Lobby with Mickey a while ago and I kept pointing out all the things I liked but then I'd say, "Oh, I don't have anywhere/any room to put that." Which is hilarious since the house does have plenty of room but we were crammed into the old house for too long that I don't want that to happen here. At least not for several years or decades.
I hope you have enjoyed the tour of our house.
Friday, May 13, 2011
I took pictures but they didn't turn out. We'll have to relive the moment and I'll try again.
Finally remembered to take a picture, 6/24/11.
Thursday, May 12, 2011
This game is fun and I've wasted a few hours playing it the past few days. Unfortunately I keep getting stuck. I wait for Mickey to come home and he whizzes right through with Kade chatting at him the entire time. Maybe I need to waste more time playing to get better. Nah...I think I'll just watch and learn and then give it a try myself.
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Of course Kade picked the one with a lance on it. Such a boy.
The kids got to ride it twice. Mickey said it was beautiful. Now I'm sad I didn't go. I love carrousels. Maybe we'll have to take a family field trip.
I can't give many details since I didn't go but my favorite part of the day was getting a text from Mickey telling me which kids he was grouped with and asking if he needed to know anything about them. He did just fine and made a new friend as well.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
This is one of the teams we'll be cheering for this season. Curtis Products. Never heard of them before but they have a website. So if you need some tubes bent give them a call. Kade's first game is Saturday. He's looking forward to it.