Thursday, December 24, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Halloween was great! Great weather, freinds and family and Super Heros everywhere!
You may recall that in May I ran my first 5K. Well I'm still running and in November my girls ran their first 5K. They ran the Girls on the Run 5K. If you are not familiar with the program, it is an awesome self-esteem building program for girls that using running. My girls are too young for the program but that didn't stop them! One of my proudest moments!
Then Thanksgiving rolled aroung and the hubby deep fried the turkey. As Rachel Ray would say, "YUMMO"!!
The sisters helped cook the feast and it was delicious! Lots of mom's recipes for the eating.
I think that's a good summary of where I have been. More posts to come!
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
The kitchen is in the home stretch and has been for 6 months! The finishing touches take longer than anything. I needed curtains and knew I wanted toile. I LOVE TOILE! Easy right? NOT! I could only find toile with a base color of white and that meant too much white in my kitchen with new white cabinets. Then one day while surfing blogland, I found a post about the most lovely bedding (yes, bedding) with a blue back ground and toile scene. So off to Target and got the last one on clearance for $60. SCORE!
Problem....I don't sew.....at all! So I planned to a Nester mistreatment. Then stepped in my most lovely and talented neighbor that offered to help me do it properly. Jenny is the best! She first sent me to task ripping the whole thing apart. Here's the mess I was left with.
Don't you just love the fabric?!
So one afternoon we went to work. When I say we, I mean Jenny and I was her best cheerleader!
Then the sewing began. She swears it's easy but I'm not so sure...
What was suppose to take an afternoon took D.A.Y.S! Jenny did a great job and I really appreciate the time she put into it.
Here are the results and I love it!!!!!!
Check out the detail. Jenny took the time to use the cording I had cut off and made it look so professional.
Remember...this started out as bedding so there was only so much material to work with and no way of getting additional. So the middle treatment is yellow while the 2 sides are blue. I think it looks so great. Amazing what can be done when you are forced to use what you have.
Here are the panels by the bay window. I can't get them both in one picture so you don't get the full effect but it's fabulous!
She made bans for all the treatments and payed attention to the image that would be visible.
Check this out! She perfectly matched up the patterns where the yellow and blue materials meet. So awesome!
Thanks to Jenny for a job better than I could have imagined! She really took a lot of time and did a great job. No! You can't have her as your neighbor...I have trouble sharing!
Friday, August 7, 2009
Monday, August 3, 2009
We arrived and checked into the hotel and went directly to the boat ramp. What else would we do? There were already about 50 boats stationed around the ramp waiting for the next day.
Here is the view of KC from the boat ramp.
There she is...the Clark W. Griswold. Yep! That is the name of Mel's boat. Named for the lovable character from the movie National Lampoon Vacation. You gotta love it! Paying homage to the man that was always optimistic and confident despite the numerous blunders that occurred on his adventures. Let's hope Mel's adventures are filled with far less disasters! Oh! The paddle...it's named cousin Eddie!
The boat came off the truck and we began to ready it for the tomorrow. There really wasn't a lot to do yet but it felt good to be there and working toward her goal. Our cousin, Joe, came down to help and provide moral support! Thanks, Joe! We love you!
Here are the things that surprised the non-kayaking river support person...the people! Young, old, athletes and overweight, moms (that really looked like soccer moms) and hippies. What an eclectic group of people! And everyone was so kind and friendly, sharing tips and advice, battle stories and well-wishes.
So there they sit like soldiers waiting for battle. Remember, this is a race against the other competitors and a challenge for the mind and body.
Now we wait. Mel has checked in, attended the mandatory safety meeting and we will brief one last time before bed (and again in the morning)!
Remember her in your prayers for the next few days and I will try to update often.
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Here is the overhead view of the property. You can see the lovely circular design of the cemetery. My house backs right up to all that geometric splendor. It almost looks like a crop circle.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
Here it is now...
Ahh! It's so much better! The mirror and thingies on the sides are from Hobby Lobby...on sale of course. The lamps are the hunter green Goodwill lamps that I painted. The shades are also a Goodwill find for $4! These shades replaced the orginial ones I had bought and left the plastic on just in case.
A little collection of Goodwill finds that just needed a white coat of paint and all is well.
Monday, July 6, 2009
So here's a little project that I did that took 5 minutes! Lots of folks are incorporating moss topiaries or moss balls into their decor. I am still trying to accessorize the foyer table that I painted. I had put the items together quickly (with the help of my neighbor) and now I am trying to fine tune it!
For the project, you just need a styrofoam ball (green is best) and a bag of moss. I chose to hot glue it on but you could also use spray on adhesive.
It is a messy project, so be sure to put newspaper or something down on your work area.
Here is the final result....
I put it on a container I bought at the Salvation Army Thrift Store for a few dollars. It is a beautiful piece with birds and vines! PERFECT! Just don't get too close....there are a few bald spots! Maybe a little lopsided too! Typically me!
Now all the table needs a different lamp and artwork. Back to the thrift stores!
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Thursday, July 2, 2009
So we have gone from the above picture to this...
in just 3 short years. I can't begin to imagine what the future holds for this momma and her baby.
Happy Birthday, Little Man! Thanks for letting me rock you to sleep tonight! I love you!
Friday, June 26, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
Crazy because I have been busy with kids since school is out. I thought I'd share some photos and show what we have been up to. It is predominately the girls because they finished kindergarten (sigh) and had a fabulous dance recital!
L reading at church at the Kindergarten mass.
O's turn to read. They both did a great job!
Then it was recital time! Don't you just love the buns! They are the "official" Disney princess buns. They Fairy Godmother in training at the Bibbity Bobbity Boutique taught me how to do it this year.
We were so proud! The girls were placed front and center...that means they are the best right?! Anyway....they did a great a fantastic job!
Remember when I talked about the crazy excess for the girls' birthday? Yep...in January. We finally donated all the extra new toys to Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital. It is hard to express the pride we all felt in doing something for these sick kids.
Now these are genuine smiles!
Then it was time to party at the school picnic!
Summer is here!