My *almost* two-year-old has such a hard life. I'm telling you, I almost get stressed out just thinking about it...
First of all, she has to lounge around in her jammies and eat Cheerios off the floor. Her mother is too lazy to pick them up, I think. The 10-second rule has turned into the 0ne-day rule at our house. "Mom, I'm bored...and it's too early for pictures. I don't even have my make-up on yet."
And here she is toiling away as she busily packs a lunch for her hungry family. Poor thing. I wonder if she ever gets a chance to just relax and have fun. And we can't forget about what a trial it is to suck that thumb all day long! "Mom, this is kinda embarrassing. Could you put the camera away already and just let me live my life?" After a long, hard, stressful day on the job, she finally gets to relax and catch some much-deserved zzz's. Make that 12-13 hours worth of zzz's. (I'm not kidding; this kid loves to sleep) Ah, to have such a life again.
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Have you ever had a day where you were so full of energy, you could practically burst? I had one of those days today. I couldn't even walk - I had to run wherever I went. It was a day filled to the brim with stuff, stuff, and more stuff.
Grocery shopping at three different stores (sidenote: my favorite little farm store where I get milk, Lapp Valley Farms, actually reduced their milk prices! Can you believe it?? We are a huge milk-drinking family, like 3 gallons a week, so this was exciting news to me. Sorry if you were completely bored by this sidenote. Moving along...), laundry, post-weekend unpacking, laundry, travel agency work (Mondays are always super-busy), preparing a huge advertising project for my wedding planning business, laundry, making dinner (does throwing a frozen pizza into the oven count?), and finally finishing the laundry!
Whew! Because of complications from the miscarriage I had 4 months ago, I've been really lacking in the energy department, so now I guess I'm getting refueled! And I'm loving it!!
Could there be anything more girl-like? Those of you who have little girls will probably agree that it is MUCH more fun to go shopping for them than for ourselves! There are just too many key-uuuute things out there!
Sometimes I wish they'd make adult versions of the little tyke's clothing...although I can guarantee that we just wouldn't look as cute, sad to say.
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So, I just had to share a little bit o' decorating for the week...I hung this little hook in the small wall (very small) in my kitchen. I found these vintage-looking keys at Kirkland Home for a couple bucks that I've hung on the hook.
We are going to the mountains with hub's family this weekend, and I'm busy preparing.
One of my favorite sources of inspiration is MAGAZINES! And, as you can see, I get inspired a lot. And I know I'm not alone in this. Is there anything better than getting a brand, spanking new magazine and tearing into it??
8pm is my favorite time of the day...baby's in bed, supper dishes have been put away (hopefully), the house is quiet, and I get to relax and start reading!
Lately I've been getting my magazine fix by going to the local Reuzit shop and buying old Real Simple, Country Living, Romantic Homes, etc. Even though they're old, they're still worth looking at again!
I can read a magazine over and over, and still find something new that I didn't notice before. If I'm in a waiting room, I'll even look at a hunting magazine or some such nonsense...I just can't resist any kind of magazine!
We've had this super-tall tree in our back yard that was dying and hubs has been wanting to get rid of it for a while. So, he decided that today was the day.
And, of course, he thought it was completely unnecessary to hire a professional to do the job. So, I watched, holding my breath and praying that he wouldn't fall. Or cut off his leg with the chain saw. Or something like that.
Can you spot him high in the tree? Now you can understand why I was a little bit concerned. No, he's not a professional lumberjack. Just a guy who grew up on a farm and thinks he can handle jobs like this. Almost done... And...he did it! With the help of his dad and a neighbor. I think he impressed himself. And maybe me a little bit too. (That house is not ours; it's our neighbor's) Now the backyard is completely covered in limbs and it will take quite a while to clean up. We are planning on covering most of the yard with top soil and re-seeding the grass, since it is very uneven and full of weeds.
One of the things about having an old house is that some of the rooms just don't get renovated until years down the road...and my closet-sized pantry was one of those rooms. Disgusting, old wallpaper, stained, flimsy shelving, just not very pleasant to use.
So this weekend hubs and I worked on the room. I had used it mostly to store empty jars and appliances that I don't use often.
Here it is in all it's glory (before):
Yeah, there's nothing attractive about stained 1950's wallpaper, folks.
And, here's the AFTER... Hubs installed these handy-dandy pullout drawers. It'll be a great space for keeping canned goods and large pots and pans. I find that when a space is unattractive or in need of an update, I have no motivation to keep it neat and organized (note the jars stacked on top of one another in the "before" pics)! Hopefully this freshly painted and CLEAN space will stay organized! (we're keeping our fingers crossed)
It was love at first sight when I saw this pumpkin carriage crib! I am SUCH a girl! Seriously.It's yours for $4,800 at Chasing Fireflies. (Thanks for the tip Christen!)
How cute is this apron??! It makes me want to go buy a sewing machine and take up sewing.
You can buy the pattern at this Etsy Shop. Unfortunately, if is sold out right now.
How many of you out there sew? I'm debating whether or not I want to buy a sewing machine. There are so many things I'd like to make like curtains, skirts, tablecloths, and, of course, aprons. I'm just not sure it'll be worth the investment. Any thoughts??