Friday, May 23, 2014

This Moment

I've been inspired by Soulemama to take a moment...

{This moment}

"A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words, capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor, and remember." If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.


Friday, May 16, 2014

This Week

Orange frosted cake with matching orange pop soaked tablecloth!
I finally sat down to get some of these pictures together, saw the date I last posted and was thinking, "Good grief, how fast a week goes!", when I saw my sister had posted. Talk about time flying - it has been a year since my niece had her bone marrow transplant!! I can hardly believe it!! She is doing so well, and of course I have no pictures of her to share. Good grief. Anyway, I never posted Owen's cake, and really took no pictures of his birthday ( I never posted Emma's either, I may still do that eventually. Probably her next birthday, when I say, I can't believe it's been a year and I never posted her last birthday, right?)  For three years running, Owen has wanted a version of this cake - very specifically, orange frosting, plastic dinosaurs, candles (not so specific), and I'll add my own something - this year the candy letters, last year a bit of a mini bunting, I think the year before that was just some crazy candles. So funny, but really, such a nice break!

Monday, which was supposed to be our family work day (big projects/outdoor projects, extra big cleaning), but it was my mother in law's birthday (Mother's Day was the day before, and I don't even have any pictures of my presents yet, guess that will be later). I made lemon bars for her (her favorite, though she is diabetic, so I sent only a few - I told her I do love her and do not want to send her into a diabetic coma! Although meaning it tongue in cheek, I did lose a  friend last year to that very same, icky thing.) David packed the kids up and took them for a visit, while I stayed home to get a bit of my own work done. I tried taking a break on the porch, but the man who built this house way back in 1915, built the front facing west - nice in for watching the sunset, but it's usually just too bright midday! Still, I came out, found myself in the company of Emma's dolls and drank a cold coffee. Most of the kitties came up for a bit of company, too. I had to laugh at Luna, what is it about cardboard on the floor or ground that compels them to lay on it? The kids had a lovely time at their Nana's house - especially when remembering that she still had their Christmas presents! Yep, Christmas, hahaha. We had all gotten so sick in December, then continued getting sick for so many months, then Nana had gotten sicker than we realized. She was house-ridden for two months before we found out. She and we all are bad about getting together very regularly, and we need to do better!

Tuesday was Family Day again, and we started with getting lunch at Fred Meyer. David called in an ordered a big sub sandwich. When we got there, not only was there no sandwich, there was no bread baked! The first picture in the van is of the kids getting popsicles and our poor dog getting some water - it was such a nice, hot day, but not for sitting in the van!!  We ending up getting the sandwich for free after waiting for bread to bake, then we went to Ft Stevens ( though I would have preferred paying and getting it on time!). Ft Stevens was a military installation which protected the mouth of the Columbia from the Civil War through World War II and now is a 4200 acre park - the beach we went to earlier is actually a part of the fort. The walk through here is beautiful, there are lovely shady spots to stop and rest - we keep meaning to bring a lunch and eat it further in, but just keep forgetting! The third picture down, first row, shows the Columbia River and Washington on the other side, where Ft Columbia is. There will be many pictures of this place on here, as we go there pretty often.

The moon this week was just beautiful, too, though I have not figured out how to take a good picture of it on my camera. Also the poor thing's  memory is full, and I must locate my thumb drive so I can empty it! We're supposed to be having some rain this weekend and are looking forward to a crafty couple days. Alan is also sick, so I'm guessing we may miss church this week, too. I do hope it leaves everyone else untouched! I'm also still working on kitchen projects, so will hopefully have some fun things to share next week!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Family Day

So glad restaurants finally put lids on cups for kids!

Waiting sooo patiently for b'sghetti.

Amelia trying HARD not to smile for dad! Stinker.

Yanked that hamburger right out of his hands!

Tuesdays are our Family Days. It's really easy to let them blend in with every other day, in the name of Getting Things Done, but every so often we reign ourselves back in and focus on having fun and relaxing together. Granted, it can be a bit tricky simple because of the amount of rain we have in  the Pacific Northwest, but that just means we have to be more creative. This Tuesday we took the kids out to a local restaurant, Pig n' Pancake. This place has been here, I'm pretty sure, forever. It doesn't boast the best, or latest and greatest, but I do like their pancakes far better than those of a certain pancake chain. David and I "regularly" (as in the once or twice a year that we go) get what's called a chicken fried skillet, which is a chicken fried steak on hash browns and scrambled egg,  with country gravy and toast. I used to think that sounded so gross, until I tried it - so good! The restaurant sports an 80's vibe with mauve dishes and funky walls - maybe they can call it "vintage" now.  They could use an update, but it probably won't get one any time soon. I think we watch too many Restaurant Impossible type shows, haha! They have steady quality, and a steady patronage, so I'm pretty sure the owner is cool with things as they are. Amelia devoured her pancakes, eggs, nibbled her bacon (much to Aidan's joy - he got to finish it), and moved on to Alan's hamburger! Owen had wanted noodles from the time he came downstairs in the morning, and was so thrilled to get spaghetti, he had enough to take home and finish the next day - more happiness for him! It was a lot of fun, we hadn't eaten in a restaurant for quite a while, just had Chinese take out (at home) and occasional fast food (at home). Mostly we cook at home, but it's a lot of fun to take every one out - the employees are usually nervous to see so many kids, but it doesn't take them long to realize how well-behaved our kids are.  Afterward, Alan spent the allowance he's been saving on a skateboard. Not sure where he's going to practice, but we'll figure something out. Then we just went home and watched a movie and had a supper of... chips and dip. Everyone was still full from lunch!
This morning Emma finally, after eating many, many, apples, lost a tooth that has been loosening ever so slowly. She was beginning to despair of it ever coming out, but didn't want any of us pulling on it, silly girl. Well, off to get some much needed cleaning done, so I can finish and post more projects while I'm on a roll!!          

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Catching Up

RAWR - I'm a velociraptor!

So goofy!

Sweet sibling time
 In typical PAC NW style, we had a few gorgeous days, followed by windy, stormy days, followed by today - slightly windy, but so sunny and beautiful. The above pictures were taken the day after our trip to the beach. It was so nice for the kids to have an extra day of sun and water play - it was supposed to be raining already! By late afternoon, I found these two having the sweetest conversation, though now I can't even remember what it was about! I was so much more focused on the sweetness of the moment.

Saturday morning was cooling down quickly, and I "had" to make cinnamon rolls, mmmmm. I make 90 minute cinnamon rolls, they are so good, and really take only 90 minutes to make! 

By Sunday, we had pretty strong wind and rain. That cloud in the above picture? Not a true cloud, but a cloud of rain being blown around. It's difficult to show the wind in a picture, but I think you can see it pretty well in the picture below. The branches are generally more upright. I do love rainy, windy weather, it forces us inside and automatically provides a cozy atmosphere, demanding hot coffee, yummy food, and crafts, which was perfect for Sunday. We have school on Sundays, after church, as we take weekends on Dad's days off - so right now our weekends are Monday and Tuesday. Still, it's Sunday, and who really wants to do schoolwork on Sundays? Not us, we like continuing the mood leftover from Sunday morning - good preaching from our wonderful Pastor, with some sweet fellowship time after, followed by something the kids may like especially for lunch, then for school, we read, do crafts, and write stories. It makes for a very pleasant day, especially when the older boys find something crafty to do.

This was a quick craft - I have an aunt who is having heart problems and has been repeatedly in the hospital. I'm terrible about sending cards, but had the kids make her some, and I even got this stitched up for her. I need to finish and mail it later.

Aidan got out the perler beads, and made this Boba Fett for dad - it even was "May the 4th", a Star Wars Geek holiday - as in, "May the 4th Be With You", and yes, it's a real thing! David loved it, and is going to hang it from his rear view mirror.

Alan helped me on a project for Amelia, based off this button snake I saw on Pinterest. It was such a fun idea for developing motor skills, and Amelia loves threading beads already. I thought a book with a pocket would be cute and provide a place to store the pieces. I liked the idea of circles (which is where Alan came in, and he had to figure out the best way -for him- to cut circles) which brought to mind a caterpillar, which brought to mind grass and then flowers. The flowers are a little trickier for Amelia to put on, since they're not loose on a ribbon. I was hoping this wasn't one of those ideas that was cute, then be done once and set aside and it isn't! She's put it together and taken it apart several times.

pacman rock

Yesterday, David and I had secured grandma and grandpa (my parents) for babysitting the three younger kids, so we could get some grocery shopping done after an appointment with the chiropractor. Well, somewhere the lines of  communication crossed, and David thought we were going out of town for the day, to Longview, about an hour away. A day alone together sounded pretty good, so after checking with grandma and grandpa, we got some coffee and set off. There was little traffic and the weather was beautiful again, making for a pleasant drive. First, we stopped in a Goodwill (of course), and found some good stuff. For one, I was able to replace my Farmer Boy book - I realized while reading it this last winter, that mine is missing the last two pages! They had only one of the Little House books, and it was actually the one I needed! I really liked the candelabra, and will likely paint it white.  I was able to add to my diminishing stack of white dinner plates - we use smaller than standard size in an effort to teach our kids (and ourselves) appropriate portion size, though it's still too easy to pile food on them! I also found this old platter. I don't have a lot of blue in my kitchen, but I found this to be pretty. I tried doing a bit of google research, and can't find anything about it's history. The back says "Bhroem & Leigh, Burslem, England". I did find Burslem, England, and there has been a lot of pottery made there, but found zero on this one! After Goodwill, we had lunch at Applebees, and it was so good, mmmm. We both had steak, his with garlic mashed potatoes and veggies, mine had cheese/artichoke filled portobello mushroom and roasted red potatoes. Yum! Afterward was some more standard shopping - undies, t-shirts, and a few goodies for the kids. It's amazing how quickly the day disappears when having such a good time, but before we knew it, evening was upon us. We gathered up the Littles, who had had their own lovely time with fantastic grandparents - and had found many pretty rocks, including one that looked like an egg and a pacman. We bought dinner for the kids (we were still plenty full!!), then watched a surprisingly good family movie - The Lost Medallion - on Netflix. When it was done, Emma and Owen went to bed. Mia was weaned not too long ago, and since then her nightly habit is to crawl on my lap, tell me, "I tired", curl up, and fall asleep. I *should* probably train her to fall asleep in her own bed, but at my age she could be the last one, so forget it! I want to enjoy every last bit of sweet  baby snuggles. The older boys (who had a full afternoon of video gaming and munchies to themselves) and we watched The Blacklist, before heading off to bed ourselves. Monday is supposed to be our family work day and we got no work done, but it's been so long since we've taken a whole day off, I think we all feel better for it.

Friday, May 2, 2014

This Moment

{This Moment}

I've been inspired by Soulemama to capture a moment from our week that I want to pause and remember in one photo, with no words. 

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Kitchen Cupboard

I've got another project I can check off! Well, I do still need some magnetic latches for the doors, but I'm not running to the store just for those! We are slowly fixing our kitchen up - in reverse order, I suppose! I'm not going to do drywall in here, because I'm going to plaster over the paneling that is there. I did this in our bathroom a few years ago and I love it. You can see our beautiful subfloor under the cupboard, part of doing things in reverse. I've monkeyed around for several years now, trying to find a cheap, yet efficient storage solution for this space. You can see in the bottom right of the picture, the corner of our current sink/cupboard area. It used to wrap around to the door to the left of the hutch - with no back door in the kitchen. It amazes me when houses have no back door, how shut off the back yard feels! David thought I was a little nuts when I asked him to rip them out when we wouldn't be able to replace them for a while, but I wanted some time to live with it, and figure out what I did want there. 
Source: Ikea
We started out with some shelving like these ikea shelves, though side by side, not so tall. I had some more cubby type shelves on top, but it wasn't terribly practical. Unfortunately I have no pictures of it to show. Recently I decided to just start building up what I had, using the bottom shelves and as much scrap as I could. 

 I wanted it raised, as the heat register is under, so I chopped these pieces of an old headboard/footboard up for feet.

The only new pieces for this were five 1x8's at about $9 a board = around $45. We had everything else on hand from other projects. The 1x8's that make the upper sides and top were ripped of our house, while prepping to rebuild our porch! I framed the existing shelves with scraps of pine, cedar fencing, mystery wood that was in our scrap bin, then added a new, more solid top, and made doors to fit. The doors were made from the leftover bits that are left when making larger cuts on other projects. The hinges were recently removed from a rabbit hutch that my husband dismantled once we were done (for the time being) with rabbits. The knobs were from a vanity that I'll show in a later project, that used to be in middle daughter's room. Lesson: don't throw things away! Being a *bit* of a hoarder can be a good thing! Since there is paneling on the wall, I took advantage, and it is now the backing, looking like boards now that it is painted. 

 Here's a close up of how badly someone can actually mess up mixing paint - both those colors are the "same" color. The darker gray-white is what we painted the kitchen when we bought it 11 years ago. After my oldest nearly caught the kitchen on fire, I went to get more mixed, as I had over the years for touching up. There were usually two men there to mix paint, but once I had to have a woman who worked there do it, and she seriously messed up. Well, she was the only one there this time, and the paint speaks for itself. After this, I just left the kitchen alone for a while. And didn't go back to that other place. Which is now closed.

I've had these napkins for a long time now, knowing I would never use them as napkins, but not sure what to do with them, until I saw Kristin's  vintage napkin bunting. I added some vintage yellow rick rack to the blank half.

These are hand stitched so beautifully - they are almost as beautiful on the back side!

My kitchen canisters from Ross are getting a makeover, too. I found a site,  The Decal Cottage, that has some wonderful decals! I'm having a difficult time deciding which ones I want.

I found this adorable toy mixer at Goodwill!

David got these spice jars for me when he had to go out of town for work once. Too bad he doesn't get to go out of town more often, heehee! Okay, I prefer him home. I've seen red versions of these - Soulemama found some while she was out thrifting, and I've seen them on The Mentalist, twice! We laughed pretty hard at that, because likely very few people noticed the same set in two different episodes. There was a third set that I saw somewhere, but of course can't remember now. Although I love the red, they have sticker labels, which I would unfortunately end up scrubbing them off (unintentionally). I am so happy to have the kind of cupboard I really wanted in here. I love shallow storage that allows me to see what I have and not lose so much! I really love seeing other bloggers that build like I do, and getting to share all of our projects with each other!

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