Saturday, February 14, 2015

Early Spring and Double Digits

I've slowly accepted that we are having an early spring this year, no matter what the groundhog said. Difficult for a fall/winter loving, snow craving person like myself. Mia is another story. This was actually a couple weeks ago, when it was just barely nice enough for the kids to play outside. One of the nice things about living where we do, is that there really isn't anyone to see when I let them out in their jammies, heehee. They weren't out for very long, it's still extremely muddy out.

The kids were extremely excited to find a baby snake. I think it was the combination of baby snakes and the chorus of evening frogs that forced me into the reality of spring.

February 8 was both my birthday and Emma's. I turned 42 (why doesn't being a grown up ever really feel like being a grown up?), and she, 10. I just can't believe she's so close to being a teenager, this girl of mine. At the same time, I can. She is so much fun, she loves crafting of all sorts, is enjoying being introduced to some of the movies and books I loved when I was younger (still do), and is generally a lovely young lady.  I am planning to teach her to sew this summer, and am pretty sure she will do wonderfully. She is becoming interested in cake decorating, which I use to do a lot of. Unfortunately, my massive set of decorating tools were left behind when I went through a divorce in 1997. Fortunately, decorating tools will be a fun collection for gifting her with whenever she starts outgrowing dolls. She had seen a toadstool cake on pinterest, and wanted to make her own. She used fondant for the decorations, but she didn't want fondant covering the whole cake, just frosting.

Fortunately, she hasn't outgrown dolls yet, and loves her American Girl doll and all her knock off counterparts. I had wanted to order this kitchen for her at Christmas, but it was sold out everywhere, except for people on ebay selling them for twice their original price. Forget that! It's from Target, and is so stinking adorable!! I don't have pictures of all the accessories, but it came with the cutest measuring spoons, shakers, pans, food, a box of cocoa with six tiny cocoa packets! I would have been in heaven with a kitchen like that as a girl! She, Owen, and Mia have been having a wonderful time with it, especially because it's been ordered to stay in the living room until we finish fixing up the girls' room.

Astoria Evening Budget, Astoria Oregon, Thursday, March 27, 1924

We actually have a TON of fixing up going on! We're pulling off the paneling in the dining/sewing half of the kitchen, exposing the tongue in groove walls, which we'll paint. Hubby surprised me with a bit of set aside money, which I'm stretching as far as possible!! We needed a new rug for the living room, and after much searching, I found one at Home Depot for $165, not bad for an 8x12 rug. I decided to look around Amazon before ordering, and found the SAME rug on sale for $62, + free shipping!!! My "dream rug" is actually this one, but I just can't justify the price. Everywhere I found it, it ran around $1000 for the size we need, and that's without shipping, ugh! That's a someday rug!  Apparently Mia likes to do "carpet angels" at grandma's house, and proceeded to do them on our new rug, hahaha! Owen, of course wanted in on it in his new footie pj's. I'm thinking we maybe should have waited for most of the fixing up to put the rug down, we're extremely messy while working on projects. Our fireplace chimney runs up through the kitchen, so I was peeking under that portion of paneling, when I figured out that our ductwork for our central heating runs up next to it. I will leave the paneling, and cover it with scrap wood, likely. While peeking,though, I found a chunk of old newspaper glued  to the inside wall. I'm so bummed, I'll bet there use to be more of it that was removed when the heating was first put in! Still, such a cool thing to get a glimpse of.
Emma and I did take a bit of time to make our own version of Myquillin Smith's book page garland. We added some coffee filter flowers to ours, which I like for now, but may remove later. Most of them are hot glued directly to my craft cupboard.

I had to come back and add one more pic! Goofy Mia outside today on our not-so-wintry day. She's wearing the first sweater - the first anything - I ever knitted! I knitted the cable part a bit tight, but it's still really nice. I made it for Alan, who will be 12 in April. She's the fourth kid to wear it, which I love. I crocheted the hat last winter, and have a pink/brown one still waiting to be finished. Sigh. 

1 comment:

  1. Belated happy birthday to you and Emma! I am so impressed with her toadstool cake--it's amazing and she's only 10! Love her toy kitchen too. It's a really great present. I'm glad to hear the kids are enjoying the early spring weather. We've had two days of similar weather last week but it's now back to the usual winter cold&grey : (