Monday, September 20, 2010
The tablespoon rule:
Here is my in progress living room. I finished the painting in one day and well into the night, but it is done. The photo does not do it justice. I love the color. It is kind of sage/gray. It's called "cityscape" by Martha Stewart. The drapes are from Bed Bath and Beyond. I used my year's worth of coupons (they never expire despite what the coupon says, I stash them in my car for those last minute stops) to save $45. I had to buy the rods and everything. I am very proud that I hung everything myself, i.e. drilled, measured, installed, all of it. (Hubby has been working a lot.) The trunk we have had forever. It is from Hubby's grandparents' house, though we don't think it was actually used by anyone in his family for luggage. The fern, hubby bought me because I said I wanted one. He'll take any excuse to run to the nursery on his scooter! He loves that place kind of like I love antique stores.
I have a big mirror and some pictures to hang (from storage in my basement) but hubby has to help with those because they are heavy. I am also shopping for a (cheap) end table and lamp, maybe something I can paint since I blew the budget on the seating.
This is one of those times, again,where I am so glad it is done and so mad at the same time that we didn't do it sooner. Oh well, it's done (sort of ) and we are all enjoying a new place to relax. Well everyone but me, I am still the C.O.O. around here, someone has to get things done.
On another note (s)...
I am so watching "Dancing With the Stars" this season. I love a lot of the contestants, it's hard to pick a fave! I may have to wimp out and pick Florence Henderson since we are from the same sorority. Although, I do love the Situation, and I thought Bristol did a good job considering she is not a performer, Kyle Massey was so cute, and Jennifer Grey, come on, who doesn't love her? Watching this last night made my treadmill time fly by!
Glee starts tonight! Woo, hopefully hubby will let me watch it, you know he doesn't like to watch shows about school. DVR is set, just in case.
Did you see Kate Gosselin on People magazine? She is rockin' a bikini, go on Kate! I broke down and bought one, she says she runs about five miles a day. I wish my body looked like that... sigh...
Monday, September 13, 2010
My boy and his shovel. He loves this thing. So much so, that there are holes all over the yard. Not the big ones that you bury stuff in, but the small enough ones that you don't see until after you've stepped in them and flung yourself all crazy like Saturday Night live actor doing a skit.
How, you say, does this have anything to do with watching my weight? Well, according to my good friends at Weight Watchers any and all activity counts towards weight loss and maintaining weight. So with that being said, I try not to dread yard work (although, I don't have my very own shovel that my mommy bought just for me! That might make it easier to tackle a big project.), house work, heavy lifting, one more trip up or down the stairs, taking out the dog for the twelfth time today.... I look at it as, burning calories, or more specifically for me, chocolate or cookies.
Now, please excuse me, I have to prep my living room for a paint job (burning calories into the wee hours tonight while everyone else sleeping- yahoo!).
Friday, September 10, 2010
Thursday, September 9, 2010
I remember when I used to read articles (this was before my obsessive blog reading days, I probably had never heard of a blog then) about kids going back to school and parents having to stay super organized from the start and how to handle the influx of paperwork. Then Zoe started preschool (way back when) and I thought, "this isn't too bad." Fast forward to now, and two kids in two different schools with two different schedules added on to my hubby's school schedule, and a baby who is learning to climb onto kitchen counters, and well, I'm overwhelmed. Those articles were right. Holy cow, this is insane! I know it will only get crazier as the kids get older and more involved in activities. So forgive me for the lame post today, I am being buried alive by calendars, snack schedules, homework folders, permission slips, tuition bills, and artwork.
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Things to Do this week:
I have no big projects/things this week because Zoe starts dance on the big girl team so it is a two hour practice (instead of one) AND Parker starts preschool tomorrow, I think that will be a huge adjustment for me, driving to and from school in between naps (Tanner, not me!) and don't get me started on my emotions... see no big projects for me, nope,not possible.
My menu for this week:
chili and sandwiches (didn't make last week)
cheeseburgers and fries
french beans and sausage
chicken soup and homemade bread
baked eggs in tomatoes with salads
spaghetti and salad
Friday, September 3, 2010
We went to meet his preschool teacher Wednesday night. I could tell he was nervous but not going to admit it. I knew I had to show him something he'd think was cool so he wouldn't start preschool hating it... Blocks to the rescue! There sitting on the carpet, just waiting for tall tower building, was a giant laundry basket of blocks. The big wooden kind, he was in heaven. I sat down and said, "look at these buddy" and I swear he said, "mommy (all dramatic and breathy), this is my dream!" Score one for mommy. Preschool will be "cool" thanks to that big basket of wooden joy.
Then, yesterday I was wearing a summer dress, trying to get my wear out of it before the cold sets in. Now, let me just say, it is not low-cut, just a normal scoop neck, t-shirt style. Parker and I were reading books on the couch and I was sitting kind of sideways, leaning on the back, trying to keep my eyes open (every time I sit down, I swear I fall asleep!), when Parker said, "you know, mommy, that looks like a butt." Guess what he was pointing to? Yep, my girls, all squished together. How embarrassing! In his defense, they did kind of look like that. In my defense, I have had three kids and nursed them all for a year or so, probably, my 23 year old girls didn't look like that.
That's all I have for now, Mr. Funny guy and I are going to watch some Scooby Doo.
I want to share an "ewwwwww" moment I had earlier this week. OK, so I don't know where I heard this, but those reusuable grocery bags we all know and love and sometimes leave in the back of our vans instead of using them, oops, can carry food borne germs. "They" (again, not sure where I heard it) said to wash the bags after every couple uses. Am I the only one who never thought of this?! Before Scooby, I am washing those bags. Ewwwwww!
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Yes, that is our chandelier in our two-story foyer. Way up high. Parker has succeeded in throwing another toy up there (balls, a sock, and a spinning thing, have also made there way up here). This was from this morning. Poor parachute guy is probably thinking he can never get rescued. I am waiting for my big tall hubby to come home and risk his life dangling over the stair railing to save parachute guy from hanging to death.