25 April 2012

swing batter!

T-Ball season is officially in full swing around here and we are all loving it.  Two nights ago we had our first game.  (They don't keep score in this age group--but ask any one of the kids from either side of the team and they will tell you that they won.)  

Not being much of a sports person myself, I have to admit that I felt not only a little out of my element but also unsure of how much I would enjoy going to all the games and practices.  Internets, I love it.  The little kids are hysterical to watch and they try so hard.  Plus, I have learned a lot about the game from a really great coach.

Not too long ago the county did a big opening day ceremony.  All of the teams in all of the different leagues (I think that is the right term??) were asked to come out and celebrate the start of the season.  

All of the photos were taken from opening day.
T-Ball Opening Day #17
T-Ball Opening Day 4.14.2012
TBall Opening Day #1

I have to include this photo because it sums up our t-ball team.  Notice Dan is waving frantically at me.  That is because someone has to go potty and he needed me to climb up in the stands and get the kid and take them to their parent.  There is always someone on the team who has to go potty.  
T-Ball Opening Day #16

I'll leave you with one last photo of my two favorite people, seriously how adorable are they?
TBall Opening Day Hoke County 4.14.2012

swing batter!

T-Ball season is officially in full swing around here and we are all loving it.  Two nights ago we had our first game.  (They don't keep score in this age group--but ask any one of the kids from either side of the team and they will tell you that they won.)  

Not being much of a sports person myself, I have to admit that I felt not only a little out of my element but also unsure of how much I would enjoy going to all the games and practices.  Internets, I love it.  The little kids are hysterical to watch and they try so hard.  Plus, I have learned a lot about the game from a really great coach.

Not too long ago the county did a big opening day ceremony.  All of the teams in all of the different leagues (I think that is the right term??) were asked to come out and celebrate the start of the season.  

All of the photos were taken from opening day.
T-Ball Opening Day #17
T-Ball Opening Day 4.14.2012
TBall Opening Day #1

I have to include this photo because it sums up our t-ball team.  Notice Dan is waving frantically at me.  That is because someone has to go potty and he needed me to climb up in the stands and get the kid and take them to their parent.  There is always someone on the team who has to go potty.  
T-Ball Opening Day #16

I'll leave you with one last photo of my two favorite people, seriously how adorable are they?
TBall Opening Day Hoke County 4.14.2012

24 April 2012

eternal sunshine of the four-year-old mind

One night last month as we were driving home from dance class, listening to the radio and just relaxing a tiny voice in the backseat piped up with a question.  "Mama, am I going to die?"  

Not wanting to lie to Mabes and not wanting to scare her I opted for, "Well yes, you are going to die.  Everyone is going to die someday.  But it won't be for a very, very long time so you don't need to worry about it now."  This wasn't a good enough response and only lead to more questions, lengthy discussions about God and Heaven and lots of tears.  

Death is now a fairly regular conversation topic around here.

In Walmart a few weeks ago, we were standing behind a baby in a shopping cart.  Mabes took one look at the baby, sighed a heavy sigh and looked down at her feet, "I wish I was little like her."  I told her once she was little like that and now she was growing into my big girl, but she would always be my baby.  "No, Mama.  I wish I was little like her.  I'm getting old.  I'm dying."  

Let me just remind you, she is four-years-old.  Why death even popped up on her mental radar is beyond me.  Unfortunately, she is just like her Mama and worries herself sick and carries the weight of the world on her shoulders at all times.  

She is constantly singing and recently made up this song for her Borrower friends:
Yes, you heard that correctly, it does start out, "Borrowers, I am going to die someday but you'll die too."  

I look for it to reach the Top 40 in the coming weeks.

So tell me, have you gone through similar experiences with your children?  Is this an age thing?  Any advice?    

I don't want you think she is all doom and gloom all the time.  There are lots of happy moments around here too.  Can I just say I love listening to her sing?  Veggie Tales Sings the 80s is one of the best purchases we have made.

eternal sunshine of the four-year-old mind

One night last month as we were driving home from dance class, listening to the radio and just relaxing a tiny voice in the backseat piped up with a question.  "Mama, am I going to die?"  

Not wanting to lie to Mabes and not wanting to scare her I opted for, "Well yes, you are going to die.  Everyone is going to die someday.  But it won't be for a very, very long time so you don't need to worry about it now."  This wasn't a good enough response and only lead to more questions, lengthy discussions about God and Heaven and lots of tears.  

Death is now a fairly regular conversation topic around here.

In Walmart a few weeks ago, we were standing behind a baby in a shopping cart.  Mabes took one look at the baby, sighed a heavy sigh and looked down at her feet, "I wish I was little like her."  I told her once she was little like that and now she was growing into my big girl, but she would always be my baby.  "No, Mama.  I wish I was little like her.  I'm getting old.  I'm dying."  

Let me just remind you, she is four-years-old.  Why death even popped up on her mental radar is beyond me.  Unfortunately, she is just like her Mama and worries herself sick and carries the weight of the world on her shoulders at all times.  

She is constantly singing and recently made up this song for her Borrower friends:
Yes, you heard that correctly, it does start out, "Borrowers, I am going to die someday but you'll die too."  

I look for it to reach the Top 40 in the coming weeks.

So tell me, have you gone through similar experiences with your children?  Is this an age thing?  Any advice?    

I don't want you think she is all doom and gloom all the time.  There are lots of happy moments around here too.  Can I just say I love listening to her sing?  Veggie Tales Sings the 80s is one of the best purchases we have made.

dear burrito, week 4

Dear Burrito In My Belly,

Welcome to the world little one!  We found out about you on Sunday morning (April 15th) before church.  I have to be honest, after trying for three years and taking countless pregnancy tests with a negative result, I was shocked to see that "pregnant" come across the screen.

When I woke your Daddy up and handed him the test it took a second for his brain to register what his eyes were reading.  He must have been shocked too.  The look on his face when he jumped up to hug me was priceless.

We could not be more thrilled to know that you are on your way.  Actually, there aren't really words to express how we feel.  Thrilled doesn't even begun to cut it.

I know it might seem strange to already be writing you letters when you are literally the size of a sesame seed.  Five years ago when I was pregnant with your sister I really thought I would remember every little thing that happened.  I couldn't imagine forgetting one second of the pregnancy or of her life.  The reality is, as time passes, things do start to fade.  While you will soon learn that your Mama is about as far from a pack rat as one can get, I do like to collect and store memories.  These letters will serve as good reminders of what transpires over the next eight months or so.

While there is no doubt in our minds or hearts how much we love you, kiddo your sister might love you even more.  She has been praying for you for as long as I can remember.  Late Monday afternoon we sat her down on the couch and told her that just like last year when we had to wait until December for Daddy to come back from deployment we were again going to have to wait until December.  Only this year instead of waiting for Daddy we were going to be waiting for the baby that was growing in my belly to come.  At first she only sat there and said, "Oh."  Then it hit her, she was going to be a big sister.  The rest of the day was spent yelling and singing, "I'm going to be a big sister!"

As a matter of fact she is literally screaming, "BIG SISTER" in this photo:
The Day She Found Out She Would Be a Big Sister 4.16.2012

She also wanted us to teach her lullabies so that she can sing to you.  She sings a lot and loudly, get used to it.  Probably the sweetest thing she said was that if you were a girl she would share her sparkly red Dorothy shoes with you and if you were a boy we had her permission to sell all of her shoes to buy some boy ones for you.

I told her that for now we are keeping you a secret from most of the world.  The other day we stopped to get a Subway sandwich and told them that I wanted it toasted.  Mabes asked why and I explained that when I was pregnant with her the doctor advised not eating cold deli meats, that it was better to have them cooked.  She looked alarmed and whispered to me through clenched teeth, "MAMA!  THE BABY IS A SECRET."  Then she did a nervous laugh and waved at the guy behind the counter and said, "She is just joking."  Did I mention your sister thinks she is forty-five-years-old?

You just keep hanging out in my belly and growing and I'll take care of everything else going on out here.  Deal?

Love you more than you can imagine,
Mama

dear burrito, week 4

Dear Burrito In My Belly,

Welcome to the world little one!  We found out about you on Sunday morning (April 15th) before church.  I have to be honest, after trying for three years and taking countless pregnancy tests with a negative result, I was shocked to see that "pregnant" come across the screen.

When I woke your Daddy up and handed him the test it took a second for his brain to register what his eyes were reading.  He must have been shocked too.  The look on his face when he jumped up to hug me was priceless.

We could not be more thrilled to know that you are on your way.  Actually, there aren't really words to express how we feel.  Thrilled doesn't even begun to cut it.

I know it might seem strange to already be writing you letters when you are literally the size of a sesame seed.  Five years ago when I was pregnant with your sister I really thought I would remember every little thing that happened.  I couldn't imagine forgetting one second of the pregnancy or of her life.  The reality is, as time passes, things do start to fade.  While you will soon learn that your Mama is about as far from a pack rat as one can get, I do like to collect and store memories.  These letters will serve as good reminders of what transpires over the next eight months or so.

While there is no doubt in our minds or hearts how much we love you, kiddo your sister might love you even more.  She has been praying for you for as long as I can remember.  Late Monday afternoon we sat her down on the couch and told her that just like last year when we had to wait until December for Daddy to come back from deployment we were again going to have to wait until December.  Only this year instead of waiting for Daddy we were going to be waiting for the baby that was growing in my belly to come.  At first she only sat there and said, "Oh."  Then it hit her, she was going to be a big sister.  The rest of the day was spent yelling and singing, "I'm going to be a big sister!"

As a matter of fact she is literally screaming, "BIG SISTER" in this photo:
The Day She Found Out She Would Be a Big Sister 4.16.2012

She also wanted us to teach her lullabies so that she can sing to you.  She sings a lot and loudly, get used to it.  Probably the sweetest thing she said was that if you were a girl she would share her sparkly red Dorothy shoes with you and if you were a boy we had her permission to sell all of her shoes to buy some boy ones for you.

I told her that for now we are keeping you a secret from most of the world.  The other day we stopped to get a Subway sandwich and told them that I wanted it toasted.  Mabes asked why and I explained that when I was pregnant with her the doctor advised not eating cold deli meats, that it was better to have them cooked.  She looked alarmed and whispered to me through clenched teeth, "MAMA!  THE BABY IS A SECRET."  Then she did a nervous laugh and waved at the guy behind the counter and said, "She is just joking."  Did I mention your sister thinks she is forty-five-years-old?

You just keep hanging out in my belly and growing and I'll take care of everything else going on out here.  Deal?

Love you more than you can imagine,
Mama

23 April 2012

our house: the master bedroom

Welcome back to another week of my house tour.   

Today I thought I would give you a peek into our master bedroom.  I'm going to be honest and say that this has been by far the hardest room in the house to decorate.  I just haven't put together the right combination for this room, but I am getting there.

As soon as you walk into the room this is what you see:
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1.  This is a piece of driftwood from when we lived in Washington State.  Dan picked it up on a beach for me and brought it home.  On our fifth wedding anniversary (wood) he preserved it and had a sweet note engraved to add to it.  The engraved note is a very military minded gesture---those guys are always handing out plaques and awards.  I love it.
2.  This is one of those I heart you because signs you have probably seen all over Pinterest.  I'll be honest, I've had it almost a year and I think I have written on it twice.  Just keeping it real.
3.  Our bedding came from West Elm.  I like having a quilt vs. a comforter.  What I would really like is a white quilt with a fun colorful bunting going across the bottom third of the quilt.  Sort of like this one only without as many rows of bunting.  (Side note: AMB and Jennifer you are two of the prettiest, sweetest ladies I know. I'm just saying.)
4.  I bought these curtains from Target.  I like them, except that they are way too short.  I have yet to decide if I want to add a panel of white to the bottoms to increase their length or if I want to give up and try something totally different.  I did think about no curtains and just doing bamboo privacy roller blinds.  Thoughts?

IMG_7570
1.  This is where I hang my necklaces and obviously the earring holder has been redone and updated to match since I took this photo.  
2.  The world's ugliest chair.  This used to be in my Granny's house and had an ugly blue and grey floral slipcover on it.  I took that off and discovered an even uglier fabric underneath.  I am considering having it redone with some sort of a velvet material.  Maybe just a bright white or light grey.  Something I can use in any room, not just our bedroom.  
3.  I made this planters box out of old palette wood.  I painted the Tagalog word for Forever and our anniversary on the one end. 
4.  This frame has the love chapter.  I made this years ago and will probably never change it.
5.  I like to display my jewelry where I can see it, not just stored in a box.  I like the bright colors and the memories that they bring to mind when I look at them.  Plus I tend to wear things more when I see them.

IMG_7573
1.  These candle holders came from Hobby Lobby.  I repainted them and to be honest, I am not really digging them anymore.  I am thinking about taking them down but can't decide what to put up in their place.  I have a few ideas, but nothing I am ready to put into action.
2.  This subway art sign is another place holder that I am not in love with and plan to take down soon.
3.  Our headboard and foot board are originally from Pottery Barn.  However, I scored them on Craigslist for a crazy small fraction of the amount I would have paid in the store.  
4.  I scored this photo from a scary woman in Times Square.  I really don't like it, and it will be going the same way the subway sign does---off the wall.
5.  Dan loves Penn State.  Which means my chances of getting rid of the Nittany Lion shrine are slim to none.
6.  I found that some of the electronics leave a strange discoloration on our white furniture.  I found these cute woven grey place mats at IKEA and they work perfectly on our nightstands to protect them.  

This is the view standing near the ugly chair looking back across the room:
IMG_7574

A close up of the shelves on the wall:
IMG_7580
1.  I took some ink and overlapped both Dan's and my thumbprints to create a heart.  
2.  A Mumford and Sons lyric that I embroidered on a piece of scrap fabric.
3.  These shelves were built from some old palette wood and other scraps I had laying around in my garage.  They are a little warped and from certain angles appear to be skewed on the wall, but they are level...I promise.
4.  Another Pinterest inspiration made with some embroidery thread and a scrap of burlap.

There you have it, the master bedroom.  

our house: the master bedroom

Welcome back to another week of my house tour.   

Today I thought I would give you a peek into our master bedroom.  I'm going to be honest and say that this has been by far the hardest room in the house to decorate.  I just haven't put together the right combination for this room, but I am getting there.

As soon as you walk into the room this is what you see:
IMG_7566
1.  This is a piece of driftwood from when we lived in Washington State.  Dan picked it up on a beach for me and brought it home.  On our fifth wedding anniversary (wood) he preserved it and had a sweet note engraved to add to it.  The engraved note is a very military minded gesture---those guys are always handing out plaques and awards.  I love it.
2.  This is one of those I heart you because signs you have probably seen all over Pinterest.  I'll be honest, I've had it almost a year and I think I have written on it twice.  Just keeping it real.
3.  Our bedding came from West Elm.  I like having a quilt vs. a comforter.  What I would really like is a white quilt with a fun colorful bunting going across the bottom third of the quilt.  Sort of like this one only without as many rows of bunting.  (Side note: AMB and Jennifer you are two of the prettiest, sweetest ladies I know. I'm just saying.)
4.  I bought these curtains from Target.  I like them, except that they are way too short.  I have yet to decide if I want to add a panel of white to the bottoms to increase their length or if I want to give up and try something totally different.  I did think about no curtains and just doing bamboo privacy roller blinds.  Thoughts?

IMG_7570
1.  This is where I hang my necklaces and obviously the earring holder has been redone and updated to match since I took this photo.  
2.  The world's ugliest chair.  This used to be in my Granny's house and had an ugly blue and grey floral slipcover on it.  I took that off and discovered an even uglier fabric underneath.  I am considering having it redone with some sort of a velvet material.  Maybe just a bright white or light grey.  Something I can use in any room, not just our bedroom.  
3.  I made this planters box out of old palette wood.  I painted the Tagalog word for Forever and our anniversary on the one end. 
4.  This frame has the love chapter.  I made this years ago and will probably never change it.
5.  I like to display my jewelry where I can see it, not just stored in a box.  I like the bright colors and the memories that they bring to mind when I look at them.  Plus I tend to wear things more when I see them.

IMG_7573
1.  These candle holders came from Hobby Lobby.  I repainted them and to be honest, I am not really digging them anymore.  I am thinking about taking them down but can't decide what to put up in their place.  I have a few ideas, but nothing I am ready to put into action.
2.  This subway art sign is another place holder that I am not in love with and plan to take down soon.
3.  Our headboard and foot board are originally from Pottery Barn.  However, I scored them on Craigslist for a crazy small fraction of the amount I would have paid in the store.  
4.  I scored this photo from a scary woman in Times Square.  I really don't like it, and it will be going the same way the subway sign does---off the wall.
5.  Dan loves Penn State.  Which means my chances of getting rid of the Nittany Lion shrine are slim to none.
6.  I found that some of the electronics leave a strange discoloration on our white furniture.  I found these cute woven grey place mats at IKEA and they work perfectly on our nightstands to protect them.  

This is the view standing near the ugly chair looking back across the room:
IMG_7574

A close up of the shelves on the wall:
IMG_7580
1.  I took some ink and overlapped both Dan's and my thumbprints to create a heart.  
2.  A Mumford and Sons lyric that I embroidered on a piece of scrap fabric.
3.  These shelves were built from some old palette wood and other scraps I had laying around in my garage.  They are a little warped and from certain angles appear to be skewed on the wall, but they are level...I promise.
4.  Another Pinterest inspiration made with some embroidery thread and a scrap of burlap.

There you have it, the master bedroom.  

20 April 2012

a little of this and very little of that

Easter 2012

This photo has nothing to do with the rest of this post.  I realized that I didn't post any photos of our Atlanta trip for Easter this year and this is my favorite one out of the whole batch.  It makes me laugh every time I look at it.  Mabes was not in the mood to be photographed, in case you can't tell.  She wanted to collect her eggs and be left alone; not turn and smile at Mama.

Anyhow, I try not to post without at least one photo because posts with no photos are L.A.M.E. and I already did that once this week.  

The month of April is totally kicking my butt.  I was looking at the calendar and counted seven days in the entire month where I didn't have something going on.  Seven.  Needless to say, I am ready for May to hurry up and get here.  Mama needs a break.  

Today I thought I would do a little updating on the happenings around here.

I think that Dan and I are going to paint the playroom the same Natural Choice that I did the living room and hallway in.  I loved all of the suggestions people left in the comments.  Several people suggested we go with a grey.  The only problem with that is both of the other bedrooms are varying shades of grey already.  I figured that Natural Choice would be a good neutral palette to work with.

The eggs in the fern have hatched.  At first Dan thought that the babies had all flown the nest and that all that was left were tiny bits of feathers.  Upon closer inspection he realized that there were five teeny tiny birds all cuddled up in the nest.  I hopped up on the porch rail and snapped a photo with my phone, which I just realized is dead.  So I will update with that photo later.

I thought I had more to talk about today, but it seems I can't think of a single other to type.  My brain is mush and it is time to get lunch on the table and start doing a little cleaning out this afternoon before t-ball practice.  

Hope you all have a great weekend!

a little of this and very little of that

Easter 2012

This photo has nothing to do with the rest of this post.  I realized that I didn't post any photos of our Atlanta trip for Easter this year and this is my favorite one out of the whole batch.  It makes me laugh every time I look at it.  Mabes was not in the mood to be photographed, in case you can't tell.  She wanted to collect her eggs and be left alone; not turn and smile at Mama.

Anyhow, I try not to post without at least one photo because posts with no photos are L.A.M.E. and I already did that once this week.  

The month of April is totally kicking my butt.  I was looking at the calendar and counted seven days in the entire month where I didn't have something going on.  Seven.  Needless to say, I am ready for May to hurry up and get here.  Mama needs a break.  

Today I thought I would do a little updating on the happenings around here.

I think that Dan and I are going to paint the playroom the same Natural Choice that I did the living room and hallway in.  I loved all of the suggestions people left in the comments.  Several people suggested we go with a grey.  The only problem with that is both of the other bedrooms are varying shades of grey already.  I figured that Natural Choice would be a good neutral palette to work with.

The eggs in the fern have hatched.  At first Dan thought that the babies had all flown the nest and that all that was left were tiny bits of feathers.  Upon closer inspection he realized that there were five teeny tiny birds all cuddled up in the nest.  I hopped up on the porch rail and snapped a photo with my phone, which I just realized is dead.  So I will update with that photo later.

I thought I had more to talk about today, but it seems I can't think of a single other to type.  My brain is mush and it is time to get lunch on the table and start doing a little cleaning out this afternoon before t-ball practice.  

Hope you all have a great weekend!

18 April 2012

fan mail

 
 We spent about twenty minutes yesterday morning checking the fan mail for her bakery.  She would pretend to check and read emailed questions and then type out her responses and also invite them to come to her bakery at 6am (or "om") to visit her.  My job was to film her just like on Cake Boss.  

fan mail

 
 We spent about twenty minutes yesterday morning checking the fan mail for her bakery.  She would pretend to check and read emailed questions and then type out her responses and also invite them to come to her bakery at 6am (or "om") to visit her.  My job was to film her just like on Cake Boss.  

17 April 2012

the mean lady on the block

A new family moved onto our street several months ago.  This family has several small children.  Children who are left basically unattended and outside most afternoons.  These children leave their bikes and toys scattered all over our street, just waiting for the day when we accidentally run it over with our car.  This makes Dan crazy.

They also like to pound on my door demanding that I let "the little boy" who lives in my house come out to play at all hours of the day.  This makes me crazy.

The few times that I have let Mabes go out to play with them, they take her toys and play with them and basically ignore her.  Figuring she needed to learn to work things out I tried my best to stay out of it.  Once I pulled one of the older boys on the street to the side and told him he needed to set an example and be nicer.  I pointed out that Mabes is only four and thinks that everyone is her best friend and doesn't understand the concept of being used.  Things improved slightly after that talk.

That is until last Wednesday.

Two of the children from up the street came down and started making their usual demands about playing with Mabes.  Since I was already planning on spending the afternoon outside working on a project in the driveway and could keep an eye on her I agreed to let her play if she wanted to.  She took her new hoop-a-loop (as she calls hula hoops) and plastic golf clubs and set out to play.

Rather than get into all the little details let's fast forward a bit.  Just imagine that in the span of about 30 minutes there was some yelling, some dropping of toys down a sewage grate, disrespect towards an adult (me) and child-to-child threats made.

All of that lead to my little girl hysterically crying in the living room.  Snot pouring out of her nose.  Heart totally broken.  All because the kid up the street woke up that day and put his bully pants on.

Let me tell you it is hard for this Mama not to put on her own bully pants and really make those children regret that they messed with my girlie.  Sadly, being a grown up doesn't allow for such behavior.  Just as sad is the fact that I haven't been able to sit down and talk to their mother about the behavior (and language) of her children; another story for another day.

For now I suppose I will have to settle with getting myself a bike with a basket and a silly hat so I can happily to ride up and down the street humming the wicked witch theme song just to solidify the notion that you don't mess with me or my kiddo in the minds of the other children on the street.

Have any of you had to deal with a bully?  What did you do?  Where do you draw the line between letting them work it out for themselves and stepping in?

the mean lady on the block

A new family moved onto our street several months ago.  This family has several small children.  Children who are left basically unattended and outside most afternoons.  These children leave their bikes and toys scattered all over our street, just waiting for the day when we accidentally run it over with our car.  This makes Dan crazy.

They also like to pound on my door demanding that I let "the little boy" who lives in my house come out to play at all hours of the day.  This makes me crazy.

The few times that I have let Mabes go out to play with them, they take her toys and play with them and basically ignore her.  Figuring she needed to learn to work things out I tried my best to stay out of it.  Once I pulled one of the older boys on the street to the side and told him he needed to set an example and be nicer.  I pointed out that Mabes is only four and thinks that everyone is her best friend and doesn't understand the concept of being used.  Things improved slightly after that talk.

That is until last Wednesday.

Two of the children from up the street came down and started making their usual demands about playing with Mabes.  Since I was already planning on spending the afternoon outside working on a project in the driveway and could keep an eye on her I agreed to let her play if she wanted to.  She took her new hoop-a-loop (as she calls hula hoops) and plastic golf clubs and set out to play.

Rather than get into all the little details let's fast forward a bit.  Just imagine that in the span of about 30 minutes there was some yelling, some dropping of toys down a sewage grate, disrespect towards an adult (me) and child-to-child threats made.

All of that lead to my little girl hysterically crying in the living room.  Snot pouring out of her nose.  Heart totally broken.  All because the kid up the street woke up that day and put his bully pants on.

Let me tell you it is hard for this Mama not to put on her own bully pants and really make those children regret that they messed with my girlie.  Sadly, being a grown up doesn't allow for such behavior.  Just as sad is the fact that I haven't been able to sit down and talk to their mother about the behavior (and language) of her children; another story for another day.

For now I suppose I will have to settle with getting myself a bike with a basket and a silly hat so I can happily to ride up and down the street humming the wicked witch theme song just to solidify the notion that you don't mess with me or my kiddo in the minds of the other children on the street.

Have any of you had to deal with a bully?  What did you do?  Where do you draw the line between letting them work it out for themselves and stepping in?

16 April 2012

our house: the living room

Welcome to week three of the Our House series here at Unsuppressed Jess.  If you missed weeks 1 or 2 you can click the links and check it out.  Today I thought I would continue the tour with our living room.

The kitchen and dining room flow into the living room, which means I want the two spaces to compliment each other while also having their own feel.  When we first moved in I had the living painted green and it was less than seven months before I changed it because it was a big green monster that was impossible to decorate with.  The color is now Natural Choice by Sherwin Williams.  It is perfect, pulling warm tones when paired with warm colors and cool tones when paired with cool colors.
Living Room 1

1.  An ever changing display of family photos.  Barn wood frames from Hobby Lobby.
2.  Above the mantel looks weird if there isn't something there.  There is just too much empty space.  Unfortunately it is so high up that anything I set up there also looks weird.  Finally I took a little scrap fabric and starch and created some love birds and put them on the wall.  This was not only an easy project, but cheap and ridiculously easy to change out whenever I feel like it.
3.  Our real leather chair came from the clearance room at a local furniture store.  We scored it for $200.  Originally it was $1300.  Talk about a steal.  Dan calls it the "Man Chair."  I just call it incredibly comfy.

Living Room 2

1.  These are plain brown curtain panels from Target.  I would love to have some sort of a pattern for the curtains instead.  However, nothing that I have come across has worked or been in a color scheme I want to use.
2.  My library card catalog is from an antiques store about an hour from here.  It is my favorite piece of furniture.  Currently it holds all of our Keurig k-cups, a silver set, cloth napkins and lots of other random odds and ends.
3.  This little wooden box came from another antique store.  It works perfect for holding all of our remotes and glasses of tea and water when we are watching TV.
4.  People ask me about what is over the door all the time.  Growing up my Gramma always had three wise men (usually cut from the front of a Christmas card) taped above her door.  She said that it brought prosperity.  I like to keep the tradition and it makes me think of her every time I see my wise men.
5.  Our furniture came from American Signature Furniture.  My cousin, Jen, has the same couch and when I saw how deep it was and how comfortable it was I started saving up to buy one of my own.

Living Room 3

1.  This is a wooden sign that I made with my sister last year when she came to visit and helped with the board and batten in the office.  I may redo this sign (pick a new quote...change things up a bit) and create a tutorial later on.
2.  This pillow was made from a bed sham from Urban Outfitters.
3.  Our bookshelf came from Havertys.  It has all kinds of odds and ends on it.
4.  I am not a huge fan of sconces.  However, even after living here for three years I can't come up with a single other thing to put on this wall with the cutout.  There needs to be something.  Again, too much blank space.  Suggestions?

Happy Monday everyone!

our house: the living room

Welcome to week three of the Our House series here at Unsuppressed Jess.  If you missed weeks 1 or 2 you can click the links and check it out.  Today I thought I would continue the tour with our living room.

The kitchen and dining room flow into the living room, which means I want the two spaces to compliment each other while also having their own feel.  When we first moved in I had the living painted green and it was less than seven months before I changed it because it was a big green monster that was impossible to decorate with.  The color is now Natural Choice by Sherwin Williams.  It is perfect, pulling warm tones when paired with warm colors and cool tones when paired with cool colors.
Living Room 1

1.  An ever changing display of family photos.  Barn wood frames from Hobby Lobby.
2.  Above the mantel looks weird if there isn't something there.  There is just too much empty space.  Unfortunately it is so high up that anything I set up there also looks weird.  Finally I took a little scrap fabric and starch and created some love birds and put them on the wall.  This was not only an easy project, but cheap and ridiculously easy to change out whenever I feel like it.
3.  Our real leather chair came from the clearance room at a local furniture store.  We scored it for $200.  Originally it was $1300.  Talk about a steal.  Dan calls it the "Man Chair."  I just call it incredibly comfy.

Living Room 2

1.  These are plain brown curtain panels from Target.  I would love to have some sort of a pattern for the curtains instead.  However, nothing that I have come across has worked or been in a color scheme I want to use.
2.  My library card catalog is from an antiques store about an hour from here.  It is my favorite piece of furniture.  Currently it holds all of our Keurig k-cups, a silver set, cloth napkins and lots of other random odds and ends.
3.  This little wooden box came from another antique store.  It works perfect for holding all of our remotes and glasses of tea and water when we are watching TV.
4.  People ask me about what is over the door all the time.  Growing up my Gramma always had three wise men (usually cut from the front of a Christmas card) taped above her door.  She said that it brought prosperity.  I like to keep the tradition and it makes me think of her every time I see my wise men.
5.  Our furniture came from American Signature Furniture.  My cousin, Jen, has the same couch and when I saw how deep it was and how comfortable it was I started saving up to buy one of my own.

Living Room 3

1.  This is a wooden sign that I made with my sister last year when she came to visit and helped with the board and batten in the office.  I may redo this sign (pick a new quote...change things up a bit) and create a tutorial later on.
2.  This pillow was made from a bed sham from Urban Outfitters.
3.  Our bookshelf came from Havertys.  It has all kinds of odds and ends on it.
4.  I am not a huge fan of sconces.  However, even after living here for three years I can't come up with a single other thing to put on this wall with the cutout.  There needs to be something.  Again, too much blank space.  Suggestions?

Happy Monday everyone!

13 April 2012

four for friday

1.  Mabes has started getting back into photography.  She still wants to be a baker when she grows up, but she also wants to be like her Mama and take photos too.  At least that is what she told me yesterday when I picked up my cell phone to discover that she had taken over two hundred photos in the last few days.  Many of the photos were blurry or extreme close ups of toys.  There were, however, a few that gave me a new perspective on how she sees the world, or just made me laugh.
Mabes 4
Mabes 5
Mabes 3
Mabes 1
Mabes 2

2.  The girl also knows how to record videos.

(Her current favorite movie is Mary Poppins if you couldn't tell.)

3.  We turned the heat off in the house almost a month ago.  The weather has been too warm and perfect to need heat.  I have also refused to turn the A/C on.  Even if that means that the office feels like it is on fire most of the time.  Something is going on with the weather around here and things went from fire pits of hell hot to freezing cold practically overnight.  This morning I woke up and found that the house was only 60 degrees.  Looks like I am going to have to break and turn something on after all.

4.  Tomorrow is opening ceremonies for t-ball and to celebrate we are strawberry picking because tis the season.  

Have a great weekend!

four for friday

1.  Mabes has started getting back into photography.  She still wants to be a baker when she grows up, but she also wants to be like her Mama and take photos too.  At least that is what she told me yesterday when I picked up my cell phone to discover that she had taken over two hundred photos in the last few days.  Many of the photos were blurry or extreme close ups of toys.  There were, however, a few that gave me a new perspective on how she sees the world, or just made me laugh.
Mabes 4
Mabes 5
Mabes 3
Mabes 1
Mabes 2

2.  The girl also knows how to record videos.

(Her current favorite movie is Mary Poppins if you couldn't tell.)

3.  We turned the heat off in the house almost a month ago.  The weather has been too warm and perfect to need heat.  I have also refused to turn the A/C on.  Even if that means that the office feels like it is on fire most of the time.  Something is going on with the weather around here and things went from fire pits of hell hot to freezing cold practically overnight.  This morning I woke up and found that the house was only 60 degrees.  Looks like I am going to have to break and turn something on after all.

4.  Tomorrow is opening ceremonies for t-ball and to celebrate we are strawberry picking because tis the season.  

Have a great weekend!

12 April 2012

i am lame

I really thought that I had it together this week.  Turns out, a whole bunch of things crawled out of nowhere and slapped me right in the face.  So instead of the peaceful easy week I had planned,  Dan and I have been running around like lunatics trying to get everything done and be everywhere we have needed to be.  How does this always happen?

I have often read on various blogs about the need to slow things down.  Seriously, Internets, that is exactly what my family needs.  I just honestly don't have the slightest idea how to go about making cutbacks.  How do you scale back?  How do you slow down?

Anyhow, sorry for such a lame post.  I do have a few links and a video to share with you as a peace offering.  I will be back tomorrow with all kinds of photos and maybe even a story or two.

Photoboother
Longest Bridal Train
Dollar Shave Club  Play the video on the main page.  You are welcome.

i am lame

I really thought that I had it together this week.  Turns out, a whole bunch of things crawled out of nowhere and slapped me right in the face.  So instead of the peaceful easy week I had planned,  Dan and I have been running around like lunatics trying to get everything done and be everywhere we have needed to be.  How does this always happen?

I have often read on various blogs about the need to slow things down.  Seriously, Internets, that is exactly what my family needs.  I just honestly don't have the slightest idea how to go about making cutbacks.  How do you scale back?  How do you slow down?

Anyhow, sorry for such a lame post.  I do have a few links and a video to share with you as a peace offering.  I will be back tomorrow with all kinds of photos and maybe even a story or two.

Photoboother
Longest Bridal Train
Dollar Shave Club  Play the video on the main page.  You are welcome.

09 April 2012

our house: the kitchen

Welcome back to week two of our house tour!  Today I thought I would share with you the kitchen/dining room.  The open feeling of the kitchen and the island was a big selling point when we bought the house.  

This is the view from the doorway to the laundry room:
Kitchen #1

1.  The star used to be covered with mode podge and scrapbook paper.  I peeled it all off one evening and took a sander and spray paint to it and I am so glad I did.  I like the bright white contrast against the blue wall so much better.
2.  Originally Dan and I planned to build a farmhouse table shortly after he came back from his last deployment.  However, we came across this farmhouse style table and bench at World Market and it was exactly what he and I had been looking for and on sale.  So we purchased it instead.

Kitchen #4

1.  You can't really see it well in this photo, but I took some nails and bakers twine and created the word "EAT" on the wall.  
2.  This light was on clearance at Lowes for about $30 last year.  I like it so much better than the standard builders light that was in here originally.
3.  We kept the love note envelope up even though Valentine's Day is over.  I leave Mabes messages in here and special treats sometimes.  This is also how she communicates with her Borrowers.
4.  All the plates on the wall were finds at Target, Goodwill, and TJ Maxx.  The two blue ones are plastic.

Kitchen #3

1.  I made some bunting for above the chalkboard wall because you can't help but smile when you see something cheerful.  
2.  This sweet tea sign came from this etsy shop here.  The guy owns the shop is really nice and does a great job.  If you stop over let him know I sent you.  (He doesn't know I am endorsing his shop here.)
3.  I gave an old brown metal frame a face lift.  I wish I could put stripes on everything.
4.  On top of the cupboard I have some fun vintage items.  You can't see it but there is an old typewriter up in the one corner, and then over near the number four is an antique radio and an old Fischer Price camera.  All of which are odes to some of my loves: writing/journalism, being a DJ on the radio in college and of course photography.
5.  This chalkboard wall is the central place for keeping my sanity.  How we ever lived in a house without one before is beyond me.  
6.  The world's most narrow pantry--created for reasons known only to our builder, who probably only eats at restaurants.

This final view is looking back towards the laundry room:
Kitchen #2
1  The little vases on the table were painted by Dan and I.  Our anniversary this year was pottery and we always try to do a traditional gift.  The glass candlestick holders are from my sister for my birthday (from CB2) and the hurricanes are filled with random things like wine corks or dried blue flowers.
2.  The small black cupboard came from Home Goods.  It used to be near the front door, but we had to switch things around after we brought home our very large new table.
3.  Aside from having a long farmhouse table with a bench, I knew I really wanted old metal chairs to go along with our dining room set.  These chairs were another World Market find and a great deal compared to some of the other places I had been looking at and saving up for.  The only thing I wish I could find are cushions for the seats.  Nothing has either fit or been the look I want.  I may end up sewing my own if I can ever find the time.

The wall color in the kitchen is: Aqua Smoke from Olympic.  

If you have any questions about anything else you have seen in the photos, let me know in the comments. I will try to answer your questions as quickly as I can.  Have a wonderful Monday!

our house: the kitchen

Welcome back to week two of our house tour!  Today I thought I would share with you the kitchen/dining room.  The open feeling of the kitchen and the island was a big selling point when we bought the house.  

This is the view from the doorway to the laundry room:
Kitchen #1

1.  The star used to be covered with mode podge and scrapbook paper.  I peeled it all off one evening and took a sander and spray paint to it and I am so glad I did.  I like the bright white contrast against the blue wall so much better.
2.  Originally Dan and I planned to build a farmhouse table shortly after he came back from his last deployment.  However, we came across this farmhouse style table and bench at World Market and it was exactly what he and I had been looking for and on sale.  So we purchased it instead.

Kitchen #4

1.  You can't really see it well in this photo, but I took some nails and bakers twine and created the word "EAT" on the wall.  
2.  This light was on clearance at Lowes for about $30 last year.  I like it so much better than the standard builders light that was in here originally.
3.  We kept the love note envelope up even though Valentine's Day is over.  I leave Mabes messages in here and special treats sometimes.  This is also how she communicates with her Borrowers.
4.  All the plates on the wall were finds at Target, Goodwill, and TJ Maxx.  The two blue ones are plastic.

Kitchen #3

1.  I made some bunting for above the chalkboard wall because you can't help but smile when you see something cheerful.  
2.  This sweet tea sign came from this etsy shop here.  The guy owns the shop is really nice and does a great job.  If you stop over let him know I sent you.  (He doesn't know I am endorsing his shop here.)
3.  I gave an old brown metal frame a face lift.  I wish I could put stripes on everything.
4.  On top of the cupboard I have some fun vintage items.  You can't see it but there is an old typewriter up in the one corner, and then over near the number four is an antique radio and an old Fischer Price camera.  All of which are odes to some of my loves: writing/journalism, being a DJ on the radio in college and of course photography.
5.  This chalkboard wall is the central place for keeping my sanity.  How we ever lived in a house without one before is beyond me.  
6.  The world's most narrow pantry--created for reasons known only to our builder, who probably only eats at restaurants.

This final view is looking back towards the laundry room:
Kitchen #2
1  The little vases on the table were painted by Dan and I.  Our anniversary this year was pottery and we always try to do a traditional gift.  The glass candlestick holders are from my sister for my birthday (from CB2) and the hurricanes are filled with random things like wine corks or dried blue flowers.
2.  The small black cupboard came from Home Goods.  It used to be near the front door, but we had to switch things around after we brought home our very large new table.
3.  Aside from having a long farmhouse table with a bench, I knew I really wanted old metal chairs to go along with our dining room set.  These chairs were another World Market find and a great deal compared to some of the other places I had been looking at and saving up for.  The only thing I wish I could find are cushions for the seats.  Nothing has either fit or been the look I want.  I may end up sewing my own if I can ever find the time.

The wall color in the kitchen is: Aqua Smoke from Olympic.  

If you have any questions about anything else you have seen in the photos, let me know in the comments. I will try to answer your questions as quickly as I can.  Have a wonderful Monday!

06 April 2012

until you see it...

This is going to be another short one.  Lots to do to prepare for the holiday weekend!

About a year and a half ago I painted stripes in what was then the girlie's bedroom.  The evening after I finished painting I walked past her room and it hit me.  Internets, it is one of those things you don't see until you see it and then it is all you see.

I painted my child's room to look like an enormous Victoria's Secret bag.

See for yourself:
Playroom


I have hated that paint job every day since.  The room is now her playroom and God willing it will someday be a nursery.  I am ready to repaint it, but I only want to paint it once.  Which means I have to decide on a color that is gender neutral and can work for both a playroom and/or a nursery.

Anyone have a suggestion?  I was thinking about some sort of tan/brown.  That would look OK with the current pink window treatment in the room but I could also accent with lime green, chocolate brown, or bright yellow.  (All of those are examples I have seen on Pinterest that looked good.)

What color would you paint the room if you could pick?
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