Wednesday, May 27, 2009
I was pretty involved with the Memorial Day activity itself, too. There was a primary activity with games, crafts and contests, face painting, a really nice flag retirement ceremony put on by our boy scout troop that especially honored veterans, and a barbecue. We love our ward!
Tug of War with the primary kids. Benjamin thought it was hilarious.Brother Smith's homemade side-car extravaganza. Benjamin had a little joy ride on it, although he was gripping onto the children next to him the whole time.
And here are Peter's latest stats: 19 lb. (55th %) and 28 in. (78th %).
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Benjamin was very attentive to his needs. He can be very sweet with his little brother.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Then yesterday afternoon, we took a nice long drive to pick up a small table and chairs set I found on Craig's List for a great deal for Benjamin's birthday. Luckily, Benjamin and Peter fell asleep on the way, so Paul and I had a nice quiet drive together, and the present remained a surprise. Then we finished the day at a cute new Mexican place near our house. It was mostly yummy (at least mine was good), but it was the perfect ending to a very satisfying day.
I just wanted to show this Van Gogh painting that I love. I'm kind of drawing inspiration for our room from its color palette. I'm not going for quite the intensity of these colors, but I love the restful feeling it has.
So what do you think about the grandma furniture? Should we paint it black? White? Yellow? (just kidding about the yellow) ...or should we just switch up the hardware? I don't mind the wood so much anymore now that the walls are a different color.
And a few random pictures I thought I'd post of the past few weeks:
Benjamin admiring the elephants. He loved watching them squirt water into their mouths with their trunks.
One afternoon, Benjamin decided to rescue his kitty from various trees in our yard with his fire engine.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Our bedroom is pretty ugly. I'm sure you've caught glimpses of it in the many pictures I've posted on here, and thought to yourselves, do they really have a sage green bedspread and seafoam bluish-grayish-green walls? (If you haven't had this thought, you probably weren't looking at the pictures hard enough. It really clashes.) So it's not a color we would have chosen ourselves, but the walls are also covered with flaws; old security system boxes (I think that's what they were), a few large cracks that were poorly puttied over, gaping nail holes, and of course the painted-over textured wallpaper border that covers up an even older one.
Back in December when our ward had a goods and services gift exchange, I came away with (in my mind) the BEST deal ever: a home improvement project of my choice from my good friend Patrice. I cannot praise her skills enough. She has fixed her home up largely on her own, with two little kids and a husband who has very little spare time to help. She framed and drywalled their basement, installed a new counter top, and added a lot of cool built-in features to their home. And her work never looks DIY. She researches and learns how to do stuff, and has the confidence to tackle most projects on her own. I only wish I were that cool.
So when she came to "evaluate" our bedroom, she would not hear of just painting it. She's going to get the walls looking decent. I'm so excited! I'm also borrowing her jigsaw to make a nice headboard. This is going to start to come together pretty fast now, so stay tuned...
Saturday, May 09, 2009
Friday, May 08, 2009
We have TWO takers so far. Congrats to Alexandra and Miriam! One spot left. Remember, you can make anything! No art degree required. :)
Monday, May 04, 2009
Our basement has been smelling worse and worse over the past few weeks. The Spring rains have been coming in somehow, soaking my little carpeted art room. We brought in a wet vac on Saturday, which is when we really discovered the extent of the damage. So much of my art was ruined and moldy. It was devastating, really. We'll probably have to remove the carpet down there and some of the drywall. We'll also have to figure out how it's coming in and fix the problem. We also have a few cracked windows that need to be fixed and a gaping hole in the drywall where our plumbing issues were last year. Ah, the joys of (old) home ownership...sometimes I wish we were just renting a place. It would make things so much less complicated and less expensive. But then I remember that we're where we're supposed to be, and in an ideal location. We're getting the chance to learn how to take care of a home and yard, which is a real blessing.
On Sunday, Paul's brother Josh, his wife Anne and their baby Adrian stopped through on their way to Utah. We had a wonderful time with them! We miss our families, so we love it when we get to see them, even if it's just an overnight visit. We can't wait for this summer when we get to spend some real time with family.