Friday, September 19, 2014

Globe Trotters

Well, we didn't get that far, but we had quite a busy summer including an Alaskan adventure!  We are all settling into a new fall routine as the school year has begun and fall has returned in all it's crisp air, leave changing glory.  I'm hoping to share more adventures in home decorating and parenting on a weekly basis throughout the school year as I really do enjoy crafting and picture taking and sharing in general.  We'll see how it goes!

Here's a quick project I just tackled in 15 minutes this morning while sweet Clover was napping upstairs.  Chalkboard globes are all the rage these days.  See here and here for examples.

I had already made Charm a chalkboard globe over three years ago!  And I decided I wanted to change it up a bit by permanently painting the outlines of the countries on the globe.  That way, Charm could use chalk to mark his superhero's journeys or treasure hiding locations, etc, and the map wouldn't wipe away when it was time for a new adventure.

I found a globe at Marshall's for $24.99 that had a loose hand drawn country rendering that I was going to use as my guide, along with a Sharpie Oil Based Paint Pen:

I actually bought the small Marshall's globe to use as a guide with the intent to return it, but I soon discovered that it was easier to grab a real globe (of which I already own a few:)) and use it as my guide since the scale was the same as my big chalkboard globe.  (So buying the Marshall's globe was pointless, except the return of the globe will force me back to Marshall's which is never a bad thing:)!)

(And as an aside, ignore the kitchen mess.  If I'm going to blog, I've got to be okay with messy backgrounds now and then.  The wine glasses were left over from book club the night (or two) before, and I decided to paint country lines on a globe (that I had previously painted over the country lines on) instead of washing those wine glasses.  My priorities make total me anyway.)

I also discovered it was easier to make a pencil tracing to start instead of going straight for the paint pen.  I only erased my pencil line in one or two places, but it was nice to have that option.

And here's my finished product to be added to Mr. Charm's Superhero room that has been in the works for a LONG time.

So much more to come!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Clover Turns One Half!

There is something about this little guy that makes us all so HAPPY!

In one word: BLESSED.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The Fourth 2014

Good Times!

Hanging Like Tree Bats a la Aunt Judi!

Random Tidbits:

It's not too late to make it the summer of 'yes'!

I love this video.

This infant Vitamin D has no artificial colors or flavors.

Mini Boden Summer Sale is on!

Have a wonderful week!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Happy June!

Early June is always exciting and busy in our's the end of the school year, our wedding anniversary and Father's Day all wrapped into a couple short weeks!  I feel so lucky to have married my sweet Bill who still makes me crazy happy!  Since a vacation without kiddos is no where in our near future, I decided to surprise Bill and bring the vacation to us in the form of a live lobster dinner that came all the way from Maine, one of our B.C. (before children) vacation destinations together.  It was a night to remember!  (I ordered the Nor'easter special from Lobster Gram and it was fantastic and included mussels, chowder, lobster, dessert tarts and all the tools and condiments needed!)

Charm celebrated his last day of preschool and is off to Pre-K next year!

Lucky had a wonderful year in Kindergarten and is off to 1st grade next year!

We made chocolate chip cookies on the first day of school, and decided to make them again for the last day of school.  Charm did nearly all the measuring and mixing himself!  We used this recipe which is a favorite.  These cookies never last long.

 Bug hunting brothers:

Lucky and Charm were seriously entertained by the window washers we hired recently:

And Bill and I were seriously impressed by the deck staining job we also hired out a couple weeks ago:

 And soccer. The joys of every night soccer:)!

We also enjoyed a wonderful visit from Oma this week.  I don't have pictures because my camera is full, but we had a blast.  We picked her up from the airport and headed straight to IKEA!  We took her to soccer games and practices and she helped me so much around the house with our never ending mountain of laundry and to help with Clover so I could get a little work done around the house!  It was such a fun visit, and I so appreciated all her help.  It was hard for all of us to say goodbye.

And Happy Father's Day to Pa and Bill and Ron!  You guys are the best!  I'm so lucky to have you all in my life!

And with that, here are a few things worth sharing:

This phone case continues to be a major conversation starter for me.  I ordered it for Easter and because Jess from New Girl has a red version, but I haven't changed it back to my normal case yet.  The ears make my phone easier to find!!

I'm not sure if a cuter dog exists than this one.  (It reminds me so much of this childhood toy my brother and I 'shared' growing up.  LeMutt is currently living in Charm's room.) We have a bit of dog fever in this house, not that we're close to getting a dog anytime soon, but we love playing the name game: Harold, Riggins, Stella and Sue are all contenders:).

Growing up, we owned five beta movies that we watched about a million times each: The Secret Garden, The Dark Crystal, Herbie Goes Bananas, New Babes in Toyland and Dumbo.  I just purchased this one after an Amazon price drop, and I can't wait to make some popcorn and take a trip back in time while I watch it with my kids.  I wonder if Lambert the Sheepish Lion will play before Dumbo like our old Beta version.

This game looks like so much fun!  We ordered it for a birthday party, but may have to put it on our Christmas list this year too.

Have a fantastic week!!

Friday, May 30, 2014

Adios to May 2014!

Another week flew by!  We fixed a car, sold a car, attended a graduation party, a birthday party and a flea market too.  Lucky announced she has the same neck (?) as Clover, and scored 15 goals at her soccer game.  Charm made his bed every morning this week, after cock a doodle do-ing to wake us up.  He must have read about bed making in a book, because he's the only one in our house that does it:).

  Enjoy some pictures:

Daddy's Helper!!

 Lucky's First Sleepover!
(Picture from T.O.)

Clover is 5 months!

And here are some random things/thoughts/ideas for you:

Clover is really enjoying this lately.

Now that most of my favorite shows have ended for the season (Bye Nashville, New Girl, The Mindy Project, Hart of Dixie, and About a Boy), I've started watching this series on Amazon Prime.  I'm hooked, and now I'm itching to take a fall vacation in Texas just to attend a high school football game to see what it's really like:).

I've started reading this book for book club this month.  So far, so good.

I stumbled on this link which contains teacher gift ideas written by a teacher.  We will be doing #1 and #2 this year!

This hair straightener is amazing.  It heats up fast and does a great job on my crazy post-pregnancy hair.

And with that, I hope you have a wonderful weekend!