Thursday, June 27, 2013

The Best Visitors

Last night, I got a very nice surprise – Mom, Char, Cam and Hannah stopped in for dinner.  They not only stopped in, they brought food, made dinner and did the dishes!  How did I get so lucky?

Cam had a good time finding all the toys stashed around my house.  I kept most of the books I bought while teaching and I store them on my bookshelf so he can get to them easily. There are a lot of Berenstain Bear books in that stash - he got them all out and put them in a pile.  Pretty sure he wanted to read all of them.

Those books are my favorite, too.  My all time favorite is The Berenstain Bears and the Messy Room because I liked when they organized all of their toys.  Am I my mother's daughter or what?

I love when Hannah looks at you like she forgot you were there.  "Oh! Hey Grandma! When did you get here? Oh, you've been holding me for 20 minutes?  Who knew!"

What a little ham.  Every time I pointed the camera at her, she gave me this big smile.  This little lady knows when she's the center of attention and she likes it!

After dinner we read a few books on the dining room floor.  He loves The Pout Pout Fish because we say the "blub, bluuub, bluuuuuub" part together (I love it, too).  I also read him one of my favorites, I Wish That I Had Duck Feet.  I read it to my Kindergarteners all the time and we loved it.

"I wish that I had duck feet
and I can tell you why
you can splash around in duck feet
you don't have to keep them dry

I wish that I had duck feet
no more shoes
no shoes for me
the man down at the shoe store
would not have my size you see"

I know quite a bit of it by heart.  It makes me laugh.

Check out this little crawler.  I'll tell you what, there is no better feeling than having a laughing/smiling baby crawl to you when you walk in the door.  By the time I got on the floor to take a few crawly-baby photos, she was already grabbing the camera.  I had to put her back across the room and try again.

Frisbees as shoes.  It's a new thing.  Try it.  #trendsetter

It was so fun to have such wonderful visitors.  It made me wish that a certain neighbor lived a few feet away instead of a few countries away.  We can't wait until you're home, Est!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Something Different

My job lately has been all about movies.  Well, mostly editing movies.  Since I learn as I go, I've been doing a lot of learning lately.  It's fun, exhausting and stressful, but mostly fun.  The best way for me to learn is by doing - so I thought I'd practice at home.  Here's a little video of my evening meal.

1. It's my first blog video, don't judge too harshly (I've got you covered on that).
2. This was made Tuesday night, by the time I watch it Wednesday morning I'm sure I'll want to make a million changes.
3. I looked like a complete idiot taking video of salt at the grocery store.
4. I tried not to care.
5. I did care.
6. I'm trying to get over that.
7. I'm not very successful.
8. It's a miracle - I didn't have to bribe my dog to come inside (that might have had something to do with the 95 degree weather).
9. I picked that bottle of olive oil because I liked the label the best.
10. The meal was very good and I have enough for two lunches.
11. Here's the recipe.
12. I left out the weird looking beans.
13. Yes, I'm very sophisticated when it comes to food.

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Art on the Avenue

West Reading held their annual Art on the Avenue event.  I had a friend with a booth at the event, so I made sure to stop by.  Here are a few photos from the day -

The bowls below were made by Amanda Barrell at Weasie May.  The bowls are all hand made and they are very beautiful.  If you're local to the area, you can attend one of her classes at the Yarn Gallery.
The next few photos will show you how the art of Ebru and Suminagushi are used to make amazing scarves.  Check out their website at

At the end of the street, I finally met up with my friend. Her name is Christy (pictured below with her adorable little boy) and she is the designer/owner of Brides to Booties.  She designs baby shower and wedding invitations, announcements, diaper cakes, favors and greeting cards.  They are amazing!  Check out her website here.

Sunday, June 23, 2013


We have officially moved into our home.  Charlie is still a little confused.  When I leave the house she freaks out a little and tries to sneak out the door with me, but she'll get there.

Last week was full of rushing around and late nights (mostly for my dad).  He was determined to get the bathroom ready for me.   There is still a lot to be done, but I can bathe here and that made moving in possible.

There are probably 2 times during the year when I get sick, this moving-in weekend happened to be one of them.  It made moving in difficult, but not impossible.  I'd put things away here and there, clean up, put more things away...and then sleep.  More cleaning, more sleeping.  Right now is one of those rest times.  Charlie and I are relaxing on the couch while I build my strength for the next round of cleaning.  

I love that you can see her little fat roll in that last picture.  She was groomed last week and due to a mix up with the clippers, her hair is extra, extra short.  She looks naked compared to her normally scruffy self.  It's pretty hilarious actually.  Who knew that under all of that dark and red hair, there was a little blondie? 

It's been wonderful to relax in our home without having to drive anywhere or go back to my parents house.  I'm determined to get everything unpacked this week.  I'm sick of walking around boxes and piles.  Hopefully I am successful!

Monday, June 17, 2013

Current Happenings and House Update

This photo has almost nothing to do with this post, I just thought I'd share it with you.  It's a good way to start a post, am I right?  Yes. I'm right.  You're welcome.

My dad and I are currently tiling my bathroom.  And by "currently" I mean, at this very moment.  And by "My dad and I" I mean - 99% my dad, 1% me.  I cut the tile and he does the rest.  So while I sit here waiting for my next piece to cut, I thought I'd update you on the goings-on.  It's been a big weekend for us!

Friday was a big day for this little guy (and his family) - Frank and Char settled on their house and now own a beautiful home which they can really make their own (aka, they are already talking about ripping out a wall).  It's perfect for them. They've already started painting.  The painting that I did in a month took Frank two days.  He's very skilled.

Randomly, this house comes with a spot for a camper.  Cam could care less about the camper hook-ups, he's just loving the rocks. He even shared some of them with me.

This little lady has also had a very big weekend!  Aside from getting a new house (which she could care less about), she started crawling this weekend!  Our little lady is finally motoring around!  It's very exciting (minus the part about us needing to be much tidier).

He has already found a stick, a pipe and some mud to play in.  Such a dude.  I've been at the new house with him twice and about once ever 2 minutes he says "Can I go outside?"  The backyard is perfect.

Oh hey, where'd you come from?

Ok, now I'm completely thrown off.  I put this photo in this post on purpose and planned to say something funny/clever and now I'm totally distracted.  Ok...moving on...stop looking at his arms, stop looking at his arms. 

On Saturday, we went to Lowe's to pick a paint color for Charlotte's living room.  Of course, we picked gray.  A beautiful, warm gray.  Cam loves going to Lowe's.  Before we even got in the car to head there, he asked if he could ride in the blue car.  He loves that it has a steering wheel.

Hannah loved it, too.  It didn't hold her attention for as long as it did his, but she still had fun.

 Saturday was also a big day for my house, too. TILE. The tile is finally going in.  I'm so excited! It's really looking nice and bright and white.

Can you believe it used to be blue?  Triple yikes.  This bathroom looks completely different and I'm so thrilled.  Actually, it's been awhile since I saw what the bathroom used to look like - so glad Mom convinced me to redo it now and so grateful that my family volunteered to do the work.

This is my newest job, cutting tile.  It's simple, easy and doesn't take any real DIY skill, so it's perfect for me.  I've got experience with drills and levels and other basic tools, but this was a new one for me.

Also, Saturday night was a big night for Mel and me.  This was her first time seeing an IMAX movie and her first time seeing a 3D movie - she got both together and it was amazing.  It was a big night for me because I got to see Superman.  I haven't gone to a movie on opening weekend in I don't even know how long.  I'm so glad I didn't wait.  Superman has always been my favorite super hero.  Not sure why, though.  I've never been a comic book reader and I don't remember watching Superman cartoons.  I just always thought it wasc cool that he could fly.

This Superman movie has blown every other Superman movie out of the water.  Along with picking a  gorgeous brown-haired blue-eyed an amazing, talented actor, the story line was great and the action was incredible.  I mean, the man who brought us the Dark Knight also brought us the Man of Steel.  That right there should tell you how amazing this movie is.  I can't wait for the next one! There better be a next one.

Knowing that I've been hunting for a bathroom mirror, Char let me know that there were some nice ones at a neighbor's yard sale.  On Saturday morning, I got to catch up with a friend and getting a perfect mirror was an added bonus (on top of that, she gave it to me for free).  I love that it's just, sort of, a silhouette of a very ornate mirror.  It needs some love, but it's nothing I can't handle. 

The plan is to glue back on the piece that fell off (bottom left) and take off that curly-q on the top right and left sides.  After a good patching and some sanding, I would like to paint it a very bright color.  I need to dig through my stash, but I'm sure I have some art that would be perfect for the bathroom.  Once I choose the art inspiration, I'll base the mirror color off of that.  Whatever color I chose, I'd like it to be bright since the rest of the bathroom is very white. 

Randomly in this photo is also the bathroom light I chose earlier that morning when we were picking paint for Char. It was perfect...before I got this mirror.  I love the mirror more than the light, so I'll need to find another vanity light option.  Back to the drawing board, again! 

It's currently 11:41 on Saturday night.  This photo is actually out of date already.  Dad has finished all of the tiling and is now cleaning up.  You know what this means?  I'm one step closer to moving in.  I think the next thing on the to-do list is add the shower features, so I can bathe at my own house.

"I'm in love, I'm in love and I don't care who knows it!"  Name that's from...Elf.

I always feel a little conceited when I say that I love how things look in my house because I made all of the choices. When I imagined buying and renovating a home, I didn't think I'd be doing it alone.  I figured there'd be a husband around to bounce ideas off of and have someone else to blame credit.  My family has been a huge help in picking out things for my house, but when it comes down to it, if it looks awful and ugly - it's all my fault.  I've had to make all executive decisions.  

So when I say "I love it" or "It turned out beautifully" just translate that to "Oh, thank goodness. I'm so glad it doesn't suck."