Sunday, September 14, 2014

Enjoying Two Littles

I love babies.  This baby is 18 months old now and I could just eat her up. 
 
She managed to stealthily sneak off with the box of Honeycomb one morning and I found her enjoying her after breakfast snack in my bedroom.
 





She weighs 21 pounds and is only in the 5-10%tile for her weight and in the 50-75%tile for her height at 32 inches.

 
She is talking a lot more saying: all done, night-night, shoe, Eason ( Easton), ball, ginget (which means blanket), more, nose, eyes, bye-bye, baby and lots more- I just can't think of right now.
 





 
I am really enjoying the time I get to have with just these two little juices during the day while the big ones are away at school.  Turns out Marielle is having a fabulous time at all day Kindergarten and so I have learned to enjoy it as well.  She comes home tired but happy.  She loves to learn.




We found this treasure on the side of the road -waiting for a new home.  The girls enjoy playing in it daily, although you can't tell by the look on Esme's face.  She was sad about some purses she wanted at that moment.
 


 
Ana had found all of these purses and Esme, of course, wanted ever single one of them and tried to take them from her just like she does everything on a daily basis.  Whatever Ana has, suddenly it's the eighth wonder of the world and Esme must have it at that very second.  Notice the look of contempt she is giving Ana.
 


But Ana shared her purses and made everything better.
 




 
I'm enjoying the opportunity I get to spend each day with these cuties.  They make me happy.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Craft Loft

Welcome to our craft loft.  When we first looked at our house I knew exactly what I wanted to do with this space - create a craft loft. 
 
 
I found these Thonet style "x" back chairs on craiglist for $25 a piece.  They are from Pottery Barn and although they were in perfect condition I did not care for the shiny black finish.  I had seen similar chairs at Ballard Design, with a different finish, for over a hundred dollars each and figured with a fresh coat of paint I could get a similar look.


I used Annie Sloan Grey Linen chalk paint.  The paint is very forgiving so when the girls asked if they could help I gladly agreed.  Plus the paint is fabulous because you don't need to sand.




The chairs are not perfectly painted by any means- there are definitely some drips- but I enjoyed the time I was able to spend painting with my girls.  They really enjoyed helping mom as well.  After the Grey Linen was applied I took a little bit of Annie Sloan Old White chalk paint and did a white wash.

 
I was very happy with the finished product.  I was hoping for a weathered  look and felt like we achieved it- drips and all.
 
This gem was also a Craigslist find.  A nearby linen store was going out of business and selling all of their shelving.  As soon as I saw this I called knowing it would go fast at the fantastic price of $400. 
 
It was not the easiest thing to move, taking Clint and I about an hour to take it apart and load it up in our van and truck.
 
I love it- it's perfect for the space.
 
I used spray adhesive to apply wrapping paper to the back of the shelves.






                                This parsons table was also a Craigslist find for $100.






The kids love creating masterpieces in their workspace.
 
 
 Adriana forgoes using many of the supplies on hand and creates masterpieces on her forehead instead.
 


 I love how Esme draws people.
 

The drawers are all filled with craft supplies.
 

 
Over the summer we did several craft projects, including these Fourth of July t-shirts.
 




 
 
Here is Easton modeling the finished product.
 
 

Friday, August 29, 2014

Summer is over

Last Wednesday Easton received his Bobcat as well as the Leave No Trace award at Cub Scouts.


                   Some fun was had pushing Adriana around in a play baby stroller.

I am a Bear leader and Easton had been attending scouts with me until he turned 8.  He is such a good little scouter and really enjoys it.

Last Friday was back to school night and we went and met the kids' teachers.  Marielle has Mrs. Manterola for Kindergarten and Easton has Mrs. Newton for third grade - but I was unable to get a picture with her.


The night before school started we had our back to school dinner.  The menu included:
Turkey breast
Mashed potatoes and gravy
Sautéed zucchini and onions
Watermelon
Cherry Limeade to drink


 
The theme for our school year is "I Am Like a Star."  I told the kids that they are a light in this ever increasing dark world and to always be kind to others.  I explained to them while working hard and getting good grades is important, being kind is what matters most.






For dessert the kids were able to decorate a dessert pizza.


Monday morning was off to school.  Marielle had a mishap with her chocolate milk spilling all over her brand new butterfly shirt she was planning on wearing for her first day.  We had to roll with option F because Monday is laundry day for me and all her clothes were dirty - except her pony shirt.



Summer went by too quickly- it always does.  I miss these two cute faces while they are away at school. 



Two weeks before school started I received a phone call from Marielle's teacher letting me know funding had been approved for all day Kindergarten.

 I said I would like to opt out to which I received the response I had no choice, she had to go all day long unless I transferred her to another school.  Most parents were happy about the news I was told, while I almost started crying on the phone. 

I had plans for dance lessons and trips to the children's museum and helping her with homework in the afternoon.

 I have decided to give all day Kinder a try and if it doesn't go well then I will consider homeschooling her.

 We are a week into things and so far so good.  She is loving school and looks forward to it everyday.  I sure miss her cute bum around here though.