Archive for February, 2007

Valentine’s Day

February 27, 2007

A few weeks ago I was the lucky winner of Britt’s handmade knitted Valentine. I absolutely love it, and I’m really thankful that she sent it to me. This is the first year that I’ve decorated for Valentine’s Day, and I have to say that I think it turns February into a very happy month. From now on, each year I will add to my fireplace decorations until there is no space left, and the decorating will have to spread throughout the house.
Can you see how happy this fireplace is? It’s so pretty to me, that I don’t want to take it down until I can start decorating for Easter and spring.
Thank you, Britt Arnhild for the wonderful gift you sent me. It will be part of my collection every year.

**the top photo: the knitted heart on the right is Britt’s.

Jackpot!

February 21, 2007

I’ve hit the mother-load today. I went to our library to get a book, and I ended up buying 4 books. There’s a section where people drop off their own books, and the library sells them to make money. I’ve bought many of my kids books there (@ 50 cents each!). I was so lucky today to find 4 best sellers: The Pilot’s Wife, Mrs. Kimble, The Secret Life of Bees, and Memoirs of a Geisha. I don’t know which one to read first. I want to read them all right now. I can’t wait to start tonight after the kids go to bed.

The Children’s Rooms

February 17, 2007

These are the sweetest rooms in our house. I wanted to create spaces for them that were happy, safe, and comfortable. I loved decorating these rooms, and I took my time doing it. Every time I enter these rooms, I feel happy.

Just a few things that make me smile….

February 17, 2007
  1. Reading inspiring stories that make me want to be better starting that very moment.
  2. Both of my kids jumping on their father every night when he lays down on the floor.
  3. Hot coffee just for me!!!!!!!!!
  4. Watching my younger cousin getting married (I can’t believe she’s that old now) and all I could think about was that this beautiful girl in this beautiful white dress used to shove crayons up her nose when she was very little.
  5. Throughout my sons continuous never ending potty training, my daughter cheers him on by yelling, “pee pee! pee pee!” with such enthusiasm, that you start thinking that there really isn’t anything better than using the potty.
  6. an unexpected Valentine’s Day gift.
  7. a brand new magazine.
  8. hugging and kissing my kids.

A Valentine’s Day Gift

February 15, 2007

The other day I was telling my husband all these little facts about our town. He was interested and wanted to know how I knew that stuff. I told him about the book I was reading at the book store. Well, when I came downstairs yesterday morning, there it was on the kitchen table! He is so awesome!!! I love this book. It’s just a short little history book about our town with tons of old pictures, including a picture of the house I lived in for 14 months prior to us getting married. It’s a victorian home that has since been cut into 4 separate apartments, I used to live in one of the first floor apartments. I had a beautiful original stained glass window in my bedroom. Gorgeous! I pass this house at least 10 times a week on my way to the grocery store, or wherever, and I still say, “that’s my house,” every time I pass it. My husband knows how much I love history, especially local history, and I’m really touched that he bought me this book.

**the valentine on the left was made by my son in nursery school on Monday.

A Good Brother story….

February 14, 2007

This weekend when we were all sick, I had to take one of my daughter’s earrings off. Believe me, it was necessary. Anyway, after I had disinfected it, I tried to put it back in. Well, the princess thinks it insulting to be held down and decided that wiggling, crying, and screaming, were much more appropriate for the occasion. My son, who is just the sweetest boy, went into her room to get her the Winnie the Pooh so that she would stop crying. Is he a prince or what? I did not ask him to do that, he just did it. So it’s true. He loves his sister, no matter how many times he shoves her down or pulls her hair when he thinks no one is looking. And the earring went in easily.

Happy Valentine’s Day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Not gone, just recovering

February 12, 2007

Can you say norovirus? Yeah, my kids got hit with it last week, and I got it over the weekend. 3am Saturday morning. And it ain’t over yet. That’s why I haven’t been on the computer lately. No one in my household is allowed to get sick again for at least 5 years. Ok, maybe 3. But we’ve been hammered here since Thanksgiving. I’m done!

Hit the road, Jack

February 6, 2007

This is the circa 1950 fireplace with the lovely wood paneling to the right of it. I can’t stand it. Thankfully, neither can my husband (thank you God). This year a carpenter will be coming over to destroy this and the paneling, and build us a new fireplace. One with a mantel. The paneling will be replaced by a built in bookcase. I can’t wait!! And yes, the carpenter will be hauling off the bricks that stick out on which I have the frames leaning on. And no, I don’t know what he will do with them. And no, I don’t care. My father in law, who takes it just like a stab and twist to the heart Every. Single. Time. we change something in this house, actually asked me what I planned on doing with the bricks. Of course I couldn’t say that I would love nothing more than to get up on my roof and throw them into the brook across the street, so I asked him if he wanted them. He said no. Whatev’s!
We bought this house in 2005 from my in laws and most places I look, this house still looks like theirs. Lack of funds makes upgrades come slowly. At least the kitchen has been completely redone. We even changed the floor plan! My in laws almost had heart attacks! They loved every square inch of this house and every bit of its early 1970s decor. I just hope that one day I will love it too, and every bit of its 21st century decor. Did I mention we’ll also be changing the color of the house? You might think that I don’t like my in laws, but I actually do. I just don’t like that they feel they must comment on everything we do. This is NOT their house anymore! All of last year, when I would come home from work I would find the outside of my house decorated to whatever holiday was approaching by my mother in law, EXACTLY like she would decorate it when this was still her house. It would take me about half an hour to take everything down, throw in the trash, and some stuff into the woods out back. That’s how pissed off I would become. Finally my husband had to tell her to knock it off. Now she’ll ask me if she can decorate. I have no idea why. Maybe she just likes to hear me say no. Let’s just say I don’t like her style.
Ok, enough bashing. I didn’t mean to bash them, but there is just no nice way to explain some things.

My Baby babying her baby

February 6, 2007

She loves her babies. She hugs them, kisses them, feeds them, and carries them around the house, which is a sight to see because the dolls are half her size. It’s a good thing she’s so cute because she’s the reason I’ve been up since 4am this morning.

B.A.K.E.D.-C.

February 5, 2007

This is one of the best groups of women that you can ever meet. These women have been my best friends for the last 3 years. BTW, that’s me, 3rd from the left with the scarf. We all met when we had our first child and joined the Breast Feeding Support Group (bfsg) at the hospital where the kids were born. My first day there, I was just hoping to meet one normal person, never did I expect to become life long friends with 5! A. was the first person I met (she’s 2nd from the left sitting down). She had breast pads sticking out of her back pocket, just like I did! She was normal! We exchanged phone numbers and told me to get my butt down to Old Navy because the were having a huge sale on clothes, and I should stock up for my son’s following year–all said with a thick southern accent. Did that! BTW, the clothes that she bought for her daughter, were recently passed down to my daughter life is good. Fast forward, and within the next few weeks I met the rest of the girls, and there pretty much hasn’t been a week since that has gone by without us getting together with our children, or talking on the phone, or at least emailing one another. Four of us are from out of state, so personally, I consider them family. We switch off whose house will be hosting for coffee and brunch, and we talk, while the kids play. Tomorrow D. (the beautiful red head on the right sitting down) will be hosting. She promised the coffee would be ready and hot when we get there, but since she’s expecting her 2nd child in just a few weeks, we’ll cut her some slack if it isn’t ready yet. But just this once. These women are SO funny and kind, you just never want to leave.
B. was the first one of us to brave parenting to 2 kids. She had her beautiful son 6 months before my “famous-inblogland” daughter arrived. Six months after that K. (who says she’s not related to Madonna, but whateva) and A. had their sons. And now D. and E. will round out March with the arrival of their 2nd children. BTW, E.’s great-great-something-grandfather is famous.
Ah well, this photo was taken last week when we went out for dinner (no kids, no husbands).

***BAKED is the group name I use when I email them