Friday, November 12, 2010

Trust me on this one.

Overheard on the baby monitor...
Sydney: "Kate, it's a girl. She needs her belt on."
Kate: "Give me my dee-aye" (deer)
Sydney: "Kate, trust me on this one."
Kate: "O-tay, I'll trust you on this one."

Friday, November 5, 2010

More work-in-progress

I need some advice. Here we have photos of our living room fireplace. The frame in front is something Jake and I made to go around a mirror my friend gave us that will go above the fireplace. However, before I decide whether to actually hang it or "lean it" on the mantle, we need to beef up the mantle. It's something that's bothered me since we first looked at the house. It's a sorry excuse for a mantle on a fireplace this size. So the next picture shows the piece of wood I got last week from an Amish woodworking place...very simple, we're just going to paint it and put it right on top of what we already have.

Here comes the advice part. What color should we paint it? I don't really like the white that's up there now, but it would be easy just to stick with it. We could paint the whole thing dark, but then it wouldn't contrast the trim around the tile work. OR we could stain it similar to all the woodwork in the room, which you can see the color better in the picture of the thermostat and paint chips.

Lastly, I REALLY want to paint this room. You can see, it's a really warm brown right now, which it's not that I don't like the color, but the floors are brown and all the trim is brown and there isn't very good lighting in the it just feels like a dirt cave in there. I'm thinking gray, which you can see in some of the pictures. Thoughts? Suggestions?

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Love notes

When I was younger and my Grandma Abbie was staying with us, she would often make my lunch for school. Each time, she would enclose a little post-it note in my napkin with some little words of encouragement or just "I 'heart' you". I will usually put "I 'heart' you Jackson" notes in Jackson's lunch and in turn, he brings me home these cute notes. They have rest time at school, when the kids are encouraged to take a nap or just rest quietly. Some are allowed to draw if they're not tired and this is usually what Jackson does with his time and scraps of paper. I love each and every one of them. It's hard to throw them away but my collection is getting HUGE! I have at least 50 or so now! I love my big boy...he has such a tender heart and I'm so glad!

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!!

For the school's "Shade Out Drugs" Red Ribbon Week, all of the students made anti-smoking posters. During parent teacher conferences, the parents got a chance to vote on their favorite poster with no names (thus the "2" on Jackson's poster). Well, my little creative guy won first place in his class AND the grand prize for the whole school! He got 2 certificates, a water bottle, some sun glasses, a book mark, and a special bagel snack! (What more could a 5-year-old want?)

If you look carefully at the poster, there's quite a story behind it. In the bottom left, you see a guy throwing a cigarette in a trash can with a girl below him. Just above that, it shows the guy and the girl together with a heart in the middle because she loves him now that he's not smoking. (I got this all from his's not completely self-explanatory!) I also really like the good lungs, bad lungs pictures. I think with Jackson's anxiety I probably won't have to worry about him smoking...he would worry too much about the color of his lungs!

I'm so grateful for these little victories that help boost his confidence.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Sydney's 4th Birthday...a LOT belated!

Here are a few pics from sweet little Sydney's 4th Birthday in July. She wanted a rainbow and unicorn Jake, not wanting to be too cliche (although for a 4 year old, I think cliche is acceptable) made this awesome tie dyed cake. Syd loved it! Especially the THICK frosting.
Notice the kitchen torch used to light the candles. Some were completely melted by the time the wick would stay lit!

The pint-sized party goers...Braden, Kate, Jackson, Charlie (neighbor), Aryn, Sydney & Gracie (neighbor). They had a ton of fun...but I don' think I'm going to be able to get away with these low-key family parties much longer. Eventually I will have to have an all-out, friend birthday...especially since Jackson has had 2 now!
Sydney is our sweet, affectionate, little devil. She is constantly vying for attention and affection through cuddles, hugs and kisses. I hear "I love you mommy" from her several times a day...though often times I think it's to make up for the mischief she's been making. She makes messes faster than anyone and she does super-naughty things like cutting her own hair, cutting Kate's hair, and cutting pretty much anything little pony's hair, barbie hair, ribbons, ties, name it. I try desperately to keep scissors away from her but she's old enough and crafty enough to find them. She'll even use nail clippers in a pinch.

Sydney is a smart girl! I will be working with her and Jackson on letters and sounds and she will pick up on them as fast or faster than Jackson. Her teachers tell me she has an amazingly long attention span for her age, which will hopefully serve her well. She is really determined and independent and tries and tries till she figures things out.

I love our little Sydney. It will be so fun to watch this one grow and develop into a strong, intelligent woman. I just hope her need for affection doesn't result in a few dead boyfriends when her dad catches her kissing them!