Wednesday, May 21, 2008

New Bathroom

In honor of my mother's birthday today, I am embroiled in a manic painting project.

Here is the bathroom when we bought the house:

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After five years of living:

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The new and improved Spa Retreat:

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Monday, May 19, 2008

Our new garden

We finally got our organic garden planted. Hopefully planting under a full moon was propitious.

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We found this duck's nest, but sadly by the following morning there was yolk splattered, and one less egg. I'm thinking Mama Duck abandoned it and the foxes and raccoons are picking them off one by one.

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Sunday, May 11, 2008

Yard Sale Season Opener!

Our community had its yard sale yesterday and it was probably the busiest one I've seen here in the five years we've been here, both in number of sales and volume of traffic. Here are some of my scores:

Assorted art and craft supplies, including a $1 18x24 canvas still in its pack, 2 art puzzles for $1 a piece, a really nice crafty scrapbook for $2, and 2 2008 picture calendars for 25 cents each, all of which I will use on my newest hobby which is collage.
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Also for a craft project, two frames for $1
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A beautiful, tall, children's book shelf from Pier One, for $8. The best part about this is it was from neighbors we know well.
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Also for the kids: a McDonald's playset for $5 that originally retailed for $50, with nearly all its parts---great for the basement play space:
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A covered sandbox for $5, the kind that usually go for $30
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And a Rubiks Cube, unsolved and in good shape, for $1 to give to Zack who wanted to know what a Rubiks cube was. These sell at toystores for about $8.

Last but not least, I found this vintage 1960's ladies coat for $5, which in the fall I should be able to sell on Ebay, possibly earning enough to fund the rest of this $30 shopping spree!

Happy Mother's Day!

I was treated to blackberry topped pancakes at the Cracker Barrel this morning, proudly wearing my brand new puzzle-piece pin that Zack made for me.
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We pretty much spent a good deal of the afternoon in the basement listening to tornado sirens, and Ken and Zack jammed...Ken on electric guitar and Zack on his drum kit. Nate and I watched the weather on tv and talked to Aunt Louise.

Good thing with all the rain storms that we went ahead and did our hike with Oma yesterday. Went to Glacier Ridge, a metro park that is a wetland, and although it's small and locked in by freeway, it's actually quite nice, especially when enjoyed with Panera Bread (or as Ken calls it "Panterra Bread---Be yourself, by yourself, have some bread with me!!!) We saw loads of fat, happy tadpoles which made us feel momentarily better about the whole amphibian-fungus thing.

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Unfortunately, camera batteries weren't on our side yesterday, so this is the only pic of Oma with Ken and the kids together:
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On the way up to the lookout tower Zack kept telling us there was a man up there who was a secret agent. Lo and behold, we get to the top and in James Bond movie fashion, there is a guy looking through one of the scope-thingies!!! We had to share that with him and he had a good laugh.
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Here is Nate on the boardwalk; he was feeling a bit out of sorts, zagging to our zig all day:
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Finally, I must give dear husband props for watching "Becoming Jane" with me during naptime, without even powering on his computer. I asked him how he liked it and he said "it's kinda boring" so i know that he is still very manly, and I will reciprocate by watching a Chuck Norris film with him come father's day!

Hope all the other moms had as nice a weekend as I did! I hopefully will get the kids to bed soon, and actually do something restful.

And of course I have to mention that I'm thinking about my own mom too. it gets both easier and harder each year that passes.
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Saturday, May 10, 2008

Transformation!

We got new counters yesterday! And a bunch of other misc things we've been doing with the kitchen and bath. The bath isn't painted yet, so I will wait for a future blog. For now, here is our kitchen during the home inspection when we bought the house in 2002:

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Here are three stages of our kitchen:

Newly purchased:
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Improved:
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Amazing!
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Hurray!

Monday, May 5, 2008

God Bless Our Home

This came from my Grammy. It sat on her stove for as long as I can remember. Thank goodness I checked all the boxes my sister set out for the thrift store!

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