8.05.2014

The Bright Side

...and what do you do when it's bright outside?  Put on your sunglasses and get over it.
  That's just what I had to tell myself today.  We found those stupid little meal moths in our pantry today.  I really hate them.   They made me feel like punching things.  So we unloaded the whole pantry and cleaned and vacuumed.  We made sure every thing  a moth would love to eat was enclosed, covered, sealed or frozen.  Fun times!  
Since it was all undone, I decided to go ahead and take the time to label everything, consolidate, and organize a few things.  Truth be told, it looks a lot better. Am I thankful for those stupid moths?  I guess. Though I did have other plans for my afternoon. 
Just yesterday I read, "Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life." (Proverbs 4:23)  My spiritual sunglasses, if you will.
Which, I now realize extends itself even to dealing with stupid moths.  
Glad I read that yesterday, so I was prepared.  :)

8.04.2014

Suburban Renewal, Vol. 1

Earlier this Spring, I painted my kitchen.  It went from drab to fab over the course of a week.  If you look closely you can see the old brownish-greenish color in the top right of the photo.  A huge improvement.  After that was finished, I had my eye on sprucing up my kitchen island.                             Fast forward to June and our 21st Wedding anniversary and you have the rest of the story!                                            My sweet husband informed me that we were going to go out and about and spend the whole day together.    A whole day with my love sans kids?  Sounds great!!  Of course, I love my kids, but the Mr. and I were kind of a "thing" before they came along and well, we'd like to keep that "thing" going until they're long gone!
One of our stops during our day was at Ikea.  Brian knows that I love to walk around and daydream, shop for goodies, and make the occasional stop for sustenance in their restaurant. 
 After we found our $16,000 dream kitchen, Brian took me over to the kitchen island area and just started talking to a sales person and proceeded to order a butcher block top for my island!  Can you say excited?!   Totally.
 You can see the sad state of my former island in the picture showing my paint job.  Original laminate top, stained, chipped, and plain old ugly!  
The butcher block comes as a plain piece of wood with a light covering of preserving oil to keep it safe until you get it home and put it into place.   I bought Watco Butcher Block oil and set to work!  To preserve the top and finish it you first sand down the top with a 150 grit sandpaper and then apply a nice coating of the oil and let it sit for 6 hours.  During this entire process it was important NOT to touch the counter top at all or to set anything on it.  Since I have a lot of "traffic" in my kitchen, I chose to apply the oil in the evening after all my people were in bed.  That way there would be nothing to distract me or any little hands to "accidentally" touch the freshly oiled counter top.  This process was repeated 2 more times, each time using a more fine grit sandpaper.  After the final application, the directions require that you let it sit untouched for 72 hours.  Which, by the way, seems like forever.  However, somehow we managed to achieve this without incident!  Rather remarkable, considering the amount of tragedies that I had imagined in my mind during this process!  
Truly, I don't obsess about tragedy...but, on the heels of past experience with my children it seemed highly probable that I should be prepared.  




                                   













 

After the initial oiling process was over I made a beeswax mixture to apply over the top as an additional protection.  I  found the "recipe" on the Woodworkers Guide website. It was really simple to make and inexpensive.   I  applied a nice thick coating of the wax and let it sit on the counter all day while we were out. After we returned, I wiped off the excess and then buffed it with a soft cloth.      It didn't make it glossy, but gave it a nice, soft sheen.  So far, it has been wonderful to clean and has repelled water like a champ!  Our next step will be to cover the ugly fake wood with bead board and to paint the whole island. 


 Now...if I could just decide what color to paint that!  
Feel free to ask any questions!   

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7.21.2014

Look What I Made!

So we're gearing up for Emily's very first friends invited over PARTY!  Yes, I'm a cruel mother, but lets not dwell on that now.  We decided on  a paper doll theme, with a doll house birthday cake.
  You can see the invitation to the left.  We cut out the doll and stuck them to the invite with velcro. 

Sophie has been busy cutting out paper doll chains for decorations, while I'm assigned to small dresses to make a garland. 
  For many moons, I've had my eye on a video tutorial that shows you how to fold an origami dress.  Today, after throwing aside a lifetime of previous origami failures, I sat down and watched the video.  
   It wasn't nearly as hard as some of the ridiculous animals that I've tried to make in the past.  I was, and am soo happy with how this turned out! (excuse the less that adequate photo)  It actually looks like a dress!
Can you see that it looks like a dress?!  Please say you can, but don't lie.  My ego can handle it.
Also, I have lofty dreams of making this dollhouse cake that I found on the internet.  
Hopefully, my finished product will not be the subject of one of those "Cake Fail" pictures.  We shall see how it goes.  Regardless, I will post how everything turns out after the party.  Promise.



7.11.2014

Fun Facts, Vol. 1

Today's Fun Fact...




In Kentucky, it was illegal to carry an ice cream cone in your back pocket.  
True Story.









 The history behind this law is really not as crazy as it sounds!  Back when horse theivin' was more prevalent than it is today, a thief would put an ice cream cone in his back pocket to entice and lead a horse away from where it was.  If the thief was accused he could say, "I didn't steal it, he followed me home!" 
It surely must have been quite a problem at the time for a law to be made!  

In Washington State...

The harassing of Bigfoot, Sasquatch or other undiscovered subspecies is a felony punishable by a fine and/or imprisonment.


The details of this law may be found in the "Skamania County Ordinance 69-1".  Breaking of this law carries a hefty penalty!  It says this, 

"Whereas, be it resolved that any premeditated, willful and wanton slaying harassing or any malicious activities upon such creature shall be deemed a felony punishable by a fine not to exceed One hundred Thousand Dollars ($100.0000) and/or imprisonment, not to exceed ten (10) years." 

I'm not sure how you can harass something that has yet to be discovered.  It is rather unbelievable that there are actual laws about these things.  Undoubtedly, there are a mass amount of people who also believe that these are necessary.  As I was researching this strange law, I was unable to find a single case in which someone was prosecuted for breaking this law.  Hmmm.  I wonder why?  I guess they are Yetti to be discovered.  Har, har. 





7.09.2014

DON'T sit on your brothers head!

...and 9 more things I never imagined saying as a parent.

1. In the morning, while waking up my daughter... "Why are you sleeping with your sword?"  
  Sword on one side, doll on the other.  You never know when those infamous bad guys will be out.
2. "I'm not taking you back up to the house, just go in the lake."  Don't judge me. We were on vacation, the house was far, and she has to go every 7 1/2 minutes.  
3.  "Unless you're on fire or bleeding profusely from a gaping wound, do not come back inside this house!"  The ever living kid game of Go In and Out the Door Every 5 minutes begins with the first ray of sunshine, but is squelched shortly thereafter.  Thus, requiring the next phrase...
4. "Please do not go potty outside in the yard."  At first glance, through the vertical blinds, I saw...who turned on the sprinkler?! Wait, I don't hear the water! Oh no, that's not water!  Nooo! 
5.  "Do not color on your brother. Markers are for paper, not people!" The response, "but, it matches his shirt, Mama and he likes it".  A 5 year olds attempt at justification of his naughtiness.  No win, buddy. Nice try.
6.  "Please don't draw any more pictures of people going potty."  Suddenly, Art class took a turn for the worse.
7. "No, you cannot pretend to hang your brother, even you're just pretending."  Maybe too many Bonanza re-runs?
8. "When I said make the kitchen sparkle, I didn't mean scatter sugar all over the counters!"  Pure genius and completely stupid all at the same time.
9.  "Leave your clothes on! When I said go inside and cool off, I didn't mean to get completely undressed!"  Naked is cooler, but not always appropriate.  

  As a parent, we've all stifled laughter, or tried to, in a moment of "oh my goodness, I can't believe you just did that...ate that...said that...etc".   The joys, the heartache that these growing up years are exciting and wonderful!  These are the moments, the days that will never be repeated.  The days that our shared memories are made and never forgotten.  I say it all the time, "These are the Glory Years".  It brings fullness to my heart when I thank God for these children and all the wonderful, crazy, sad, and difficult days we've had together.   Its humbling to realize that as these precious children get older, their hearts and minds are shaped by the things that I have said to them.   
Also, I now find myself thinking or even saying things that my parents said to me as a child.  How funny it is to literally hear my mother's voice in my head as I say things to my own kids.  I think it might be the one time that hearing voices in your head is allowed.  
I'm looking forward to the day when my children will get to say all sorts of crazy things to their kids and I can tell stories on them to their kids!  All kids like to hear stories about when their Mom was a little girl!
Can't wait!

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