Friday, September 5, 2008

Whoever You Are by Mem Fox

This is by far one of my favorite children's stories. I think everyone should read this heartwarming reminder of life's simplicity.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Baby On Board?

I've never understood the rationale behind putting a "Baby On Board" sticker on one's car. The sign hangs in place as if a potential accident is not going to occur because of this warning. I just don't get it.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Look what I can grow!

I have been known to kill cacti.

Because of my tainted plant care-taking history I am very proud to announce that these flowers came from our yard. Not only did I plant them and care for them but I give myself bonus points because I even remember their name! These are stargazer lilies and they are gracing our fireplace thanks to my green thumb.

Monday, September 1, 2008

to do list

I am a list maker. It is my way of organizing chaos, and today I realized my to-do list was quite humorous.

1. Change Bella's sheets asap! (rotten milk never smells good)

2. Buy hubcap (even though I replaced one two weeks ago....I really need to stop running into curbs)

3. Clean up dog puke (this seems like a recurring theme in my life now that Bella thinks it's funny to feed the dog)

Sunday, August 17, 2008

No time. No time.

Although I had high hopes of updating my blog regularly it's obvious that I failed. Sometimes I feel like I barely have time to shower regularly, let alone complete a coherent thought that is worthy of other's attention. Many things have happened in the past few weeks. The most monumental of these is that Isabella had her first birthday on August 16th! We celebrated this exciting occasion by staying home all day in hibernation from the 106 degree heat. I believe in not overdoing it at first, this ensures that there's always something to look forward to on the following birthday. Maybe next year we will increase the excitement level by taking a walk or even going out for a birthday dinner!

Ok, in actuality we did have a small birthday party the weekend prior and Isabella dressed up in a dreamy fairy princess dress. It was quite cute and I guarantee Isabella would much prefer to eat, sleep and bathe in the fairy dress rather than stare at it hanging so neatly in her closet.

All of the birthday action tired Isabella out....

I wish I had time to include more pictures and try to come up with witty comments but the night is short. In the past I would of said, "I don't have enough time," but I have made a pact with myself that I will not use the "no time" excuse. I promise that I will MAKE time for the things that really matter and unfortunately blogging is not on my top ten list. Goodnight for now!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

The Rat Race

At times it's easy to get caught up in the rat race. What am I saying? I always feel like I am in a rat race. This story is one of my favorites and it helps to keep things in perspective. I don't know who wrote this story, I received it as a forwarded email a few years ago.

A boat docked in a tiny Mexican village. An American tourist complimented the Mexican fisherman on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took him to catch them. "Not very long," answered the Mexican. "But then, why didn't you stay out longer and catch more?" asked the American. The Mexican explained that his small catch was sufficient to meet his needs and those of his family. The American asked, "But what do you do with the rest of your time?" "I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, and take a siesta with my wife. In the evenings, I go into the village to see my friends, have a few drinks, play the guitar, and sing a few songs...I have a full life." The American interrupted, "I have an MBA from Harvard and I can help you! You should start by fishing longer every day. You can then sell the extra fish you catch. With the extra revenue, you can buy a bigger boat. With the extra money the larger boat will bring, you can buy a second one and a third one and so on until you have an entire fleet of trawlers. Instead of selling your fish to a middle man, you can negotiate directly with the processing plants and maybe even open your own plant. You can then leave this little village and move to Mexico City, Los Angeles, or even New York City! From there you can direct your huge enterprise." "How long would that take?" asked the Mexican. "Twenty, perhaps twenty-five years," replied the American. "And after that?" "Afterwards? That's when it gets really interesting," answered the American, laughing. "When your business gets really big, you can start selling stocks and make millions!" "Millions? Really? And after that?" "After that you'll be able to retire, live in a tiny village near the coast, sleep late, play with your children, catch a few fish, take a siesta, and spend your evenings drinking and enjoying your friends."

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Kitchen Color

I found this picture and the wall color caught my eye. I think it looks perfect, especially with all of the white accents. Doesn't this little kitchen just make you want to cook something delicious?

Because it cost $56.00 to fill up our Toyota Corolla yesterday....

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

This will make you cry!

Well, at least it made me cry.

Framed Wallpaper

I've never thought to frame wallpaper but after coming across this picture I think I may give it a try. I'm not a huge fan of the yellow but I will find a different color and print and try to work some magic. There are many bare walls that I have to fill and this would be a good way to make a room cozy without costing too much.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Weekend Projects. fun! fun!

We completed 2 things around the house today.

1) Painted the front door.
2) Cleaned out the refrigerator.

It is amazing how we lived in our house for 4 years with a total of 9 roommates and when we moved out our door was white and looked as good as new. Eight months and one family later our door was destroyed. It is amazing that our renters were able to cause the destruction they did in such a short amount of time. Not only was the door covered in scratches, scum, and god knows what else, but the entire frame was cracked- basically damage that could only be done if someone was trying to kick down the door.

Thanks to Chris's handywork and a can of paint, our entry is as good as new and we dig our new black door.

Our second project for the day was to clean out the refrigerator. You are probably thinking "What in the heck do you have rotting in there that would cause it to be a day's work to clean out the rerigerator?"

Well, it was one of the last projects caused by our renters. We have no idea how this happened but we're guessing that they let their 2 year old play with bright pink nailpolish.......IN THE REFRIGERATOR!!! Yes, there was spilled nailpolish, splattered nailpolish and just plain old bright pink nailpolish all over the inside of the refrigerator and freezer. Thanks to a few bottles of nailpolish remover and a few rolls of papertowels....we're back in business again and our refrigerator is as good as new!