Monday, August 18, 2008

Got your tickets?

So I was just in the car with both of my children, when a commercial came on the radio. The DJ was talking about an upcoming Maroon 5 concert (which I would love to go to by the way) and mentioned that the radio station would be giving away tickets. My daughter said, "Mom, they said tickets!" "Yes they did", I replied. "Like tickets to the gun show...Mom, do you have tickets to the gun show?" she asked as she flexed her biceps. Ah, the education of children when left alone with their fathers...

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Jenny's visit

My friend Jenny moved to Galveston in June and those of us who were left behind miss her immensely. Jenny was able to come back for a visit with her kids last weekend and we all got together at Julie's house on Saturday to watch the finale of So You Think You Can Dance and gab. Jenny's brother Joey even came to hang out with us for a little while, which was nice because we hadn't seen him in a while and I'm sure he had much better things to do than hang out with a bunch of silly girls.Sunday after church Jenny brought the kids over to my house and we watched the Olympics for a few hours and talked some more until the kids were completely worn out. It was so nice to be able to get together again and hang out. Hopefully soon my family will be able to go down and visit Jenny in Galveston so that she doesn't miss us all too much. :)

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Finishing Projects

The master bathroom is usable. Tyson installed the sink before we went on our San Antonio trip, and his dad helped him install the commode after they got back. Tyson would have done that earlier, but he separated a rib a couple of weeks ago at Jiu Jitsu and he couldn't lift anything. Now he only has to install the wall cabinet and mirror, paint the trim around the door and window, and touch up the paint around the outlet. We are eventually going to install a glass door in the shower, but for now we're going to put in a curtain.In additional exciting news, I finished a baby quilt that I started four and a half years ago. My mom helped me design it and I cut the fabric and pieced the top together a long time ago. I didn't end up finishing it before my daughter was born and it ended up hiding in a hall closet for a year or two. I attached all the layers together and quilted it before LittleMan was born. I finished everything except the binding, then it wound up buried in the hall closet again. My ward assembled ten quilts to send to Salt Lake for the humanitarian aid store houses. We got together several times to tie the quilts. My mom is very crafty and always hand quilts her projects. I didn't even know how to tie a quilt, even though I have completed several quilts on my own before. I was motivated after helping with those other projects to finish the binding on my quilt, so I did. Here is the most recent finished product. This one was made with leftover scraps of fabric that I had in my stash.Here is a crib sized baby quilt that I made in about a week from start to finish in May of 2006. Here is the first quilt I ever made. I designed and completed this when Tyson and I lived in Florida, and I gave it to a friend of mine for her new baby.

Monday, August 11, 2008

San Antonio Vacation

We spent the beginning of last week in San Antonio. We listened to one of those time share presentations and got our hotel room for dirt cheap, plus two free tickets to Sea World. That's the kind of vacation I like! I'm currently making scrapbook pages to document our trip, so rather than tell the story twice, I'll just post those layouts as I finish them. Here is the first one:
Template by Yin Designs, Paper by Bren Boone (altered).

Saturday, August 09, 2008

This is why I can't have nice things...

This morning I turned my back on LittleMan for about 5 seconds and he pulled my lamp off of the end table, causing it to crash to the floor and break. I love this lamp (and its intact partner).

Most of my furniture is hand me down, and I'm OK with that. I'm sure some day I will be able to decorate my house more how I want it and less in the "work with what *generic nice person* gave to me" style. I bought these lamps, and the gorgeous lampshades that go with them when a local store went out of business. I got them for dirt cheap, and they are probably my favorite (i.e - only) decorative but useful items in the house.

You might notice in the picture above that there is no lampshade on my broken lamp. I left Terrence and Tyson in charge of the kids about a month back so that I could do something useful and when I came back, LittleMan had gotten to the lampshade and begun to de-bead the fringe. He couldn't reach the lampshade by himself. *Someone* put him up on the couch within easy reach of the lampshades and let him play the "how close can he get to grabbing the beads without actually destroying them" game. I was miffed when my lampshades were damaged, so I removed the shades, in the hope of preventing future damage and possibly repairing them myself.Now I'm just resigned to the fact that I can't have nice things while I have small children.