Sunday, January 30, 2011

baby liam

will be here on tuesday the 1st. stay tuned for more!!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

secret hideaway, pt 1

so for a while now i have wanted to do something with our downstairs closet. it is one of those places that just collects stuff. not stuff we ever really use either, just stuff. so i have gone back and forth between: moving christians office in there, making it my sewing room, organizing it for storage etc. well last week i had a thought that i should make it into a secret hideaway for bug. one of my goals is to get all of the toys (except for a small basket) out of the living areas and move it all to the basement. our basement is finished and a really good size for all of us to have a "zone" down there. so last sunday as i was sitting on the couch really feeling lazy (i know i know im pregnant, yada yada but i have spent WAY too much time on this couch) so i got up and me and bug went to work!

i dont have a before pic of the entrance but basically what we are doing here is making it super girly and personal just for bug. eventually all of her dress up clothes will be on this rack and i have another mirror i am going to hang. the one you see propped up is way too heavy to hang.

this is the right side of the closet, basically just clutter clutter clutter!

old book case of my grandmothers that we have had for a very long time. it has been painted so many times i have NO idea what the original color is! the other day i was asking my mom to take it back but then had the idea to just paint it again and bug can use it now and when she gets older for homework etc!!

left side of the closet, more clutter

bugs masterpiece on the wall she painted!

im not great at taking before and after pics. i always start on a project and then OH YEAH i need a picture of the before. so the front of the trunk was already painted. but you get the idea. this is an old trunk of mine that was just collecting junk. so we painted it and made it have a soft top where bug can sit :)

stay tuned for more :)

Friday, January 28, 2011

11 parenting lessons

a friend of mine put this on facebook and it is too funny and too true not to share. and to think i am about to add to this two fold next tuesday!!

Lesson 1
1. Go to the grocery store.
2. Arrange to have your salary paid directly to their head office.
3. Go home.
4. Pick up the paper.
5. Read it for the last time.

Lesson 2
Before you finally go ahead and have children, find a couple who already are parents and berate them about their...

1. Methods of discipline.
2. Lack of patience.
3. Appallingly low tolerance levels.
4. Allowing their children to run wild.
5. Suggest ways in which they might improve their child's breastfeeding, sleep habits, toilet training, table manners, and overall behavior.

Enjoy it because it will be the last time in your life you will have all the answers.

Lesson 3
A really good way to discover how the nights might feel...

1. Get home from work and immediately begin walking around the living room from 5PM to 10PM carrying a wet bag weighing approximately 8-12 pounds, with a radio turned to static (or some other obnoxious sound) playing loudly. (Eat cold food with one hand for dinner)
2. At 10PM, put the bag gently down, set the alarm for midnight, and go to sleep.
3. Get up at 12 and walk around the living room again, with the bag, until 1AM.
4. Set the alarm for 3AM.
5. As you can't get back to sleep, get up at 2AM and make a drink and watch an infomercial.
6. Go to bed at 2:45AM.
7. Get up at 3AM when the alarm goes off.
8. Sing songs quietly in the dark until 4AM.
9. Get up. Make breakfast. Get ready for work and go to work (work hard and be productive)
Repeat steps 1-9 each night. Keep this up for 3-5 years. Look cheerful and together.

Lesson 4
Can you stand the mess children make? To find out...
1. Smear peanut butter onto the sofa and jam onto the curtains.
2. Hide a piece of raw chicken behind the stereo and leave it there all summer.
3. Stick your fingers in the flower bed.
4. Then rub them on the clean walls.
5. Take your favorite book, photo album, etc. Wreck it.
6. Spill milk on your new pillows. Cover the stains with crayons. How does that look?

Lesson 5
Dressing small children is not as easy as it seems.
1. Buy an octopus and a small bag made out of loose mesh.
2. Attempt to put the octopus into the bag so that none of the arms hang out.

Time allowed for this - all morning.

Lesson 6
Forget the BMW and buy a mini-van. And don't think that you can leave it out in the driveway spotless and shining. Family cars don't look like that.
1. Buy a chocolate ice cream cone and put it in the glove compartment. Leave it there.
2. Get a dime. Stick it in the CD player.
3. Take a family size package of chocolate cookies. Mash them into the back seat. Sprinkle cheerios all over the floor, then smash them with your foot.
4. Run a garden rake along both sides of the car.

Lesson 7
Go to the local grocery store. Take with you the closest thing you can find to a pre-school child. (A full-grown goat is an excellent choice). If you intend to have more than one child, then definitely take more than one goat. Buy your week's groceries without letting the goats out of your sight. Pay for everything the goat eats or destroys. Until you can easily accomplish this, do not even contemplate having children.

Lesson 8
1. Hollow out a melon.
2. Make a small hole in the side.
3. Suspend it from the ceiling and swing it from side to side.
4. Now get a bowl of soggy Cheerios and attempt to spoon them into the swaying melon by pretending to be an airplane.
5. Continue until half the Cheerios are gone.
6. Tip half into your lap. The other half, just throw up in the air.

You are now ready to feed a nine- month-old baby.

Lesson 9
Learn the names of every character from Sesame Street , Barney, Disney, the Teletubbies, and Pokemon. Watch nothing else on TV but PBS, the Disney channel or Noggin for at least five years. (I know, you're thinking What's 'Noggin'?) Exactly the point.

Lesson 10
Make a recording of Fran Drescher saying 'mommy' repeatedly. (Important: no more than a four second delay between each 'mommy'; occasional crescendo to the level of a supersonic jet is required). Play this tape in your car everywhere you go for the next four years. You are now ready to take a long trip with a toddler.

Lesson 11
Start talking to an adult of your choice. Have someone else continually tug on your skirt hem, shirt- sleeve, or elbow while playing the 'mommy' tape made from Lesson 10 above. You are now ready to have a conversation with an adult while there is a child in the room.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

bangs :)

what is it about kids and scissors but i think every child goes through a time when they need to cut everything. their clothes, things in the house like a memory board mommy just made and then there is the hair.

bug has cut hers 3 times. once where you couldnt see it and i didnt really notice and then there are the 2 other times where she cut her hair right smack in the front middle of her forehead. you know where you cant really do anything about it.

well just when it was finally growing out from the first time she scalped herself she then did it again.

so while i was all "awe so cute, she cute her hair, we all do it" yada yada i really got tired of looking at her jacked up hair!

here she is before we got it cut today:

see how its longs on the sides and right in the middle its really really short. well that bc it was growing out!!

anyway i took her today to get it cut. i figured we would cut longer bangs to cover up the shorter ones, and then at least it would look like she was supposed to have bangs.

she looks so different and SO much younger. but it works for now.

what about you. what has your kid done that you had to "cover up"?