Saturday, September 5, 2009

Weekend Update

Week in review... video edition:

Quote o' the day:
"I'm going to tell you something and I'm going to tell it to you ONE time. The oven light is meant to be used to check on something. You love to turn it on and watch things bake. You're going to burn out that light... and it will never get replaced. And that does not mesh with my temperament."

NO that was not said to one of our children.

Target fashion finds:

CUTEST shoes ever and I think they speak for themselves. But if not let me help them along with this... $12.99.

I am loving this cardigan. It is really feminine... almost elegant. It's the kind of thing that takes a regular shirt and jeans and makes it look 1000 times better and more intentional. And it is the prefect weight to transition my tissue weight shirts into Fall. $22.99

Friday, September 4, 2009


I can't even believe it. I actually got them both to sleep.

That's particularly unusual seeing as Baby doesn't technically nap.

I don't even know what to do with myself. The prospect of having 2 potential hours to myself is UNHEARD OF.

I will not be blogging.

I'll be reading... and maybe nodding off a bit.

And eating without being interrupted.

It might even be hot.

Deep Thoughts Abound...

but I'm thoroughly occupied.

He is supposed to nap... if so... perhaps I'll be back shortly.

If not to share my deep thoughts... at least to share my new Target fashion find(s).

P.S. He calls me Mama which is pretty endearing.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Pass Me Some Tape

I need to tape my eyes open.

I've been really struggling to adjust to our new schedule. I know a lot of you are in this boat right now.... or about to get into it. It seems to take us about a full month to get into a good rhythm. It's especially hard on us because not one of us is a natural early riser. We're getting up about 2 hours before any of us consider "morning"... and we're all exhausted by the end of the day. Even with earlier bedtimes our bodies don't think we're getting enough sleep. And it feels like with the addition of school we can't fit everything we need to do into one day. I know it doesn't make sense... but I also know you know what I mean. It's just a huge schedule adjustment and I feel frazzled and stressed and pulled in 1000 directions. I need coffee to wake up and Unisom to go to sleep. My body is just fighting this time change with everything it has.

Add to that the fact that it's 12:45 and this is the first time I've sat down since I woke up this morning.

Which is made worse by the fact that I was already tired yesterday... and so was Baby... which is why she collapsed into a deep dark coma at 5:50PM last night only to get up 2 hours later... and then stayed up until 11:45PM.

I don't love when that kind of thing happens but it's a heck of a lot easier on me when I don't have to get up early the next morning to meet my new charge:
He wasn't scheduled to come today but yesterday afternoon his mother called to ask if he might not come over at the crack of dawn for a little warm up session before being dropped off for a full day tomorrow. I thought that that was a good idea... for him... and for Baby. So I got up extra early. I even showered and put on 50% clean clothing.

Things went very well. He didn't want to leave. His dad was a bit surprised... I guess my awesomeness is a bit unassuming at times.

We'll see how it goes tomorrow. Hopefully I'll be working off more than 6 hours of sleep.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Before and After

Before (weird cheap Target vanity stool... with stained seat):


I'm really excited about this project. I've been reading a lot of decorating blogs of late and am always impressed with what these ladies can do with a little spray paint and fabric. It's made me a bit jealous of their ingenuity and their eye for seeing the diamond in the rough. I feel like I just don't have that. But I started thinking about it. Trying to rationalize that spray paint can't be that hard... can it? So I bought some and then shelved them not having the courage to risk ruining something. And then one day I noticed... fully noticed... maybe for the first time Kid's weird vanity stool that she uses as a chair for her desk in our family room. It looks awful there but it's the right height so I've just let it go. So the other night when I was looking at it I realized "I hate that stool... I can't ruin it!" And I couldn't have if I tried. It was ugly from day one.

So I thought I'd use the red paint I've had sitting around hoping for the courage to use. And I borrowed a scrap of cute fabric (is that not the cutest?!) I'd bought for making skirts with.

And Ta Da! This project took about 20 minutes for the spray painting (I did two coats) and 15 or so for recovering the seat. And both of those were surprisingly easy to do. I just stapled the new fabric on with Mr F's staple gun. I'm sure with a little practice I could do something similar in even less time. I do love a quick, nearly instant gratification, style project.

Kid saw it and said "Oh Mommy I love it."

Then a minute later...

"What happened to my white chair?"

There were some tears after that.

Father Of The Year

"You know when you do that it makes me want to freak out...

and drive the car over you." Mr F admonishes Kid last night.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Happy Anniversary Mr F!

8 down.... 50 or so to go (if he starts working out... about 25 if he doesn't).


Oh. My. God.

That woman is a total idiot.

Thank God I got out while the getting was good.

I mean... COMPLETE moron.

Monday, August 31, 2009

What Not To Wear

"You're not leaving the house like that." Mrs F announces upon seeing Mr F this morning.

"The socks?" Mr F guesses sheepishly.

"Yeah." Mrs F replies.

Mr F laughs and heads back to the laundry room.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

If This Doesn't Make You Feel Better About Your Housekeeping Nothing Will

I was over at Amy's place and I've decided to take on her "Let's Get Real 2009: Perfect People Lie" challenge. You know you can always count on me for a dose of reality... and... a dose of bad housekeeping. So I'm in.

I would like you to keep in mind that my house was IMMACULATE on Tuesday. And when I say immaculate I really mean it... I even vacuumed out the couch cushions! I'm not actually saying that to assuage my housekeeping guilt (okay maybe a little) I am saying that so you can take in the full scope of our mess making abilities. It's been less than 5 full days.

So without further ado I'll give you MY HOUSE RIGHT NOW:

Kitchen (seriously people... this is nothing):

Living Room (also maybe one of the best rooms in the house... since this picture things have taken a dramatic downward turn in there):

Family Room (this room is SO messy I needed to break it into two parts to get a shot of all the crap!... and most of this is from TODAY):

Girls' room (Keep in mind that I made their beds with new bedding THIS MORNING):

Office (Okay this room wasn't immaculate. It pretty much always looks like this.... it is the room where all things go to die.):

The bathroom and my bedroom are actually still perfectly clean... I don't want to tarnish our imperfection so I left those off ;)
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