Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Put yourself in a cage!

In a cage?? what?  No, i'm not talking about an extreme form of time out.  I'm talking about PLAY.

The other day while talking to a mom whom I truly admire... I was humbled by the extreme PLAY that goes on at her house.  Humbled because it is She who is joining in.. big time!   I tend to think I'm doing  ok if I get in some good make believe time with the kiddos.. a tea party, helping to build a fort, making train and truck sounds.  You know, the usual.  Usual.  Usual holds nothing to playing "Zoo" and pretending to be an animal in a cage!!  Yep, she did it.  Later I was thinking about it.. and I'm not sure I would have been up for it. I don't know if I would have let myself be completely immersed in the play.  I would play "Zoo,"sure, ... but i kind of think I would volunteer to be the zoo keeper.. to maybe sneak some cleaning of my own  while i cleaned the "cages".  

And there lies the problem. "My Own".  Lately I am so focused on: getting things done, what needs to be done, and what isn't getting done that I end up turning "play time with the kids" into  

"My Own time.. with a side of playing.. till I can sneak away and do My Own thing".

 Does this sound at all familiar?  Please tell me I am not the only one!  Oh sure, it is a good tactic.. sometimes.  Just as (in my opinion) so is an occasional TV show to keep the peace in the dinner making hour.  But i think lately, sometimes has become the new Usual.  I guess with moving and having many many things that need to be done.. this is easy to do.  But I am thankful for this reminder to go ahead and get in a cage!  The work will still be there when the zoo closes!  ;)

I am sure this mom friend had no idea what she sparked in my mind... or how much I learn a lot from her- my little sis! :)  I love my sister and I love going through this mothering journey together.  The ups and downs are plentiful.  The frustrations are understood. The laughs are many.

Thanks Meg for taking "Zoo" to the extreme!  Next time, i will get in a cage!  LOL

here's a few pics of our kiddos this summer... it was a Super reunion!
lots of boys and one princess
my sweet sweet nephew, Reid
My older nephew, Alex, with Addie and Garrett playing with SLIME!

so "cool"

Friday, September 21, 2012

the orange vase

i have missed crafting.  i needed to do something.. even if my house isn't completely done and ready for all the fun accents.

I want to add pops of color in various ways through out the house... one way is to use vases.   I saw some great orange vases at Hobby Lobby the other day.. but even at 50% off i didn't feel like it was a great deal.  I have a bunch of vases at home... they just need color.  I found the paint isle and bam! color :)

i chose this warm orange.  it's called pumpkin :)  perfect for fall.  and grabbed this vase from the plethora of vases i have saved for just this occasion. 

i painted the inside of the vase .. wanting to make it look like colored glass and not painted. this took about 5 minutes.

it dried a few hours and i added another coat.

add some beautiful Hobby Lobby flowers.. 

put it on the lanai.. and smile :)

Fall meets beach.   love.

linking for fun:
Today's Creative Blog
Skip To My Lou 
cherished bliss

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

beautiful yellow and gray

i couldn't wait to do a room in yellow and gray!  i just love it.  and while it is uber trendy right now.. i don't care.  and even though it's only a small bathroom.. i don't care.  i love it!  

"light french gray" by sherwin williams & check out that trim work.. no tape baby!!

see? no tape! & I am wicked cool with my head lamp on.. i know it.

new curtain and towels.. thank you Kohl's for great sales!

a little yellow and some gray sea shells .. call it accessorized!
so it's my "happy place" since it is Done, Organized, and Pretty.  most everywhere is crazy and a work in progress.. but not this happy bath :)   now.. why can't the rest fall into place like this? oy!

Monday, September 3, 2012

where oh where has my little blog gone??

man, it's pretty much been forever since I last touched base here... it has been B.U.S.Y. to say the least.  Truth be told, I miss my little out let here and have almost daily written *brilliant* posts in my head. Too bad they can't directly be dumped into cyber space!  that would be cool.. and a little creepy too. 

So... we have moved!  and that, my friends, is what has taken away my time, energy, and money!  :)  but it has been fun fun fun!  I'm looking forward to sharing with you some of what we are doing and going to do.  and... i can't wait to get some DIY going on!  so many ideas! 

Here are a few pics from the day we closed on the house... our First Real Home!! (.. not renting)
Before it became cluttered with stuff.
Before a can of paint was opened.
Just waiting to be lived in.. don't you agree?


I may enjoy cooking now

oh the decorating possibilities

snug  as a bug on a rug