Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Saturday, August 27, 2011
I called Sarah awhile back, and asked if they would be interested in joining us this year for the Art and Air Festival. I thought she would enjoy a photo op. Tori thought it sounded fun, and has wanted us to take them to it, ever since she found out we had taken Josie and Matthew a few years back. Sarah and the kids met us at Costco, and we all had a "spendy" supper! The nightglow this year didn't seem as good to me, as when we had gone before. There seemed to be lots more people, noise, and alcohol consumption. The actual balloon night glow portion didn't seem to last as long, or seem as dramatic. We kept an ear open for a call from Anna saying "it was time for a baby", but it never came. My favorite part of the night was listening to Josie and the girlies singing pop songs together in the back seat on the way home. The couches and beds were full as they all spent the night.....short as it was.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
The drawers all got a coat of paint too. I had reconciled myself to keeping the old hardware, but after breaking a handle trying to remove them for painting, I ended up replacing them after all.
Things are progressing in the craft studio. One half of the floor is done, including the polyurethane topcoat. I was forced to do it this way, due to the formidable size of the sewing table. It was just too cumbersome to move out of the room. Now it's moved to the finished end of the room so that I can finally complete the rest of the floor. I am sooo ready for this project to be over. It's going to be wonderful when it's done, and everything is organized, at least that's what I keep telling myself. There's just so many other things I want to be doing outside right now. Our weather has been so pretty lately. It has helped aid in the floor drying though!
Monday, August 15, 2011
We went to IKEA earlier that morning, had breakfast (love to get tender Swedish pancakes) and picked up some things for the craft studio.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
I had made Cowboy Cookies, and the Little Farmgirl and I made homemade vanilla ice cream. (the quick and easy recipe)
VANILLA ICE CREAM
2 cups half and half
1 cup heavy cream
1 (14 oz) can condensed milk
dash of salt
vanilla to taste (we used 2 tsp)
Mix ingredients together and freeze according to your particular ice-cream maker's instructions.
When it's finished, place it in a plastic container in the freezer til firm. (Overnight is best)
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp. soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking powder
2 cups flour
2 cups rolled oats
3/4 cup chocolate chips
1 tsp. vanilla
Mix together butter and sugars til light and fluffy. Add beaten eggs. Mix. Add soda, baking powder, and salt, mix. Add flour and oats, mix. Mix in vanilla, and stir in choco. chips.
Drop from teaspoon onto lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 F.
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Some of you have asked about seeing a closer view of the floor. Here are a couple of shots from the first day of "wood" painting. I've tried to give each "plank" it's own personality. After several days off, I'm back at work on the craft studio project today.
Monday, August 8, 2011
We went to my folk's this weekend. It was a fun time of garage sale-ing with Dad, and a relaxing walk through the garden with Mama. I love love love the aqua blue melamine cup hanging on the tree. It's from our family dishes when i was a girl. In the summer we would pour kool-aid in the cups, stick spoons in, and freeze 'em for popsicles.
Thursday, August 4, 2011
We already had sandpaper, deglosser, primer, some paints to mix together, pecan polyshades, and satin polyurethane.
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
There was plenty of toe-tapping, hand clapping, singing along, and kids twirling and jiggedy jiggin' around. A couple and their little girl; Isabelle, sat next to us. She didn't just have a great sense of rhythm, but a cute jacket too!
Saturday, i drove to Kate's and spent some time with her and the kiddos. It was fun having lunch and playing outside with the older ones while Kate and the babes napped. Later, after Kate had fed the babies, she took the older kids to the park. I stayed home with the twins. I thought...."sure....I can do this." I would've done better if I wouldn't have been so concerned about trying to get them both asleep at the same time, and not wanting either of them to be crying when she returned. I was a like a bobble-head bouncing each one and popping binkies back into mouths. I would get one to sleep and the other one would fuss....back and forth it went. Oh Kate, how I admire you!! Super woman!!
(note Buster, the protector dog, parked behind the bouncy seats, between the babies and the door. He guards them.)