Our trip to the outlets was quick but, efficient! We only made it to Pottery Barn and The Gap! Everything I bought was 50% OFF...can't beat that! My very favorite is a Williams-Sonoma table cloth for $12...TWELVE DOLLARS! And the best deal of all was a throw rug, perfect for the beach house for $6.49...I bought two! I'll take some pictures of the beach house this weekend. We are headed to the shore to open the house for the season and get it ready for our renters! I know you will be on the edge of you seat waiting for those pics! Have a great weekend!
Thursday, March 29, 2007
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
I did put the finishing touches on this backpack for our little friend! Lulu was happy to model it fresh out of the bath tub!
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Last night or should I say this morning, sometime in the four o'clock hour, Lulu came into our room. She had a scary dream. I shuffled down the hallway, one eye open, with Lulu back to her room. I cannot sleep with the girls in our bed, so i always deliver them back to their own beds. I get her tucked in, hugs and kisses, and turn to leave. Then, she says, "Mommy, I feel alone." So who needs sleep? My TO DO LIST today! 1. sew...finish up some orders and start new curtain for the powder room 2. run 3. clean out my car...this could take all afternoon 4. think about doing laundry, just think I don't want to commit to anything 5. give Roosevelt, aka stinky puppy, a bath 6. run a few errands I'll let you know what I actually accomplish! It is going to be close to 80 degrees here today, it is going to be hard to do anything!
Monday, March 26, 2007
I LOVE coffee, chocolate, and buttered popcorn!!! I however do not care for them in the form of a jelly bean! A jar of jelly beans currently resides in my car. E won it at a birthday party (estimation, we are so proud!) and she forgot all about it. Unfortunately, I did not!
Busy here this weekend! I spent most of Saturday afternoon and evening shuttling C and E to and from birthday parties and playdates. We had MBM's younger brother out for the weekend to help with our Spring clean up outside. Ryan, aka Uncle French Fry, is a landscaper and we benefit from his talent. They did a lot on Saturday...cleaned out most of the beds, planted 2 trees, 4 bushes, dug 2 drainage trenches, etc...Ryan is meticulous, we have to beg him to take a break. I was in charge of the planting the pansies...
C and E were on the party circuit...cute party idea... a mystery party! The invitation was printed backwards, so it needed to be read in the mirror. And the big mystery at the party was the missing pinata. They had clues, puzzles, and games that lead them to the pinata...very fun! E then had a "nighttime" playdate...pajamas, movie, popcorn, etc... Lulu played outside all day. Needless to say they were TIRED!!!!
Sunday...I had a baby shower for two of our preschool teachers, which was lovely. Then we had a friend of MBM's and his family over for dinner, which was also lovely. We wrapped up our weekend festivities around 8:30 last night!
What is in store for this week...sewing, painting, and a trip to the outlets! I don't know how it happened but, I am not scheduled to volunteer anywhere this week! It is like a mini vacation!
Friday, March 23, 2007
Thursday, March 22, 2007
Wake up...Big girls off to school...bring Lulu to school...JoAnn Farbris...Costco...volunteer in E's classroom...back home to find this pillow my parents brought back from a recent trip abroad. Looks just like our Westie pup Roosevelt! Thanks Mom and Dad! We love it!
Now it is 5:24...I still have to unload the car from Costco!!! Bunko tonight...hooray!!! And I think Spring has FINALLY arrived...the snow is almost totally melted!!!!
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Monday, March 19, 2007
Sunday, March 18, 2007
We spent our St. Patty's Day celebrating with the Bunko crew! FUN!!! We headed home fairly early...that group can go late, especially, since we have all been stuck in with the weather. I needed to be bright eyed and bushy tailed for my day with Caroline. We went First Communion dress shopping. Sometimes, we have different opinions on what is appropriate for an eight year old girl. But, in the end she picked a beautiful dress. She looks lovely in it and she looks like an eight year old girl, which makes me VERY happy! We did some more shopping and out to dinner and shared a dessert. I don't really get much one on one time with Caroline or Emma so today was nice for me. I can't believe that my baby girl is eight! And our little friend Fiona...the prognosis they received is best case scenario. She started Chemotherapy. If she responds okay to the treatment, she can start outpatient in April. Sweet little baby has been a trooper. A nurse came into draw blood for some test, she explained to Fiona what she was going to do and Fiona responded with a very polite "No Thank You." Our neighbors have really come together for the family,with meals, shoveling and helping however we can. It is so comforting to know that we a surrounded by such giving friends!
Friday, March 16, 2007
We were in the middle of the morning craziness...brushing teeth, fixing hair, packing school bags, etc....when our phone rang at 7:15 Am. Assuming, with the pending snow/ice storm, it was one of my friends telling me school was cancelled. It was my neighbor, my retired neighbor without children. Her voice was deflated. The dog was barking, the girls were loud, all I heard was hospital. My heart sank, thinking one of "The Jet Set", that is what we call the retirees in the culdesac, was sick or worse. I asked her to repeat herself, "Fiona is in the hospital, it is Leukemia." Fiona turned five yesterday. I have hugged my girls a million times today and plan on a million more before bed...
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
I totally blew off working today to play outside! Finally, a spring day had arrived and the thought of being cooped up in my windowless studio was dreadful. MBM and I dropped Lulu at school, went for a run in the State Park near our home and then back home. MBM went straight to his office...so dedicated! I on the other hand, poured a cup of coffee, opened every window in the house, sat on the porch and read the new Country Home! After I picked Lulu up we ate lunch outside and didn't come back in until nearly 5:00...I couldn't wait to start "digging in the dirt" as my husband says. Cleaned out some flower beds and prepped all the pots and baskets. We have a few weeks before it is safe to plant annuals but, I will be ready! I do buy pansies on St. Patrick's Day, my Granny always did and so do I! MBM is at class tonight, the girls are in bed, lunches made, outfits picked out for tomorrow, a load in the washer and dryer, dishwasher set to go, I am in my pajamas and I closed all the window I opened ...now my work day starts 8:48pm!
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Monday, March 12, 2007
Everybody found deals, we weren't sure there would be enough room in the car to get everything home! But, of course, where there is a will there is a way!
Friday, March 9, 2007
Thursday, March 8, 2007
Did you ever have one of those days that every minute was spoken for? I don't mind them...I feel very productive! I got more done today before 2:00 then Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday combined. A few errands, loads of laundry, a "meeting" with girlfriends, food shopping, pick lulu up at school, stop home for lunch, feed the pup, sew a few seams, run on the treadmill, ship some bags, shower, start dinner, and out the door for parent/teacher conferences. I did manage to stop into Old Navy just to pick up a tank for pj's I am making for a birthday gift. Came out with a bag of stuff for C and E...I always get sucked into the "2 for deals" there! I am not normally a fan of Old Navy, but the had some cute stuff I can "work with" for the girls.
Wednesday, March 7, 2007
Tuesday, March 6, 2007
My neighbor's house it still TOTALLY decorated for Christmas! Icicle lights, ribbons ties on trees, and a dead wreath on the door! My husband and I are betting when the decor will come down...I say not before April 15th...he says way beyond. One year they were up all summer long! Oh, well.
Monday, March 5, 2007
Caroline, our oldest daughter has been invited to a slumber party. She just turned eight...is it too young? She has been invited to others but, we were able to dodge them, for one reason or another. This one is hard to avoid. The birthday girl has been in her class for a few years, I know her parents fairly well, and she really wants to go! To make matters worse...I will be away on a girls weekend. What if she gets homesick and wants to home in the middle of the night and my husband has to wake the other girls up to go get her? Am I over reacting? Is it time to cut the cord? Help!
What a weekend! Friday I had a custom handbag party...fun, fun, fun and late,late,late! I got into bed at 3:00 AM and had to be up at 6:00 AM to drive two hours to the "shore" ...Sea Isle City, New Jersey. I am NOT a late night girl...I NEED a full night sleep to function. To my surprise I was quite pleasant all day Saturday. My husband and I have flipped a few beach houses and our latest purchase we have decided to keep for ourselves. It is a 102 year old Victorian beach cottage. Sounds nice, doesn't it? We are the fourth owners, the couple that we bought it from was there for 25 years. We did a ton of work last spring...cleaning it out was the biggest job. They left EVERYTHING...all the furniture, dishes, towels, and even their tooth brushes. We took out 45 bags of trash. Not to mention the furniture, etc...We painted the every room, the kitchen cabinets, basically anything that wasn't moving got a fresh coat of paint. We rent the house for the summer and hope to someday build our dream house on the lot. The house cannot be saved. In the fall, we ripped up all the carpets to expose the original wide plank pine floors. We found 2 layers of carpet, padding, tacks, staple, and glue! So we sanded a few weeks back and this weekend we decided to paint the floors. Saturday morning we primed the floors. Saturday afternoon we put on the first coat of paint. Sunday morning we put the second coat of paint! I think it looks great. So fresh, clean, and cool! I did not take before pictures of the house but, will be sure to post some pictures of the "shack" as we call it when it is all ready for summer! PS...I can't wait for the summer!