Monday, March 30, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Travels and Stuff
We traveled to Ohio this past weekend to visit with my sister and her fiance, go shopping for her wedding gown and the bridal party gowns, sing "Happy birthday" to my dad, and visit the McKinley Museum and Memorial. We had a very pleasant trip, apart from the inevitable coughing (is winter over yet??)
On the drive up, Isaac said, "Oh wook at duh BEAUTIFUWW MOUNTAINS!" often enough that it was clear he was impressed. He also had to be coaxed out of the car for lunch, because he really wanted to eat lunch at Grandma and Grandpa's, which was still a good 4-5 hours away.
(Thank goodness we're still smarter than our 3-year-old. When slick explanations of how a stromboli is really Greek if it has feta cheese and black olives are no longer good enough, we may be in for some serious battles...)
Daniel was feeling less than tip-top, but the sleep in the car seemed to do him significant good. Jay continues to be excited most of the time, and can now read many, if not most, of the words posted around, which naturally adds to his natural exuberance. Meantime, he and Isaac like to quiz me on things like, "What rhymes with 'diaper pail'?" (sniper trail, in case you're wondering), "What do blue and green and yellow make?", and (the game consuming the better part of the first hour of our return trip) "How many syllables does 'trucks' have?"
We had to bring Daniel's two favorites on our trip: a soft cube with Eric Carle illustrations from "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?" that recites six pages from the book (they fudged from the purple cat back to the brown bear) and makes animal sounds, and "I Touch", which he got at his last check-up. It's a simple, simple book, and he LOVES it. Daniel really is at an age where he's enjoying most books now. He likes to turn the pages. He is also a child with his own mind. Baby tantrums all the time... so far, he hasn't knocked out anyone's teeth with the back of his head. Let's pray we continue NOT to have a first time for that...
I don't think this is especially coherent, but I'm tired, and I'm not going to fix it! I'm actually also doing a little paying work tonight- we just can't seem to catch a break on that front. I know, I really should not complain- job security, after all!!
Saturday, March 07, 2009
Friday, March 06, 2009
How Cool is That?
Very, very cool. I wonder if it would print well...
Hat tip (indirect): 1620 Timberframe
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
Or This One
The "dry-clean only" could be enough to ward me off, though. Otherwise, it's my favorite, and it will go with the sheets Paul bought a year or two ago...
Monday, March 02, 2009
The JC Penney Spring Home Sale is about to do me in. I just got the catalog, and they have service for 4 in my blue and yellow kitchen colors for $15!! The one pattern is really cute, and then they have the blue and the yellow as solids. The sale, however, doesn't start until Wednesday. The earliest I would make it is probably Friday, so maybe they will have run out by then and it will be out of my hands. I have been toying with the idea of getting rid of the blue and white stoneware set for some time, since we don't have much room and my family started buying me cute red and white dishes for Christmas and birthdays. We generally use the salad plates from the Pfaltzgraff set for all our meals, so the blue and white dishes don't get much use.
Then I was looking at quilts on overstock.com. Ours was a wedding gift, and is kind of falling apart, 10 years later. I had bought a real nice quilt there a year or two ago, and we ended up giving it as a wedding gift instead of using it ourselves. Now I'm liking this blue one, this blue and green one, or this red one (which would look great with our dishes, were we to eat in bed for some reason ;) ).
Of course, Paul brought up the idea of replacing our worn-outish mattress, and I'm really hoping to upgrade to a queen-size. But wait- those quilts are full/queen. There goes my reason for waiting (besides the whole money thing =-P )