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I’ve learned a few things lately:

– Sleep is overrated. Coffee is not.

– Cat poop on my shoe stinks. But cats catch rats.

– (Accidentally) doubling the butter in the frosting makes it extra yummy.

– You can’t buy anything if you don’t go into the store.

I’ve seen a few things lately:

– Bridget is now rolling over on purpose.

– Megan’s enthusiasm just explodes out of her.

– Kate doesn’t always appreciate this.

I’ve heard a few things, too:

– Daniel can (and does) comment on or question every, single, minute detail. Again. And again.

– Katelyn loves first grade. She’s going to marry a boy in her grade. (Upon the questioning by her grandma – because I’m not touching that with a ten-foot pole – she said the first reason was because he was funny like her Daddy. Too sweet.)

– Daniel says he’ll marry me.

– Daniel only wants me to read him train books. Or school bus books. Or fire truck books.

– Bridget loves to coo, giggle and squeak. Her latest noise is … unique, I’m not sure how to describe it.

– Megan sings great songs – especially to her little sister.

We’ve even done some fun things:

– Play dough.

– Climbing mountains.

– Walking to school really is a nice way to start the day.

– Playing in puddles at the farmer’s market.

– Reading.

– Candyland. Even Daniel can play.

– Puzzles.

– Sewing – bags are my latest kick.


Ok. There. We’re all doing well. And have not fallen off the face of the earth.


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The new bathroom

Ok, I finally reinstalled the trim, the towel rack, the shelves, the lights, the drawers and carried three loads of tools downstairs.

Here’s the “new” bathroom! (If you can’t remember the old wallpaper, scroll two posts down.)

I chose the color based off the fabric you see on the side of the shelves – it’ll be for a few things in the bathroom eventually – the wall color is a couple shades lighter and I LOVE it.

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Building things

The girls are at a stage where their ideas and desires far outstrip abilities, resources, logic and the realm of possibility. And while I love to hear their creativity, I feel bad always disappointing them when what they want isn’t possible for one reason or another.

But they spent hours building a birdbath (Kate) and a mouse house (Meg) when Uncle Louis gave them pieces of particle board, screwdrivers and predrilled pilot holes!

Megan working away.

Kate the builder.

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I tend to blog less often when I am busy with more projects and/or take fewer pictures.


I’ve been working in the garden (we ate our first lettuce today!), reading Anna Karenina, hanging pictures and plates on my walls, trimming the kids’ hair, rearranging things on my mantel and dining room table, experimenting with a pattern for summer pants for my boy, doing crunches, sorting through and choosing pictures for the scrapbooking I’m going to do while the girls go to vacation bible school at another church and planning for our many summer trips.

Anyway, today we planted five tomato plants in the garden – three are roma, one is cherry and one is yellow pear. Yum! I’m so excited for 65-72 days from now when I’ll get to eat some! Ha ha. As I dug the holes, I had the girls pour a bit of water in the bottom of each one before I put the plant in.

Not sure why since we’ve had rain more days this spring than not.

But that’s what we did growing up. So I did it. 🙂

Just like the story of someone who always cut the roast in two pieces before putting it in the pan because mom had always done it because grandma had always done it because her pan was too small for a whole roast!

Ok, so not quite like that because ALL tomatoes need water, even in the slowly drying swamp of our garden.

Well, that’s all I’ve got. Maybe I’ll take a picture of the garden later. Or of the cool shelf I’m going to paint soon. Really. Soon.

But not right now.

Maybe I’ll plant some more zinnias since I saved seeds from last year. The volunteer plants were so amazing – I hope I can grow that many on purpose!

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Sunny kitchen

mauve wallpaper when we moved in (matched the carpet)

I’m linking to DIY Day at A Soft Place to Land.

the pale yellow under the mauve wallpaper

did a sink used to be on this wall?

I'd heard a story (from the daughter of three owners previous) that there was a window into the kitchen from the downstairs bathroom. Now I've seen the proof.

my personal slave, I mean awesome brother!

No pics of the painting process, but it took four coats to cover! By the end of that, I hated the color I’d chosen. Luckily, I got over that and fell in love with the color a couple days later.

yellow in the sun

The sun on the wall really made me love this yellow – daisy shimmer!

bare yellow walls and windows

with paintings, valances and necessary clock. oh, and I made the valances from a bedskirt I bought for $1 at my local thrift store! Cheap and gorgeous!

finally hung my calendar so I could stop forgetting important things!

Ooh pretty! I got this blue frame-thingy for $1 at my favorite thrift store. Isn't it nice on the yellow?

Found this blue frame-thingy at my favorite thrift store for a $1. Isn’t it happy?

I didn't realize (or plan on) a light, dusty blue complimentary color for my bright kitchen. But it happened any way. Notice the clock, the frame-thingy and this sweet kettle!

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… on a cloudy day.

Ok, so this picture wasn’t taken on a cloudy day, but it gives you a pretty good idea of the color I painted (and painted and painted – it took FOUR coats) my kitchen! I love it’s happy brightness.

Here’s a wider angle:

Coming soon:

Pictures of the valances (after I make them out of a thrifted dust ruffle) and wall hangings (two that actually inspired the yellow color).

Oh, and THANK YOU a million times to my brother who really did most of the work in the kitchen. And the dining room, but I haven’t taken pictures of that yet!

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A Random Thankyou

Yesterday Megan was playing in the snow. I had stepped inside for a minute. She comes to the door, knocks and I let her in.

She said, “Mama, I just need to tell you one thing.”

Me: Ok, Meg, what do you need to tell me?

Megan: I need to tell you thank you for cutting out the hearts. (very seriously and shyly) Thank you for cutting out the hearts.

Me: What hearts?

Megan: The hearts I wanted for some of my friends.

Me (melting): Ok, sweetie, you’re welcome.

Note: We cut out paper hearts to color two days ago.

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