Friday, March 23, 2012

Fab Find and Some Spray Paint! My Favorite!

I saw this headboard at the DI and knew I wanted it, but I also knew I didn't have a bed the appropriate size and therefore didn't need it.  I actually passed it up because I'm feeling like I need to be careful about buying all kinds of crap I won't really use.  When I showed Dan the phone snapshot of it he actually asked me why I didn't buy it. What? He's usually the guy who asks me why I bought a piece of junk I don't need.  He actually went and picked it up.  So I had to buy a bed and bed ensemble to go with the $7 headboard.  What a deal!!! Actually my two girls kept climbing into bed with each other.  Two growing girls in one twin bed wasn't a very good fit.   I thought we might as well buy them a bigger bed to share.  I  loved sharing a bed with my sister, or is that one of those things that seem sweeter when you look back on it? Maybe for her, I used to do some frightening things in my wake up with a screwdriver.  But I digress.  We also thought it would be nice to have a bigger bed to put guests in until we finally finish the downstairs.  The kids like camping out in one room together every now and then anyway.  So I was so excited to get to use this awesome piece! It was a bit of trouble.  I had to switch all the stuff between the two girl's rooms.  I had made two twin headboards and they have matching-ish blankets and I wanted to keep those so I put them in the other girlie room.  I didn't want to loose the vintage book art I had made either (my grandma used to read us that book, so I bought one on ebay to pull apart rather than ruin the original).  So I put those in this room and made Dan switch the light fixture (re-store find, spraypainted) as well.  He didn't like that.  Apparently one of them was a pain to put back in.  The other challenge was the fact that my girls are growing up and starting to have opinions! My oldest wanted to make sure I didn't use white or grey or anything "boring."  Originally I had painted the headboard white but when I put it up it was very sad.  It just lacked that punch I knew my daughter would want so I went with red.  Also ALL of my kids have serious issues with change so it took some convincing, change just had to happen.   In the end everyone was  delighted.  People just need to learn to trust me around here.  That's the lesson.  Do what I say. 

Monday, March 19, 2012

Spring is really making me want to get out my camera! Also, we've had so many big events lately.  Ayla was recently baptized.  It was really special because we had so many family members and friends come.  We also had chilli and every yummy thing Dan could make in two or three days time.  I made Dreamsicle cupcakes.  I used cheesecake pudding mix in a white cake batter, along with some modifications I found online like using butter instead of oil.  Then I whipped some cream cheese and orange kool aid into the buttercream frosting.  I thought they were yummy!  My friend Leslie sewed a special dress for Ayla.  I helped pick out the style and fabric, Ayla wanted teal or blue in it, and this is what Leslie came up with.  She's magical.
Savy had a rainbow-riffic St. Patrick's day birthday party.  It was very fun but so much work that afterwards I wondered why I went to so much effort for 6 yr. olds who may or may not have noticed that I painstakingly crafted rainbow poofs and a cutesy banner etc. etc.  I think they all had fun though. 
Katia got glasses.  She looks so cute in them.  The nice thing is a few of her friends wear them, so it was no big deal for her.  She's just so excited to be able to see everything clearly.  Dan finally got some new glasses today too.  The guys at the store formerly known as Cheaper Peepers, who always remember us by name and insurance no matter how long it's been, said they hadn't seen Dan in awhile.  I told them that was because they hooked him up with those glasses that never break.  And I hate those glasses!  The ones he had before reminded me of HRG (that's Horn Rimmed Glasses) from Heroes, RIP.  Then he got the boring ones.  Anyway this time he went all the way and got really dark rimmed ones.  I think he got them so he could look like Clark Kent.   He and his brother are always fighting over who gets to be Superman for some reason.  So I think he wins now.  I'll have to get a picture of him after he picks them up.  And I even got sunglasses so I can be one of the cool ladies at the park who make you nervous because you don't know where to look when you talk to them because you can't see their eyes. 
Well, one more day until the lovely weather comes back!!!