Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Theme Thursday: Projects

This is actually a follow-up on a project I posted about in the Fall. I showed a picture of these on the floor, waiting to be hung. Because they had to be measured so carefully so that the grid would be right, it was a two-person job. Here's the final product:

the project

Of course, I waited to take a picture until the sun was making it glare so nicely -- good move. But at least you get the idea. I love how it came out, and we hung it right in the living/dining room. My intent was to change out the photos regularly, but we'll see how often that actually happens.

If anyone is interested in doing this, check out IKEA for three-packs of frames. I got mine when they were clearing out sets of art prints in the kids section (these had racoon and monkey photos in them originally). I bought a can of black spray paint, and voila!

I felt thrifty and creative at the same time -- bonus!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Grow-Stop Needed

How is it possible that my eight year old is almost five feet tall?

growth chart

Harrison is now officially LESS than a foot shorter than I am.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Theme Thursday: Winter Wonderland

What says "winter wonderland" better than a mug shot of a man in his favorite fedora?


And the winner of the blogger with the least applicable photo for the theme this week? Definitely me. But he sure is cute, though...

Monday, January 19, 2009

BSM: Eyelashes

I've not been very inspired as of late in the picture-taking department. My kids (and James) have been spending a lot of time playing Wii, so I finally resorted to snapping a shot while they were all occupied. Harrison was sitting out this round of Lego Indiana Jones while the other two took their turns, and the first thing I noticed goodness, look at those eyelashes!

lost in thought...thoughts of wii

Why do the guys and their eyes have all the luck?

Friday, January 16, 2009

Roller Disco

On Thursday I had a great trip down memory lane...I went roller skating! Not in-line skating, but real, lace-up-the-skates-with-a-toe-stopper-at-the-skating-rink, skating. What a ride it was!

Let me set the scene: Apparently, Skateworld has not changed its decor since the seventies. I'm not kidding. Red and orange carpeted walls, orange plastic booths in the snack area, and red circular carpeted seating "disks" to sit on to lace your skates. I think they had the original skates from the seventies too:

roller disco redux

We had five moms and nine kids, all of whom had a blast. The funniest part was watching the kids (almost none of whom had skated before) falling all over the place for two hours. I could laugh, of course, because I can skate :). We had the rink all to ourselves for the "After School Skate Special," and Harrison was already asking to go again when we left.

For me, it was getting back to my childhood roots, where we would spend afternoons, weekends, and summers skating around the neighborhood. I was able to recall (and perform) a few simple (very simple) skills, but decided that attempting to "shoot the moon" might be hazardous.

I didn't take many pictures because, frankly, I was having too much fun on the rink. But I will leave you with another view of the skaters taking a snack break. Please note the funkadelic carpet...but not too closely. :0

roller rink rest

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Theme Thursday: Self Portrait

This week Stacy suggested we all take our most fabulous self portrait. Only my eye felt like being photographed, so here "eye" am:

the eye has it

If you'd like to see more of my face, check out my birthday portrait I took in October.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

BSM: A Touch of Spring....a Little Early

January is always a tough month. The holidays are over, and warm, sunny weather seems so far away. So it's been nice to watch the progress of my amaryllis bulbs. I received them as an early Christmas gift this year, and watching them grow and now flower has been a real treat. Two of the bulbs produced scarlet blooms and the third white flowers.

They give me hope that spring WILL come :)...


Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Theme Thursday: Holiday Aftermath

My holiday aftermath? I'm living in a Lego world...

in a lego world

Sunday, January 4, 2009

BSM: Basketball is Here Again...

Ah yes, with the arrival of January comes basketball...and this year, more basketball, since Owen is joining Harrison in team basketball this year.

My favorite part? The "three little bears-ness" of these basketball shoes:

saturday morning hoops

Owen, James, & Harrison and some Saturday morning hoops :).

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy 2009

Hope 2009 is wonderful. I'm just glad it's raining, not snowing, here :).

new year's rain