View looking into the kitchen from the hearth room
Thursday, September 27, 2007
View looking into the kitchen from the hearth room
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Ladybug cookie that looks great (but to me tastes like dirt).....
Well, it's official, Brandt has pasted his pre-karate classes and we are now in the "Little dragon" program at World Karate. I always dreamed if I had little girls they would be in ballet and little boys, they would be in karate. The classes don't officially start until age 4 but if they're younger, which Brandt is 3 1/2, they can "test" to start early which is what we did today. The not so good thing is that they want them to attend classes a minimum of 2-3 times a week. It's a big commitment but I'm already SO impressed. He's learning to say "Yes, Mamn and No, Sir", he's learned that you "earn" things that not every thing is "given" to you, to look people in the eyes when they talk to you etc. and not even to mention to follow directions and to work on hand-eye coordination, so at this point I can't say enough good things about it, but ask me again as I drive to and from 3 times a week. BUT he looks so dang cute in his little uniform!!!
On"school days", I pick up the kids and we'll go to some type of activity like pick out books at the library or feed the ducks or go to the bakery(which we did today.) I actually had 2 diffent couples come and comment on my kids to me. They asked how old they were and they couldn't believe that they just sat down and started looking at books while I paid for our treats. They commented on how well behaved they were. They just couldn't believe how much older they acted for their age!! I was thinking inside, yeah lady, this is a good day!! Actually, I felt very proud of them. Sometimes you just need a pat on the back from a stranger that all your hard work is paying off!!!
I just had to share this party invitation the boys got for a birthday party this weekend. It's a "rockstar" party and the invitation is like a plastic VIP pass!!! The boys are to dress like "rock stars"....I just had to share as I think this is WAY to cute.... The party is for Callie, which is Cole's little sister (Brandt's idol, Cole). She is "sharing" the party with another little boy, Jax. What a great idea to divide the work and expense of a bday party, way to go girls!!
I was so sad I had to miss the birthday party this weekend as I was hacking up both my lungs and bleeding into Kleenexes. Thank goodness Daddy is a good sport about parties and took the boys to Will's 4th birthday party. I hate missing fun things.
I try to do an activity everyday after naps or if we have Adela (our housekeeper), after she goes home for the day. Yesterday, it was so hot outside, plus I wanted to watch Oprah, we decided to stay in and surprise daddy with chocolate chip cookies, his favorite. Scott LOVES cookies, we call him the cookie monster and all his guys tease him.
Now, I'm not really sure how sanitary having them "help" me is, but they sure had fun pouring in the ingredients and stirring....So, beware if we bring over cookies to your house, we DO indeed wash our hands, now... the toddler slobber, that's no extra charge.....
Notice, the leftover Popsicle beside him...nice.....
Brandt was helping me in my craft room while Barrett napped yesterday and he wanted to sit on the "shelf" as he called it. Thought this would be a great pic to show you our favorite painter in the whole world, Antonio Di Viccaro. This of course was bought BH and BK, (before house and before kids), when not only did we appreciate art but we cold afford it!!! We found him while we were in Greece. We've flown to Sana Fe, looked in Hawaii, specifically etc. but we always go back to Antonio and his colorful, heavy brush stroke style. It's weird, you look at it close and it looks like just a bunch of heavy pretty colored paints but from far away, it's breath taking. We walk by this every day (not sure if it will stay in this spot) but every time I look at it, such wonderful memories I find myself thinking about and I just go to a happy place.
Monday, September 24, 2007
Friday, September 21, 2007
About a month ago I got the boy's pictures taken by who I think is the best photographer in San Antonio, Maile with Relish Photography. My good friend, Melody introduced me to her. I just couldn't decide on what pictures to get as I swear, EVERY single one made my heart melt. So, I ended up getting the "sweet package", as Maile calls it.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Brandt taking Henry and Henretta to "Show and Tell" day which is every Thursday at "school".
I forgot to mention that on our beach vacation the boys picked out 2 hermit crabs to take home. So far, they've survived almost a week!! Not only do I find myself packing the boy's lunches, but I'm starting to wonder what to feed the hermit crabs. Of course, the place we bought them had just ran out of the food I'm suppose to feed them. I get on line and do research on what to feed them. I guess since I didn't make my kid's own baby food, I've instead elected to feed our new pets the "natural" way. So far, they've had bananas, pineapple, canelope, and some turkey meat (which they really didn't care for). I guess they are more into fruit, and tropical at that.
The neat thing about the crabs are that they have "painted" designs on their shells. I'm assuming this is the cool, hip thing in the crab world as I don't think they were hatched like that? So, Henretta has this black, lime green, and silver sparkles circles painted all over her shell (sparkles= girl) and Henry has kind of this sunset beach scene painted on his, which is pretty masculine looking.
Brandt insisted on taking them to show and tell today. I had asked early in the week if it was ok with his teacher, said yes as long as they stayed in the cage. I'm excited to pick him up today to see what the class thought. Knowing Brandt he'll want to take his fish next week......
Oh, ps regarding our phone that DOESN'T have a page button, we had to get these really expensive phones to have coverage, as we live in the country that is very hilly, so I guess THAT is what you're paying for instead of the essentials you REALLY need on a phone!
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Walk with Daddy
Our surfer dude......
Diggin' for gold, or something like that.....
Catchin' a major wave.....
Our "jaws" shot.......
Body surfin', minus the body board....
Mama and her boys, this is our "Sports Illustrated" swim suit shot.....
One thing about living in South Texas is you can be to the beach in a matter of a few hours. We made it door to door, with Friday afternoon traffic, an accident we came upon, and one pottie break. Don't let the pictures fool you, it's the Texas coast not Destin Florida..but from a 2 and 3 yr. old's perspective, it's pretty darn cool. There is still something magical about the ocean no matter how beautiful(or not so beautiful) the beach is. The boys had a ball digging in the sand , playing in the waves, and going out for yummy, fresh seafood. We found 2 great finds for food. If you don't know me very well, I should of been a food critic, as I'm always thinking about food and trying to find the best stuff to eat.... We stayed in Port Aransas at a place called the Sand Dunes. It was perfect for us, clean, a boardwalk away from the beach, playground, and the kitchen sure came in handy.
Friday, September 14, 2007
Our guest of honor, Lynne (who is 60 today!! Happy Birthday!!!, You're the most beautiful 60 year old I know!!)
My crafty friends, Amy, myself, Melody and Jennifer
I had a great day yesterday, Why can't everyday be craft day? I came up with this idea (actually did this in Kansas City) ...once a month while the kids are in school, my crafty friends and I are getting together to work on our "projects". Amy worked on getting her son's birthday invitations out, Melody painted pink letters for her daughter's new room in the house she's building, Jenn worked on her Christmas cards and I did my scrap booking. We had Bear Moon muffins for breakfast and O'briens for lunch.
When I first moved to Texas I was very lonely. I had the stress of building a house, moving from a place I loved to a small town where I knew no one, missing my friends, a traveling husband, a toddler and a newborn, renting a house where our garage was a storage unit, I kind of got caught up in a group of gals that weren't so nice to me and I stayed as 1. I didn't know anybody else. and 2. I was stupid....I could go on and on...... I was a complete wreck!! It was one disappointment after another... yes, please go ahead and grab a Kleenex... SO....I'm just so thrilled to of found my girl "homies"...not only do I have so much in common with them, they are just wonderful women and friends...I'm very blessed, they were way worth the wait!!!
Amy- When I first met her, I thought, no way this chic is way to straight laced for me, she says things like "dang gummit", now who in the hell says that? Amy does.....but since I'm the open type of person and I don't judge and really take my time to get to know people (unlike most small town girls around here), she has become a great friend. Amy is to smart for her won britches, graduated Vanderbilt, grad. school, she's a little spacey, always running a little late, has the best smile and little laugh with her southern charm, she's just a delight to be with, she's the friend you call when your fire place mantle falls off the wall and her husband rushes over to shut your gas off and you call her when you get your first scorpion bite, as she always knows what to do in emergency situations, you can always count on her... she just had her 3rd baby, a girl, Amelia...beautiful like her Mama....
Melody- Love her, a talented photographer, seamstress, everything she touches screams boutique, she is amazing with the computer, a little shy, funky, she's got that edge, always thinking outside the box, she's the beautiful quiet little petite girl in the background but once she knows you.., she always has a witty remark, she should be a stylist in LA, She keeps me hip. You ask her a simple question like "What should my boys wear for their pictures" and you'll get not only an answer, but a map on how to get there and a restaurant that you should try while your headed that way...she doesn't stop amazing me, I think how does she do that? Pure Talent... We are going to a craft show the end of the month and I'm looking forward to hanging out with her. Oh, and I just love her smile and her sweet laugh. When she's a stylist in LA, her 2 little girls need to be on the billboards, absolutely gorgeous girls.....OH, and her husband always wears the coolest shirts!!!
Jennifer- She's my friend that we can talk on the phone for 2 hours and it seems like only 20 minutes has passed..She's my super Mom, always dressed like she just walked out of a magazine, jewelry to match, shoes that were made just for that outfit.. the most beautiful blue eyes you've ever seen (which match the rest of her beautiful self, hair, skin, teeth, etc..sickning...)..she's kind of my "Oprah" friend and by that I mean we can talk about deep topics like kids, family, and she's "real" she's not afraid to voice her fears and that to me is a unique person and a great friend to have, she is a very giving person, totally unselfish, she'd give you anything you wanted or needed without even thinking twice, She's that Mom you see in the parking lot at drop off that she looks like she's just all together, and well, she IS..She's always up for a challenge, guitar lessons, marathon training...she's the best...
Thanks girls for your friendship. I look forward to growing old with you and watching our wonderful children grow up together!!!
Sunday, September 9, 2007
You know you're approaching 40, when you decide to get rid of all your shoes that look great but are uncomfortable. I just can't do it anymore. I always thought I could suffer through the day as long as my shoes where the perfect match. Forget it.... After church and lunch Scott wanted to get groceries. I made the excuse up that the boys needed to get home to nap. I didn't want to tell him that I already had 3 blisters, I could barely walk after sitting in church and at lunch...and that the callous that I've developed was throbbing...they are all in a brown shopping bag, ready for good will in the morning, I'm sure some young chic will snatch them up..enjoy!!
Break time...using the barstools as their "airplanes".....
New kitchen ceiling
Thank goodness for Sundays, the day of rest..after church and lunch at "Hungry Horse", yep, you guessed it...home cooked fried everything...one good thing about living in a small town...then we ALL napped. I'm not much of a nap person, but with a full belly, I find this very easy to do.
Yesterday was our "project" day. It's so cute when the boys get out their made-for-them-small cleaning tools and try to "help" us... We finished sealing the tile in "Scott's"room and it looks great. We were thinking about tackling some more today but decided that we would just take the day and rest...
We had some painters come back this week and paint some ceilings in our house. I couldn't decide if it really needed it back when they were here last Fall doing some faux finishes but after a year, I decided I just couldn't live without it. They really turned out nice and the kitchen, hallways and living area look much more finished. They also painted some accents on the outside of the house which REALLY look awesome. It makes the entire house "pop" as my husband says...he's getting the interior designer lingo down pretty well. Enjoy your Sunday....
Friday, September 7, 2007
4th of July, the "real" Stacie comes out......
Guess, who's shirt this is? Not mine and not Stacie's......another stain on the boob...
OK, I'm dedicating this post to my great, dear, wonderful friends, Stacie and Pam. They're giving me a hard time that I haven't mentioned them yet in blogging, so here you go, you 2 absolutly pains in the butt...kidding...x0x0. They really were my first 2 friends I made when I moved to Texas and I just LOVE them. They have listened to me bitch constantly about how I hated it in smallville, Texas, USA AND I'm glad to say they're STILL my friends. They both mean the world to me and I feel so lucky to have gotten to know them so well.
Stacie. She's beautiful and she's got that artsy-farsty edge with a flair for fashion that we just connected right away. She invited me to be in a playgroup and we fastly became great friends. She's a professional organizer and is happy and content at home cleaning. She doesn't cook. She told me about her meals at night when I first met her and I had to say.....WOW..They have sandwiches one night, pizza the next, I think pasta the next, cereal the next...etc..and then it starts all over the next week, the same stuff on the same day!!! How clever and easy!! I love it!! She always has the most warm smile on her face and she's got the best laugh ever. She's so sweet ,just the all-american girl with the right amount of fun....She has the most dark, beautiful hair that you'd just die to have and she has the nicest husband you'd ever want to meet and two absolutely beautiful kids, Tyler and Kaylin. Kaylin will be the next Cheetah girl.
And Tyler whom is a mini Johnny (the hubby).
Pam. I call her Pamela K. She's the most unique girl that I've ever met...She's just Pam. One of those one-of-a-kind type of girls. How do you describe her? You just can't. You just gotta meet her. She's one of those gals that can say certain things and you think, only Pam can get away with doing or saying that! She is very thoughtful, always checking in on me and making sure I still like living in Boerne. She's just as beautiful and looks mighty fine all dolled up!! She loves to cook and is great at it. Ms. Rachael Ray, watch out..She's now obsessed with her son Cole and his sporting events. We like to tease her that she's that parent in the crowd that's just over the top. She's really not, she's just a proud Mom and she has every right to be...Her husband Paul is a small town Texan with a heart of pure gold and man, can he tell a great story. They have a daughter, Callie that looks like she could be my daughter, and I'd gladly take her (see my Flicker).
Ok, now get of my bootie.. hoebags ...you made my blog!!!! YOU BETTER LEAVE A COMMENT!!! I know you are reading this!!! I love you both very much!!! Now, I'm going to get razed from the rest of our dinner club for not being on the blog, but gee, you're just not a celebrity until you're on the blog, I guess.....If I were on "Dancing with Stars" or had a chance to be in the audience, I'd take Pam and Stacie...they're my Stars......(note: We LOVE the show, watch it, don't miss, plan around it, husband put the kid's to bed night, cook you're own dinner, let's have a party so we can watch it together show....right girls.....?????)
Blown glass knobs
Always a mess....but that's what it's for!!
I'd have to say my 2nd favorite room in the house is my craft room. It could be because everything in the room is 100% mine. Although, I do have a "special" drawer when the boys can come in quietly (which isn't very often)...I spend lots of time in here when the kids are in bed. I have 2 comfy chairs that I usually read in, plus they make a great spot to park my purse! The island in the middle is on rollers so I can move it around, which is nice if I'm doing florals on the floor and I need more space. I also have a cut out in the top of the island for trash to fall in to. This is great when I scrapbook, as you gets lots of tiny scraps...Another favorite thing are my knobs. They go perfect and I purchased them at my favorite store in the world, Anthropologie.
If you're thinking the colors are a little bright, well they are. It's funny it didn't even dawn on me when I was picking out the color scheme, that my room growing up (after the pink room) was lime green, yellow, and orange (yes, I know it was the 80's, what can I say) so did I subconsciously pick the colors from my childhood?? I did ditch the orange (thank god) and put brown with it, goes with the house a lot better. I'm probably boring most of you to death, that's fine, stop reading my blog then, but like I mentioned before this is who I am and what I do, I LOVE design. In high school, when we were asked to buy magazines to raise money for the band, I chose Architectural Digest, as my friends were getting "Seventeen". Oh, thanks for all who are reading...I'm getting lots of emails. I love the comments, in the blogger world, getting a comment is the best!!!
I still want to add some leopard touches to the room. Maybe on the ceiling. I painted leopard above our bed in our house in Kansas City, sounds strange I know, but it's really cool. If Scott who is "Plain Jane, well, Plain Jack" likes it, it IS cool. I have lots of time to think about it, so in the meantime, if I'm talking to you on the phone I'm probably in this room or out on the courtyard..it's where I create and dream...........