Yesterday I picked my big kids up from school and we drove straight to the park. The two other smallish families there promptly left and so we pretty much had the place to ourselves. Luxury.
This boy is a little daredevil on the swings. He throws his head back and his feet up. I’m seeing rollercoasters in our future.
(Yep, popcorn in those teeth.)
“I FLY LIKE A BIRD, MAMA!”:
Drew and Madeline played ‘Spies’ most of the time; dumped a water bottle out and wala! Telescope!
Get good and
tired dirty, kids.
All five of my children in a single camera frame together unposed?
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Our master bathroom might be one of Steve’s top career masterpieces to date. And I get the daily benefit.
(I should also point out Nicky has spent her fair share of hours in here, notably scrubbing a blue stain off the etched bathtub he found for a steal of a deal. I know she also helped lay the tile. Girl power!)
What you see coming in from our room:
A little to the left:
And to the right:
Shower (otherwise known as Single Reason Andy Bought This House):
Sinks (I would have preferred a vanity but couldn’t convince Steve to change the plans):
My messy storage (Ican’tbelieveI’mshowingyouthis):
More to the left:
And in the back:
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Adelaide had a birthday this week, conveniently on Spring Break. She chose bacon and donuts for breakfast because really, what else do you need?
My friend Lisa and I took the girls (minus Arianna) to lunch at the tea room.
And then back to our house for cake, presents, and candy.
She picked her cake out that morning. Because that is how I roll.
I knew the top wasn’t really glued all that well to the rest of the cupcake pinata — one wack and the whole thing went flying. At least she went first!Sweet Adelaide | Comments (3)
I know I haven’t blogged in forever. We’ve had rough patch after rough patch, really since the end of November. The latest was my kids rotating various illnesses for four and a half weeks straight. That was over a month ago now but I’m still feeling a little twitchy.
And then Andy was gone a coupla days this week for business training. I always suffer as a single parent.
But… Adelaide turned 6 this week! I snapped some photos! So I’m going to start posting again.
I just have to get my foot back in the door.Filed under Daily Life | Comment (0)
So, I had told you about Madeline’s fake glasses and that she even took them to school with her. Goober.
Well then a coupla weeks later her teacher recommended her getting an eye exam. At that point I vaguely remembered her pediatrician saying something about it during her last well check, like a year ago. It turns out she has ’44-year-old eyes’ and probably has needed glasses for a while, for reading.
We picked them up last week. I have a feeling they are going to be lost or broken within the month, just knowing how things roll at our house.
I bit my lip and completely let her pick them out. She chose blue. The picture looked ELECTRIC blue. (I was skeered.) But in the end, they look more purple.
And they’re pretty cute.Filed under Miss Madeline | Comments (5)
Sunday afternoon Andy took the big kids on a long walk to visit some friends. When the babies woke up from their naps, I sent them to play outside and grabbed my camera.
Ethan’s very favorite thing in the whole wide world is any form of a ball. His favorite word, too.E is for Ethan | Comment (1)
So now we get to the kitchen. Obviously one of my favorite places, although I don’t love to cook like my friend Nicky does. Her husband Steve designed the whole thing — chose colors and appliances and everything. And he has really really good taste. The only thing I can take credit for is the washer and dryer, which you can’t even see in these photos. ;) And the painting, I also chose that. ha
This is coming in from the back door, you enter into a little entryway that is my laundry room (which is why I was adamant that the washer & dryer had to be stainless and match the kitchen):
The view looking in from the dining room:
This one you can see the laundry room, just off the kitchen, and then the back door.
I’m sure eventually I’ll put something lovely on top of the two shorter cabinets but I haven’t decided what to do there yet.
This is what you see coming into the house, I didn’t realize I didn’t have a shot of this view until I was editing photos that night and snapped one.
And then looking into the dining area from the kitchen:
Um yeah, we love it. And no, it doesn’t stay this clean.Filed under Home | Comments (9)
Matilda Jane spring collection “Good Hart” opens tomorrow! My friend Amy and I are doing a release show but it will only be open one day, so if you would like to place an order let me know asap. Comment here or send me a note at Moriah@pleasepassthesalt.net and I can get you ordering info. :)Filed under To Share | Comment (0)
The kitchen doesn’t have any seating so this is it, where we eat. And we make the kids sit on the bench.
(for reference, the table is 94″ x 46″)
From this last shot you can see how to the left is the family room (with the huge blank wall I haven’t decided what to do with yet), the arch is the stairway, and to the right is the kitchen. (Up next.)Filed under Home | Comments (3)
Making do with what you have. Or, in this case, have-not.
The last two Fridays the kids have had off, due to impending bad weather. Not a snowflake in sight, either of those days. Granted, the second Friday there was some freezing rain. But it got sunny enough Saturday to be outside most of the day, and even lose the coats:
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I straightened up half of the upstairs yesterday, so I’ll share it next! This is (obviously) the tv side of the playroom…
Best. Rug. Ever. (From Overstock.) I made the curtains, fabric from IKEA.
The pillows are brighter in real life.
(The one below, behind the purple, is actually a true red.)
Our downstairs is VERY traditional so it was fun to go more modern and fun up here.
And then the kids’ bathroom, also upstairs:
(Otherwise known as the room that doesn’t stay clean, ever.)Filed under Home | Comments (2)
This room was a lot of fun. I showed you a sneak peek of something I did for this room, so it’s fun to show you the finished product. (Also completed while my mom was here!)
For some reason it was really hard to get a lighter shot of this first view, even though it was sunny and in the middle of the day. I tried to lighten it the best I could, just imagine that it’s actually brighter in the room.
(The missing drawer is out being repaired since it fell apart.)
I’ve always loved these fairies, they were in the girls’ room at the old house and they were the one thing I kept:
And, presenting the PINK CLOSET! (Andy teases me this is the reason I bought the house. Which may or may not be the case.)
I’m a little hesitant to share these except I get asked about their clothes all the time. And it IS my pet hobby. :)
(There’s more in the laundry, yikes.) This closet is soo cool – it slopes down on either side along the roofline. Perfect for playing and hiding out.
Also the only area in the house we put carpeting in. Arianna sets up her baby beds back there and plays in peace. So funny.
So there you have it!
My The girls’ room!
I am FINALLY ready to start sharing photos of our house. My mom was here for a long visit and so I was able to do some projects that otherwise wouldn’t have been done. (Stripes in the boys’ room being one of them.)
Their room is almost complete; I only need a couple more things, like a lamp. Drew’s been begging for one. I also have some flat wire airplanes that I’m going to hang from the ceiling. And maybe add a couple more things on the walls, we’ll see.
Most of Drew’s furniture was from Nanny. There is another twin bed hiding in the closet, saved for Ethan.
I should have removed those huge storage tubs, what an eyesore. They are broken anyway and are gonna be tossed. Oh well.
Drew’s big dresser and nightstand were also from Nanny. I love that.
As you can see, there are two closets in here. They are sort of cut-outs into the attic, with very sloped ceilings. Fun little places to hide and play. The entire upstairs floor has a sort of loft feeling.
The girls’ room is pretty much done as well, I’ll try to share it soon!Filed under Home | Comments (7)
Last Friday we drove 12 hours down to Florida for my sister’s wedding weekend. We stayed at the Lighthouse; my parents rented three Coast Guard cottages for us, them, my grandparents, aunts, and the bridal wedding party. Whirlwind trip, we drove home Monday.
These are all photos I took, and I tried to choose ones for this post that together give an overall picture of her wedding…
My three little flower girls, right before we went up to the dressing room to get ready.
(One of) my beautiful sister(s):
These were during the photo session, pre-ceremony:
(Later on, there was a cocktail hour on this terrace while the wedding party was busy with post-ceremony photos. Apparently there was a fabulous mocha punch I missed out on.)
Looking down from the terrace:
Right after the ceremony & the beginning of family photos, Cassandra & Shane with my parents:
The Dad/Daughter dance, she chose this – fitting, no?
Candy bar for party favors:
Arianna, making sure we were watching and then running off to dance:
Arianna was a maniac – danced 1.5 hours nonstop.
Into the getaway car, and sparklers! (I LOVE her bouquet in this one!)
And, the very second we buckled her carseat:
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The other day on the phone, my friend Lisa says to me, “so the big news today is Madeline got glasses??”
“Yeah! That was the first thing Charlie said when he climbed into the car: ‘Madeline got new glasses!’ She wore them all day!”
I knew instantly what she was talking about:
Those would be my sister’s FAKE play glasses Madeline SNUCK into her school bag. And apparently wore all day. What a riot!
My mom and I had gone through the girls’ college stuff from storage while she was here, and Madeline swiped them from the Goodwill pile. She sported them all day Wednesday (my kids don’t go to school on Wednesdays), even at Target, but I had drawn the line at church that night. But I had NO IDEA she had tucked them inside her backpack!
(I asked her teacher about it later. She said Madeline had told her they were fake and only wore them during breaks and was ‘very mature’ about it. hahaha)
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