Friday, February 27, 2015

Addie's Science Fair!

Addie had her first science fair!  She had to chose an invention, a force, magnets, or a scientist to learn about...clearly Mike thought of something suitably science-y for our little lady.  

Okay...check out Addie explaining her gravity project:

In case you didn't know...gravity affects all objects the same, regardless of two objects with different weights will hit the ground at the same time.  Galileo first did the experiment in the 1589.  I might have "relearned" that right along with Addie. 
Just here to help you learn too.

Dining Room Reveal...

My sister and my mom have been chastising me lately for my lack of blogging, 
but it was with GOOD reason!
We really wanted to work on our front living and dining rooms.
They were the only rooms we haven't touched since we moved in 1.5 years ago.  
They were painted a cream originally, and I use the term "painted" loosely.  
The previous owners were amazing at landscaping
So here were some of the "befores"

My friend Linn was a HUGE fan of our previous chandelier.
Then Mike did some serious work with shadow box frames giving a really amazing look.  It took saws and miter cuts and caulk and wood fill and lots of spatial reasoning.

After the paint, then chair rail, then boxes, then more paint...
came the final project...

Doesn't that look so fantastic?
Mike really outdid himself...

And our new chandelier might be one of my favorite home furnishing purchases to date. final look at the before/after

Special thanks to our friends Alisa and Jeremy for finding us the perfect color we've wanted for years and couldn't nail down until we walked into their perfectly adorable new house.

kisses to my husband...well done my love...

Thursday, February 26, 2015

cRaZy hair day

When you have three girls and your eldest girl has "crazy hair" day at school...
all your girls demand a crazy hair day...

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Think Summer Supper...

My Mom is super creative.  I give all my creative genes to her.  Long before I became a first grade teacher, she was stenciling my bedroom walls and helping me create gradeschool dioramas.  
So this weekend she decided she was done with winter
{can i get an amen?}
So she planned a "think summer" supper..
complete with hotdogs on the open flame...
Addie's self-proclaimed "best food ever pasta salad"

Baked beans, potato chips, icecream...

and roasted marshmallows...
Now if THAT doesn't chase away the winter-blues, I don't know what to tell you...

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Naked Crayons

Ever since we read the story, The Day the Crayons Quit
which is amazing, btw, 
my kiddos have been obsessed with "naked crayons"
You know...when all the paper is peeled off.
And just when I think we've forgotten about it...
there's Sam to remind us and make the little girls giggle and start peeling the crayons again.

Monday, February 23, 2015

How we rock out snow days...

We've had a really big cold snap in CLE lately resulting in 2 cold days.
So here's what you do during one 60-minute portion of a snow day...

Try on all of Addie's old recital dresses...there was one more too!

Paint some pictures...

And cook up some serious pasta sauce.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Snow Day Sam

( conversation last Wednesday night...)
Mommy: Sammy, do you think we're going to get a snow day tomorrow...?

Sam: I already know.
My teacher checked the magic 8 ball.
It said yes.


Saturday, February 21, 2015

Sam's 100th Day

The 100th Day of School is a big deal in kindergarten and first grade.  Sam loved his 100th day.  He counted 100 cheerios for a class snack and brought in a collection of 100 beads and made a poster of 100 stickers...I think he was a big fan of the day!

When I told him he could eat his necklace after school he said...
{self proclaimed junk-food lover}
No, teacher said it is too germy.
You need to buy me some new fruit loops that aren't germy.
I happy obliged and kissed his teacher in my head.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015


I's puzzling...
Why haven't I been blogging?
I have no good excuse...let me fill you in...
We've been doing lots of home projects & trying to stay warm
and watching Downton Abbey & Walking Dead
(the two most diametrically opposed shows ever)
But alas...I shall get back on the blogging train..
watch me.
And, in the meantime, check out my sister's blog post...

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

There's no day like a snow day...

Daddy and the kiddos made an igloo this weekend!
Mommy and the kiddos got an extra day off!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Bday Girl...

This is Aunt Emily.  She's a fave around here...before she had miss Christina right there she watched my kiddos lots. That means they adore her.
She knows just how to handle sweet Sam and is a twin expert.  She and Miss Addie go way back before she became a Mama herself...
It's her birthday and we wanted her to know how very much we love her!
She's an amazing aunt and very conveniently had babies at the right time to make the perfect cousins in just the right genders for my cuties...
We love her!

First Playdate!

Sammy had his first playdate this weekend with a friend from kindergarten!
Meet Kamden.  Sam's bff at the moment...

They both love Angry Birds which worked out great...

Addie even helped them set up elaborate Angry Bird scenes to destroy