Sunday, September 30, 2012

Friday, September 28, 2012

Pass It On

Yesterday morning, the kids and I loaded up early and rolled out to the Pass It On Sale in Hillsboro. We waited in line with some friends until the doors opened, then raided the racks for all the clothes  the kids need for this Fall, Winter, and Spring. I always approach this sale with a strategy - go in with a list of what's needed in what sizes, get there early, take 25-30 minutes (TOPS) to shop, then get in line to pay before it gets a mile long. This strategy almost always works. In fact, I got every single thing on my list and only waited three minutes to pay. After I took all my purchases out to the car, the kids and I went back in to find Birdie and saw that the line to pay now stretched halfway around the huge warehouse. Yikes!

It's chaos, but it's worth it. I found a ridiculous number of great items in excellent condition - some with original tags still on them - some even name brand (not that I care), and I spent less than a quarter the price I would (refuse to) pay new.

As an added bonus, my kids were amazing. I wore Miss V in a backpack carrier, and the J-bird stayed right next to me the whole time, cheerfully helping me carry things. I was so impressed with both of them, especially because it could easily have gone the other way, what with all the waiting, shopping, and other boring adult stuff that kids hate. I took them out to lunch afterward and thanked them both. When I told the J-bird that I was proud of how he'd really helped me, stayed close to me, and refrained from whining and begging, he said, "Thank you, Mama! That's the nicest thing you've ever said to me!"

I'm fairly sure I've said nicer things, but whatevs. Perhaps I need to step up my game.

Anyway, along with all the other awesome loot, I found these LEGO Star Wars flannel pajamas for the J-bird, which makes me his all-time favorite person ever.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Front Door Initial

 This last Spring, I bought one of those cardboard letters for my front door, along with some fabric that I used to cover it.

 IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII hate it. I hated it as soon as it was finished, but I'd spent a few bucks on the fabric, so I felt the need to leave it up for a while.

 Today, I was finally sick enough of looking at it to rip the fabric off. So I did.

 Then, I used my hot glue gun to add a design. I've seen this done (on Pinterest) with Elmer's Glue and with puffy paint, but I'm just not patient enough for that.

 Hot glue dries fast.

 Once the glue was cool, I spray painted the whole thing with a metallic paint. Once THAT was dry, I dry brushed white craft paint over the metallic. I distressed it as it dried, using a paper towel and my fingernail (I'm very high tech).

 Then I went all Portlandia and put a bird on it.

 Hot glued a paperclip on the back.

And hung 'er on the front door. So much better!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Preschool Uniform

The uniform policy will be strictly enforced.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Whirlwind of Fun with Friends

 My sweet friend-since-junior-high, Tracy was visiting Portland over the last few days with her precious kids and her husband. Her husband was at a conference each day, so Tracy and I got the kids together for a series of fun adventures, and we were joined by our spouses when they were free.

We started on Thursday morning with the Portland Children's Museum:

 Alligator teeth were brushed

 They played grocery store and restaurant

 They picked pretend flowers

 Played veterinarian

Explored all the fun, sensory activities

 Played with clay

 Painted their faces

 And put on a show. This was a particularly moving rendition of the Alphabet Song.

The next day, we visited the zoo. Yes, this was the second time in one week for my kids. That pretty much made me their hero.

 Friday evening, Tracy's whole family drove out to our house. We went to Pizza Schmizza and hung out at our house, and I forgot to take a single photo.

On Saturday, we all (including the big dudes) met at the Portland Saturday Market to wander on the waterfront and marvel at all the arts and crafts and food carts under the bridge.

 I'm pretty sure the J-bird has signed on the dotted line in the "friends for life" category. He was devastated when we had to say goodbye and begged me to have his friends come back over, just one more time. It was too cool to see my kids and Tracy's kids playing together and becoming such fast friends. Sweetness (and a little naughtiness) abounded, and we had such a wonderful time.

Now, to convince them to relocate to Oregon permanently....

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Zoo Trip With Birdie

 The kids and I hit the zoo on Monday for some fun in the sun with Birdie and little G.

 As our school lesson for the day, I made the J-bird a sheet with different animals to find (2 types of animals with horns, an animal with no legs, 2 animals with feathers, etc...). He had to find the animals and then write the name of the animal next to the description.  He was doing just that near the orangutan enclosure, not realizing that the orangutan had gotten curious and was sitting right behind him, watching him write.
 Pretty funny. :)