Monday, September 30, 2013

Hello...Is It Me You're Lookin' For?

 I never meant to do it. I went to the ReStore with Amy that day only meaning to LOOK at stuff. But there it was in the giant file of doors, and I just....fell in love.
 (Yes, I realize that I am a ridiculous person. I'm comfortable with my choices.)

I scored this old wood door (WITH WINDOW and AWESOME LOCK) for ten bucks. That's right, just ten American dollars. It isn't every day you find the absolute love of your life (sorry, James) crammed in the back row of a bunch of old, dirty doors, so this trip to the ReStore was...well, it was pretty great. (PS. Visit the ReStore. I want to move in)

 First of all, this thing was filthy, so I scrubbed it down. Miss V tried to "help", but she has ants in her pants, and that was a disaster, so I made her just watch. Once it was clean, I scraped the paint off the hardware and hit the whole thing hard with my sander. Underneath the putty-colored paint that had been slopped onto it was a bright tangerine color. There was also some yellow in there somewhere, and deep below, the bare wood. Be still, my heart. It needed...something though, so I went back to the ReStore for a little paint. I picked up some gray-blue and brushed on a light coat. After it was dry, I hit that baby hard with my sander again. The whole thing ended up looking like a sunrise. I may have clapped and capered around my garage. Maybe. Probably.

And then I turned it sideways and hung it on my living room wall. This effort required a team, because the love of my life is, as it turns out, extraordinarily heavy and awkward. Le sigh. Perfection.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Baby, Don't Go

Summer is going. The light is getting weird. The rain is making its presence known more frequently. I'm in a little bit of denial about it, honestly. I haven't cleared everything out of my garden yet. I haven't brought the grates in off the grill. Haven't hung up the riding toys or covered the sand box. I need to, but I just can't do it yet. We may get a day or two of sun before it's really over, and my heart can't quite let go of this summer. It was busy and crazy and full of adventures and friends, and there were some rough bits, but I came out of it better, dusted off, awake. Don't get me wrong - I love the Fall and Winter here. Oregon is beautiful all year, really. It isn't that. The music just changes to something a little more contemplative, and I'm still wanting to roll down my car windows and turn up the Beastie Boys. I'm always a little slow to get the hint, I guess. Maybe I'll understand when I get a face full of rain :)

Saturday, September 21, 2013

She Loves It

In particular, she loves her teacher, Miss Patty, and she loves admiring herself in the mirror, and she loves wearing the outfit. She also enjoys the other little girls in the class, and she will eventually learn the steps (theoretically), but I don't really care about that last part so much. She's having fun, and I get a giant kick out of watching her shake her can and try to skip and do an arabesque. It's pretty great.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Big Time Bike Boy - and Girl!

 The J-Bird is ready to ride without his training wheels, but, like all new things, he was very nervous about it, and he requires a process. What can I say? He's a little bureaucrat. My friend, Kristy used to work at a camp for kids to learn how to ride bikes, so she's doing the teaching (at his insistence - ha!), and he's loving every second and having a blast (And before anyone jumps on me about these photos, I am aware that he loosened the strap on his helmet. It has been fixed.)

 I bought Miss V a big girl bike a while ago, thinking she'd jump on it next summer. Surprise, surprise - Little Miss will not be outdone. She fell down right away, cried, and then said, "I want to try again!" That's my girl.

Big doins

Monday, September 16, 2013

Wine Tour 2013

 Each year, the commission I serve on at our church sponsors a tour of some of our wonderful local wineries, and it is so fun. Someone agrees to drive the bus for us, and we go visit a few of these gorgeous spots just outside our town and sample little sips of their lovely wines. The scenery is gorgeous, and the company is fantastic. This Saturday was the big day, and James and I wouldn't have missed it for anything.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

We're Not Bored

 My kids are little, and they're often ravenously hungry before their dad gets home from work, so we miss out on that wonderful sitting-around-the-supper-table-together ideal a lot, because I go ahead and feed them rather than a) give them a late snack and then watch them not eat their supper, or b) make them wait and deal with grouchy children and ridiculous suppers. They try their best, but they're small, and it's not a big deal. We eat together as often as we can, and we make up the family time in other ways - like board game nights.

 Quelf Jr. is our current (silly) favorite.

We play other games too though. And just for the record books, this is what my three year old daughter's face looks like when she narrowly loses to her father at Chutes and Ladders:
I don't think we need to wonder whether or not she has a competitive streak.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Camera Shy. Just Kidding

 No pictures, please!


Okay. Maybe just a few.