Sunday, April 23, 2017

Coffee Table Change-up

 I've had the same coffee table in my living room for the last twelve years. It's a perfectly beautiful coffee table, and I like it just fine. There are even two matching side tables, which are also perfectly beautiful. I'm just bored, bored, bored with them. I've been slowly, but surely changing the look of my living room over the last few years, and "perfectly beautiful" doesn't really fit anymore. Also, I just wanted a change. The first big pieces to go were the side tables. I replaced them with funky pieces that I scrounged and fixed up or that my friend, Amy found when she was working at the ReStore. Then, a beat up old table showed up (also at the ReStore), and I decided it was going to be the one for me.

Here's the one I've had forever:

And here's the one I bought.

Storage is at a premium in my house, and this one has drawers and a hinged compartment in the top. Sweet!

It was in rough shape, but that was fine with me. I planned to alter it anyway, and I wanted to change the top completely, so I started sanding it down. As the thick stain came off the sides, I liked the way it looked, half sanded, so I took a chance and left it that way.  In person, it looks like an old, beat up shop cabinet. I sanded the top down completely, painted some chevron stripes on (I know they're "out" now, but I like what I like), sanded that down, added some natural stain and poly over the top, and that was done. I took the flower backs off the drawer pulls to simplify those, and I added casters to the bottom, so it's easier to move.

It fits perfectly in the room, and it looks great with the new paint on the walls. I'm happy with the change.

Now to sell the old ones and clear out some space! Spring is here, and I'm the mood to purge and clean!

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Oh Heavens, She's Seven

 My sweet Miss V turns 7 on the 9th, so we partied down today with her buddies. She's enamored with all things rainbow and unicorn these days, so that was the theme. For anyone who wasn't down with unicorns, we had knight-themed things. The kids donned unicorn headbands or knight helms, crayoned up some coloring sheets, discovered their unicorn (or knight) names and wore them around on nametags. We played Pin the Horn on the Unicorn, we beat the life out of a unicorn pinata, and then we ate rainbow snacks (cupcakes, sprinkle dipped marshmallows, rainbow fruit kebabs, and juice boxes), before Miss V opened gifts. We tried some charades, and then all the kids took their noise and energy outside and ran around until their parents came to collect them. It was a loud, funny, crazy, hysterical good time. Miss V was thrilled.

You know how "they" say that the days are long, but the years are short when you're raising children? I know it's a cliche, but it's true. Sometimes I worry that if I take my eyes off her for a second, I'll look back, and she'll be 20 years old. So I'll just keep watching and enjoying the show.

Happy birthday, baby. I love you more than the sun in the sky, deeper than the sea and further than the birds can fly.
And I always will.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Let's Catch Up

 Oh dear. I've neglected this corner of my life. As my children get older, and life moves at its inexorable pace, I stop making the time to record a little bit in this slightly longer form, and then I regret it. And now, here we are at March, and nearly three months have passed since my last post. Let's catch up a bit, just quickly.

If you can believe it, we've had NINE and a half snow days off from school this year in our part of Oregon. That's bananas! Some of our snowfall has been tiny, but we did have one whopper of a storm in January, and the kids had so much fun .

The J-bird also participated in his second Pinewood Derby event through Cub Scouts. He has really found a wonderful niche for himself in that organization. Sports aren't really his thing - he's a reader, very curious about how things work, a TALKER, loves science and building and engineering and video games. After trying several different activities, he found Scouts, and he's really taken to it. We're pretty thrilled for him.

The J-bird also celebrated a preeeeetty big birthday this month. How on EARTH is this tiny boy:

...a decade old? Double digits, man.

I'd promised him a big, blowout party for this birthday, so we rented out the Aquatic Center, and he invited...uh...everyone. His friends showed UP, and he felt special and loved and great.

And today is St. Patrick's Day! The Leprechaun left my kiddos a little note and some gold (chocolate) coins this morning, and they headed off to school, all decked out in green. They were very excited.

Now that the J-bird has had his big day, we have officially kicked off Birthday Season in our house. Next up is Miss V, who will be turning 7. My sunshine girl has opted for a small unicorn and rainbow themed party, which should be a hilarious good time. We're looking forward to a visit from my folks pretty soon, and I promise to post some photos of our newly repainted house ASAP!

It's exciting times around here. Spring is right around the corner, and we are ready for it. Here we go!