Saturday, May 17, 2008

Alison's art sale

We finally got Alison's art website/blog going. She told me what to say and I typed it up. I love her descriptions of her art projects. This is about half of them. We'll add more soon. Even if you don't buy something leave her a comment about your favorite piece. Like all artists she loves to hear how people like her works of art.

Must be spring!

Today was a beautiful day. I thought about taking the kids to Mayfest. But in the end we decided to get out the deck toys and furniture. I'm glad we did, it was a lot of fun. We even had a picnic outside for snack. There is also a toddler slide and picnic table out there. I want to try to keep the middle of the deck free for running and riding toys and drawing with sidewalk chalk. I'm trying to decide if I should put the sandbox up on the deck. We've had it forever and it's never gotten used. I think up on the deck it would get used. Or we could put it out by the swingset. Choices, choices...I think we'll put our potted plants along the far railing. It gets the most sun during the day.
We've got some strawberry plants and some veggie seeds to plant....

Time to get Ian in bed. I'll keep you posted!

Monday, May 12, 2008

Here we are again!

Well, I'm doing better, it's only been a few days since my last post. hahaha

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms who read my blog. I had a fun day. Dan and the kids gave me my presents first thing in the morning since Dan had to be to work for most of the day. After nap time we went to visit Papa and Nana (Dan's parents). Then we stopped and got take out and my mom and dad came over to visit. A very busy day surrounded by people we love and who love us. Who could ask for a better day.

I was trying to let Ian's hair grow out. It ended up looking pretty crazy. So I chopped most of it off again. The whole time I was cutting it, Ian kept saying "OW" "no-no-no" and every time he saw a piece of hair drop he shout "uh-oh". He ended up with a little chunk in the front that is still long. I was cutting his hair in the tub (the only place he'll sit long enough for me to even try cutting his hair). By the time I got to the front, he was almost dunking his head in the water to keep me from cutting it. Dan calls it a reverse mullet. Dad said it's called a princeton. I'm still trying to decide if I like it or not. (Also in this picture you'll see why we call Ian the "nuk-aholic")

Alison is reading up a storm. She's also still very excited about her art business. We just haven't had time to work on her art sale blog lately. I'm hoping we can get to it in the next day or so. She's been spending lots of time playing in her room lately. She used some of her money to buy a new Polly Pocket set and it has set off lots of creative play and made all her old Polly sets seem new again. She is also very into magic lately. I got her a how to do magic video from the library this week and today she performed her first real magic trick for me. She was so proud of herself. She did it very well too. Even though I watched the video with her and new how the trick worked, she pulled it off without a hitch.

I've been trying all sorts of new things. Since Easter, I've been baking our bread from scratch. It was getting so hard to find decent bread at an affordable price. So I decided to make my own. It's been going really well. Although, if I try to make a triple batch again, I need a bigger bowl. I also made cheese the other day. I got the recipe from a website called New England Cheesemaking. I made 30 min mozerrella and it actually turned out! It was amazing making something like that. Dan and the kids got me a book about cheesemaking for Mother's Day. Some of the hard cheeses like cheddar seem a bit intimidating right now, but I'm sure with practice I'll work my way up to them. It's so much fun learning all these new things and being able to show Alison that food just doesn't come from a store, we can make it ourselves. Although, I'm drawing the line at getting my own sheep and cow to get the milk.
One last thing. I'm getting low on available space here. So when I run out of space, I'll set up part two and leave a link here to it.