Random thoughts…

Here’s some random thoughts…

BLACKBIRD
Music is a big part of my every day life. If I’m not listening to music, I’m usually singing. I was in the kitchen cleaning and singing Blackbird by the Beatles. I heard the quietest voice behind me singing along. I turned around and saw Cannon. I kept singing and he kept singing with me. Finally, I stopped and asked him how he knew that song. He shrugged his shoulders. It dawned on me it must be from a movie he’s watched and when I asked him what movie he heard that on he smirked, “Boss baby”. Thank you Dreamworks for introducing my son to a classic.

MIX CD
Speaking of music – when we went to Mexico with friends, I made a road trip mix cd. (like I used to when I was 16!) We had every family turn in three songs anonymously that their family liked or that represented their family. We gave everyone a CD at the beginning of the trip and had them listen to it driving down. The first night we were there we went through all the songs and voted who we thought chose what songs. And of course then justified some of those choices. It was hilarious to listen to some rationalize their choices or to hear stories behind certain songs. That CD will now always remind me of this trip.

JUNK MAIL
I’m amazed at how many “junk” emails I get on a daily basis. I unsubscribe like crazy and yet I feel as though I keep getting emails from the companies I unsubscribe from. Then the companies I’m okay getting emails from once in a while feel the need to send one every day. I love Gap. I shop Gap. But every single day I’m getting separate emails from Gap, Banana Republic and Old Navy. And it will be the same sale for four days yet they send it to me daily. Some of them I don’t delete right away because it has a coupon code I might need. And then it gets to the bottom of the page and once it shifts to the second page I’ll probably have that email forever. Confession – My email inbox is a disaster.

GREATEST SHOWMAN
I think I might be the only person left who has yet to see this movie. Hallie saw it with friends over Christmas break but I was sick that day and I bailed. I’ve had good intentions to go but it just hasn’t worked out. But just because I haven’t seen it doesn’t mean the soundtrack hasn’t been on repeat for almost a month and a half. Three of the songs showed up on the Mexico mix CD and Hunter has been practicing From Now On on the piano. I feel like I know the story just because I know every word of every song. I’m still hoping to make it before it leaves theaters!

SCHOOL VACATIONS
I feel as though my kids are out of school more than they’re in school. They’re out this day and that day. Every Wednesday is early release and then some Wednesdays are early early release. And then they’re out for two weeks and a week after coming back…surprise! It’s parent/teacher conference and they’re out early the whole week. And then a three day weekend..Perhaps we wouldn’t have to start the first or second week in August if we just sent our kids to school when they were supposed to be in school! It’s hard to keep track! Give us our summers back!

OLYMPICS
We’ve done a lot of yelling at our tv the last week and a half for the Olympics. There are gasps when big falls happen or groans when landings aren’t made. Hallie keeps us updated daily on the medal count and we’re all a little disappointed the US isn’t coming home with a few more gold medals. Our kids have caught the spirit of the games and are eager to turn on the TV after dinner every night. We’re enjoying these last few nights.

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The umbrella…

Rain is a novelty here. The kids get excited when they look outside and see rain. They scramble to find umbrellas so they can hear the pitter patter above their head. I caught this moment between Hallie and Cannon after school. They were taking turns running down the walkway and returning without getting wet. Hallie with her sucker and Cannon’s eye longingly hoping for a lick of Hallie’s sucker!

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The best part of this picture is the umbrella Cannon is holding. As you can imagine – not many people are buying umbrellas in Arizona. But we brought that umbrella with us from Wisconsin where umbrellas were a must. How it’s still functioning with the way it’s played with is beyond me. But this was Hallie’s special umbrella and she loved it – and the matching rain boots were just a bonus! Every time one of the boys pulls it out of the closet I picture this girl right here.

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DIY Walnut Bed…

DIY Walnut Bed

This post was a long time coming. In fact – we did this project 1.5 years ago. I had a newborn baby at the time and I was working to get out of the funk I was in. The rest of the boys were gone for a weekend camping trip and I asked Hallie what she wanted to do. We could go to dinner. We could go shopping. We could watch a movie. You know what she chose: Build a bed (made my mom heart proud!!)

She was in a twin bed at the time and the thought of ever getting a sister to share a room with had been dashed and she wanted a queen bed. How could I deny her of her one request (that really I was excited to work on)? But building a bed in a 24 hour stretch is tough – especially when I was still tending to a newborn. But he went down to bed for the night and we worked our tales off. Side by side. Late into the night.

DIY Walnut Bed

The next morning we were back at it trying to beat the boys getting home. Hallie sanded and I attached pieces together. Hallie did more sanding. At one point she asked – do we really need to sand this much? Yep – unfortunately we do. We made the frame out of 2×4 pine – but the rest of the bed was made from walnut and when you spend that much money on wood, you might as well sand it and make it feel real nice!

DIY Walnut Bed

By the time the boys were pulling in – I had just completed the 2nd coat of wipe-on poly – no stain was used, no need to when you work with wood as pretty as walnut.

This bed consists of a simple headboard, footboard and rails. In the four beds I’ve built, I’ve always used this hardware from Rockler hardware. Its easy and fool proof. I’ve not had any problems with this hardware and I used it on our bed that I built 8 years ago. Not only is it secure, it can also be dismantled in no time.

DIY Walnut Bed

After we got it set up in her room I had “givers remorse”. I really loved the bed and started wondering why we didn’t build it for my room and Hallie could have our old bed. I threw the idea out to her but she wanted this bed. The bed she worked and helped to build.

Suddenly, it no longer looked like a little girls room! Throwing this bed in their with new bedding aged her room 10 years. A year and a half later and I’m still wishing that bed was in my room! (Find her frame makeover here.)

DIY Walnut Bed

DIY Walnut Bed

DIY Walnut Bed

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Mexico…part 2…

More pictures from Mexico that stir up emotion and make me happy. I love this time with my family and with friends.

Rocky Point Mexico

Rocky Point Mexico

Rocky Point Mexico

Rocky Point Mexico

Rocky Point Mexico

Rocky Point Mexico

Rocky Point Mexico

Rocky Point Mexico

Rocky Point Mexico

Rocky Point Mexico

Rocky Point Mexico

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As you can see in this picture – Hunter was a little outnumbered. There were five 2 year old boys – and yet only 2 boys among all these girls.

Rocky Point Mexico

Hunter had to be close to the girls for the picture but he didn’t have to touch them! (That’s not his hand on the right, just on the left!)

Rocky Point Mexico

Rocky Point Mexico

This is the gang. All born within 6 months of each other – they’re a handful now and I’m sure it won’t be much better when they’re older.

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Rocky Point Mexico

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Rocky Point Mexico

Hallie and Hunter both learned to drive this little Razor. It is kid sized for sure which made it a little difficult for me to get in and out. It’s a step above a go-cart but a step below a golf cart. They loved driving that little machine.

Rocky Point Mexico

Rocky Point Mexico

Rocky Point Mexico

 

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Cowboy Cannon…

Cannon came home from cowboy day at school with a complete western get-up: Hat, vest, holster, marshmallow guns and a stick horse. This is the equivalent of a girl and her princess dress…he didn’t want to take it off. He ate lunch in it. He took a nap in it. He waited for the kids to come home from school on the sidewalk in it.

He wanted to make sure all of his siblings saw his impressive outfit and he even saved marshmallows for each one of them so they could each take a turn with his marshmallow gun. He’s just that kind of cowboy!

Cowboy Cannon

Cowboy Cannon

Cowboy Cannon

Cowboy Cannon

Cowboy Cannon

He’s always been a fan of the stick horse – He’s just grown a little bit!

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