Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The Weekend Reviewed

This Memorial Day Weekend was pretty perfect!

Friday, although it was cold, and I mean COLD, the night sky was clear, absolutely gorgeous! I dropped Kayla and Doug off on Talbot Street in Braddock to stand in line (turned out to be a very long wait) to take a shuttle to Carrie Furnace and watch the Pittsburgh Try-Outs for American Ninja Warrior.  Although the tickets we had were for the 8:00 p.m. taping, the kids did not get to Carrie Furnace until 10:00 p.m.  Did I mention it was COLD, I mean temps in the 30’s (I know that’s probably considered balmy in some areas).  

Friday's night sky


While they were there, I took Elliot over to the train tracks and he got to see one go by up close and personal.  He LOVED it.  I sure hope he likes riding a train because our Thomas the Train Adventure is in a few weeks.  

Watching for planes
I then took the little guy to B&N so he could play with the trains and then we walked around the little town at the Waterfront.  Stopped at Starbucks to get him juice and a cookie.  One of his newer words is moon, so we sat outside under the clear sky looking for planes, and listening for trains.  One we picked up the older kids (they got back to Talbot after 2 a.m.), we headed on home to warm beds.

Saturday, I drove up to Mom’s and we (plus Elliot) went shopping at Sam’s.  It was time again to load up on paper products.  Saturday, as well as Sunday, was gorgeous with temps in the 80’s.  Amanda and her boys came and spent the afternoon, I had made baked ziti and a sunflower salad.  Kayla had whipped up an ice box cake for dessert.  

Set up at the flea market

Sunday, Joey and I got up around 6:00 a.m. and headed out to the flea market (we had loaded the car the night before – SMART move).  Although we broke even, I totally enjoyed meeting people and standing in the sunshine.  We bought vegetable plants for a garden.  We only stayed til noon as Joey’s daughter was coming for a visit.  
Jade visits
Back home the kids played, and Joey dug out the garden, lined it with cinder blocks and planted tomatoes, various pepper plants, broccoli, and zucchini.  The strawberry plants he put in a big planter.  I bought lettuce seeds, basil, thyme, oregano and parsley for my windowsill garden.  We will have lots of homegrown this year!!
Starter plants
Monday, another gorgeous day, Mom came in and we drove out to Kohl’s to get the baby a few pairs of sandals as they were half price.  The rest of the day was spent sitting on the porch, playing with E., doing laundry and just relaxing.


Joey digging the garden

PERFECT HOLIDAY WEEKEND!!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

THOUGHTS ON GOALS #1

I pre-ordered and am so looking forward to receiving my copy of Elise Blaha’s Get to Workbook.  I’ve been brainstorming how I am going to use it, er, how it's going to work for me.
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While blog hopping (or stalking), I came across a lovely idea that I am thinking of adopting with this new workbook.  Bronwyn’s (of the artfullifeblog.com) past ritual of creating a monthly vision board of inspiration and goals. You can check out one of Bronwyn’s finished vision boards here. No, go ahead, check it out.  I'll wait . . .

. . . Isn't that a great idea????  I LOVE this idea!!!  I really like a monthly theme and I can incorporate my month to do and goals lists, surrounded by pretty images of stuff I may want to buy, or how thin I want to be, or flowers and plants I want to grow.  Oh, the possibilities are endless!  

I've gathered my October Afternoon 9 to 5 papers, stickers and other embellies, along with sharpies, a big eraser, sharpened pencils, all into their own little box ready to set goals, write lists, DO STUFF.  I AM SO READY to get down to business!

Speaking of business, these Complaints aren't going to file themselves.

Later gators!

Monday, May 18, 2015

The Weekend Revisited

Elliot needs a dog.  I know he does.  And we will get one.  Eventually.  BUT first, the house needs put to order AND we need to get our mini vacation out of the way.  THEN we will begin the hunt for the perfect dog.  For now, here is Elliot with his favorite "dogs".
Elliot and his Dalmation pup
and with his newest addition, Clifford
Saturday was the Annual Regent Square yard sale.  It started at 8:00 a.m., however, I didn't get started until 9:00 a.m.  I was set on getting a dresser for Elliot's clothing, and by George, that's what I did.
I found this vintage treasure probably 15 minutes after starting out.  The asking price was $30.00.  SOLD!  It's heavy, wooden and the priority (for reasons known only to myself and Kayla) already put together!  When my first son was born, I had my Mom's dresser from when she was a little girl. It was the original brown wood and I think a bit smaller.  Sadly it was passed around expecting family members and left in Texas.  I was very happy to find this dresser. We will be painting it and changing the knobs and relining the drawers.  The only other purchase was a toy piano that Elliot found.

It was a lovely weekend, mostly hot with a rainstorm or two thrown in. We spent a lot of time playing in the yard and washing up a ton of laundry, reading books, drinking ice tea, eating ice cream AND napping.

  

Friday, May 15, 2015

Looking Forward To ...

The Annual Regent Square Yard Sale.  This multi-multi yard sale is fantastic! It begins at 8:00 a.m. tomorrow and I plan on starting browsing at that exact time (yeah, we'll see).  Last year, we got an window air conditioner for $25.00 and put it in K's room.  She was cool all summer.  We also got a stand up fan (safe for baby's fingers) for $10.00 which is still working fabulously.  We could really use a dresser for Elliot's room. Fingers crossed!
Took Elliot for his current fave ice cream, Dino Crunch.  Sadly he tripped over a fallen tree branch (major thunderstorms here) and lost his cone.  Luckily, it broke his fall and protected his little face.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

My Goal List for May 2015

A review of the prior months’ goal lists shows I haven’t completed too much, so far.  Instead of making a new goal list for May, I think I’ll seriously begin working on the lists made so far.  Combined, this is what the list looks like (any completed tasks have been removed (insert laugh track here):

1.           Make a plan and stick to it.
2.           Finish painting Kayla’s room, hang the curtains.
3.           Replace the ceiling tile in the family room. Hang the curtains.
4.           Read six books.
5.           Crochet two wearables and one blanket.
6.           Walk a mile (or more) a day.
7.           Cook dinner 5 times a week.
8.           Create a realistic budget and stick to it
9.           Add more houseplants
10.        Have a schedule – follow it.
11.        Take the kiddies on a “day trip” once a month.
12.        Take a photo a day.
13.        Send more cards.
14.        Finish that Mother’s Day project which I’ve “working” on since Valentine’s Day.


No “good intentions” this month.  I’m DOING IT!

Monday, May 4, 2015

The Weekend Reviewed

What an absolutely fabulous weekend! The weather was gorgeous!!!!!

Friday, the kiddies went to Amanda's for the night (she got a new puppy).

Saturday was all about shopping and lunch and the ER.  We picked Mom up in the a.m., drove out to the eye place to get K's lenses fixed only to find it closed.  Errrrrr.  My bad.

Dairy Queen for lunch in the sun. The baby loved that, but the tables were a little too high for him to reach.  So he had a bench picnic.

Later after numerous stores (new rugs and shower curtains bought for the bathrooms, new sheets for mine and K's beds, and toys for Elliot), I took K to the ER to have her foot checked.  It was pretty swollen and starting to bruise (one of her brothers knocked over some wooden thing that landed on the top of her feet).  No fractures or breaks luckily, but pretty bruised.

The x-ray lab was backed-up, so Elliot and I spent most of our wait outside.  The was a construction vehicle parked outside much to his delight.  He has a fascination for trains, buses and construction vehicles.  

Sunday was even prettier than the day before.  We started our day off with coffee, of course. Then set to cleaning the front yard and the porch.  Made a list of items needed from our next trip to Ikea (cotton drapes for the porch, citronella candles, new ice bucket).
And that was our weekend.  

Friday, May 1, 2015

Things to do in May

Spring - it's here!  The sky is blue, the air is warm(er), the flowers are beginning to bloom. 

WELCOME MAY!

Here's a list of what we will do in May.

Celebrate Mother’s Day (May 10)
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo (May 5)
Celebrate Memorial Day (May 25)
Open the windows – let in the fresh air!
Begin planning our summer vacation.
Store away the winter clothes.
Buy new sandals.
Wash the car.
Cut the grass, trim the hedges, rake the leaves.
Summerize the porch/yard.

PLAY!


Sweet April showers, Do spring May flowers.
~ Thomas Tusser