Monday, April 23, 2012

Juicing for Health...

Evan and I got the juicer out last week (I forget I have one!) and I obsessively compulsively juiced every last piece of fruit and vegetable in the house.  He was delighted with putting the fruit in and using the plastic pusher.  You would have thought that all that goodness would have prevented me from a horrible case of strep throat, but no, it did not. 

 I never get sick and thought I had dodged the bullet of the kids and the hubs colds last week.  We went to a water park over the weekend and things just got progressively worse.  I am in misery.  My throat is so swollen I can barely talk or swallow.  I'm taking hard core pain killers and it's not even taking the pain away.  Mom's don't get sick.  They can't get sick.  I'm not good at this.  I have a basket of laundry to fold and a dishwasher to unload, dinner to make and kids to bathe.  I called the hubs a few hours ago and broke down crying.  I also told him of the list of said chores he will have to take care of.  Sickness is the only thing that can keep me down and keep me from accomplishing tasks.  And then the OCD kicks in and I get up off the couch, walk around the kitchen and lay back down.  Egads.  I need the meds to start working STAT!  I have a life to lead!  And I'm just so darn hungry.  I haven't eaten much in two days.

This is the pulp of the fruit and veggies after the juice is extracted.  
Pretty cool to see all that colorful goodness.
 And we have our first taste tester.....
 Delish!
 And then Evan moved on to play a little solo game of Connect Four.... (how does that work I wonder?!)
These photos represent a "good mom day" in the world of a SAHM.  He put the majority of this puzzle together by himself and I was impressed.  I helped him finish up the hard parts.  Today was not a good SAHM day.  Evan never got out of his pajamas, I prepared him no real meals and he watched TV almost the entire day.  I was just too darn sick to care.  Now that sis is home from school she has taken over all Mom duties for herself and him.  Amen.  

Here's to a better day tomorrow.  


Friday, April 20, 2012

Next Project....

The kids received a "Live Butterfly Garden" from Santa.  I waited until a few weeks ago to order the larvae because once they "bloom" it needs to be 55 degrees or higher outside to release the butterflies.
 The kids have been checking out the net and asking me daily when the larvae will arrive.  
There you have it!  
7-10 days for the larvae to move to the top of the lid and get into chrysalis form and then 7-10 days for them to hatch into beautiful butterflies.  I had to move the cup (out of sight out of mind) so the kids would stop touching/shaking/moving the poor little larvae!

I'm off to water park in the Dells this weekend with my BF Kelly and her kidlets.  The kids are beyond giddy and I think I just might be too!  Have a great weekend friends!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Instagram Love....

Cuddling with Mom...
I never found a lawn mower a kid didn't want to ride on...
Little man has been falling asleep a lot during the day....
Maybe he's in a growth spurt....
the always lovely red head....

I miiiiiiiight be waking up.....nope, gonna sleep more.
Succulents....
African Violets that remind me of my Grandma Kushman....
more sleeping....
the sleepy hand...
Map of Puget Sound....great find at an estate sale

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Fab Finds....

New chairs!
There is a certain church thrift store that I frequent and these chairs have been in the back room for as long as I can remember.  I never gave them much thought until the last visit, after I left the store and returned home and keep thinking about these vintage school house wonders.  (Might I add they were $3 each!)
I literally could not stop thinking of the possibilities.  I then hoped and prayed they were still there the next time I visited.  (Chances are, they would be.  This store is not a super popular one and if they were there for years I didn't suspect a run on vintage school house chairs would crop up overnight!)  When I can't stop thinking about an item, I must return for the goods!
I am dreaming about what to do with them.  I do like them just the way they are, but the spray paint and decorative options are really quite endless!  Stripes, poka dots, the kids names, a compass or a sailboat...one solid bright poppy color....
How many photos can I take of some old chairs?  Oh, but just think of the children who sat in these and read and learned things and did math and daydreamed about being outside on the playground instead of inside a school room!
Lauren said, "Mom somebody wrote on these chairs."  Yep, and that's why I like them !
When pushed together they resemble a bench.
Classic Evan.
I love this photo.
A serious discussion while watching cartoons.
So I'm mulling around with all my ideas and will update you on the finished product!
Another find:  Not one, but TWO pillow covers from Goodwill for $1.50!  The hubs travels to India at least once a year and tells me that the prices I get on these Indian thrifted things are cheaper than he could buy them in India!
The little circles are mirrors.  
Color, texture and mirrors?  Please!  I love them!
(the other pillow is in another room)
I also found this wool blanket for $5.00 at Saver's a few weeks ago.  I like to "upgrade" on things in the house when I find something that speaks to me.  If I bring something in something needs to go out.  (Peter Walsh, I'm following your rules!  Love you!  Call me!)
This is how it all looks on the love seat.
99% of my house is decorated with thrift, Goodwill, Savers, resale and garage saled items.  I could show you a fab find everyday!  I'm thinking about doing a weekly segment on this blog to highlight a new treasure each week.  I always say that even if I came into large amounts of money I would still shop this way because it's the thrill of the hunt and I don't have all the same stuff everybody else has.  (Pottery Barn?  I've got the look for a fraction of the cost!) 

Stop at the next garage sale you see and open yourself up to the possibility of a treasure awaiting you!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

How does your Garden Grow.....

It's that time of year again!  Time to get the garden going.
Nothing, and I mean nothing is more exciting or fun for a 3 year old boy!
Now it's time to gather the mulch that we've been making for a year....
That black box holds the magic.
Piles of mulch ready to be worked in....
Rakes are super fun for kids too.  And super dangerous.
We rent a rototiller for $35 for the day...
Next we get all the ash from the wood burning stove and add that to the mulch for extra hearty soil...
Ash is fun for little boys too.
The dirtier and messier the better!
And now for pretty little girls next to pretty little lilac bushes!
When we first planted these bushes she was taller than the bushes!
She's a long tall sally now.
Beauty....
Spring time nails and toes and shorts and flip flops.....
(This is Bebe's hand!)

Mr. Frog Prince sits in the bird bath....
Red hair and freckles makes me happy....
Hitchin' a ride....
And you know what else makes me happy?  People that come over to your house and do a yard "Spring clean-up" and mulch job.  We always do every job ourselves, big or small and I made an executive decision to say yes to the people who stopped by with an offer to do the job at a great price.  I couldn't be happier.  I'm gonna go outside and stare at the mulch with joy.  Did you know that hubs once wanted to mulch on Mother's Day weekend?  Yeah.  That didn't happen.  

We are ready for warmer weather and more camping and deciding which plants to plant in the garden this year!  Have a great week my friends : )

Monday, April 16, 2012

Hydrodome Fun...

Hydroponics is the method of growing plants using a mineral solution and water, without soil.
The kids got a cool project kit for Christmas from Tia Lisa (Tia means Aunt in Spanish and no she's not Spanish but when Lauren was born she wanted a cool name!  Lisa is hubs sister) She is classic for getting the kids really neat gifts that are family activities or learning opportunities. I love that!  (as long as I'm not the one doing it)  I pulled it out a week ago and told Dad he was in charge.  Dad's need projects to do with kids and kids need Dad's to do projects with them while Mom does not get involved and she has two seconds of time in the day without a kid saying "MOM" or "I'm hungry."  It's a win-win.
 Prepping the dome....
Fill it with water and put in some sort of crystals....(mineral nutrient?)
A pump is involved (again I didn't get that involved and didn't read the instructions) but you have to pump the water for one minute per day.  Why?  You got me.  It's just another thing that the kids can fight over.  
 This whole process couldn't begin until the lettuce seeds sprouted....
So my idea of "hey kids go do this with Dad and leave me alone" lasted about two seconds when Dad said, "Okay in a week we can continue this project."  
Lauren begins the first round of pumping....While Evan give us a faker baker smile.

So we are growing the hydroponic up in here!  Not to be confused with "the chronic."  Although perhaps that would help me to stop yelling and embrace the kids wanted to "help" me do everything.  Sorry, I am not the kind of mom who a) wants to play with her children or b) enjoys my children helping me do everything.  I can get it done in 5 minutes with no mess or 20 with a kid and then a big clean up job.  Just keepin' it real! 

I will show the progress of the lettuce as our little science experiment continues! Thanks Tia Lisa!