Thursday, September 30, 2010

my low budget gallery.

We've now lived in our house for just over a year. I thought it was about time that I hung some pictures in our hall. The problem was that we now have a lot more hall wall space than we've ever had, so I needed more frames, and I needed them on the cheap. Off we went to some thrift shops to pick up over a dozen frames. I wanted them all to match, but didn't have the time to look for only black frames, so I got frames that I liked the shape or style, but didn't worry about the color. See?

Like this lovely GOLD frame from the 80s. I'm fine if you happen to like this frame, but it doesn't fit into the decor of my home, so black is the new gold.

Step one, empty the frame of all glass, mats, random photos, children's artwork, or anything else you find in your frame. Dust the frame. Cover floor of open garage with assorted newspapers from the previous days.
Then, spray it with a nice coat of this...

Primer. Mine happened to be white. My only other option was a rust color and I wanted the contrast with black so that I could see where I missed.

I let it dry for a while and then sprayed them with the black.

It took two coats of the FLAT black paint and even then I found a few spots that I had to correct before reassembling the frames. Check them carefully before proceeding.

Another necessity, at least in my part of the country, is this...

And even with a heavy coating of OFF! familycare©, I got more than 15 bites. I don't know how that happens.
While I let the paint dry overnight, I thoroughly cleaned all the glass and set them out to dry as well.
Finally, I assembled all the frames and set out to figure out the arrangement that would fit the wall. I laid it out on the floor and set out to duplicate it on the wall. Blake was a trooper and humored all my crazy antics when it comes to pictures. Egan was a trooper as well. He slept through my late night hammering without a peep. See finished project...

I say finished, but what I really mean is "almost finished". If you look closely, you will see two empty frames. I hadn't planned on hanging them, but I needed some small ones to fill in holes. oops!
I have 1/2 of my hall still to go. Those pictures are framed and have been arranged (and photographed so I can get them back in the same order), but I haven't gotten them hung yet. Soon.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

like father....

In case there has ever been a doubt. This should confirm that Egan is, in fact, our son.

What could be more like daddy than playing a game on the ipad?

So fun!

I think daddy had fun teaching Egan the finer points of one of his favorite games...

Angry birds, of course!

Haven't heard of it? Oh, well, it is a highly addicting game where you launch birds of all types at pigs. That clears it up, right?

Egan (and dad) think it is awesome.

Monday, September 20, 2010

cars, cooking, candles, and my "cooky" neighbor

I've got a quick hodgepodge of stuff to share. None of it is really huge or important, but I thought I'd share it none the less.
These first pictures were taken during our last trip to my parent's house, but I forgot to post them. Egan is playing with my brother's old hot wheels. He has one at home, but has never seen so many!



Here's a fun one. Yes, it is real. No it wasn't plugged in. This is the sight I saw when I walked in from the garage. I will share about the project I was working on soon. Blake said it was the most entertaining toy he's seen in a while.

This was one of my birthday gifts. Isn't it pretty? This night I was making stuffed bell peppers!

I've had several friends tell me about the awesomeness of these candles. I thought it was about time our house had something "Fallish", so I got two of these! One for the kitchen and one for the living room. It smells sooooo good.

How are the dogs these days? Glad you asked. Bo is good. This is his favorite spot and his favorite activity... behind eating.

Maggie is good too. She and Egan have fun running and playing when she isn't napping. Here is a picture I took just earlier today with my cellphone.

Meet my neighbor.

I bet he's glad he installed this nice big window so that he can still watch the game on tv while he's smoking. I snuck this picture Saturday from the inside our house. Ha! Happy week!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Because I think my son is so funny

I've got a few videos from the last few days. Egan has started talking... a lot. He can now repeat most any word I say. Some sound like the real thing, some don't, but it is a huge improvement over his one favorite word, "dada".
In the first video, he is arguing with Blake that the strawberries Blake is feeding him are actually apples. He does this almost daily with various fruit. (If you can't see the video below, try this link.)

Here's another funny one. This was one evening right before bed (hence the darkness). We never really taught him what was on his shirt, but he knows these animals from books and the paintings on his wall. None of them look like the animals on his shirt, so I'm impressed he recognized them! (Again, if you can't see the video below, try this link.)

This last one is one that Blake took. By the time he got the video going, you missed the first 9 trips around Blake and Egan had slowed down the running. I still think it is funny. Oh, and that toy at the end is Maggie's. Egan constantly taunts her with it. Most of the time he picks it up and runs with it so she is forced to chase him. This time, she got it before he could take off. (Here's the link.)

Saturday, September 11, 2010

17 months


Dear Egan,
You are now 17 months old and you are so much fun these days. Fun and full of energy. We have had a busy but good month, and you are up to all sorts of new stuff.
You've begun talking more. Some things you say are understandable while others are still gibberish. If I really listen though, I can usually figure out what you are trying to say. You still do a lot of communicating through sign language which is fine and sweet. I'm just glad we have a way to communicate. Some of your current favorite words are apple, go, car, dog, cracker, yogurt, mmmmm..., yep, no, Maggie, Bo, dada, and finally... mama. You still don't say it often, but I now know you can! I think you are just being a little stinker because you know I want you to say it. You have also gained quite the sense of humor! The other day, you were eating some cantaloupe. I was trying to teach you to say "melon" by emphasizing the syllables. You kept saying "apple", but finally you said "MMMMMapple!" You thought that was so funny, and so did I.
You love giving us kisses, high fives, and fist pounds. You also love to dance to music. Yo Gabba Gabba is still your favorite show. It has lots of cute music for you to dance to.
We like to play chase around the house and you also love to wrestle in the floor. You think you are so strong because when you push on daddy, he falls over, and when you pull up on his shirt, he sits up. That is such a fun game. You also like to play with the dogs. You know which toys are the dog's and love to throw them. You also love to throw balls and you have quite the arm on you.
It's been a bit of a rough month as far as sleep goes. You've officially dropped from two naps two one and it was a tough transition. You wouldn't sleep long enough to only take one nap, but wouldn't sleep for two naps most days. I think we have finally made it work though and you are now napping around two hours for your one nap. As far as eating goes, you are still doing good. You love fruits and veggies and like some meats. The biggest change as far as meal time goes is that we've stopped using your tray on your highchair. We just push you up to the table now. You think you are such a big boy now.
You've got some new teeth coming in. These are the first new teeth in a while and boy are they a pain! They are making you pretty grumpy. We're getting through it though.
You take a fall at least once a day. Most of the time it happens because you are running too fast and not paying attention. That has resulted in quite a few bumps, bruises, and cuts this month. I am learning what it means to be the mom of a fearless boy! Speaking of fearless, you are now climbing to the top of the playground areas and going down slides all by yourself feet first on your tummy. This month has been an adventure for sure!
Egan, you are loved more than words can express. I can only wonder what tomorrow will hold!

Here are a few new Egan pictures I took earlier this week while we were visiting my parents.
The remnants of the hurricane came through and it was pouring rain for several days. There was finally a break, and that was when these pictures were taken. The light was divine! I had planned to get some little rain boots to put on Egan, but he would have none of that, so bare feet it is!
Now, on to the many pictures. I just can't resist.










Thursday, September 9, 2010

the farm, the water, and a large hand

First, the large hand.

We recently made a trip to The Children's Museum (I think that is what it was called... but not totally sure) with the playgroup. I think the kids loved it.
There was a really cool "play house", but all the boys wanted to play with was the computer.

There was also a farm. Here's Egan in his cool "farm apron".


And riding a big tricycle.

Jack and Lisa cruising around.

Casey and Marshall doing the same.

Egan and Marshall showed off there awesome skills in horse riding.

I think Egan's favorite was the water table.



I don't think Jack was too fond of the very large duck.

There was also a really cool stage with craaazy mirrors.

Piper was the lone girl in the group that day. Her favorite of everything we saw was the mirrored stage. I guess she's a true performer!

I think Jake liked the lights more.

"Look mom! Legos!"


"And puzzles!"

Oh, and a very large fire truck that the kids loved.



It was a super fun day spent with friends!