Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Long Overdue

One of the good things about my "blog a day" month was that nothing accumulated, and I was able to keep up with the events in our lives without many exciting things piling up. One of the bad things was that I didn't end up getting much else done in the evenings during that month because I really only have about an hour of free time in the evening. And now I'm back to where I was before, with hundreds of unsorted photos and many events that should make it into the record book, but I did crochet a blanket and a half instead so all is not lost!

That said, I'm just going to dive in and post some of my favorite pictures and events from the last however long it has been.

The sun arrived and we were able to start playing and eating (and drinking white wine in the sun) outside!

Father's Day! Ben decided we'd been to Fuddrucker's too recently to go again for Father's Day, as is the tradition, so we went to Outback instead so he could have the ball of deep fried onion he's been thinking about for weeks that I kept refusing to share with him. I know, I'm cruel. He made sure to wear his Father's Day shirt, so there's that at least.

We had a nice time, and added another photo to the Father's day series.





We went to the Zoo a few times and discovered this thing...

Took the train to the "big city" and went on a fountain tour...

Adele discovered sand...

Adopted a baby...
(This is a terrible picture, but she really fell in love with babies recently and I can't find a better one)

And started to insist on feeding herself... with some success and an enormous amount of mess.

She will also sign "more" if she REALLY wants something. Like milkshake. She has about 15 words now, but still mostly communicates with grunting and pointing.

Fiona found a lot of caterpillars and she and a friend collected some of them up in a bucket...

Yeah, that's a lot of caterpillars!

She was very excited about all her new "friends". This next video comes in two parts. There's a gap because she falls over and needs to be rescued, then finds another "friend" who wants to join her on the slide.

We did some other stuff too, but it's time for bed and this is long enough, so I'll leave you with this link to my sisterinlaw Cathy's blog. We did this today, and the girls had so much fun. Fiona loves hanging with her cousin Emily and the big girls, and it turns out Adele is part fish, so we all had a lovely time.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Summer Tasks, episode one: Adele's Curtains

I've been pretty busy at work during the last few months, but over the summer I only work 10 hours a week instead of 20, and the girls go to daycare for the usual 15 which, in theory, should leave me for some time to do tasks around the house. It's been "summer" for a couple of weeks now, and the only tasks I've accomplished are getting caught up on episodes of Bones so this week I really kicked it into gear and made a LIST. Yep, a list of all the things I'd like to get done over the next few months. Then Ben went and added some killjoy items like blah blah taxes. Whatever. I started with the most fun - curtains!

When Fiona was on the way I planned her room and got window thingies and made it all cute. However, when she was born we found that she would only sleep in near total darkness and for 3 years we've had sheets over her cute window thingies to block out the light.

"Behold... "

With Adele I made significantly less effort (her room still functions as the guest room) but did also include the classy "sheets over the windows" technique. I have been planning for some time to solve these two issues, so I put them both on the list.

A year or so ago I got heavy blue curtains from Ikea. Ikea curtains are good because they are really long and therefore can be hemmed to fit the vast majority of windows. 3 months ago I finally got curtain rods, and this week it all came together in a grand window treatment-stravaganza. Fiona's room is getting blackout roller blinds behind her cute curtains, so all I'm attempting today are the curtains for Adele's room.

First, I made soup. Hopefully you have figured out by now that I have issues with procrastination.

Second, I checked facebook. Nothing was going on that needed to be dealt with imminently.

Third, I looked for the drill. Couldn't find the drill. Called Ben to ask where the drill was. Phone rang twice, then he SENT ME TO VOICEMAIL. Rude.

Fourth, found the drill. Located drill bits. Found screwdriver. Sniggered at screwdriver case...

HA. Nineway. That's an evening to remember.

Tried to read the world's smallest directions. Felt like an old lady for having trouble reading something so tiny.

Fifth, blah blah measured, marked holes, la de da. Tried 5 increasing sizes of drill bit before getting to the one big enough to put a hole in the wall just the right size for the rawlplug (um... translation: that plastic thingy you use to hold the screw in so it stays in the drywall). Pounded those puppies in. Screwed in screws, brackets, etc. PERFECT.

Sixth, had to drill two more holes for second bracket. Yes, we're still on window one of two. In my innocence I assumed the drill bit I finally used for the first two holes would be the right one for the next two holes, given that the hardware was IDENTICAL but I was mistaken, and the next two were somehow way too big. GAAAAAAAAAAH.

Seventh, have a BIG FREAKING DRINK. Yes, it's 11am. I'm tired of this nonsense.

Eighth, admit that what I need are new, smaller holes. Feel ashamed. Ben will not like coming home to find 3 extra holes in the wall (yeah, there's a 3rd one in there. I forget why, but it seemed like it might help at the time).

The second window went much more smoothly, and I even managed to make the curtains the right length. Ikea curtains come with hemming tape because they are so long. In the last 3 months I managed to lose the hemming tape that was included, but luckily, being the rock star seamstress that I am, I had some already!

I got both curtains "hemmed" and up and felt like I could take on the world! Curtains... CHECK! Now to figure out how to patch up the wall... I guess I should add that to the list too.