Monday, July 28, 2008

July fun

So earlier in the month, the kids and I headed over to my sister and brother-in-law's place to welcome our new nephew Ronan into the world. I forgot my camera and so have *no* pics of the very fun week we enjoyed in CA. Lots of cousin playing time--the kids did great and had a ball. Ronan is very sweet and everyone seems to be doing great. My sister is amazing--she had a great birth and then came home to be a mom to three boys (gulp)! They're so cute that you can't help but smile at them, though. We left on a Monday, but the Sunday before our kids had their bags packed (filled with very important things like stuffed animals and pieces of paper and keychains):
A week later, we arrived back to a very green and overgrown garden. Siena harvested her first zucchini! We (that is, Conrad) got it in a bit late this year due to some irrigation problems, but we'll still get to enjoy some produce--just a bit later than everyone else. Siena enjoys watering it every evening and reporting on what's growing.

The kids and Conrad went down to take a picture of Audrey, Adrian, Kendall, and (I think) Brooke as they floated down the river. We did this trip with the kids ourselves last week, but we didn't have a way to bring a camera. It's a very fun, easy trip; you start at a park about 3 miles away and then float down into down. We just got out near our house and walked home! Pretty lucky.
This Saturday the kids and I went to the Farmers' Market for the first time all summer. They have really nice, free art sessions for the kids, and so Siena made a fairy wand and Remy a mosaic:

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Bedroom update

If it seems like I'm obsessed with our bedroom, well, that's because I am. This post is mostly for my sister-in-law, my sister, and Heidi--others, be warned: long, boring post with lots of pictures of a room, of all things, follows.

One of my summer goals has been to finally (after 1.5 years in this house, ahem) have a bedroom that looks like grownups live in it. Yes, that's right, grownups: people who actually hang art on the wall; people who have plants in their room; people who put their clothes in the laundry baskets (new, on wheels, from IKEA) rather than on every other surface. Shocking concept, isn't it?

Our bedroom is right off the living room, and so it's often open to the living room--and to company. Gulp. We've got to do a better job of keeping it clean, and I'm hoping that having it nicely decorated will help us. (Come on, let me dream...) I haven't finished painting the bathroom yet, but this project started with new paint (see earlier post). We still need to put up new white trim, but we're going to wait until Daniel R is here to help us :)

What's new now:

*rearranged and finally found a layout I really like (chairs/a little sitting area by the windows; bed back against a wall)

*bought a print off of etsy--and love it.

*got 3 paper lanterns at Cost Plus--nice to have some roundness in the room

*got bedside tables (actually bar stools, but who cares), new planters and vases, and curtains at IKEA

*got a really cute dandelion wall decal off etsy, but the disappointing thing about it is that you can't see it. Whoops. I thought our wall was dark enough but apparently not. We're going to try shading around it with charcoal. Any other ideas?

When you first come into the room from the living room:

Stepping into the room. The paper lanterns are actually two different sizes and hang at different lengths, but you can't tell from the pics. Strange.

The left side of the room: Conrad's dresser, the new IKEA white planters with plants in them. You can also see the dandelion decal to the right--see what I mean? You can't see it unless you look for it, which isn't the point, really.

Looking straight at the sliding glass window (should have closed the new IKEA curtains, whoops)--note the little sitting area--isn't it cute? :)

Then back from the sitting area, towards the bed and back out the door:
There you have it! More than you ever wanted to know about my summer obsession. What I still need to get: a little table to go between the chairs, and some baskets for the still-unorganized shelving area beside the bed (not in these pics!) The bathroom's a mess and not attractive at all. And then there's the rest of the house...but, one room at a time...

Monday, July 07, 2008

July 4th!

A few sparklers on the 4th with our friends....