Saturday, April 19, 2008


The baby is sick. Not throwing up sick, but the runny-nose, coughing, fever, grouchy out-of-sorts, crabby sick. I was up with her all night last night, just trying to comfort the poor thing. Tylenol can only do so much. It seems like she could only sleep so long as I was willing to sit in a vertical position and hold her just so.

Today I'm dragging my tired butt around the house. Thank goodness it's Saturday, and I can let the kids play on the videogames guilt free, (like we don't have to do school work. Although we will still probably do some art - there's a homeschool art show coming up, and we have sort of let the electives slide while we focussed on the essentials. A bit like the public schools, eh?)

Speaking of art, the art book we are using is "Art Adventures in the Home." Level 2, although I think it is adaptable for multiple ages. Another one we use has the unfortunate name of "Let's Discover Crayon" but it actually covers the basics of art very well.

We've also been learning about Monet. Here is TOH's "Waterlilies" torn paper collage. It is from an Usborne art book.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Good Boy.

Yesterday we had to euthanize our dog, Bilbo. He was fifteen years old. The family is very sad, but so go those things. Here is a photo journal of our dog, from puppyhood to pictures taken on his last day.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Spring Cleaning

It's late for the Organizational Challenge, but I wanted to at least post pictures of my before and after of one of the cupboards in my kitchen. The kids keep their candy there, and the ants get in every year and just make a humongous yucky mess, eating and spreading the candy around. We also keep kitchen appliances there, so as you can imagine, this cupboard was a huge pile of ick.

This is the Before picture:
Anyway, after taking everything out, wiping it all down, sorting out the useless and unwanted and broken stuff, pitching the candy we had from 3 years ago (!!!!) and making a new shelf, this is what our nightmare cupboard looks like now. I'm doing the happy dance!!

This is the After picture:
I think you can agree that this is a giant improvement. Now I'm itching to get at another one, but it is so nice outside that I think I'll go outside and play for a while.

The Days Are Long, But The Years Are Short...

Ace just had her 11th birthday. Happy Birthday Ace!!

Another Food Porn Site

Okay Michelle!

Now that I got your attention - another site to make your mouth water!!

Bake Or Break

I haven't investigated it thoroughly yet though... but as Michelle so nicely said "it'll make you want to lick the screen."

My only wish is that I knew how to make my own cooking look so good, even in pictures! Food styling lessons anyone?