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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

(500) Days of Summer

Apparently, we dig quirky independent movies in our household. We got to see "(500) Days of Summer" this past weekend and really enjoyed it. I was glad to see Joseph Gordon-Levitt again, I've liked him since "3rd Rock from the Sun". And Zooey Deschanel is very cool - I really liked her in "Failure to Launch".

Monday, May 24, 2010

Dance Costume Preview

My apologies in the delay of this post, but I have been uber-sick most of last week and now just feeling like myself again today. The dance studio arranged to have Hannah's dance pictures taken a couple weeks ago and of course I had to bring my camera.

And yes, I realize that this year's costume looks oddly familiar to last year's:

The general color scheme is similar, but the skirt is a different color and polka dots have been replaced by a heart and ... oh forget it. It's practically the same costume. Sigh. What can I say, the dance teacher picked the costumes. At least this year we don't have to put a black feather mini-boa in Hannah's hair.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

This one's for Uncle Rob

In case you ever thought that tattoos and camouflage couldn't be cute...

Peace In,

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Our Jeep

Two weeks before our wedding in 1996 we decided, in our infinite naive wisdom, to buy a new car. I can't remember why we bought a Jeep - I think Chris wanted one. On the night we bought the car, the dealership took our picture and gave us a calendar with the picture at the top. For whatever reason, I kept the picture. Maybe because I liked the boots.

What was one of the worst financial decisions we made turned out to be a solid long term investment. We had the Jeep for just over fourteen years and over two hundred thousand miles. She was very good to us on many trips from NJ to NC. We were asking the Jeep gods to help her last just a little bit longer and they said "ahhhh, nope". She now has a knock in the engine and it is just a matter of time before the engine will need to be replaced. So we bought a new-used car and put a "for sale" on our Jeep in driveway. She lasted 24 hours.

We asked the new owners if they wouldn't mind taking a picture of us in front of our Jeep just one last time. She is going to a very good home where they will "pimp her out". Thanks for lasting as long as you did.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Mother's Day recap

For Mother's Day, our church put on a Mother's Day dinner. Almost everyone had a speaking part - even "Ham"mah, ahem, I mean Hannah.

As you can see, Hannah was very shy about her performance. She was asked to say "What are little girls made of? Sugar and spice and everything nice. That's what little girls are made of." I am happy to report that she nailed it... twice. She just wanted to make sure everyone heard her.

Then we tried to take the "three generations of women" pose that I was hoping to capture. Hannah was extra wiggly, so this is the best Chris could capture.

Have I mentioned that I teach Sunday school? Okay, wisenheimers, I'll wait for you to stop snickering. Anyway, I made these Mother's Day cards for each of my students. We traced silhouettes of each child the week before and then I scanned them in, reduced the size and cut fabric out for each child. While I think my silhouette skills need some refining, I thought it was a nice idea. Thanks Mom for the awesome fabric and cutting skills. And a happy belated Mother's Day to all.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

What did the mirror say to the dresser?

"I can see your drawers". Snort.

This is long overdue, but I wanted to share a before and after example of part of our downstairs bathroom remodel. I will give a shout out to Ma-ee-aa who helped me paint this dresser last summer. Bet you wish you could post a comment now huh?

Anyway, here are the "before" shots of the dresser. Please ignore the "garage-so-full-we-could-qualify-to-be-on-"Hoarders".

Quick sidenote: I was so proud that we were able to find the perfect dresser for this project in one try. Chris and I went to Clines Country Antiques (famous junking spot that luckily we live near) armed with sunscreen, bug spray, a flash light, and measurements. To see this place is to believe it, imagine barns and trailers and buildings full of piles and piles of various pieces of antique furniture and equipment and such stacked to the rafters. To us this is heaven.

The dresser came with a mirror that some unsuspecting tween placed a large horse sticker on. Bless.

And here is the after! We added black paint, a mix of antique and new hardware and a sink. I lined the drawers with some cool wrapping paper from Goosey Press. Ain't it cute?

More on the rest of this bathroom remodel to come... eventually. Oh come on, you know me - this is going to take awhile.

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Chico de Mayo

Happy Cinco de Mayo!
I figured I would take this opportunity to give you an update on our latest dog, Chico.
- He is a morning dog. He gets up as soon as we do.
- He loves to be outside and sit in the sunshine.
- He does a good job of greeting you when you come home.
- He is quiet, the only time he barks is when he is hungry.
- He is very patient with Jack-Jack's romantic gestures.
- He likes his butt scratched.
- He is a stealthy farter. He frequently farts and leaves the room.

He is a very good dog and we are happy that he is part of our family.


Monday, May 03, 2010


That's what Hannah so elegantly called our activities last weekend to celebrate our family day anniversary. We tell her that we are "going to look at some good junk", since we figure that's what antiques look like to a four year old.

On the way home, we stopped at the Pisgah Covered Bridge near Asheboro. It was a little bit off the beaten path, but very worth the trip.

Peace &...

Rock N Roll.