December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas

Amidst all the crazy that typically occurs this time of year, I hope you take the time to look around to notice all the good in your life, no matter what may be going on behind the scenes.

I wish you a Merry Christmas and a fantastic New Year!


December 23, 2014

Calling it a Win

After almost a year of not using this bathroom and two(?) of being in various states of reconstruction, the powder room is finally finished, minus a few trim pieces that need to be put up and painted. But whatever. The toilet is working (again) and he connected the sink last night.

Thank God.


I snapped a few pictures this morning, but the lighting isn't the best as there is no natural light near this bathroom. I'll have to see if some better pictures can be taken on a brighter day (it's currently raining).

The counter top is b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l. And it should be for what is cost! Details soon. It was custom made (from Lowes) for this space since the measurements we needed were not standard. That's the same cabinet that was there before, once a honey oak. Painting it was a success!

I love the decorative faucet we picked.

And yes, the ceiling is a very light blue. It looks great with gray-slate tile floors.

Done!


December 18, 2014

The Countdown Begins!

I am wrapped and pretty much ready for go time. I have one more gift card to pick up this weekend and I'm done! I'm still waiting for one box (ahem, OLD NAVY ORDER that I placed on 12/11) but I did finally get a shipping notification early this morning so hopefully it will arrive by Monday.

Now it's time to focus on cleaning the house, finishing the baking and gathering what I need to host our family for Christmas dinner.

And that bathroom? Still not done. I think he's trying to see how far he can push me.


December 15, 2014

Helping with PB&J

On Friday night, the boys and I (along with some help from my sister) prepared 100 PB&J sandwiches + a complete bagged lunch to be delivered to a local kitchen and passed out to disadvantaged people in the area. A wonderful mom I know does this every year and she called out for help this year and many people responded. As a result, 1,700 lunches were delivered on Saturday!

100 brown paper bags, labeled with an encouraging message
100 Christmas themed sandwich baggies
100 Nutrigrain & granola bars
100 juice boxes
100 pieces of candy
11 loaves of bread
4 small jars of peanut butter
1 large jar of jelly
 ... and about 3 hours of our time...

a priceless lesson for my boys to remember not all people are as fortunate to live in a warm house, with wifi and a stocked pantry.



December 11, 2014

Mean Mom

My children have a serious problem adapting to cold weather. You'd think we once lived year-round in a warm climate like Hawaii, but no, we have been born and bred in NJ ... and they refuse to wear pants or jeans of any kind.

In years past I just set a date and said "no more shorts after 11/15" but after much backlash from them (and rising and falling temps), I pushed the date to 12/1 but they are still wearing shorts to school!

This morning there was actual snow on the ground and I told Boo to wear pants. You might have thought I told him the internet died and wifi ceased to exist - it was that horrible. Tears! Seriously? Over wearing weather-appropriate clothing? Someone please help me to understand why this is such a big deal.  He told us he's "known for wearing shorts when no one else does" ... wait, what? Why is that a thing? You're in 5th grade! Am I seriously going to ruin his social stature at the age of 10 by insisting he wear pants during the winter? Am I being unreasonable here? They go outside at recess and he only wears a hoodie as a coat as it is!

H.E.L.P.

One part of me says why does this matter, if he wants to freeze, let him freeze ... but the Mom part wants to stand firm, avoid any conflict at school because he isn't wearing weather-appropriate clothing, and for heaven's sake - it's 30 degrees outside - cover your chicken legs!!

School uniforms would be welcomed right about now.


December 10, 2014

So Over 2014 Expenses

It happened again. Another problem in the house. As if replacing the heating and air and the mini flood in the basement weren't enough ... let's add a leaky toilet in the master bathroom to the list.  Not exactly a big deal, until my husband replaces the toilet and finds a corroded pipe, capable of bursting at any moment.

So then this happened:


Just what every one wants just a few weeks before Christmas! 

Dare to ask why there are two holes? The Husband temporarily lost his mind and cut the first hole (near the window) in the completely wrong spot. Even *I* knew the toilet wasn't in that corner!

Don't you think we should be eligible for a discount from our homeowner's insurance? We proactively fixed a problem before it became a giant, messy claim!

The good news is we've been talking about getting the ceiling repainted so now that will happen. And if you're wondering about the never-ending powder room renovation, well, it's almost done. The walls are painted, new counter top is installed but it still needs some trim pieces and we need to buy a new faucet. We realized after hanging the new light and mirror that the faucet need to be brushed nickel, instead of chrome. And he still needs to reconnect the toilet and patch the wall in the kitchen from the other leak.  All of that will be finished this weekend or you might see me on the news.

: )


December 5, 2014

Overhead in My House

I was putting Boo to bed the other night and he was being his normal, goofy self. I was sitting half Indian-style on his bed and he starts poking at my leg, where your thigh meets your knee and he says,

"Wow, it's really squishy"

Nice, Boo, just what every woman wants to hear - that she's squishy...

He laughs, he's still poking, and says,

"Seriously - it's like jello"

And then I tickled him until he cried Uncle!



December 3, 2014

Christmas is Near

As I get older, I  find myself simplifying a lot of things and wondering why I made my life more difficult when my children were younger. I don't think I ever felt like I had to do anything to prove something to anyone, but it was just this sense of "I have to do it this way."  I'm really not sure where it comes from. If anything, it probably comes from a place of wanting to do things differently from the way my parents did things, but that's not to say I had a bad childhood because I did not ... if any of that makes sense to you, you should be my new best friend.

Anyway, over the past two Christmases, I have scaled back on the decorating I do. And this year, I only put up one tree. It's throwing everybody for a loop! Soon they will insist I be committed!  

Less is more, right? That's my new motto.


The Santa was a gift from my MIL many years ago. Her friend handmade him. He's made of wood and dressed to the T.  He's fabulous. This year I adorned his tree with battery operated (with a timer!) LED lights. No cords - love it!

The Be Merry pillow is from Target's dollar section. It was $3, I believe.

I'm all about free prints on the Internet. They make fantastic, cheap home decor.

The (fake) flower arrangement was made by me a few years ago, complete with the Santa buckle tin vase.

The cut-out tree box candle holder I've had forever.

How is your Christmas Shopping coming along? I don't want to talk about it!  Shopping for tween boys who no longer play with toys is hard. HARD.