Monday, October 5, 2015

jedi at the park

Last Thursday it was of course raining so I planned an indoor adventure for Logan and I.  The local bouncy place as we call them is usually open on Thursday at 10 am so after a quick double check of the time online we headed over.  Unfortunately a large sign on the door had new season hours posted and they did not include the hour in which we were in.  Bummer!

After a desperate thought process of what to do that did not involve the chickfila playground because as much as I love it I did NOT need to be tempted eating something I didn't need to eat or spending money I didn't need to spend we went to a park that was only a few minutes away.

We've been to Lake Varner a couple times and even took our family pictures there last year.  Its a very fun, pretty and peaceful place but it had been almost a year since our last visit and we were very excited to see that a new playground had been installed.  With storm clouds looming above us Logan and I spent a very fun couple of hours playing on the new playground, climbing on rocks by the Lake and even finding the remains of some poor creature who had been eaten sometime ago.  It was a very fun Plan B that was even better than the Plan A would have been.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

phone pic friday

on a Saturday this time so atleast that's closer!

I had one project left from my craft sale back in April that I needed to complete.  Thankfully it was for a very patient person who understands that moving, even if just a few miles away, is way more overwhelming than one might think.

I looked over at Logan while we were waiting in the preschool drop off line and saw this.  At first he said he was just resting.  Then he said he wanted to make sure no one could get in.  He's a nut!

We've had one day of sun in the past 9 days and enjoyed it so much!  Micah has had four games rained out in this short fall ball season but this one was underneath a beautiful sunset sky that was much appreciated.

It's October!!  September is not my favorite for many reasons that are not necessary to go into but October.  October is the epitome of Fallish beauty and I love it!

We were in block building moods this week and like everything else in my life they connected it to Star Wars.  Micah built the inside of the Death Star, Connor built the the ship hanger at Naboo, and Logan built (with some help from me) Anakin's neighborhood in Tattooine.

I received a package with six tea towels I ordered to use as cafe curtains in the dining room and a blank notebook I ordered from Amazon for my prayer journal as my other one was all filled up.  I spent a week without a notebook because I kept forgetting to order it and I can only use this kind.  It comes with 8 different colored sections so that I have one for each day and a bonus for extra thoughts/scriptures/etc.  I'm a little OCD when it comes to my notebooks :)

Love this above shot of my little Schroeder.  He is practicing Darth Vadar's theme song.

October means Halloweenish inspired movies for movie night.  Our first Friday in October was a double feature of Alvin and the Chipmunks meet Frankenstein and our personal favorite Curious George Halloween Boo Fest.  Zach was going to be playing music at our church's youth retreat so we started the movies early and had finger foods for dinner.  

Everyday I needed to be reminded that when my eyes are on Christ there's peace in my heart so I stare at my foot where that reminder will always be and I ask for forgiveness for my constant forgetfulness and thank Him for the peace He brings.

On my nightstand sits a book that my sons love and that my sweet Connor asked me to read.  Every time that answer will be yes.

Friday, October 2, 2015

transportation day

 Last Friday was transportation day at preschool and since I host a women's bible study on Friday mornings and Zach works from home he was planning on going with Logan to check out all the cool vehicles.  Daddies are pretty much the perfect partner for this outing due to the fact that Zach probably said 'be careful!' zero times and my quota for the week would have been uttered in that one hour.  Logan was also just beyond excited that his was coming to school to hang out with him.  However it was raining, and had been raining for 2 days, it's actually still raining and has been every day since except for a brief relief on Sunday and actual sun on Wednesday which means it's more or less been raining for 8 consecutive days, but who's counting.  

 We were afraid the rain would cause the event to be cancelled but they powered through the drizzle and there was a little boy who was pumped to say the least.  He and Zach saw a tractor, excavator, fire truck, ambulance, crane, motorcycle, golf cart, bulldozer, dump truck and others.  He came home full of stories about all the transportations he saw and every day since has told me where everything was parked whenever we enter the parking lot for drop off.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

brass bands

Logan and I met Connor and his class at the square last week for the last fall lunch concert of the year.  Despite the fact that the majority of 6 year old boys and girls are not super fond of sitting quietly on cozy blankets and listening to live music, we had a good time.  There was a small brass band performing and Connor's ear for music and comparison kept him interested in what they were playing and kept the conversation between the two of us going as he told me what other song he was reminded of as he listened to each one being played.  Just another fun experience with my boys.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

lifecycle building center

Five months ago we closed on our current home and have pretty much been in mid project the entire time since.  When you buy a circa 1950s home whose previous owners are 40 years your senior there are some slight differences in taste and style.  As of yet we've only had one really extensive renovation project with only one or two more on the list, but there are lots of little things I want to do to make this our home and have it reflect the comfortable, inviting place I imagine sharing with friends and family.  

Right now my current job pays me in hugs, kisses, thank yous and whining which means there's not a ton of money to purchase all the items one might drool over on various home store sites like restoration hardware, pottery barn, and joss and main to name a few of my frequently visited spaces.  It's a good thing that one of my absolutely favorite past times is shopping antique stores, flea markets, thrift stores, etc for furniture, decor and other raw materials that can be refurbished into useful and beautiful decor items.  

I was recently searching for a rug to cover the cold tile floor of a downstairs room currently being used as a playroom.  The only problem was that the room is a looonnnggg room and a rug that would fit the scale of the room was going to cost a ridiculous amount!  Even looking through all my usual stores and sites for discounted or low cost options would have still resulted in spending more than I would want on a rug where numerous children will be playing, coloring, eating and basically just mess making.   During one of my middle of the night can't sleep times, I decided to look on Craigslist in search of carpet remnants.  A short search later revealed a place that sold 10x20 remnants in various colors for $10.  Pretty much the best deal I would have ever found anywhere and I can't say I didn't at first assume it was a too good to be true situation, at least decorating wise.  A little more research led me to a lot more craigslist posts and to a website which caused excitement to abound and a shopping date being placed on the calendar.

After one rescheduled date day due to a feverish little boy, Zach and I were able to drive into the Atl to visit the Lifecycle Building Center and it took less than half a second to discover the too good to be true was actually a better than imagined.  We spent a good two hours slowly searching through piles of old windows, shutters, doors, reclaimed wood, lighting, flooring options all the while walking through a visually awesome old warehouse and wishing we weren't on a time crunch.

Before we left we were able to meet Adam the director of operations and creator/dreamer of the LBC.  He and Zach briefly chatted about how they got started, their current workings and a couple places they want to go in the future.  Packed in our car as we drove off was the 'rug' we came for, some lights for our house, two reclaimed wood pieces to be repurposed as a buffet table in the dining room and a piece of old pine wood floor that I will turn into a sign of some sort to either keep or sell.  We also left with tons of ideas, inspiration and a first experience of a place that will get frequent visits.  Thanks LBC!

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