Thursday, October 31, 2013

Monday, October 28, 2013

Four in the Pumpkin Patch

These pumpkin patch photos were stolen from their mamas but I wanted to be able to look back some day (this blog doubles as my journal) and see how adorable our four grandchildren are at five, two and a half, 10 months and 2 months.

 


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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Rock-a-bye Baby

The rocking chair I had as a child is still around; it started life as a red chair with a splint seat and was well-used. When I was in high school (what can I say; I've always thought this chair was cute) I painted it yellow and since we've lived in this house, it's been in the barracks.

The night the girls were here, we were all settled in for bedtime stories. Emma was in my lap in the big rocker, Ellie was in the little rocker, and E.W. was on the floor next to her. Just as I started the first book, there was a cracking noise. The splint seat, already in bad shape, had given way under Ellie's little tiny self. She looked most alarmed, certain she'd broken something. We assured her that the chair was old and that she hadn't done anything wrong. She found another spot and story time continued.

I did want the kids to be able to use the little rocker, though, and I thought I could make it work. After a quick paint job (CeCe Caldwell vintage white and clear wax), it was time to tackle weaving the new seat for the chair. A YouTube search yielded a thorough tutorial for weaving rush, so I felt ready, especially since I was really just doing this to see if I could. If I'd known I was going to be using white rope, I probably would have painted the chair a bright color. Guess stitching up a colorful seat cushion is next...

It's not perfect, but it's good enough and should last through another generation or two!

weaving detail 

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Slumber Party

We were sad for the reason Worth, Ashley, and Mack had to go to Monroe, but happy to keep the girls for them while they were gone. Within the first three hours we'd played dress-up, had a mani-pedi session, snacked, taken care of our babies, blown bubbles, looked for golf balls, played with the cash register, worked on some coloring....well, we were busy.

Ellie is in love with one of my mama's old
formal dresses; we cut the front and left a 'train'.
 She fashioned a veil from sparkly yard goods.
Fashionista, clearly.

There are scads of family photos in our home.
Emma spent a lot of time telling me
who was in each and every one.

A quick ride in the stroller for her baby.

Trying on her daddy's baby shoes.

I'm not sure but I think this was a Sleeping Beauty pose.

My mama made this for me when I was a
flower girl (a very long time ago!).

It twirls pretty good.

Emma spent a lot of time blowing bubbles.

They both enjoyed crawling on E.W.

Emma has her own style...a hat Aunt Sue sent to Worth
from Germany about thirty years ago...and a maraca
(video clip below is not to be missed).

Bath time and off to bed!

Early this morning; looks like a couple of old ladies.
The girls found bathrobes left over from my childhood!

Dress-up before sun-up.

After nap and rest time, E.W. finds treats
(for the girls AND himself).

Don't think Emma's going to win this race.

Miss Scarlet looks very afraid...

...but she's trying to tolerate Emma!

Ellie has better luck.

Tree climber

Yard giggler

Late afternoon and out come the Waffle Blocks.
Worth wasn't sure which was more impressive
...that I still had his Waffle Blocks or
the fact that they were still in the original box!

Five seconds of Emma and her maraca dance:



Returning from a trip to the bedroom to admire themselves in the full-length mirror:



Emma shows off her hop; Ellie wanders through and strikes a pose:



We could not ask for granddaughters more precious than these two!

 

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Terrace Progress

We are already enjoying the terrace SO much and are making progress in baby steps. Wednesday I primed, painted, and hung shutters by the door from the carport to the terrace. Thursday morning before work we moved the Meadowcraft from the lower patio to the terrace. Scrubbing it down and replacing the glides made this twenty-year-old furniture look pretty good (although E.W. is not a fan)! This morning we made trips to the concrete store and the nursery. Baby steps, but moving in the right direction (and in plenty of time to watch the Dawgs at 3:30).
 
Any suggestions about what to put over the doorway?

The original patio has concrete planters and benches, so we added another bench and two planters to the terrace. The two spaces are about fifteen feet apart and will (eventually) be connected by a walkway, so they need to have common elements (or unifying factor as one of my English major roommates used to say). Still not sure what we'll do about outdoor furniture. It's hard to find something that blends with what we already have, is comfortable, and easy to maintain.

Should we buy new furniture and
move the old back to the patio?

For reference, here's a photo of the back of the house (please ignore the hose in the yard, the fact that some windows have screens and some don't, and that I filled in some low spots with the sand left over from construction!). The new terrace is on the left; the original patio is on the right.


The beginnings of the landscaping...

Indian Hawthorns planted around the terrace foundation
just need some pine straw and time to grow.

Established Natchez crape myrtle on the left side of
the terrace (original patio can be seen here).

Baby Natchez crape myrtle planted
on the right side of the terrace today. 

Thursday, October 3, 2013

A Random Thursday

drinks on the terrace 
spending time with such sweet friends
a Junebug jitter
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