Monday, January 31, 2011

Things Are Changin' 'Round Here

I'm on a mission.

I'm cleanin' up and cleanin' out.

The junk is going, and it feels good!

Let's start with the garage. Ooooohhh, that awful, thorn-in-my-side, depressing, pit-of-filth that has been our garage for 6 years--I have tackled and conquered it!

Take that you pit of filth.

I'll have to take pictures once the boat is gone so you can see the change.

The biggest transformation in the garage was the windows. Imagine not washing your car for 6 years--imagine what the grill and hood would look like with 6 years of bug guts on it. That's exactly what the windows in our garage looked like.

So, I had to bring out the big guns--Mama's Glass Cleaner Recipe!

Mama uses this on all her windows. She found it in a magazine some time ago (probably a Good Housekeeping from 1984.) This stuff is a miracle worker, and, I promise that if you try it, you'll never buy another bottle of Windex again!

Add 1/2 cup ammonia
1/2 cup white vinegar
2 Tbsp. cornstarch
to a bucket of warm water.
You'll need 2 rags (one of which needs to be lint-free.)
Use one rag to scrub window with cleaner. Use lint-free rag to dry/buff window to a beautiful, streak-free shine!

Note: I wouldn't recommend trying to clean windows if the sun is shining directly on them. This would cause the cleaner to dry on the hot window before you get it buffed.

I promise this works a thousand times better than Windex. Windex leaves a film, and don't even mention the streaks!

And, this can be used on mirrors, on your car windows, picture frame glass, etc.

I use a regular size mop bucket and fill it halfway with water. I used part of an old undershirt as my lint-free rag. Works like a charm!

The windows in the garage now sparkle!

You're gonna thank me for this one (and my mama, too!)


Sunday, January 23, 2011

Todays Plan


I like to have a plan. I like to know what's coming next. I like to know what I should be doing now to prepare for later.

So, this morning Kevin and I were deciding what the "plan" was going to be for today.

We thought about doing some yard work.

We thought about working on the building and starting to clean out the garage.

We thought about being productive.

But, instead, Kevin came up with the idea to take Olivia back to the zoo!

Perfect!

It was chilly, but, on the flip-side, there wasn't a crowd (have I mentioned I don't like crowds?) It was really nice. We got to take our time, and we didn't have to worry about Olivia running around.

She had a really good time. After the zoo, we had lunch in downtown Greenville. It was a lot more fun than yard work!

Tonight my plan is to watch Matt LeBlanc's new show Episodes. Have you seen him lately?! He is rockin' the gray, and it sooooo works on him! He's just getting better with age!

I got completely off subject.

Here's our pictures from the zoo.




































Monday, January 17, 2011

Redecorating


We've thought about going ahead and converting Olivia's crib/toddler bed into a full bed, so, from time to time, I look online for bedding.

I found this at buybuyBaby, and I really, really, I mean reeeeeaaally love it!

Is it not the most absolutely adorable thing??

I know I want something pink and green because her walls are already painted green. And this would be just perfect!

Only problem is the stinking price! To get the quilt, sheets, shams, decorative pillows and dust ruffle, the grand total comes to......

wait for it......

waaaaaiiiit.........

$1,059.93 (not including tax and shipping!)

Can you imagine???

Holy guacamole, people!

I wish I had looked at the prices before I fell in love with it.

Being on a budget stinks!

Here's the link if you want to buy it for your own house (but don't tell me you've bought it because I'll be sick with jealousy.)

Whistle & Wink Fairyland Quilt and Accessories



Sunday, January 16, 2011

Random Thoughts

We still have snow on the ground almost one week after the big winter storm. It's crazy!

Olivia informed me tonight that she wanted "cheesy toast" and "marsh-menos" (marshmallows) for dinner.

I've done five-loads of laundry today.

I'm reading a book called Golfing with God that my Mom let me borrow. In it I came across this quote:
"(God absolutely adores southern food.)"
I thought that would make a good needlepoint. Or a quote in vinyl letters on a kitchen wall.

I had a brownie with a scoop of ice cream for dessert tonight which I felt good about because it was a small amount. Then, I ate the equivalent of six scoops of ice cream straight out of the carton which I felt bad about because it was a large amount.

I'm not eating tomorrow.

Olivia and I are watching Frosty the Snowman for the 39th time this weekend.

After Olivia got out of the bath tonight she said, "I love you, Mommy!" She said it completely on her own! That's the first time she's done that.

My bedroom desperately needs to be painted. Then I'd like to put up crown molding and steam-clean the carpet. Next, I'd like to gut the bathroom and give it an overhaul. And to finish everything off, I want to put in a closet system in the closet with pretty baskets and boxes to organize the chaos in there.



Friday, January 14, 2011

Girls, Girls, Girls

Sarah spent the night with us last night, and the girls had lots of fun together!

These are some pictures of the girls being girls (and Bradley, too!)










Olivia can play a mean harmonica!







Just call her Crystal Bowersox (but with better teeth!)




Little dollop!



Thursday, January 13, 2011

I Want to be 10 Again!


These are too cute!

I must remember these pancakes for when Olivia gets a little older.

I'm thinking breakfast for little girls after a slumber party.

How cool would that be??

I know if I was ten-years old and went to a slumber party where these were served for breakfast, I would think it was the coolest thing!!

I found these on Tasty Kitchen, and here's the link:

Rainbow Pancakes




Monday, January 10, 2011

A White Monday



The big storm has arrived, and with it came lots of snow!

We attempted to play in it this morning, but Olivia wouldn't keep her gloves and hat on, so we came back inside pretty quickly.


You can barely see Olivia's boots!



I woke up this morning and immediately looked out the window to see how much snow we had gotten. I opened the blinds and told Olivia to look at all the snow! She opened her eyes and popped her head up and said, "Boots on, Mommy. Boots on!"




See, no gloves.




Even the playhouse didn't escape the snow storm!




Olivia calls the bird feeder the "feed burdur."




"Ram in Snow"


I'm going to heat up my coffee now.

Sincerely,

Leigh

Friday, January 7, 2011

Olivia's First Haircut


It was quite the experience.

Olivia cried.

She cried a lot!

Like someone was pulling her arms off.


The girl made 2 snips in the back and 3 snips in the front (max, I'm sure.)

That was it.

The haircut lasted 20 seconds and cost $9.00.

That's $1.80 a snip.

Rip-off!

Her bangs are short and uneven.

I could have done that much.

Sincerely,

Leigh

P.S.

Thanks, Uncle Scott, for taking these pictures. The memories will last a lifetime.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

This Gets Me Caught Up

So, Christmas continued through this past weekend.

We celebrated with Kevin's family on Sunday. It was a day for "Merry Christmas," "Happy New Year" and "Happy Birthday, Megan" all rolled into one big celebration!

We opened gifts!

And, after lunch, we went to the park.

This is Kaitlyn trying her best to get Olivia to swing with her.




"Well, helloooooo, big dollop!"
(That's what I thought of when I saw this picture.)
Do you know what movie it's from??
Hint: My favorite holiday movie that I watch 40 or so times around Christmas!
(This is Scott, by the way.)



Let me introduce you to Kristina's eyeball!




I call this "The Butt Shot."
It's me, Olivia, Grandma, Megan and Kaitlyn and all of our derrieres.
Who took this picture, anyway?
I wasn't going to post this picture, but my editor made me.



Olivia watching the ducks.



After dinner, we had a little party for Megan's 7th birthday.

Happy Birthday, Megan!



Sincerely,

Leigh

A Dream Come True--A White Christmas



My favorite Christmas song: "I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas"

In my thirty years, I've never had a white Christmas until this one. I've always wanted one! For a long time, I've wanted to go to New York City at Christmas time to see snow and bundle up and go ice skating in Rockefeller Center.

This is Olivia's second Christmas, and, already, half of her Christmases have been white! Lucky little girl!

These pictures are actually from Olivia playing in the snow a few days after Christmas, so a lot of the white stuff had already melted.

Thank you, Santa, for sending snow this Christmas!

It was a dream come true.

Sincerely,

Leigh

Catching Up on the Holidays

We celebrated Christmas with my family on Sunday, the day after Christmas.

The plan was to go to Nana and Papa's for a big Christmas feast, open presents and play in the snow.

That didn't happen.

Shortly after we got to Nana and Papa's, the power went out. Our Christmas feast wasn't finished cooking. So we loaded up the turkey, potatoes and the other 28 dishes (cooked and uncooked) along with all the presents into 3 cars with 3 babies and traveled right back over the river and through the woods to our house!

These are a few pics of Olivia, Sarah and Bradley opening gifts.


Hey big boy!



Paging Dr. Olivia!



Sarah! Earth to Sarah!



Bradley had to play with a pink balloon because he's outnumbered by girls!


Sincerely,

Leigh