Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Rainy Days = Lazy Days

We have been having some rainy days around here. Yeah I know the saying "April Showers Bring May Flowers," but come on people. When it is gray outside, I want to crawl under a blanket. Nothing wrong with that.
We had a great Easter spent with family. A whole lotta taco goodness and Wii.

Do you like SpongeBob? We can't stop watching him lately. I really love nerd spongebob.
I love this tee.

I had spotted a "I Love Nerds" Hello Kitty sweatshirt at Forever 21, but when I went back to find it I couldnt' find it. Bummers. Does anyone know where I could find one?
We have been thinking about our 10 year anniversary trip coming up. I almost can't believe in June my husband I will have been married ten years. We were just a couple of young birds. We haven't yet officially decided where to go, but just the thought of a vacation sounds amazing. I really dont' care what I do. We are still best friends and laugh at with each other all the time.
Have a super day!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

What the...

Wow, I have just not been much of a bloggy mood lately. Life has busy, and quite tiring these days. I have been spending my evenings working more on my house. Staining and cutting angles for window trims. Right now I am in think mode on what I want these too look like. Are they studio apartments? Is this a townhouse? I think once I pick a theme I can get a better vision. I'm so anxious to move forward but am in think mode. It's fun nontheless. I mean, I get to design my own place for a fraction of the cost.

I made some amazing coffee cake the other day. I can't find the link to it, but lets just say , this one's going in the book. Do you have a book? I have a recipe book that I write my personal fave's in. Once I come across one I love, I want to make sure I can make it time and time again. Then I put it in my stack of little cookbooks under the sink. This recipe is super duper easy. I made it the day before so that I could just wake up and enjoy it. I will have to keep looking for the link to give credit, but here's how to make it.
1/2 cup of softened butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1 3/4 cup sour cream, I used 2
The Topping (I doubled, do double I tell you!)I will give you the ingrediants double.
1/2 cup light brown sugar
3 tsp cinnamon
Prepare the toppings first, then preheat the oven to 350. Grease and flour the pan. I used an 8 by 8 inch but you can use a bundt pan. Sift the dry ingredients. Combine the sugar and butter. Add eggs and vanilla. Beat well. Stir in the dry ingredients. Fold in sour cream. Pour half the batter in the pan and then top with half the topping. Pour remaining batter in pan then the other half of the topping.
Bake 45-50 minutes. Check toward the end depending on your stove, and when a toothpick comes out clean, it's ready to eat, or save for the morning.
You won't be disappointed.

Here's a pic of my handiwork. My brother said I'm turning into a little "Norm Abrams." He's a PBS carpenter, except I'm on a mini scale. I did the trim on the doors and stained it, and I put in base boards and painted them white. It's quite fun.
I can't believe it's Easter this sunday. We plan on doing a easter egg hunt in the morning. We have tradition of putting little toys, such as dollar store toys in plastic eggs and then they have to find them. I put candies and one toy in the basket for a little treat. I really do love easter candy. I love jelly beans, chocolate of course, and well, I think I just love candy.
I bought the Lykkie Li album "Youth Novels" on Itunes, and I seriously cannot stop listening. Her voice has similarities to Cindy Lopper, Joanna Newsome, just so pretty. I'm probably way off describing it, but the first time I heard one of her songs I thought of Cindy Lauper.
I plan on laying on the couch and watching another Hayao Myasaki movies. I can't remember the name now, but it looks good.
Well off to do my lying on the couch. Have a great night!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

What I Remember

If you lived in the states, or even abroad , do you remember "Simon in the Land of Chalk Drawings." I started remembering the song this morning and thinking how it would be so cool if someone sampled it.
I seriously love the words as well. I think I could sing it all day.

Well you know my name is Simon,
and the things I draw come true,
Oh the pictures take me, take me over,
Climb the ladder with you.

Well you know my name is Simon,
and the things I draw come true,
Oh the pictures take me, take me over,
Climb the ladder with you.

I also wanted to share some pics of my desk I finished.

I was pretty excited how it turned out. I have all kinds of ideas that I want to build next. I really need to put some baseboards and curtains and pics up in my little house. With time. I'm having so much fun learning how to build in small scale.
Have a great Wednesday!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Ice Cream Cones and Air Conditioning

We had a great weekend filled with ice cream cones and even air conditioning. We had record heat yesterday. It was supposed to get close to ninety, not sure if it got there, but it was toasty out there.

I am almost done with a desk I have been building for the dollhouse. Can't wait to share it! Just got some glueing to do.

I'm really looking forward to the drive-in movies. Have you been? It's a blast. It's officially one that you drive in your car and hang out with lawn chairs eating greasy snacks, popcorn and even deep fried candy bars (never had one, but would love to try.) It is great for the kids, because they can talk and move, unlike a movie theater, where they can't sit still.

I have been listening to alot of Arcade Fire lately. I really can't get enough.

I'm really looking forward to doing some grilling. Kebabs, corn on the cob, peppers, burgers of course. I love grilling so much. Just the flavor.

I'm really wanting to get some
Vans for the summer. I really want some navy blue.

Well that's all for now! Have a great Monday!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Over And Out

Do you ever have one of those days where you feel like saying, "Over and Out." By this I mean, your just tired, don't feel like doing much, and want to sneak back in your covers. While I had a good day, not anything disasterous happened, we played at the park, I worked on some dollhouse related things, I just feel tired. Like I need a tropical vacation. Some days are busy as a mom to three. Dishes, meals, baths, playing, cleaning, stopping fights, falling asleep while reading books, oh, yes and teaching my seven and four year old. I don't want this time to go too quickly when they are little, but then I also look forward to the quiet time when they go to bed. Do you hear me here? I guess this is just a busy time of my life. I think I'm just feeling a bit overwhelmed. I think that all goes with being human. I just finished a book tonight called "Girlfriend In A Coma" by Douglas Coupland. The book starts off a bit slow, makes you wonder what the point of getting to know all these characters are and their messed up lives. Then by the end, I was in a whoa state. After feeling overwhelmed with my day and reading the ending of this book, it really made me put things into perspective. The narrator of the story asks some questions, I won't give too much away, here's a few.

Why do people not particularly care about their ancestors more than three generations back?
How can we begin to think of the future as something enormous before us that also includes us?
Why are we unable to think of any real future beyond a hundred years from now?

The answers to these really to me boil down to one thing. I, along with most people think about the here and now. Which is human, we have to a certain degree. But there comes a certain point where we have to care about what our ancestors left behind and what we will leave behind in the future. How will my here and now affect my then. Sometimes days go by in a blur, busy, going from one situation to the next. I want to think about what impact I will have on my kids, my future grandchildren, and the world as a whole.
Wow, I think I just put my whole day into perspective. I think I blew my own mind.
I'm not always serious on my blog, but every now and again, I like share a piece of whats going on in this brain of mine.

I finished a dollhouse bed. I did a basic modern style. I used a dark stain for something different. I even carved the little legs. I love the legs on furniture from the fifties and sixties. So that is what I wanted for my bed. The pic at the top is my bed.
Okay, hopefully I didn't scare you away. Have a great Wednesday evening!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Well Hello..

"Ladies First."

We had a really nice weekend. We decided we would take a little road trip and visit the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln. It is just about an hour away, and it was a gorgeous day to visit, with temperatures in the seventies. We visited a little hometown restaraunt in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, and then headed the park. I think Abraham Lincoln was one of the most amazing presidents we have had to date.

This we have our homeschool spring break. It's been nice just playing and enjoying th weather we are getting. I can't believe it will be summer before we know it.
We take all the typical breaks that schools do. We need breaks too ;)

Yesterday I was super excited to spot a tomy smaller homes kitchen set, new in the box on ebay. Better yet, it was a buy now. I don't have much luck with bidding, usually goes above and beyond what I want to spend, but this was the perfect price, and still in the box, crazy! I have been looking for one for sometime and this was the perfect fit.
I finished cut out my pieces for a bed for my house. I just have been too busy to do the staining of the wood. but I can't wait to do it. It is a bit trickier than what I expected, but I'm not willing to give up. I know over time I will get the hang of it.
I am planning on making a little coffee table as well.

Okay, we are having too much fun checking on the little eaglets in Norfolk Virgina on the live feed. You can watch the nest of a bald eagle family. There are three chicks in there. You get to see them eat, and interact. It's quite amazing. Here's the link. It's quite addicting to watch, if your a nature person. The kids love it!

Have a great Tuesday!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Friday Never Felt So Good...

So I am doing a few minutes of relaxing. We did taco night and then I am making some cinnamon rolls for the morning. I love to make these from scratch. They are just delectable. I like to make them every couple of months, so as to not over do them.
The other night I was doing some embroidery work when this song comes on by Likki Li.
I had never heard of her, and now I am a huge fan. Her voice, the beats, very fun to listen to.
This song "Little Bit" is pretty amazing. and will get stuck in your head.
"Dance, Dance, Dance" is another I simply love.

I can't believe I have never heard of her before! Crazy good!
I really do hope to get started on trying to make some of my own dollhouse furniture. I love the thought of sawing, staining, and making little intricate pieces. Totally up my alley!
I can't believe its the first day of April.
Today when Etsy sent their email to me, I could hardly stop laughing at some of the items, so I thought I would share.

by Cinda

This button really made me giggle.

by theangryrobot
Also by the angry robot
A take on the "Keep Calm And Carry On." Totally my type of humor.
Have a great Friday!