Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Happy birthday, Yaya!

Yaya is ten years old today. Moving into the double digits, as he puts it. In some ways, it's hard to believe I've been a parent for a decade--it seems so long and so short at the same time.

As of the time I'm writing this, Yaya is at school and hasn't been given his birthday present yet. (Note to self: wrap his birthday present.) He got a bike in June that's the main part of his present, but we also got him some sparring gloves so he can hit B's punching bag. Maybe he'll work off some of that energy that has him bouncing off the walls most of the time.

We will be having a low-key party for the boys this Saturday, basically just cake and ice cream at my parents' house. Yaya has requested a Minecraft Twinkie cake (not made of Twinkies, but filled like Twinkies--I think, anyway), and Mr. Man doesn't care as long as there's cake. That's the impression I get now, anyway. I may be unpleasantly surprised come Saturday.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Happy birthday, Mr. Man!

Today Mr. Man turned eight. Time flies, doesn't it? Soon he'll be in double digits, then a teenager.

He got a new copy of the Lego Star Wars Dictionary, as his (stolen from Yaya) had been loved to death. He also got a Lego AT-AP, which was ridiculously complicated, as all Lego kits are. We spent most of the evening building that, and he loves it. We did a joint birthday dinner for the boys yesterday. (Golden Corral--it sucked, but the kids loved it. Go figure.) Their party will be next weekend, just cake and ice cream at Grandma's house.

This is the face we get when he's tired of taking pictures and wants to open the present already.

Happy eighth birthday, buddy!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Back for fall

As promised, I'm back for fall. I think Blogger changed while I was gone, maybe? I don't know, this font looks weird. Anyway, I did a lot of thinking over the summer and I've come to a few decisions about the blog.

One, I'll be going back to posting whenever I have something to post. I'm not monetized, and I don't have sponsors or advertisers or whatever, so there's not much reason to post when I don't have content worth posting. Sorry for all the half-assed posts I've subjected you to over the past year or so. And that's another thing--I'll be using naughty words. I usually self-censor, but eh. I don't want to anymore.

Next, I may be changing the subject of the blog. It seems like I'm more of a lifestyle blog, or maybe a DIY blog, than a mommy blog. Maybe I'll just call myself a "whatever I feel like posting about today" blog. If I remember right, that's what I did way back in the beginning. I'll still be posting about my kids, of course, but Yaya hates getting his picture taken so I think he wants to just be left out of it.

Mr. Man's birthday is tomorrow, I have back to school pictures (still on the camera because I'm too lazy to find the cord, but they're there), and then Yaya's birthday is next week, so I have a few posts coming up in September. Hopefully by the time I'm done with those I'll have finished a few things around here.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Hiatus

I've been thinking a lot lately about what I wanted to get out of this blog when I started it five and a half years and 679 posts ago (680 including this one). At the risk of sounding like someone's grandpa, things were a lot different back then. You could just write about your life without being expected to produce pinnable content five days a week. I work too slowly to produce pinnable content. Always have, always will. So the blogging world today is a lot different than what I came into, and it hasn't changed in my favor.

I feel like, if I were to look back over all those posts, I would find much more substantial content in the early days of my blog, the first two years or so. Having Baby Girl changed my life in many ways, and one of them is that it takes a long time to get stuff done again. I guess I had forgotten about that in the time since Mr. Man was a baby. The thing is, though, I don't mind taking a long time to get stuff done when it's just me. But when I have to produce content for the blog, I feel a lot of pressure to finish things up, and that somehow leads to me sitting on the couch and doing nothing because there's too much to do.

I had planned to take a summer hiatus when the kids got out of school, but I realized that I'd be happier starting now. So I'm going to. This is not the end of this blog, or maybe it is. I don't know. I need some time to regroup. Maybe I'll go back to writing whenever I want to, instead of on a schedule. Maybe I'll switch to writing once a week. I'm not sure yet. I will post if I decide to quit altogether, though. I like closure.

I don't have a timeframe for coming back. I suppose since I was going to take the summer off anyway, I'll make a decision by September. So let's say that. See you sometime in September. I hope you all have a great spring and summer.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Happy anniversary to us

Yesterday B and I celebrated our ten year anniversary. I can't decide whether it feels like it's been longer or shorter. It feels like we've been married forever, and of course having a nine-year-old helps me remember all those years.

So happy decade to us. I don't have any wedding pictures on the computer (and I don't like them anyway), so instead I'll post my favorite picture of the kids.

Have a good weekend, everyone!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Entertainment center, part one

B and I have been planning to build an entertainment center in the living room for some time now. I've been balking at the cost, however, since we were looking at easily $300. That's not bad for what we were getting--an 11' long custom unit that went to the ceiling--but $300 is a lot of money to us.

We saw this three-piece bookcase at the thrift store several times before we decided to buy it. I only have pictures of two of the pieces, because the third one needs to be basically disassembled to work the way we need it to. B has it in the basement for his stuff right now, and it works pretty well for that.

I decided to paint in the kitchen, so the angles are weird. Sorry.

I love the hardware, but the pulls on the doors seem to have pieces broken off. Obviously I won't be able to find replacements at Home Depot, but maybe Etsy, a vintage shop, or the salvage yard can help me.

One coat of primer.

I would have gotten the first coat of paint on, but the roller covers I had were the wrong size, so I need to buy new ones. I swear, every time I go to paint something I pull out these roller covers that I mistakenly bought at least four years ago. They're going in the Goodwill box.

They have brackets underneath for adjustable feet, like the kind IKEA uses on their cabinets. I'm going to take out the plain metal feet that were included and build some legs, then they'll be mounted above the baseboard. That way I don't need to worry about rerouting the vent in the floor, although I will probably need to move both outlets so they're flush with the backs of the cabinets. Either that or I can just cut a big square out. Whichever.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Happy Monday

I hope you all had a great weekend. Mine was pretty good; I did a lot of cleaning and organizing. Of course, I worked in a lot of different areas, so it doesn't look like much. I got some stuff out of the garage (I'm so close to being able to hang that ladder!), took a carload of donations to Goodwill, threw out more stuff, filled up another box to take to Goodwill, packed away some winter clothes, moved my yarn stash from a bunch of boxes to one large container, worked on organizing the sewing room/storage area, cleared out a bookcase, and moved a dryer.

So basically there's not much to report. I can see an end in sight, but right now it's the same old same old: tons of unfinished projects. I'll have something more interesting to say next time, but for now I need to make an organization plan for the basement.