Monday, April 30, 2012

Guest bathroom - finally finished

On Saturday Dave put up the new light fixture in the guest bathroom. Today I was able to finish painting, and now that bathroom is done. I keep looking in that room wondering if it looks too bare, if I need to decorate with more stuff. But I love the way it looks: clean, fresh, simple. I love the blue and white. Someday I want white kitchen cabinets with wood floors and the walls painted a grey-blue. And yellow is my favorite color, so that is what I decided on for some pops of color. It's not a lot, but I think it's just enough. It's a bathroom, after all, and the last thing I want to do is have more stuff I have to keep clean in there. I mean, with a house full of boys the bathroom gets dirty enough.
 The new light fixture! I hate the lights they put in bathrooms, so this to me was a huge change. 
 I sat on the phone with my sister as I made the "wash your hands" print. She suggested the word placement and I think it came out so cute. The kids think it's funny, but honestly, they need the reminder.
 These are the yarn wreaths I made and the curtains my mom made. I love when bathrooms have white curtains, but I love having a lot of light in the room. The yellow stripe on the curtains is a dish towel I found at Target. I love how it turned out. The yarn wreaths are so easy to make and I used a yellow and white ribbon to hang them up. For me, this is super crafty.
Ahhhh...doesn't it look so clean? I think I need a vase of flowers on the counter.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Your brother is your best friend

I have a list of Family Rules in the family room and one of the rules is "your brother is your best friend". Last weekend a friend of mine called asking if Colin wanted to go play at her house with her son. I asked if her son could come over here, instead, because I knew if Colin went off to play Logan would be sad. I told her that I sometimes forgot to call and have friends come play on the weekends because the boys always play together - they are built in friends. Colin's birthday is in a few weeks and he wants to go to Flip N Out. Trevor went for his birthday in March so I told Colin, just like Trevor, he could invite two friends. His answer: "I want to invite my brothers." It's nice to know our boys are following at least one of our rules.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012


Logan has been a very picky eater since about the age of 2. He does not like anything green and the only fruits he will eat are apples, bananas and watermelon. That's about it. I have always heard that when you have your kids help in the kitchen and let them see how the food is being prepared they are more likely to eat different types of food. I have also heard the same is true with having your kids plant a garden. And now I believe. When we moved into this house last summer I was looking forward to the spring so I could use the great garden beds that were here to try and plant a garden. We also have some great asparagus plants (I have learned that they are annual plants and will grow for about 20 years!) and ever since January we've been planning our garden. I took the kids with me to buy seeds (peas, carrots, broccoli, corn, green beans, watermelon and pumpkins) and we started some inside so the kids could watch them grow. One sunny afternoon Logan helped me plant different seeds in the garden and ever since the asparagus started popping up, he's helped me water and look after the plants. Logan has done the most work in the garden and seems the most excited when little things begin to sprout. Recently, when we picked some asparagus, he watched as I brought it in the house and cooked it for everyone to taste. And he ate it! And he liked it! He's never tried it before, but because he watched it grow and watered it he wanted to see what it tasted like. Some of the foods Logan has tried lately have been strawberries, pears, pineapple, broccoli and green beans. Seriously the kid has been trying all kinds of new things just because of that one experience with the asparagus. Gardening with your kids is the best thing ever. I just hope the rest of our plants grow as good as these asparagus.