Thursday, January 27, 2011

Books, Books and Sequestered Nooks

I may not be the mom who wants to play all the time, but I'm usually up for some reading. Don't ask me to sit around and play trains, I really don't want to. But, bring me a book and let's get cozy and read. It seems there's a lot of pressure for moms to play with their children all the live long day. When exactly are we supposed to prepare dinner and fold that laundry? Yep, these days it's play, play, play and have a list of activities for the kids when you are done playing. I'm all for spending time with my children, please don't get me wrong. I simply don't want to play with them all day. Some moms may get a kick out of playing trains, running around the playground, pretending to be a pirate, you name it. I admire your energy, truly. I'm the mom who likes to read. What are your favorite children's books?
All this reading is exhausting.

Who doesn't love the Bearnstein Bears?

Turning the pages with two babies on your lap is a challenge, but I think I've figured it out!

A book for all situations.

You've got to start reading when they are young! They still love "Hello Bee".

These books were daddies when he was a boy.

"What is it mom, I'm busy reading".

Sam with his selection of books.

Reading is reading whatever you read. Sam's first flight, getting all the information. Sam really likes to have information, always has.

One eye will do just fine.

"Ten Rubber Duckies" is one of Marin's favorites.

Books, books and sequestered nooks.

Great Grandpa Bradford reading to Sam.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Play Date Kid Project

I found this crafty project on Clover Lane's blog, check her out. She is an inspiring mom. We have been having play dates and the little rascals can qet squirmy, loud and downright crazy! So on our last rainy day play date I put the monkeys to work on a little birdfeeder project. I would say this project ate up about thiry minutes...I'll take it! Breaking the time up for various projects, snacks and play is key to not loosing your mind on a play date. Finished Birdfeeder. Sam and I...okay actually I hung the feeders up the next afternoon. The large pincone was too heavy and fell behind a fence, but...maybe the birds like to snack on the ground. Free birdseed for any critter walking the fence.
Rolling the slathered peanut butter pinecone through the birdseed.

Spreading the peanut butter.

The supplies

Ready to get to work!
This is not only easy, it's cheap. Get it, cheap?
Birdseed, $1.99
Peanut Butter, $1.69
Pincones, backyard. These were in a bag in my garage.
Floral Wire, Stashed in my crap room. I mean craft room.

Friday, January 21, 2011


Have you ever noticed how many unique mailboxes there are in your neighborhood? Well, I did! . Who still writes good old fashion post? Now referred to as snail mail? I thought a post about post would be fun. Checking the mail is one of the highlights of my day. This first pic. is from a blog from which I cannot recall, sorry. My mailbox is nothing special, not photo worthy whatsoever. Do you have a unique mailbox, please share!

Playroom Post

Houseboat Post

(Sunset Magazine)

Verdigree Post

Barn House Post

Hedge Niche Post

Modern Post

Pottery Barnesq Post

Floral Post

Toile Post

Pint Sized Post

Fence Post

Monday, January 10, 2011

What to plant?

Who's getting excited to plant their garden? What will you plant this year?

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Greek Feast

A fun family evening @ our home. We celebrated Uncle Steve's 32nd birthday by hosting a Greek feast. We enjoyed homemade falafel, grilled lamb kebobs, greek rice with feta, hummus and more. I got sidetracked once everyone sat down to eat so I neglected to photograph the people and the food. However, the twinkle lights and long table propose that a feast was about to commence.