Monday, February 12, 2007

Dullsville

February has been a slow blogging month for me. There just really isn't anything going on. The boys have been busy with play dough, and I have been busy sewing. Here are a few random bullets.
  • Every year I plan on having the boys make Valentines to send to their cousins, but every year I forget until it's too late. One year I even bought a box of store valentines thinking that all we have to do is get them in the mail...nope, still forgot.
  • When we moved in the house I put stuff in places knowing it wasn't exactly how I wanted it but thinking I will rearrange things later. Did anybody else do that? If you did, did you ever go back and arrange things how you wanted? Anyway, I'm trying to get to those things now.
  • One of Francine Rivers books, The Last Sin Eater, is now a movie. It's in theaters now, but not here yet. She is one of my favorite authors and I hope they did a good job with the movie.
  • We have a house full of bare walls, and I have zero decorating talent. Not a good combo.

13 Comments:

Anonymous Nancy said...

Amie, dear Amie, give yourself a break! You are mothering four kids and pregnant -- just keeping up is a full time job! When your grandparents (and 8 kids) moved (to the house that your cousin Courtney now owns) in December, 1961 (a few days before Christmas -- bad timing and a Christmas tree bought at the last minute that we still talk about)some boxes were not unpacked -- just put in the basement to get to later. When they moved out of that house in 1983 (I think) the boxes were still there, just as they'd been since 1961 but dustier! So not having everything exactly as you want it eight months after you moved is nothing!

1:37 PM  
Anonymous Kim said...

I love your Aunt's comment. SO true!!! We just got to getting our master bath and bedroom how we want it, almost 6years later. All my boxes were unpacked but just not where I wanted everything, so again don't feel bad.

About decorating...Go to a craft store buy some art canvas, Onsale sometimes you can get two packs for really cheap, and let the boys paint them. It's art from the heart. We decorated Reese's bedroom this way.

Ps. if you do the canvas thing think water colors if you are not going to have them paint the entire canvas. Or give them each a color used in the room and have the completely cover the canvas.

1:49 PM  
Blogger Princess Ruby said...

I hear ya about the Valentine's. We've never been real big on V-day...to me its just another Hallmark money making day! I plan on taking the kiddos to a V-day party this year, but we'll see. Then I have to go and waste my $ on Valentine's... I thought about making them, but making 25 per 3 children...uh, no!

You will eventually get moved in! It takes time to feel settled. We still have little things we'd like to do around the house- and even moreso now that we're stuck here longer.

My mom has always helped me in my decorating. Could always look at garage sales (when it gets warmer) for pieces of art and shelves. I always see things like that but never have use for them!

2:35 PM  
Blogger Amie said...

Thank you, I feel much better (specially about those boxes still in the garage LOL)

Kim, that is a great idea to let the boys creat artwork. I know Micheal's has canvas. They would love that!

3:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My sis and I have five boys between us and our homes have some of the most beautiful art pieces EVER - mostly created by our boys. She lives in a large house with high ceilings and bought a massive canvas for the stairway. The boys (aged 3 to 8) know her fave colour is pink, so THEY chose to do the entire canvas in shades of pink - it's gorgeous! My home is your average 3 b'room, made special by the individual paintings and drawings my boys have done for us - presents for birthdays, Christmas, & "just 'coz I love ya"! One wall in our open-plan living dining area is covered from one side to the other in the boys artwork from kindy or home - it looks fantastic!... Do give yourself a break though - your Aunt is wise! I love the American poem (don't know poet) that goes... " So cobwebs be quiet, dust go to sleep, I'm rocking my baby & babies don't keep"... Enjoy today with your beautiful family. Kind Regards, Naomi

3:44 PM  
Blogger Amie said...

Naomi,
I LOVE that quote! I need a piece of artwork with THAT on it :D

4:06 PM  
Blogger Wethyb said...

I started the V-day cards...got 'em as far as Heather, but the rest are still sitting here....OOOOPS! Ah well :) They were only $1 at Walmart :)

9:09 PM  
Blogger Elisheva Hannah Levin said...

Hi, Amie--

I moved in May and did exactly the same thing. There is a point where you just have to put stuff somewhere so that you can just get done!

My problem is that there are some things that I know darn well I put somewhere...but where?

Moving always makes my brain turn into oatmeal and run out my ears!

Good luck with it all!

10:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I dug out my copy of the American rhyme I mentioned earlier. I have it titled as "Priorities", author unknown. Here comes the full version...
"I hope my children look back on today,
and see a Mother who had time to play.
Children grow up while you're not looking; there'll be years ahead for cleaning and cooking.
So cobwebs be quiet, dust go to sleep.
I'm rocking my Baby & babies don't keep..." You're idea has given me an art project for tomorrow - the poem on canvas - thanks!!! Love to see you post about your boys' creation with the poem on it, hanging on a wall!!!... Aside from prayer, this little verse, stored in my memory, calms be and helps me put things back into perspective. Sometimes though, I think I need it in big bold letters and pasted to my forehead!!! AAAH, Motherhood!... Naomi

7:23 AM  
Anonymous Sandy said...

One of my friends has a painting her son did in pre-school hanging in their entry way, so it's the first thing you see when you walk in. I think it's three colors, and just random paint strokes (like a small child would do), and she matted it and framed in in a gold frame. It looks so striking!

I can't put much on my walls at my apartment, but I have a wall quilt and a couple little wooden signs. It doesn't take much on the walls to really add something to a room.

11:31 AM  
Blogger Risa said...

We are going to a Valentines day party this week too, but with over 65 kids! That's like 3 boxes of valentines per kid! I got the dollar boxes from WalMart too!

I will have to check that book out at the Library before I see the movie, I didn't realize that Francine Rivers wrote it. I just got Three by Ted Dekker from the library because we wanted to see that movie and I wanted to read that book first too. I don't know what I would do without a library! :)

I have been living here for almost 2 years now and I have a garage and part of a basement full of boxes that I haven't opened yet! Sometimes I forget what my glasses and dishes look like! LOL I NEED MY OWN HOUSE! :)

3:31 PM  
Anonymous Nancy said...

Something I put on a wall in our bathroom turned out very well, I think. I took four postcards I really liked (and had received so they were free) and put them in a frame I bought at Kohls that holds 4x6 pictures. I really like the way it looks. The frame was a good deal at Kohls -- they usually are -- so it turned out to be very inexpensive.

4:41 PM  
Blogger Lindsay said...

My favorite boxes were the two that moved with me from Illinois to Utah and then back to Michigan without ever being opened or sorted through. I am trying to go through them now, but I have stopped at the "almost there" point again.

And I definitely only posted pictures of rooms that looked put together... my office floor has been covered in junk since it was painted.

10:37 PM  

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