That sure is a big title right? I've had lots of things to blog about but not enough time to actually do it. I'm combining several days into this one so BEWARE: it's long one.
One day last week,it was really breezy and Maddie wanted to fly her kite. She wanted it to go really high but it was hard for her to hold onto so Paul rigged up something to make it easier for her. This is what we like to call "Red-neck kite flying"
Yes that's right, that's a fishing pole she's hanging onto, that's attached to the kite string. Pretty ingenious I think (way to go hubby). All that work Paul did and the she only flew it a little while and then was ready to do something else of course. That same day she had to get her Kindergarten shots. 4 to be exact. I told her that morning what we were going to do and she immediately was not happy about the day. I finally convinced her it had to be done and I would be with her the whole time so that she was so upset. When we got there we had to wait about 20-30 to be seen and during that time she kept saying "When are they gonna call my name mom?, I'm ready for my shots!!!" Once we got back to the back she told the dr. Where are my shots??. I was like, forgive her, she's a little nervous and just wants to get it over with. But when the nurses came in holding four needles in one hand, she said rather quickly... "I don't want any shots! I'm not ready, I'm not ready!". She made it through couragiously and I took her to dollar tree to pick out one goodie for each shot. She was happy with that, and I got out pretty cheap in the process :)
Last Friday night Paul & I drove over to T-town (Tuscaloosa, AL) for a night out to celebrate a friend's birthday. The five of us went to a japanese steakhouse, which is one of my fav places to eat by the way, and filled up to the point of nausea! I made myself not eat all day except for one muffin mid-day so that I would be able to enjoy all the food. It was great. After that Matt (the birthday boy) wanted to get some Starbucks coffee and then after that, we asked what he wanted to do next and he jokingly said, let's find an arcade! Of course Paul was over that and said YES! The only place we could find that wasn't a smoke filled pool hall, was Chuck E. Cheese! I made everyone swear they wouldn't tell my children who were stuck at home with a babysitter and then said, I'm in let's go! I hope we don't wait for another birthday to do it again.
And finally, we come to the landscaping part of this blog! Paul surprised me the other day by asking me if I would like to redo the front of the house? I was like, uh, of course I do! It looked terrible, since we really had let it go. I took before and after pictures so you can see the difference. It's hard to believe what a difference a little bit of dirt, mulch, and a whole day or hard work can do.
We started by going to Lowe's and picking up some stones for edging, some cow manure (which totally grossed my son out), and a hoe. We still had some major weeding to do so instead of using the hand tool we had, we got the hoe. It was so much better! I especially liked the part where Paul used it.. hee hee.
After that, we stopped at the co-op and picked up a few scoops of mulch. We've never bought it like that before and were surprised how much mulch comes from two scoops! It was a crazy amount. We ended up giving about a third of it to our neighbor since we couldn't use it all.
Here's the before/after pictures! (you can click on the pics to see them bigger)
I'm so proud of how it turned out!!!
We just enough stones leftover that we made a little garden around the mailbox. I have to say I am extremely pleased with the new look of the house! The window closest to the front door is my studio and I enjoy looking out of it now while I'm working.
We also picked up some watermelon seeds for the kids to plant. Paul helped them get started in small buckets. They were really excited about growing something- I hope they grow! I promised them I wouldn't touch them since I tend to kill all living plants. Hopefully my pretty new flowers will take root and not die since I put them in the ground.
I think that about wraps things up. Time to catch up in my studio...