He is a rare moment when Elijah and Sam are cooperating with the bus. There really are cute buddies.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
Anyway, I made my trek through Ikea with my list while I was in Utah and came home with some new items for my apartment that I am excited about.
My creative spurt that resulted in curtains for the boys room made me want curtains of my own in the master bedroom. I found some really cute simple ones at ikea for $15 a pair. I was going cheap and easy so I simply used upholstry tacks to pin the curtains up (an technique used in the Nesting Place's window mistreatments). What do you think?
Our apartment also has the lovely oddity of not having any over head lights in either of the bedrooms. There is one plug that is wired to a light switch and we have been using an up light in the boys room to provide light at night. The poor light has been through the wringer and no longer was standing on it's own (I actually had it tied to the foot of Elijah's bed to make it stand). I did a little surfing on Ikea's website and found some overhead lights that you plug into the wall and hang from the ceiling. Perfect! I managed to get one home in my suitcase and Josh's dad spent a couple hours poking holes in the ceiling looking for a stud to hang it from. Thank you Allan! I am very happy with the result!
I also got a set of black sheer curtains that I thought might work with my floral ones in my room but decided against using them together. I have temporarlly put them on either side of my vertical blinds in the living room. I'm still deciding if I like them. What do you think? The one down side is that the door opens on the right, which is already a tight squeeze with the couch position, I'm not sure how the curtain will complicate it.
One more plug for Ikea... I love their cheese grater. I hate the metal box graters but Ikea has a tub one, that they are currently selling in red and black, that makes grating cheese a breeze and it even seconds as a storage container for excess.
When planning a trip to Ikea, especially when it envolves long distance driving, plan ahead by browsing online. You can even check stock in specific stores around the world. This makes it easy to measure items or areas and compare them online.
There were two focuses for my display... General Blogging and Family History Blogging. For some people blogs are a totally unknown thing and I introduced the benifits of blogging and how it can help you connect with family as well as build your personal history. But for those that might already blog I had information on using blogs to help with your family history research as well as sharing what information you have with family.
Pulling together my display spurred me to finally copy and frame some pictures to go on my iron tree. I love the way it turned out and I even had people asking me where I got my cool tree (from my mother of course who was kind enough to pick it up for me from Rod Works in Utah. It was part of their Christmas decor and they had extras on clearance after Christmas.)
I love the expressions on Josh's and Sam's faces. It captured a moment that happens often around here-- roughing it with the boys. I love watching the relationship Elijah and Sam have with their daddy.
And yes, Josh didn't like the fact that the picture taking was onesided. He grabbed the camera and made sure to get a shot of me too. There really is a reason he doesn't take pictures.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Josh piped in and said "Ewww, they're kissing!"
Elijah responded by saying "That's just what people do" and Sam then chimed in "Kissing... not eww."
Later that day Sam was being too quiet so Josh went off to see what he was up to. He found Sam in our bedroom and Josh asked him "What are you doing, Sam?"
"Are you having fun?"
"Are you being good?"
"Yes... Go away."
Sam loves to cook and Saturday when we asked what he wanted for lunch he promptly requested "Potza" aka pizza. He is a big potza lover and requests it often though Saturday he didn't actually eat much of it. Silly kid.
Monday, April 6, 2009
Sam claimed an old tool box that my mother had in her basement as his "Tresh Box". He would carry the heavy box everywhere and had an assortment of treasure inside. He was rather protective of it and when I tried to take pictures of him with is treasure box he quickly ran into the front office and closed the french door. I resorted to taking pictures of him through the windows but it didn't work very well. I would try and crack the door and get around the window glare but Sam would jump up and come a bar my way. Silly Goose!
His treasure consisted of cars and trucks, balls, dishes, Bekah's favored colt, and other random items.
All of this prompted Grammie to take Sam to the craft store to buy him a tresh box to take home with him. We got a small tin box with a lock and handle and Sam decorated it with Pirate stickers. Granted it isn't as cool or favored as the red beast but Sam was proud of it.
I am very pleased with the way it turned out. I created and ordered it through Blurb.com. It is an 8x10 landscape book with 180 pages. It cost me $57 to print and ship.
A few comments about the whole editing process. IT TOOK FOREVER! The program was really slow; I think because my file was rather large with alot of pictures (300+) and a lot of text. I did like the blurb program because it "slurped" up my blog posts and roughly put them into a book format. I spent a lot of time squishing it all down to 180 pages which required me to change page layouts, edit text, cut out pictures, and put multiple posts on the same page. There were also some pictures that didn't upload with a high enough resolution that I needed to upload the originals. There are quite a few program quirks but after awhile you know what to expect and it moves rather quickly. The actual uploading and ordering was very easy and I was even able to find a coupon code that ended up covering my 2nd day shipping.
Overall, I am pleased with the final product. But next year, when I'm not under a time crunch, I might look around a bit at other programs.