Monthly Archives: February 2011

My Two Headed Green Thumb

I tried to plant a garden last year.  I bought the cheapest seeds and planted them.  I was so excited when plants actually grew.  Unfortunately, all my squash and zucchini plants only made leaves.  My radishes were bitter.  And pretty much nothing else grew. 

It was still exciting to try.  And even more exciting to watch something I planted grow.  Even if it really didn’t help with food for dinner.  I plan on trying again this year.

A few days ago, I went to inspect where I would plant my garden this year.  This is what a pulled up:

It’s a two-headed radish with a huge radish stalk.  From where the red radish stalk starts to the two round radishes end is about a foot long.  How did I even grow this?  Has it been growing since last year? 

Now I know I am capable of growing something.  Even if it’s a mutant.  Wonder what I’ll end up growing this year….a Virgin Mary faced squash….maybe a bell pepper that cries real tears.  The possibilities are endless.

Playing Beauty Shop

I loved playing dress up and beauty shop when I was little.  So it’s quite a thrill to have two kiddos that like playing it too.  Now, at least I don’t look so strange when I’m playing dress up by myself.

We started with hair and make up.  I tried to give Nate a Beiber do.  I think I need more practice.

Then manicures and pedicures.  Next was putting on some cute clothes and taking some “glamour shots”. 

Here’s Natie giving me his “model” pose.  I think he’s got potential.

Here’s is Gabby’s serious look:

It was a fun day full of smiles and giggles.  I love getting a second childhood through my kids.

Another Tale from the Playground

My FIL and I took the kids to Burger King a couple of days ago.  Gabby is finally big enough to climb all the tall climbers and she loves keeping up with the boys.  She had been playing for a while when she came running to me upset that some little girl had pushed her.   I saw that the little girl and gone to sit with her family and I sent Gabby to go back to play. 

A minute later, I see Gabby yelling and pointing and heading towards the little girl’s table with her two big brothers behind her.  She was yelling, “That’s her!  That’s the girl that pushed me!”  Nate and Jay are right behind her, darting their eyes around the room and asking, “Where?  Where is she?”

I fortunately caught up with them before they confronted the 5 year old girl along with her mom and dad as well as some older siblings.  I told them that there was no need to confront her.  We would just keep an eye out when she got finished eating and came back to play.

I watched as the little girl came back to play, and laughed as I see Jay and Nate jump down from playing and surround Gabby….protecting her from this so called bully.  No other incidents occurred.

Gabby is pretty lucky to have two bodyguards at her disposal.  If only she knew just how lucky she is.   At least for now.  I’m not sure what she will do when she starts school and is minus her two body guards.  Hopefully, all the fighting with her brothers will toughen her enough to hold her own.

Repurpose for Old Skirt

This is an old skirt that I thought would make Gabby a cute sundress.  All I had to do was measure to fit Gabby, cut down the side, sew the seam, and use the leftovers to make straps.  I kept the original zipper and hem.  It took about 30 minutes.  Here’s the finished dress:

Gabby liked it.  Of course, it’s just another ballaweenie dress to her.

Kim Kardashian has a lot to learn from Elizabeth Taylor

A snippet from Kim’s interview with Elizabeth Taylor (via huffingtonpost.com):

KIM KARDASHIAN: You are my idol. But I’m six husbands and some big jewels behind. What should I do?

ELIZABETH TAYLOR: I never planned to acquire a lot of jewels or a lot of husbands. For me, life happened, just as it does for anyone else. I have been supremely lucky in my life in that I have known great love, and of course I am the temporary custodian of some incredible and beautiful things. But I have never felt more alive than when I watched my children delight in something, never more alive than when I have watched a great artist perform, and never richer than when I have scored a big check to fight AIDS. Follow your passion, follow your heart, and the things you need will come.

Gabby’s Homemade Headboard

This is a picture of the headboard I made for Gabby’s room.  It is super easy.  Get a piece of plywood and cut to the dimensions that you would like the headboard.  Home Depot does this for free.  Wrap with foam (make sure it goes over the edges to the back).  Wrap with batting.  Then add desired fabric and staple to back of plywood.  Put hangers on the back and hang on the wall.  Voila….a headboard!! 

I also made headboards for the boys (with the wonderful help of my MIL).  I have great intentions of doing some more decorating and hopefully can post some pictures of their room soon.  At the rate I’m going, maybe I’ll finish before they graduate high school.