Saturday, May 30, 2015

Most Awesome Mud Sink EVER

 So, we updated our kitchen with new granite countertops, we had to buy the entire slab of granite. And we had a remnant left over almost big enough to use in the hall bathroom, but not quite. It was just a couple inches too short, so my contractor let me swap it out with a remnant in his show room. This ended up being a pretty good thing, because I think the granite I ended up getting in the bathroom being white/beige and brown looks better than if I had put the black in there. Anyway, all this to say, the old bathroom counter had to come out. Which it did and then got put on the side of the house. The contractor was supposed to come by and haul it away but one thing led to another and he forgot to come by. But then I had a brainstorm and told him to just leave it. By this time it had been rained on a few times and several of the tiles had popped off due to the removal from the bathroom and the rain. I decided this was a plus instead of a minus. I went to the dollar store and bought a few ceramic plates (they were actually cheaper than the ones at Goodwill!!!!) I smashed them up (by the way, broken ceramic is as sharp as glass, ask me how I know this....)

 I had some leftover mastic and grout from the bathroom backsplash project and I went to town creating mosaic spots in and around the white tiles.

Chris helped me build a base out of lumber that was on the side of our house.

 Then Chris, Izzie, Maddie and I dug a trench to bury the black pipe in. This pipe has small slits all along it so as the water drains, it will go into the soil and not make a big puddle. We also pointed it toward a tree that has roots that will be happy for the extra water.

 Our trench was probably a foot and half deep.

 I bought a converter that goes from waterhose to indoor plumbing fixture and then ta-da! We have a mud sink. The thought was that the faucet should be able to stay on during the summer months while the kids are playing and it'll just turn off at the sink (which only has the "cold" water hooked up) but my tap is leaking at the wall so we'll have to figure that out next. For now, the kids can turn it on at the spicket and then have a real mud sink to make their hearts content of mud pies and Mud Mush as they like to call it.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Goats at the Park

 Izzie and Maddie sitting on the Target balls.

 Selfie on the porch, enjoying nice weather.

 Izzie at the library.

 Maddie at the library.

 I love my curls, and I'm so happy I found a stylist that can make them shine!

 Izzie at G6, Maddie is in the back right. This place is pretty cool. We came with their friend Bryce.

 Maddie, Esperanza and Izzie at Crown Park.

 Cute window succulents.

 Neighborhood friends.

 I saw this on Pinterest and just had to make one! It's an old birdcage that I found in the clearance bin at the craft store with some fairies, moss and plants tucked in it.




 Dragon, I think drawn by Izzie.

 Maddie and Izzie helping me wash my car.

 A goat came to visit at homeschool group today!

 It was still on the bottle and was looking for a ninny!

 Maddie making fantastic bubbles for Ilan.

Friday, May 22, 2015

First Grade Poetry Recital

This year for first grade we memorized several poems. Now that we are wrapping up our First Grade work, I wanted the girls to recite all the poems they learned this year. They both worked really hard at memorizing everything. They both learned several poems from our grammar book and then I had them pick a Shel Silverstein (or any author they wanted) to memorize. Izzie picked True Story which was a entire page and Maddie picked three shorter poems. 



Thursday, May 14, 2015

Mother's Day 2015

 Ripley Pug Dog

 Izzie and Maddie

 Maddie and Izzie

 Amanda, Maddie and Izzie. For mother's day, I took the girls and my mom to a formal Tea. I had been here at Myrtle's Tea House with Melanie before, but it was my moms and my girls' first time to Afternoon Tea.



 Tea just always tastes better out of a fancy little cup!

 Maddie, Nanna and Izzie

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

 Izzie helping me fix her bike. She got a flat tire and we had to replace the inner tube.

 Maddie helping out.

 Maddie playing a math game with Izzie. I wrote a bunch of equations on the board. One girl called out an answer an then the girl at the board had to find the equation and erase it. This was a lot of fun and we did several rounds!

 Misty brought card making supplies to ACE (our homeschool group) and the kids made Mother's Day cards.
 Maddie and Izzie.

 On nice clear days we can see Mt. Hood from the park we hang out on with our homeschool group.

 These scooters have been a hit for several years now.

 Even with this many blooms, we didn't get as many blooms as the previous year. I hope now that we have hired a landscaper to come out and help us with some of our crazy yard that next year we'll get more blooms. He went through the Wisteria and painstakingly removed a lot of dead branches and carefully trimmed back some of the new growth the correct way; instead of hacking at it like we did in the past.

 Most of the blooms are on the underside instead of all over.

 Maddie and her latest Chima Lego Creation. These girls cannot get enough legos. They LOVE putting together the sets and building their own creations too.

 Maddie and Izzie. We tried making rock candy for science, but I didn't find a very good recipe so it failed. We will try it again with a more specific recipe.

 Telling time worksheet. Maddie


 A bit of wind and we have purple rain, uh, petals!

 We lovingly call the Wisteria, 'The Beast." And I swear it is sentient.