Saturday, May 30, 2009

Tuscora Park

Over Memorial Day weekend we had a chance to take the boys to Tuscora Park. It's a small scale amusement park with various rides including a ferris wheel, a small train and an antique carousel with hand carved, solid-wood horses. It is really close to where I grew up so I made many happy memories there as a child and it was fun to go back as an adult with my own children. The boys absolutely loved it and I crossed number 23 off the list!

Friday, May 29, 2009


My favorite thing about our new place? Big, pink, floppy peonies. And lots of them. I'm thinking a peony party may be in order at my house next year.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Painted Piano

I just spotted this project on Design Mom and I love it! I am so going to paint my old piano a fun color at the earliest possible convienience.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Crazy with a Capital "C"

(This post might get sort of long. If you have a short attention span, here is the abreviated version: we moved, I've basically been driving all over the state of Ohio while simulteaneously negotiating a real estate contract and it's making me grumpy. If you want to stop here, you've got the main idea.)

The move went well. I actually really liked the surprise element: no big build up, no long goodbyes and no time to worry about how in the world I was going to pack up all our belongings. It was nice. We just put our stuff on the truck and left. We arrived in Marietta at about midnight Wednesday and crashed on the floor of the home we are now renting. I spent Thursday unpacking with Spencer, while Jared and Mitch drove the moving truck back to Columbus. Here is the rundown of the past week. Stay with me if you can, this gets a little crazy:
Wednesday: We packed up the house in Columbus and drove to Marietta
Thursday and Friday were both spent in Marietta
Friday night: I drove back to Columbus
Saturday: I spent the entire day shooting a wedding in Columbus
Saturday night: I drove back to Marietta
Sunday: I went to church and took a much needed nap
Monday: I woke up at 2:00 AM to drive to Cincinnati for a dental seminar (note: Cincinnati is 4 hours away and you have to drive through Columbus to get to it.)
Monday night: Drove back from Cincinnati, through Columbus, arrived in Marietta and had a minor nervous breakdown.
It didn't help that all during this time, we were trying to negotiate the sale of our house with no internet access or fax machine- very tricky. But the good news is our house is finally in contract and today I didn't have to drive anywhere! I'm enjoying a little break from my driving tour of the state of Ohio but don't worry, it starts up again this weekend when we head up to Lake Erie to visit my family for Memorial Day! More on our house and our new town in another post...

Wednesday, May 13, 2009


We're moving. Today. We're moving, like, right now. Consider yourselves in the know because even I didn't know we were moving until about 30 minutes ago when Jared said he was leaving to go pick up the moving truck. We have both been working in Marietta (our new city) for several weeks, sleeping at the home of family members who already live there and driving back and forth. Although we found a house to rent and it will be nice to have one home base instead of two, I'm still feeling anxious about the spontaneity of the decision. Aren't moving days supposed to be more methodical or at the very least, planned? Oh well, no time to think about that now. I have to go start throwing stuff in boxes or something. Ready or not Marietta, here we come!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day!

I hope everyone is enjoying their day and giving their moms lots of love!

(PS I love this picture because I also love aprons. I think every gal (mother or not) ought to have one that makes them feel cute and domestic. Purchase the one pictured above right here.)

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Just in Time for Mother's Day

I'm a big fan of cards with boxes you can check off. This clever Mother's Day card (for Dads) is no exception. Download it for FREE right here.

(compliments of Ambrosia Girl.)

Wednesday, May 6, 2009


When Jared recently came home with a fancy, high-tech dryer that looked remarkably similar to the character Eve in Disney's latest Pixar hit Wall.E, I decided I had no choice but to paint my old washer yellow to match. Mitchell, a HUGE Wall.E fan who has shown minimal interest in the laundry up until this point, is now enthralled with it and, although I'm not big on promoting characters in general, I now find myself strangely amused each time I throw in a load.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Polaroid Party

I recently bought an older Polaroid camera on ebay and have been having fun shooting around my house with it all week. Looks like I'm just in time for the Polaroid party on Flickr too!

Happy Cinco De Mayo

(Photo from last year's Cinco De Mayo party.)