Sunday, July 25, 2010
A five dollar score, that will be painted to hide water damage
A seven dollar find that will be sanded and painted a glossy black and new brushed nickel handles.
And that my friends is why almost every friday from May till Late September you will find me out yard saling.
and this is where I spent my last days on the rental, applying tape down along the bottom of the trim around the floor of the whole house.
Hmm.... who got the better deal. Okay so definitely I did. It is times like these that I live in blissdom knowing nothing about plumping, and allowing my husband to do it all, while i scoot around the floor on an old outside chair pillow, applying tape along the floor to protect it for when I paint it.
Poor guy he was down there for days too, fixing breaks and sending me to Lowe's over and over for more plumping parts when another pipe burst (by the last trip by the way, I knew a thing or two about plumbing parts, so I guess I don't live in entire blissful ignorance any longer). But now we are down to one mystery leak, a bit of dust to clean up, and one more flower bed to dig the weeds out of. The "for rent" sign is in the van, and will be in the lawn tomorrow. And Lord willing it will be rented by September, to people who will care for it with the same love we gave to renovating it.
I will take the camera tomorrow for final pic's for you to enjoy next month!
See those ice-creams they were FREE, yep!!! got to love FREE as you all know I do! Our local library has a great summer reading program where each week if you meet the reading totals you get coupons for various free food around town.
I think the kids favorite coupon though (at least my two little daredevils, Thomas is not so keen on it) is the free all day ride passes to Indiana beach, a roller coaster park a little over an hour away. Aiden and Courtney are already discussing which rides to enjoy, while Thomas will stick to his usual 3, and that's okay with me, I too am not a ride lover, I got about a 3 ride limit till whatever I ate over the last 24 hrs makes a quick exit, so I understand Thomas' less than thrilled attitude towards amusement parks.
He however is a big lover of the FOOD, being 14 you can never fill that child up!
I love seeing my children read. I often go up to bed at 7:30 just to snuggle up in bed and read. Courtney now has caught on to my habit, and grabs her book and takes over dad's side of the bed (who works till midnight so his side is free) and reads along side me, LOVE IT!!!
Fourth of July Fireworks
(well the the 3rd of July really but whatever)
Aiden striking his old man poise.
I think the town loves our family. When we lived at our Spencer home the 4Th of July fireworks were at the park off the river walk and could be seen by us simple walking across the street and taking the stairs to the top off the hospital park aid.
We moved and guess what that same year the 4Th of July fireworks moved to the soccer fields which are situated just across the river behind our house, and you can see all but the low fire works from our daddy built playground.
Different communities host their fireworks on different nights through the weekend. Marion does theirs on Saturday night, which was the 3rd this time around.
The hardest part of the fireworks is the waiting, Thomas gets more and more anxious by the minute, while I get more and more tired, this leads to something I call cranky mom syndrome. You see it is not dark enough for fireworks till after 10pm that is over an hr past this early birds bedtime. Add the anxiety of overly anxious 14 year old to my "trying to stay awake for the sake my children's summer memories" and you get well, lets just say next time I am, taking a nap, drinking a Starbucks after my usual 4pm caffine cutoff, and not telling Thomas a specific time, just repeating the words "after dark" so as to avoid it again. Still the evening ended well, and all three went to bed, thanking me for the great night melting my cranky mommy mood and making me feel so incredibly blessed by my life.
About 2 yrs after we moved here, I started reselling things that I got for cheap at yard sales on EBay. Then as things got worse with mom's health, I put it aside. I have wanted to pick it back up again for a while but haven't seemed to fit it into my schedule.
The success of the yard sales and book sales for raising money for our anniversary however, inspired me to keep going. So I set my next goal at enough to take the kids camping in early August for 3 nights (possibly 4 if all goes well). This time I am mainly selling things we no longer use, although in this book lot pictured above I got some of the books for twenty five cents a piece at a yard sale just to fill out the lot more (bigger batches of books bring in more $ per book).
I also wanted money for 2 cots for sleeping in the tent for Jack and I since our travel trailer (pop-up) is broken and I am having the hardest time getting it fixed. Now however it appears that me earning the money for camping and being daring enough to go it alone with the kids has inspired my husband to get out there and look at the trailer himself and see if he can't rig it somehow for 3 nights.
He at first laughed at my idea of fixing the supports with PVC pipe, and the broken vent with some wood sealed with roofers gunk, but now he is second thinking my country hick, suggestions. I told him he is blessed to have a wife of such class, as I slurped on my Hardee's sweet tea and sat cross legged in my skirt while knitting in the passenger seat beside him! He shook his head and smiled from ear to ear, who knows what that man was thinking! But if it gets my pop up fixed, I will take it!
(update Jack, just had me purchase a vent off ebay! hopefully it is here before we leave, although if you ask me a wooden vent with roofing guck for when it rains and a interchangable mesh vent for when its not raining would of done the job (but that's just the country hick gal in me talking)
the Birthday Boy opening up his cash
Aiden has the last birthday of birthday week. I must admit, by the end of the birthday week, this mom is feeling a bit tired, and our home is a little worse for wear. 3 days of party party party will do that to a mom and her family and home. But I believe in finishing strong, in giving all I got to the very end. So with that ingrained in personality, Ai en had a great day.
He started it out with presents from the family. Mostly money, since he wanted video games. After breakfast we went to "game stop" to pick out a few new games, followed by lunch at Ryan's. For those of you not familiar with Ryan's it is a huge buffet style restaurant with an ice-cream bar. Aiden at carb's, carb's and more carb's till his carb loving heart was stuffed, then he topped it off with an ice-cream sundae.
The afternoon was spent playing video games. At 4pm, 3 of his video loving buddies came by and the stuffed themselves with pizza and pop, and finished the night with smores on a campfire. At
least that is what his dad told me.
You see I am an early bird, my body seems to like to rise sometime between 4 and 5 each morning, and that is an alarm clock FREE rising. That means it likes to sleep right around 8:30 and well 9 pm is pushing it for me. And wouldn't you know it now a days children consider 9pm to be too early for a sleepover night!!! So dad the Night Owl who rarely makes in into bed before 1 a.m., took over where I left off, (or rather dozed off) and that is when the backyard campfire took place.
Surprisingly when this early bird got up to sneak out for a run, those same boys who were up with my lovable Night owl, were already up! But easily entertained with video games and fed with pop tarts and sugary birthday treat cereal, so that I could run while the Night Owl slept.
All in all a great birthday week, and a memorable one too. Now I have just one child in the single digits!!! My babies are getting so big.