Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter Weekend

I got my hippy on for a couple of days, just enough to remind myself: been there, done that, got the t-shirt. Plus it rained and rained. Got back in time to get some sleep and then go to church.

This is me sitting in the car, trying to get dry and warm and charging my phone so I could keep up (sort of) with my teenage daughter. It took me about 20 minutes to clean all the mud off my feet once we got home on Saturday. Yuck. Oh the things we do for our children.

This is me putting a tie on my son this morning while lying down. We are having fun with camera apps on the iphone. Did I mention that was sort of the point of this post?

Instant camera! And no, I am not intentionally choking him.

See he is smiling now! At me!

I am in love with the Lightbox - that is the name of the app. If you have an iphone and you don't have it, get it. I swear it will come in handy and it is only 99 cents. The kids like it too. It is really fun to mess about with. You can make almost anything you take look better or more interesting. It is pretty addictive.

The best thing about the festival we went to was seeing Midtown Dickens. They are completely adorable. Here they are singing in the rain.

Camping in the rain sucked but everything is better with friends and my camera app.

Plus making rocker girl happy is priceless. Below is a picture before Lightbox. You can tell can't you?

Playing with the camera in the car while I dried out really made the time go by quickly but I do look as irritated as I felt at that moment. This is my eat shit and die look or maybe it is the I am not amused look. I'm not sure because you don't usually look at yourself when these moments happen in real life do you? Pretty convincing I think either way.

In my boredom, I even figured out how to make my house look like something on the set of Mr. Roger's Neighborhood - all fake like. I know, I know - how useful!

Speaking of favorite apps, there is one for Google where you can say a word or take a picture of something and it looks it up for you. I was showing this to my boss and realized that my funny, funny, funny husband said penis into the phone and there I am talking the whole thing up while looking at those search results! I did not realize I could still blush, but there you go. When you try to explain these things in the moment, it really seems unconvincing - everything slows down and well you just want to crawl into a hole. Boys have gotten me in trouble my whole life!

But there is never a dull moment and I guess I must like it that way. Could they look anymore alike?

I hope you had a nice Easter! We sure did!


Saturday, April 9, 2011

These Are A Few of My Favorite Things

Like raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens...

The weekend we celebrated my 40th birthday Chelsea Hotel style.

This room and particularly the pink chaise. Just looks like the quintessential femme cave. No boys allowed.

The Paper Hand Puppet Parade in downtown Hillsborough.

Sam Shepard in All The Right Stuff. This had to be the movie that created the phrase "cool drop of water."

Art made out of bottle caps.

Penny Lane.

And Russel too. What a hot mess.

$6000 shoes. WTF? Still, look at those things.
Thanks Caroline.

Heart. Sob.

Silly Grateful Dead garb. Also my favorite beer - Stella Artois.

Babies. OMG. I love babies. Took me a while to figure out that they do grow up. :-)

This outfit. Everything about it.


Tuesday, April 5, 2011

More gardening

Found these pictures of the front of our last house. Not the best pictures but it was the best I could do right now. They were taken with my phone the day we left the house forever. It was super hard. We moved into this house when my eldest was not yet two. My other two were born here. So many good memories.

This yard was a mess. The front had a big slope that drove water under the house and there were only privet bushes in front. We had to have the entire thing re-graded to do this. It was quite a project.

And then I found these too from the last night in the house. The movers came the day before and Jack met them at the new house so I was alone with the little guys and Ruby.

It was a full moon and I could not sleep on the crappy air matress.

The only constant is change.


Sunday, April 3, 2011


Because we lived in our last house for 13 years, it has been a while since I've had raw material to work with. My friend Melissa Krueger of Passiflora was our gardener there and will be here. She came for a visit while we were out of town and is going to start working on a design for our new yard. These are the pictures she took to get started.

I'll keep you posted and if I can find all the pictures of the amazing transformation of our last house, I will post. All I can say is that she is an artist and her work is an inspiration. If she had a website I would send you there. She has pretty much singlehandly transformed dowtown Carrboro over the last 5 years but likes to keep a low profile. I love being able to hand her a blank slate with some ideas of what we want and then wait and see what she comes up with. So fun! Happy Spring!