Archives for April 2008

Friday Favorites

If you have not seen this show, then I suggest you run, not walk, to your nearest library and rent absolutely every single episode. It is one of my all time favorite shows, and I can not recommend it highly enough. I was a late-comer to the Gilmore Girls phenomenon. We lived overseas when it was popular here in the US, so I missed the first three years. I didn’t actually start watching it until the series had ended.
I finally got clued into Gilmore Girls when Michael started working at church every Sunday night. When I am able to have unfettered access to the remote control, you can be sure I’ll be watching something girly. I borrowed the first series from my local library, and didn’t stop until I had made my way through all seven seasons. After a short break, I am now starting over with series one. I know, it’s an addiction. Maybe I need to talk to someone about this? Or maybe, I need to pass along the addiction so that I seem relatively normal with my occasional viewing, while you are frantically working your way through each season. Either way, I hope you give it a try. I promise you won’t be disappointed (unless you’re of the male persuasion, and in that case all bets are off).


PS If anyone (Michael) wants to file away the fact that I am slightly obsessed with this show, and save me the pain of having to place each disc on reserve at the library, I would gladly receive any of the seven seasons on DVD for Christmas, my birthday, Groundhog Day. Whatever holiday suits your fancy:)

Casa Coyle

It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home. ~Author Unknown

It is finally finished! After four years of nearly non stop work and a ridiculous amount of money, the house is finally complete! We have systematically remodeled every single room in this house, as well as all of the grounds. The exterior of the house took a real beating during this process, so it remained the last thing on our list. We can finally cross it off! Take a look.

New paint. New gutters. Looks like a new house:)

Check out the “before” shot.

Can you believe we actually bought this place? It’s a well known fact that I cried the day our offer was accepted.

Michael,my superman, made it into a beautiful home. There was a lot of blood, sweat and tears involved. The tears were mostly mine. Some of the sweat and blood were too, although Michael would beg to differ!

M, thanks for making our house a real home.  I love you!

A Day in the life

Today was a day like many others. I made four trips to drop off/pick up the kids. I did six loads of laundry and two loads of dishes. I wiped poop off of my youngest’s hands when she tried to wipe without toilet paper. I tidied up, gave hugs and kisses, used the boo boo buddy, and monitored a play date. And I’ll do it all over again tomorrow. Well, hopefully not the poop part.

Friday Favorites

I thought I’d try to post some of my favorite things on Fridays. I’m sure there is a burning need for you to know exactly what I’m reading, watching, doing at the moment. I know. It’s scintillating.

Today’s featured favorite is my favorite blog:
This blog is such a joy to read for so many reasons. Brin is a very gifted writer, and writes with such passion and honesty that it’s hard not to be drawn in. She’s also everything that I’m not. She cooks, she crafts, she restores a beautiful old home on her own. Oh, and she travels. A lot. I’m not jealous, not at all. Okay, maybe a little (lot). I find this blog to be so refreshing, and just a lot of fun to read. Check out her book suggestions and recipes. They’re fantastic!

Happy reading!

The Grouchy Ladybug

Wednesday was Ethan’s first school play entitled “The Grouchy Ladybug”.  Can you spot him in the picture below?  Yeah, that’s about as much as I saw too.  It was so adorable, but I couldn’t hear a word.  As far as I could tell, it involved ladybugs:)

I helped make the visors the day before the play.  That’s the extent of my craftiness lately.  I can’t seem to find the time or the space to make anything.  I’m hoping to do something sweet for Sophie’s birthday next month. 


Back to Ethan.  Isn’t he the cutest?  He was so proud to have Daddy, Sophie and I in the audience.  After the play the kids stuffed their faces with brownies, cookies and such at his afterparty.  My kids were in heaven.  Sophie hovered at the snack table nearly the entire time.  

Which of these ladybugs is not like the other?  The little one in the pink shirt?  Don’t tell her that.  She thinks she’s part of Ethan’s class. 
School memories really don’t get any better than this.