Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Hannah's new reading material

While in DC, my good friend Josh told me about this book.  I was
immediately intrigued because I am always looking for ways to 
make math easier for Hannah.  I really want to make her feel like 
she's a math master, and from his description, this sounded like 
the book to do it.  For less than $10 dollars, I have made my 
excited to do math problems, in her head, for anyone who'll pay
attention.  In just a few pages, it was very easily explained how 
to do any multiplication problem involving the number 11.  She is ready to amaze people!  

For any other parents who want to make math something to be proud of, I strongly recommend this book.  The explanations, so far, are very easy to understand.  

Friday, September 11, 2015

A day trip to Topsail

My very good, and very long time friend, Susan spent almost two weeks at Topsail Island at the end of June.  Actually, on the way to Topsail, she stayed the night with me.  I was supposed to drive down for Lem's birthday but Hannah randomly got strep throat in the middle of June.  

So our trip was delayed by a few days and we ended up joining Susan on their last day at Topsail.  Unfortunately, her entire family had, or was in the process of, packing up and beginning their journey home.  So what began as a day trip turned into another sleepover with Susan.  

This was Joshua's first time in the ocean this summer and he LOVED IT!  Like charged the waves and fell into them laughing loved it.  

So Lem, Hannah, Riley and Gwen played for a few hours in the ocean.   

They pulled out a skim board and played with it for awhile.  

Then we went back to the beach house and threw together really random foods out of what was left in the fridge. 

The night ended quietly, with the kids playing on their tablets together.  Susan and I sat outside, overlooking the sound and watched a storm very close to us.  It was dark with only the frequent lightening to brighten the sky.  

Monday, August 31, 2015

House makeovers

Who doesn't like a little laugh with the laundry.  I wanted it because I loathe laundry and because it's always there!!  

This is hard to see but I added some curtains to the playroom.  I cut the curtains because they were too long for the window seat.  Then I used some stitch witch to make a hem on the curtains.  They're horribly crooked but you don't really notice that because of the way they fall.  

I put up some cafe curtains in the kitchen.  I'm not in love with the curtains but they were given to me.  And it's very similar to what I've wanted to put in there.  I just wanted something to hide the blinds there.  And I wanted white and sheer, because I love natural light and these windows let in so much light.  

This project is now finished, I just have to put all the pieces back together.  These are parts to a dresser in the girls' room.  The dresser has three drawers and a small cabinet area above the drawers. 

I took off the doors, and pulled out the drawers and painted the front of them.  I'm putting it all back together today.  

This is the girls' bedroom door.  This is the same color on the dresser parts.  It's still wet in the photo, which you can see in the slight color variations.  I think one more coat will complete the door.