Thursday, June 30, 2011

Summer Get-It-Done List... first mission accomplished!

I decided to tackle the easiest project on my list first.  Not Jane Eyre, but the seriously dated $1 yard sale frame.  Easy peasy lemon squeezy. Here she is in all her 1970's glory before:

 I loved the detailing, even though it looked like someone tried to fix her with caulk at one point. 
After a quick trip to Lowes for spray paint, I got cracking. 
 At first I thought the color was too blue, but it dried perfectly. 
Note the toes of Bryan's new Vibram shoes... they are a pretty color but he looks like Aquaman when he has them on.  

I was going to buy some antiquing glaze but since the frame was already white underneath, I just took some sand paper to the edges. 

Did I mention I have never done this before?

I still wasn't sure what I was going to do with her.  I was either going to hang her on the wall or prop her on the mantle.  Our mantle looked like it hadn't been changed in four years... and that's because it hadn't.

Finally, I went with this:
 I tested it out on the mantle first, but liked it much more on the wall.  I still don't know if I'm going to add anything inside it; I like to test things out for a little while. 
Not too bad for $1 frame and $3 spray paint. 

The Johnsons

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Fourth of July Fun

Our little Bec is a Yankee Doodle baby, in that he was born on the 4th ofJuly.  This is the first year he's been able to really understand what his birthday is and how old he will be.  We've never decorated for the Independence Day, but this year I thought it would be fun to start teaching him about how special his birthday is, so we started with an American flag wind sock. (I confess I called it a wind puppet for a few days... I was getting confused with sock puppets... having children really does diminish your brain cell count.)

I got this idea from the Brilliant Beginnings Preschool blog and modified it. Here's what you need to make one like ours:

Empty canister (we used a grits canister... gotta love the South!)
Blue Felt 
White Ribbon
Crepe Streamers in Red and White 
Aluminum Foil
Thin Cardboard (we used a Cheerios box)
Twine or String
Glue Gun or other strong glue

1. Make sure your canister has both ends open.  We had to cut the bottom off of ours. 

2. Wrap blue felt around canister and secure with hot glue.  Then use the glue to secure a strip of white ribbon around the top.  You could put ribbon on the top and bottom. 

 3. Cut long strips of red and white crepe paper streamers and tape them to the inside of the canister. Alternate the red and white. 

 If you're brave and/or crazy, let your preschooler cut them himself. 

4. Draw stars on your piece of cardboard; cut them out and wrap them in aluminum foil.  Your foil only needs to be slightly larger than the star itself. Glue them onto your blue felt. 
Notice the triangle? That was Becton's star!

5. Punch three holes under the ribbon trim and use twine/string to hang it. 

6.  Hang it on a hook outside or on a tree limb and then sit back and feel patriotic!
 We want YOU to make a wind sock!
(I promise he did the Uncle Sam finger point on his own!)
Happy Fourth of July!!
The Johnsons

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

My Summer Get-It-Done List

For those of you who don't know, I will be going back to teaching in September.  Granted, I will be teaching from my dining room through The Potter's School.  I am super excited to have this opportunity to teach English from home and to keep my teaching license current... huge bonus!  All that being said, there are a few things around here that I... have... been...   I didn't realize until recently that I am a master procrastinator; so here is my summer to-do list:  (disclaimer: I say "my" to-do list, but Bryan is undoubtedly going to be helping; he will realize this if he actually reads this post.)

1. Make Living Room Window Treatments.  We've lived here four years... I mean really!

 I have to tell you that I had eyed this fabric for a year, but for $20 a yard, it was way beyond our budget.  One day I checked out and found the same fabric for $6 a yard.  Sweet! 

2. TV Console Project-  Yes, thanks to our lovely friends the Mansfields, this beauty made it from curbside trash pickup to our carport, where it still sits.  I think our neighbors have given up hope for us ever getting rid of it.  
Check out the original project that sent me on a hunt for a console tv here.

3. Yard Sale Frame ($1... can I get a whoop whoop!)
 She may not be much to look at now, but I have big plans for her... BIG plans. 
 You can't find detailing like that on frames at Big Lots... and that's usually where I buy my frames. She isn't going to be used for pictures though; She will be a stand-alone beauty when I'm finished with her. 
Bec helping me clean up the old girl. 

4. La-Z-Boy Reupholster- I'm deathly afraid of taking this chair apart and never getting it put back together, or getting it back together but having some "extra pieces." 
 Instead of buying nice fabric and wasting my money if this project goes awry, I have decided to use drop cloths. I've seen some fabulous chairs and couches here and here that were reupholstered with inexpensive drop cloths (and since Kinston has a Lowes but no fabric store, this works in my favor!)

5. Jane Eyre- I have recently joined up with Lindsay Corrigan and her Finer Things Club.  Our summer reading is Jane Eyre and I am loving it!  We're reading this so we can watch the new film version guilt-free. (Because the books are always better...right?)
Check out the trailer!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Summer Cuts for the Babies!

It's that time of year again, where Becton and Molly begin sweating ten minutes after stepping outside.  Gotta love humidity! Can I tell you how well they both did getting their haircuts?  Bribing children with chocolate to sit still through a haircut is highly effective!



I think our kids are pretty stinkin' cute, but I am biased! 

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Sweet Treats and Fried Green Tomatoes!

Tonight Becton and I made some Fruity Pebble Treats for the kids serving at Erasing the Lines this week.  He was such an eager participant... maybe it was the marshmallows and fruity pebbles.  This was a great way to teach Becton about serving others.... because when I first mentioned we were going to share them with friends, he was a little reluctant. ;)

 He's such a great measurer (is that a word?) and check out those cute jams!
He claimed he liked the smell of the fruity pebbles (or fruity rice!) but I later heard a faint crunching sound and realized he wasn't just sniffing. 
The fruits of his labor!

Our Summer Garden has also starting bearing fruit and our green tomatoes were begging to be fried.
Bryan's awesome bean poles!

Don't worry... I fried more than two slices and of course there were no leftovers!


Sunday, June 19, 2011

2011 so far...

At the halfway point of 2011 and the beginning of our family blog, I thought I would do a quick picture update on our year so far...

 Becton's first year of preschool!

Becton and a few friends doing a reindeer dance... it's not calculus, but it's a start.

Bryan ran his first half-marathon.  He not only SURVIVED, but did remarkably well.  We think we'll keep him. ;)
(That truly is a pained expression on his face... I didn't have to photoshop that in.)

Molly turned ONE! How did that happen?  She was obviously as surprised as we were...
And yes, she is wearing boy's pajamas and a pink bib.  We really know how to dress our kids up for their birthday breakfasts.

Bryan and I also ran our local 8K- Run for the River (Kinston 8000) as part of a team for World Vision. We have an amazing chapter of Women of Vision here in Kinston and they put together a team to raise money for clean water in Africa.

I was smiling because it was still early in the race... I conveniently left out the pictures from the end ;)


Friday, June 17, 2011

Springtime Fun!

We have really had a blast this Spring, and the kids have really been growing like weeds! I just wanted to share a few pictures of the fun we have been having.  Here are the kids at the Splashpark; this is where Becton entertains himself by seeing how close he can get to the big bucket of dumping water.  He doesn't want to actually be under it when it drops; apparently being within two or three feet of the dumping water is pretty thrilling! And Molly's newest trick is looking between her legs at what is behind her; she cracks herself up with this one!

Yes, Becton is wearing water shoes... I always thought they were kind of dorky when I was growing up, but after our first trip to the SP, Becton came away with a few bruises and a goose egg on his head.  We got the shoes the next day.  He hasn't fallen since!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

The Blogosphere will never be the same...

After years months of procrastination our family blog is finally up and running.  As our family is growing and the Lord is teaching us new things, I wanted to have a way to be able to share it with our family and friends.  Our life here in Kinston is anything but monotonous and I am so excited to start posting about our summer adventures!  Bryan, Becton, Molly and I are blessed to have you checking in on our goings ons and we would love to hear how you're doing.  Blessings!