Friday, May 28, 2010

Changing my other blog

I decided to change my other blog. The new address is
I'm going to post about my projects, ideas, and random stuff over there and do mostly family/kids stuff and pictures on You'll Find True Love on Flag Day. I've added the other blog to my experimental blogroll so you can see if I've posted lately.
Just FYI :)

May kid-isms

K: (with color chalk on her hands) daddy, i changed color.

J: I said a long time ago that the only commercial I believed in is clorox.

K: we're having chicken and sam. i love sam (that'd be salmon)

K: daddy, you're my boy!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Getting Things Done

This week I gave Kiree her first haircut. I trimmed her bangs and cut some in the back. Kiree wanted me to put her hair up in a ponytail after I cut it. I think her hair looks a little more curly now that I've cut the part in the front which was the straightest part.

I finally finished painting the kitchen cabinets and we got them all back together this week. The sink cabinet is mostly done. All that's left is putting something in the bottom of it (probably some of whatever flooring we end up using), better securing the middle part of the cabinet face, and touching up the paint Bob accidentally scratched off part of it. Bob put the false drawer fronts back up with the tilt kits, so now they are tilt out sink drawers! Woo Hoo! I figured out just today that I could put all the kitchen washcloths in the one.

Next to all of that now white cabinetry, the almond colored dishwasher was looking very ugly. I decided to try and paint it. My first thought was to paint the bottom white and the top (but not the control panel) black. I cleaned and sanded the bottom part. The part at the very bottom that came off was really easy to paint. The main front panel doesn't come off, so I had to cover everything up all around it and spray it in place. I oversprayed on the one side and then tried to wipe it with a paper towel. Then I just had a mess on my hands from there on out. I kept trying to fix it, but then I ran out of spray paint. I bought a can of el cheapo white spray paint and after the first was dry, I sanded it a bit and sprayed it up some more. I don't think I shook the second can well enough and it just came out weird and ran all over. It was a big mess and the kitchen was just a fog of white stinkyness by the end. I just let it be.

Yesterday I decided to try out painting the top part. The panel is metal, but the top part is plastic. So after I scrubed it well with a brillo pad and wiped it clean, I sprayed it with a clear spray primer for plastics. After that dried, I sprayed it with some black spray paint. I'm actually pretty pleased with how it turned out. I think I might spray the rest of it black later on (I'll have to try and remove the white paint and maybe prime it too).

If you look closely at the dishwasher, you can see the streaks of beige poking through. The control panel is beigey too- that's why I wasn't going to paint the top white.

Now that the cabinets are "done" we can replace the countertops. We went to a granite place near our house yesterday to check them out. We need to get a few more quotes and actually decide what kind we want to get. I think I'm going to have to make a post to request opinions. We also visited one of the Habitat for Humanity ReStores on Saturday. The girls got free flashlights, that was nice of them. We bought a towel rack and a tp holder for the bathroom and some caulk. They had a lot of used ovens, but no dishwashers. They also had cabinets- used and new, various building materials, and even furniture.
Jaide wanted to be in the picture I was taking of the cabinets, she was jumping up and down- hence the hair.
I promised the girls that we would do something fun if they were good during our "boring stuff" on Saturday. So Saturday night we got some tacos from Taco Bell and took them to the park for a picnic. After we ate, the girls played and played on the playground. Kiree did great all on her own. Jaide did stick with her a lot of the time too. Bob and I got to sit and talk while they played. Jaide went across the monkey bars all by herself for the first time. She is strong!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Two weeks in Four random paragraphs

Two weeks ago, I finally crossed something off my list that I'd been meaning to do for a long time. I went down to the cannery and got some pre-canned wheat. Then last weekend Bob and I cleaned out the basement closet to stick the cans of wheat in the back (the closet is under the stairs, it gets smaller as you go back into it). The closet must not have liked this getting organized business because it fought back, whacking me in the head with one of it's shelves. I actually had a bleeding wound and a huge lump. But then my skin was nice enough to get zitty near that healing spot, so no one even noticed!

Yesterday we went to Six Flags. We had a fun time. We had a somewhat unusual experience on one ride. We went on this big innertube raft ride that makes you really dizzy (it just spins the whole way down). I went on it a second time with the girls while Bob went on a rollercoaster. At the end of the ride while we were waiting to get back to the station, they shut the ride down. I still don't know why. But we were stuck waiting for a long time, just 10 ish feet from the loading area. I'm glad we got in the tube with those three highschool kids though, since if we'd waited for the next one, we would have been stuck in the tube way up on the slide. Those guys had to climb a big ladder, high in the air and walk back down the conveyor belt. Eventually a maintenance guy got us out and they took down our names (still don't know why on that one either).

While we were sitting in our raft stuck with teenagers, Kiree kept picking her nose. I kept grabbing her arm away and telling her not to. Kiree got mad and said, "but i WANT TO!" Then she defiantly stuck her finger in her mouth and said, "mmmm yum!" Eww, not quite as bad as what she licked in the bathroom the other day, but still, eww.

Being at Six Flags made me want funnel cake, but of course we didn't get any there. I did find a recipe online and made some last night (I 1/3-ed the recipe). It actually turned out really well. Thanks Alton Brown for your good recipe. I might have to try it again some time I want to impress people.
I made two funnel cakes- one was more cakey, the other more crunchy and light, the only difference was how long they cooked. I was a bit sunburned.