A Welcome Curb Update

Yes, there's a little play on words in the title. I couldn't help myself. 

One day over the last few months, I realized that I allowed a spot of grass/dirt/long lost flowers get completely out of control. It's a spot where our driveway meets the road and I did a little sprucing on it last spring here

The sprucing looked okay... for a little while. Then Spring came and with it a newborn. Aaaand cue the neglect.

Welcome Curb Update

Yikes, I know. I went to Home Depot and grabbed 3 mums to put in corner after weeding and tearing out clumps of crab grass. Originally, I left one plant that was questionably a weed.

Welcome Curb Update

As it turns out, that random plant was a weed, so I tore it out and tried to plant the third mum. I kept digging and hitting pavement, so I decided nothing would grow there but weeds. I had divided the small space up in thirds in my head, and wanted one mum in each third. With the other two planted, that left a gap of garden that looked a bit awkward. I decided to make a quick "Welcome" sign out of scrap wood.

Welcome Curb Update

Welcome Curb Update

I spray painted the piece of scrap with a gray color that I had laying around.

Welcome Curb Update

Don't worry, I was spray painting outside and Harrison was in the corner of the garage doing this...

Welcome Curb Update

Lucky. With a couple of coats of gray on the piece of scrap, I pulled out an old can of yellow exterior paint that I used to paint the back door.

Welcome Curb Update

I grabbed a craft brush and free-handed a little "Welcome" scribble with some random dots and a sun. It took me literally 3 minutes.

Welcome Curb Update

Since the wood wouldn't stand up on it's own, I grabbed the staple gun and a few stray pieces of wrapped wire and made makeshift legs. Can you tell this project was on a whim by my word choices? "Scribble, random, makeshift..." Ha.

 

Welcome Curb Update

I waited for it to dry before spraying the whole thing with a clear gloss coat to protect it a bit from the elements. Then, I stuck it in the ground and called it a day.

 

Welcome Curb Update

Welcome Curb Update

Welcome Curb Update

I'm happy that it served as a bit of a creative outlet while using stuff I had laying around. With the cost of the mums, this "Welcome" update - get it? ran me well under $10. Now, I just have to maintain it. ;)

Back To School

It's that time of the year again... back to school time, baby. Trapper Keepers, Mr. Sketch scented markers, Lisa Frank folders...

Lisa Frank Rocks

Yes, I was obsessed with anything and everything Lisa Frank. Am I dating myself?

While no one in this house is currently attending school, we do live in the town's old school house - that's a little relevant, right?

Our (modified) one-room school house just happened to be featured on the front cover the hometown newspaper last week. I don't think I've ever shared this picture before. And... since I've never shared it before, I've never pointed out the creepy girl all the way to the right. Her dark stare looks like she would haunt this house... just sayin'.

School House

When we bought the house, the previous owners left a bigger copy in one of the kitchen drawers. I'd like to get it framed someday and actually display it. That sounds like a good project for Fall. Which is right around the corner now that school's back in session in Connecticut. 

I find it so easy to get swept up in that optimistic feeling of a fresh start this time of year. Anyone else? Matt and I are finally starting to get some sleep (I'm knocking all the wood within reach) so we're starting in on a couple of things after Harrison goes to bed each night. Before we start our Game of Thrones binging, that is. 

Matt's been working on his car a bit (yes, the car that occupies most of the mancave) and I've been mostly tending to the gardens.

Whether your home has school-goers or not, I'm hoping you're spending the dog days of summer however you wish!

Picture Tour: Mid Coast Maine

We took our first family vacation last month and I'm just now getting around to posting some of the pictures.

We headed up to Camden, Maine to spend eight nights in "Vacationland." We were a little limited in what we could do and see with a 4-month old in tow, but for the most part, we fared pretty well.

It's absolutely stunning up there. It was so worth the drive. Some of these shots were taken with my phone and some were taken by Matt on his "real" camera. Enjoy!

Mid Coast Maine

Mid Coast Maine

Mid Coast Maine

Mid Coast Maine

Mid Coast Maine

Mid Coast Maine

Mid Coast Maine

Mid Coast Maine

Mid Coast Maine

Mid Coast Maine

Mid Coast Maine

Mid Coast Maine

 

Mid Coast Maine

Mid Coast Maine

Mid Coast Maine

Mid Coast Maine

Mid Coast Maine

Mid Coast Maine

Mid Coast Maine

Mid Coast Maine

Mid Coast Maine

Mid Coast Maine

Mid Coast Maine

Mid Coast Maine

Mid Coast Maine

Mid Coast Maine

Mid Coast Maine

Featured Spots: Moose Point State Park, Camden Harbor, Camden Amphitheatre, Young's Lobster Pound, Point Lookout, Sea Street (Camden), Belfast Bay, Camden Green, Howe Point

Looking for other picture tours? I did one for Yarmouthport, MA last month. Check that out here.

A Letter To My Baby (5 Months)

HMT,

Yesterday was the 17th, which means no matter how unbelievable, another month has passed. You're officially a cereal-eating, toe-lint hoarding, 5-month old that doesn't stop jumping, chewing, smiling and giggling.

Harrison Mark

You're our inquisitive, sometimes-silly, sometimes-serious boy and my, you're growing quickly.

Harrison Mark

Last month was a whirlwind of new faces. You met your Auntie Kimmy and Uncle Cory for the first time. You met Great Aunts, Great Uncles, and lots of cousins. As per usual, you greeted all of these new faces with smiles and your expected pleasant demeanor. You make it so easy to love you.

I didn't get much done in the home-improvement department last month. The house can wait, I suppose. It would be nice if you'd entertain yourself for just a few minutes while I get laundry done, but you like to tag along...

Harrison Mark

My to-do list continues to grow yet I continue to spend my time with you instead, and I'm happy I do. There's nowhere on this Earth I'd rather be than by your side in our quaint country home. Nowhere.

Just two weeks ago, you were Baptized in front of family and friends.

It was a very special day and we'll remember it forever. You're officially one of God's children now and I bet he's just as thrilled as we are to know you.

We continue to bring you everywhere we go. You loved checking out the book fair near Nan and Gramp's house.

Harrison Mark

So far you seem to love books and that makes us so, so, so happy. Mommy and Daddy love to read and we hope you'll carry a love for reading with you throughout your life.

At your 4 month check-up, the pediatrician thought you were very active and in need of a little more than just milk. She recommended we start you on cereal. Fast forward to now and you're eating like a champ.

First Cereal!

Before you came along, my hands had never been callused before... now I have tiny calluses at the top of my palms from carrying you in your heavy bucket seat. They don't bother me. Just like the scar on my left hand from the delivery room IV, I look at them and think of you.

Your relationship with Griffin continues to evolve.

Griff can't walk in the room without you tracking his every move, and he yours.

A boy and his dog.

A boy and his dog.

When I put you to bed each night, Griff fights to squeeze by me in the doorway, trying to get to his spot on the rug next to your crib. One day, I'll let him sleep in your room but for now, I'm too nervous that his frequent sneezes will wake you in the middle-of-the-night.

Speaking of middle-of-the-night-stuff... you're sleeping much better than you were four weeks ago. You've given us about half a dozen nights where you've slept 6:30p-7a with just one night feeding in between. This makes Mommy and Daddy soooooo hopeful that you'll be continuing this behavior down the road. In the crib, you roll around like a maniac - switching posotions every few hours and putting yourself back to sleep each time. As of last night, you're rolling back and forth on your own and settling in for sleep on your stomach. Sorry if you notice me standing cribside while you dream... I'm a total Mommy creeper and I can't help it.

Just before your 5 month birthday, you had quite a few "firsts." You had your first walk out of the car seat bucket. We put you in the regular stroller and WHOA did you look like a big kid.

Big boy!

You also had your first restaurant experience in your table chair. I think you loved it.

Big boy!

We took you to the toy store for the first time... your eyes were focusing on everything in sight.

You left with a ball popper and an arch to attach to your car seat/stroller. I'll try to make toy store trips into special occasions... we'll stop in for an exceptional behavior reward or a birthday gift that you get to choose yourself. You know, so you aren't completely spoiled. Your father, however, may take you more frequently. He had a bit too much fun in there with you...

We are so excited for the next month... there are so many things we want you to see and there are so many places we want to go. We're excited for more neck kisses that lead to loud, shrieky squeals and more open mouthed toothless (for now!) smiles. We're excited to work on having you sit up on your own and continue to introduce you to new and exciting foods.

We love you more today than we did yesterday, and have absolutely no idea how that's possible.

Keep smiling and continue to make happy your default mood. 

All our love forever and ever, 

Mommy & Daddy

 

The Cheapest Flower Arrangements Ever

Harrison was baptized last Sunday and because it was a crazy week, I realized at the last minute that I didn't have time to run out to grab flowers to arrange for the table tops.

I was bummed because I looooove fresh flowers at a party. No matter how casual the affair, (the brunch following worship was very casual) I think a vase or group of small vases elevates any table scape.

Naturally, I did what any normal person would do... I strapped my baby to my chest and went walking in the yard to find something inspiring to throw in a vase or two. I'm happy with the result.

Cheap Flower Arrangements

Griff isn't tremendously impressed, but he's hard to please.

Cheap Flower Arrangements

I ended up using some Queen Anne's Lace, Hosta leaves, (I got the idea to use Hosta leaves from a July wedding that had the most beautiful bouquets ever!) dried Hydrangea, Astilbe blooms, (that were once pink but had faded to brown) Allium blooms, (also faded to brown) and some Iris leaves and seed buds.

Cheap Flower Arrangements

It's not super colorful, but when I paired it with fun tablecloths for the party, they worked pretty well. When my trendy friend came by and I showed her what I created with some spent blooms I found in the yard she reassured me, "Oh Amanda, dead is trendy." How perfect for me.

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