I tended Zaylee all afternoon. Before her nap, we usually lie down together and I sing with her. For the first time ever, she asked me to tell her a story instead. After the story, she noticed my cookbook, which I planned on looking through until she fell asleep. Doing anything to prolong the nap, she asked me to read her a story. I explained twice, that it was a cookbook, not a story book and told her that it had recipes to help Grammie cook. She asked me, "Gwammie, will you wead me a wecipe?" So, I read them to her... "Flour, sugar, cream cheese, salt, chocolate chips. Mix it in a bowl, put in in the pan. Take it out. Eat it all up." We did this over and over and over, recipe after recipe, with "Eat it all up" until she fell asleep. When she woke up, she came into the gallery, cookbook in hand, and said, "Gwammie, I wuv apple pie. It's my favorite." So, we opened it and she read me a recipe for pie, beginning with salt and ending with "Eat it all up." For the rest of the afternoon, she had to share recipes from "the wittle book" ... "Salt, cwokwit chips, put it in the oven, eat it all up." I adore this child. She makes me smile. ;)
It's Friday! My favorite day of the week! Doug and I get to spend the day together alone. I love it! We have no plans for the day, so who knows what it will bring! I do still have invitations to make and a lesson to teach this weekend, so those two things will be on the top of my "to do" list!
A little catch up on my photo of the day challenge... good thing I'm not accountable for having them on time! This week has just been too crazy!
21 ~ A favorite photo of myself... This photo is probably my most favorite of all the wedding reception photos. Not the best photo of myself, but it is telling and that is what I love about it! I love my Liza! I can't believe that they are just weeks from their seventh anniversary! And I am most thankfuly that I'm much healthier, thinner and feel younger than I did then!
22 ~ Where I work... This could be my kitchen, the laundry room or anywhere in our home, but my gallery is the one place in our home that is really as my own. It's also the room that the entire family gathers because it's where I am. Although the nice entertainment system is in the family room, more often than not, if we watch a TV show, it's in here. This is the place that I listen about the details of the kids' day at school, I pay bills, that I study, blog, plan and create. It's were friends who drop by for a moment to visit come in and retreat. It's where the girls often take naps on the window seat while I am doing my thing, whatever that thing is at the moment. It's where Doug winds down and we talk. It's where I get my lotiony foot massages at night! I guess if a wife and mom is a counselor, a listening ear, a planner and a friend, this room is my "workspace." And I love it!
23 ~ Shoes. Fifteen years ago, I bought my first pair of Borns and wore them until the soles were paper thin. The most comfortable shoes I've ever owned. It was a sad day when I finally had to toss them. Worth every penny. (I remember that they were about$80.) Last fall, I bought another pair, red ones even, for $5 at the local thrift store. Mind you, this germaphobe does not do "used" shoes. I'd gone into the DI, looking for some random thing and happened to notice these shoes sitting on the shelf, looking brand new. I noticed the Born label inside. And they were red! I bought them, brought them home, disinfected them, just to be safe and put them away until the weather cooled. About six weeks later, Natalie and I were shopping together and she commented, "I love your shoes." I said, "Thanks! Five bucks at the DI, can you believe it?" She asked,"Was this recently or about six weeks ago? I said "Yes, how'd you know?" She replied, "I donated them. I was cleaning out my closet and noticed that I never got around to wearing them, so I donated them." Whodathunkit? I love these shoes even more now! And I'm proud of my DI find!
24 ~ Inside Your Bathroom Cabinet ~ Here's my bathroom closet. I have to laugh because I have cleaned the cabinet as I gathered stuff for the organizing class this week and until I saw this photograph, I didn't notice that it's time to replace the shelf liner! Since I've had organizing on my mind, here's a few tips to go along with:
Keep BabyWipes in your bathroom for cleaning around the base of the toilet and behind the seat after you've cleaned the inside. You can just toss the wipes and not worry about washing "kucky" clothes, as Zaylee calls yucky things.
Utilize the wasted space on the walls of your closet to hang curling irons, flat irons and blowdryers.
Fold towels all the same way and tuck them onto the shelf the same way, with the folds on the outside. It's simpler to grab a towel when needed and prevents the whole stack from coming with the one being removed.
If you have mulitple bathrooms, color co-ordinate towels. Use pastels in one bath, darks in another.... it reduces the likelihood of one bathroom ending up with no towels because they are all in another bathroom.
Use storage containers as much as possible. Baskets for hair items, body lotions, etc...
The blowdryer is tucked into a mugholder that is meant to attach to a table while you are scrapbooking. It's quite functional for the blowdryer!
The three drawer container is my personal toiletries... The drawers are labeled "Hair, Body, Face". I just pull the whole drawer out and place it on the bathroom counter when I put on my make-up. I can see everything at one glance. No plundering through the makeup bag for the right color eye shadow or trying to find the eyeliner at the bottom of a makeup bag. The hair drawer has hairspray, my brush, comb, pick and a 6x8" handmirror. This drawer is off-limits to the kiddos, so I always know where my things are. The body drawer has my toothpaste and brush in a tray, lotion, razors, etc... I LOVE this system!
The long bin on the right side on the upper shelf is filled with lotions, sunscreens, alcohol... things that are in tall bottles. Containing them like this keeps them from toppling over and possibly spilling onto the shelf. It's must easier to slide out the tray and choose what I'm looking for without knocking over several bottles.
That's it. Lots of latenight rambling. It's 1Am and I need some sleep! Enough said!
Never forget that the most powerful force on earth is love.