20181207

Friday Photography




Sunburst - An abstraction of a large yellow and dark brown chandelier found in one of the many grand hotels of Dubai.

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20181203

lately - Thanksgiving

I skipped posting last week.. hope all of you celebrating had good Thanksgivings.. we had a pretty good week.. but very few pictures to prove it.. so you'll just have to take my word for it.

We started Wednesday night out with dinner at a friends house.. stayed out late.. the next morning stayed in bed way longer than we usually do.. and spent most of Thanksgiving day doing nothing.. just as planned. We ate chicken instead of turkey.. played Blokus with the boys, it was our first time playing it and everyone enjoyed it.


Friday we shopped a bit online.. we did venture out to the stores in the afternoon.. we were supposed to pick up a ping pong table we had bought online but when we got there it took the store 20 minutes to locate it..inform us that it will not fit into our minivan and then it took another 40 mins to return it. That was enough Black Friday for us.. We ended the night with a movie.. We watched Jack Frost.. 

Saturday followed a pretty similar pattern of chilling out, we tried out a new fast food joint in the neighborhood. Played scrabble another new one for the kids. H was my helper and D managed a few good words.. Ended the night with a movie.. 3 Men and a Baby this time.. I have a thing for the movies of my childhood.. not as funny as I thought it would be.. more sentimental.. H fell asleep mid way.. :(

Sunday was our big day.. we had gotten tickets to see OZ in a local theater, Two River Theater in Red Bank. The production was an hour long and was geared to a 4+ crowd. We thought this would be a good way to introduce H to the theater. It was perfect. They kept the story simple, it was a cast of four actors who played various characters. The show was interactive.. we were barking like Toto, kawing like crows and clapping for thunder and the best part they picked children out of the crowd to play various small parts. The cast was great with the kids.. no easy feat. Our little H got pick to play the part of the Scarecrow!! 





He could barely see from underneath the big hat. Later that week we also watched The Wizard of OZ.. the green witch gave H nightmares :( But they found the transition from black and white interesting.. and otherwise enjoyed the movie. Did you know that in the book Dorothy has silver slippers and they changed it to ruby red for the movie?

The break came to an end on a high note.. and now we count down the days till Christmas break arrives..


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20181130

Friday Photography



Beacon Hill - In the beautiful Beacon Hill neighborhood of Boston. Charming red brick buildings lining the streets. More from our trip to Boston

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20181119

Society6 Holiday Giveaway

This past week has just been blah.. the weather is getting colder.. M has been working a lot.. and D and I are still coughing.. My in laws who live with us semi permanently are going for a visit back home (Pakistan). They have a daughter there.. three grand kids and a whole lotta family and friends.. so we have been busy with last minute shopping, packing, weighing..

M and I are anxiously waiting for Thanksgiving break.. not because we have any plans.. we are looking forward to the no plans.. we want to be boring homebodies.. watch some movies with the kids.. play some board games.. we really love our board games and do a whole lotta nothing.

Just a couple more days to go.. this month has been so slow.. so I will bide my time with a little giveaway.. courtesy of Society6 I am giving away a $10 gift card and a little something special from me :)










Happy Thanksgiving!
       
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20181116

Friday Photography



Abandoned - A black and white interior still life of empty mismatched tables and chairs, long forgotten. 

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20181112

Sick Day

So the little one brought home a cough last week..he's all better now.. but I got bronchitis and D has a touch of pneumonia.. :(


Have you guys seen Haunting of Hill House? M and I currently watching it.. not binging.. one nightmare inducing episode a night is really enough. It is very good.


I'm currently reading Next Year in Havana.. I am really liking it.. I am half way through. I especially am loving the historical aspect to it.. I am constantly finding myself wikipedia-ing things about Cuba while I read. 


I'm currently drinking lots and lots of tea.. they have a tea for just about everything.. 


       
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20181109

Friday Photography


       
Weaver - Taken in a small concrete hut in Pakistan, a hut as large as a small bedroom, a hut with four men and two children weaving together various pieces of wicker furniture. This particular man, whose hand is the focus was working on a chair. Such intricate labor intensive work requiring such attention to make a piece so often taken for granted.

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20181105

Inspiration

I'm feeling a little uninspired this weekend.. I started and restarted this post a few times.. just not feeling it.. so instead of a regular post I thought of doing a post of inspiration this week..




I've been thinking about H's upcoming January birthday party.. he is already set on his theme.. but how fun would an art party be? Though this would obviously be more suited as a summer party.


and how cute as these



      
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20181102

Friday Photography


  
Weathered Door - An old door, obviously aged, paint peeling and the appearance of rust. On the door is an old antique knocker that to me looks more beautiful old and worn that I can ever imagine it new and polished.

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20181029

Happy Halloween

This past month we had Halloween on our minds.. the boys thought up of new way to decorate the house..



M cut the spider webs on the windows out of garbage bags..



The spooky hands were created using latex gloves and a sharpie 


and upcycled milk jugs.. these the boys really enjoyed making.. picking out scary faces and helping with the coloring as well


We also hosted a little Halloween party at home with our friends.. photo dump below :)








Happy Halloween!!

     
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20181026

Friday Photography



   
Watering Tree - In the calm waters of Aruba's Baby Beach grows a bundle of branches, dark and eerie against the soft yellow and blue evening sky.

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20181022

D and His New Desk

With D on his way to 3rd grade we decided he needed a desk in his bedroom. Before summer break we asked him if he wanted to go out and buy one or he wanted to find an old desk in need of some love and fix it up. To our surprise he said he wanted to find a desk and give it some love.. :) I really thought he'd want to go with the easy way but his decision made my heart so happy.

This was going to be a summer project.. I made sure he understood just how time consuming the project would be.. His current desk was the little plastic Ikea desk.


So I spent the next few weeks finding the perfect desk.. and we found one. $15 and it came with a matching chair



 Disclaimer - This is in no way a how to guide.. it's just the way we did it. 

We started by taking out drawers, the drawer pulls removed.. the chair seat taken off. And then we cleaned everything with Lysol wipes.. 


Next we sanded everything.. I had bought an electric sander when we were working on our Formal Dining Room and it is one of my favorite tool purchases. I sanded everything for D and then we wiped it all down.

We then lay down a tarp in the garage to create a work space for ourselves. Since I was working with an 8 year old.. the project was broken down into many parts that we did over many many days.. didn't want to wear the child down.

Then he started to paint.. we had seen many pics on pinterest and we tried to pick something that was not too hard and something he could have for a long time but still be fun. Our first coat was white paint with built in primer.. We started with a small roller but it was creating a texture that I didn't like so we decided we would switch to a brush on the next coat.



The desk got three coats of white paint..we lightly sanded the desk between coats. The drawers got one coat of white primer and then two coats of another color..

We took off the legs and color blocked them white and gold.. the knobs where also painted gold. 



And then we went fabric shopping.. before he picked the colors that would go on the desk I wanted him to buy new fabric for the seat.. and it was while fabric shopping that I realized just how hard it is to shop for boys.. girls have it easier in this particular area.. they can go floral.. pastels.. or dark colors.. there is no pattern off limit for girls because we can do and be anything.. but unfortunately the same doesn't always apply so easily to boys. He could have gone pink if he wanted to.. he has a light purple room.. but he struggled with the choice.. now older they have already started to label things as too girly.. in the end we narrowed it down to two choices. We also bought some foam to make the seat a little comfier. 


and then we picked our paint colors accordingly.. it was a fun process to share with him.. though there were times when I thought he thought man this is soooo much work.. I don't think he had expected this many steps or coats of paint. 

But the finished desk was worth it.. he was so proud of his accomplishment.. as he rightfully should be.. proud mama moment.. 



I applied two coats of Minnawax sealer. We bought some red gift wrap to line the drawers and  bought a blue desk lamp.. 

H already wants to do one for his room too.. all in good time.. here's a glimpse of D's room
       
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