Monthly Archives: July 2011

Tucson Children’s Museum

Our friend Brooke sent us free passes!  Thanks Brooke!

Children’s museums are awesome!  TCM has tons of cool stuff!  It’s like a giant playfest.

There’s a real police motorcycle and the front half of an old fire engine, both have functioning lights and sirens and costumes to go with them.  JP right before he took his turn on the motorcycle.  He was so happy to be there and very eager to get his picture taken.  That was a pleasant surprise for me.

This wall is amazing!  It a bunch up PVC tubes with magnets on them so they can be positioned to make a path for plastic golf balls.  It’s right up my boys alley.  They played with this for a good half hour before other kids came along and they let them have their turn.


And I wish I had a better shot of this.  These are shelves recessed into to walls.  I simply love the look with the frames.  I wish I had space to do this in my house.

Life size game of operation=awesome!

I love Ami’s socks.

Conrad really had a lot of fun in the market area.  He play shopped and prepared this little feast long after Ami and Jeremia had lost interest and moved on.

JP was seeing how much he could make me laugh while pretending to be a vet.

He is quite the character and had me rolling.

And outside!  Can you believe it?!  How amazeballs is this? Huge tinker toys!  I say YES please and thanks!

He’s been drinking milk.

The boys worked as a team to make this cool fort. It was a fun way to keep the kids engaged for a few hours.



















Filed under Adventures, Entertain Me, On The Cheap, Rodents aka kids


Terrie Frailey!

You will soon be the proud owner of a $20 gift card to Target!

Please email me your address so I can mail it to you.

Thanks to everyone who entered.

I wallpapered my bathroom with all of the sweet things everyone wrote…not really but they did make me blush.  You are all too kind and just the right amount of amazing.

Thanks for continuing to indulge me!

PS this is the number generator I used to find the winner.


Filed under Celebrate, Prizes! Yay!


It doesn’t feel like that many, but sure enough, this is my 1ooth post. I can hardly believe it! I am having a ton of fun and I hope you are too!  Simplywe provides the push I need to scratch my artistic itch. I am so proud of this here blog and so thankful to have readers!

So to thank you for giving me incentive to create:

A giveaway!

I decided weeks ago what it should be too.

A $20 gift card for Target.  

Everybody loves Target!  Right?!

I love their clearance.  We even have a system to ensure we hit all of the end caps.

Too enter simply leave a comment telling me what your favorite kind of post is and/or which post has been your favorite.  You have until midnight Saturday, when I will select the winner using a random number generator.

Good luck!



Filed under Everything else, Prizes! Yay!

I couldn’t help myself.

  When I was a kid I always did whatever I was told not to.  Even if it was something that I had, had no interest in before. Even if I knew that no good would come of it.  Once that line was drawn and I had been told not to cross it, I simply HAD to. Even if only with the tip of my pinky toe.

I guess I am still just that kid at heart.  Can you say problem with authority?



Filed under Everything else

Backyard Texture Rubbings

I peeled and broke crayons, something I am always telling the boys not to do, but it was for a good cause.

We had fun and they learned, which is always a good combination.

I cut standard sized, black and white, construction paper into fourths and broke the peeled crayons into thirds.  I stocked up on crayons with the back to school sales, so super cheap!

I encouraged them to try both black and white paper and helped them decide what colors would show up the best on the black paper.  It was fun, but they definitely prefered the white paper.

I reminded them not to do this without paper.The table-cloth, aka sheet, shows hints of another project we did that I will be posting about soon….fingers crossed.

Some of the things we rubbed were:



Wrought Iron

Tree Trunks


A Rake


A mailbox



The Pool

The Ground

Anything and everything we could think of.

A blissful, argument free hour went by before we knew it.  Boredom was annihilated and brains were expanded and enriched.  Good times!

Now you try it!


Filed under Entertain Me, Feeling Fartsy, On The Cheap

Lost and Found (Benny’s Sandwich)

I hadn’t watched this in a while.  This was almost 7 years ago.

You can hear Conrad in the background.  He is just as vocal now as he was back then.

I do not know the right combination of words to express how deeply I miss looking at that boys face.  Love you forever, for always, no matter what!


Filed under Everything else


I am a bit embarassed by my latest collection.  I feel like I should have better taste, but I cannot resist these quirky creations from the 70’s.

At our usual weekly Goodwill stop months ago we found these two and decided to buy them for each other as a joke, but now I think I am hooked.

Kitchsy or not, I love them.   They make me laugh. I think about people scrambling to find a gift at the last minute and settling on one of these.  I imagine the purchaser standing at the counter in their bell bottomed and butterfly collar glory counting out their cash as they wondered if they should wrap it or just give it to their loved one “as is” and it makes me smile.

 As far as collections go it’s an affordable one.  I have yet to pay more than 2 bucks for one.They are all date stamped from 1970 to 1973.

Don’t hate me for being tacky.

Follow me on facebook or pinterest to see more of my bad taste.



Filed under Everything else