New Fence!

We finally got a new fence! It’s about 7 feet tall, which means that not even Poulo and Shad can see over it. The girls like the privacy for playing in the back yard.


In some ways the backyard feels a little smaller, because it is fully walled now, but I would rather that than peepholes. We can hot tub with no peekers!


The original fence cut out a large part of our yard, basically adding it to the park. When this fence went in, we changed the layout and gained room for a new bike shed – when the time comes.


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We had a foreign exchange student from Guadeloupe come stay with us. She only spoke French, but somehow small furry animals are the universal language and she and Sophie bonded over bunnies and cats.



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Mardi Gras

Yesterday Sophie’s school celebrated Mardi Gras with the traditional elementary school carnival complete with overpriced pizza, face painting and raffle baskets. The girls (and seemingly every other child there) had so much fun!!

Lillie picking the winning duck…


Fishing for prizes…


Sophie getting her face painted by the teacher…


The finished’s a snake…


Lillie’s turn…


Lillie’s face…


Momma didn’t get her face painted, but she wore Sophie’s Venetian mask all evening.


Lillie and Daddy…(Daddy who did not dress up)


The girls…


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I was leaving a meeting and a bit late to get Lillie from preschool. As I hurried down the sidewalk, I tripped and landed directly on my face. My knees didn’t touch the ground as I fell, my face took the entire weight of the fall. Luckily, Granmolly was still at the meeting and plenty of other people were there too. I went to the ER (for a trip on the sidewalk!) I got a tetanus shot and a CT scan and am now at home. But check out this picture!!!!


I think it looks even worse now that the blood is gone because you can see a huge gash on my forehead, my nose is caked in a scab and my chin is scraped up pretty badly. My teeth are also loose in my head and may have even been cracked – dentist next week.

Pretty embarrassing.

Here is the after picture, after they washed the blood off…


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Playhouse Remodel

We had one day of wonderful weather this week, we just couldn’t stay inside. So I decided to take the opportunity to paint the playhouse – something I’d wanted to do for a while.

I always forget to take before pictures, but here is the playhouse as it was with a fresh coat of paint inside and out, but no trim done or any other finishing touches.


Turn your head sideways for a lovely shot of the floor before…


Three days later (the subsequent two days were NOT warm and pleasant at all!), it is done… New interior and exterior paint, curtains, and a painted “rug”. Best part, it only cost me time, the paint was already in my garage, the curtains were a hand me down from a neighbor whose daughter didn’t like them.


Inside, from the little window…


A little trivia game. All of the paint came from my garage. On the floor: one color is my hallway, one my living room, one is the color of the library one the current color of the bathroom, one the color of the bathroom that Shad chose (it lasted one day) and three were candidates for the exterior of my house. Now which color is which?


The girls really want the playhouse to shut all the way up and be secret and cosy. So all of the curtains easily open and shut, ribbon loops I sewed. Here is the playhouse all closed up.


So what did the girls think?

Lillie: “Mama, this is better than you think it is, you painted it too goodly.”

Sophie just jumped around laughing and giving me a thumbs up. She’s thrilled about the curtains I think.

Now I have to go find another project or stumble upon another fixer upper in my backyard.

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