"Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of. but do it in private
and wash your hands afterwards." --Robert Heinlein.

We've moved!

For the next two years (Summer 2014-Summer 2016) I'll be blogging our family's adventures in China at www.chinesemileposts.wordpress.com

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Itching all over

Our church had a camp out last night. While we opted to set up the tent, hang out in it a bit, and not spend the night, we didn't come home free of ticks as I had hoped. I'm paranoid about this sort of thing. I think because my mom had a thing about ants. I have a thing about all insects. They must all die (with the exception of the cute, helpful ones like ladybugs and butterflies). So we came home late but washed the bug spray and sunscreen off of our kids, stripping them down to their undies and just sort of standing them in the bath and splashing soap and water over them. Then the hubby passed them to me where I inspected their bodies a 2nd time for ticks. Princess Sparkley had one on her undies. I'd never seen one before but was sure it must be one since it was indestructible. I ended up knocking it onto the floor and crushing it with tweezers. Everyone was tick free. Then today, I was sitting on the floor typing at the computer outside the bathroom door while Buddy took care of some business (but wanted company) when a tick crawled across the laptop just inches from my hand. Ahhh! So now I've vacuumed everywhere that I can. I'd already washed and dried all our clothes but read that washing doesn't kill ticks. And that drying in a hot dryer for an hour should. So now I have to put all our clothes in the dryer. For an hour. Plus now I want to wash all of our sheets since we slept in them last night (and I hate HATE washing my kids sheets because it's so difficult to make a bunk bed), and rewash all the clean clothes that are overflowing from the clean laundry basket that we all walked past on the way to the bathroom in our tick covered clothes. Ahh.

*I saved you all from being scared looking at a real tick. This cartoon tick is much cuter.

Half Priced Slushes




When I first moved to Kansas, I complained about how many Sonic Drive-Ins there were in town. I vaguely remember there being one in Provo when I lived there. But I don't think I ever ate there, as much as I love the idea of an old fashioned drive-in with a car hop, etc. And there were no Sonics anywhere near where I grew up in CA (the closest one to my parents' zipcode in a Sonic locator search is in Tehacapi - so Cristin, go there a lot this summer between 2 and 4). Now I love how many Sonics there are in town because while at my in-laws I saw a commercial for half-priced slushes* and drinks from 2-4 every day at Sonic. Every day! This explains why the one time I stopped there for drinks in Topeka they charged me so much less than I expected. I was there during Happy Hour - Sonic style. And you can bet I'll be there a lot this summer during Happy Hour. Yesterday, me and the kids spent $2.52 on two slushes and a strawberry limeade. Fabulous!! And, for a limited time, their milkshakes are only 99 cents!!

*there are some restrictions. One is that you can't get Cream Slushes, which are my favorite. :(

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Making Banana Pancakes


image from www.Marrder.com

I hate green bananas. I like my bananas almost too ripe, just before they start getting the brown spots when they are still very yellow. So bananas around my house tend to ripen very quickly if I buy them in that barely green stage and then they get ignored for a bit. I try not to waste them, but I can only make banana bread so often. And I haven't yet found a banana bread recipe that I absolutely love. (Please send me your recipe if you've got a great one.)

While Google image searching for a picture of bananas, I came across a bunch (HA!) of banana recipes that looked tasty and may have to try out as well. I also learned that I can stick them in the freezer until I am ready to bake. Here are the recipes:
Mad about Banana Muffins
Vanana Cookies (Vegan Banana Peanut Butter Cocoa Cookies)
Chocolate Banana Nut Bread
Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes
Peanutty Banana Brownie Pizza (I've made this... Yummy yummy!)

Then there's my favorite milkshake/smoothie that I like to call the purple cow (which I thought I got from here, but they call their's "The Purple Banana," so I don't know where I got it from.)
It's just vanilla ice cream, milk, blueberries, strawberries, and a banana blended together. Yum.

Back on topic... Banana pancakes. That's why we're here. I came across the following recipe the other day in a cookbook of recipes gathered from the women at church when we lived in California and plan to try it out tonight.

Whole Wheat Banana Pancakes

Ingredients:
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cups milk
1/4 cup butter
2 eggs, beaten
4 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp salt
2-3 large bananas mashed

Directions:
Microwave butter in milk until melted. Beat in remaining ingredients just until smooth. Lightly grease heated griddle. Makes about 18 (4 inch) pancakes.

*Later tonight- I've now made these and they were yummy. The adults really enjoyed them, the kids... just sort of. I think they enjoy regular pancakes better. Buddy ate all his but when I tried to give him more since he always eats a ton of pancakes he said he didn't want more because he wanted to be the first one done. Princess Sparkley isn't big on fruit, so she didn't like the gooey banana bits. Next time I might add pinch of cinnamon, or sprinkle cinnamon sugar on top for the kiddos.

Must Have


image from www.dermstore.com


I'm not a big make-up person. I can remember being about 13 or 14 years old and desperately wanting to hide my freckles, meeting with my mom's Jafra consultant, picking out a foundation, putting little dabs of foundation all over my face and rubbing it in like I'd seen my mom do my whole life. But I hated the feel of it on my face. And I hated having this layer of stuff on top of my skin. So I gave it up and decided I'd just have to live with freckles.

I don't wear lipstick except for special occasions, Sundays, or days when I feel like it for some odd reason. Funny since I can't even count the times while growing up that I've hurried my mom along while she's reapplying her lipstick for the hundredth time in a day. I only wear blush on those same occasions, or if I'm wearing a color of clothing that I think I don't look good in (white, etc.). I do wear mascara always. And usually on the days when I say I'm just wearing mascara, I end up with eye shadow and eye liner as well.

But this is one of my must haves. I get the the one pictured above with a "light tint." I read about it in either Parents or Parenting magazines. I used to subscribe to both. I can't tell them apart. My husband however can tell you which one he likes-- the one that doesn't talk to dads like they are a babysitter occasionally involved in their kids' lives. But I'm off the subject. It was just a quick little ad in the magazine talking about how to quickly, and minimally, make a mom look awake and ready for the day. So I tried it. And I love this stuff! I can't feel it on my face other than that my face feels moisturized and not dry and tight. Plus it has built in sunscreen. And gives me a very very light tan (unnoticeable really).

On a side note, I had a roommate in college whose father had never seen his wife without make-up. EVER! She woke up at like 4:30AM every morning to put her make-up on before he saw her. Crazy! When Buddy was born and I was juggling an almost two year old and a newborn, my goal was to have make-up and clothes on (and Princess Sparkley dressed and her hair done) by the time my husband got home from work at 5:30PM. I thought that was a successful day.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Flower Corsages




S'Mores


picture scanned in from The Pampered Chef Delightful Desserts cookbook

I like the idea of the S'more, but even while out camping, I usually just end up eating the toasted marshmallows without the graham crackers and chocolate because let's face it, has anyone ever had a successful S'more experience? My chocolate never melts. The odd shape of the marshmallows forces the graham cracker to break in weird spots, and usually the marshmallow catches on fire and I like mine lightly toasted, not charred. And the indoor S'more ... Jamie summed it up pretty well in this post. So I bring this recipe to you in hopes of filling your summertime need to eat S'mores.

S'Mores Galore
a The Pampered Chef recipe
Ingredients:
20 whole honey graham crackers, divided
6 bars (1.55 oz. each) milk chocolate candy, coarsely chopped
1 package (16 oz.) mini marshmallows, divided
6 TBSP butter, divided
3 TBSP milk

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350°. Arrange a single layer of graham crackers (breaking them when necessary to fit) to completely cover the bottom of pan.* Toast in oven for 2 minutes.

Coarsely break remaining graham crackers into large bowl; set aside. Coarsely chop chocolate bars; set aside.

Combine 3 cups of the marshmallows, 3 TBSP butter, and milk into a microwaveable bowl. Microwave on HIGH 1 minute. Stir until smooth. Add half of the chopped chocolate; stir until chocolate is melted. Spread evenly over graham crackers.

Melt remaining 3 TBSP butter; toss with broken graham crackers. Add remaining marshmallows and chopped chocolate; toss lightly. Spoon evenly over mixture in pan. Bake 8-10 minutes or until marshmallows are lightly browned. Cool 15 minutes.

Cut into bars using a knife dipped in hot water. Serve warm or cold. Best when eaten the same day, but can store in an airtight container.


*since it's a Pampered Chef recipe, it of course lists which of their products to use. They make this recipe in their Stoneware Bar Pan which is about 10 x 15.5 inches and has sides. You can make it in a 9x13 casserole dish, or a sheet cake pan, you'll just have to adjust the number of graham crackers you use to however many cover the bottom of the pan.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Highlights from the last little bit




top to bottom/left to right
Buddy graduates from Joy School/Preschool
Baby X's first trip to the zoo (St. Louis)
An adorable baby Somalian Ass (looks like it's half zebra, half donkey)
Ella takes a picture of Buddy and Me
Buddy drives a "tractor"
Princess Sparkley rides a "pony"
Baby X sits in a high chair
Baby X rolls and rolls and rolls
Buddy goes swimming
Princess Sparkley eats a Popsickle (or possibly uses it as lipstick)
Princess Sparkley and Buddy float
Baby X eats rice cereal
Buddy discovers mirrors and watches out the car window
Princess Sparkley swimming
Princess Sparkley's towel hair (like Mommy)
A baby water tower somewhere in Missouri*


*water towers are my new obsession

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Babysitting



We got a babysitter tonight and went out for a wild and exciting night of:
1) dinner at a Mexican restaurant in town I've always wanted to eat at
and
2) a quick shopping trip to Target.

Like I said, wild and exciting.

It's super rare that we hire babysitters. In California, we had two sets of grandparents, and two sets of aunts and uncles. I think we actually paid a babysitter once. Now, we visit my in-laws who have since moved to St. Louis about once a month, so we do a date night then. But every once in awhile, we do hire a babysitter* and it makes me think back to my own babysitting days.

You need to understand that I'm the youngest child in my family... by 6 1/2 years. Until my own nieces and nephews were born when I was 18 years old, I didn't really want to have anything to do with babies or small children. Yet people still tried to get me to babysit for them, and my mom would only help me out with an excuse for why I couldn't babysit every once in awhile.

My first time babysitting I hardly remember. All I can recall is that it was one of my teacher's from church. It seems like she had two kids, one of which was a baby, and I had to feed that baby a bottle and change it's diaper. I believe that was the first time I did either of those things.

The second time I babysat it was for two families at one house. The oldest of the kids were just a few years younger than me. The power went out, we went outside to investigate and one of the kids shut the door... locking us out. We then had to borrow a flashlight from a neighbor and try to break in. I think we finally found a door or window that wasn't locked and one of the kids had to crawl through it. Lots of fun (note the sarcasm).

The third time I babysat was for our next door neighbor's. They must have been desperate because we were only on a "wave from the car" level of acquaintance. I agreed because I felt sorry for them, and I wanted to see the inside of the massive mansion they'd built and I'd only heard rumors of an Olympic-size swimming pool. Nothing went horribly except for the kids walking all over me with the bending of rules.

Then I grew up, got married and had kids of my own. What was I thinking? I mean, I'm surprised my kids have survived as long as they have.

*I'm a tiny bit paranoid about hiring babysitters because my sister-in-law babysat all the time and always tells us stories about going through the mom's underwear drawers and reading their risque romance novels once the kids were in bed.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

on DVD


I liked this movie. I didn't LOVE this movie, but I liked it a lot. It's amazing that Jane Austen was able to write such great love stories, when her own was so sad. I read the wikipedia page about her about halfway through the movie, just so I could see where things were going (that's the nice thing about nonfiction) and it was interesting. I've had these books recommended to me by a sort of Jane Austen expert and thought I'd pass the info along to any Austen fanatics out there: What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew by Daniel Pool and The Friendly Jane Austen by Natalie Tyler.




I loved the idea of this movie. And it was actually a pretty good movie, but a lot of the ideas were old. It seemed like a lot of this movie was taken from other romantic comedies in the book and film world. But it was still enjoyable. And it was free because Redbox text messages me a free rental code every Wednesday in May.



When I first saw the trailer for this movie on the Cinderella 3 movie for Princess Sparkley's 5th birthday party, I laughed out loud a couple of times. Out loud. That being said, the movie was not nearly as funny as I expected or wanted it to be. But my daughter loves it! As soon as it was over she asked if we could try to get a cd of all the music from the movie because she absolutely loved it. I really enjoyed how they took a little piece here and a little piece there from all the different Princess movies and combined it into this movie.



I think I loved this movie. I actually said to my husband the other night while watching another movie and seeing the trailer for this movie again that this is a movie I wouldn't mind owning. I think this is my Napoleon Dynamite. Let me explain. I liked the movie Napoleon Dynamite, but I didn't LOVE it like my husband loved it. I think I love this movie. And the music is great, I got as many of the songs as I could for free on Napster the other day.



After Serendipity, America's Sweethearts, and Must Love Dogs I was really liking John Cusak. This movie is okay, but it didn't live up to my expectations. Although Joan Cusak was in it... which I love.

Book Report: Confessions of a Slacker Wife by Muffy Mead-Ferro




My husband bought this book for me awhile back. He might have been trying to tell me something. While I enjoyed this book, it wasn't nearly as funny as the title made me think it would be. Mead-Ferro was a little bit too far over into the feminist spectrum for me, but she did make some good points. Mostly, she reminded me that men and women just think differently. For instance, when planning to have friends over, her husband didn't worry about cleaning or what he'd feed them, he just had his buddies over. When she had her friends over she had to master 5 or 6 never before made masterpiece dishes, clean her house from top to bottom (even where no guest was ever going to go) and didn't ever really enjoy the party because she was so exhausted from all her prep getting ready for it. But it didn't need to be that way and her friends would enjoy themselves eating chips and onion dip just as much as something fancy.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Lullabies


image from half.com

I'm not much of a singer, but I am a mom, so I sing to my kids. With Princess Sparkley I always sang The Teddy Bears' Picnic while looking at the pictures from the above book which is one of my favorite kids' picture books.

Here's a really annoying version of how that song goes.

For Buddy, I think I mostly sang Primary songs or the regular "Rockabye baby in the tree top," or "Twinkle twinkle little star."

With Baby X I've found myself singing Lullaby and Goodnight because that's what his crib mobile plays. But I discovered the other day that I don't really know the words... I just sing, "Go to sleep, go to sleep, go to sleep my dear baby" over and over again.

When my mom was out here after Baby X's birth she always sang him a song that goes, "I gave my love a cherry...," so I looked it up here to find out the words so I can sing an actual lullaby to this baby.


What songs do you sing to your kids?

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Fritz's Railroad Restaurant

After the baseball game Thursday, we went to this great little restaurant in the Crown Center in Kansas City, MO called Fritz's* where a train brings you your order. We took the kids about a year and a half ago because Buddy LOVES trains. Loves them. Apparently he'd totally forgotten that this restaurant existed and made me promise that if we are ever near there when it's dinner time ever again we need to eat there.

*this link is to their Kansas City, KS location which I've never been to, but it gives you an idea of how it all works. I couldn't find a webpage for the KC, MO location in the Crown Center.



proof that we really did eat there before (11/06)



a few shots from this time
(note: The top left corner is Buddy's interpretation of putting your fist in your mouth and the top right corner is a shot I caught of Princess Sparkely mid-sneeze. She thinks it's hilarious. The bottom, center picture shows an empty restaurant... we were there at 5 PM on a Thursday night, last time we went it was packed and there was a line outside to get in.)

The food isn't great. But the price isn't high either. The milkshakes are pretty good, but aren't brought by train. Don't go expecting a great meal, you're there for the train.


Plus, here's some other family's video of the train bringing the food to your table.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Day at Kauffman Stadium

President Monson wiggles his ears

My husband came home from the Priesthood Session of General Conference with this story of President Monson wiggling his ears and I thought I'd never get to see it. We immediately checked youtube for it but it wasn't there yet. My parents emailed this to me tonight. Yea!


Thursday, May 15, 2008

Breakfast for Dinner


image from www.friendlys.com

There was a period of time where we thought my parents were leaving on a mission for our church soon (they thought so too) and we were living with them for a bit before they left and would take care of their house and dog while they were gone. Then my dad got called to be the bishop of their church unit, we scrambled around for a new plan and that's how we ended up in Kansas. Long story short.

My dad is sort of a health nut... a health nut with a weakness for chocolate. He went through a Bran muffin phase when I was in high school where the bran muffin to chocolate chip ratio was about even. He's been on a fish kick for years now. While we lived with them, we ate salmon about once a week. He'd mix it up some, if you are in need of some tastey salmon recipes, talk to me, I've got them. But neither my husband nor I are really fans of fish, so having it weekly was a bit of a chore. My husband tells me on a semi-regular basis that breakfast for dinner is my salmon. Meaning, we have it way too much. [insert whiny voice.] But it's easy. I love it. And the kids love it.

So I try to mix it up. Pancakes, eggs, bacon. Omelets, hash browns, bacon. Fried eggs, french toast, bacon. Aebleskivers, bacon, eggs. Breakfast sandwiches. Etc. Etc. My mom recently sent me a link to this website, which I have fallen in love with. And it recently had this yummy breakfast for dinner alternative (or I guess, just breakfast for breakfast as well): Pop up Pancakes (aka German Pancakes in some circles). Plus, she has a recipe for Strawberry Freezer jam, which I'm totally making this summer.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Summer Haircut


BEFORE

When I was at BYU, one of our Relief Society Enrichment activities was how to cut boys hair. I guess thinking along the line that at some point we'd have husbands and sons whose hair would need cutting for cheap. But probably also because our hilarious Relief Society president was a beautician. All I remember about that whole lesson was that you need to blend the layers so it doesn't look odd, and you should angle the sideburns towards the lips. If they are pointing to the lips, girls are looking at your lips and you have a better chance of getting kissed. She was of course showing us this by cutting a guy in our ward's hair, and he was of course turning bright red at all the mentioning of lips and kissing. I thought it would be great to be able to cut boy hair someday. But didn't have a son or a husband or even a boyfriend at the time. So I just filed that information away into the far recesses of my brain where cobwebs have grown on them and well, you see how much I remembered. My husband cuts his own hair. He started on his mission. He buzzes it and then I come along and standing on a stool (he's 6'3" and I'm 5'6"), make sure he got all the hair on the crown of his head. But I have cut Buddy's hair, same hair cut my husband gets, on more than one occasion. It turns out best if I'm just buzzing it off for the summer like below. If I actually try to keep some of it long on top ... well, it's not always so perfect.

So I cut Buddy's hair yesterday. All of it. He only wanted the top cut because that's the only part that gets hot and sweaty.


AFTER

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Movie Review: P.S. I Love You



I read this book by Cecelia Ahern awhile ago. I really loved the book. It's extremely sad. But I enjoyed it. Now I cry at most sappy books, movies, etc., but I'm pretty sure most people would have a hard time keeping a dry eye while reading this book. Or watching the movie for that matter. It's basically the same, just a few changes.

I didn't love the movie like I loved the book. I had a hard time with Hilary Swank as the lead role. And, as much as I want to like Harry Connick Jr., I'm not sure if he's a bad actor, or if he just gets bad rolls, but I didn't like him much in this movie either. Nor the existence of his character as a romantic interest at all.

But the story is good. The movie ... I guess it was worth the $1.07 I paid at Redbox. I'm glad I saw it, but it's not one I want to watch over and over again.

Fruits and Nuts



I don't like fruits and nuts in most anything. In fact, I don't so much like nuts at all. I'm okay with chocolate covered raisins. I'm okay with peanuts, but don't stick them in an M&M. So when a friend recently tried out this recipe and gave me some I was wary. Luckily, along with the description of fruits and nuts, she also mentioned cream cheese and white chocolate, or I might not have tried it. I got the recipe from her and even while making it I kept thinking to myself, "this is so gross, there's no way I'm going to like this. Craisins! Eww." Then I licked the spatula before refrigerating everything. Yummm!!! So, the lesson learned, don't judge a book by its cover. Or a treat by its ingredients.

Jim's Best Candy Recipe

from the Tightwad Gazette

Ingredients:
1/3 c sugar
1/4 c light cream
1/4 c butter
3 oz. cream cheese, softened
2 c sifted powdered sugar
1 c chopped mixed dried fruits
1/2 c chopped nuts
1/2 vanilla
1 1/2 lbs white dipping chocolate


Directions:

Line an 8"x8"x2" baking pan with foil, extending foil over the edges of the pan. Butter the foil and set the pan aside.

In a heavy 2-quart saucepan combine the sugar, light cream, and the 1/4 c butter or margarine. Cook over medium heat to boiling, stirring constantly to dissolve the sugar. 8 minutes.

Cook over medium heat stirring occasionally for 3 minutes. Mixture should boil at a moderate, steady rate over the entire surface. Remove pan from heat. Add cream cheese; stir until smooth. Add powdered sugar, dried fruits, nuts and vanilla; stir until well combined. Spread mixture into prepared pan. Chill about 1 hour, or until firm. When firm, lift foil to remove candy from pan; cut candy into 2"x1" rectangles.

Melt the dipping chocolate. Carefully dip the rectangles into the melted chocolate. Let excess drip off rectangles. Place dipped rectangles on a baking sheet lined with waxed paper until dry. Store tightly covered in the refrigerator.



*I used dried cranberries and pecans as my fruits and nuts. I also used those giant flattened chocolate chip looking white melting discs for candy making as my white chocolate. And I wouldn't use as much as it called for. Maybe just one bag (14 oz). And I'd cut the pieces smaller next time, they are pretty rich.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Weekend in wraps



Ate popcorn while watching a movie in bed.
Remembered why I avoid popcorn because I spent the rest of the weekend picking popcorn from my teeth.

Bought a gallon of chocolate milk (because it's so much better than when you make it at home).
Find it laughable that I got the chocolate milk with the latest expiration date since there's only about an ounce left and it's been two days.

Got the ironing board and iron out to iron fabric for sewing and clothes that basically live in the laundry area closet dreaming of someday being ironed.
Have had an ironing board in my living room for four days anticipating when I iron while watching something on TV. Have done no ironing.

Made half of a yummy candy treat.
Will post pictures and recipe when I finish the other half.

Finally mailed a bunch of thank you cards I've been carrying around in my purse for a week.

Went to church and heard some great talks on Mother's Day. Thanks to my friend Erin who focused on not just moms, but the women who are mothers but have no kids. I've always felt kind of bad on Mother's Day because I have a sister-in-law who for years didn't go to church on Mother's Day because she couldn't have kids.

Took Buddy to the bathroom five times during church. Not only is he fascinated with bathrooms, but he's discovered that going to the bathroom is a great thing to do when you are bored at church. (Can't really get mad at him since I'm thrilled that he's finally potty trained.)

Laughed when I saw a sticker one of my bananas that said, "I [heart] lunch boxes."

Watched Juno. Enjoyed it. Found it very funny. Even funnier was when my brother-in-law was angry about having to watch it a bit ago because he'd heard it was about a pregnant teenager who moves to Alaska so the government will pay for her baby. (My husband's reaction to me--it's his little brother-- was "that's not even how Juneau is spelled." To which I said, "yes, but [little bro] has never been a great speller, has he?")

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Apple Turnovers

Apple Turnovers were on sale at Dillons the other day so I bought some. It took me back to being a kid when my sister worked at Arby's and we'd get curly fries and cheddar cheese to dip them in and apple turnovers for dessert. Mmm. And while desserts are my specialty, I've never really made anything along the lines of a turnover, puff pastry difficulties and all. But I found this recipe over at Culinary Concoctions byPeabody and I may have to give it a try.

Baby X Heart Update




For those of you out of the loop w/ no access to our family blog, I thought I'd update you on Baby X's heart. We went to see his cardiologist yesterday for an EKG, echocardiogram, etc. which we've been doing every few weeks since he had the angioplasty. The doctor was very pleased to see that the area they repaired is growing with him as he grows instead of staying at the size they made it while he continues to grow bigger. The doctor said this is a good sign, they can't always tell if it will be the case or not. He'll still have more stuff done to his heart in the future (angioplasty again, and then valve replacement when he's hopefully much, much older), but for now it seems like we'll just keep having these doctor's visits that are getting further and further apart, but no major issues in the near future. Yea!

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Recent Family Pics

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Headboard

www.marthastewart.com

When we were first married, my in-laws gave us a bed. It must have been a double sized bed. We only lasted in that bed three and a half months. My husband even slept on the floor some of those nights... and we were newlyweds!! You have to take into account that my husband is 6' 3" (or 75 inches) and a double bed is 75 inches long. And this particular bed was the kind with tall bed posts, a head board and a baseboard. So, squishing two adults into a bed only 15 inches wider than a twin bed, and having one of those adults be the exact length of the bed with no room to hang his feet over an edge, it just didn't work for us.

So we went in the extreme opposite direction. As soon as we could, we moved to a place with a bigger bedroom and purchased a California King sized mattress. It was huge. We'd lay in bed at night and marvel at the fact that we could barely even reach each other. The novelty of that has warn off. It's amazing how even the biggest bed, when sleeping in it for 7 years, can become small, especially when one of us likes to sleep in the middle (we'll both point our finger the other way, so I'll name no names).

All of this is leading to the photo I posted -- the headboard made from doors that I just found on Martha Stewart's website. I've never bought a headboard for this new bed. Not only do I not want to spend a ton of money... I'm not ready to commit to a headboard. I just have never found one that I love, let alone one that I want to commit to for... the rest of my life, until I find another one I love, until I can afford to replace an old headboard with a new one. Etc. Not to mention that I'm not sure what my decorating style is yet. I used to watch TLC's "Trading Spaces" and "While You Were Out" a lot and they did this sort of headboard rather frequently. Usually some sort of board covered with cloth. It involved a nail gun or heavy duty stapler and I was sure if I tried it mine would turn out all frumpy looking. But this, if I actually knew how to use any wood tools, could be pretty cool.

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