Sunday, April 21, 2013

Destination Imagination | 2013 Season Recap

On Saturday, our Destination ImagiNation Team competed in the State Tournament.  I've mentioned before that I, along with my friend, Heather, manage a team of six 4th graders.  It is our third year together as managers and the 4th year Andrew has been involved with DI.  Each year gets a bit better.  It has been a pleasure {most of the time! wink.} to watch these kids become a stronger team, to work together to creatively solve problems, develop their critical thinking abilities and use their IMAGINATION.  This was by far their best year together.  They took on the Community Outreach challenge and decided to make their school a better place. {You'll have to watch the video to see what they did!}  The challenge required they make a documentary film of their process, which was right up Andrew-Future-Film-Maker's alley.  They gave an amazing performance at Regional's winning first place overall and the coveted DaVinci Award for creativity.  It was truly the highlight of the season.  The State Tournament didn't go as well.  They had struggles with both their Instant Challenge and the Central Challenge.  There were some AV glitches and unexpected mishaps that made it hard to end the season on a high note.  They handled it with such grace!  I think I was more impressed by their behavior when things were falling apart than I was when they gave a perfect performance at Regionals.  I couldn't help but think of this quote...

" The true test of character is not how much we know how 
to do, but how we behave when we don't know what to do."

and while they don't know it yet, winning may be more fun, but it is the setbacks and mistakes in life from which we learn the most.  Despite all the challenges they had yesterday, here is what the judges said about our team...

"GREAT Movie! GREAT Kids! GREAT Enthusiasm!"
"Your skit shows a lot of hard work!"
"AWESOME teamwork"
"Way to overcome obstacles"
"Terrific GRACE UNDER PRESSURE shown by child working the projector"
"It looks like the students at your school really liked your idea"
"Incredible recovery by the projector guy in a tough situation"

{note: obviously we had some projector + sound issues.  "projector guy" was Andrew. :)}

I still think the movie {and our team} is pretty "SAWESOME" (a new word I picked up yesterday: Super + Awesome. HA!)  See for yourself...

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Trunk Show | Kayce Hughes + Special Offer

I'm hosting a trunk show next Friday!
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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Lately {in phone pictures}

We spent our Spring Break at home.  Jimmy had to work in Boston for a few days, we were dog sitting duty at our house, so there wasn't much chance to get out of town.  The weather was gray and cold for most of the week, but it didn't dampen our fun, the boys and I made the most of our time together  We went to the movies, ate doughnuts for lunch, battled each other in laser tag,  went on many lunch dates, ate too many french fries, went hiking + exploring, and managed a trip to the zoo on one of the few sunny days.  Monday-Thursday were a blast, but by Friday we began suffering from a a mild case of too much togetherness.  Thankfully, most of Andrew's friends started to return by Saturday morning, just in time!  I'm grateful my cool and fun factor lasted as long as it did! :)

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Our Home | Powder Room Inspiration + Ideas

Wow, it has been aaaaaaages since I've blogged about anything house related. I don't think I've shared a thing since the kitchen re-do.  Truthfully, we had to be very tight with the budget for awhile, I'm talking really, really, cut back to make up for what I {over}spent.  In a way it was nice to take a bit of a decorating hiatus.  No decisions to be made, no websites or pinterest images to stare at for hours on end, no fabrics to ponder over, just to live with and enjoy what we have - it was refreshing and necessary.  Decorating is definitely a hobby and something I truly enjoy but sometimes it's good to step away for a bit.  I thought I might just take a whole year off from tackling any updates or projects around the house, but with the first tiny whisper of spring, the first days of long awaited sun streaming through our windows, comes the familiar itch to freshen up some things in our home too.  Nothing major, but a few little updates here and there.

We have a few spaces in our home that we have yet to touch.  Jimmy's office, the downstairs bathroom and our master bath to be exact.  The master bath is fine for now.  It was remodeled about 2 years before we bought the house and while I'd prefer white, white versus the off white marble and stone in there, it is nice enough and not really a priority.  Jimmy's office adjoins to our bedroom and is truly in need of attention but I've yet to be inspired by something to do it. {Likely because he has visions of framed vintage sports car prints and I, visions of pretty slipcovered desk chairs.}    The downstairs bath, however, is in desperate need of a little TLC.  It's actually a full bath {that Andrew uses to shower bc the upstairs bath is right by Charlie's room and C's usually in bed by the time Andrew showers.}  The downstairs bath is teeny tiny.  The original tile is still in the shower and it is a gorgeous pale blueish gray and in perfect condition {we might be the first owners to actually use the shower}.  The tile surround was re-glazed in white but the glaze is peeling off so fixing that is the first order of business.  The room has peg hooks all the way around, about 3/4 of the way up the wall.  They are very functional and hold a lot of towels, swim bags, googles, etc. pretty much all year round so they will stay.  The window needs to be replaced, it is painted shut and ugly, that will be priority number 2.  I'd like to replace the vanity with a small console or pedestal sink that I can skirt, though I might need to find a way to work with skirting what we have already.  Plus add a new shower curtain and cafe shade in the window all in the same fabric.  Beadboard will be added below the peghooks {something Holly suggested on her visit last spring and I thought, of course!  Why had that thought not crossed my mind?!}  Then everything needs a fresh coat of paint and that will be it.  

Here are my ideas so far along with some inspiration....

I love the way the pleated cafe curtains are mounted outside the windows and the simple rod style.

I adore a skirted sink.  To be more practical though, I will want a sink style that 
will allow the skirt to be attached underneath the front of the basin.

Like this style

some simple new plumbing fixtures too

I love blue and white in a bathroom.

I'm 99% sure this will be my fabric for the shower curtain, sink skirt, and cafe curtain.

I like the very soft gray, almost white, walls and white woodwork. 
I also like the simple light fixtures over the mirrors.

This style from Restoration Hardware feels fitting since bathroom is in playroom
and mostly used by kids, it helps balance out the sweetness from all the flowers that will be in the fabric.

And that's it for now.  Stay tuned.  In usual fashion, I move slow, change my mind, get side tracked, etc.  Ha!

{images from my bathroom pinterest board. sink + faucet from Vintage Tub and Bath. 
Fabric from Les Indiennes}