Jonge got a wee bit tired of the constant desire of his youngest brother to play catch with him. So he leaned the mini-trampoline against the side of the house creating THIS for Feintsje which made him very happy! I wonder if other people have been doing this for years, just holding out on the rest of us? Isn't this amazing? I'm telling you, this thrift store trampoline is one of my best purchases EVER.
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
They like to dunk their Steenstra's St. Claus Cookies into milk.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Me, being me, was most excited about the box it came in!
And the wad of brown paper that was stuffed into it!
On Monday we used the brown paper for a road, a river, and something to run on just to hear the sound it made.
Today as I was removing it from the living room, I got an idea.
I get those sometimes.
It seemed possible that if I made a few cuts here and there, folded some flaps around, glued down a bit of scrapbook paper, I just might be able to turn it into something for our beloved American Girl dolls.
This was the only picture I could get of the inside of it. This will need some finishing. I think Famke will enjoy doing this part, and adding the food and dishes.
cannot tell you how badly I now want to make a beach for her to lie in the sand, and I actually DO have the sand. But even I know that at some point, I'm just going to have to stop this.
(Maybe. Maybe I know this. But then again, maybe not.)
Sunday, April 24, 2016
Mostly, I was looking for roller blades/skates as a few of the grand kids have taken an interest in that. And, I DID find a pair that looked to be in good shape, and for only $4.00. That made me happy in that "thrift store find" sort of way. Then I sauntered over to the antiques section, where I rarely find anything that is my idea of an antique. And did you see what I found there?!
Oh, I bet YOU see a box of weird vintage-y record coasters. And of course, you would be correct, as they are exactly as the box states.
Now guess what I saw?
I saw a record collection for the American Girl doll who now lives in a very nice room in my basement!
Do you see it now too?!
Okay, well maybe not. I'm sure this is just another one of my weird Judy finds. Truly though, it made me insanely happy to find something that will work so well! I've already shown them to Famke, and she thought they were cool too! So, at her next sleepover we shall pick out a wooden box (i have many, many shapes and sizes of small wooden boxes) and see if we can turn it into a record player. I think we will be able to do that. Famke is very creative that way.
I just hope she lets me play!
Oh, and just out of curiosity I checked Ebay to see if anyone had a set of these for sale. I found one. They were asking $30 MORE than what I paid for the same set. I did think about selling them, but when I saw that Famke saw them the same way I did, I knew that we would keep them for our dolls.
Saturday, April 23, 2016
Where the pile of sand is in the picture above (nothing on blogger is lining up like i want it to) is where the large maple was removed. THGGM called the city to ask who was responsible for fixing it up. They said that they were, but there are 500 people in line before us. Ugh. This does not help the ugly side of the house. No. It does not. And see the blooms on my magnolia tree? There are still a few more left to open up, but certainly not the gorgeous showing we were used to. While driving around today we noticed several other magnolia trees in this same condition. I know it's just a tree.., sigh...
Anyway.., the awning debacle has been solved without my whining or complaining (to thggm) and I didn't even have to paint a clown mural over the fireplace to prove my point! Don't you just love it when things work out?!
Friday, April 22, 2016
One of my favorite things about the warmer spring weather, is that I get to see their cute little legs again.
No more chubby baby legs on these kids.
How did that happen?
Wasn't he just born?
Isn't he the BABY?
He thinks deeply about hockey and baseball.
Those are his favorites.
He wants to be a hockey player who drives a garbage truck.
Hertsje loves her gymnastics class. She wants to be a princess. A princess that does gymnastics. I really like how these pictures came out. They weren't really great pictures, but I used a new setting at Picmonkey.com, called Silverscreen, and then faded them to about 40%. That made all the difference. Of course, my subjects are adorable to me just as they are, but this brought out something, not sure what, that I like.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Of course, being the proud grandmother that I am I must brag about their sweetness of sharing everything with me. Isn't it darling? One hears of so many children these days who do not share, or even take turns. So rest assured, dear reader, that MY grandchildren do it often, and do it well.
Anyway, so while I was sick and recovering I read more Jane Austen. I also watched Sense and Sensibility.
And, I noticed a few things around me that needed to be photographed.
See the three new canisters on the bottom shelf of this cabinet?
Presently I have the sweet scene of the child rocking a baby showing.
But, someday I may want to look at the back of two Dutch men, and all I shall have to do is turn it around to do that.
That is a "win/win" in my book.
I think it works well here.
If you don't, don't tell me, as I like to maintain my illusions.
The flowers were also a Michael's find, but alas, only 30% off. There are times, and causes, for which I will splurge.
In other news, THGGM is painting our awnings. I don't like it. He loves it. I was not consulted about the color. It's a GOOD color, actually my FAVORITE color, but not for awning stripes.
I add this only to show you that my life is not perfect. I have to put up with a stubborn Dutch guy who thinks he can make important decisions about things like the color of the awning stripes on his own.
But mostly, I am upset about our magnolia tree. It only has about a dozen blooms on it this year. I believe this means it is dead, or nearly dead, and this saddens me. Then last night I found a dead little bunny in our backyard.
I love Spring, but like everything else, it has it's downsides.