Monday, December 31, 2012

2012: Year in Review

2012 was a fun year at our house.
Here's a recap of my year:

Sophie lost her first TOOTH.

We LANDSCAPED (half of) our back yard.

Mary preferred to stay TINY for a bit.

We enjoyed the spring WEATHER.

A summer of SWIMMING began.

Mary learned her siblings can be kind of CRAZY.

We got to have a STAYCATION as a family.

Sophie started KINDERGARTEN.

We continued our wonderfully WET season.

Mary turned ONE with a little party.

We started the month at DISNEYLAND.

We had a good CHRISTMAS

And here's to 2013!
How was your year?

(visit my 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 & 2011 if you wish)

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Making a Dollhouse

Even though Santa brought Sophie and Mary the dollhouse, I thought I would let you know how his elves made it.


First, find a bookshelf at a yard sale for $2. You might not know what you're going to do with it, but buy it anyway since it has a nice shape and it's made of solid wood.


Second, realize one day that it is a good size for a dollhouse, and when flipped over, it would turn the awkward top drawers into convenient doll storage.

Third, find and purchase a dollhouse full of furniture on craigslist. Keep all the furniture and sell the empty dollhouse at your neighbor's garage sale the next weekend for the same price you bought it for.

Fourth, sand every last inch of that thing and fill in any cracks and holes with wood putty, and then give it a coat of primer.

Fifth, let it sit untouched for a month as other events of November and December fill your time.

Sixth, use your mad geometry skills to cut roof pieces out of MDF boards with a 45° angle seam along the top.

Seventh, (NOTE: this step is optional) as you build and assemble the triangle pieces that fit under the roof, forever trap and seal in a screw driver into the "attic" space.

Eighth, add 2 coats of white paint. Also, spray paint the drawer knobs and interiors with another color of your choice.

Ninth, use Mod Podge for the first time to "wallpaper" the back walls with scrapbook paper. At this point, you'll wish you had looked up hints on YouTube before trying it, but you'll still be happy with the results. When one room doesn't work out, paint it instead with the same colors as your own master bedroom.

Tenth, using samples from local hardware stores, glue down carpet, wood, and tile floors. If you're feeling especially lucky, cut those samples into rectangular tiles and subway tile the kitchen floor.


Eleventh, cut roof shingles into smaller shingles and staple them to the roof. Also, add castors to the bottom.

Twelfth, add furniture, people, and your own personal touches such as miniature versions of family pictures or art you have around your house.


Now stand back and admire your work!

 BEFORE                                             AFTER

So there you go! That's how they did it. How they got it down the chimney is their business.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Christmas 2012

 Here is what we woke up to Christmas morning

Santa gifts:

A dollhouse for Sophie (& Mary)

A bouncy horse (donkey? llama?) for Mary


And a Captain America costume,
shield, and action figure for Sam

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!

From our home to yours,
Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 21, 2012

How a Baby Wakes on a Roadtrip

 I took these on our trip back from California last month. This is how a baby wakes from a road trip nap, if you were wondering.