Monday, April 26, 2010

My Little Creator

Do you ever wonder what your kids will grow up to be? It's fun to see their interests and talents emerge, especially at such a young age. Big Man is very much into creating things. He's always creating some sort of art project. It's usually all on his own too. I've always said that using his imagination and creativity results in a HUGE mess for me, but look at the results.

In case you couldn't tell, the first one is an airplane, then R2D2, and C-3PO. We definitely go through a lot of paper, kleenex, and art supplies. All of these creations are 'pillows' as he calls them. They're stuffed with kleenex.

Little Man on the other hand is our athlete. He loves sports of all kinds and he's good at them too. It comes more naturally to him. He's in T-ball this year and loving it. If I remember to take my camera to any games, I'll get some pics. It will be interesting to see what Little Princess likes as she gets older.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

60th Birthday Party

Today my dad turned 60. If you know him at all, he hates big parties and being the center of attention. SO, we threw him a surprise party. We invited a ton of friends and family and pretty much everyone showed up. We probably had 50 people come. Everyone arrived 30 minutes before he did. We were all outside waiting when he pulled up.
As soon as he turned in the circle he saw us all out there. I guess it was the big birthday sign that gave it away. He stopped the car and put it into reverse. What a joker. Once he parked the car he wouldn't get out for a while. I think he was a bit overwhelmed :)

Everyone brought something to share for a pot luck style dinner. It was really yummy. Big man thought the cake was hilarious.

We had a great time. I know he hates all the fuss, but it's not every day you turn 60. I think it was great all the love and support that was shown by all his family and friends. He truly is a great dad, husband, grandpa, brother, son, and friend. We love you.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Piano is done...

So if you know me at all, you know that I want things done Now or yesterday even :) I hate waiting. So for me this project seemed to take a year, even though it was only about a month.

I bought this piano off of It was in a little bit worse shape than i had anticipated. I sanded and painted the wood, and redid all the keys. It may not sound like much, bit it was a lot of work. Here's what it looked like before.

Most of the keys were all chipped off and looked pretty bad. Replacing them was a must.
So after many hours of sanding, painting, reassembling, and patiently waiting for it to be moved, it's finally in my family room. I even got out my old piano books for the finishing touch.
I bought the new key tops off Ebay. They were only $30. I was pretty pleased with how they turned out.

The final task will be to get it tuned. I'm excited to have it done. Big man said he wants to take lessons. I think I'll go over some of the basics with him. In all of my spare time of course :)

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Easter Fun

This year was our first time going to the Riverton City Easter Egg Hunt. The kids had a good time. It was pretty cold, but could've been much worse. We got lots of candy and prizes. It was fun.

The kids had fun posing with the Easter Bunny. Little Princess wasn't even bothered at all. I don't know if you can tell, but her hair is in ponytails. It was really cute.
Finally, the kids decorated Easter eggs. Fun times for all. In between all the festivities, we watched conference too. It was a fun day.
My latest project is refinishing a piano I got off of We had a piano years ago, but we sold it when we were going to be moving in with my parents. We didn't want to store it. After 5 years, I decided I wanted another one. Big man keeps saying he wants to take lessons. I think I"ll teach him until he gets a little older and then find someone for lessons. I got this piano for $100. I thought it was a pretty good deal. It needed a little TLC. I sanded it down and painted it. Soon it will be put back together. Here are a couple of before pictures. I will post some after ones when it's all done.