The End of March

Ok, photo time.  This is how the last week of March has looked so far.

We had a lunch just the two of us, it felt good, but weird not having the kids with us.

We had a lunch just the two of us, it felt good, but weird not having the kids with us.

Birthday envelope from girls. Isabella's first attempt at a star ended up being a perfect anarchy sign...

Birthday envelope from girls. Isabella’s first attempt at a star ended up being a perfect anarchy sign…

Vita and the birthday girl at Run, Jump and Play in Mason.

Vita and the birthday girl at Run, Jump-N- Play in Mason.

new spring banners in the girls' rooms

new spring banners in the girls’ rooms

Cincinnati Zoo

Cincinnati Zoo

These guys are my favorite.

These guys are my favorite.

This bear cracks me up, he was sitting like this each time we went past him.

This bear cracks me up, he was sitting like this each time we went past him.

Birthday party for Dinah

Birthday party for Dinah

The last game of indoor soccer.  We are now in outdoor.

The last game of indoor soccer. We are now in outdoor.

Blackburn's favorite thing about Spring...mud!

Blackburn’s favorite thing about Spring…mud!

I’m back…

Wow, I didn’t mean to take a hiatus, it just snuck up on me.  Each night I had tons of stuff I wanted to write about, but I just seemed to be pulled in different directions. I also have not checked any of my favorite blogs in days.

Isabella and I worked on a book project into the wee hours of Wednesday night. Wednesday  and Thursday nights now involve outdoor soccer practice.  On Thursday Benjamin had a birthday and I took a day off from work.  After dropping the girls off in the morning and Blackburn off at preschool in the afternoon, we went to lunch and to REI for some birthday shopping.  Friday found Vita at a friend’s birthday party and today was full with the last indoor soccer game of the season and a neighbor’s birthday party at the zoo.  Unfortunately, I have been a bit scattered lately and am now hearing the oven timer beeping because my french fries are done.  I will be back in an hour or two and have tons of pictures from the last couple of days to share.  Until then, here was my {this moment} that I had planned on posting Friday.

Photos from Fasching

We had a blast at Fasching and early estimates have the school raising over $23,000.  Here are some photos:

Spiderman face painting

Spiderman face painting

Flamingo face painting

Flamingo face painting

Games! Ring toss, spinning wheels, mailboxes, bean bag tosses

Games! Ring toss, spinning wheels, mailboxes, bean bag tosses

Crazy hair prizes

Crazy hair prizes

Neighborhood painting

Posing infront of a painting of the neighborhood

We speak German poster

We speak German poster

Crazy tree animal

Crazy tree animal

A quick note:

Tomorrow from 1-6 Fairview German Language School in Clifton will celebrate Fasching.  This event allows a break from the cold of winter and lets you experience a German tradition that also raises money for Fairview School. The school turns into a carnival as children, teachers, and parents play games, get their faces painted, eat awesome food and win prizes. Hope to see some of you there!

Cincinnati Music Hall Field Trip

Today the girls classes took a trip to the Cincinnati Music Hall for a strings concert. This called for a special occasion dress. Here is what they wore:

Vita’s dress, cat shoes and sweater are from H&M and her necklaces are from Justice. (I tried to talk her into just wearing one, but I failed.) Isabella’s dress is from Macy’s and her sweater is from H&M. You can’t tell but she has kitten heels on and that is always her favorite part.

They were shown violins, violas, the bass and cello. They had so much fun and can’t wait to go back. I have been to the music hall a couple of times and it is beautiful inside. I am a sucker for old buildings, if you get a chance to visit take it.

Trash to Treasure

Following up from yesterday’s post, here are two items that I found on the street and left for the trash.

This mailbox was perfect to hide the thermostat which I hated looking at.  Not only is the thermostat ugly but in my mind I see it spinning out of control and money flying out of our drafty, old home.  This mailbox is the perfect size to hide it yet still have access to adjust the temperature.

I was surprised to see this on the street and not broken.  We saw this on a walk home from the park.  This was absolutely filthy and Ben wouldn’t touch it at all.  I carried it about a block home and then cleaned it up.  At one time it was a mirror and it still has some silver flakes.  I love it.  It reminds me of an old mirror you would see in a haunted or abandoned house.  It sits on our nature table.

Two items, I really adore that came from the street.

My love-hate relationship with Ikea

I have a love-hate relationship with Ikea.  I love old things, that’s no secret.  I love finding things at thrift stores and yard sales, fixing them up and repainting.  I love finding things on the street left for the garbage and “saving” them.  Unfortunately, sometimes I can’t wait for what I need to appear free or at a discounted rate.  For example, our dining room table and chairs.  We found our dining room table at a yard sale ten years ago, before we had kids.  It had a bench and four chairs with it and we paid less than $100.00.  It was a couple of blocks from our house and we shoved the chairs and bench in our car and we (we meaning Ben) carried the table on his back to our house.  We have needed a new table for a while.  The chairs had spindles on the backs which most had broken off and when we have family and friends over we quickly run out of seating.  After looking on Craigslist and at other stores I wasn’t having much luck.  I can’t believe how expensive chairs are!  So on Saturday after an early morning soccer game we headed to Ikea. We settled on a table that can be extended and got four chairs and two benches.  So far, I love it and I can’t wait to have a big dinner party for family and neighbors.

I'm not sure what I am doing in this picture.

I’m not sure what I am doing in this picture.

While there we also picked up two chairs for the living room, another place where seating has been limited.

Tomorrow I will share something old or thrifted that we rescued/dug from the trash.  Some of the best things are just thrown away.  

{this moment}

{this moment}

A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.- via soulemama

This picture requires some words: Vita melt down because she doesn't have on enough green and she doesn't like what we pack for lunches at school...

This picture requires some words: Vita melt down because she doesn’t have on enough green and she doesn’t like what we pack for lunches at school…

Randomness

Vita and I created her leprechaun trap for school.  She just has to insert the stick which will snap the lid closed when triggered by the tricky leprechaun.  I like the gold, glitter paper inside the box.  We got the stickers and papers at Michael’s.  I could spend hours and tons of money in that store. So many good things!

I made a cake.  It was just a gluten-free,Betty Crocker, box mix, chocolate cake.  It turned out really moist but still held together pretty well.  It wasn’t until I had it baking in the oven before I realized there was not enough powdered sugar left to make icing.  I sprinkled a light dusting over the top instead.  When I gave each of the kids a slice Vita suggested I hand her the cinnamon.  The three of them added cinnamon to the top of their cake and declared it delicious.

This is my piece which is not dusted with cinnamon...

This is my piece which is not dusted with cinnamon…

I was able to pick the kids up from school today and got to see Blackburn and his friends play.  They play monsters and chase each other around.  This is him and one of his friends:

Our backyard looks rough this time of year.  Our first order of business is finishing the tree house, which you can’t see from this angle.  We are leaving the bricks and going to do raised beds.  I also want to try some blueberry and blackberry bushes along the privacy fence.

My last haircut picture, I promise.  I was just proud I was able to get my bangs to not flip out after washing my hair…