Thursday, May 12, 2011


1.  The Southern California Mission Project is DONE.  Blake helped with the construction and I helped with paint and accessories.  Sweet baby Jesus in heaven, this was a beating.  We chose a "kit" from Michael's that suggested the project take 1-2 hours. 

You know what, Michael's?  Beloved former employer of mine? 

You've never been more wrong.

It took days.  Sweat.  Tears.  Blood.  Patience.  Persistence.  Alcohol.

But, it's done, damn it!

I actually emailed the teacher and asked if anyone had ever quit the 4th grade or fled the country during this project.  I haven't heard back, but I'll let you know.

When finished, Carter said, "Hey.  This was kind of fun!  Maybe we could just buy one later on and put it together on our own."


No way in hell.

Our proud boy. 

2.  Consequently, my 6 loads of laundry still look like this. 

Need to get busy. 

3.  I'm stealing this from Jodee's blog.  If yall don't know her, she is fully semi-addicted to cute print outs and adorable labels.  She gives May Day gifts.  And, every occasion deserves a sticker or cupcake topper or label in her house. 


So, I'm going to print these out and frame them for teacher gifts.  I think they look like something they'd keep in their classroom for years.  Free, printable, subway art (try and keep up, Julie S) can be found here.  Frame and give!

4.  How often do you weigh the following scenario during the day? 

I wonder if letting her play in the bathroom (or insert any other room here) unattended is worth the clean up time I'll have to spend repairing what she is destroying.  Is it worth the peace and quiet?

I think I consider that all too often.

5.  I just stated Matt Logelin's book.  Do yall read his blog

I started reading a couple of years ago.  Quite a story.  I finished my other book at midnight and read 1/4 of this last night.  Couldn't put it down.

In 2008, his darling wife went into labor, delivered their daughter and passed away. A recap, if you're not familiar.  His writing is frank and thoughtful.  Despite the sadness, I'm enjoying it.

That's about it from the Starnes camp today.  Later!


donatelli98 said...

I have read his blog before and noticed you were reading his book. Not sure if I could handle it so haven't picked it up. I need to go get some books ... nice job on the Mission project -celebratory drinks tonight??

Monica said...

Your Mission Project cracks me up.

Moni said...

Good job on the mission project. I had to laugh at your email to the teacher....we recently assigned a math board game project to our kiddos. It was met with disgust....from the parents.

I can't read that book right now in my condition. Maybe once the baby is born, and we are safely home....18 years from now.

Impulsive Addict said...

Good job on the project! It looks amazing!

Ok, so I've heard of that guy before (maybe through you) but I'm not a regular reader of his blog. That's really cool that he published a book but you know it's gonna be super sad. I can't do sad books. It makes me cry and shit. I don't do crying.

Allyson and Dave said...

That was quiet the craft project!! But it looks great!

Shannon said...

Please read "A Father’s Love: One Man’s Unrelenting Battle to Bring His Abducted Son Home" and report back how you liked it. K, thx.

Jodee said...

Oh my word! That looks like the project from hell! We had a similar swing set construction project here. Menard's said it took 6 hours to put together and it took Cory 12 hours with three people helping while consuming alot of beer!

Love, love, love the teacher subway art! Kamree's teacher really liked it and Carson's teacher will be getting one too!

I adore Matt Logelin and have been reading his blog for years. I really enjoyed his book too. It's such a sad story.

Hope you have a great weekend!

lauren said...

I love love love Subway Art. It is all over my house. Glad to know that you share my addiction.

FROGGITY! said...

look at that massive project! he does look proud!

hmmm, now that my children allow me time to read, i may need to pick that book up! :)

happy saturday and have a great weekend.

Kristen said...

I would like to kidnap Carter and make him my kid. Cuz he's awesome. And I guess since I have admitted I will be kidnapping him, it's not really kidnapping anymore is it? Hmmm. I will have to look into the legality of my admitted future kid snacting.

Also- to make up for the fact I am taking your kid, I will come do your laundry. I legit love doing laundry.

Kim said...

Way to go Carter! I also so glad that I am not the only one whose laundry sits like that!