Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Changes

I decided some big changes were needed around here, which is one of the reasons I've been absent from blogging lately. I tried a million different ways to do these projects by myself but it turns out a 5 year old would rather paint than watch all the cartoons and eat all the candy she wants. :)

Hope and I painted the porch (part of it anyway)....

The picnic table and benches.....(we agreed that she would paint the bottoms and the backs, and I'd paint the tops and the fronts)....worked out pretty well.

Truth be told it wasn't as bad as I feared it might be. Next time I'll take Mandy's advice and give Hope a bucket of water and a paint brush and tell her to go paint a pretty clear coat on the fence.

I do not regret my decision to let her help. Although there was quite a clean up afterwards, including black dog prints all up and down the sidewalk, I have to say it was awfully sweet to hear her say over and over again, "Mommy, aren't you glad you have a helper?"

And while we were changing things up a bit........I'm a brunette!!

A funny but sad story from last week. One of the kids came in one evening calling us to come see the opossum playing dead in the front yard. We all went out and marveled over the way he could be laying perfectly still, yet breathing, and apparently aware that he was in danger and able to protect himself by pretending to be dead. Fascinating. It seemed like a picturesque moment. So, well, I took a picture. We went out about an hour later expecting him to have gotten up and walked away. Well he hadn't. He wasn't playing dead after all. He was actually dead. How sad. :( I think the Nelly the dog was playing a little too rough with him. Which I suppose is the reason we vaccinate our pets against rabies.

10 comments:

JUST A MOM said...

LOVE the HAIR! A few shades darker and we will be twins :)

Oma Roberta said...

Dad put your picture in a large font and asked me if I recognized who this was. I said, No who is it? I didnt even recognize my own daughter!! You look absolutely beautiful, not that you didnt before. Maybe I will try it now! Black or red? Love you, Mom

Bethany said...

Holy smokes, you are a brunette with bangs! You are beautiful Charissa!

June Berger said...

Had to laugh about the opossum, sorry...buy it struck me as funny. I know, sick sense of humor.

I love your hair! What is your "natural" color? I thought blonde was, since you have a bunch of blondies, but you look very natural as a brunette too!

Anonymous said...

That color brings so much warmth to your face! And I love the bangs!

Stacy

thedickinsonfamily said...

You are adorable!

Christine said...

I’m holding a $1 challenge over at www.findingkirilsfamily.blogspot.com, on the countdown to Christmas. Kiril is a little boy with significant special needs who has been waiting on Reece’s Rainbow for a long time, and has been bedridden in an institution for over 6 months now. My goal is to get as many people as possible to come and donate just ONE dollar to Kiril’s RR grant, and then pass this message on to just ONE other person of their choice.

Apart from people I know well, I’m contacting 50 people whose circumstances I’m not as familiar with - so if you’re in the middle of an adoption etc, I obviously don’t expect you to donate. But *please* pass along this message, whether you can give yourself or not.

Thank you and Merry Christmas!

kirsten said...

you look adorable- love the hair! you've inspired me....should i go red??

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jennifer... said...

I LOVE IT!!! I want to go black but Greg won't let me. He felt bad that he wasn't making me feel "pretty enough". I laughed and explained that sometimes a girl just gets bored...