Thanks for the playroom love, guys! I'm so glad you liked it!
I wanted to say, to those of you who wished you had a playroom, that we don't have a huge house. We really don't. But, like many houses, there is a 'living room' and a 'family room' and we decided to LIVE in the living room, and turn the family room into a playroom. We don't need a formal living room - who does, really? As the kids get older, the playroom will evolve and change, probably eventually sporting a decent TV and game system (so the kids will want to hang out here! :). I think part of the decision to use our rooms that way came from reading The Not So Big House. That book is cool.
(random shot - a bird in the grocery store)
Speaking of books, the books I used for my mobile were definitely specific cut-up books. I keep the books that have good illustrations that my kids rip up (we're now on our third copy of Zen Shorts, I think). That's happening less and less, but Thomas went through a stage where it happened frequently. I also have picked up books at yard sales or thrift stores that I bought to cut up. I've cut up these books for tags, magnets, ornaments, cards, and now the mobile. I LOVE cutting up books.
Also in the book category, I found out that my book club (which, sadly, I haven't been able to attend for a few months) is reading P.S. I Love You this month. So I picked that one up and read it... all on Sunday. It is great - I really enjoyed it! I have a feeling the movie will be so completely different, probably still good, but different. The book is definitely worth a read.
Haven't decided what to read next, except for Click and Clack. That's right, after two long weeks, the insurance company finally decided that our car has major frame damage and will be 'unrepairable'. That stinks. Seriously, it seems unfair that because of a relatively small fender-bender which wasn't our fault, we get a little bit of money - not what our car is worth to us at all - and not enough to get a decent car to replace it with - but such is life. (Think zen, think zen!)
And finally, to end this random post on a happy note, here are some pretty spritz cookies I made yesterday. Flowers and snowflakes to take to a church activity.
I only make them when I can share them, because they are way too yummy!