Monday, August 22, 2011

New Shelves & Adventures in Toddlerland

There has been a giant clutter on Brandon's desk, and a giant blank space on the wall above Brandon's desk, ever since we moved in.  Then, my computer died, and Brandon's desk suddenly became our desk, and both things started to bother me more than they had before.  This is not to say that my desk (now my full-time craft table) was never cluttered, because is often was.  Is.  But it always reaches a point at which I have to clean it.  Brandon's desk was at that point.  

The answer??  Shelves.  We had a gift card from Home Depot that we hadn't used, and I thought this the perfect opportunity to get it out.  They had just the thing: black shelves with decorative silver brackets, to match his desk.  He hung the shelves Saturday, and today I moved the paper bins and wooden puzzle box up off of the desk, and raided our box of homeless decor items.  Then I cleaned the desk.  I really like the results.  I think the shelves could be a bit lower, but they were such a pain to hang that I'll not be asking him to move them.  

Oh, so much better!

Life with the girls is always interesting.  I was here at the computer, checking my e-mail Saturday morning, while Kaylie played in her exersaucer and Elora went back and forth between watching tv and playing with her sister.  Out of no where, I hear Elora say "Oh, Kaylie, you look so beautiful!"  I look over and see that she'd put her Firehouse hat on Kaylie, and I laughed.  Kylie turned toward me at the sound, and I saw that Elora had put her sunglasses on her as well. 

Oh. My. Word.  I had to take pictures with my phone and the camera, it was so cute.  Then, today, I left Elora at the table in her high chair to eat while I fed Kaylie.  The child loves peanut butter, and often eats it by the spoonful, so I thought nothing of leaving her with a spoonful of peanut butter.  This is what I found when Kaylie was done.

My first impulse  Let's just skip that.  I snapped a few pictures, and got her cleaned up.   I tried wet wipes first, but gave up and just put her in the bath.  I didn't want to reward that behavior, so I didn't let her play.  It was just get in, get clean, and get out.
Ugh.  What in the world possessed her to rub the PB all over like lotion?  Maybe because it is a bit like lotion. Especially Kaylie's Cetaphil... Oh well.  I'm sure I'll be able to laugh about it, later. 
Maybe tomorrow.


  1. organizing is so much fun!
    ha ok the peanut butter thing is so funny... I mean it could have been something grosser right? If you're frustrated you could just repeat to yourself at least it's not poop?

  2. Oh goodness Jess, you're absolutely right!!! Peanut butter is so much better than poop!

  3. I've been looking into shelves just like that for Olivia's stuffed animals. Good to know Home Depot is the place to go. I almost ordered some online, but was hesitant since I couldn't see them in person first!

  4. At least it was all over her and not the entire kitchen? One time when Josh was a toddler, he woke up early, got in the fridge, pulled out a tub of margarine, and had fun painting the kitchen. I asked my mom how she didn't hear anything and she said that a) toddlers are silent when destructive and b) she was exhausted from having 2 young kids.

    She laughs now, but in that "I can't believe that happened" kind of way. I'm not sure if that kitchen ever got completed degreased... lol

  5. Kelly, check Lowe's too, and compare prices. They had a lot of different sizes and colors, so I'm sure you'll be able to find something that works.

    Rachel, you mom was right on both counts!! I never hear Elora doing something like that, even if she's right behind me. It's uncanny.

  6. Nice job with the shelves! I love being organized too, it's just so hard to get there sometimes!

    Elora is so funny. Yes it could have been worse. Mine quietly pulled a peanut butter jar out and spread it all over the kitchen. PB was in glass jars at the time......