Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The perfect table

Does the perfect table exist? I've been thinking about getting a new kitchen table. Our $99 table and chairs have done us well for the past 5 years, but it may be time in the next year to upgrade.

There are SO many things to think about though when purchasing a table:

1) Pub/counter height OR normal - I'm going with normal for kid friendly use
2) Circle or Square - circle fits our space well, but I may want to change to square
3) How many people should it fit? - It NEEDS to be able to fit 5 or 6 and with a leaf hopefully 8. I'm soooo tired of barely fitting 4, I can't ever have people over.
4) Color: Black, dark, medium, light, or white. I'm very confused on this one...I already have dark wood in the main room, but I don't want to overdue it.
5) Benches and/OR chairs - I don't know, maybe benches are nice kids?
6) Cushioned chairs or straight up wood- I'm leaning towards NO cushion because it'll get thrashed.
7) Distressed or smooth - I really like distressed, but I need to make sure food won't get stuck in the cracks...right?

What kind of table to you have? Do you like it? What's going to work and grow with my growing family, but STILL look awesome?

This is the table I like, but it doesn't fit the space and is probably a little too dark. I like the wood planks, bench, and simple lines. There isn't anything like this in a smaller size though (LESS than 60 in)

Mike likes something more along the lines of the first picture and this one because of the medium color, but I'm not sure if it's stylish...is it?

Friday, April 23, 2010

Not Cool

Colton woke up at 5:40 am this morning. Not cool. Especially now that he only takes one nap a day. And...he hasn't woken up later than 6:30 am all week. Mom simply cannot handle a fussy baby from 5:40 am until naptime at 12:30 pm...ONLY for him to take just a 2 hour nap.

Mommy is tired. It doesn't help that daddy has been gone a ton this week and will be gone all weekend at youth conference.

Please Colton, for once in your life sleep past 6:30. Ugh.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Camping 101

We successfully went on our first ever campout with Colton this weekend! Here's how we did at Warm Springs, by Camping 101 standards:

Eat yummy food- A+
Can't go wrong with hot dogs, smores, and a pancake and egg breakfast. In true Colton fashion, he downed every part of every meal.
Set up tent- A
We borrowed an awesome 6 man tent and set up Colton's pack n play on one side and a queen-sized air mattress on the other. Luxury? Well, almost...read on to the next section.
Stay warm- Mike D, the rest of us B
Mike quoted hours before the trip, "it'll be 60 at night, that's warm. I don't need my sweats. You don't need to layer Colton's clothing, he'll be fine." Fast forward to 3 am..."I am soooo cold. I'm wearing jeans, I didn't bring my sweats. Did you pack them?" All I know is that I could see my breath in the morning and the numerous crying children "I'm cold" from nearby friends' tents would indicate that it was INDEED cold.
Stay hydrated- A-
Spend quality time with dad (and friends)- A+
Colton was in heaven, he just crawled and crawled around everywhere constantly smiling. What beats being outside, with dad, and with balls to throw? In Colton's world, nothing.
Go swimming- A++++
We walked along a warm springs stream. The water was warm, it was 85, and Colton looooovvved throwing rocks and making splashes. I've never seen the kid laugh so hard. We also swam in the pools which were awesome.
Play with balls- A
That's pretty much Colton's life right now. Throwing balls, retrieving balls, pointing out objects that look like balls. Life is good.

Look cool- A++

Pants tucked INSIDE socks. Yes.
Overall, I would have to say I give the first campout an A! I think Colton would agree.