Sunday, May 10, 2009

Mother's Day Treasure

I had a wonderful Mother's Day this year, despite the rainy and chilly weather. It started off perfectly when everyone let me sleep in and the rest of the day was just as good. I asked for a new Pandora glass bead to add to my charm bracelet and got what I wished for! Besides that I got to spend all day with my family. Arielle has been going through a big "NO" phase in the past couple of months which has been trying and I have been trying not to lose my patience too often. I decided that instead of getting mad and yelling or telling her not to say no to me, I would just take one of her toys away when it happened. So I created a "Reward Chart" that she could earn stickers when she did one of three things (help, make a good choice or listen) and when she gets five in a row she can earn back a toy. It has been working well but she is still testing me more often than not. Today was no exception but she made up for it at bed time because she didn't even ask me to lay down with her for a little while or cling to me as I tried to leave the room (a habit that I am trying to break quickly).

This weekend I took Arielle to some garage sales, which has become one of her new favorite pasttimes! I didn't find anything good to buy but I did find this large wicker chest sitting on somebody's driveway for FREE! While it is not in perfect condition, it functions well and still looks great. I am thinking about spray painting it for the new baby's room. White if it is a girl, dark brown if it is a boy. We find out in three weeks (if we can help it) so stay tuned for the transformation. I will have to install child-proof hinges somehow and I am wondering though if I should remove the feet or keep them. What do you think?

~Momma to Bug~


Carry Grace said...

I am always amazed at the things that people leave on the street for others to pick up.

This will be a fun transformation. Can't wait to find out what you are having.

joco07 said...

What a great find!

I am so excited to hear what you are having! We'll have to get us girls together to celebrate...maybe some shopping instead of dinner this time! :)

J.J. said...

I came over from Sue's blog btw.

I used to live in Florida and I loved Siesta Key. I saw the cute photo of your daughter on the left sidebar. That reward chart is sucha great idea! They soooo love those stickers...especially the big princess ones.

What color are you thinking of painting that chest? That is so cool that it was FREE!!!!! said...

love it and for free, bring it on

oh paint it white!!!


3 Peas in a Pod said...

Love the wicker chest. Can you take the feet off? I love the feet but if you can take the feet off, it would save from having to clean underneath it. Probably a stupid reason but I'm all about simplicity these days.

The bracelet is beautiful. Glad you had a Happy Mother's Day! I hope you're feeling well.

Much love from NJ,

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

What a great find! And for FREE?? Love it! I think it would be so pretty painted, once you find out the gender of the baby. You know you get so many gifts it will definitely come in handy for storage.

As for wreath ideas you asked me about, I have another one I am posting about maybe that one will work for you? Hopefully I will post it this week!