Friday, August 21, 2009

Life in Little Rhodey

If anyone out there still checks to see if I have updated my blog, I have two things to say. First, thanks! Second, sorry-I've been really busy. This picture is a large part of why I've been busy. I hated the wallpaper in this room and determined that as soon as the ink was dry and the keys to the house were in my hands I'd attack this room with vigor.

And I did. It fought me every step of the way. Sections of wallpaper pulled old paint off the walls. Wallpaper, I've realized, is used to hide a multitude of sins-all of which are a headache for the person foolish enough to pull off the wallpaper.

Twenty plus hours later, I let the girls chose the color of paint and initially regretted it. It was too bright for a subtle person like myself. However, this wasn't my room. It was for the girls and they loved it. After all the bedding and pieces of decor were added I had to admit I liked my girl's bold tastes.

My friend Deborah, who was been such a help to us, invited us to Scarborough Beach our first week. There was a large group of us, mostly kids, and they discovered 5 starfish. The girls had no intention of touching them, but Nate is always a brave boy.

Not a great photo, but home to 5 starfish for the duration of that day. They also found eels...ick.

Kaitlyn, who will never look at the camera if she can help it.

We decided that if we were going to live within five minutes (literally) of a zoo we needed to be members. So far, we have visited three times and learn a little more each time.

Kate and Nate.

Kaitlyn is touching a wildebeest hide and Nate is reaching for an elephant tooth.

Kylie loves the giraffes and has an amazing memory for the facts that she's been picking up on our trips to the zoo.
This is a harbor seal and the really cool thing is that we have them here in Rhode Island. I would love to see one out in the bay.

Our move has been good so far. The kids are getting used to the house and making new friends. We miss all of you back in PA and hope you are well.


  1. I love the pictures!!! I am glad to here that you are getting settled.

  2. I love the bedroom! It looks like a huge project--way to go! That zoo looks awesome too. It looks like a much happier place than Hogle zoo, which always makes me feel sad for the animals. Way to be a great, active mom.

  3. Hey Julie! Wow, the bedroom is so beautiful. YOu are amazing. (this is erin by the, from your writing conference) I am so happy you updated your blog. HOw are you doing? Your family is adorable and so cute.

  4. It's wonderful to see the pictures, and have updates. It looks like you've been incredibly busy, but all that work has paid off. The room looks beautiful. I don't know if I would have done it, removing wallpaper is such a pain. It looks like the kids are having a great time at the beach and the zoo. We miss you, but we're glad to see that you guys are doing so well.

  5. I love the bedroom too! It looks great! And the zoo pictures are so cute!

  6. I love your house pics! What fun projects to keep you busy! After how many years of white walled bedrooms, Kylee and Caitlin are having fun expressing themselves! I would love to see more house pics!