I have been spending my computer time working on our 2012 blog book and it is FINISHED!!! I can't wait to order it. I am now on the lookout for a good coupon because a 220 page 12x12 book is not cheap :)
Early in January, Essie and I painted the kitchen together. The paint in the kitchen was really not bad. It was white and a dark blue. I liked it fine, but the paint in the rest of the house is all warm and soft and the cool white and blue just seemed out of place. The dark blue was also above the cabinets where there are those big boxes holding the florescent lights (which I am not in love with). Having that dark blue hanging over my head while I was cooking made me feel a little bit claustrophobic, so we painted it a neutral tan that goes with the rest of the house. Eventually (sometime in the next 30 years) we plan on redoing the kitchen completely, but in the meantime this paint helps.
Essie LOVES to help. She is happiest when she is able to do something that is truly helpful. She often asks what she can do to help. She is on to me in seconds if I give her a job just to keep her busy while I do the "real" job. Her age is what holds her back from most things she would like to help with, but she is quickly mastering more and more things. I am one lucky mother to have her as my daughter!