Monday, November 15, 2010

The Hyde's Camp!

Nonie, Opie, Rob, Wyatt and I went camping recently and I'm just getting around to blogging it. We had so. much. fun. Our destination was Krause (pronounced kr-ow-see) Springs, a privately owned RV and tent campground with an incredible natural spring-fed waterfall covered in ferns. You'll see that in a minute... This is a mostly picture post so here goes:

On our way to meet the grandparents in Spicewood, TX!

After a bit of trouble leveling the trailer out, we set up camp and concentrated on relaxing.

I was very excited about cooking in a real cast iron dutch oven with coals! We made 'Fancy Chicken' which turned out ok, eggs, biscuits (on an inverted pie plate inside the oven), fajitas and more.

Dad and Rob hardly ever see each other without playing a good game of Scrabble. It is hilarious to sit next to them while they play. They're always 'debating' whether a word is legitimate. Rob tends to try Dutch words out and Dad tries to pass off words as Spanish.

Krause Springs was indeed gorgeous with giant mesquite (?) trees and lush vegetation.

Their famous waterfall! Actually more beautiful in person. There is a grotto underneath that Rob (very quickly) swam into. It was chilly people!

The property sits on this beautiful river and we hiked down for a swim. Wyatt is sitting in his fabulous new hiking backpack that I found on Craigslist. It's a Kelty K.I.D.S. convertible backpack that goes from backpack to stroller. I know it sounds cheesy and flimsy but all the reviews I read were 5 stars and I agree! It has lots of support straps (Wyatt weighed 20 lbs at 7 months...) and sits upright on the ground making a perfect height highchair! The stroller function is great for malls, museums, etc. but I wouldn't recommend it for hiking trails. You'd use it as a backpack anyway in that case.

I love how you can see where floods have forced the trees to bend downstream. It's so dramatic.

We moved campsites from Krause Springs to the Pedernales State Park after some of the state-run campsites cleared out. We picked a weekend that was a school holiday and so the parks were packed! Here's Rob and Mom by the gorgeous falls.

He loves his Opie Greg!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Refinished Dining Table

I've wanted to paint our wood stained dining room table black since the second we bought it. Finally, six months later, the transformation is complete! I would like to add that in my pre-baby furniture refinishing days I could knock out a project in a few days. Ah well. I love my little helper and wouldn't trade him for anything.

Fun pub-height, not terrible but kinda blah.

- don't ya love our painting bay? I thought it was brilliant-


Here's how I did it. When I was planning the process, I was wishing for a paint sprayer and compressor. Those sprayers give you a finished, professional look that I dearly desired as opposed to the brush stroke look. I figured they were pretty expensive (over $50) so I went about planning with brushes in mind. Then I went out to the shed for something and lo and behold the angels were singing and a light was shining down upon... a paint sprayer and pancake compressor!! I hadn't realized/blocked from my memory that Rob had borrowed those items from my Dad to paint his pick-up. YIPEE

I used a DeWalt palm sander (my first power tool purchase-I'm in love), black Wal-Mart paint, a semi-gloss polyurethane lacquer and a mother. Mom helped SO much in this project! Thanks Ma! Sanded the gloss of the wood stain, spray painted twice, brushed on polyurethane twice and presto -chango.

Just because it's hard to post anything without a picture of my little butterbean... He got his first owie that needed a band-aid today. :( I didn't realize his toe was bleeding until he'd thwacked it against the carpet about 76 times. Best way to remove (fresh) blood from carpet? Just pour cold water over the stain and soak up with a rag. Really. I didn't believe the Yahoo Answers post either.

See the band-aid? And that sweet little tear?

Youch momma!