Friday, September 21, 2012

I like big maps and I cannot lie!

Yeah, um, I heard Sir Mix-a-Lot on the radio this morning, so I couldn't help myself...

When I was walking out of the house today, I happened to catch a glimpse of the date on our alarm keypad and had a moment of wow, is it really September 21st?  How did my favorite month go by so quickly?  It's crazy how the days can just slip by without you even realizing it.  So today, I've been breathing in the (slightly) cooler air, wearing shorts (which I decided to boycott about 2 weeks ago, even though the temp isn't that much cooler - but my theory is, if the high for the day is not 80 or above, it's acceptable to wear jeans) and enjoying my humongous mums that I planted yesterday.  I think it's important, every now and then, to just take a few minutes, an hour, or a whole day, and just be grateful for this one moment in time.  It will never be September 21st, 2012 again, so enjoy it.

I thought I'd share a Craigslist score with you guys today.  Be forewarned: you will be jealous.

This is how the desk area in our office looked before:


Notice you're not getting a wider shot than this because this room is a disaster area right now.  I got all my fall decor out a couple weeks ago and all our regular decor ended up in here for the time being.  But honestly, it may stay here until after Christmas because where do you put those things?!

And here's how it looks now!


Yep, I got a huge map that was previously used in an elementary school.  It was $40 and it looks brand new.  It's so big (6 feet wide by 4-5 feet tall) that this was really the only spot in our entire house to put it.  We had to hang it very close to the ceiling so it wouldn't drape behind the desk, which was a pain in the rear, and the reason it took about a month to get hung up.  But I love it and it was worth all of Steven's sweat screwing the hooks into the wall.  :)

I think geography is important.  I was always pretty good at it and know, in general, where most countries are located (or at the very least, I can tell you the continent), and I'm pretty sure I could write the location of all the states if given a blank map of the US.  Oh, and I can name them all in alphabetical order.

Lest you think I'm a geography genius, this song helped a lot:


I came across it last year when I was surfing YouTube on my phone for kids' songs to dance to with the little girl I nannied at the time.  We spent the next couple of weeks memorizing it, and I'm proud to say, that at 4 years old, she knew all the states!  But the song was stuck in my head constantly, and now that I'm talking about it, will be stuck in my head the rest of the day.  It's so catchy and I love it.  Share it with your kids - they'll love it too.

Anywho, here are a couple of other shots of the only clean spot in this whole crazy room.


After living with the world map for a week, I decided that it made more sense to have the US map showing (plus it's way more colorful).


I'm not gonna lie, this will probably hang behind our future kid's crib so they can get started learning the states as soon as they're born.  Especially the one in purple.


Oh, and I had to add some lanterns.  Because I had nowhere else to put them.  See above comment about this room being a landing zone for all the decor in our whole house right now.  May as well put it to use!


So what have you guys been up to lately?  Can you name all the states?  Come on, you know you're going to learn the 50 Nifty United States now.  Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas...

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