Archive for March, 2008

In a fix

March 31, 2008

I promise that I didn’t make her wait long like this while I took a picture…just minutes before, I had taken a picture of her sitting in the drawer, so my camera was right there, all ready to go.  I’m not quite sure how she got herself into such a precarious position, but she certainly wasn’t happy about it!


Weekend Warriors

March 31, 2008

It’s amazing to me how much more we can get done with Joseph not working Fridays!  Projects on the old house seemed to take FOREVER, and then I remember that we were juggling work and school back then.  The bathroom last year seemed to take FOREVER, but that might have been due to Joseph’s reluctance to give into my vision for what I wanted it to be.  The projects this time seem to be coming along quite quickly, which is good because 100 square foot living is not for me.  We invited ourselves over to the Fausett’s last night just to get out of the house and have some room to move!

 We dropped a lot of money on Friday and didn’t come home with a single thing…..but the French doors and hardwood floors have been ordered and paid for!  The door should be ready on Wednesday and the price on it came in at a little over $400 LESS than what we estimated–YAY!!  So, that’s next weekend’s project.  I CAN NOT WAIT to have those hideous curtains and the awful sliding glass door gone!  We also priced out balusters for the railing and are pretty sure we know what we’ll get for that project. 

Joseph spent most of Saturday tearing out  the north wall and consolidating the switches and outlets.  That was a project that took quite a bit longer than he had hoped and he’ll have to spend what few evenings we have free this week trying to get the sheetrock back up.  He also put in a new doorbell.  I had forgotten that we had taken the old one out and found it odd when I could see my visiting teachers standing on our porch but not ringing the doorbell and taking forever to knock.  And then the mailman didn’t ring the doorbell when he left a package (it was my pictures Tammy, and they look GREAT!!).  And then the infant development nurse did just like my VT did and stood there forever without ringing the bell.  It was then that I finally had a DUH moment and realized that the doorbell didn’t work and I hadn’t put anything outside saying to knock.  OOPS!!

It’s nothing too exciting to look at because it just looks like a mess, but here are a couple of pictures!

Floor demo

Blast from the past….had this beautiful linoleum greeted us when we first looked at this house, we may not have bought it!

Wall demo

This is pretty much where we left off late Saturday night. Hopefully that will all be sheetrocked by the weekend!

We can’t do it without you!

March 29, 2008

Nearly caught up!

March 28, 2008

Owen and Emmy had their last visit with the infant development nurse today!  They still have a couple of areas of caution, but they are making good enough progress that she doesn’t need to come back again.   They’ll see the developmental specialist at the hospital again in about a month, but they’ve already made some good progress on the skills they wanted us to work on, so we’re hopeful that we won’t have to see them again after that. 

 Last weekend at the Easter egg hunt was the first time that Emmy was able to stand on her own for more than a split second.  The dev. specialist wants them to be able to stand unsupported for 3 seconds by the time we go back next month, and Emmy’s easily able to do that now….she may even be able to take a step or two by then.  Owen is just starting to try to let go of things when standing, and I imagine that he’ll have mastered the 3 second goal by our next visit too.  Their other motor skills are just fine, so if we can master this walking thing soon they’ll pretty much be completely caught up!

Words of Wisdom

March 27, 2008

It’s not uncommon at all for Ryan to request popcorn or cookies or ice cream for a meal, particularly breakfast.  He knows he won’t get them, but he asks most mornings anyway.  This morning was a chaotic one at our house….Ryan was whining that he was hungry and needed breakfast, and Owen was WAILING that he was hungry and needed breakfast.  I told Ryan that I needed to get Owen’s breakfast first and then it would be his turn.  I noticed a bag of popcorn on the counter that he had brought home from preschool yesterday and against my better judgement decided to offer it to him while he waited for his turn.  He immediately quit whining and said to me, in a very matter-of-fact tone, “Mom, popcorn is not a breakfast food.  It is a very special treat.”  Ookaay 😆 I guess that not everything I say goes in one ear and out the other. And, true to his word, that kid wouldn’t touch the popcorn until after he’d had a decent breakfast!

Fireplace: Check

March 25, 2008

Our first project to check off the list is done–the new surround is in and it looks great!  We’ve still got to decide what to do with the wood–stain it or paint it.  The original plan had been to go with MDF and paint it to save a bit on the budget, but they had to order that piece in and it would have put us back a couple more weeks.  The oak surround wasn’t much more money-wise, and since it gave us the flexibility of choosing stain or paint we decided to go that route.  We probably won’t make a decision on the finish until we get a little further into other projects, but the bulk of the work is done and it looks soooooo much better than the old surround!



Easter Weekend

March 24, 2008

We had a fun-filled weekend with both mine and Joseph’s families!  We do Easter baskets on Saturday morning, and being the not-so-on-top-of-things mom that I’ve been lately, the only thing I had bought was a PEZ dispenser for Ryan.  We haven’t done any “Easter Bunny” talk with him, so he wasn’t looking forward to anything anyway and just the fact that there were Easter baskets on the couch was enough out of the norm that he was excited.  My mom and MIL more than made up for what Easter didn’t bring to our house this year anyway!

For as long as I can remember, we’ve had an Easter egg hunt on the Saturday before Easter on my aunt and uncle’s farm.  We’ve carried on the tradition with the great-grandkids and they are at such a fun age for it!  The weather was perfect and the kids had a great time. 

Emmy & Auntie Em

Emmy & Owen ready for the hunt!

Emmy was really curious about those eggs in her basket

Ryan finding some eggs

The kiddos with Great Grandpa

We always took a picture like this of all the cousins at the Easter egg hunt. This year, we did it with the great grandkids!

When we got home and put the kids to bed we decided to do some more work on the remodel project.  The marble for the fireplace had to be ordered and should be delivered today, so we’re hoping that we’ll have the surround in place by the end of the week.  With that project nearing completion, we decided to knock out a wall!  We have a long, narrow hallway that is quite dark.  At some point (we don’t think it’s original to the house) part of the hallway wall was opened up to look over the stairs.  It was about the size of a doorway and the railing was pretty ugly (OK, very ugly!).  We decided to knock out the remainder of the wall to help open up the hallway a bit and put in a new railing.  Ryan’s bed sits on the other side of the wall, and that kid slept through all of the hammering and tearing down!  I’m sure that Joseph will give a more detailed description of what is to come in this phase of the project on his blog, but here are a few pictures!  We’ve got a piece of pegboard tacked up to keep the little ones from taking a tumble over onto the stairs, but we’ve had to move the gate to the kitchen door so that they don’t have access to the hallway unless we’re right there with them.  Our living space is getting smaller and smaller and sometimes I wonder what we were thinking doing this project with three young kids!

Starting the demo

Saying goodbye to the old railing

No more wall!

We spent Sunday with the Z’s and I didn’t take a single picture! It’s been a while since Ryan’s seen some of his cousins, so they had a really great time chasing each other around the house. The only disaster of the day was that Ryan cut a hole in his new church shirt…right after I reminded him that we only cut paper (this makes the 3rd shirt-cutting incident with him). We had a yummy easter dinner and the kids had a little egg hunt.

What a couple of cuties!!

March 19, 2008

In spite of (or maybe because of) the fact that they have been pretty much inseperable since their conception, Emmy and Owen don’t interact with one another a whole lot. They have such different personalities and it’s funny to see them discover one another from time to time…like “Oh, this other kid that takes up so much of my mom’s time is really pretty fun to play with”. A couple of days ago they were really hamming it up together. Then, of course, when I grabbed the camera they stopped. Emmy was shaking the rattle and Owen was bobbing his head and laughing so hard! I wasn’t fast enough to catch any of that, but I did get some other cute stuff. Emmy is really into pat-a-cake right now and she just discovered how and when to say “uh oh”. Owen was in rare form–he was HAPPY!! We haven’t seen a lot of that from this kid lately, so it was really nice to see his gap-toothed smiles and hear him laugh! I’m sharing this because the kids are so cute, and you’ll have to overlook hearing my voice….don’t you just hate how your own voice sounds?

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Little Swimmer–Take Two

March 18, 2008

Today, it was Owen’s turn.  And this time, I was sitting right there.  He slid in like a little wet fish faster than I could blink!  He was a still stunned at first…

but then joined right in the bathtub fun!

Memphis, Tennessee

March 17, 2008

Well, I had this super duper cool prize to give to my 11,000th visitor, but unfortunately I have no idea who it was.  Somebody from Memphis, TN who googled “how to make a pillowcase dress” landed here as the 11,000th visitor.

OK, I really didn’t have a prize, but since there was no way to give it to the 11,000th visitor, I figured I might as well make it sound like a big deal.   Maybe my 12,000th visitor will be luckier though…