Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The B-L-E-L-E

I have mentioned before how Little Man loves his borrowed guitar. In the last few days, he's taken it to the next level: actually strumming along while he sings. His favorite song so far? "The B-I-B-L-E." (He needs to work on his spelling, though.)

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He knows this song through CC, who learns Bible stories and songs every Wednesday at her school's Chapel program. But when I picked CC up from school this afternoon, she announced that she didn't have Chapel today. 

"Why not?" I asked her. 

"Because Pastor John lost his throat."

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Belated Photo Friday

(I meant to post this as last week's Photo Friday, but I had technical difficulties.)

Sweet Pea woke up from her nap early one day, and with her siblings upstairs fast asleep, she became overly cute and cuddly. I stuck my camera on its tripod just so I could get a nice picture of us together! I love this shot even though I'm blurry and my head and hands are cut off.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Renovation Week 4

After a week where not much happened on our renovation, Week 4 more than made up for it. A ton of changes happened around here!

Most significantly, a wall in CC's room was moved -- without affecting one minute of her life! I'd originally told my contractor that he couldn't start any construction in CC's current room until her new room is complete and she's moved. But the new bathroom couldn't be plumbed because one of her walls was in the way. So he proposed knocking the wall down --  but rebuilding it all in one day so she could still sleep in her room that night.

He came through like a champ. Here's what her room looked like at 2 pm last Wednesday:

Her wall is entirely missing, so you can see through the new bathroom, MJ's new room, and out the side window. At this point in the day, I was highly skeptical, and making plans for CC to sleep elsewhere in the house that night.

But by dinner time, it was done. I had to re-make her bed and dust all the residue, but here it was:

Half her closet is missing, and the new wall isn't sealed or painted. But it's framed, sheet rocked, insulated, and perfectly functional. And best yet, now the plumber can do what he needs to do without any delays.

The plumber did, indeed, do what he had to do. Which is: run plumbing to where the new bathroom will be. And since the new bathroom will be above our garage, we now have scaffolding and a lovely gaping hole in our garage ceiling:

I am thankful that the new bathroom will not be above, say, my dining room. 

From inside the new bathroom space, this is what you see:

The toilet will be on the right, and the new shower is framed on the left (through the shower floor, you can see into our garage below).

So it's my turn to keep my car parked out on the driveway at night. Fortunately, the weather is better than it was when MJ had to park his car outside!

The HVAC team also came and installed all the duct work for the new space. Now the ceilings look like this:

And lastly, the electrician has been working like crazy to wire everything. We have these boxes installed in every room (and closet) now, to house future light switches and outlets:

There are no exterior shots this week, because the exterior of the house hasn't changed. But I'm thrilled to have had such a productive week!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

More Snow

We woke up to about an inch of unexpected snow, with more predicted tonight. Wonder of wonders! The kids lasted about 20 minutes outside, made a few snowballs, briefly attempted a snow angel, and then trooped inside for some hot chocolate.

Finally! A smile from Little Man!

CC teaching the twins how to catch snowflakes on their tongues.

I love this one. He looks like he's about to cream me with the snowball!

Apparently bare tummies are okay while making snow angels. 

Monday, February 23, 2015

Renovation Week 3

It doesn't look much different than last week, does it?

Except ... no dumpster! It disappeared on Thursday. (Literally. I looked out the window and realized it was gone. Clearly picked up by a very stealthy truck.)

But between the Presidents' Day holiday on Monday, and the ice storm that stopped everything in its tracks on Tuesday and Wednesday, not much got done at the house this week.

Basically, the exposed wood was wrapped, and the window wells were sealed and prepped.

I'm okay with it. I know that not every week will be a blockbuster production week. And I can hardly blame the contractor and his crew for the weather! As long as there aren't too many more weeks like this, I'll be satisfied.

Spoiler alert: next week brings some pretty massive interior changes. Stay tuned!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Better Beds

When we took the sides off Little Man and Sweet Pea's cribs last year, we bought them flat sheets and pillows for their "big kid beds." But since it was summer, there was no need for blankets.

Fast forward 6 months, and we are experiencing single digits at times. Clearly they need some warmer covers at night! So MJ and I scrounged around the house and found two old blankets from our Army days. And that's what they've been using ... until now.

Camo can be stylish. But this? No.

I planned on just buying some plain white comforters sized for toddler beds, and calling it a day. But the only plain white ones I could find were ridiculously expensive.

Much better!

What's a crafty mommy to do? Make them, of course. I bought a queen-sized white quilt, cut it into two pieces to fit, trimmed them with some teal fabric remnants I had, and took them to be embroidered (with their real names, of course). I love how they turned out!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Photo Friday

A cute picture of the kids after Ash Wednesday Mass this week:

I braved Mass alone with the kids, and I survived.