Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Easter Egg Hunt

Last weekend our neighborhood hosted its annual Easter Egg Hunt. Full of anticipation, I took the kids' Easter baskets out of storage and counted down the days.

The girls had a blast. Sweet Pea, especially, was off like a shot and hunting eggs like a pro.

CC hunted more carefully, and discovered several large stashes of eggs that filled her basket quickly.

Little Man, for reasons unknown, wanted nothing to do with it. He screamed the whole walk there. I was sure that once he saw all his neighborhood friends, and all the eggs scattered across the lawns, that he would come around. 


Notice Sweet Pea sprinting by in the background!

He spent the whole time crying in my arms, saying, "I want to go back inside," over and over again. What kid doesn't like an Easter egg hunt, for goodness' sake?! Little Man, I don't know what I'm going to do with you.

Guess which basket was Little Man's?

He grudgingly accepted some candy afterwards, but still wore a scowl.

Fortunately he didn't affect the girls' enjoyment of the hunt, and they headed home in high spirits.

We have another egg hunt next weekend. Hopefully Little Man will be in a better mood!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Renovation Week 8

What a great week! So much happened, I didn't even get a chance to take pictures of it all.

First, the framing inspection happened Tuesday, so insulation went in on Wednesday, and our insulation inspection (our final inspection!) happened Thursday. Now there are no more inspections, so we control our own timeline. 

The house with the final dormer window installed:

The drywall went in on Friday, which is the most dramatically obvious change. Real rooms! Real walls! Now I have a feel what the space will look like, and can start measuring for shelving and furniture.

MJ's room, inside the dormer:

CC's new room, with the double closets: 

The end of our new hallway, where I'll have a large linen/tool closet:

Lastly, the side window, which used to be a double, is now a single. The window well has been adjusted and sealed, and the new window put in place. Windows = done.

Next week the drywall will be prepped for paint, which will take at least a week. Our contractor tells me we're realistically three weeks away from MJ and CC's rooms being completed.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Butterfly Release

It took about 10 days for our "Painted Lady" butterflies to emerge from their chrysalises. We ended up with five butterflies, and decided to release them this afternoon.

CC gave the instructions, since she'd just seen her teachers release butterflies at school.

"You have to get them on your finger, Daddy."

She was nervous at first, but with a little encouragement she finally agreed to let one sit on her sleeve.

Sweet Pea took a look, but didn't want one to touch her.

Little Man couldn't have cared less -- he just wanted to play on the swing set!

We placed them carefully on tree branches, where they stayed for a few minutes, moving their wings slowly. Then they were off, and fluttering all over the yard! It'll be interesting to see if they stick around this summer.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Photo Friday

Puzzlin' with Daddy!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Sun and Sand

Now that the weather's starting to warm up, we've opened the sandbox for the year. Little Man and CC are thrilled, and beg to play in it every afternoon. 

Sweet Pea, not surprisingly, isn't too excited. Occasionally she'll crouch on the outside of the sandbox and scoop a little, but she's not interested in actually getting in and playing.

The downside of playing in the sand: picking out all the grains from in between your toes.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Mini Builder

Here's Sweet Pea, hard at work creating an elaborate Magna-Tiles vehicle:

She's turning into quite the builder. She loves doing puzzles, too, and is getting pretty good at them. An engineer in the making, maybe?

Monday, March 23, 2015

Renovation Week 7

Praise the Lord -- our windows have arrived!

They were delivered Friday afternoon, and our contractor installed them immediately. (All except one in front -- he left it out so there would be room to bring in the sheets of drywall tomorrow. But once the drywall is in, it'll be popped into place and we'll be sealed up tight.)

It's full speed ahead now, with insulation and drywall going up soon. The dry spell is over!