Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy 4th!

We have three kids who are very happy to be celebrating the 4th of July, especially since Grandma and Grandpa are visiting!


More pictures coming soon of our adventures. Happy Independence Day to everyone!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Photo Friday

The photo this week is in honor of Grandpa, whose birthday is today:


Happy Birthday! We love you, and we're so glad to celebrate with you!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Sweet Dreams

 Here's how Sweet Pea fell asleep the other night, after a long day of mischief:


Little Man and Sweet Pea have been little hellions during naptime lately. They drag all their clothes out of their drawers. They rip up every book they can get ahold of. They rifle through the trash. They throw blocks and trains at each other. They use their beds as trampolines, practice their WWF moves on each other, and once Sweet Pea even stripped naked and Little Man bit her in the butt.

I'm at my wits' end with these two. We have new rules: the blocks and trains can't stay in their room anymore. The trash can goes up high. Only board books are allowed in their room. 

I separate them and put one in the portable crib in the (empty) guest room. But Sweet Pea can climb out in about 2.5 seconds flat, and Little Man pitches such a fit that he throws his pillow and Bumby the Bear out of the crib, pulls down his underwear, and pees on the mattress.

Today I put Little Man in the portable crib, hoping he'd eventually calm down enough to sleep. But a minute later I heard a THUMP. I peeked in, and he was not only out of the crib, but he was attacking it. I actually saw him biting it.

I was at a loss. I have no options left if they can both climb out of the portable crib! I asked Little Man if he'd rather sleep on the floor. He said yes, and two minutes later, I saw this:


Well. Maybe I've solved the problem after all?

Monday, June 29, 2015

Renovation Week 21

This week the exterior painting was finished:


And the lights were installed in the hall bathroom:


I've started moving heaps of storage bins and boxes into the new closets. It'll be so nice to get our bedroom back again! We've been living with stuff piled up to the ceiling these last few months. I still have a ways to go, but there is definite improvement already.

At this point, we're basically done with the work. There are a few small cosmetic things left, like putting up the mirror in the bathroom and touching up the interior paint here and there, but the renovation is effectively complete.

This week, the empty guest room (CC's old room) will become a working guest room. A bed, curtains, and mattresses are arriving, and MJ's parents will stay there this weekend when they come visit for the 4th of July!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Monday, June 22, 2015

Renovation Week 20

Another productive week!

Outside, the gutters were installed, and the white trim was (partially) painted. I love how crisp it looks against the gray! The recent extreme heat has prevented them from finishing it, but it should be done this week.


Inside, the hallway ceiling was re-configured so that there's only one HVAC air intake vent (a much cleaner look that I'm happy about):


MJ's TV was wall-mounted and is functional again (MJ is pretty happy about that):


The new double vanity was installed in the hall bathroom. It will be SO much easier to get all the kids ready for bed with two sinks! The walls are painted a fun turquoise color. The plumbing is connected; the toilet is in place and working; the sink and tub faucets are installed. Now we just need to finish the cosmetic touches, like the mirror, the accessories, a few touch-ups, etc.


I've ordered wall art to decorate the bathroom, and I'm excited about the theme: bubbles!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Father's Day

Happy Father's Day to my one and only, the one who has given me the three best gifts I could imagine:


I hope you had a nice day, MJ! We love you so much!

Happy Father's Day also to my own dad, and to my father in law. We are so blessed!