Thursday, September 24, 2015

And with the first days of June comes the last days of school....

home sick today with a cold.  thought I would spare my coworkers from my drippy nose...

some pics of Nathan and his first grade class....





Donut day at our house...finally out on the patio....


Classic cream cheese cupcakes my mom always made growing up....

First time across the Monkey Bars -- all the way!




Jeffrey doesn't like it....



But the older boys do....






View of the rain from my office...


I try to work on my quilts, and there is always someone trying to roll on it!  cat, person, etc....

Get together at Grandma and Grandpas...


Homemade ice cream!




Tired....


Watching Karen's new kitty...she is nosy....

Friday, September 18, 2015

The boys break up....

After months of slow and steady progress, the carpet was finally put in and the walls were painted.   All that was left was to move Nathan in -- note that the putzy bookshelf and ledges aren't yet done.  These are tedious things, that take time measuring, staining, varnishing, and sanding, which is hard to do on weekends when the kids are in the room.  But we are getting closer and closer....

So this picture is from May, prior to the big move....

Nathan chose the color...

We used Home Depot for the carpet.  I DO NOT recommend it.  EVER.  The subcontractors were wonderful that actually installed the carpet.  The subsidiary or affiliate of Home Depot, that does the carpet scheduling and sets up the subs, is a piece of crap.  The only good news is that due to all the problems, we paid hardly anything for this carpet...

We moved the bed out of Evan's room, and he slept on the bean bad mattress (it becomes a bed, super comfy) for a few days.  It was also nice to do a DEEP clean of this room...


So again, this is Evan's room, the boys old room (not Nathan's new one downstairs).  Here is Evan's new furniture!!!  So much storage!

And here it is all made and set-up by Mommy and Evan!

He loved it!

The dresser went in the closet, and then Chris reworked these old desks so the boys could each have one.  These desks are from the one-room schoolhouse my mom attended through Grade 8!  how awesome is that?  The old inkwell we are now using for ipad cords....

Daddy also finds it nice to have a rolling chair upstairs...he is so funny, he rolls it out and then watches the kids in the tub from the hallway...whatever works!  :-)

Nathan's room needed some curtains and a shade, so I took his old sheets that were starting to fall apart, found some good areas, and made them into curtains.  He LOVED it and it cost me nothing!

I am currently (as of September 18th, today!) in the process of varnishing the ledge.  I hope to get a third coat on this afternoon...we shall see how that goes.  I have Jeffrey's 18 month pictures later on today...18 month pictures...argh...that and 2 year pictures...so frickin' difficult.  We shall see how it goes!  

Friday, September 11, 2015

Miscellaneous May....


"I can totally get these shoes on!" or downward facing dog pose?  

Best place to take little kids for dinner -- Mexican!  Serves chips and keeps them busy....

Jeffrey wanted to try a spicy pepper...we let him:

I woke up, went to the bathroom, and then screamed bloody murder when this thing fell from the ceiling -- stupid toad!!!

Started this in January...had so much fun making the snowflake throw!

Bonfire and picnic....




Memorial day -- spending time with friends...


Went to a movie with friends...Avengers....I really hope Star Wars is good!

Jeffrey's out!  too much of a day...

The cat rolling in Nathan's clothes....

Baseball game with a friend....

Soccer started -- Evan was old enough by 9 days to start..

We lucked out and a lot of their games were on the same night....


Cheering for his brothers....


Jeffrey is trying to eat frozen bacon here.  As you can see, the cat wanted in on it too!

After his first soccer game, Nathan had huge blisters.  So, I took him to the soccer store and got expensive leather ones, which apparently are better for your feet.  Yes, ugly as hell, but only color they had.  I told him they were AWESOME.

Daddy went fishing, his usual trip up North, and I didn't think I would make it to the neighborhood garage sales.  But we went on Saturday morning, and we got a lot of good stuff!!!

Evan just loved this garbage truck, and the Rudolph.  We got some Pokemon balls for free basically, and Nathan thought it was all "junk", until  we got home and he saw how cool it was...Jeffrey got a play car...that was $5, but everything on it worked so it was worth it...