Saturday, May 28, 2011

2 things I want to tell you about

1. Do you know about The Adventure Project?
You should.
My friend, Mandy, is involved with it.
Their mission is,
"to end extreme poverty by supporting the world's most effective social ventures."

They make giving easy.
Buy a $20 piece of coal for someone for Christmas,
a family in Haiti gets a stove.
Buy a $20 wildflower card,
help a farmer in Kenya.

I'm also a fan of their beautiful pictures. :)

Anyway, I think you should check it out.
One to 1,000
I did.
All the cool people are doing it.
What are you?

2. My brother and sister-in-law.
My brother-in-law and sister-in-law.
Ben's brother and his wife.
Ben's brother and our sister-in-law.
Forget it.
Jonathan, Jennifer, and my beautiful niece, Lilly,
are starting an adventure of their own.
You can read about it on their blog.


I can't believe it.

We went from this:
(2 weeks ago)

To this:

To this:

Here's another comparison.

Construction is complete!
The upstairs, too!

Our house is back to normal!!
Actually, it's even better than normal.
We have fresh paint, new carpet, and new light fixtures in the kitchen.

One crew finished up this morning.
Then, we cleaned all afternoon.
There was drywall dust EVERYWHERE.
Then, carpet this evening.

You need people?
I know people.
They don't mess around.
They do a great job and do it quickly.

I have to do a "public" shout-out to the Klenke's.
They gave up their Saturday afternoon to work their butts off for us.
Carey helped me clean.
Without boring you with the details,
we're impressive. :)
Steve helped Ben with the man jobs.
They fixed the sprinklers, repaired the fence, touched up some paint, placed some trim...

It was a really good day.


Friday, May 27, 2011

A rare moment

It's quiet here. 
And, I'm the only one in the house.
A rare moment, indeed.

The construction workers have gone to get something.
Alice is with her Nana.
(Thank Goodness! The air is smoky with drywall dust.)
Nana rules.

What's left on my to-do list involves either
cleaning, which is 100% pointless right now,
or running errands, and I need to be here to let the dudes back in the house.

I thought I'd show you what our house looks like right now.

I've had 3 meltdowns thus far,
mostly due to having WAY too much on my plate right now.
However, there's a possibility that this will all be completed by tomorrow night.
Please, Jesus!

I could think of at least a 100 things to complain about,
but I'm trying really hard to choose joy.
I am thankful for a home.
Thankful for insurance.
Thankful for Nana and Grandpa spending the day with Alice.
Thankful for an amazing husband who works so hard for us.
Thankful these guys are able to do the work in 4 days instead of 3 weeks,
which was another estimate I received.
Thankful this is almost over. :)

And, they're back.
Goodbye, silence.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

12, 13, and 14 months old

Dear Alice,
I have failed with the monthly posts.
I think it has something to do with moving,
and something to do with you moving.
Combine those things,
and I can't seem to catch my breath.
So, I'll do my best to recap and review these past couple months.

I bought you a vintage picnic basket filled with dishes at a garage sale.
Best $1 I've spent in a long time.

Alice, you change every single day.
We are constantly amazed at all you do.
I hate to admit this,
but you're not a baby anymore.
You're a toddler.

I put you on the scale yesterday.
Almost 19 1/2 pounds!
Goodbye, 5th percentile.
Hello, 10th percentile!

You are such a little girl.
You love wearing necklaces,
playing with dolls and stuffed animals,
taking care of Abby,
and throwing tantrums when you don't get your way.

Still no teeth, little one.
However, it doesn't slow you down one bit.
You ate corn on the cob last night.
Also, you still eat pretty much anything we serve you,
except sushi.
You didn't care for that.

You babble all the time.
Sometimes we are certain you're trying to talk in complete sentences.
However, signing is still the best way for you to communicate your needs.
You sign: more, baby, milk, water, all done, fish, dog, and others I can't recall right now.

Your favorite time of the day is when Daddy comes home from work.
Most days, we sit on the front porch waiting for him to drive up.
You light up when you see his car.
No one can make you laugh like Daddy.
You think he is hilarious.
(I do, too.)

Things you don't like:
diaper changes,
getting in the bathtub,
getting out of the swing,
and any type of non-mama milk.

After months of crying when dropping you off in the church nursery,
you've turned a new leaf and are doing great!
Last week you got the,
"Only baby who didn't cry"
Okay, so I made up that award.
I was so happy to hear that report!

You need a haircut.
I think we're going to breakdown and do it.
Just a little mullet trim.

We think you are so stinkin' cute!
This next picture is one of my favorites of you:

Overnight you went from,
taking 7-8 steps,
to walking all over the place!
You hardly ever crawl now.
You stand up on your own,
change directions,
stop and then keep going,
and bend over to pick things up.
We're both exhausted by the end of the day!
(That's the mullet that needs trimming.)

Okay, I think that's all for now.
We love you so, so, so, so, so much.
We're crazy about you, sweet girl.

Your Mama

Oh, I forgot to include the most important Alice update!
You're sleeping through the night!!!!
We're going on 3 weeks now.
To bed around 6:30pm,
up at around 7am.
It's awesome.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

A photo

This makes me laugh.
Ben got the camera out to take a Mother's Day picture of us.
Alice was not cooperating at. all.
So, this is what we got.
Can you feel the underlying irritation? 

Friday, May 13, 2011

A bad day

We had a plumbing emergency this morning.
Ben was in the shower when the water suddenly went cold.
When he went to investigate,
he noticed a new water feature in our kitchen.
It was like a waterfall, 
coming from the ceiling.
He shut off main water supply
and we started cleaning up water.

This is what happened:

 This is the middle bedroom upstairs.
We are SO thankful we didn't choose this room for Alice's bedroom!

 A plumber came and fixed the pipe.
Then came the guys to dry up the water.

Now our house looks like this:

Just when we started to see the light at the end of the home improvement tunnel...

Today's saving grace:
My friend, Sarah, brought over a cupcake for me.
It was the best cupcake I've ever had.

We know it could've been worse.
That could have been Alice's room.
We were both home when it happened.
I called about 6 weeks ago and lowered our homeowners insurance deductible.
Of all the days of this week, today was the best day for it to happen.

Tomorrow is going to be a better day.

P.S. I love you, USAA.


I'm about to talk about grout.
Exciting stuff, right?

Our kitchen counters are tiled.
The grout was a dark brown/grey.
No amount of cleaning was going to change that.
Looks dirty all the time.

We changed that yesterday.
Here are the before and after shots:

I never imagined grout could make me so happy.

Making progress on the kitchen!

disaster struck this morning.
More on that later.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011


I really don't want to be one of those moms who say "no" all the time.
I try to save it for times that are important,
like when she goes near the fireplace.

So, when she started doing this yesterday,
I was pretty horrified.


And it begins.

10 on 10, May

iPhone style

Sean III, or is it IV?
I can't remember.

Our bedroom wall.

Note to self: no more necklaces.

Those are pre-pregnancy jeans I'm wearing.
They don't fit well,
but they're buttoned and zipped.

One of my favorite things about our new house...
this teeny-tiny lion door knocker.

I love this kid.

And this one: