Thursday, February 25, 2010

Zoe Girl!

So, Zoe's been saying lately "mom, I can't believe I'm going to be 5". Well, let me tell you... I can't believe it either. She's just soo grown up sometimes. In fact she's just becoming a wonderful little helper all around. She rather enjoys getting Lexi dressed and getting her out of bed and picking her up and even helping to cut her food or get her a drink. It's really cute. Though there are times that I know I've been asking her to do too much when she says to me "I'm not her mom, mom!" and then I know I have to actually step up and do the mom thing again. So, to think we are sending her to kindergarten in about 6 months! Where does the time go?

Here's the latest picture of my little grown up girl. She had school photos today and she's been looking forward to it so much. In fact she ask me if we could go out and buy a new dress and so we headed to Mommy and Me and as an added bonus we even bought her a new pair of shoes! She is looking soo grown up now. I can't wait to see how her pictures went today at preschool.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

New Family room

When we first bought our house we worked with the contractor and picked out a lot of elements in our house including cabinets, light fixtures, paint, counters and also carpet. We learned a lot about what we would have done different next time and one of the main things was carpet color. We chose an off white color. It was neutral and in our budget and a nice carpet all around. Of course this was before we had kids and started drinking coffee in the family room. As you can see... the color on the top left is was the color of the carpet. The color on the bottom right is what it looks like now. So, needless to say, I've been anxious to replace this for a while now.

Also another thing we didn't do was put an entryway at the front door, so when company actually used the front door- which really isn't all that often, we'd have to throw a towel down and hope that we remembered to do that... we didn't usually remember.

So, since we were redoing the living room we might as well do it right... Here's the new tile! Thanks Noah! You are awesome!
We pulled up the carpet and the pad and even all the staples that held it to the floor and low and behold we saw some beautiful hard wood floors.
But alas... we had already bought the carpet, pad and scheduled the installation. Of course now we know for the next time we need to redo the family room-that'll be in the next 8 years when we go to sell our house.
So, here's the before and after pictures of our new family room. What a difference carpet makes!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Another milestone

So, it's been a week! I know... it's only Tuesday, but my weeks are really only 7 days, not necessarily Sun-Sat like most people's weeks are. So, we'll just go the last 7 days....

Wednesday- picked up tables and helped set up for the Haiti Lifeline Ministries Benefit Garage Sale during our "date night". This is of course after baking 2 loaves of bread, about 4 dozen muffins and 5 dozen cookies for the bake sale.
Thursday... helped a bit with the set up for the sale, including dropping off all our stuff and of course the baked goodies. Yum! Took my mom and James out for dinner at Red Robin for the Dine for Haiti event happening that night!
Friday... Patrick was off work early, so ran a couple of errands without the girls- yeah! and even stopped by the sale to check on the progress. snow, snow, snow, but still it was going good.
Saturday... Went to breakfast....... made it to the sale in time to help out some and of course bid on the silent auction goodies. We won a few of them, including a $50 gift cert. to a local tattoo parlor...for me or Patrick? That is the question. Then we came home to get the girls in bed and Patrick went back for the next 3 hours to help clean up the sale. Then we went to a friends 23rd birthday party- it was an 80's theme. I of course had my 80's sweater picked out at the sale, but forgot it. It showed up at the party on my sis-in-law! Bummer! Good times though anyways!
Sunday...Church... great! though I've now been taken off the list for Nursery volunteers as our church seems to think it needs background checks for all volunteers! Anyone else see an issue with this? You ask yourself, is it the principle or is she hiding something? rain, snow, sleet... deliver tables from sale back to the church. Sidenote- we raised $16,000 for the orphanage in Haiti! Praise the Lord for that! Next we drive to Grain Valley to check out Bunk Beds from a Craigslist post. Found them, liked them, bought them, loaded them up and drove home in snow, rain, yuck! They came with mattresses, and even comforters! What a bargain!
Monday... laundry day! Joy! But Patrick is on the early shift so we put together said bunk beds and enjoyed the girls "helping" with the set up. They love them and thus the new milestone! Lexi's first Big Girl Bed! Beautiful! She has been taking me into her room at least 5 times already today to tell me "my bed" and then she gets on it and plays! They both love them and their room looks soo much better! It's wonderful... now to sell the toddler bed and crib! Big milestone for mom too. Lots of baby stuff and other sentimental items going to new homes this past weekend! Kinda sad, but wonderful too! Who knew our house was this big?
Their first morning on their new beds! Zoe on top, Lexi on bottom bunk! they came with matching comforters, but I bought this one for Zoe about 2 years ago I've been holding on to! I just love it and now we've got the extra comforter when one of them is dirty!

Zoe's comforter- pink with flowers and stripes. Lexi's comforter with the butterflies/flowers.
We now have two of the flower/butterfly comforters and they are perfect for their room! Add to that the sheet sets we got and we are set! What a week!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

life updated!

So, I've been racking my mind lately about what to blog about. It's been soo long and I've been soo stumped on what to write to get caught back up again.

So, here's my start. Here is my favorite picture from last week! So, as of more news... Lexi has learned to sing. She only does it in the car usually and I've really struggled getting it on tape, but I'll keep trying and hopefully post it soon! It's a high pitched squeal and it's only about 2-3 words... "mommy, daddy, me" or sometimes "Rocky Moon, Rocky Moon".... this is fun, but this also sometimes makes Zoe sad as she seems to think that Lexi "doesn't like me" because she doesn't sing about her. Even when we try to encourage a song about sista sista, she just sings me me me! It's quite funny. In fact, lexi isn't showing her love to Zoe near as much as she used to. It's kinda funny for me and Patrick though. We are teaching Lexi to pray, so we'll say something and she'll repeat after us. It goes a little like this at the dinner table!
Me: Thank you God for food
Lexi:Thank you God, food
M: Mommy
M: Daddy
L: Me
She'll learn! It's crazy to see how this sibling rivalry has already started and at such a young age! I think I really do need a black/white ref shirt and whistle most days, but it's always good to know that "this too shall pass"