Friday, March 29, 2013

Finally- An Update!

The reason for the lack of updates on the blog can be contributed to the large amounts of updates going on in our house.  We have a new baby joining our family in about 3 months, and stuff is needing to get done before his/her arrival!  Pair that with the fact that cabin season is right around the corner- (YAY!!!), and Mommy and Daddy have been scrambling to get lots done in little time!

I was hoping to wait until one project was completely finished, and then blog about the whole process, but it seems that lots of little things are getting started, and nothing is totally finished.  We repainted our entry-way, put up bead board, and re-organized with some new shelves and hooks, but I haven't quite gotten all the decor on the walls that I want to yet.  I'll get there, the craft is started, just not completely finished.  Maybe on my 2 hour car ride later today:)

And, sadly, my camera hasn't been getting much use lately, but my phone camera sure is!  I plugged it in, and threw together a total mess of what we've been up to. 

This note that came home from Eli's pre-school teacher makes me so completely proud of the young man he is turning into!  He's a reader- and has been sitting down with his sister at night and reading her bedtime stories!  Amazing- This Kindergarten teacher Mama couldn't be more excited!

We were finally able to meet our sweet new cabin friend.  She is a such little doll.  Meeting, holding, and snuggling Baby Rylee made the excitement for our own almost unbearable!  We cannot wait!
He is going to be such an amazing big brother.  He was so proud!

And she couldn't get enough of the baby!
Very soon this will be our little family!  Wonder if that baby will wear pink or blue?!

I don't believe I have any entry-way updates on here, but I am loving how the new color lightened up the space!  This is the start of the craft that I need to finish to get the entry project completely done!

 I blogged recently about the interviews that I did with the kids.  They printed up so cute, and I can't wait to add them to their new shared bedroom.  Needing to finish painting the frames, and I can check this project off the list!

The first night we had the new bunk beds put together we found Eliott on his top bunk reading from his Bible.  What a sweet moment.

After we finished painting the entry-way, I loved what the lighter color did to the space, so I decided that I needed to re-do the hallway, also!  Chad and I started this on Saturday of a busy weekend and got one coat completed.  We didn't get time to work on it on Sunday, and I happened to get a snow day on Monday.  I decided that I would get the 2nd coat done while Chad was at work.  2 coats wasn't quite enough, so I ended up doing 3! was a lot of work on my own, but so nice to finally have it done!

 After the painting was done, the kids and I decided to re-arrange the bedroom to make room for all of Adi's things.  We moved the dresser across the room:
And moved the keyboard across the room:

And now that they are in a shared room, I had to figure out how I was going to store all of their clothes.  The closet and the dresser were already full of his things.  A co-worker of mine happened to be going to IKEA, and asked if I wanted anything.  I found this cute little wardrobe online, and it was also on sale!  She picked it up for me, and it is absolutely perfect in their room!  Everything except her jammies fit inside, and we changed out the knobs for some cute little crystal ones.  One more project off the list!
(click the picture to take you to the IKEA page)
 Now that the bunk beds were up, we hung little baskets on the wall by each bed, and they filled them some of their favorite stories!  They are often found lying in their beds, reading stories.

Because of all of the re-arranging in their bedroom, we had to take out some of the furniture including this book case, and the glider/ottoman.  They both found new homes in the living room, which then lead to re-arranging the living room....

My sister's birthday fell in the middle of all of this, and I made her a batch of home-made laundry soap.  The best part was the cute container I found to put it in!

After the hallway was painted, Chad put up this new magnetic chalkboard.  I love walking past it and seeing all of the beautiful artwork!

I drew the kids a quick Easter Bunny, and walked by later to see that Eli had named him 'Peter Cottontail'.  I love how he sounded this out all by himself!

And that night before bed Eliott was asking about words with a silent k.  Daddy decided to use this as a teachable moment, and they made a list of words on the chalkboard!  How sweet.

There I am with my 6 month baby-bump.  Just getting ready to head out for my soon-to-be sister-in-laws bachlorette party.  It was a fun time, and I did my best, but at 12:30 I had to call it a night!  The wedding is fast approaching, and I am so thankful to my amazing seamstress Aunt, who is completely cutting apart, and re-doing my bridesmaid dress for the big day.  Mine will take on a little different shape than the rest, but at least it will work with the 7-month bump!

A little better look at the bunk beds.  Next up is to update the walls, and to get all of the cute new vintage bedding together on them that I've been finding!

I ordered this cute little saying off of Etsy, and absolutely love how it looks above the chalkboard!  I have a couple of plans in place for the space above the chalkboard, but I don't have it quite done yet.

And across from the chalkboard is a little bookshelf filled with some of our favorites.  I ordered these cute little alphabet cards from Amazon, and the other night Chad and I FINALLY got them hung up!  It's perfect for this space- I just love how it turned out!

So there's a random little look into what's been going on around here.  I'm hoping very soon to take out my camera, and do a more detailed update on some of the updates!  Have a Happy Easter weekend everyone!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

A 3 Year Old Interview.

The template that I used for the kids' interview came with a boy version and a girl version.  The questions were all the same, but the color and style when I printed them out were a little different.  My plan is to have my frames painted this weekend, and I can finally share the finished product.  Here are Adi's answers:

Nicknames:  Adi, Beanie, Sassy
How old are you? 3
What is your favorite color?  pink & purple
What is your favorite animal?  hippo
What is your favorite book?  the one with the giraffe & a monkey
What is your favorite TV show?  Scooby Doo
What is your favorite movie?  The 3 Mouskateers
What is your favorite song?  Homeboy
What is your favorite food?  hot dogs & macaroni
What is your favorite drink? chocolate milk
What is your favorite breakfast food?  toast (bread with butter)
What is your favorite snack? toast
What is your favorite outfit?  clothes, dresses
What is your favorite game?  Princess Yahtzee
What is your favorite toy?  pet hippo named Marshmallow
Who is your best friend?  Kasey & Jaylen
What is your favorite thing to do?  play
What is your favorite thing to do outside?  play in the sandbox
What is your favorite holiday?  Easter & Christmas
What do you like to take to bed with you at night?  Penny {puppy dreamlight} & Sheepy
Where is your favorite place to go?  to the restaurant
What is your favorite restaurant?  McDonald's
Where do you want to go on vacation?  at Jamaica
What do you want to be when you grow up?  go to Jamaica
What did you do on your birthday?  played with my friends

I did both of their interviews without the other one around.  I'm surprised that some of their answers are so similar!  I'm excited to continue this each year to see how/if it changes!

And this is a 3 year old who dresses herself:

Monday, March 11, 2013

A 5 year old interview.

I've seen these online for a while. I've probably pinned 5 or more of them.  And, I finally took the time to sit down and do them with the kids.  We updated Daddy's interview for him for his birthday, so as long we we were at it, I did one for Eli and Adi as well.  I found a really cute template that I printed out in 8x10 size, I'm going to frame them both and hang them in their new {shared} bedroom!

Nicknames:  Eli, Bubbie, Buddy
How old are you?  5
What is your favorite color?  green, blue, red
What is your favorite animal?  every animal
What is your favorite book?  about tigers & dinosaurs
What is your favorite TV show?  Spiderman & Batman
What is your favorite movie?  Spiderman & Transformers & Tom and Jerry
What is your favorite song?  Homeboy & Runaway
What is your favorite food?  spaghetti
What is your favorite drink?  pop
What is your favorite breakfast food?  oatmeal
What is your favorite snack?  pretzels
What is your favorite outfit?  Spiderman shirts
What is your favorite game?  Monopoly & Jenga
What is your favorite toy?  Legos & train set & guns
Who is your best friend?  Jaylen, Ben, Brandon, & Andrew
What is your favorite thing to do?  play with my friends
What is your favorite thing to do outside?  play with Daddy on the swingset,  and play baseball
What is your favorite holiday?  every holiday
What do you like to take to bed with you at night?  my silly penguin {dreamlight}
Where is your favorite place to go?  to waterparks
What is your favorite restaurant?  McDonald's, because they always give me toys
Where do you want to go on vacation?  Jamaica
What do you want to be when you grow up?  a wrestler & baseball player
What did you do on your birthday?  We had a Spiderman cake & I played with my friends

Now that I've started this my plan will be to update them  each year for their birthday.  I will post a picture of them framed when I have that part done.  They turned out really cute!  If anyone is interested in the template, let me know, and I can send it to you!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

A Baby Bump Update.

22 weeks already!  It's hard for me to believe that I am over half-way through this pregnancy, and half-way to meeting and holding our new little babe.  This pregnancy seems like it has gone by so much faster than my other 2, but it could very well be that 2 other active ones keep me so busy, that I don't have the time to sit and think about it. 

This pregnancy started out great, I couldn't believe how good I was feeling, and was excited and hopeful that the third time was going to be the charm, and that I was going to avoid the morning sickness/all day sickness that I tend to get.  That great feeling lasted until about week 7, and then I got hit.  Hard.  It was Mis.Er.A.BLE!  I thanked God daily for a job and co-workers that would support me when I needed to run out of my classroom, and for my awesome husband who stepped up into the role of cook, maid, and single-parent when all I could do was lay down or run to the bathroom.   I couldn't eat anything, and had to completely avoid the kitchen.  The smells were too much for me.  I lived off of Chicken Ramen Noodles, and Mac-n-Cheese solely for a few weeks.  Not Fun.  Then, about 11 1/2 weeks into it, like a miracle, the sickness was lifted, and I began to feel human again!  It was wonderful!!  I was craving Tater-Tot Hot Dish one night for dinner.  Chad made it for me, and even Eli commented, "Mommy, you don't have to only eat Mac-n-Cheese anymore?!"  Yes, buddy, I can finally eat normal food:)

Since the sickness has passed, I've gone through waves of exhaustion, but I'm not real surprised.  Being a full-time Mommy to a 3 1/2 and 5 1/2 year old, working a full-time job, and trying to maintain control in the house on top of growing a baby will probably do that to a person.  I push it as much as I can, and try to sneak in naps whenever possible.  Anything is better than being sick, so no complaints about being tired! 

2 weeks ago Chad and I went in for our ultra-sound.  What an amazing experience.  This little babe was moving, and twisting, and turning, and kicking all over the place.  We had a hard time getting pictures to focus, because it wouldn't sit still!  I was happy to see this, though, because I had commented to my Dr. that I wasn't feeling this one move as much as I remembered the last 2.  He assured me that it was only because it wasn't quite big enough, and it was clear that this one moved just as much.  There was a student with our Dr. during the ultra-sound.  This was great, because all of the teaching and explaining he was doing for the student was great, beneficial information for Chad and I also.  He gave a detailed description of the brain, heart, spine, and extremities, and then explained how he could rule out any problems based on what he was seeing.  The baby looked great and healthy, and almost looked a little chubby already!  According to the measurements, baby is ahead of the due-date by a couple of days.  Dr. said he was going to induce me a week early IF I was still pregnant, though, because Adi came so fast, that he doesn't know if I would make it in in time!  He said he doubts we'll have to worry about it, though, because my babies tend to be big and early, and he expects that this one will follow that trend.  We will see!

We have always loved the surprise at the end of finding out what baby is.  Nothing like that feeling.  Going through labor, giving that last push, and the WHAT IS IT?!?!  I would never give up that feeling!  So, once again, we are all placing our bets on who this little angel will be that will soon be joining our family.  We are working on our names, and will hopefully have that nailed down soon.  We like to go into the hospital with one of each.  The exciting part is finding out which name we will come home with:)

About 2 days after my appointment I was sitting at my desk at work and could look down to see my belly bouncing all over the place!  Must have hit a big growth spurt, because I can definitely see and feel the movement now!   I had to take a picture and send it to Chad- what an amazing feeling!

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