Saturday, December 17, 2011

Christmas is Right Around the Corner!

Christmas is a wonderful time of the year.  It's filled with treasured family time, indulging in delicious food and desserts, decorating the tree, and remembering the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  It's also filled with stressful shopping and planning the Christmas card.  Yes, the dreaded Christmas card, for those of us with young children.  Why is it always a struggle to get everyone dressed properly, looking at the camera, eyes open and smiling?  Nate and I tried on 3 separate occasions to have a family photo taken.  I'll just say, they didn't work out.  I ended up using individual photos of the kids.  Here are a few of the attempts...enjoy!
Who is that popping in the background??  

BG.  I don't need to say anything else.

Green...a little more festive!
Jman.  Very excited to be getting his photo taken.

So close!
Next year, we can hopefully get the entire family in one sitting on the card.  Start praying for us now!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Project on the Horizon

Our tub

We have one room left to completely redo...our main bathroom.  It is kind of our sore thumb.  You can see the blue sinks and tub above.  You can also see that we tried to paint the bathtub white.  It lasted for about 2 days, until the boys took a bath and dropped their toys.  It instantly chipped.  I've taken it upon myself to peel the rest off, slowly.  It is going to be a big project.  I'll start updates when we begin!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

We Have Been Busy!

I moved the lazy-boy up from the basement and put our old computer chair downstairs.  It looks nice in the sun room, but the basement looks a bit bare without it!  

Nate finished up the trim  in the basement hallway.

We got a panel painted to cover the water meter.

Lulu's first tree trimming!

     We have accomplished a lot in the past 2 weeks.  The sun room got a little cozier.  It was the worst idea to bring up the lazy-boy by myself, but I did it and will never do it again!  I really wanted to rearrange the room the way I wanted to, so I decided to do it when Nate wasn't home!  HA!  Sore legs and arms is what I got for being impatient.  
     The basement trim got a little more complete.  The only rooms not trimmed out downstairs are the bedroom and the bathroom.  
     The bathroom panel is going to get mounted so we can access the water meter easily.  Once that gets done, the trim will go in.  I really enjoy completing projects!
     Lulu's first Christmas will be great.  The boys are enjoying the ornaments on and OFF the tree.  We'll see how many are still in one piece when we take down the tree!  
     Phew!  There's the quick update.  Until next time!!

Kitchen Floor is Done!

We worked hard at the cabinets and counter top, but always that ugly floor looming under our feet.  Nate and his dad worked hard the week of Thanksgiving and got the floor laid and put up the trim.  We haven't had trim in our kitchen since we removed it when we painted, 2 years ago!  It is great to have it done!

Laundry soap

UPDATE (8/30/17):  LAUNDRY SOAP UPDATE - I no longer make it. Click here to Find out why.

I've been forgetting to say that I just made my second batch of laundry soap about 3 weeks ago.  I made the first batch in May.  Six months of soap for about $8...and the only thing I had to buy this time was the bar of soap for about $2!  So a years worth of soap for about $10.  That's what I like!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Me and My Girl

Jman decided to pop in for a quick candid.

I LOVE this smile!

Lulu is my sweet little girl.  She is scooting everywhere now and laughs at Jman and BG a lot.  They give her an awful lot to laugh at!  Jumping on beds, playing the air guitar, shuffling down the get the idea.  Love, love, love them all!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Side Note for October

In the pictures I posted for October, I just realized that Benjamin and Jeremiah are wearing the EXACT same shirts in both pictures.  Riley and Ian did not visit on the same day!  I'll just say this:  My boys are a little particular about what clothes they wear...

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Thanksgiving - Nick!!

It was all about Nick over Thanksgiving.  He finally came home and we had a GREAT time with him.  The boys stuck to him like glue and were ecstatic to see him every time he'd walk by.  I wouldn't mind that kind of reception every time I walked into a room.  Though, the poor guy couldn't get a break from them and they wanted to wrestle and play with him constantly.  Oh, to be loved by a 2 year old and 4 year old!


Lulu, Jenny and I

The Boys: Riley, Jman and BG decorating cupcakes

BG, Jman and Ian!  Hot cocoa time

As the boys say:  JIMMY!!!!!
 All these photos are from the month of October...I finally got them off the camera!  We had lots of fun with friends.  My friend Jenny and her son Riley came to visit.  We got the pleasure of watching our good friend's son, Ian for one afternoon.  And for Halloween, we went trick or treating with Jimmy at Mike and Jenny's house.  Jman dressed up as Optimus Prime, BG was Lightning McQueen and their bestest little buddy Jimmy was a hamburger...possibly a cheeseburger.  They had fun...except for the last house which was a little scary.  Bad pre-surveillance on my part.  Jman wouldn't go up to the door, BG cried in Jenny's arms and Jimmy clung to my leg!  Oops.  It had to happen one time, I guess!  Lulu stayed in the house with Nate and Mike while they answered the door.

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