Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Here's old for you: We were given copies of the homeowner's agreement a few weeks after buying the place. Our realtor dropped them by and one evening, when I had time, I read through them. I'm kind of thinking that the two men responsible for drawing up these things are no longer around. Do you know that, according to these papers, black people are not allowed anywhere near our neighborhood? Times have changed!
We paid for a home inspection before buying of course and I guess I thought all inspectors were as picky (and that's a very nice word) as the inspector we had when we sold our house in The Falls. We've since learned that man was over the top, unnecessarily picky (and annoying).
Our inspector here? Not so much.
As a result, there have been a number of little things we've learned since living here. No deal breakers, just annoying little things.
Now with a house this old, I got to wondering if indeed our yellowed smoke detectors worked. Well, let me tell you. Friends, I cook at home every night and, well, we don't need a dinner bell for this big old, three floored house.
When dinner comes out of the oven you know it.
I think the neighbors know it too.
Smoke detectors. They can double as a dinner bell.
Monday, September 28, 2009
There’s no arguing that this child is sweet as can be……
…….but seriously, let’s keep things in perspective, shall we? Just to recap the above pictures (which is a small sampling of her love of life!), she likes to make toothpaste art, she thoroughly enjoys coloring on herself with pens or markers, she adores undressing and redressing herself frequently, she’s been known to slather herself in various creams, she eats butter, tries to give herself her own medicine, she loves to wear Dora panties (only God can help you if there aren’t any clean ones), and she very much likes to draw on anything but paper – doors, walls, furniture, body parts. It’s all game.
Is she following in her sister’s footsteps? A little, but Julia has some pretty big shoes to fill! After all, she has TONS of postings in honor of her mischievousness!
Funny how all those things make me smile. I love my kiddos, but there’s a reason I’m tired at night! And on that note, I’m going to bed……
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Last weekend we made our way out to Amish Acres for the second time. The first time was with my family and this time was with Gran, John’s mom. (John and his dad and brother were enjoying some guy time at the Notre Dame football game.) The place was decked out for fall (be still my heart!) and there were pumpkins, huge squash (squashes?), gourds, and scarecrows everywhere. I wish I had more pictures and better pictures, but I was kind of busy keeping up with kids!
Look at this cute scare-crow! He was a delivery guy and it made me think of Doug from King of Queens.
I really wanted a cute picture of all four kids. Hmmmmm…. I guess we get an E for effort. Next time I’ll take some Gorilla Glue and glue their little hineys to the steps! I also wish I had known how fallish everything was going to look – I would have dressed them in fall colors for pictures! Good grief, La, get it together, right?
Of course, there was shopping with Gran. That’s always fun because everyone knows that Gran buys you whatever you want! Woohoo! In this case Julia got a Hawaiian looking Ty bear (because that has everything to do with the Amish farm we were visiting!) and John David got a bow and arrow (which I suppose is a little bit more Amish?). Aulora got a stuffed horse (definitely Amish) and I don’t remember what Joshua got.
(In case you’re wondering, this was a working Amish farm until about 25 years ago. It’s now owned by a history buff who has made sure that it is an accurate representation of the People. You can take tours of the house buildings and the old school house and the restaurant is in a super old barn. Many Amish people are employed there.)
Love you babies!!!
(edited to say: I'm trying out some new blog tools. My post isn't supposed to look like this, but I need sleep so this is how it stays!)
Saturday, September 26, 2009
(Hence the post title.)
I don't know why, but I HATE downloading pictures from my camera onto the computer. It's not even a big deal, but I can't convince myself of that.
So the pictures stay on the camera. (Pictures of the opening Notre Dame game, the Amish farm we visited, projects I've been working on, and messes that have been made.)
And the stories stay in my head. (Stories of progress reports, and more of "THE TALK", stinky boys, and messes that have been made.)
May I blame the non-posting on the "messes that have been made"? I do think that if I owned one of these my posting would be more frequent......
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
Does anyone have ideas? I'm probably going to call the school's secretary in a little bit to find out some favorite things. I'd like to include students, but I'm not sure there's enough time for this one. It also seems that this first birthday will set the precedent so I need to do it right. Not too big, not too small. Sweet, thoughtful, useful, fun, budget friendly. You know.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
- The TV
- Babies screaming
- My Mom
- My breathing
Friday, September 11, 2009
(Somebody has sleepy nap time eyes in this picture from school!)
Monster, Boo, BooBoo, Baby Girl, Pappy the Puppy - no matter the name, you are my precious girl! Forever and ever and ever!
Thursday, September 10, 2009
I had not considered what awaited me. At all.
There was Joshua, sitting on the hearth of the big fireplace, covered from head to toe in soot and ashes. Oh, for a picture!
I think he was very content, playing with this new found medium, until he tried tasting it. That's apparently where he drew the line.
I was frozen just staring at him trying to figure out what to do next. He was filthy! Currently, the only bathtub we have is out of commission (it's the next remodeling project! yea!), so baths have been happening in the big kitchen sink for the babies. BUT, the big kitchen sink was still filled with the crusty pot from dinner last night (hey, back off - it was soaking) and all the dishes from the dinner the kids has just eaten.
So with one hand I held him (getting my own clothes filthy in the process) and with the other hand I cleared out the sink. After a good, long scrubbing, he was finally kissable and squeezable again.
My question to you.....
Was I a bad mom for letting that happen in the first place?
Was I a good mom for handling it so cool?
I'm definitely leaning towards good mom. Don't you agree???
Tuesday, September 08, 2009
I tried a new recipe last night that was so good (and super easy!) and I just knew that all of you would want to try it too. I found it on the Taste of Home website and it's called Almond Chicken with Apricot Sauce. It reminded me a lot of the apricot chicken served at Olive Garden - one of my favorites! I'll definitely make this again.
By the way, Home Depot is running a $5 off of their Behr paint special through tomorrow so if you're planning on doing some painting soon you should get some! I've used Behr and it's good stuff. Maybe I should get some to redo our bathroom with the yellow tile on the floors and half of the walls. I painted it a chocolate kind of brown in there and John informed me it looked like a banana fudge pop......I think he's kind of right this time. ;)
Sunday, September 06, 2009
A few months ago I made the mistake of taking the older two with me to Salvation Army and it was not a good one. I never went back to that particular location, but ever since then the kids have thought very negatively about thrift stores. I just can't have my offspring thinking thoughts like that!
Soooooooo, when I was at a neighborhood Goodwill earlier this week and out came this sand and water table in brand new condition, I grabbed it right up! I was determined for my kids to see that you can find great things without spending lots of money. It even came with the play accessories and the umbrella was still in the bag. All for $10! They LOVED it!
Aulora likes to share hers with John David.
BTW, I've heard that Goodwill will be launching a blog soon featuring things like before and after projects with thing purchased at their stores. I'm looking into it and will post more details as I hear about it.....
Saturday, September 05, 2009
Friday, September 04, 2009
Who are those children in my picture???
After hours and hours of messy and tedious work, the wallpaper was gone. There was also chipping and peeling paint that had to be scraped.
I took both the primer and the paint and returned to Lowe's where they gave me exceptional customer service. My money was returned and after they saw the pictures and heard the story they said they would contact Valspar to see what we needed to do.
First I sanded the walls down. So ugly!
I can't wait to make/find curtains and hang things on the walls.
So happy now.
P.S. John did admit that he does like the green better than the red. He really wants something to be painted red, but I've just had to explain to him that I do NOT like that color and it makes me unhappy. It also greatly disables me when it comes to decorating. I think he understands now. =)