Monday, October 16, 2017

House Project Recap

We have had plenty of projects keeping us busy even though the new house was move in ready.  Pictures and shelving to hang, a little bit of painting and all sorts of stuff in between.  Here is a quick recap of some of our projects over the last two months.

Our previous kitchen table fit great in it's space, so we left it.  This left us without a table, so we headed to IKEA for a new set.  It was pretty easy to build and fits great in out new space.  It has a couple leafs and can easily seat 8, which can be seen in this post.
Another early project was gaining some privacy in our master bathroom.  My parents had used frosted glass spray paint in theirs and we thought it would worth a try.  I couldn't get the window sash out, so I created a little paint guard in place.
Seems to be working pretty well right now, but I may need to touch it up a bit.
The entire main floor had a fresh coat of gray paint, but we wanted to give the kids' rooms some personality.  We painted Parker's the same yellow as his old room, but we added an orange accent wall.
Esme has never had her own room, so I was very excited to plan one for her.  Her room is a light purple and the future curtains will tie in the teal and dark pink.
The flower decals below were added a couple weeks ago.
Not really a project, but our old furniture didn't work great in the new room, so we found a smaller one for our upstairs.  We added a shelf behind it as a place to set drinks and to keep it away from the wall and maintain air flow from the vent.
Several of our door handles/locks weren't working properly.  It turns out they hadn't been fully bored for more current handle sets, so I broke out the chisel and fixed them.  It's been so nice being able to fully lock our deadbolt!  Radon was the only major issue that came up in our home inspection.  As part of the mitigation we needed to get a new sump pump that was submersible, meaning it is installed in the basin and not above.  My dad came over to help and it only took about 30 minutes to switch out.  The previous one sat outside the basin and sometimes woke Jimmy when it ran at night.  The new one can't be heard at all upstairs, another plus!
The fan for the radon was hooked up and we are officially pumping it out of the basement!  We still need to have it retested, but should be in a good place.
Another project we've been slowly tackling is replacing the outlets and light switches.  They just painted the almond ones white and that started to chip pretty quickly.  There are also a lot of two prong outlets and we wanted them all to be tamper resistant.
Our most recent project is prepping for our new-to-us swing set.  We moved a bunch of landscape rock from the area it will be to the side of the house.  The egress windows were installed this spring and there was a forest of weeds.  I am not a fan of rock, but it will be a good solution for this spot.  
With the weather turning colder we need to finish up a few more outdoor tasks before heading in for the winter.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Esme June - Eighteen Months Old

Esme is 18 months old today.  I can't believe how fast the months are going.  She is wearing 18-24 month and 2T clothing and is in size 4 or 5 shoes.  Spring and fall can be tricky times of year for dressing kids.  It's often in the 30s or 40s in the morning, but can warm in to the 70s in the afternoon.  Her official 18 month measurements are below.

Weight: 24 lbs, 69%
Length: 31", 24%
Head: 47 cm, 70%

There was some mild concern about development after her last appointment, but that is no longer the case.  She is doing lots of talking and is on point for other milestones.  She dropped over 20% in length, so they will recheck her when we go in for Parker's next physical.

She is such a ham and I love watching her relationship with Parker grow.  He likes to agitate her, but she holds her own.  They had a pretty cute interaction a few nights ago and the video is at the bottom.  It will only get better from here!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Family trip to the Children's Museum

We got out to the Children's Museum again last weekend.  We went early and beat most of the crowds.  This was the first time we checked out the Scramble, a new 4 story vertical adventure.  We made it all the way to the top, but Parker was not a big fan of being up there.  He most enjoyed the big spiral slide.
Both kids love playing in the water.  Esme got drenched!  I usually have a change of clothes, but will have to make sure I bring one now that it's getting colder.  Luckily she mostly dried off by the time we left.
The outdoor spaces have been closed the last few times, but we were able to get out on the roof.  It was crazy hot on Saturday, so we didn't stay there long.
They have these really fun seats you can spin around in.  Parker loved them!  I thought I got a video, but can't seem to find it anywhere.
We ended with the car wash.  Parker could probably play there all day.
I am trying to get the most of our membership, but it's tough when you work all week.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Celebrations, Goodbyes, and Hellos

I don't think I have mentioned my new friend Rachel.  We met in late June at a Norwex party.  We instantly hit it of and knew we were going to be best friends.  We texted like 13 year olds for a couple months and even have the husbands in on the fun now.  We went to Benihana for my last birthday freebie last week.  You'll probably see more of her as time goes on.
 Adding to all the changes we've had in the last two months, we switched daycare providers this week too.  We have been with Miss Christine since Parker was 6 months old.  We have known she would be retiring for over a year, but were waiting to find a house to look for a new provider.  We probably would have changed even if she wasn't retiring since she was so close to our old house, but a little inconvenient for the new one.  It was hard to think of an appropriate way to thank someone who has cared for your children so long.  I decided a photo collage may be the best gift.  I included a picture of each of them around the age they started, a current picture and one of them together.
 She will always be a very special woman to our family.  We had a play date with a couple of Parker's friends on Saturday.  It had been way too long, but all of us are so busy these days.  It was a big fun mess getting together with them.
On Saturday night we went to a small gathering to celebrate Jimmy's cousin Jen's marriage.  She and her husband got married in July, just the two of them, at the courthouse.  They had a celebration that night at a local bar and her mom hosted a party to celebrate.
It was a fun chance to get of bunch of the little cousins together.  Jimmy wasn't feeling well, so just Esme and I went. 
 She had a ton of fun playing with Tess.  It will be fun to see them again for the holidays.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Esme June - Seventeen Months Old

Esme is 17 months old today.  She is becoming more and more animated with each passing day.  She has such a silly and fun personality and loves to egg on Parker, Jimmy, and me.  She continues to be a bit of a picky eater.  I can get her to try stuff with a spoon, but she won't feed it to herself.  She is trying to eat more with a spoon and fork, so maybe that will help with trying new foods.  Her language explosion continues and it seems like there is a new word every day.  She understands so much of what we say as well.

She is still in 18 months clothes, but we are sprinkling in some 24 month and 2T.  I was hoping not to have to buy winter clothes in both sizes, so I am going to try and make it work.  Luckily she can wear a lot of leggings and stretch jeans and we can roll up sleeves if needed.  She is in size 4 or 5 shoes depending on the shoe.  She is getting faster each day to and loves to chase Parker up and down the hall.
One of my favorite things she did this month was when we were at Target.  She turned around in the cart so she could see where we were going.  As we walked about she was saying "WEEEEEEE."  There were several employees that got a big kick out of it.

Monday, September 11, 2017

First Week of Kindergarten

We started Parker's first week of school with our traditional Labor Day breakfast at Panera.  The two old ladies behind Esme were loving all the attention she was giving them.
We also ended up all wearing red unintentionally.  #GoBigRed
 My friend Shannon requested my assistance and technology to make shirts for her son Simon and another friend, Mitchell.  I had thought about making something for Parker, but was feeling very unmotivated.  This was the push I needed!  The back will have hand prints for each year.
 It is (hopefully) big enough that he will be able to wear it all the way to graduation.  One year down and he actually posed for me!  Only 12 more to go.
 He is going to adventure club in the morning and I decided to just drop him off there the first day to start a good routine.  I was much more emotional that I thought I would be.  We've had 3 other first days of school, so this should be easy, but it wasn't.  He is doing great before school, but is having some struggles during the day.  I hope it just take a bit for him to get back in a good routine.
 The only hiccup so far was the second day.  He came home with two huge bandaids on his wrist and neither Jimmy or I had been called.  It turned out he had a couple of cuts from the motor room and there was a misunderstanding about who was going to call.  They weren't that bad, but long enough to warrant the giant bandages.  He didn't seem too bothered by it, which made me happy.  Hopefully it's the only incident this year.