Friday, June 29, 2012
Thursday, June 28, 2012
God has blessed us so much with these 2 little men and I want to shout it from the rooftops and show the world how gorgeous these 2 miracles are! Hopefully by the end of September everything will be finalized and I'll be free to share!
I just want to remember this time. Remember these thoughts I guess.
I can't believe this is our house. I sit out on our screened in porch and look into our back yard or look at our house and just think, "holy crap, this is our house." It's crazy. It's not a fancy house, it still needs a lot of work, almost every room is only partially done, we are being taken over by weeds and clovers outside, but it's all ours. There is so much space in this house. For real, it's so amazing. The back yard is gigantic...I mean, Sean is going to need a riding lawn mower for sure.
The house is starting to feel like our own. We have put our touch on it. Most rooms have been changed drastically and if they haven't yet, they will be in the next year or two. It's a major work in progress. It's strange to have the neighborhood kids knock on our door and ask to play with the boys. It's good, but strange. We have pretty much a child's dream back yard so they want to be here a lot. I've kicked them out once because the boys needed some peace I think...or maybe I did. :) For the most part though, it's great. Our neighbors are fabulous...SO NICE!
Our kitchen will eventually be close to my dream kitchen...in maybe a year. We still need to do the floors (they aren't TOO bad right now though), the countertops and the cabinet pulls (although new cabinets would be amazing, it's not in the budget). Oh, and we haven't gotten our new oven and microwave yet, but have gotten our new dishwasher and fridge...both are so awesome!
I can't wait to post before and after pictures...it is pretty amazing the changes you will see! At least I think it is! The best part...we are doing this on a pretty tight budget. We didn't want to finance anything, so we aren't. That's partially why we couldn't do it all at once. We don't have loads of money just laying around so we had to spend our money wisely. It's amazing how much you can do on a tight budget! I like getting creative to make things work within our budget...probably a trait I inherited from my mother. :) Thanks, Mom!
The kids are like maniacs running all over this house. They love it...and they love their play houses too! They are all sleeping amazing here. Our 2 littles are sharing a room now and Tate has his own little big boy heaven to live in...complete with a couch, TV (no cable, just a DVD player) and TONS of open floor space to play. Oh and the under the sea themed bathroom that is pretty kidtastic as well. :) He thinks he's big stuff up there!
I don't even know what to do with 3 bathrooms...I mean, we've never had more than 2 and I thought having 2 was pretty fantastic! Ha. I will say that I underestimated the amount of time I would need to spend cleaning with a larger house! I new it would be more time, but man...these kids can destroy every room in about 5 minutes flat. Plus, the larger kitchen takes way more time to sweep and with about 4x the counter space than I've had in years, they take a lot of time to wipe down. Then, there's 4 boys in this house and so the bathrooms get nasty to say the least. I mean, we've only been here about a week and I can already tell this!
Okay, that's going to have to be it for now...got lots of boxes to unpack!
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
We were at the U of I on 3 JCP and the staff there was INCREDIBLE! Seriously, what an amazing group of caring people they are...couldn't have felt in better hands.
Thank you all for praying for us and for our little guy during our stay. We felt them for sure!
We were so happy (don't get me wrong, we still are!), but had no idea what that night and the next 2 weeks would hold before moving in!
The cosmetic changes we were planning to do on the house turned into a much bigger remodel (pretty much a gut job in some rooms!) than expected. Oh, and then there was that phonecall we got a few hours after taking this picture that our 3 year old was sick. We made a speeding trip to the University of Iowa Hospitals and didn't leave for a week. Ya, that put a bit of a wrench in our plans. Because of the most amazing group of friends and family we have, we survived. Truly, we have the best friends and family in the whole world...they worked on our house when we were in the hospital, watched our kids for over a week, brought us food, stayed up until the wee hours helping us, packed and moved our house, made us meals, and more!
Blessed does not even cover it.
We love you all!!!!
Sunday, June 24, 2012
Friday, June 22, 2012
Friday, June 15, 2012
We have a week from tomorrow to get our house ready to move into and our stuff packed to be moved. I have NO IDEA how that's going to get done with our little guy being in the hospital possibly for several days. We have the most incredible friends and family who have been so amazing to jump in and do whatever they can. Truly, we are humbled by all of your wonderful help...you know who you all are!
I left the hospital today to head back home (to the new house) to do some wallpaper removal for a few hours. In the process of peeling back layers of wallpaper in the bathroom, we exposed a decent amount of mold. Awesome. So now we have to add that...tearing out some drywall to be patched and praying the mold doesn't turn out to be deeper than just on the drywall.
I am stressed...to the max. Like more worried and stressed than I've ever been in my life ever. For the first time ever I really don't know if we're going to get this done...the move, having the house prepared to be moved into, things painted. I have not a clue how it's going to happen. I am exhausted to the core, but can't sleep as all of my worries and fears race through my head. I know God's in control...I do. I am scared and worried and feel so helpless...
Monday, June 11, 2012
And Chloe just chilled and picked her nose. LOL.
I couldn't resist posting this picture...I caught her red handed!
Sunday, June 10, 2012
Then Lora got involved. She started spraying it all over the kids to try and help them understand that they could go wild. She even taught them the trick of squirting a ton on their hands and then clapping to make it fly all over...thanks for that Lora. ;)
Saturday, June 09, 2012
Today was crazy...
After the closing, the littles and I drove to Davenport. I dropped off the baby with DeCooks and headed to our middle's doctor appointment. To avoid getting too specific, he is having some troubles with his medical condition. It's scary and all so unknown, but we knew anything would be possible regarding his health and it's all in God's hands.
After his appointment, we went to get the baby and Tate from DeCooks and when we got there, it was already almost 1 o'clock. We decided we'd go to lunch with DeCooks and so we headed out. By the time we got back from lunch, it was almost 3pm and the littles hadn't napped yet! I put them down and noticed Tate seemed awfully tired too, so I suggested he nap as well. That's almost comical because that child NEVER naps! However, he must have been BEAT because he napped for 3 hours!!! All the boys got up between 5:30 and 6pm. While they napped, I edited pictures (I am way behind as usual!), did some stuff with our budget, paid some bills, unloaded some stuff I had in the car from our stay in Muscatine last night and before I knew it, 2 1/2 hours had passed!
When the boys got up, I texted Lora to come on over and bring the girls because I was having a shaving cream party! (pictures later...) It was a mess, and FUN! The kids had a ball! Tate wanted to have Ava for a sleepover, so after having 4 kids jammed into our tiny bathtub to wash off all of the Barbasol shaving cream, we got jammies on, popped popcorn, Lora and Chloe headed home and Ava and Tate made their beds on the couches downstairs and watched a movie before bed.
I just completed editing my brother and sister-in-law's photo session and am heading to bed momentarily! This weekend will be packing up the house central around here. We haven't packed a thing. Ugh.
Monday, June 04, 2012
Sunday, June 03, 2012
Since I didn't take more than a few pictures (none of which turned out very good) with my real camera, you get this one from my phone. Here is Lisa and I while we were setting up before people started to arrive.
Our Hurricane Party was a success...so much fun! Tons of people came out (way more than we expected), the food got eaten, lots of mingling and laughing went on and I think a good time was had by all! :-)
Saturday, June 02, 2012
And Kayla...I queation whether she is of the same genes as Leah sometimes! :) She is so full of energy and spunk and attitude! She is HILARIOUS! Oh my goodness, she cracks me up all the time. She is going to be in the spotlight someday for sure...she has no fear!
And I am super excited about the new location I discovered downtown...LOVE all of the brick and chippy paint and rusted metal. I'll definitely be making another trip to this location in the near future!