Saturday, October 7, 2017

My babies

 Awww.  Darling sisters.


 I pulled out the camera because when Annabel woke up from her nap she had these two amazing ringlet curls on her forehead.  It was so unexpected and darling.  She was not in favor of my getting a good picture of the ringlets.  Instead, she preferred to fight with Clover over ladder rights.  The sweet kissing picture is, sadly, misleading.  Soon thereafter they both had to be removed from the ladder and the bedroom containing the ladder.  I love these girls so much!

Clover

Just now Clover ran up to me and said, "I want some juice."  I said, "I don't have any juice."  Then she said, in this sparkly happy voice, "Oooohhhhh."  Then she giggled and ran off.  Now she's sitting on the couch looking at a book about reptiles singing to herself.  I just love her happy nature.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Some bonus pics, just for fun

 My first day wearing eye makeup post LASIK.  I must say, I missed my mascara.

 Me and Harriet taking selfies.

 Annabel wanted in on the action.
 Hi Annabel!
 Harriet was trying to help me get a picture of my hair.  I wasn't going to post any of them (because she was so short and the angle is funny) but you can see the new lights in the music room!!!!!  Miriam can practice her piano after the sun has gone down.

 Clover.



I don't understand why my hair looks fuzzy when I do it, but when my nieces and my sister Kayli curl their hair with a wand, it looks shiny and fabulous.  What am I doing wrong??


Emeline had a (belated) birthday!!

Emeline turned 11 in the midst of the kitchen remodel.  Sadly, she had to wait four whole days to celebrate.  It was hard on her, poor thing, but she managed to make it through.  I tried extra hard to make her birthday special since she'd had to wait.

While her actual birthday was on Monday, we celebrated on Thursday, which worked out beautifully.  We all went to our Commonwealth, which everyone loves, and so there were classmates to say happy birthday and add to the feeling of excitement.  I need post a post about the Commonwealth, but not here.  This post is about Emeline and how she finally had a birthday.

At noon we left Miriam and Cowen at school and I took the younger kids home.  Emeline had asked and was allowed to decorate her own cake!  She was thrilled!!  She spent about an hour practicing with the icing and doing the decorating.  The kids drove her nuts picking into the icing and wanting to try things, but overall everyone had fun.

After icing the cake, Emeline was able to watch her birthday movie--the live-action Jungle Book from way back when (not the new one).  You know, the one were the bad guy is Wesley from Princess Bride.  All the kids LOVED the movie and after its conclusion they changed into jungle clothes and ran around the house making extraordinarily loud monkey sounds.

Emeline wanted baked potato bar for her birthday meal.  I was thrilled as that is a favorite of mine but we don't have it often because it is not a favorite of Timothy's.  We had bacon AND ham, along with the rest of the usual toppings, as I was feeling guilty about the delayed birthday thing.  Yummy.  Following supper we waited while Timothy dashed to the store for candles (I couldn't find mine--weird, as they are kept in a drawer in my room, not in the kitchen).  When he returned we sang and Emeline blew out candles and everyone ate cake in the jolly and rollicking manner that usually accompanies birthday cake.

Afterwards came the best part.  I have been so excited to give Emeline her birthday present because I knew she would love it and she did and does!

 Emeline received a book about how to make forest fairies.  Some craft books for kids are lame because they require too much adult help.  Not this book!!!  Emeline and Miriam and Cowen and Eli and Harriet have been making fairies nonstop since Emeline's birthday and only Harriet has needed help (which Miriam and Emeline have provided--I've been painting).  The kids love their fairies almost as much as they like making them.  There have been little sister fairies (given to Clover), bumblebee fairies, Ranger fairies, ninja fairies, and flower fairies.  They are all awesome.
 A box of fairy making supplies.  I also bought a bunch of extra supplies for Emeline's Enchanted Woodland birthday party (that will be coming up shortly if I ever get invites made and delivered).  The main activity at the party will be fairy making.





I still can't believe Emeline Bea is 11.  She's not supposed to get so old!!  Emeline is a delight.  She always has her nose in a book curled up in a ball somewhere--usually the yellow chair.  She is very maternal and loves the babies and is my best helper with the younger kids.  Eli is her best friend, yellow is her favorite color, and potatoes and stuffed peppers are her favorite foods.  She loves to sing and has a lovely voice.  She also loves crafting and drawing and wants desperately to learn how to cook.  She's a sweetheart and I am so glad she's mine!!

Kitchen Remodel Update

They key to not getting behind on blogging is to actually blog occasionally.  So here I am--trying to make sure I don't get hopelessly behind again.

The kitchen remodel is over the hump (I think), where we're into more of the fun stuff now and over the worst of the not fun stuff.  Things that have been accomplished:

--kitchen cupboard fronts taken off, sanded, washed with TSP, primed and painted,
--kitchen walls painted,
--new Ikea cupboards put up underneath the microwave and around the fridge,
--new stove was acquired from Idaho Falls,
--new carpet and laminate was picked out and ordered,
--and lights are now in and working in the music room.

Phew.  I basically didn't do school with anyone but Miriam and Cowen last week because I was painting.  I still have to do the second coat of paint on the cupboard boxes (bases?) in the kitchen then all the major painting will be done and we'll just have touch-ups left.

The pictures won't be in order, but it will still remind me, when I'm 90, of what we did and what it looked like before and after.

 That tall cupboard used to be by the fridge.  We carried it outside a few minutes after I finished taking photos.  The desk area was taken out and replaced with actual cupboards.

 The fridge area after we ripped out the old cupboards, but before we painted and put in the new.

 The man who does all the work.

 Cupboard drawers all taken out from the around the fridge cupboards.

 This is good to remind me of the color of the cupboards before I painted them.

 I interrupt this broadcast about the kitchen to post a picture of the mantel I painted white.  Timothy sanded it for me (I hate sanding) and then I did two coats of primer and three coats of paint.  It was a pain-in-the-neck project because even the two inch roller was too wide for most of it, so I had to do a lot of brush painting.

 You can see the white paint above the mantel where I messed up.  That is all fixed now and it looks really good.  I'm not in love with the grayish tile around the fireplace and I still need to spray paint the gold parts, but it is coming along.

 We moved the piece of furniture that is usually in the music room holding drums and amps into the library for the duration.  Harriet loves to sit there.  The music room plant also hangs out in library right now so we have a little plant menagerie (or jungle, as the kids like to call it).

 The kids fight over the ladder all the day long.  Ladder horsies are all the rage and Oskar is a ridiculously cute cowboy.

 I took some pictures just to remind myself of how it looked before.

 I'm super excited about our flooring choices.  That was the most expensive part of the project, mostly because we bought super nice carpet and because we're putting the new laminate in the kitchen and dining room so it will all match.


 Blue countertops.

 Cupboard doors a little worse for wear.

 Let there be chartreuse everywhere!!!!  I love how the walls glow in the sun.  I love it, love it, love it.  I really quite enjoy painting--especially now that I'm good enough that I don't tape anything.  Sadly, some of my enjoyment is lost when I struggle to keep kids out of the painting zone.  The kids are pretty much done with mom being busy.  Tomorrow I'm painting the second coat of white on the cupboard bases and organizing my new cupboards a little bit (I'm sure things will get moved around a bit when everything is done) and then there isn't anything else I can do to help Timothy.  Starting Tuesday it is back to mothering and homeschooling full time--YAY!!
 My cupboard front painting zone.  Nobody is allowed to go beyond the yellow couch right now while the paint cures.  We're not attaching them until the new hardware arrives because we don't want them getting messed up right away.  Theses cupboards turned out better than any others I've done.  I am assuming that is because Timothy is really invested in this project so he did the sanding for me.  I'm not a perfectionist and he is and the sanding makes a difference.  The final product looks amazing.  I love it.
 Old vinyl that will soon be replaced.  Wahoo!!  I think that will make the biggest difference--even more than the paint on the walls or the white cupboards.
 Doesn't the white look crisp and lovely next to the chartreuse?  I love it.  That area under the microwave was where the desk was.  We didn't use it as a desk so we replaced the desk with cupboards from Ikea.  Look for them in the picture with Harriet.
 Timothy had to move that outlet for the cupboards to fit.  There was WAY more electrical in this project than I imagined, even though Timothy warned me there would be.  It is a good thing Timothy knows how to do everything.
 Boxes from Ikea.  FYI, the bar isn't going to stay chartreuse.  I showed Timothy some white and wood looking options that I liked and told him to do what he wanted.  I'm curious to see the end result.
 The new stove is being kept under wraps to protect it from all sorts of people and things.  I painted a quick coat of chartreuse paint in the music room just to freshen things up in there, so it looks so good right now!
 New cupboards!!
 We're going to try and use appliance epoxy to freshen up the fridge.  It looks a lot older and more tired now that the fresh new cupboards are in.

New cupboards under the microwave!!  One side has the slide out drawer for garbages. I am super excited that our garbages will be hidden so that babies are less likely to pull things out of them and/or knock them over.  Tis awesome.

Next on the agenda:

1) putting a counter over the new cupboards under the microwave,
2) second coat of white paint on the cupboard boxes,
3) building bar,
4) doing the countertops,
5) flooring,
6) putting the hardware on the cupboard fronts,
7) reattaching the cupboard fronts.

We're almost there!!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

September 9, 2017

WE INTERRUPT THIS BLOG POST TO MAKE A VERY IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT.  World, I have officially caught up this blog.  Miracles do happen and goals can be achieved if you delete enough pictures and forego writing much text.  In the future, we hope to achieve more goals and write more text.

 I thought some kitchen updates were overdue.  In the above picture, you can see where Timothy took out the old light and replaced it with mud.  You can also see some of the recessed lighting he put in.  The lighting took a lot longer than planned because he wired it wrong the first time.  If at first you don't succeed, wire, wire again.  The lights are so bright and I love them.  Especially the one right about the sink.  Lovely.
 You might also notice that Timothy moved the one remaining wall cupboard up to the ceiling (which is really high and makes me feel short for the first time in my life).  That requires rewiring the outlets that you can see in this picture, which hasn't happened yet.  He's still working on lights. You might also notice that all the other wall cupboards are down and the walls have been drywalled and sanded and are ready to prime.  Timothy took off the backsplash, but isn't bothering making it nice because we are just going to cover it up with more backsplash.
 I actually pulled out my camera because I thought Harriet looked so cute helping her dad.  Way to get your hands dirty, Lady Harriet!  They were measuring for more recessed lighting.  Above the piano, Timothy is putting two spotlight lights, so we can move them to face the piano.  Now kids will be able to practice after dark (which is 5:00 pm in the middle of winter).  Yay!!!

Cowen gave his first talk in Sacrament meeting today.  It was about preparing for a mission.  He did great.  He talked about learning how to work hard and quoted my mom, "Hard work never hurt anyone, except the ones it scared to death."  Ha.  Good job, Cowen.