Saturday, December 8, 2012

Photo Booth

We got a new computer and the kids have had a lot of fun exploring with "photo booth".  Here is the latest of the kids creations (minus Pete).

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Halloween 2012

Here are pictures of the kids (and Trevor) in their costumes this year.  Thanks Natalie for taking pictures that look good otherwise I would never get around to doing this.





Monday, August 13, 2012

Potty Talk

I've had a rough morning today.  We tore out some drywall in Grace's room hoping to not find any mold and we found some.  Kind of a lot (although, not as bad as it could have been, I suppose).  I feel anxious and upset about the whole situation and because I have no control over how bad the repair will be and how long it will take I feel much more anxious.  I wanted to rant and rave on  the blog about how unfair it is and why can't anything just be easy and straightforward? but instead I decided to just show you some pictures of my newly remodeled bathroom.  Caryn helped me with the tile and replacing some of the drywall where we had a leak by the toilet.  Trevor and I ripped down the wallpaper and I painted.  Not a complete remodel, but I love it and am so glad we fixed it up.  All I want to do now is replace the sink and faucet (which is brass--barf), but that will probably wait for awhile.  I'm kind of getting sick of home improvement.  Did you see how I snuck in some ranting and raving in there?  Yeah, I'm devious like that.
Before:

                                       Midway:
After:

Friday, July 27, 2012

Tiling adventures

Trevor and I (mostly I) decided to tile our laundry room, bathroom and hallway in the basement.  My wonderful friend Caryn said she would help and that tile was on sale, so we should do it soon.  I should have known that when just buying tile takes 4 trips to Home Depot it was going to be an adventure.  Monday and Tuesday Trevor and I ripped up  linoleum and scraped adhesive off the floor (so many blisters!) and Wednesday we started tiling.  Things were going smoothly until yesterday when Caryn, Shelby and I were all working, while 12 kids were running around trying to entertain themselves.  I was outside mixing thinset when someone said, 'um, brown liquid is leaking down Grace's wall through the window'  I thought it was just a very small leak so I said, I'll worry about it later.  Then I went inside to find about 6 inches of water built up in her window well, which was quickly leaking into her bedroom.  By the time I got outside and had shut off the sprinkler water line the water in the well was probably 2 feet deep.  Shelby and Caryn helped me bail the water out while the kids sopped up water in Grace's room using all the towels they could find in the basement.  Luckily I found a "sinkhole" next to the window well and explored it to find the sprinkler pipe.  Caryn discovered the pipes had become disconnected and my very nice neighbor Taylor fixed the pipe for us.  I spent about 2 hours vacuuming up water using our new (yay?) wet-dry vac and things seem to be semi-back to normal.  AND I got the laundry room tile laid (still needs grout).  Let's hope today doesn't hold any more excitement other than finishing laying tile in the bathroom and hallway!
Through it all Caryn and Shelby really helped me stay calm and even laugh a bit through the emergency.  They really are amazing women and I am SO grateful to be able to call them friends!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Family Pictures

Since my whole family was together for the first time in awhile (and no one is pregnant so this will be current for awhile) we took family photos on our trip to Monterey.  I have more photos of our actual trip, but these are the family pics.  There aren't any "family" shots of Nathan and Katrina because we don't like them as much, and because they just got a bunch of engagement photos taken, so we excluded them.  And we mocked them a lot.  Mostly behind their backs, though.  I'm not sure why my smile looks so forced.  I swear I was happy.  Here they are:

Aaron, Tracy & kids

Lindsay, Sarah & kids
 Awesome-o, Trevor & kids (oh I mean Alisa)
Andrew, Kelly & kid
 The whole group...yikes that's a lot of us!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

A Great Way To Start the Day

So far today I got woken up by Peter squishing so close to Daniel in bed that he woke up.  I laid in bed for a few minutes until I really got woken up by Noah screaming for Trevor or I to come kill a spider.  I don't really like killing spiders, they give me the creeps.  Also Dan knocked over the lamp in the front room that has those energy-saving light bulbs that are supposed to be toxic if they shatter.  Super.  Dan also pooped and then cried the whole time I was cleaning up the light bulb mess.  I also can't find a single charger for any of my 3 nintendo DS's.  Sigh.  Noah also told me he thinks he has nonstop diarrhea.  I can already tell we're going to have a super day today.  I love summer:/

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

I promise I'm not slacking

I wanted to blog today but other than posting about my trip (which I'm not ready to do because the pictures aren't ready to upload), I don't have anything to say.  It's slightly depressing to think about, so don't mention how boring I am if I run into you somewhere.