Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Snow Ice Cream



Winter Evening

Kids doing homework and reading books in front of a nice, cozy fire. 


And of course, photobomb!


Rock Climbing


Can you find the eight year old blind kid 50 feet in the air? I can't even see her when she is up there. Good thing the staff don't know I'm belaying by feel!

This kid LOVES rock climbing! 


Luckily, we live in a university town with a giant climbing wall. 


Bean loves to climb, and he is strong and agile, but he gets scared at about 15 feet and wants to come back down. It frustrates him to no end that his sister climbs higher than he does. 


Mister inherited my not-so-strong physique, so climbing isn't as attractive for him, but he gave it a good try. 


Curly enjoyed it but didn't fall madly in love like Abi did. 


I'm not a prophet nor the son of a prophet, but I have a feeling we'll be here again. 

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Not What I'd Planned For New Years

The day before New Year's Eve, I took a bath. While in the tub, an ant crawled out of a hole in the moldy caulk next to me and said hi. That was it. I started tearing off the disgusting shower surround that night. 

Poor hubby was not planning to do a DIY project over New Years but he reluctantly started hauling old Sheetrock out to the garbage, and he was invested. 



It was icky. The mold alone makes my stomach churn. 

We washed it all off, put up more plastic sheeting, and bought cement backerboard just before the stores closed for the holiday weekend. 

Hubby put up backerboard, while I took the kids to a nearby hotel to get them out of his hair. And to take a shower. 


When the stores reopened after the holiday, we bought porcelain tile and started hanging it, even though we had about half a clue what we were doing. 



I wanted to re-use the old faucet, so I soaked it in vinegar over night, trying to remove the hard water scale. Instead, it removed some of the chrome, so that was a no-go. But I still shined the knobs, and we found a replacement faucet at the hardware store. 

Some friends from church had a tile saw, and let us come over and use it, although with the outside temperatures at 19° and dropping, we had a hard time keeping the wet saw from freezing. 

As it was, we had to melt ice off the tiles before we could install them. 


The next problem to be solved was the faucets. We ended up just having to buy a hole saw with a diamond blade, and created our own mini wet-drill in the bathroom. 



We got the holes cut, and miraculously we had measured correctly so they were in the right spot. 


Next came grout and our anniversary. We took a shower down at Hubby's gym, and went out to dinner. 




Next came caulking and installing the newly-shined old knobs, and actually new shiny spout. 


A little patch on the wall by each end of the tub was water damaged. We fixed the flow problems and patched the wall. 




Tomorrow, we'll caulk and paint around the edges, seal the grout, paint the wall, and best of all, take a shower!

Updated: final pics!


(Oh yeah. Clean up...)


Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Lego Challenge

Lego challenges for vacation days!

A bridge that reaches over 12" and holds up the iron. 

An animal made with only three pieces. 

A plate with something written in Braille or print

A stairway with 20 steps and a secret compartment somewhere

A house made out of exactly 50 pieces

A candy dispenser that gives out MnMs

Use a rubber band and build a catapult that shoots a 2x2 brick the farthest. 




Abi Reading Narnia

Abi has made huge strides in her reading level this year. "The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe" is reading grade level 5.9. Not bad for a kid in grade 3.5. #ProudMama #MomBrag

Grandma Spoiling


My mom needed her fix with the grandkids, so we went down a few days after Christmas. We'd planned to go Tuesday, but the roads were drifted over and closed. So it got moved to Wednesday. But it turned out fun. The kids discovered that they got a second Christmas at Grandma's so they were thrilled. 




Christmas 2016

For Christmas this year, we decided to stay home, and it was just right! Hubby and I organized and led the Christmas Eve candlelight service at church, which we love. 


Merry Christmas!

Job Love

I think I'm the luckiest person in the world to get to work in a little, old-fashioned toy store and pharmacy. I love retail, and the Christmas season was magical at Hodgin's!


We marched with the Hodgin's float in the Christmas parade on December 1.


After Christmas, on a slow Monday, the kids came to keep me company for a bit. 

Thanksgiving in Enterprise



Grandma GG reading a story to the cousins



My job this year was pies! I made eight. :)


The view at Tye and Amy's house is amazing. Beautiful spot. 

Saturday, November 19, 2016


Natalie had a birthday dinner with good friends. Perfect!