Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
I was sitting outside with him reading a book, the Shack, and he asked me to read the book to him. I told him there weren't any pictures or anything and it was a grown up book with just words. He said, "Thanks ok mom, I speak Spanish."
Well ok then.... I love the way his mind thinks.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
So after the paint fiasco I vacuumed the room very well (something you always have to do after you move furniture around) and moved what was left of the furniture back to where it was going to go. I then dragged the bunk bed box in from the garage ignoring the 'lift as a team' symbol on it. Hey I didn't lift, I 'dragged.' I opened the box and flipped through the instruction manual and realized what I was getting myself into. I put the head/foot boards together downstairs and then took them upstairs. For each step I would go downstairs, get the pieces of wood that I needed, and then take them upstairs to assemble. Let me say that is was a very simple assembly but would have been a little easier with one more set of hands. I got the bottom bunk together in the room. Then my first issue. The instructions say to build the top bunk on the floor and then lift it up onto the bottom bunk. So here I am thinking "if I build the top bunk on the floor, I won't be able to lift it by myself onto the bottom bunk." So what do you do? That's right, build the top bunk on top of the bottom bunk. This actually worked out better and would probably have done it this way if someone was helping me. And in no time (maybe 5 hours in all) the bunk beds were together. And like a smart little monkey I was washing the kids new bedding as I was building the bunk beds so when they were done everything was ready to go.
So here is a slide show of the bunk beds and a video I made of some before and after clips. Try not to get dizzy.
Saturday, July 11, 2009
This was for Aidan to see. It was during the 'cutting in' with the primer. This is where his top bunk will be.
Here it is with the 2 coats of primer on the walls.
And with the final paint. I know it isn't that different but up close you can tell. It's like light gray versus custard or something like that. I have to wait until tomorrow to see if I have to touch it up anymore.
So right now in the fridge I have two rollers, a rolling pan of paint, a trim pan of paint, and about half a gallon left of tea. Yum. We'll see what I can get done tomorrow.
Friday, July 3, 2009
Holding hands, our solution to them fighting over the armrest in the middle...
My sweaty family watching the show.
If you look closely you can see the trainer standing on the tip of Shamu's nose. After that trick Aidan asked me if I got a picture of that one.
Shamu coaster first time around - not too fun for Aidan...
Can you tell they are related?
We also visited the penguins, sharks, fish tanks, and otters. Both of the kids really loved the sharks, and Matt and I loved these weird fish with red eyes. They just stayed in one place and didn't even move around. Maybe they were Twilight vampire fish! Kaleb like the piranhas.
Looking at the fishies...
My boys standing in front of the shark tank (that didn't show up...)
The sharks were very cool to look at.
Aidan feeding the sea lions.
We headed back to the hotel after walking around a little bit more and had a fun time there too. Dinner was Papa Johns, then off to the hotel pool for the boys and bath and bed for the girls. Asher did pretty well in the pack and play, which we were worried about since she doesn't sleep in bed with us and sleeps in her room every night. We weren't sure how it would work out with her being in the same room as us. When I first layed her down she was scared and really cried hard. I tried to hide by the door to let her cry it out a little like we do at home, but that WAS NOT working. Then I figured out she needed to see me to be settled, so I layed on the end of the bed right by her and eventually she fell asleep. A few times during the night she woke up and I layed her right on top of me and cuddled with her to calm her. I love moments like that because at home that would never happen. We both did get some sleep and the boys seemed to be pretty tired after a long night of swimming and slept well too.
Ready to leave the hotel and begin day 2.
Aidan did a great job keeping the glasses on. Asher thought they were a fun toy.
Can you see the joy on his face?
Ashy and Daddy relaxing in the water.
The highlight was when Aidan, Kaleb, and Matt went down a big tube ride. Aidan held on to the straps like the big guys and was so brave! He did awesome and loved it! Asher and I were at the bottom cheering them on.
Shamu meets High School Musical
After we left the water park Asher fell fast asleep in the stroller. Aidan rode the Shamu coaster one more time and he had a great time with Uncle Kaleb this time. He wasn't scared at all and actually smiled the whole time.
Asher sleeping while brother rode the roller coaster.
Shamu coaster second time around - lots more fun.
A little blurry but can you see the smile on his face?
We were tired out on the way home but Matt did a great job of getting us all home safe and sound and letting us sleep some along the way. Aidan managed to fight sleep and say awake the entire trip except for literally the last 5 minutes. He is the opposite of mommy in the car. I fall asleep within minutes and he has probably only fallen asleep a few times in his life.
The bummer of the trip is that Asher had a fever when we arrived home of about 103.5. She wasn't extra hot during the day and didn't feel feverish when we put her in the car. She surprised us when Matt picked her up to bring her inside and noticed how hot she was. Aidan is running fever today, so I guess the kids caught some bug at Seaworld.
All in all we had a BLAST! The kids did wonderful and we all had a lot of fun. We took lots of pictures but included some of our favorites. It was really nice to be able to take Kaleb. He is a great kid and the trip was that much more fun because he was there.
See ya next year Seaworld! (ok - maybe not next year, maybe the year after!)
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Here are some pictures from Easter. It was a busy day, but we never felt rushed or stressed. It was very enjoyable. We woke up and opened up our Easter baskets, had our traditional orange cinnamon rolls, went to church with Meme and Grampy, had Papa Murphy's pizza (possibly a new stress free Easter tradition), played store, and pirates, and store, and more store in the living room with Meme, and finally drove Meme and Grampy to the airport. This was a great end to a weekend full of family, friends, birthday, celebrating Jesus, and watching our kids play, play, play!
The kids and Daddy playing Don't Break the Ice - a game our family played a lot growing up!
This was a really sweet time for Aidan and Grampy. They made eggs in a nest, which is something that Tom remembered his grandma making growing up. Grampy made the nests and then Aidan loved putting the eggs in them. They had so much fun!
Meme and Grampy - what a cute couple!
Mommy and Daddy - even cuter couple! :)
The Easter Bunny hid some great eggs in the backyard.
Once Asher figured out how to open them and that there was candy inside it was all over. Grampy and Aidan sorting through the loot.
I'm not sure who was having more fun - Meme or Ashy?
This was so much fun to watch! Meme and Aidan played store with Aidan's new cash register and had such a blast together! Matt will have to post the video soon... It was hilarious!
Asher and Kaleb in the little train heading down to the cave. Asher wasn't quite sure what was going on! Kaleb did her hair today to and it looked really cute!
Aidan and Mommy heading down to the cave. Doesn't Aidan look like such a handsome big boy? :)
The cave was amazing!
Aidan loved the soda straws from the ceiling and did ask me if people could drink out of them. How cute!
This formation was cool because it was very sparkly and it looked like nice clean snow. It was neat!
Kaleb is such a good uncle! This was my view for most of the tour. It was very nice to have help and I don't think I could have done it without him!
We had a really fun time visiting Grandad at work and exploring the cave!