Saturday, November 22, 2014


A few more pictures of the girl's room.

The closet floor previously had a piece of linoleum down and it was disgusting.
Since we didn't replace the carpet, the dilemma was what to put down in its place.
Leaving it was NOT an option.
Mike picked up a box of wood flooring and now it looks 300x better!

We also had another issue.
Knowing that our new little one was a boy--the bunk beds that the girls previously slept in were staying in the boy's room.
We were two beds short.
I was able to find two matching captain's beds on a local online site.
Problem solved.
They are not in pristine condition, but they work.  
Plus, I LOVE the storage underneath!

The chaos of moving-in day!

For now, the baby's dresser is in there too.
Once we are done with the crib in the boy's room, it will be moved over.
It works for now.
It is mostly all decorated at this point--I still need to find curtains and some minor things,
but that is that.

On to the next room...


Soccer ended just over a week ago.
It fizzled rather than boomed.
We had a lot of rainy weekends and we didn't even get all the games made up and then add in the time change...oye!  

Anyway, we are done for the season.
We found out that soccer is not Rian's thing. 
 She has no desire to play next season--and that is perfectly fine!
Carina enjoyed it and showed improvement from last year.

This was the girl's team.

Michael enjoyed soccer this year.
Unfortunately, his team had a rough go of it and ended up with a
  downright awful pretty poor record for the season.  

Maybe next year!

Friday, November 21, 2014


November is a crazy month for us..a birthday nearly every weekend.
Due to the impending arrival of our newest little one and the lack of space in our house--we decided to have a joint birthday party for the November babies at the firehouse.

Getting set up

Enjoying his cupcake!

We went in order of the birthdays.
Carina was first with her "frozen" gift.  ;)

Seven years old!
Where did that go?

Jared opened next.

Our big 2 year old!

Finally, our little Boogie Monster went last.
He will be 4 years old this weekend.


I didn't take too many pictures..
but there are some advantages to having things at the firehouse (even though it isn't pretty).
The kids had plenty of room to run around and goof off..clean-up is relatively worked.

Happy Birthday Party Day to our November Babies!

Thursday, November 20, 2014


We finally moved on to the girl's room!
They are in and there are just some minor cosmetic things that remain to be finished.
Here are a couple of pictures along the way.

We did not change the flooring in this room.
The carpet is in decent shape and actually upon completion, doesn't look bad with the colors we chose for the room.
Mike did put in new lights and replacement windows and of course, re-painted.

The finished paint job.
I do have some pictures with furniture in the room, but couldn't find them quickly.
That can be another post for another time.

Little by little it is coming along.


Toward the end of October,
 a bunch of local homeschool families got together to hit the corn maze and additional activities.  

It was a beautiful day and unseasonably warm.
We fed the animals..

Took a hayride around the farm..

Played in the hay maze..

and spent some significant time on the big slide.. 

and of course, corn maze! 

The view from the tower in the center of the maze.

 We also enjoyed some apples and picked pumpkins.

A good time was had by all.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014


One of the extra-curriculars this Fall, for two of the kids, was cooking class put on by our local recreation department.

It was a month long, once a week.
The kids would go for an hour and a half and prepare different foods to then bring home and eat.
I did not get a picture of everything, but here is a sampling of what Michael brought home.

They definitely enjoyed it.
Who knows..maybe we have some future chefs!


It has been pretty eventful around here lately.
I have a ton of stuff to catch up on, but for today--

We introduce to you Grant Theodore!
He was born on Sunday, 11/16..which also happens to be Jared's birthday!!

Birthday boys!

More to come soon.