Saturday, February 23, 2008

Duh Nuh Nuh

Seth LOVES the SuperMan theme song. Here he is singing along. Too cute.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Our Big Helper

Seth is such a big help. He cleans up. He puts dishes in the sink. He throws away trash.


Here he is helping us in the yard.

Our *snow* day

I am going back through my photos now because there were some things I wanted to post, but never got around to it.

Our Valentines Day was a let down. We had all the valentines ready to go to school. Brody and Seth were all excited! Unfortunately, we had a snow storm. I use the term extremely loosely.

*sigh* When you live in Virginia Beach, this amount of snow is cause to open the schools 2 hours late. And when your kid is in preschool, which only meets for 3 hours anyway, school is closed...

So... because of this blizzard, Brody was home all day and Valentines Day was postponed.

All you people in Michgan and New York and those places that you cant actually see houses because of snow drifts, you can stop laughing now and go out and buy some bread, milk, and toilet paper. :)

Pancake Puffs!

This makes me laugh out loud, every time. My kids could be completely engrossed in anything but the tv, but if this commercial comes on, they are GLUED to the TV! They get all excited when the Pancake Puff commercial comes on. Too funny. Then Seth continually keeps asking me for a muffin. Oh, the power of advertising!

Here are some photos of them...

and here is the hypnotic ad that they love so much! It is such a trip.

Christmas Continues

Yes... it is February 22nd, but my kids still ask to watch the Polar Express DAILY.


Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Our *new* bathroom is my new best friend. For those of you who don't know about it yet, it is a website that is nationwide. You can post things for sale, or items you need, and it helps people hook up to buy stuff. Kind of like a glorified yard sale, although there are some high ticket items there, too.

I wanted a new mirror for our 1/2 bath. We had one of those large wall mirrors, and I had finally gotten so sick of it, that I went onto craigslist to see if I could find a mirror for sale.

A sweet older woman about 20 minutes from my house was selling an ornate, gold painted framed mirror for $10. I drove out there today, bought the mirror, painted it to match our bathroom cabinet (which I had just refinished with a mohogany stain), and hung it up on the wall. I am so happy with our 10 dollar purchase! Now, I am looking for a $10 light fixture! :)

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

The End Result

Thought I would post a photo of the end result to my Kids Shoe Organization Extravaganza. This is minus the shoes that are in the baskets by the door and in the garage (rain boots, etc...)


I have maybe 10 pairs of shoes and our kids have 60. There is something so wrong with this.

How Whacked is This?

In an effort to clean up, organize, categorize, and catalog our home... I decided to get ALL of the boys shoes (some we bought and a LOT of hand me downs), take photos of them to put on the outside of the boxes, organize by size, etc...

We have SIXTY pairs of shoes for these kids. 2 kids. 4 years and 2 years old. SIXTY pairs of shoes.

Seriously. And right now, they both have literally 1 pair that fits. And I bought those today.

Lord, save me from all our worldly shoes!

Check This Out!

My dear friend Charlotte, who came to do a photo shoot of my family a few months back, has made a photo album of it.


She is so awesome.
Of course, she had REALLY cute content matter, also! :)

Sunday, February 17, 2008

My friend's reveal

Some of you may know this friend, and most of you won't... but this is such a wonderful thing they did for their family. They are pregnant (after a long time trying) and when they went to find out the sex, they had the nurse put it in an envelope. Then, they waited a couple of weeks until their family was all together (some from out of town), had a big dinner together, and opened the envelope with their family there. I love the fact that everyone is sitting around with cell phones. You can tell they have all been waiting to find out and that there are even MORE people out there that wanted to know RIGHT AWAY, so they all had their phones on. The sheer joy of seeing the whole family that excited is entertainment for anyone, whether they know the couple or not... See for yourself!

Saturday, February 16, 2008

A Little Bit Closer!

Okay... so, the kitchen saga continues... MAJOR forward motion this weekend!

The crown moulding (molding?) has been up for a little while, the kitchen has been repainted... and today

we put up the tile!!!! Kurt cut the pieces while I did the mortar and tile work. I LOVE it!

We still need to seal the tiles (they are slate, so they need to be sealed to prevent staining and water damage) and then grout. We should be done within a week, I hope.

I am in the process of painting some of our kitchen accessories, including the window treatment rods (I wanted wrought iron, but cant afford them, so we are painting them with "wrought iron paint")

I will keep posting as we go along!

Give me a Yipppeeee for the tilework!

Open Wide

I haven't posted in a while and there are a few other things I will go back to post, but I wanted to get these photos up.

Brody went to the dentist today for the first time. He was so excited and LOVED it. He thought most of it was hysterical and is over-the-top happy that he has TWENTY teeth. He kept insisting he had 8. :)

Here he is getting his teeth checked out.

Friday, February 08, 2008

We did it (by the way!)

I had someone ask me the other day if we were able to keep from eating out the entire month of January. We did it! We saved huge amounts of money, lost weight, ate as a family, got healthier, and were really proud of ourselves.

I am in the process of printing out our meals for all of February and the 1st week of March right now, with all of the shopping lists already done. It takes a little planning, but makes it SO much easier. Especially because I can ask Kurt to go to the store too and just hand him the list of stuff.

planning meals and shopping for them is one of my least favorite things. In fact, I always felt like we were having the same dinners over and over.

Now that I plan them out with all of our favorite recipes, I find myself being sad because we have about 45 recipes we really love and that I make well, so we might not have our favorite recipe in a whole month. How crazy is that!?


If you find yourself getting in a rut, just start making a list of the dinners you and your family loved. Then plan out a month (adding in leftover nights) and see how many nights you can do with different meals! It is awesome!

Now, if only I could just get to the store when I need to!

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Slish Slosh

Okay, so this freaks me out. Brody does this all the time... you may need to turn up your volume to hear it...

Just the boys

Our family has a LOT of boys. It is nice to see them together. I am sure they will grow up to be good friends. Here are Brody, Seth, and their cousin, Will.

Superbowl Party

We went to a superbowl party across the street at our friends house and watched while all the kids played together. It is nice to have so many friends with kids the same age so they can all entertain each other while us adults hang out!

Brody's anti-climactic birthday

So, it was very sad. Brody turned 4. We had all the family in town. We had reserved The Jumpin' Monkey for his party. We had the big chocolate chip cookie... and the balloons... and the favor bags...

and Brody got sick. I mean, the ALL NIGHT kind of sick. So.... we postponed a birthday party. We did eat his big cookie and open the presents from the family that was in town.

After the weekend... they all went home and all got sick, as did I.

No fun.

Then, Monday (his actual birthday rolled around) and it was his day to have his birthday at school. Nope. Sick. Kurt took him in the morning and after he dropped him off, realized he probably should have kept him home, so back home he came.

It was so sad. Poor kid.

We are planning on having his party at a later date. I will have to post the fun party pictures then.