Life with a boy and his Hypoplastic Left heart Syndrome, now Heart transplant and partial Liver from Aspergillius. Also, a girl and her Tethered Spinal Cord Syndrome, Neuro Endocrine Cell Hypoplasia, Lumbar Hemangioma, asymmetrical gluteal cleft, Pectus Carinatum and two Super Sisters and one yummy baby brother.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Memorial Day

Memorial Day with the Clawson side.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Another happy place

Do you have places that you love to spend time? I have always loved being in the garden. Grandma and Grandpa Groesbeck and Clawson always had lovely gardens. Which means Dad and Mom always had a garden, and now I need one. Right about now, all I want to eat is fresh garden food. We picked and ate tomatoes warm from the sun and rinsed in the hose with a little salt and pepper, just like candy.  Eeeeeeep, I can't wait!!! Plus rhubarb, and raspberries and all the fixens for salsa. Mmmmmm salsa.. The Groesbecks had apple trees that we would pick the apple while they were still green, dice them up and put a little salt on. It was so tart and sooooo yummy. We also grew the best cucumbers. Sometimes the cucs would get so big and seedy my grandma would let us hollow out the seeds and float cucumber boats down the irrigation ditches. 

So this is my little garden.. A work in progress. It takes money, time and energy. I love it though. Our space was so huge. It was way more than I could manage. So we started getting first the oblong trough and then the pipe clamps, it's kind of my look of industrial, in the garden. I can't wait for it to be finished. But things are starting to grow and it's turning out fantastic. I am learning to to care for all my little plants and some take some real research. 

I transplanted so many things this year, I thought for sure they were going to parish. They rallied and are doing great. 

This is my first year with strawberries. I feel like they are kind of delicate. I have read that they are pretty hardy, what am I doing wrong? Botinist's??? Gardeners???? Chime in if you have ideas.

I got my garden in rather late this year. So here is hoping for an Indian summer and a great yield anyway. I will have to post as things start to pop up. 

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Alex's party

Alex finally had his birthday party with his friends. Sometimes it takes a month to make it happen, but then it stretches out the fun for a way long time. 
Ashy loved trying out the green cupcakes...

I was busy helping and running the show, so I only got this one shot of the party goers. For his party he had a hot dog roast and s'mores. We played some backyard games and did cake and presents. The kids just wanted to play. I need to just invite all the kids over for night games a couple of days off this summer. 

MayLee's preschool review

Here she is!!!! Plus also, she is sitting next to her favorite, Quinn.  She calls him Quinney Boy. 

When I grow up I want to be a Cheer leader and a doctor. 

Hurray for MayLee!!!!

Finger crochet

Eden really wanted to learn to figure crochet. I spent a little bit of time to trying to show her. 
She could do it if I helped her. But it is still a little tricky for her.

Friday, May 26, 2017

The Room reveal

We have a lovely house, one that we are proud of and one that we built with our own hands. All five of the little Homies have been brought to this home. As our family has grown so has the need for space and so we have finished the basement and are planning a remodel of the upstairs. Now, because that seems pretty daunting we also looked for a new house. After all, this was going to be our starter home. 

Our roots are pretty deep now. While I really like moving (we moved quite a bit while I was little), I can't imagine how difficult it would be now that I am an adult. We even found homes we liked a lot. They, of course, were all well out of our price range for what we have now. And we kept looking for things we have now and could never find anything. Sooooooooooo...We are staying put and changing our current home to fit our needs/wants better. The first thing on the list was the master suite. Specifically the closet situation and the room. 

The little girls were sharing a room upstairs. But we took them down to Gator's room and he is now bunking with Asher. This will be until we do our addition which will add two more rooms downstairs. 

For anyone with children. Zip-it bedding (20.00 bucks on groupon, only these two styles) is the only way to go... My one year old can, "I do it"... 

Demo- All the kids love demo.. Especially Asher and Alex. 

We took out the dividing wall and moved it over three feet to make our room larger, we also changed the point of entry and this made us change the attic access. 

New studs in place for walls to go up.

With everything painted Jeff started installing portions of our new closet!!!!

We got the flooring all done and started the masonry. I watched tons of YouTube videos and was sure I could master putting brick up. Lucky for us Angie came to help out. I still messed up a lot. We didn't have enough adhesive stuff on the back, bricks were falling off super easy. It was stressful.

One brick left,

The wall all finished but not mortared yet.

So you have to wash the mortar off really fast before it dries and leaves a terrible white film on everything... Two acid washes later and we are a go for the sealer. Which totally turned the wall white again. 

Then we tried everything from grinding off the sealer with a drill, to scrubbing with acetone. In the end we love how it turned out. 

We also had to wait for a chair we ordered from RC Willey. We ordered it in November, were told it wouldn't be in until March, got a call in March that we had to wait till May, they must have needed to make the darn thing from scratch, so in the meantime we found the amazing grey chair...... Our brown chair finally came in the other day... It was the squeekiest chair in the world. So we called and they brought out another. I was already miffed...  I wasn't about to just live with a squeaky chair. 

Here is the reveal:


USB outlets, even on new headboard

Charging station for kids electronics. We ask that they bring their IPods and phones to our room at night. 
barn door to the closet
Plenty of space on both sides

Belt storage
Extending tie racks
Walk in linen closet, with motion sensor lights

Motion sensor foot lights 
Plenty of under bed storage 

There are just a few minor decorations I need to put up, then, voila....  This has been the perfect place to escape to read and relax. 

Next on the list is the master bath.