Life with the oldest sister who loves theater and fashion, a boy who has Hypoplastic Left heart Syndrome, now Heart transplant and partial Liver from Aspergillius, but thinks fishing and electronics rule. The most amazing middle-child-sister-aspiring artist. Also, a girl and her Tethered Spinal Cord Syndrome, Neuro Endocrine Cell Hypoplasia, Lumbar Hemangioma, asymmetrical gluteal cleft, Pectus Carinatum who loves littlest pet shops, American girl dolls, playdates. And one yummy baby brother who has a coarctation and bicuspid valve and thinks super heroes are the best.

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. 

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Happy Mother's Day

I was really looking forward to Mother's Day, and my family did NOT dissapoint. Daddy made eggs and sausage, which I opted to eat with everyone in the kitchen. I miss them when I am all alone in my room. They did the clean up. Jeff didn't have church meetings, so there was a ton of help getting everyone ready and out the door for church. 
-side story-
We just got to church and everyone was filing in. Ashy was the last little person to be trudging through the parking lot. In his hands were his grahams and a package of fruit snacks. He is busy trying to open those darn fruit snacks and has stopped right in the road. There is a very nice older man who is waiting  super patient for us to get outa the way.  He is asking for me to "open it" but I need him to wait until later on in the service because I want him to practice patients and I also know he will be better later if he has incentive to behave. I tell him to wait. He wants them open "night now" and I tell him NO.. Car guy still waiting... Daddy has come back and is calling to him to come along.... NO!!! Car guy still waiting... I rush over and take the fruit snacks out of his hand (rude I know, he wasn't handing them over without a fight) to which he promptly falls to the ground.. Lays back and kicks his feet. The kind of fit reserved for candy bars being taken away.  Car guy still waiting... With my own arms full of nursery Mother's Day craft supplies and busy bag, and purse there is no grabbing my little son. Lucky for us, daddy came to the rescue, scooped up the devastated not even two year old, and carries him in. Finally, car guy can go... He smiled, probably been in this nearly exact situation.  He did eventually get his snacks, but was ticked that I opened them the wrong way and threw most of them. Some days.... Sheesh..

The kids made me beautiful gifts and cards, I especially liked May's card because she explained that my favorite food is toast, and that I think MayLee is the best at going to bed. So totally... 

We get everyone to look at the camera and yell PIZZA!!!

May 13th

I am not very knowledgable about scouting. It's kind of a guy thing that I didn't pay much attention to during my youth. Plus, I was busy with what was then called Merry Miss, now, Activity Days, or young women's. Anyway.... Alex really enjoys scouting and so I bought Scout-o-Rama tickets and took the kids. We actually had a pretty great time.

Daddy was off doing a training ride. He went up the north side of Suncrest an 1,178 foot elevation change in 3.5 miles...and we followed him down the other side.  I just think of this and get saddle sore.

Just because she kept asking.. I chopped off Ry's hair... It's so cute!!!