Saturday, December 20, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
I know you're all dying to see Evan's handywork, so here are some pictures for your enjoyment.
Not to worry, we are going to be putting in another light fixture over the vanity, so it won't be as dark as in looks in that last picture.
Maybe in about six months you'll see the finished product. In the meantime, I hope you thoroughly enjoy our tedious updates.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
In this picture Governor William Bradford (whom Evan is a descendent of), and a few of the pilgrims are sawing a huge log in half, while the "native people" stand and watch. (Again, it was getting dark and the picture is bad).One interesting (and very ironic) thing we learned was that the Pilgrims didn't believe in freedom of religion. Wasn't that one of the basic reasons for them leaving Europe--because they weren't free to practice their own religion?
Anyway, dinner was traditional and good, but nothing special. We were expecting it to be some sort of performance, where we actually sat down and ate with the Pilgrims and "native people" But it was actually just eating a catered dinner in their visitor's center. Regardless, it was still quite the experience to be in Plymouth on Thanksgiving Day.
More Boston pictures to come another day....
Monday, December 1, 2008
I was not in the mood to cook this year.
So we did something different--we went to Plymouth, Massachusetts and ate dinner with the Pilgrims at Plimouth Plantation. It was a great experience.
Combine that with our weekend in Boston and it turned out to be a very exciting, very promising first family trip away NOT visiting family. Pictures will be posted shortly. (Shortly as in it may take a week.)
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Croup is evil. Spencer gets it at least once a year, and I keep hoping he'll grow out of it. But thanks to our ER visit, croup has become manageable. In the past we've dealt with croup by taking turns through the night between hot showers and walks outside, hanging on a prayer that his breathing would return to normal, that he'd be able to sleep, and that we wouldn't have to go to the ER. Those were very long, very stressful nights with no sleep. But Thursday night the croup came on too fast and progressed too fast. Within two hours of his first cough we were in the ER---he couldn't sleep, he couldn't breathe, he could barely talk, he was scared, and Evan and I were terrified. The cool air on the drive to the ER helped a bit, but not enough. In the ER, they gave him a steroid shot and it did the trick. We went home a few hours later and he slep the rest of the night uninterupted. Hallelujah!! And then yesterday we got a prescription for Prednisolone from his doctor (the same steroids as the shot but in oral form) to use whenever his croup gets bad in the future. No more bad croup nights for us!!
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
Thanks to Pappa for carving his bow and arrows . He used to make them for us as kids when we went camping. I tried to make them but just couldn't do it right. Guess I don't have the touch.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
10. Count on living in dust. You can clean the rest of your house all you want, but if you're remodeling anywhere, dust will find its way out and onto everything. Expect it.
9. No matter how much you attempt to improve a room (ie: paint, crown moulding, new furniture, artwork, etc) it will still look ghetto if your carpet or flooring is horrible. Anyone who has seen our lovely gold carpet and 80's parquet floor understands what I'm saying.
8. Always use backerboard when tiling on floors that flex even just a little bit (ie: plywood subfloors). If you don't, the grout will crack and start chipping away.
7. Bathtubs are not worth replacing. Just reglaze them if the color is wrong.
6. Renovate rooms first that mean the most to you or you spend the most amount of time in. If you don't you may never get to them.
5. Air compressors become your best friend when replacing or adding mouldings. Definitely worth the money! On a similar note, primed MDF mouldings are much easier to use than primed pine. They are much more flexible, and the end result looks the same.
4. Use prehung doors vs the slab doors. The prehung doors seem more complicated, but the fit is guaranteed. And then you don't have to deal with the frustration of aligning the slab door properly.
3. You really need a garage when doing any type of remodeling. Otherwise you will live with tools strewn all over the house, paint cans piled everywhere, bathtubs in you living room for weeks, and an extra stove in the corner of your kitchen for months.
2. With kids you cannot set or keep a schedule. You can't even count on working at a certain time on a certain day. They somehow know you need that time and won't let you have it.
1. No project is easy, simple, or small. Complications will ALWAYS arise. Which is why we're thankful to live across the street from a Home Depot that is open until 10 PM.
Monday, October 6, 2008
Next time you see Spencer, ask him what his favorite animal at the zoo was. He'll say, "the deers".
Sunday, September 28, 2008
And minutes ago I was summoned up to Spencer's room where he and Evan were reading stories. Spencer then proceeded to point out letters in the book they were reading and said, "b-o-x- ...that's spells 'box'."
He's only 3. That kid is going to be smarter than me by the time he's 8. Maybe even earlier.
Friday, September 26, 2008
Evan's: "In the near future, you will discover how fortunate you are." Lame
Mine: "Don't be pushed by your problems. Be led by your dreams." I wish.
Spencer's (the best one I've heard yet): "Digital circuits are made from analog parts." ???!!?
Monday, September 22, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Here he is in his "race car."
Monday, September 8, 2008
I also found out from him that the area in Finland where he is from (and where we spent a month this past June) reported no "hellepaivas" this summer (see my posting from Sept 4 to read what a "hellepaiva" is). No wonder I love Finland so much. I wish we could report something like that here! (For a more detailed--and humorous--report of our Finland adventures, read my brother's blog--you can find the link to his to the right under "Erik Kokkonen").
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Maybe that's a bit harsh.
Friday, August 29, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Spencer's new favorite hobby is helping mommy paint. It's a good thing we have a lot of closets that still need painting. Why is he always painting in his underwear? Good question.
He is also my vegetable-loving boy. He'd eat vegetables as a main course if he could. We have to make him eat the rest of his dinner before we can put vegetables in front of him. Weird kid. :)
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Anyway, here's one of our current projects--Spencer's bathroom. Look how ugly it was before:
Here's Spencer working on another project--revamping and organizing our closets. And yes (believe it or not) I actually gave in and let him paint.This is what happens when Lowe's has a buy-one-get-one-free sale on closetmaid wire shelving. What you see is (12) 12-foot lengths of wire shelving stacked and stored on our stair landing. Without a garage we have to get creative with our storage.
And here are my two cute kids.