Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Adam and Eve at the Zoo

Because of Spencer's short attention span, we have to keep our family home evening lessons brief. So for the last little while we've been taking pictures from the Gospel Picture Art Kit and telling the stories that are depicted. We usually tell a new story and then review the others (that's Spencer's favorite part). We've reviewed them so many times that for the last few weeks Spencer has been the one retelling the stories to us, but with his own little twist. Last night he picked up this picture of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden and said, "This is Adam and Eve at the Zoo."

Friday, October 17, 2008

Face Desitin

Here's a picture of Spencer putting on what he calls "Face Desitin." Chapstick is the more common name for it.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Guess who's 1!

Happy Birthday, Waimea!

I am Elizabeth Bennet!

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Ten for Tuesday

Shelley, this one is for you. Here's my 10 for Tuesday. It's my top 10 remodeling things we've learned in the past year or so.

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

Philly Zoo

Last Friday we went to the Philadelphia Zoo. Thanks to Rebecca for inviting us and getting us in free! Here are some pictures documenting our trip:

Next time you see Spencer, ask him what his favorite animal at the zoo was. He'll say, "the deers".

There were no deer at this zoo.

He's thinking of the Thompson Park Zoo, not really a "zoo" but rather a fenced off area in a park that has deer, a few rabbits, a goat, and a couple of odd animals like a potbellied pig and an emu. We went there last fall with Evan's parents. Apparently it made quite the impact. So we went again on Sunday morning before Conference so that Spencer could feed carrots to the deer. (Although it appears as if we're feeding Spencer in the picture).
And here's my little peanut: