Friday, May 31, 2013


At 43 weeks old, Elden weighs 21 pounds 11 ounces. He is wearing mostly size 9-12 month clothes, as well as 12-month outfits that are a little big on him. He pulled himself from sitting to standing while holding onto his crib earlier today and he consistently gets himself from the laying to sitting position now. He has tried a ton of new foods this week, including fattoush, grilled onion, beef kebabs, etc. We think he's growing because his appetite is pretty incredible. Elden loves giving kisses and will often faceplant into you to lay a slobbery one on ya. He throws the occasional tantrum when we do rude things such as take away fuzzies he finds and is attempting to put in his mouth but they are short-lived. He is a big challenge but a bigger joy in our lives and we can't believe he's a few days shy of 10 months!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

a response to 'the flip side of modesty culture'

Earlier today, I read this blog about the modesty culture and how Christian women can wear whatever they desire so long as they "own it." What I found was frustrating and discouraging.

Now, let me be clear: I don't believe there is a single thing a person can do that warrants for him or her to be sexually assaulted. Dressing immodestly doesn't mean a woman who was raped "asked for it." That's ridiculous and disgusting and couldn't be further from the truth.

I am a woman. I am also a Christian. I am more feminist than not. BUT. I believe it is my responsibility as a sister in Christ to do everything [reasonable] in my power to build up my brothers in Christ who may struggle with lustful thoughts. A simple way I can do that is to be conscious of what I put on in the morning. For example, this morning as I headed out with a new-to-me scoop necked shirt, I looked down and realized I had a lot on display. I pulled my car out of the garage, parked it, and ran in to throw a tank top on underneath my shirt.

The truth is, I liked the way the shirt fit me. It had a belt that hit my waist at the right spot to hide my post-baby belly flab. I felt confident in how I appeared. Not to mention I'm breastfeeding, so I'm sure my boobs would meet the standard of the average guy if on display. However, it is not my desire to gather that kind of attention from guys. They don't need to see my breasts, and honestly, I'm sure there are plenty out there who don't want to (it's temptation and they want to avoid it). So when I left a comment on the blog respectfully mentioning that I disagreed with the whole "women should wear whatever they want as long as they own it" notion, I was somewhat surprised by the reprimand I received from other Christians. Comments about how lust is a heart issue and not a sight issue and we are not responsible if those around us choose to sin by entertaining lustful thoughts.

"But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell."-Matthew 5:28-29.
"I have the right to do anything," you say—but not everything is beneficial. "I have the right to do anything"—but not everything is constructive. No one should seek their own good, but the good of others."-1 Corinthians 10:23-24.
"Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks, or the church of God."-1 Corinthians 10:32.

Dressing modestly will not magically fix lust issues within the church. But if it can help just one of my brothers in Christ to not give into temptation to think lustful things about my breasts, why wouldn't I want to do it? Why do other Christians take such issue with the fact that I believe dressing at least somewhat modestly glorifies God? Both lust and modesty are issues that involve the heart. As Christians, where do we put our value? Is it in our bodies? Or is it in the spirit that dwells within us? The average person can appreciate someone's physical beauty with a glance and leave it at that. Truly, the human body is a beautiful work of art created by a Master. But does that give us a right to dress in ways that we know will elicit attention--often the kind of attention that we know will result in us being sexualized? I'm not dictating a specific style of dress, nor am I denouncing specific items of clothing. However, as Christians, we're called to be set apart in this world (1 Peter 2:12), so let us then be more preoccupied with being clothed by the Spirit than how much skin we can get away with showing under the pretense of 'owning it.'

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

ENT update

We had the ENT appointment yesterday morning and Elden behaved like an angel--seriously. Not one little fuss in the hour and fifteen minutes we were there! They examined his ears which miraculously were not presently infected, just fluid-filled. They also conducted 2 tests. The first one took a reading of how each eardrum vibrated to help scientifically validate that he has fluid in his ears, which we knew he did. The second was a hearing test where the audiologist spoke into 2 speakers on opposite sides of the room at different decibels to determine Elden's hearing range. This test was my favorite because there was a mechanical duck straight ahead of us that the audiologist would make move to return his attention to center. It was actually pretty loud when activated and every single time she would turn it on Elden would jump and his eyes would get very wide. It took a LOT of self control for Jon and I to abstain from laughing each and every time this happened.

Long story short, both of Elden's ears have fluid in them. His left ear has more fluid than the right. As a result, his hearing in his left ear is below normal. His right ear is normal. The doctor recommended tubes. We asked if it would hurt anything for us to wait it out with our new gluten-free attempt to see if that has any effect. He said he didn't think it was dire for us to get the surgery tomorrow, so we tentatively scheduled it for the last week of June. Jon and I agreed that if Elden gets another ear infection between now and then we will definitely go through with the surgery. If he lasts the next month without, we will push the surgery back again. If he makes it to his first birthday without another ear infection, we will go back in to have the tests repeated to see if his hearing has improved at all. If it has not, we will likely go through with the surgery. If it has, we will likely plan on putting tubes on hold indefinitely (or until we encounter a similar problem). We are at peace with this plan and ultimately want the best for Elden--we just aren't quite sure what "the best" is yet.

In related news, being gluten-free has gotten slightly less overwhelming. We've done some variations of corn pasta for Elden, as well as gluten and rice-free blueberry pancakes.
Fruit is always a win for him. We also recently found pre-made flax bread that he can have (every other loaf I found contained rice).
flax bread with smashed blackberries on top
Corn Chex are one of his new favorite snacks. He can eat any unprocessed meat, so we had steaks for dinner last night (he barely even chewed he was downing it so fast!), as well as corn (notice a trend?) and mashed potatoes.
corn beauty mark
Jon's biggest beef with our new diet was "we don't have any desserts!" so after some serious Googling and best wife ever-ing, I whipped up some pumpkin spice rice crispy treats. Obviously Elden cannot partake in that goodness, but I have plans in the work to make some sort of a rice/gluten-free cake for him. Today marks day 3 (4?) of no gluten and while I had yet to see an obvious difference in his temperament I think I may have noticed some last night/this morning. For a few weeks Elden has been very restless at night, often crying throughout the night, waking up very early, and not going back to sleep. Last night he didn't wake up once to fuss--I was worried something bad happened to him--and he woke up so happy and chirped away in his crib for about twenty minutes before the tears started. I nursed him, changed him, and laid him back down and he slept until 7:45! If this is what we get for being gluten-free, it is well worth the challenge. Time will tell if the two are related or if he's just coming out on the other side of something.

We also have an official sitter on our hands! Multiple times now he has gotten himself from the laying to sitting position. It started the other night in his crib:
...and he's been at it ever since. He's also still working on crawling and I suspect he may get there before his first birthday.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

family pictures

1. The second he saw this baby doll, Elden started laying big, juicy smooches on her. I think I need to be worried...
2. Buddies!
3. First family picture since November. Inexcusable.
4. My two favorite boys!
5. Loves his daddy a whole lot.
6. I'm resolved to take more pictures of us+family+friends with Elden on the real camera. No more of this cell phone (or not at all!) business.


We're off to Elden's ENT appointment today. There's no doubt we'll be told he needs tubes. I feel so defeated. I just want him to be healthy again. Please say a prayer for us as we will likely be scheduling a surgery within the next few weeks.

Monday, May 27, 2013


1. Hot weather and lack of pool necessitates drastic measures. Tupperware of water in the backyard = perfection.
2. In the hierarchy of favorite foods, strawberries trump 'most everything.
3. We have broccoli! So adorbs
4. What is this madness?
5. Oh, perhaps forks aren't so bad!
6. First birthday party prep has begun - crafted by Auntie Jacqui
7. I can't remember the last time I was so excited about something... ASPARAGUS! 
8. This kid knows precisely how to make my stomach do somersaults. 


Thank you so much to all the men and women--and their families--who have made sacrifices I don't think I'd be capable of to defend my freedom to do big things like practice religion openly and mundane things like grow (but keep for myself and my family!) asparagus. You're heroes. Seriously.

Sunday, May 26, 2013


At 42 weeks, Elden is battling a double ear infection. One of my best friends suggested testing him for allergies because her boss' son kept getting ear infections and it turned out he had gluten and dairy allergies. When they cut those out of his diet, the ear infections stopped. Some preliminary research into ear infections as a result of gluten allergies has us willing to give a dietary change a shot. Today is our first day of a gluten-free diet. This is somewhat complicated by Elden's rice allergy since most gluten-free things have rice flour in them. This is certainly a challenge but we want surgery to be our last resort so we are giving it a shot. Elden is 21 pounds on the nose. He still adores his jumper but has progressed from merely jumping to: kicking any ball-shaped object by his feet (future soccer player?), picking his feet up and spinning in circles as the jumper unwinds itself, and swinging in his jumper (with our assistance). Some new foods this week included blackberries, raspberries, and turkey burgers--all of which were wins. He sat up on his own in his crib during his afternoon nap today and continues to somewhat attempt to crawl. As we approach the 10-month mark, first birthday party prep has begun and I am getting very excited about celebrating him!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

a boy and his apple

I was changing Elden's diaper on the living room floor last night while he played with my lunch bag. He pulled a whole apple I had out of it and was playing with it and putting it in his mouth, as babies do, when I heard a big crunch. He looked pleasantly surprised and continued to nom on the apple like it was no big thing.

I mean, COME ON. Like father, like son.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

sun porch

We are finally working on the sun porch that sits on the back of our house and I am stupidly excited.

We need to paint the ceiling and walls still. We also have to strip and repaint the window/door frames and door, replace the flooring, paint the table we have out there, move a bunch of stuff to the basement, and create a pallet love seat. I'd like to add the finishing touches of curtains and some natural wood accents (details later) but that's lowest on my priority list.

Either way, our porch has previously been housing a variety of tools, garden equipment, and stray leaves for the better part of eternity. We began migrating items down to the basement and I busted out the bleach wipes and vacuum and holy poo. Jon also installed our new outdoor LED ceiling fan. What a difference these minor things have made!
So perfect, right? Until you pan to the other side of the room and see the miscellaneous crap we need to take to the basement...
Baby steps...

Monday, May 20, 2013


Over the weekend I took Elden to the playground to have a go at the swings. I could say he liked it but that would be a lie.

Homie loved the swings.
Please pardon the fact that they're blurry - he was in motion and my cell camera is not so awesome. Also, drool!
Also, ignore my awful voice. I hate the way it sounds.

I'm thinking we'll be investing in a backyard swing pretty soon...

In other news, we think Elden has another ear infection. He's on a steroid right now for his whole maybe-asthma situation which can lower the body's ability to fight off infections, so I wouldn't be surprised if he has another one. We're meeting with the ENT a week from tomorrow to discuss tubes. Jon also thinks he's cutting his 9th tooth (3rd bottom right) so that may or may not have something to do with the reemergence of him playing with his right ear. Please pray for our little guy - we are so sick of him always being sick!

Saturday, May 18, 2013


At 41 weeks, Elden is definitely starting to understand certain words. If you say 'hi' or 'bye' he will start waving. He's gradually learning (or rather... accepting? I think he's known the meaning for a few weeks now but chose not to prove it) the word 'no.' Since his mobility is mostly limited to rolling the only time we usually need to tell him 'no' is when he is biting. The reason I think he finally understands it is because I was holding him, he bit my shoulder (typical), and I told him 'no.' He stopped, looked at me, and approached my shoulder with mouth agape. I took a deep breath and waited. He put his slobbery mouth all over my shoulder but didn't bite it. Victory! He also understands 'kiss' now. If I ask for a kiss or even just say the word, 8 times out of 10 he will lay a wet one on my cheek. If we say 'yayyyy!' he will start clapping. We've been starting Elden's bath/bedtime anywhere between 6:30 and 7:15 depending on whether he's had a nap recently, is sick or content. We introduced hamburger to him Thursday night and we think he enjoyed it quite a bit. He's very much like his dad because he is obsessed with these which are basically healthier baby cheese puffs. On the whole I am seriously crazy about this age. For a while all I wanted was to have another baby but now that we've really found our stride as a family of 3 I'm quite content to remain this way for some time.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

pallet love

I've been saying for a while that I want to build a pallet bench/sofa/whatever for our enclosed porch. We have 0 furniture for out there but 2 glorious Target outdoor pillows we got on mega clearance last winter. Acquiring the pallets has been my greatest challenge to date.

Then at work I went on a walk with a couple software engineers around the perimeter of our building. One of the other companies in the building had a stack of pallets by their dumpster. I persuaded coerced my comrades into helping me get a pallet that was about 5 deep. When it was in my possession, I did this:
We proceeded to load it into my car when a potential new hire/interviewee walked past us and headed inside.

If watching 3 people attempt to shove a pallet into a soccer mom hatchback isn't a major company selling point I don't know what is.

Later on I decided to do a quick pallet upcycle Pinterest search.


I already informed our software engineers this is going to be an every day occurrence until I have hoarded every single pallet that is in the immediate vicinity of our building. They were 100% enthusiastic and on board.

...or they did this:

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

ear update (in gifs)

Elden has lost a bit of weight. Nothing alarming given he has been eating far less than usual with this illness. But still, we have some ground to make up!

He definitely has an upper respiratory virus of some sort. His pediatrician recommended an albuterol breathing treatment because his lungs were wheezy. "It probably won't have any effect, but we can give it a shot." In comes the nurse with this ridiculously adorable dinosaur breathing mask.

"Just so you know, he will probably scream and cry. Most babies hate this."

But of course they do.

When we first put the mask on him he was perplexed; curious. I was all, "Babe, take a picture of this!"

Just as soon as I could get out the word 'picture' this happened:

And then this:
Combined with this:

And the nurse was all, "we try to get them to complete 5 minutes of the treatment" and stepped out.

And Jon was all "how are we gonna know when it's been 5 minutes [since this is clearly a 2-man job and we don't have an appendage to spare to pull out a phone to check the time]?"

And I was all:
"Babe, I don't think they can possibly forget to come in here and tell us time is up with the racket he's making."

Fast forward through the longest 5 minutes of my 24 years (exaggeration) and the nurse comes in to stop the treatment. Elden's pediatrician was close behind. I told him that I hoped the treatment indeed had no effect because I couldn't imagine repeating this process at home. He listened to Elden's lungs and proceeded with:
To which I responded with:
I JEST. We decided to do an inhaler with a spacer+face mask in lieu of a nebulizer until we figure out if he just "needs some help getting through this virus" or is a bona fide asthmatic.

As for the ears, not infected, but still fluid-filled and red. They made the call that we see an ENT, so that appointment is the Tuesday after Memorial Day. We still have reservations about getting the tubes done but we obviously want what's best and will seriously evaluate what the specialist has to say. Thanks for the kind words and we hope to know more soon!

Monday, May 13, 2013


Elden is having a tough go of it lately. Either his ear infection isn't getting any better with the cefdinir or he is having an FPIES reaction to banana. He has vomited twice today and is still tugging at his right ear so we have a follow-up with his pediatrician tomorrow afternoon. I have an inkling that they will be doing the cefdinir injection and getting a referral to a specialist to discuss tubes. Please be praying that Elden will start feeling better and Jon and I will make the medical decisions that are in his best interest.

In the meantime, here is a picture of my favorite gardeners:

Friday, May 10, 2013


At 40 weeks old, Elden has another ear infection. His pediatrician has him on oral antibiotics and we have a follow-up appointment this Friday to see if that does the trick. If it doesn't we are likely getting referred to an ENT to discuss tubes. He weighs 21 pounds and scared the daylights out of me last night. He's never gone from laying flat to sitting upright on his own before so at 10:30 when I heard him babbling (he had been asleep since about 7) I turned on the video monitor only to be greeted by a big ole baby face at camera height. It was terribly unsettling, but hey! A first! Elden loves chewing on spoons and toothbrushes and with the amount of spit he's been producing as of late we speculate he may be working on cutting some molars. He's begun the earliest stages of blowing kisses and it's the cutest thing ever.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

our failings

I've been struggling a lot lately with how a Christian community should look. It's not so much what it should look like, but what it usually looks like. In a perfect world, I believe a Christian community would be welcoming, nonjudgmental, and selfless. Its members would constantly strive to put the needs of others before their own. They would be encouraging but also rooted in the Word--so much so that they would know exactly how to lovingly point out anything you may be struggling with and walk with you until you find your way again. If you felt wronged by someone in the community, they would be empathetic and explain their true motives while still owning up to the fact that something they did directly affected you. If you had a need, they would enthusiastically step in, offering to serve you in whatever way they could, no matter the sacrifice--financial, time, resources, etc.--required.

On the whole, most Christians have good intentions. A lot of the time, we blow the execution. A desire to help someone find their way may come off as incredibly judgmental and can actually be detrimental to the healing or searching process. Stepping in to help others comes on our own terms--I will bring you a meal when it is convenient for me and since I'm doing you this great favor I know you're not going to complain about the fact that I am bringing it to you four weeks after you could really use it. We get caught up in the details, in our presuppositions, in the ways we think life should look and be lived out. We lose sight of the grace that can be found in God, in the sacrifices that were made for us. We get sucked into the 'you do you, I'll do me' culture with nary a concern for the greater good. Our leaders will take lessons from the Bible and misconstrue them based on human wisdom instead of what is written because they either know what the congregation wants to hear or what the heart tends towards. We feel this inherent desire to "save" unbelievers--but that isn't our place. Sure, we should share the gospel and live it out, but at the end of the day, we're not in the business of changing hearts. Yet we take it so personally when our efforts to share Christ's story with others don't yield that mental end goal of another soul saved all because of what we did to get that person to God.

We are selfish, greedy, jealous, and self-serving. We just happen to disguise ourselves with good intentions. Have you ever noticed how awesome Christians can be at guilt trips? I sure have...

I'm not trying to come off as a super Christian who has never done anything wrong (true story: I initially wrote that I was a Christian who had never done anything right--Freudian slip much?). Trust me when I tell you that my heart tends towards greed and vindictiveness moreso than the average Christian--moreso than the average non-Christian. I am constantly seeing ways I have failed not only my Christian community but more importantly those in my non-Christian community. I am one of the most broken people you will probably encounter. I'm a constant work in progress who usually takes one step forward and two steps back. I fail at least one person in my life on the daily--my husband, my son, friends, coworkers, etc. I also usually lash out at those around me for my shortcomings until I let my pride go and accept that it was actually me who messed up.


On multiple occasions I've heard mention of not associating with unbelievers (refer to 1 and 2 Corinthians, for instance) because we have been called to "live radically." I've been made to feel guilty about different things I enjoy by some of my Christian community under the guise that I was indulging in desires of the flesh, when in actuality, I think these judgments were entirely off base (and so does Jon, who is one of the most wise and educated Christians I know and respect). If Christians do not engage with non-Christians and form real, loving friendships with them, how are we supposed to form a relationship that will encourage real consideration of our attempts to share the love of Christ? If a stranger approached you and started spewing things that you tended to believe were unrealistic or impossible, you would entirely write them off.

It's not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. (Luke 5:31, among others)

So why is it we avoid all association? Sure, we can behave less than ideally with people who don't follow the same moral doctrine as us. But not always. I have several friends who do not identify as Christian. They know I do. They don't pressure me to do things I'm not comfortable with. Some of them are far better people than most of my Christian friends. We learn from each other. Unbelievers are some of the best individuals to challenge your faith, to force you to seek out answers and, by default, seek out God. Their perspective may help you to realize that perhaps you had been looking at something in the Bible from your emotions but not the context in which it was written.


I don't have any tangible ways to fix our communities and the way we interact with them. I think we should really work on fixing our own hearts before we try to fix those of others. To be vigilant of the words we speak and the thoughts we entertain, especially if we don't have personal or professional experience in dealing with certain sensitive issues. To cling to the God who can radically change us and lovingly guide or correct us. To put serving our communities more at the forefront of our priorities. To love wholeheartedly, non-judgmentally, and unconditionally.  

Monday, May 6, 2013

the shed

Jon and his dad finished preparing the yard on Friday and I helped (a little) with the construction on Saturday and we are SO happy with the finished product.
Jon's dad had the idea of putting it in on an angle and we went with it
tamper the dirt
add sand + paver base
at this point I wanted to just put a little table and chairs here, no shed
watching daddy construct while eating breakfast
coming together
the finished product!
We want to look into putting some hooks and shelves/baskets in it to store our items a bit better but the Suncast brand stuff ranges from $30 for some hooks to $100 for kits which is more than I will willingly shell out before attempting a DIY/economical solution. For the time being it is perfect and I am so glad we decided to put one up. The same day they finished the foundation for it we actually had a tree removal company come out to look at our chestnut tree in the back (it's on its way out) to give us a removal estimate. With that, the arborist pointed out a different tree that he was gravely concerned about because its roots were wrapping around themselves so it is very unstable. That new development means we might be looking at removing all trees in the back (I have very mixed feelings about this) with our home equity line of credit sometime within the next few months. I'm so sad because the chestnut tree has a ton of character and does a great job of shading us in the warm months, but I would be relieved to get rid of the spikey shells it drops each fall...

Sunday, May 5, 2013

front door

We had our new front door installed on Friday and my word, I am so happy. The one thing I hadn't realized was how much noise our old front door let in. I suppose large gaps along the sides will do that ;)
We were beyond pleased with the company that did the replacement--he even fixed our storm door so it shuts on its own! The only thing we don't like is how the door obviously clashes with the trim inside the house. We are welcome to any and all suggestions about how to mediate this (outside of replacing basically all trim inside our house). 

Saturday, May 4, 2013

landscaping progress

Making progress...
no more plastic (but janky shutter)
peace out, plastic (and check Jon's spiral tree job far away!)
shed to be added
transplanted grass!

Friday, May 3, 2013


At 39 weeks, we suspect Elden has another ear infection, but this time in his right ear. His 9-month well visit is on Monday so we will find out for sure then. He is definitely more aware of his actions and has thrown a few obvious temper tantrums recently. He's mostly back to sleeping 8p-6a then 6:30a-8a, is most certainly beginning to wean himself, and has been having some tummy troubles as a result. He loves to give cuddles, bounce, and stand up in the tub. Outside is easily his favorite place--it doesn't matter if he's in his stroller, sitting in the grass or in our arms. Take him outside and he's the happiest boy alive. Nine months ago today our lives were changed forever and even though parenting this precious boy has been hands down the biggest challenge of our lives, we couldn't picture our family without him. So much love for such a tiny person it's crazy!

Thursday, May 2, 2013


If you had asked me this time last year if I would enjoy doing yard work and gardening I would have given you shifty eyes and asked if you were cray. Truth is, when we moved in I told Jon he was in charge of all things outdoors--taking out the trash, shoveling, mowing, weeding, etc. I wanted nothing to do with it! Yard work?! Bleh! These pristine hands are too divine to be mucking around in dirt. Also, bees.

Then his schedule was crazy and the lawn was reaching beanstalk proportions and I had to mow. And I really kind of liked it.

Our entire focus for the first year of living here was getting the inside of our house in habitable (and more 'us') shape. Nary a shovel was lifted to tend to the front, except for when our parents stopped by and could no longer cope with the dandelion gardens we were cultivating. Fast-forward to this year. We have tentative game plans for what we want our yard to at least eventually look like and we've begun taking serious steps in that direction. In the same way I discovered one of my true callings in lawn mowing, my passion for gardening has surprised me. Could this be the hobby Jon told me I needed to find late last year!? The only thing keeping me from constantly digging around outside is a certain high maintenance little person who demands my undivided attention basically every waking moment of his day. That Jon can sure be a handful! (I jest) Last night Jon and I discovered that a 7:30ish bedtime and longer days affords us an hour to two of uninterrupted yard work. I began mulching the peninsula between our neighbor and our driveways while Jon continued to transplant the grass in the back from where our shed will go to where the previous owners' shed was (and is currently just a grassless rectangle).
Just because I said I liked it doesn't mean I'm good at it
When I ran out of mulch (drab!) I shifted my focus to the black plastic the previous owners had laid down in an effort to thwart weeds. Given the fact that there were wayyyy more weeds than intentional plants in the beds, I deemed the plastic useless and declared war. I got a fair amount of plastic (and found a salamander/screamed in terror in the process) and weeds out while Jon trimmed some of the boxwoods we have. We probably spent about an hour and a half outside in all and I am so excited to keep improving our house's curb appeal and make it feel more homey!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

knock, knock

Big congrats to my warrior husband on finishing out his spring semester! He doesn't get much of a break because he's taking 2 classes this summer (which start Monday) but I am so proud and in awe of the way he balances working weekends, stay at home dad-ing, AND getting A's each semester. This time next year we should have a graduate on our hands!

In other news, there are some big and exciting things happening at casa de flip...

(no, I did not catch the bug that seems to be going around lately... this is not a pregnancy announcement)

We're getting a new front door!
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We finally found someone to do the install at a reasonable price and because of the reasonable price we were able to shell out a hare more for the door we both loved. We're getting it installed on Friday (theoretically) and I am jumping out of my body with excitement! We actually have quite a few other things going on at our house this weekend: shed installation in the backyard, termite people are coming out to do that preventative treatment we should have done last year, and we're having someone come check out our tree in the back to give us an estimate on trimming some of the branches that are encroaching on the power lines. We've also done a bit more landscaping in the back and I hope to take measurements for an organic soil delivery all around the house. We have plans to un-jankify our shutters in the front (yes. they are janky again, literally like the day we moved in with 1 window having only 1 shutter) and add some mulch and hopefully edging to the front. Then there's the half bathroom reno that we have slated for the second week of July with these crazy kids...

Stay tuned for lots of pictures in the coming days and weeks!