Monday, September 28, 2015

here we go again

Jon and I are apparently masochists.

Remember that half bath reno we did the month leading up til Elden's first birthday party and how crazy stressed I was about finishing in time?

We're at it again! With approximately 3.5 weeks from Edith's first birthday party we decided to completely update our living room! Our reason for urgency is the carpet in there is gross, there are two entrances (deck/garage) that happen to be our most used points of entry and exit and therefore any hope at keeping carpet clean in there is dashed, and Costco had super nice laminate flooring on sale which ended up saving us about $130. Our main goal was to do the floors before the party even though there was wallpaper and paneling that needed to come down, we need to repaint and redo the trim, and we have grandiose plans for an electric fireplace insert and built-ins around the fireplace. we decided to have a drywaller come out and look at the space because we figured the walls would need skimmed or repaired in some way.

Long story short, he has virtually no availability the next few weeks except for a cancellation tomorrow. We wanted to paint before we did the floors so we didn't have to be super cautious. Therefore we went nuts and had to tear off inception wallpaper (layer after layer) until late into the night.

But it's done! We have no idea how much it will cost (he couldn't give an accurate estimate since he didn't know what he was dealing with) so if it ends up being $$$ we will be attempting to DIY that, too. In addition to everything else.

Hold me.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

sunday

I realized why I hadn't been blogging so much lately. My laptop is old and slow. I had messed up the CD drive and when Squaretrade fixed it they somehow jacked my OS so now when I turn it on I have to do a combination of button holding, battery removal, and rain dances just to get it to boot up into Windows instead of some weird backup screen. Suffice to say, just the thought of dealing with that (and then, of course, the penchant my laptop has for rebooting to install updates with no choice or no warnings at thee most inopportune times) is enough to make my blood boil. My only other choice was Jon's tablet but I also hate that thing with the fire of one thousand suns so no blogging has been had.

Until now! Lightbulb moment that *duh* blogger has an app and it is much less infuriating to use than the other two options. So here we are, back in semi business. 

It's Sunday. Both kids are sick (probable ear infection in big bro and upper respiratory infection of sorts in little sis) and we are facing the need for dual doctor visits this week. Elden also has an eye doctor appointment (keeps complaining he can't see things; unsure if he's being dramatic or is actually in need of some corrective lenses) and I have an appointment with a new therapist closer to home. It's almost October and fall has arrived. I am both delighted for the leaves to change while filled with absolute dread at the thought of basically spending November through March stuck indoors (welcome to northeast Ohio winter, ya'll--where it lasts half of the year). I am starting to burn out a bit and trying so hard to change my perspective on everything which is a pretty daunting task given how half empty I am. But change is good and I hope it'll all be worth it in the end.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

august: one second, every day.

My friend, Ali, has been using the 1 Second Everyday app for a while and I always enjoy seeing the condensed snippets of her life. I finally caved and downloaded the app and I love it!
 


Friday, September 25, 2015

five on friday

Since its been a while, I figured I'd do a little catch-up on what we've been up to lately:
 
{1}
I finally found a hobby that I can do!! I made Edith these adorable felt bow headbands on the cheap ($8 for elastics and the flowers, $4 for all the felt and I have tons of both left over!) using this tutorial. I am so happy with the end product!
 
{2}
Chicago! This trip was so fun. We got to eat at all our favorite restaurants, the kids actually slept through both nights, and we also got to see some of our favorite people. Elden adored getting to ride on the bus and train, but not quite as much as he loved the Lincoln Park Zoo.
 
{3}
 This is Cindy (referring to her by her first name will never feel normal to me. Ever.) She was my 6th grade teacher. Middle school was hell for me. I had no friends, no people skills and was made fun of quite a bit. This was also the time my depression got extreme thanks to the hormonal changes associated with puberty. It was a very dark time in my life and she was seriously a Godsend. She wrote me an unlimited hall pass so I could eat lunch in her class during her free period. She checked in with me and could tell instantly if I was in a particularly dark place. I would likely have done something extreme to myself had it not been for her friendship and kindness those three years. We make an effort to have dinner once a year to catch up. She was at my wedding. She got to meet both of my babies this month and my heart is so, so full. Cindy is the perfect example of a teacher who is so much more than that. 
 
{4}
I cleaned the house extensively on Wednesday since we hosted small group Thursday. Our formal living room is my favorite calm/quiet spot when it's clean and the kids are in bed. It makes me feel like a grown up.
 
{5}
Our friends, Heather and Paul, just welcomed this sweet little baby girl into their family. Elden was a total baby hog and told us we needed another little baby. I'd be lying if I said I didn't start to get a tinge of baby fever but the children quickly sensed it and smashed it with a night of multiple wake-ups. 

Thursday, September 24, 2015

edith: 45-48 weeks old

age: 48 weeks old
stats: 20 pounds, 9 ounces
firsts: trip to Chicago (or out of state!), salami, bad cold
milestones: she is walking!
goings-on: edith has been cruising all around the house now! she is still somewhat unstable but mostly just because she still doesn't seem entirely confident in her abilities. edith loves yogurt and salami and has refused most other foods since she developed a pretty bad cold this week. she still adores the cat and her brother. edith is a total ham and will fake laugh if you are laughing with the cheesiest grin ever. she attempts to talk but her words aren't the clearest, though we can definitely tell when she is asking for elden. edith loves to give kisses, blow kisses, wave and sign 'more' if you aren't putting food on her tray fast enough. her big brother always requests to kiss her after his nap and in the morning and she seems pretty fond of this little ritual, too. 

Edith's 1st birthday

Now that we are less than a month away from Edith's first birthday I am in full blown party planning mode. We are doing a color theme this year (pink and gold) and I am not going to go crazy with decorations this time around. I made the invites myself on picmonkey and I'm pretty darn proud about how they turned out!

For the menu I think we are going to do a hearty chili and also a non-dairy Polish cauliflower soup as the entrees with a veggie tray, fresh fruit and bread of some sort. I am hoping it will be decent weather so we can have a lot of it outside but I'm thinking worst case scenario we will set up a space heater with tables in the garage for more space...

Monday, September 14, 2015

chicago

Have you ever gotten so far behind on something that you then avoid it by all means necessary because the amount of catch-up is too overwhelming?

That's totally me and this blog right now.

We just got back from a weekend trip to Chicago and while it was totally amazing, anyone who travels with young kids knows you get home needing a vacation from your vacation. Couple the travel insanity with unpacking/laundry, dinners with friends and routine doctors appointments and you find yourself in a productivity pickle. Why do something productive when you can cash in your Bing points to get free Hulu Plus to binge on Mindy Project? You don't. It's unAmerican.