After reading the story of Gilgamesh this week for history, Hattie's assignment was to write her own fairy tale...love my creative girl!
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Plenty has happened since my last post, 2 months ago, in August. But since this is easily the coolest thing that has happened recently, I wanted to post it while the memory is still fresh.
Back in July when I was visiting my parents in Oregon, Paul called me in the middle of the day (rare - he never calls while he's at work) and asked if we were busy on November 4. I just laughed and said of course we weren't. He said, "Okay then, we're going with the Keddington's to a Packers game!"
So finally, 4 months later, the day came. We were able to get to Green Bay by 3:00, giving us four and a half hours to enjoy before kick off. We had an awesome lunch/dinner, then went to the stadium, so Paul could get some Packers paraphernalia, and to go through the museum.
I was secretly proud that Paul's leap looked much better than any other fans attempting :)
The Keddingtons have almost successfully converted us to Packers fans. Paul is already talking about next years' game. Sadly, the Bears beat us :( But it was still a great day...Can't wait to go back!
Saturday, August 31, 2013
When we first started house hunting in Wisconsin last year, we were thrilled to learn that every house had a basement, something VERY uncommon in Texas. As we searched for a home, we always figured we could finish the basement in whichever house we bought to give us a little more room, and especially a place for the TV - we don't love having the TV in the main part of the house. So when we bought our house last September, we were happy that it had a nice, big, long space in the basement. All winter long we planned on finishing it, and back in May/June we finally did! Sadly, I can't find any 'before' pictures. It was pretty much just a big rectangular room with cement walls. Gratefully, the location of the furnace, water heater, and such made it pretty easy to plan the floor plan and closets. Here is the finished product:
This is the stairwell going to the basement - our house is a tri-level. Well, I guess that technically now it's a quad-level home. At first I didn't like all the stairs, but now I like only having to go up 1/2 a flight of stairs (unless of course I am in the basement and going to the top floor). We haven't done anything to the stairs yet. We like the wooden feel, but they are covered with paint splatters. We'll see what we do with them.
I LOVE this closet. Tons of room for food. Paul even installed a pull up bar to the rafters...that's what the green and purple pull-up bands on the left are hanging from. Our water heater is also in the closet.
Here's what it looks like standing by the bike and treadmill...
Usually the pink bean bag and garbage bags are in here, but they contain toys that are in "quarantine" from our lice infestation :) In here we have camping stuff, decorations, baby stuff, Paul's old physics books, cooking supplies I can't fit in the kitchen, anything else we don't have room for upstairs, and the furnace.
I love having the TV downstairs...it makes a great family room, and it makes exercising much more fun. I also love having real closets so that things are accessible! In Texas I had to store everything in the attic, where it was hot and DUSTY. And food storage was next to impossible since it was too hot to keep it in the garage. Now there is a spot for everything! The organizer in me is very happy.
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
While my kids are young, I love having their birthdays at Grandma's house. That way they get a party with nearly 30 guests, but I don't have to plan too much or send out invitations. Just a house full of cousins. Anna felt like the star all day. I can't believe it was four years ago that she came 6 weeks early while visiting Grandma's house. She was so tiny then, and is such a big girl now.
Anna really knows how to ham it up. When she opened the Stuffie from Hattie (the one gift she consistently asked for), she pulled this face:
For another game, we played Don't Eat Pete...it'll be a new favorite at our house.
Monday, August 26, 2013
After 3 or 4 thorough nit-pickings, 1 pesticide treatment, and 2 mayonnaise/cetaphil treatments, we felt we were clean enough to head up to Donnelly, Idaho for a family retreat. It was nice to get away after 4 very stressful days. Donnelly is just over 2 hours from my parents' house. We rented a few houses at the resort there, and just chilled for a few days.
Weighing in at 48 lbs, Hattie was close enough to the 50 lb weight requirement to go on the white water rafting trip. I was worried that she would be thoroughly terrified, but she was a champ and wasn't scared a all once we got going.
Saturday, August 24, 2013
This post would be more accurately named "Disaster discovered." On Sunday morning, I was showing my mom the strange dandruff in Hattie's hair that wouldn't brush away. "Melanie, that isn't dandruff. It's head lice!" The next 5 days were a nightmare. All three of my kids were infested, as well as myself. When I reflected a bit, I figured we had had it for a while - during my trip to Minnesota and Iowa I complained of an inexplicably itchy lower head and shoulders. I called both Tandy and Laura to inform them...upon inspection, Tandy and her two girls were infested, and two of Laura's daughters were infested. All three of us had an exhausting week of shampooing, nit-picking, laundry, cleaning, and more nit-picking.
alternative lice-killing methods and tried using Cetaphil soap - drench the hair in soap, remove as much as possible, blow hair dry, then wait 8 hours before washing it out. It's hard to know how much it helped...but it did give me a little piece of mind at least.
I've tried to remember to check them every few days for more. I live in daily fear of another break out. It really was 5 of the most exhausting days. My mom was a saint through it all, spending hours doing laundry and nit-picking my hair. I certainly wouldn't wish this on anyone. I think it will be many months before the paranoia disappears whenever I feel a slight itch on my head anywhere!
Friday, August 23, 2013
Each summer I make a trip back to my hometown in Oregon. Last year I stayed for about 8 weeks, which was certainly too long. We were in the middle of moving across the country, so it was necessary. This year I struggled to know how long to stay - vacation is great, but caring for kids without a spouse gets exhausted, so our trip was just over 2 weeks. We drove 60 miles south to the Chicago airport in order to have a direct flight to Boise. With this adorable monster, I knew the shorter time he had to sit on my lap, the better. He doesn't hold still for anything. As luck would have it, the flight had a few empty seats, so he got his own chair. I still fed him pretty much the whole flight. And even with Dramamine laced juice, he wouldn't doze off, even though he would snuggle his blanket on the floor and rub his eyes.
miss Texas all over again.