Sunday, September 21, 2008

Home Improvement

Things have been busy lately since I've started back to work. I've been trying to establish contact with all my families in my caseload and I'm trying to work 1 1/2 days instead of 2. We're only putting Addie in childcare on Wednesdays now---which makes me so happy. It will cost less and I'm trying to make better use of my time this year.

Mom came up last week so that she could help me repaint my cabinets. I wish I could say it is done, but I'm not even close. It's a very long process and the house is in chaos. Cooking is not even an option as long as I have not countertops/tables.

Our plan is to put our house on the market in the spring, so I'm trying to get the ball rolling. I repainted the cabinets white and replaced the hardware- something I'd been wanting to do for a long time but didn't have the motivation to do it. I plan on repainting the walls in a more neutral color this winter too, but it was way too much for me to handle at this time.

I'll post before and after pictures when I'm done. I hope I NEVER have to paint cabinets again in my lifetime. The next house we buy better be move in ready. I'm so sick of home improvement projects!!!

Addie and I went to my folk's last weekend and surprised them with a homemade Grandparents day gift. My folks took a picture of us. Addie placed the stones in the cement and we stamped a message to Memaw and Epa on it.

Addie walking walking with her grandparents this morning @ the Legends shopping center.

Taking time to smell the roses...

That's all folks!!!

Have a great week!

Friday, September 05, 2008

Labor Day

We celebrated my mother's 63rd bday this weekend. Addie helped her blow out the candles.

She also tried to take off with Memaw's birthday money!

We also went to Santi-Cali-gon days...but didn't really take any pictures.

On Monday, we followed my folks out to Deanna Rose that afterwards, they could head home to Topeka from there. My dad had never been before and I think he enjoyed it.

Addie was timid around the sheep/goats this time.

She eventually warmed up to them.

They have a one room school house that Addie enjoyed playing in. I enjoyed the air conditioning...and my folks reminisced about the days that they went to school in a one room school house.

Ironically, they both went to a tiny school house by the name of Pleasant Ridge (See picture above).

We tried to to get a family shot, but my mom isn't exactly patient with this task. She took our picture before we even knew she'd done it. Her exact words were, "You should be ready when I'm ready." Does that sound like the child of Arthur Tilbury or what?

Addie Sue enjoys playing on her swing set. She's getting quite creative in the way she entertains herself. She stands on the swing, climbs the ropes, holds onto the other get the picture. I just hope we don't have to visit the ER anytime in the near future because of this girl's rambunctious behavior!

I wish we had the ability to put videos up on the blog. Our little miss is singing the sweetest songs and seems to have pretty good pitch. She's also really into letters. She knows all the letters and their sounds....I'm not kidding. Micah and I were at Lowe's and she told us the letters she saw on a sign (GRATIS- must be a brand name for something) while we were in line.

I would like to take credit for her brilliant little mind, however, I can only admit that I bought a video that taught it to her. Nice huh? Don't knock it 'til you try it. I swear, in less than three weeks, she was prancing around the house singing, "the T says Tuh".

Check it out: (I got it at Costco for $6.99)
Leap Frog's Letter factory

One last picture...

I'm not artsy in any way, but I thought this windmill looked so peaceful at the farm on Monday. It might remind some of you of your good ol' days growing up in Kansas.

Have a great week!