Saturday, March 31, 2012

Go Stingrays!





Our first soccer game was this morning. Same coach as in the fall, most of the same players, too.  Although we lost today, I thought we played well.  They added a bit of time to each quarter/period, and the kids were totally exhausted by the end of the game!

Drew started off the game playing goalie.  He didn't see any action the first quarter but they did score a goal the second :( He did a great job paying attention - it was one of those kicks that went to the opposite corner, so he just couldn't get there in time.  He was disappointed about that, and was very unhappy that we lost in the end.  I think it's fair to say that Brady has been rubbing off on him...

Warming up


Keeping his focus

After the half, Drew took the offensive...

He got his foot on the ball a lot, definitely even
more than in the fall. 


However, a few minutes in, he started having trouble breathing.  He stayed in there and played, but by the time the coach blew the whistle, he was in tears.  Not sure what to make of that :(  He seems to be feeling fine now.  He did sit out the fourth quarter to catch his breath.

Mallory, on the other hand, spent most of the game in her own little world.  Big surprise, huh? She made two contributions to the game -

She threw the ball in here (look to the left of Landan, LOL)

And got to kick it back into play once :)


Otherwise, you might find her like this -

The weather this morning was great! I'm sure by Brady's game this afternoon, it will be hot again.  We did stop by for donuts on the way home - figured we should take advantage of being up and out of the house so early on a Saturday morning.


Monday, March 26, 2012

I'm getting there...

As usual, things are never as simple as they should be.  Considering I paid someone to do the work in the bathroom, you would think that would be the case - that's supposed to make my life easier, right?  Unfortunately, it's been one thing after the other.  I finally got the painting done, but then had to deal with the grout.  For some strange reason, it looked nothing like the color on the package.  It was supposed to be a dark brown, to blend in with the tile.  It turned out almost white and I couldn't live with that! So, after I got done painting the walls, I recolored all the grout lines.  A pain, but well worth the effort in my opinion.  My next job is to touch up all the baseboards and trim.

darker grout = happier me
I think the tile looks great, esp. next to our wood floor

New faucets, mirrors, towel ring,
glass tile border

I'm still in the process of deciding what to hang back on the walls.  Apparently I have more shopping to do because nothing has called my name yet! Well, except for a vase at Garden Ridge... but I don't have anywhere to put it yet. LOL

My sectional arrived last Friday, and it looks great!  The kids are especially enjoying it :)  Mallory has really taken to heart that it is her job to keep the couch clean and has been diligently eating/drinking at the kitchen table and taking her shoes off before sitting down.  We'll see how long her diligence lasts...



I'm hoping someone will take our chair off my hands soon.  I hate to give it away because it's really in great shape, but I will donate it if I don't have anyone interested soon.  It's just too big for the space, and I don't have anywhere else to put it. 

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Let the games begin!

We are four games in to Brady's baseball season.  It hasn't been a stellar start.  We have lost three and tied one.  Brady hasn't quite hit his stride either.  He has done a pretty good job of fielding and running the bases, but he's had a hard time at the plate.  Hopefully as the season goes on, his confidence at the plate will improve.  It's difficult for him because he really cares, whereas many of the kids on the team don't care one way or the other.  If he strikes out or doesn't field a ball the way he thinks he should, he gets very discouraged and has a hard time shaking it off.  As Bryan tells him, he needs to have short term memory.

A couple pics before the game...

Mallory sportin' her new baseball dress.
She got lots of compliments :)

Brady got a hit in the first inning and scored.

A few innings later...


Drew and Mallory have had two soccer practices already, and their first game is next Saturday.  I think Drew is looking forward to it, I'm not sure Mallory cares. LOL  She told me yesterday, "At practice, I make my own water breaks."  Translation - the coach doesn't give enough water breaks, so she takes her own!  Why am I not surprised?

Monday, March 19, 2012

Potty training...

success!  Mallory has been doing great the past two weeks.  Very few accidents, and even when she has gotten her underwear wet, it has been very minimal.  She is very proud of herself and tells me all the time she is a big girl now.  She is also still telling EVERYONE that she is wearing her big girl panties - who am I to rain on her parade??

Kristin Cronin-Barrow - Award Winning
Traci Reed - stitches and Fuzzy Wittle Alpha
Shawna Clingerman - Carboard Chunk Alpha
Cindy Schneider - half pack #37 template

Saturday, March 17, 2012

I found an excuse...

to buy this kit I've been wanting for a long time! It is called lakeside retreat, and well, it's not like I have any pics of us at the lake. lol  But, if we EVER go to a lake, I'm now prepared!

I took almost no pictures on my birthday, so I decided to do a layout of myself instead.  I had to cheat and use pics from when I was 36, but I figure I look pretty much the same considering I've only been 37 for less than two weeks :)

Lakeside Retreat - Kristin Cronin-Barrow
Cindy Schneider - template #13 Yearly Faves
stitching from Traci Reed

Friday, March 16, 2012

It's Friday?

I've been confused all week about what day it is - between being sick, having the kids out of school, and Bryan's odd work schedule... I'm totally "off"!

I got two calls today that made me happy - the rest of the tile for the bathroom is finally here, and my new couch is scheduled for delivery this Friday.  Now I just need to get rid of my old couch/love seat and get the rest of the bathroom painted!  It also looks like Bryan's work schedule will be going back to normal in another week or so.  Brady's baseball schedule is crazy the next two weeks, so I certainly hope Bryan will be home in the evenings. In a span of 12 days, he has six games... six!!  Soccer just started for Drew and Mallory, too, but they only have practice once a week and their first game isn't until March 31st.

I'm off to go raid Brady and Drew's underwear drawer.  I'm not certain they remember that tomorrow is St. Patrick's Day, but a visit from the leprechaun will remind them :)

Monday, March 12, 2012

So far, so good

Glass and floor tiles came in, and the contractor arrived this morning right on time. I am finally starting to feel like myself again... I honestly can't ever remember being sick that long, with the exception of having mono when I was a kid! I got the vanity area of the bathroom painted yesterday and will finish the tub area once the other work is done. Kids are with Bryan's parents, and it looks like the majority of the work will be done before they return tomorrow :)

ETA - We are short one glass tile and 4 floor tiles. Unfortunately, they have to be ordered and won't be in until Friday... it always has to be something, right?

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

A work in progress

Here is what the hallway bathroom currently looks like -


Pretty classy, huh?  I got the priming done on Saturday, then had intentions of starting the painting on Monday.  Unfortunately, getting sick got in the way :(  On Monday, I decided that if I had to wait until Thursday to start again, that I could probably still get it done in time.  I have someone coming next Monday to put in new flooring and a few other things, so I really want to get the painting done by then!  I'm not quite feeling up to it yet, but hopefully tomorrow I will feel well enough to at least paint for a bit.

I figured I would pick a neutral beige/tan tile, but both Bryan and I think this looks great against our "wood" floors.  I did order it in a square tile, though.


I love the look of glass tile, but it's expensive! So, to get in a little without breaking the bank, we are running a small border of it above the current backsplash.

Replacing the light fixture and faucets will make a huge difference in the way the bathroom looks!

I can't wait to see how everything turns out :)  Since the bathroom is small, the cost of making these changes isn't too bad... esp. compared to the cost of replacing the flooring and shower in our own bathroom. LOL  

I don't have any definite plans for the walls yet.  We took everything down and patched all the holes before I primed, and the only thing that I know is going back up is a towel ring next to the sink.  I figured I should wait to see how it turns out before I made any decisions.  I definitely would like to make something with one of my safari/animal kits.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

One year closer to 40...

in case you missed it, Sunday was my 37th birthday.  While I kid about approaching 40, I really am happy with where I am in my life.  Of course, sometimes I want to pull my hair out when dealing with Mallory (esp. the whole potty training thing), but hey - no one's life is perfect! LOL

I mostly spent my day relaxing around the house.  I got two layouts done, which made me happy :)  We went to dinner, and then I lounged around and watched Breaking Dawn (one of my gifts).  Only thing I would have changed is that I started feeling sick by the end of the day.  I thought it might have been from the fumes I inhaled while painting the day before (hallway bathroom, no ventilation whatsoever) but it is now Tuesday and I'm feeling worse now than I did then.



I had good intentions of taking some pics of myself with the kids, but I stayed in my jammies most of the day and then Bryan had the kiddos loaded up in the car for dinner before I realized it - hard to argue with that!

My last two pages for 2011 - woo hoo!!

1st and 10 - Libby Pritchett
Jumbo shape templates - Libby Pritchett
scraplift of a layout by SmallMoments 

1st and 10 - Libby Pritchett
Slip In Style Builders 1 - 6x12 by Traci Reed and Cindy Schneider

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Rewards

About a month ago, I put chore charts back up in the kitchen for the kiddos.  Brady and Drew have had them in the past, but this was a first for Mallory.  It's their job to check off the chores they complete each day, and then I give them allowance at the end of the week based on the number of checks.  There is a set minimum number of checks to earn any money, then after that, they get an additional $.10 per check.  That additional money I threw in REALLY makes a big difference! I didn't do it that way last time around, and it makes a huge difference in their motivation.  Now the boys will actually be disappointed if I ask one of them to take out the trash and the other doesn't have the opportunity to earn that check.  Of course, I try to even things out as much as possible :)  The other smart thing I did was specify on the chart WHEN we would go shopping.  Otherwise, they are constantly asking when they will get to spend their money!  Our first shopping trip was this past Thursday, and they had a ball.  This is partially because they had money in their wallets from birthdays, Christmas, Valentines, etc. in addition to their allowance money.  Next month, they won't have quite the buying power. LOL

Perusing her new Dora book on the way home...

Both boys chose a new ds game and pokemon cards.
In addition, Brady got the Percy Jackson movie, and
Drew bought a new set of beyblades.

Mallory had significantly less money but
was very happy with her Dora book, Tom &
Jerry movie, and paints.

I enjoyed three hours of quiet that evening while they all played/watched their new things :)

Thursday was also a big day for Mallory because she earned a trip to Chuck E. Cheese! She kept her panties dry all day and went #2 in the potty.  The latter is a big deal because she has only done it a handful of times.  She gets wet occasionally, but overall she's got the peeing in the potty thing down.  The other still needs some work...

Her favorite game - "feeding" the dog




Last but not least, Brady had another visit from the tooth fairy last night!  He had a loose tooth that we thought would come out days ago, but it hung on a lot longer than we expected.  He was quite happy to discover that it had basically fallen out while he was in bed... what more can you ask for?