Saturday, May 30, 2009

One Room Down

We finished a room today! Awesomeness. Its about time we caught a break. We used the storage room to learn how to lay the hardwood, so that makes it our first completed room. We went ahead and did the trim work too, since that's the only other thing it needed. It looks so good, our food storage will be so happy to have its new home. Its totally the last room we needed finished, but by default it jumped to the front of the line. Its just good to have one done.



And then there's the playroom...I finished fixing the stripes today. Aside from the color not being what I wanted/expected, the tape pulled up a TON of paint when we removed it. Since I didn't want to risk taping again and pulling up more paint, I "fixed" it by hand. I could have a full wall mural for the time I spent painting those stupid stripes. Oh well. Its behind me now.


Welcome to the YMCA. We offer courses in First Aid certification, CPR, and Babysitter Certification. Open Gym is on Tuesday nights 5-8 p.m. Just kidding! I am hopeful at this point that I may be able to redeem the room with some stylish art.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Progress Report

We're three days into Amos' new bed. The majority of the time he sleeps in his bed, granted there's the occasional play session in the middle of the night, but most times he ends up in his bed. Every once in a while we find him asleep on the floor, toys strewn around him, passed out amongst his own chaos.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Tales From the Big Boy Bed

Well, we did it. We transitioned Amos' crib into a toddler bed. It was a lot harder for me than I thought it would be. My little baby looks so big in a "bed." He LOVES it though. He helped Eric and I take off the crib side and put on the crib rails, and we could barely keep him off the bed. He thinks being able to get into his bed by himself is the coolest thing ever.


Last night was his first night in the bed. We went out to dinner with some friends and we didn't get home until 2 hours past his bedtime, so I am not sure he'll always be so willing to go to bed. When we got home he ran into his room and laid down on his changing pad so I could change his diaper and his clothes. He could barely wait for me to zip up his jammies. He ran and grabbed his blankie and hopped right into bed. Eric and I gave him his bears and tucked him in, and said good night. We didn't hear another peep out of him, and when we checked an hour later, he was asleep in his bed.

This morning I woke up to the sounds of him playing happily in his room, how cool! I don't know how long he'd been up for, but he'd had time to empty all his drawers and his bookshelf (not that that takes him long).


Nap time this morning went well too, he did get out of bed to put his shoes on? but, he took a nap, so I can't complain. I did hear him knocking on his bedroom window at one point, probably trying to get the attention of some innocent passerby.


Waking up after his nap, notice he has his shoe on and some extra things in his bed:


He seems to understand he's supposed to stay in his bed a lot more than I thought he would, so that's a good start. I'm still sad he's not a baby anymore.

Monday, May 25, 2009

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The basement gods continued to frown upon us today. I don't know what we did to piss them off, but it must have been really bad.

There was more spilled paint, more tape pulling up paint, and more general crappiness. We didn't work much, since all the work we did seemed to do was create more work. At one point, I remember thinking, "I am crazy, why am I doing this?"


The one positive, my stripes in the bathroom turned out really well. Even Eric approved. The stripes match my towels, so I am pretty excited about that. I can't wait until I am hanging up towels, pictures, and other fun stuff. That'll be a good day (and that's why I am doing this):

Lots of thanks to David and Britni who helped paint the stripes!

Thank you everyone for your love and support, I really needed that!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

The Three Lemons

I may get in trouble for this one, but I thought it was a really fun moment between my Mom and her sisters, Gin and Sharon. They were posing for a picture, but my Dad happened to be videoing the posing and its silliness. Its from our trip to Minnesota last summer.



And they know full well what they were doing...

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Bleh.

Today was a crappy day. It started out nice enough, but quickly went south. We went to Home Depot first thing, and it was just a huge challenge with Amos. He has gotten REALLY wild lately and trying to focus on anything is really hard when you have to watch him. We ended up having to bail and only get half the stuff we went for, which, silver lining, was good because we went over our tile budget by double! BLEH.

When we got home we realized we needed another tool before we could do the tile we just spent all that money on, so again, BLEH. We decided to keep moving forward with some of the other things we still needed to do anyway. We painted the stripes in the playroom, and instead of looking "pottery barn" it looks like a McDonald's Playplace, or a YMCA. In fact, we were at the playplace at Carl's Jr. recently, and I think I liked their paint better. BLEH.

Nap time for Amos has gotten really challenging now that he can get out of his crib. And by challenging, I mean it doesn't happen. BLEH. He immediately flips out of bed and roams around in his room emptying drawers, bookshelves, and toybins. I am pretty sure he did fall asleep on his bedroom floor for a while today though.

Communication with Amos has gotten very frustrating for everyone involved too. You'd think it'd be easier with him learning words, but its harder because he doesn't always use them right, but he thinks he is, and gets frustrated when we don't help him. BLEH. He asked for "milk" for like 20 minutes tonight, but he definitely didn't want the milk.

Once the kids were in bed we headed back down to the basement to do a little more work, and after finding paint drips, streaky spots, tape pulling off the paint, etc. we decided to call it quits to avoid anymore frustration. Wouldn't you know we decided to touch up one last spot, and as Eric was opening the can it slipped out of his hand and landed face down. BLEH.

I know I have so much to be grateful for, but I am definitely not always a "the glass is half-full" kind of person, so it wouldn't be fair to say that I am not frustrated with the setbacks today.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Taking Chance

I am going to put myself out there with this one, but I am going to recommend everyone watch Taking Chance sometime during this Memorial Day weekend. It airs on HBO on both Saturday and Sunday, so if you have HBO you're set. If you don't have HBO, get it from anywhere you can.


It is an awesome movie about those who fight and give their lives for our country, and it manages to stay pretty party neutral. It gives an incredible perspective to a side of the war that is happening, whether you agree with it or not. From the faq on IMDB.com: "The military offered advice and assistance, providing Taking Chance's film crew with a rarely viewed but painstakingly accurate account of the care and protocol bestowed upon the nation's fallen warriors."

It also stars Kevin Bacon in a role I've never really seen him play. It doesn't hurt that it was a Sundance movie too =) Anyway, I really don't think you'll regret it if you watch it.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

The Escape Artist

Yes, that title means what you think it does. Here is what has been happening:



Unbelievable! I put that orange blanket there because I was afraid something like that would happen. Little did I know I've been enabling him!

Seriously, though, what am I going to do?

The Oven

Amos has become more and more curious about the process of making dinner, and its getting a little complicated with him underfoot. To make matters worse, his favorite thing is the oven. Its almost impossible to keep him away from it. He is fascinated with his reflection in the door, and he loves it when I turn the light on so he can see the food. We've been working on him understanding "hot," and I think he may be getting it. For now we're just trying to avoid any serious burns.

A Fun Deal

Right now at Albertson's when you buy 3 Tombstone Pizzas you'll get a coupon for a free Redbox rental. The pizzas are on sale 3/$9, but there is a coupon here (you may have to scroll through the pages to find it) for $1 off 2, so 3/$8, plus the movie. Sounds like a fun date night to me! (Plus, if you have your weekly Albertson's ad, there are coupon doublers this week, so another $1 off).


And if you're not using Redbox, you should be.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

It Has Happened.

Amos climbed out of his crib today. I have no idea how he did it, but when I went to get him after his nap, he was a free bird running around his room. I knew before I opened the bedroom door that he must be free, because I could hear his drawers opening and shutting, and as you can see, there is no way he could reach them from his crib. There was plenty of evidence that he had been free for a while (i.e. all of that stuff was put away when I put him down for his nap):



He even managed to pull the drawer front off the chest of drawers???:


I love this little pile of blocks, the one sign of order in all this chaos:


If you're wondering how I missed the noise of all this destruction, I am too.

After we cleaned his room, I tried to convince Amos to go out and play in the rain, but he wouldn't do it. Not that he didn't end up totally wet from the water dripping off the eaves:



And, finally, aside from bears wearing diapers, I have also been finding the cutest little lines of cars all over the house:


Sunday, May 17, 2009

Happy Church Day

Today Amos was all ready for church-white shirt, tie, shoes on, etc. and at the very last minute HE decided he wanted to wear one more accessory:


We may have lived in Springville too long already.

After church we came home and had some lunch. Thankfully, Eric had the foresight to take off Amos' church clothes. Amos has been doing really well with eating with a spoon by himself, but for some reason today, it didn't go so well. At one point he was wearing the pudding cup like a hat. What's with this kid and inappropriate hats?



He's clean now, and all that remains are these pictures and one pudding hand print on the side of the bathtub:


Final notes: Amos made it all the way through nursery without having to come out, AND the Provo house is back under contract. Let's make it stick this time people.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Provo House Update


So...I think I am going to get an ulcer from trying to sell this house. Ok, it really hasn't been that bad, especially considering our "economic climate" (gag), but I still don't like it very much. Buying a house is MUCH better.

After the deal fell through last week, we re-approached the second offer that we had initially rejected. We got them up to where we wanted the price to be, just slightly lower than the first deal, and signed the contract to get to them today by 6 p.m. Well, our agent just called and another offer is coming in (that'll make three total). Trouble is, they can't get it to us until after our 6 p.m. deadline tonight. So, we risk losing the most recent deal if we wait on the third. Bleh. So, for everyone who forgot to pray and/or cross your fingers last time-get to it. For those of you who did pray and/or cross your fingers last time, try a little harder =)



Hopefully, we'll be back under contract by this time tomorrow.

Maggie is a runt

Maggie had her 6 month check-up today. She is very healthy, but she dropped from the 25% to the 8% for her weight. The doctor is a little bit concerned, but he said she doesn't look malnourished or anything, she just needs to eat more. Since Amos has had the same problem, I'm not too surprised. I guess I am going to have to stop calling her "fat sausage" now.

The new stats:
Height: 25 in (25%)
Weight: 14 lb, 6.5 oz (8%)
Head: 41.5 cm (25%)

...and her belated 6 month growing bear pics:



Thursday, May 14, 2009

Brother & Sister

Today marked the start of years of happily sharing with one another:



Maggie is ok, by the way:

Monday, May 11, 2009

Successful Night

Couponing is going great. I put off my trip this "week," but I think I still did ok. A couponer's week begins on Wednesday with the sales, and ends on Tuesday, before the next sale starts. So pretty much when I did my shopping tonight (Monday) it was like shopping on Saturday night. The shelves were picked pretty clean, but I still managed a pretty good night.

When I walked in the door I told Eric my trip had been monumental. He said, "Why? Did you get all that stuff for $5?" He was being a smarty pants, but he was right! (Well, close to right).

Here are my purchases:

Design Credit: Eric Horne

3 BBQ Sauces
5 Mac N' Cheeses
6 Apple Juices
2 Block of cheddar cheese


Here is my receipt:


Total: $7.24
Saved: $44.61.

BUT, my purchases also generated a $1.50 catalina (those things that print at the end of your transaction, I always ignored them until I wised up). A catalina like this one is as good as cash, on my next purchase. So, I could consider it like I got all that stuff for $5.74 (7.24-1.50)


Either way, 16 items for $7.24. I also earned $.05 off per gallon at the Albertsons gas pumps.

Eric thinks its hilarious how long my receipts have gotten. Not because I buy more stuff, but because each item has two lines now, one for the item, and one for its coupon:


I went to Walmart this past week to see if I was really saving that much money by doing this, and I have to say, yes. Definitely yes. I think the easiest way to "make" more money is to make the money that you already have work for you. I feel pretty good about my $7 worth tonight.

TOMS. One for One.

I LOVE these shoes:

For every pair you purchase, TOMS will give a pair of shoes to a child in need. One for One. Another great thing about TOMS, they make Tiny TOMS, for little kids. Wouldn't Amos and Maggie look so cute?
Please, someone buy these so I can live vicariously through you.

Game on.

Its painting time in the basement. Woot!


Amos was such a good boy at Home Depot while we bought all that paint, we bought him some m&ms. Little did we know all he needed was a paint stirrer to play with.

My new favorite thing:


I keep finding Teddy Bears all over the house with diapers on. It makes me smile every time.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day

I love my Mom, and miss her all the time. I'm glad she's only a short-long drive away, and usually only two phone calls away (she needs the extra rings sometimes).

Friday, May 8, 2009

Little People

So, I have become increasingly obsessed with Fisher Price Little People. I loved playing with them as a kid, and even though they're a little different now, I think they are so cute. It doesn't hurt that they're also safe and educational. I've been toying around with the idea of making my little people's playroom Little People themed, I just haven't been able to figure out how yet.

This afternoon as I was browsing about the Internet trying to figure it out, I discovered this: one of the main characters is named Maggie!:


Isn't she cute? I am officially placing Little People on Maggie and Amos' wish lists from now until forever.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

And out of contract...

The buyers for the Provo house backed out today. Boo. Back onto the market it goes.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

There's a new "Shaver" in town

Congratulations to the Iverson Family! My sister, Liz, had her baby boy last night.


No name yet, but he sure is handsome!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Go Penn State!

This started out innocently enough, I swear. I was thinking about how I used to dress Amos up in fun outfits and take pictures of him, so I thought I'd dress Maggie up. She is my doll, and I love putting cute little dresses, etc. on her. My beautiful model:



While Maggie was having her photo shoot Amos was getting a little jealous, and I didn't want him to feel left out:




I know, its ridiculous. Seriously though, putting a skirt on my 100% all-American boy makes me giggle. I may have the maturity of a 6-year-old sometimes, but I like it. Luckily they both "fit" in the 0-3 month old sized cheerleading outfit =)

P.S. Eric HATES it when I do stuff like this.