Pieces of Me

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Cayden is 18 months

Just an update from Cayden's appointment on Wednesday. He's 20 lbs 9 oz and 32 inches long. He's a peanut, but following his curve just fine. He and Hannah received their flu shots.


So E & L moved out this weekend. Well, sorta. They've moved out of the master bedroom & bath, living room and kitchen. We're not in any hurry to have them get the rest of their things out (namely E's office). I know they are busy. And there's a lot to do over at their house. The contractor comes on Monday to start on the new roof and room.

But we did move into our room last night!!! YEAH!!!! Cayden did great in our old room. We aren't going to move him into his room until E has moved all his things out and we have redone it. Which means scraping, painting, and pulling up the carpet.

I'm almost ready to take a picture of Hannah's completed room. Of course, that would involve it being cleaned. You know, yesterday she came to me when I was folding laundry and said, "Mommy, DO NOT go into my room!" I responded, "Well, honey, I have to go into your room to put away these clothes." She says, "I'm sorry mommy. I made a mess. I just had to do it."

I go into her room with the clothes to put away and find all her other clothes on the floor. She insists that she was having a sleepover and needed to decide what to wear. Together, we put up the clothing.

And then my husband and brother-in-law move our bed into our new room. Bless, Daniel. I can only imagine what was going through his head when he saw the disaster that was left behind in the room we've been living in for 3 years. I swear, I am in shock. I've been doing flylady! I clean out from under our bed once a month. Well, I thought I cleaned it out. The entire floor is covered with STUFF. Not trash, stuff. Yikes!!! Lots and lots of stuff. . scrap stuff, card stuff, books, kid stuff. I'm nauseated just thinking about it. I tried to clean it up by myself, but was overwhelmed. So much that I'm now on the computer.

Where's Stephen? you may ask. He's at the UT/Nebraska Game. He won the tickets that his office building gives away weekly. He's very excited and really wanted me to go, but as you can see, I've got lots to do.

Actually, I've been very busy. I inherited Granny's beautiful vanity dresser. And it comes with 12 drawers (and a mirror). It is now filled with my clothing. All of my clothes that belong in a dresser actually fit in the dresser with room to spare. I've been using Grandaddy's old dresser (which Stephen will start to use). We have an entire bedroom set that is just beautiful and we didn't pay a dime for it. It means so much to me that it was G&G's. I found a 20 year old letter that Bekah wrote Granny tucked away inside it last night. I think that's sooo awesome.

I moved all of Stephen's closet clothes into our closet. I've got the dining room table set up with a tablecloth (I don't think that's going to last). And would love to find the box with all the master bathroom stuff but it's lost in the tower of boxes out in the garage.

Hannah's with Grandma and Grandpa and her cousins. Cayden is in his crib asleep. And I'm working on scrapbook stuff.

It's been a long day and it's only 1/2 way over.

Monday, October 22, 2007

McIntyre House Update

We are slowly working on the renovations to our home. I wish I could call it our "new" home, but it's not. We've been living here for 3 years but now it's finally OUR home. The kitchen is full of OUR dishes (that are like new because they've been in storage for 3 years). The living room has some of OUR furniture (Working on getting our couch back from my mother and my sister has our TV.) I know Stephen and Jeremy are going to move the couch sometime this week (right, honey???) and we are planning a trip up to Heather's and Eddie's sometime this week to get our TV and new door knobs/locks.

We started working on Hannah's room last week. It is really the only room in the house that we could actually start working in. Until E and L move all their belongings out (I think they are moving this weekend), we can't do much. And we're taking things one paycheck at a time to avoid more debt.
Unfortunately, our AC decided to stop cooling efficiently on Sunday of last week and finally on Wednesday, after three visits (by 2 different repair men) and $1,000, we have had our AC fan and coils cleaned to perfection and a new return installed to help with the filtration issue it was having. It's amazing that this was what they cleaned OUT of our AC Coils. Yuck!! And this is only a little bit of it. It looks like coal to me. No, it's hair, dust, filth. . . ick!!!

So, needless to say, the AC is working WONDERFULLY now. The back of the house gets just as cool as the front of the house, and setting it on 78 is actually cool enough for us. We are now praying that the $350 utility bill from last month cuts way back! :)

Anyway, back to the Hannah room project. I really want to scrap all the popcorn texture off our ceilings. I hate it. It's ugly and too difficult to keep clean.

We started in Hannah's room. Stephen scraped the ceilings last weekend. He worked very hard all day on last Saturday.

After scraping the ceilings, I gave him a break and actually started painting the walls. Hannah chose pink and yellow. Here are a few shots of us painting together. She actually did a GREAT job helping!!!

Stephen got some picture of us painting. And then today, I took some after pictures. It's not completely finished. I want to stencil a border on, but I'm trying to figure out how that's going to work. We ended up pulling the carpet out and the linoleum that was beneath it is TERRIBLE so we will be replacing that sometime soon. And yes, I know that's a FABULOUS picture of myself.

And finally, drumroll please. . . . . . . Hannah's beautiful room

Friday, October 12, 2007

First School Pictures

Well, my little girl is getting to be soooo big. We received the proofs for her first School Pictures today. I cannot believe it! I through this together this afternoon and am totally in love with it. I think it's sooooo cute.

Things on the homefront are doing well. Ernie and Liz are busy working over at their place, trying to get it in a livable condition. They are replacing carpet and repainting the front rooms. Of course, the carpet guys came over to take measurements and discovered asbetos tile under the current carpet so E and L have to remove the tile before the carpet guys will come to put in the new carpet. E said things are coming along, but slowly. As much as I cannot wait to have the place to myself, we're not in any rush for them to move out. They let us stay with them for 3 years so it's the least we can do to let them stay with us until the house is ready.

We're planning on painting Hannah's room this weekend. Pink and Yellow. I'm going to do a stencil border as well and we're also planning on scrapping the ceiling (ugh). I will be sure to take a before and after picture!

After Hannah's room, we will move on to the playroom. The flooring we want is at Sam's for $20 for 35 sq. ft. so we'll get the playroom floor done for less than $150. We're very excited. We're taking things paycheck at a time and paying cash only to avoid more debt.

And then we'll move on to the kitchen. I have that all planned out in my head as well.

Anyway, that's how things are going for us.

Please keep my friend Stacey and her family in your prayers. They learned that their baby girl has passed away and are currently at the hospital awaiting her birth. Sad times. Also keep Heather and Eddie in your prayers as the anniversary of Elise's birth/death is approaching as well.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Just when you think

Last weekend was spent with a slight stomach bug AND caring for a sick baby with a stomach bug. Cayden threw up for FOUR days. . . he couldn't tolerate anything but breastmilk, and I am so thankful that I am still nursing. There have been times when I have wanted to stop nursing, but things just don't seem to be falling in line to make it an easy transition. We are about to move Cayden from sharing a room with us into his own room. I know that transition was hard for Hannah, so I will continue to nurse him through that shift in his life.

I feel like this house is full of germs. Since starting to watch Petra, someone has been sick at least once every two weeks, and sometimes, both kids are sick. Of course, Cayden gets over his bug, just in time for Hannah to start running a fever on Monday evening. We kept her home from school on Tuesday because she was still running a temperature, and by Tuesday evening, I was ready to lock her in the backyard. She drove me insane all day long.

I understand that she wasn't feeling well, but between her whining and chasing the two babies around, I was going to lose it. Of course, all Hannah wanted to do was "play in the water." It is very difficult to explain to your sick daughter that playing in the wading pool is probably not the best option for someone who has been running fever. Of course, she kept telling me, "I don't have fever anymore, let's play in the water." Ummm. . . no, Hannah. We are not playing in the water today. I finally let her play in the water on THURSDAY.

Thursday evening, I started to feel really, really bad. Turns out I was running a temperature. By Friday morning, I was a complete mess and Stephen took Hannah to school, worked for the morning, and then came home so I could go to bed. The stomach bug started Friday evening and today, Sunday, I am still dealing with it. UGH. . . thankfully, I'm not puking anymore. I know it's bad for kids to throw up, but when adults throw up, it's just not fair!!! We know what's going on and ick! Anyway, it took every ounce of energy for me to take a shower and now I'm lying in bed with Stephen's laptop. I'm about to take a nap, but I wanted to check in before doing so.

Now the dog has just woken up Cayden and we're still trying to unpack. Life as I know it.