Give and take (new house pics)

 So you may have noticed my blogging time these days is LIMITED to say the least.  Summer is all about survival, right moms?  And this summer feels especially that way for me.  We are about two months away from having the house finished and ready to move in and every day that is pretty much all I’ve been doing.  I go up to the new house first thing in the morning.  Take a break at lunch.  And head back up until Kole’s therapy at 3:30.  Sometimes I have the kids with me.  Sometimes I get a sitter.  Sometimes Kenny works from home while Kole naps.  Sometimes I don’t know where my kids are.  Do I have kids?  I can’t remember.  My brain is clogged with too many things to recollect.  :)  Actually the kids are having a ball and love being at the new house.  They are getting so excited to move because of a certain little surprise that came in the mail last week…

Testing out the new trampoline!  This is hands down the best money we’ve spent so far.  Looking forward to the hours of entertainment it will provide!

Our new neighbors on one side just moved in and our new neighbors on the other side are in the framing stage.  We lucked out big time with our neighbors.  Nicest people!  We love them all!  The kids have been having a blast on the new trampoline.  This isn’t its final destination of course (and the kids weren’t allowed to jump high and w/o adults right there until it’s a bit safer!).  I especially bonded with one of my neighbors last week when I learned she doesn’t love to cook.  We stay up late emailing each other pics from and she mentioned one night that she needs to learn to cook in her new kitchen – that she’ll feel bad just serving up plain pasta and cheese quesadillas.  I laughed out loud and responded that we had plain pasta for lunch and quesadillas (cheese tortillas my kids call them) for dinner that day!  Too funny.  Clearly we are kindred spirits.  Kindred spirits who need to take a cooking class at some point.  :)

Anyway!  Back to the trampoline.  They just dropped it in the hole in the ground today!  
It will have grass all around it.  A much safer landing pad.

Kenny and I have been having a bit of a discussion this week.  And by discussion I mean disagreement.  :)  These are the stairs leading up to the house.  Inside the house I kept everything straight – straight lines and edges – no arches or curves.  But the yard I wanted curvy – winding paths, etc.  I love the way these stairs turned out.  They are curvy and free flowing just like I pictured them.  

 I chose a light grey flagstone to go on the stairs and the porches.  I thought this material would be used for the whole stairs.

 But Monday I pulled up and they were starting to put the stone we used on the house in the front of the steps.  I wasn’t so sure about that.  It looks too busy to me.  I was going to have them stop and change it to the flagstone but Kenny wasn’t on the same page.  He loves the stone on the steps.  And so does every other person whose opinion we’ve asked.

So I lost that battle!  And I’m ok with it.  This process has definitely been a give and take and really my husband hasn’t had an opinion about much.  So I told him I’m happy to give him the stone steps – and anything else he wants for the yard.  Just don’t mess with my kitchen.  :)

We are 2-3 weeks away from grass and flowers and I can’t wait!  I know it will make such a huge difference.  Everything is so neutral right now.  I’m ready for some pops of color!

I’m also so excited to start sharing inside pics now that the cabinets are in!  I just have to wait a bit because things are so messy at the house right now.  And everyone working on the house keeps covering floors and counters and cabinets to do tile work.  I’ve told the crew that they are making it awfully hard for me to take pictures of everything.  I know it’s a real concern for them.  :)

This weeks’ homework has been moldings, shutters, hardware, paint, lighting, and wrapping up backsplashes.  I have also been starting to think about bedding for my girls’ rooms.  That has of course inspired a total room design plan.  Ellie presented me with this yesterday:
I love the “working desk” in the corner for her to draw.  
Totally doing that at some point.  
I’m also sort of ok with the color scheme:  
Purple wall.  Hot pink bed.  Turquoise rug.  
I can work with that.  
Then she informed me she also wants panda wall paper.  And not just hot pink bedding, but it needs to be hot pink My Little Pony bedding.  
Clearly there will have to be some give and take in this space too.  

Last Day of School

Hello friends!  I missed you all last week!  Quick snapshot of the kids’ last day of school.  It was a good day.  Fun and emotional for me.  My girls will go to a new school next year and while I’m excited for new friends and a new beginning, it’s also hard to say goodbye to a school we have loved so much. Kenny keeps telling me the girls will be fine switching schools.  It’s so close to our old one and they make friends so easily.  I remind him it’s not them I’m worried about.  :)  I will miss seeing so many faces I’m used to seeing each day.

Walking to school with grandma.  
My mom seriously saved me coming the last week of school.  It was still a circus, but so much more manageable with her here.  Thanks again mom!  I know the week wore you out.  Please rest up and come back again.  Soon.  Like next week.  You think I’m kidding, don’t you.  Well I’m not.  :)  I still have plenty of Diet Cokes in the fridge!    
El’s class kept their backpack in the hall all year.  Love the portraits of them.  

My girls had such good teachers this year.  Seriously amazing teachers.  The kind you never forget. 

 I became so close with both of them and can never repay them for all they did for my girls this year.  I cried saying good-bye.  Not just a sniffle, but a full on cry.  Wish I could say that was a first for me.

 Loved helping with Ad’s Hawaiian class party.  My darling friend put the party together and did an amazing job.

All the moms went in on group gifts for the teachers but I still wanted to get them a little something to say thanks and enjoy the summer!
Towel, People Style Watch, sunscreen.  Beach/pool necessities!  
A quick and easy summer gift that is always a hit.  

After the girls’ parties it was time for my little man’s preschool performance.  When I walked in the room he was so excited to see me that he ran to sit on my lap and wouldn’t go back to his chair to sing.  :)  I finally got him back with the class and then he put on quite a show.  This boy makes me so happy.  I get such a kick out of him.

Hello ladies.  So sorry.  Mom says I’m taken.  
Dinner with El’s group of friends and all of the moms.
 And the party just kept on going when we got home.  Sidewalk chalk…


 and Ad performed a “happy last day of school dance” to officially end the year and kick off summer.  
In her pink plastic pearls of course.  :)  

Good-bye 2012-2013 school year!  You will be hard to beat.

Down Time

We are so enjoying our first week of summer.  Hard to tell?  Movie party.  3:00 in the afternoon.  In our pj’s.  With only the essentials: blankets – pillows – fishy crackers.  Because what’s a mid-day movie party without fishy crackers?  Aside from lounging we’ve also been doing a lot of reading.  And hanging at the park and the beach.  It’s a rough life.  :)  I’m taking a few days off of blogging too.  Much to busy with all the lounging to whip up a post.  Wouldn’t want to wear myself out.  ;)

Really – after such a busy last month it feels wonderful to have some down time with my kids.  Just what the doctor ordered.  Down time.  And fishy crackers.


Enjoy your week everyone and I’ll be back soon!

Happy Father’s Day!

To my husband on Father’s Day:

When they cry, you comfort them.  When they laugh, you laugh with them. When they complain, you remind them of all they have.  When they fall, you pick them up.  When they ask questions, you teach them.  When they take life too seriously, you tease them and remind them not to.  When they get discouraged, you lift them up.  When they work hard, you praise them.  When they hug you, you melt.  When they came into this world, you instantly became the perfect father for each one of them.  You are their hero and you are mine.

Happy Father’s Day babe.

And a very happy Father’s Day to the other two heros in my life…

 {My Dad}

{Kenny’s Dad}
Two AMAZING dads and grandpas.  
And two of the best sports I’ve ever met.
Happy Father’s Day to all the wonderful dads out there who work hard each day making a difference in a child’s life.  You are treasured!  

We made it.

We survived!  By proof of my used to be 1st grader’s shoes (yes – that’s scotch tape you see dangling from the tattered velcro) school is officially out for the summer!  I’m sure at some point when I have the energy I will post all about the past week’s festivities.  Or maybe not.  Maybe I will subconsciously block it all from my mind forever and pretend it didn’t happen.  Either way, at this point I only know one thing.  We are sleeping in tomorrow.  And I’m not packing lunches.  And the girls’ hair will not be done.  And neither will mine.  And we may or may not get out of our pajamas (just knowing we have the option makes me all tingly inside).  And that was more than one thing, wasn’t it.  That was a lot of things that when combined together all equal one word – SUMMER TIME!  That was more than one word, wasn’t it.

I’m feeling a letter coming on…

Dear Summer, 

        While you certainly have your drawbacks and are by no means perfect, this year especially you have been calling my name.  I usually crave a schedule, but frankly this year  – I am over ours.  I have been looking forward to you for so many reasons.  Less driving, more time with my kids home playing together (and fighting together, but that’s another thing I’m subconsciously blocking from my mind and pretending won’t happen), less alarm clock, more popsicles, less messes and piles, more purging and packing, less homework, more creative play, less activities, more sunscreen, less rushing, more relaxing.  You are also special to me this particular year because you are our last summer together in this home.  The first home Kenny and I have owned together.  The place I brought all of our babies home to.  You will also hopefully be (fingers crossed) the first piece of many happy summers to come in our new home.  So yes.  I am extremely excited about you this year summer.  Thanks for finally arriving.  There were so many times I didn’t think you ever would.

Your friend (at least in the beginning),


**The girls and I usually brainstorm together to come up with a fun Summer to-do list.  I didn’t do one this year because it would simply say: BUILD, PACK, MOVE.  :)  But here is our 2011 list if you are already a couple of weeks into summer and have completely used up all of your good summer activities and you are about to go out of your mind CRAZY with the kids home all day.  (Been there.  Done that.  Bought the t-shirt.)  And there is no doubt in my mind it’s on the horizon for us again this year too.  Just one more thing I’m subconsciously blocking from my mind and pretending won’t happen.  

Happy Summer friends!!

p.s.  Scotch tape DOES NOT hold shoes together.  Just thought you all deserved to know the truth.