Tuesday, February 26, 2008

House photos

Birthday Events

Since our furniture was delivered early, I was able to make it to lunch with Bridget. I have never gone there and had lunch with her before, so this was a very special birthday thing. I'm posting this photo of us together even though it is a terrible pic of me.

For dinner we went to the Rain Forest Cafe as planned. It wasn't crowded and the girls were both excited. That being said, Becca took excited to a whole different level while we were there. The birthday fairy told the staff that it was Bridget's birthday so they came and sang and brought her ice cream that she so willingly shared with Becca. She is such a good girl! I'm so proud of that kid!

Happy Birthday Bridget!

Today our sweet Bridget turns SIX! That is amazing. Six. Wow!

First thing this morning she got to open a present from us. We gave her a necklace with an amethyst (her birthstone) flower pendant. She thought it was cool to get real jewelry. I'm going to eat lunch with her at the school today and for dinner we are going to Rain Forest Cafe. What a fun day!

Monday, February 25, 2008

Blog Challenge

Kelly wants to know the following:

If you had to give up one of these things, which would it be:

1. Cell Phone
2. Hair products/curling iron
3. Toothpaste

Okay, I honestly debated these 3 options. I decided the rational, realistic thing would be to give up the cell phone. I wouldn't like it. I use mine ALL THE TIME. It makes me feel connected. Of these three items, the cell phone is the only one that I have ever actually lived without before, so I guess I could again. Like I said, I wouldn't like it though. I have horrible hair and it must be blown dry and curled or it is stringy and flat. Toothpaste, well, that is something you take on Survivor as your luxury item and I like my teeth.


We got to the house on Saturday, got supplies and started painting. I have not been good at taking the before photos. In fact I haven't been good at taking any photos--and I know you all have noticed. I don't have a photo of the front of the house yet. I'll get it soon though, I promise.

I did take a few of the painting going on and the cute decoration on my mantle. As my mother-in-law stated, we have been color repressed forever, and we are letting loose. Schaun wanted one wall in his basement to be red. I made the master bedroom a brown, the girls rooms are each going to be two colors. Bridget's room is pink and purple and Becca's is pink and yellow. They both got the same pink and it is a no kidding sort of pink.

I need to say a special thanks to my father-in-law for all his help on Saturday and to Kristin and Mark for their help painting on Sunday--THANKS!

EDITED TO ADD: This freaking blogger keeps eating my photos! Three times I have loaded a bunch of pics and it just keeps showing me these two. Sorry, I'll have to try later. I have packing to do.

Saturday, February 23, 2008


We are homeowners!

It's official! The papers are all signed.

I'll get pictures soon.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Spring Break

This year, over Spring Break, I am taking the girls to see Disney on Ice, Princess Wishes. They don't know and are going to be so excited. I'm excited that it is at the Sprint Center and I will get to see the place.

I bought the tickets a few weeks ago and forgot to tell Schaun. I saw a commercial last night and told him. I think he was very relieved to hear that he was excused from this princess event.

Tomorrow is the day!

Tomorrow is closing day! I'm so excited. It is hard to focus on anything else for any length of time. I went to Lowe's yesterday and picked out a bunch of paint swatches. That is what I'm doing first--painting. We are putting off the official move in day so that we can do stuff like this before the furniture gets there. The utilities are taken care of and today the sellers want to meet us at the house so they can tell us stuff about the house.

I'm not going to miss this house at all. The noise from the highway--ugh! Yesterday the garbage disposal stopped working and the day before that the bathroom sink went wonky. So glad I don't have to deal with the problems here any longer!

Anybody need any stuff?I have random amounts of fabric I don't want, baby toys and chairs, a diaper bag, a birdhouse collection, a bag of 18 months girls clothes, a coffee pot, an old printer and scanner, and that is what I can think of off the top of my head.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Fun World

We took the girls to Power Play (they call it Fun World) last night. I had never been there before. Schaun has taken the girls there in the past while I was at crops. We ate dinner at the buffet, which was decent. Then we went out to the arcade part. It was a mad house in there. I didn't take the big gun, just my little camera, but here are the few shots I got. The girls had a blast.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Different priorities

So last night Bridget asked when we were going to Disney World. I told her we just bought the new house and going to Disney is expensive, it wasn't going to be this year. Her response:

"Ohhhhhh- you guys wasted all the money!"

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Not my lettuce!

As I'm sure I have said before, Becca loves lettuce. Sometimes if she asks for a snack, she will tell me she wants some lettuce. It is a bit odd, but it's better than candy. Tonight we were talking to the girls about pets. They were telling us about the things they want to own. I explained that nobody would get anything until we lighten our current load. But they just kept wishing. Bridget settled on a guinea pig. She asked Schaun what they eat and he told her special food, carrots, and lettuce. Becca looked startled and said "NOT MY LETTUCE!".

I had to tell her that if this little animal comes to live with us we will have different lettuce for it--not hers.

New Furniture

So exciting! We picked out all the big things we need for the house. We spent about five hours at Nebraska Furniture Mart today. I have only been there one other time and I had forgot how big that place is. It is a good thing that I had some idea what I wanted. Going there without a plan would be over-whelming. We choose a sofa that is a 2-piece sectional with a chaise attached (that is the second piece). I wanted a big over-sized chair and AUTOMAN (LOL, this cracks me up! I saw this spelling in a Craig's list ad and I'm still getting a good chuckle from it)--okay, chair and ottoman is what I had in mind. I really love the whole chaise thing, so I got another separate one. (It is the one in the picture here)

We agreed on a white bedroom set. That will look so pretty with the light blue walls I am going to paint. I hope that I have a good memory of the color of the wood in the kitchen. I think we picked out the perfect table. I had my heart set on a table with chairs and a bench on one side and they had it.

They had some cute kids beds. Becca really needs a bed. She just has a frame and mattress, no cute headboard. She decided she wants sort of a garden themed room and I hope we can hook her up with a picket fence headboard. But today we saw this bed she loved. It was a loft bed (not as tall as a bunk bed) with a SLIDE attached to it. Under the bed was just space but there was a curtain that pulled closed. It was a cute bed and very reasonable price, but it was bright red, blue, and yellow. Not very garden like. We'll see if she keeps talking about it.

Very exciting stuff!

Friday, February 08, 2008

Enough already

I'm done with Winter. In the past, I enjoyed wearing my coats and sweaters. I generally like to bundle up. But enough already! I am T-I-R-E-D of snow and cold. I am tired of shivering all the time! I have not scrapbooked anything in months because it is just too cold downstairs. The few warmer days we had I spent cleaning off a space in the mess and got nothing done. Now it is just getting packed.

Packing is a slow process. I'm really purging stuff. I am a pack rat at heart and it is hard for me to let go of things. Some people understand this, others don't and think it is crazy to be attached to sweater or some other random item. So as I go thru my things, I have to question whether or not I want to actually pack it, take it to the new house and find a place for it. Most of the time I answer no. So now I am having to get rid of all the stuff I'm letting go of. Too bad it just doesn't disappear when I no longer want it.

Packing and counting down. That is really all I think about these days. Two weeks from today is when we close on the house!

Monday, February 04, 2008

A royal good time

Bridget was invited to a birthday party that was yesterday. It was for Maya, a little girl she spends a lot of time with at school. Maya had a true princess party. Each girl got to choose and wear a princess dress. They all got their nails painted and a little sparkly make-up. They played games and had a tea party with real tea cups. Bridget LOVED this. All the girls were so cute, it was really a lot of fun!

Friday, February 01, 2008

Off to a GREAT start!

February that is. The offer we put in on the house we want was accepted! Closing is scheduled for February 22. Schaun said last night that this was not a fun process. True, but the the end result is so great.