Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Avila 15 months

These pictures were taken exactly 1 year apart. Avila at 3 months and 15 months. She is our serious girl. We call her our little engineer. She studies people/toys/things. She  is very handy with her hands. Opening ziplocks bags and unscrewing caps of all types such as toothpaste caps and spice containers. She climbs everything. She is starting to talk and has a handful of works besides Mama and Dada... words like car, eat, ut-oh, baby.

Nairi turns 6

 Despite the freak April N'oreaster that dropped a foot of snow on us we were still able to host her all long awaited birthday  party. She wanted a tea party with a Trolls theme ( from the movie) so we did that with some Troll themed crafts. She wanted mac and cheese and chicken nuggets and fruit for lunch. Mikes mom designed and executed the crafts and Mike handled the cake. I did the fancy tea party table and decorations.





At 6 Nairi is a little sweetheart. She is so good with Avila and watches her for me most often so I can make dinner. She is thriving in Kindergarten and reading level 2 readers.  She is really enjoying her tumbling class this year and is so proud that she has mastered the cartwheel, handstand, and bridge. She still loves playing Polly Pocket and Legos and is Daddy's number one fan.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Kids bathroom lipstick remodel for $200 Before and After pics

Trying to do these things with 5 kids is kinda nuts so lately we seem to forget to get good before pictures. So these first 2 pics are of the master bath ( not the kids bath) but the bathrooms are identical with the identical clown mirrors and identical light fixtures.  I just forgot to snap pictures before Mike went to work removing the mirror and light fixture. So pictures don't really do it justice but the bathroom is original to 1992. So beige walls, beige trim, clown mirror, 90's light fixture, peeling linoleum floors, flowery wall paper border, oak cabinetry, etc.




 Triple whammy of ugliness, popcorn ceiling, wallpaper border, hideous light fixture
 New flooring, new paint, new trim, new mirror new light fixture


 We did not touch the vanity. Costs were light fixture, molding, wax ring for toilet, caulking, new towel bar, toilet paper bar and shower curtain. Paint was leftover from dining room, flooring leftover from kitchen, mirror we already owned. ( Toilet was replaced a few years ago). Because its the kids bath and trashed a daily basis we figured we will add double sink and replace vanity later on. A second sink would be great but they won't die if they have to share a sink.

Samuel turns 4







We love this kid so much! He is into sharks and whales lately so he wanted shark cupcakes for his birthday.  He asked for Legos  and that is  what he got even though we have so many Lego's already.  He mostly spends his days doing puzzles, playing with Legos and playing with trucks and sharks. We have been working on learning some letters and writing his name and he has made lots of progress.  He still loves board games and listening to books as well. Typical preschool kid. The highlight of his day is when the big kids come home from school and he has someone to play with. Being home with boring old mom and a crazy toddler isn't much fun for a 4 year old boy. He is a great sleeper and would love to still take a nap everyday but then isn't ready for bed till late so we have stopped letting him nap and without fail he falls asleep in the car or stroller most days.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Winter 2017 so far

 4 cases of influenza, 2 ear infections, 3 cases of croup and one eczema flare up. Hopefully we are done with urgent care for awhile.... In other news winter can be summed up with snow and cabin fever. Is it spring yet???



















Master bedroom remodel

 Really bad old carpet circa 1993, beige trim and orange walls


 New paint, New hickory floors, new molding, new headboard