January 26, 2009

More painting fun :)

Chris and I have been very busy lately. I thought we were done with the majority of our house work, but I was clearly mistaken. I had forgotten that my husband is the type of guy who can't sit still or relax. I love that he makes himself a "honey-do-list", then completes it all on his own. I don't even have to ask. I came home one day and this is what I came home to. I didn't get a picture of the kitchen, because he had already finished priming the dark red, so my picture would have just been white walls, and that's boring, so here is the living room transformation.

We had briefly discussed paint and what we should do, as far as touch-ups, but I am pretty certain that we never said we would do it now, or even in the very near future for that matter. It kinda stinks, because we had already painted the entire house. I was thinking we were finally finished, other than the touch up stuff...I was waaaayyyyy off. We, and by we I mean mostly Chris, has re-painted the living room, most of the ceilings through out the house, a lot of the trim throughout the house, and lastly (at least for now) the kitchen. I am quite sad about the living room and the kitchen, I loved the dark brown living room and dark red kitchen, but because we are getting ready to put our house on the market, we deiced that we need to have a more neutral color palate. Oh well, at least we had it the color we loved for the majority of the time we have been here.

Paiton has really been into markers and painting lately, I think it is partly her age, but I also think it is partially because of all the painting that has been going on around her. Her is a pic of her painting in the bathtub. I found a really easy bathtub finger paint, and she loves it. She is in that phase of not wanting to take a bath, but with bath paint, I don't even have to resort to begging.
Pay no attention to the green bathtub, it is a project in progress.

January 16, 2009

I LOVE Freecycle!!!

I have gotten some AWESOME treasures from the website “freecycle”. I have also gotten rid of quite a big pile of my junk. You know the saying one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. And anybody who knows me at all knows that I LOVE me a bargain. Not just “I got it on sale”, but rather “I got it free”. I love the idea behind freecycle, because who honestly doesn’t have junk they would love to have someone come and haul away? Here are my most recent treasures!

Now that we have the power wheel, Chris has gotten really pumped for “the kid” to go outside and drive. He also has been watching youtube videos on how to “Pimp my Powerwheels”. (Check it out if you want to see some parents who spend waaaaayy to much money on their kids toys). Chris has plans to “pimp” Paiter’s just a little bit. He promised she would not be able to drive any faster than I can run (since I will be the one who really will have to keep up with her). I better start working out now so that when the snow is gone I am already in shape.

January 8, 2009

I HATE being cold!!!

I have a quick random complaint; I HATE BEING COLD!!! My little family recently returned home from our holiday vacation in Utah. The weather outside was great most of the time, but it took a while for all of us to adjust to the temperature inside. The problem is we keep our house in Michigan quite cold (65^ during the day, and 62^ during the night), and both of our parents keep their houses quite a bit warmer than that. Most of the time we didn’t sleep with a blanket; needless to say we were pretty warm most of the time. Then, right when my body was completely adjusted to the warm weather and sunshine, we boarded a plane and flew back home to Michigan (and back to our cold house). I AM FREEZING!!!! I don’t think I have been warm since we got here. And one last complaint, “the kid” is in that “naked, naked” phase. I spend all day convincing, pleading, forcing, etc. to let me put Paiton’s clothes on. I am super cold while dressed in a hoody and sometimes a jacket on top of that, yet she runs around at the very least, without a shirt, or pants, and most definitely, no socks or shoes. Oh well, what do ya do?

January 2, 2009

Pictorial Holiday Review

We have been very busy lately, for some reason I thought life would slow down over the holidays. Boy was I wrong… There have been a couple of slow moments, but nothing like I had envisioned. I wanted a nice, quiet, relaxed holiday season; instead we have had a vacation filled with road trips, family parties, bon fires, marshmallows and hot dogs, and many other fun/festive activities. I am not complaining though, I have had a blast!!! And the best part is, there have been enough people around who want to play with “the kid”, which in turn has let me have some “alone/grown-up time” without having to do any type of planning or scheduling. SCORE!! Here are just a few of the pics we have taken along the way. Merry Christmas & Happy New Years!! Thanks everybody for spoiling me and my family, it is greatly appreciated!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Here is a pic of "the kid's" very first gingerbread house (and by gingerbread, I mean graham cracker)

“The kid”, helping Santa find all the presents .

Paiton wearing the skirt of a princess dress, (grandma Bown thought it needed to be pulled up to her armpits), but she also wanted to be Santa's helper, thus the princess elf, with a touch of grandma help. PRICELESS!!

Paiton's favorite cousin (on her father's side) a little family joke!!

Playin' in the snow with the fam!

Just the girls... And the boys.