Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Inside the mind of the 5





More reading adventures today. 

Looking at the picture You would think the sounds of the top row would belong to the letters "C, G , & Q". Instead the kindergartner quickly told me the sounds of each word belonged to "B, N, & F". "B" for black cat, "n" because he's a Naked gorilla, and "f" for the picture of the two friends. Clearly.

Sanders =1 boring answers=0

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Sanders turns 5!

Oh, Sanders.

Your 5th birthday (March 2, 2014) was SO highly anticipated by you. I kept asking the day before if you were sad this was the last day you'd ever be 4. (Truthfully, it was because I was feeling a bit sad it was your last day ever to be 4). Each time you'd look at me like I was crazy and say, "NO!" You could not turn 5 fast enough.



Your birthday landed on a Sunday this year. Earlier in the week you suggested, "So....if your birthday is on a Sunday, you don't have to go to church!" You are really disliking having to go to church every week. Partly due to the fact that you have to change out of your pajamas (which you hate to do everyday anyway) and into church clothes. And partly due to the length of time sacrament meeting takes. I can't say I disagree with you on that one.








Your pre-school birthday balloon hat Mrs. Karen made you.

You wanted legos and you got them! You have been building, imagining, and building some more.

We had a family party for you that Sunday. You wanted a lego cake, but you made sure to let everyone know that even though the cake was green it was NOT a GREEN lego party. Just a lego party. It was not the finest cake I have ever made. In fact, every time I passed it, I laughed at how messy and sad it looked. But when YOU  saw it for the first time you gasped, got the biggest smile on your face, and ran to grab your siblings so you could show them the, "awesome Lego brick cake mom made!" Thanks for seeing past the imperfection to the love.





We had lots of people come. You are very loved. Nana and Pappa weren't there because they are in Nebraska this year, but we got to skype with them in the evening. Grandpa Jim wasn't there because he is working out of the country, but he got to skype with you too!

We had your friend birthday party on Saturday, March 8th. The theme? Legos! We had a free lego build,






played lego bingo








put together lego paper dolls (you LOVED this)






I can't get this to NOT be upside down. Weird. 

Opened presents (almost all legos and one very special picture of Sonja and you in a small frame) and had doughnuts for a treat.









Clearly you weren't happy about the candy AT ALL!


You can see the picture Sonja gave you on the stool in the background. We didn't get a picture of her standing next to you :(

We forgot to play the game Lego, Lego, Build that you made up. It's like duck, duck, goose. Our hearts were both sad when we realized that too late after the friends had left.

Other than that you had a wonderful time and were smiles the whole party through!

Sanders, you are so snuggly. Every morning your grab your froggy blanket and you climb into bed with me for a few quiet moments of hugs before the crazy of the morning seeps into our lives.

You like things YOUR way and often question why I should have ANY say in how you conduct yourself throughout the day. But when you decide YOUR way includes trying to be obedient, you have such a glow about you and you can't wait to tell me all the good choices you are making.

You hate changing out of your pajamas and leaving the house. You love preschool after you get there, but hate getting ready to go and leaving. We argue about this most preschool days and I worry for when you have to go to school every day.

You LOVE your siblings and will chase them half a block away in the mornings if they gave you no less than 5 hugs and kisses each. That goodbye time is important to you and you follow them around like a puppy in the mornings because you don't want to miss it.

You also love movies, t.v., and the computer game, Mine Craft. We argue a lot about how much time you'll get with those. You are convinced there is no good reason I should have all the control when it comes to the amount of time you get to enjoy those activities.

You complain about what we feed you most nights. Usually with a loud, "YUCK! I will NOT eat that."and some tears before you have even seen what is for dinner. Which gets you sent to your room until you feel like you can be grateful you have food to eat and you didn't have to prepare it. Your happiest meals are when we say, "It's cold cereal for dinner tonight." Karaia groans and you run around like a crazy person doing a happy dance.

You like to give me random hugs and kisses. I like them too.

You eat a peanut butter and honey sandwich almost every lunch.

You can read! And have been able to for about 4 months before you turned 5. You can read a lot of three letter words, but you don't like learning new words so you usually guess when I ask you to sound something out. You loved learning to read at first and now it feels too hard. We are working on making it fun together.

You tell us Dad is your favorite grown-up, but won't let anyone but me help you with most things. Even if I am the only one busy.

We love you so much and are so happy you are part of our hearts!




Tuesday, February 4, 2014

In a magazine? It's ok. You're second!


Sanders and I are quite the team these days. Everyone else is in full time school and while he'll lament, "I am behind everyone!", he gets a lot of perks for being the only one vying for my attention that I really don't feel too bad for him. 

But, after today, maybe I need to step up my game. 

We were walking into Joann's to see if we could find the magazine that had an article about me in it (I KNOW!!! More on that in a second). I told him I needed to hold his hand in the parking lot, but he was welcome to let go when we got to the side walk.

"Plus," I added, "I know you like me a little bit."

 (side note: I was being totally sarcastic because normally he won't let anyone BUT me do things with him. A serious mama's boy...or so I thought)

"Okay. You are my second favorite adult."

"Second? Who's your first?"

"Dad! It goes in a pattern Dad, you, Dad, you. "



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When Kevin got home from work today, armed with the knowledge of the above story, he asked,

"Hey, Sanders, who's your favorite adult?"

"You!"

"Who's your second favorite?"

"Mom!" Looks over at me as if he's just given me the greatest gift EVER.

"Who's your third favorite?"

"Sonja's mom! Well, actually my third favorite is Sonja's dad. *sigh* I've never seen Sonja's dad."

"Okay then...what about the grandmas?"

"OH! Actually, Nana is my fir...," looks at Kevin as if he's torn, "Okay, see there is a boy first and a girl first. Dad is the first boy and Nana is the first girl."

"Hey!" I shouted. " I don't even make it as your first favorite girl adult?!?!?"

"Mooom," he said soothingly, like someone trying to sell some really bad news by pretending it's awesome,  "you are riiiiight next to Nana! You're second!!!!"

Man. 

Good thing the magazine thing has me on a high today.



That's me! In an actual magazine you can buy at a store. A store other people go to and might buy it and bring it into their homes. SO weird and cool! I bought mine at Barnes and Noble, but, as I mentioned, I headed on over to Joann's to see if the magazine was available in a more main stream quilting location. 

It totally was!

The Quilter Magazine published an article about my journey and Modern Yardage in their Feb/Mar 2014 issue. It ended up being THREE pages. 

Hold on a sec while I pick my jaw up off the floor.

It also features some projects I have sewn as well as some sewn by my Sister-in-law Danica
 (My projects are the skirt --worn by Karaia in this picture--- and the faux cathedral window pillow. Danica sewed the tea towels and the table runner)
  
  
It's true you can't win them all, but I am sure grateful for the balance in the universe today!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Sucked back in


Sanders called me from the bed he was supposed to be sleeping in, "Mom, I have to tell you something so hurry up and say, 'What?'".

Sigh 

"What?"

"You're cute, Mom."

How do they do that? Just when you are ready to put them up for sell, they suck you right back in with their cuteness.

Dang, cute, kids.

Also, isn't Ferb the best?!?

Monday, January 27, 2014

Beckhamism






"Daniel is SUCH a friend. He helps me through all my pains."

~ Beckham, 3rd grade, Age 9...going on 60

Friday, November 8, 2013

Deck Before, During, and mostly After

Ok wow. I knew I'd taken some time off...the longest break in this poor little blogs history in fact.

BUT, I didn't realize I neglected to show much of a completed deck. At all. The last deck post with pictures is here and that was clear back in May!

There are so many pictures to share, so curl up and settle in :)

The last post left you here,  


but I never showed you the cutting of the bricks in order to instal a new ledger board to increase the size of the deck.

It's serious business to think about cutting into the brick exterior of your home.  No going back after you do that!










 Beckham wanted in on all the power tool fun. He had to just watch for this part, he got as close as we would let him.






Alright, so skipping ahead because the last post talked about installing the new ledger board and all that, we had to double scab on the old joist to make sure they would support the new deck. BUT while were at it, don't those white columns look fantastic! Love a good white accent.





Are yard was a gigantic mess!





 Here is another really exciting part! The little bridge over the downstairs door. This little bridge allowed us to move the stairs and really open up the deck. It was SO heavy!





 Then after the did a dry fit they realized the ledger was not square, which is not a problem, but they had to custom fit the little bridge to compensate. Down it goes again.


 We put glue on the edge that butts up to the large portion on the deck to really help it be one solid piece.






 And it's up!




 It's starting to look so good!




 Here is a completed double scab on the old joist.








Can you see that little square just under that white plastic table? That was the home of the furthest post of the old deck. 



 There's that little square of cement again. We really bumped out the deck in a big way.



 May 25:

 we added stairs. Here are a few before pictures first....

A good shot of the double scab from the top.


 What under the deck looks like without stairs.




 Contemplating how much work needs to get done still.



 I don't have a picture of the stairs being built. If my memory serves me right, we had to be somewhere and Dave is a machine and whipped them out while we were gone. SUCH a hard worker!

I tried to help lift the stairs, but my height and the ridiculous weight of the stairs prevented me from being much help. Thankfully, our awesome neighbor has more than enough height and strength to spare!




After the stairs we worked on installing the trex to the whole deck. I don't know why I don't have pictures of that because it really took SO long.


 June 8:

 we worked on installing the post brackets.


 Oh, and in the next picture you'll also notice that we added white fascia to the outside of the deck. We really, really, REALLY wanted this to be super low maintenance.




June 9th:

Greg came to help and brought their awesome water slide to entertain the kiddos. Thanks!





 Here's a good shot of the fascia around the outside of the deck and on the stairs. Again, LOVE a good white accent!


 You'll notice that some of the posts are taller than others. That's because, eventually, we plan on adding a pergola over the deck and the tall posts will support that.



June 11:

 Posts with white sleeves and caps. Gorgeous!



 We used some Pick Your Plum twine and washi tape to determine how high we needed the bottom post.


 The stairs are wider than average and we love, love, love them!




Now one of my favorite bits. Outlets! Under the deck!


 That metal tube runs all the way up through the tall post in the middle on top of the deck for future lighting. Hooray!



June 14:

Adding post sleeves and more fascia to the stairs. 












 Nearly complete. Just needs a railing!











 Swoon. I love it.



 I jumped on the tramp and held the camera above my head to get these next shots. Excuse any blurriness.






How about a good before and after?

Before

After







 This spot on the end here is the site of the slide. I think I still need to take a picture of it.


June 15:

While researching railings, we discovered AGT. To purchase the railing from them AND have them install them cost just as much as just buying the railing from Lowe's. We were SO grateful at this point to have someone else doing installation! 



 The space between the two posts on the end are for the slide.





 Perfect shot of all the old deck wood sitting in our garden.


 Meanwhile, with all the old deck wood, Karaia built a thrown.







 Now comes the fun part of figuring out how to attach the slide.




 We had to trim a few of the trex so the slide would sit right up against the deck. Do you love how I say, "we" but it's rarely me doing the work ;)




















And that's it for now. The slide proved to be a gigantic pain. But this post is far too long already. I will continue shortly....I hope!