Tuesday, January 31, 2012

I have a job to do.

Christian has been hit or miss on naps lately. Not something I really am enjoying..but usually if he lays in his crib for over an hour and he's still talking or singing I figure he really must not be too tired. Yesterday was one of those days, and I needed to go to work, so I went in to get him out so he could play a little before I left.

I expected to see the little face beaming, standing proud in his crib when I opened the door...
instead I saw this...

(besides the messy room) there is SOMEONE out of place here.

He didn't seem in the least bit phased by the fact that I was staring at him, while he was singing and promptly carried on with what he HAD been doing for quite some time...
emptying the entire box of kleenex's into his crib.

I said, "Christian, what on earth are you doing and how did you get up there??"
His response..."I have a job to do." As he demonstrated the "job" of dropping yet another kleenex into the crib.

Obviously, I didn't praise him for his job well done..
but I suppose that in a 2 year old's world..it was indeed a mission accomplished.

The crib rails will be transforming SOON!

Oh my goodness..as in right now. In the 10 minutes it took me to do this on the computer, he was taking his "nap" and wouldn't you know who is standing next to me letting me know "I'm up! I'm up mama!!" without me going in there!

So I guess I have a job to do now.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Laundry Room

I haven't ever really posted any "before" and "after" photos of our house...
due to the fact that there haven't been any "after" photos to speak of.

So there you have it..this is the first before and after photo shoot from this home...

Picture taken from the doorway of the kitchen, looking at the door to the garage.
The freezer that came with the house is no longer part of this household.


So these pictures definitely make it look worse than when we moved in. I don't have pictures to prove it otherwise, but these are a bit exaggerated since I was trying to box up the "pantry" otherwise known as an entertainment center so we could move it out of the room to get started with the project.
The office became just a touch of a disaster zone!

These were the two project managers for the job. 
Ben had built that shoe shelving thing behind him last winter which was super handy.
This picture is taken against the window that is in the laundry room. The door on the right (yellow) goes to the kitchen, the door that is open is the office, and the door to the left that Ben replaced sometime last spring (YAY!!! It helped reduce the number of crickets that could crawl under the door...gross!)  is to the garage.

This kind gentlemen destroyed the ceiling...it was disgusting. You don't want to know what was up there. Let's just leave it at..I'm glad I was insistant it came down.


Next we, and when I say WE, I mean WE hung sheetrock to the ceiling.
Also, note I would not recommend doing this the way we did it. We got larger sheetrock, so there would be fewer seams to mud. The room itself is not that large, however trying to manuver the three large, ACKWARD, and HEAVY sheetrock with a washer, dryer, and deep freeze still in the room was a touch difficult for the two of us. Oh, and I won't even go into the details of measuring and cutting the sheetrock...we'll just say it was not an easy task. While holding the sheetrock using my neck which was bent all sideways standing on top of the deep freeze...I actually felt more sorry for Ben because he was holding it up with one hand and trying to screw it in at the same time. Ahh, those are the moments that make memories :) Its a shame Christian couldn't have taken a picture to show how special this truly was!

I nearly forgot...next, was a series of more "memories".
The west wall of the laundry room had issues..it was seperating from the floor. It wasn't an ongoing problem, but it had occured at some point in the 30+ years of this house's life. After we noticed this, it made WAY more sense how the many GIANT crickets had easily made there way specifically into the laundry room.
Ben's idea was to make a platform that was the depth of the washer and dryer to go underneath that area and the whole south wall. and then fill it with foam so it was sealed off. He did it..it looked fine. I continued using the washer/dryer..no biggie..well not really. I had a load going in the washer while I was out playing in the backyard with Christian. I came in to switch out the laundry..and the house smelled wonderful...so clean, so fresh...tooo clean...tooo fresh. Oh dear. The laundry detergent that had been sitting on top of the dryer, wait, let me rephrase that...the brand spanking new big bottle of laundry detergent had been sitting on the dryer, and it was no longer in the bottle. Needless to say, the washer was somehow out of balance after its move to the platform and it did a major dance while I was outside that led to the huge, yet clean mess. (However, if this ever happens again, I do know of a rather quick way to clean it up.) Anyways. Long story short, our washing machine needed to go..it was going to cost more to fix it than it was worth. AND..Ben decided to tear up the platform he had made and instead poured self-leveling cement, which he was very glad he did. The folks at the local lumber yard/hardware store and quite helpful...as Ben says. We tore up the flooring on the west side, and it took several days for the cement to cure...but it did look ALOT better.

Next, the handyman himself laid the tile. Oh, the change was really starting to be exciting!

Next, came the paint. So, a small disclaimer...it is not the color I had invisioned in my mind..but I am the one that picked it out..so it will be the color the room will be for awhile anyway. And my little helper couldn't resist doing something to help out!

And while I was waiting on the paint to be mixed up at the store...and went ahead and purchased some cabinets. This wasn't exactly planned..but they were on sale, and I had the dimensions AND I like them!

I can't remember how Ben figured out that the wall behind the washer and dryer had mold underneath it..but it did..so he replaced that and made the washer/dryer connection thing way more up to date.

Ahh, yes then there was the stairs issue. I think when Ben was tearing out something to do the tile, he noticed what was underneath the stairs..a little something like this..but way more disgusting in person. So he built new stairs too. He's handy I tell ya.

The pantry cabinet I bought, did not meet the standards I had for it...so it was returned. Instead, Ben decided to make one. He added the same material to finish off the trim, and the baseboard. And of course used gobbs and gobbs of caulk.Yikes, he is a firm believer in the need to seal everything!

I needed to feel like I helped a little bit..but the truth is, Ben did 99% of the work.

We also bought new doors for the office and kitchen. Ben stained them..they look good. Its exciting to think that all the doors will look like that someday.
And we also got a new sink...yay!

Finally...oh, yes there was one more washing machine incident prior to the finish. But bottom line to that is..there are bolts that are connected to a new washer that MUST be removed prior to use. This will avoid a frantic woman trying to lay on top of the washer to prevent it from shaking violently. I called Ben, in a tizzy and I said, "It sounds like the whole house is going to fall down!!!" Poor Christian, wondering what on earth I'm talking about, just innocnetly looked at me and said, "No, mama. The house is not falling doooown!"


I'm glad its done..it makes me happy.
I have MUCH more room to put food, and its CLEAN.
Thank you Ben..you did good.

Sunday, January 22, 2012


the artist

It amazes me how many little changes occur "suddenly" with a child that's past the first year. 
Within the last month or so, Christian has been much more interested in coloring. With that, when using a coloring book he has been more intentional with where he is coloring on the page. Not that he stays in the lines, but at least he acknowledges what he is coloring and tries to color that section. He knows his colors, however, he calls white "black" and black "white"...but oh well. He will draw something squiggly and say, I draw my name.."chrishten." Or he'll draw a circle and say, "I draw a shape. I draw a circle." I thought that was a fluke..so I pointed at a triangle and he said, "it's another shape." What shape is it? "a triangle!" (Must be said with the angle part in a higher voice!)  Hmm..I don't know how he knows these things sometimes. They're smart, I tell you, they know more than you think!

All of that to say,
He got this easel from Grandpa and Grandma H. for Christmas. 
And he is a big fan! He might need Grandpa H to give him some pointers someday..but for now, we'll let him create his own masterpieces!

When I asked what he drew, he said, "a dinosaur foot." 
I don't have a clue why..he's got a mind of his own.

"I like that"

Christian is getting more verbal everyday. He is expressing his emotions more and more..especially his feeling of liking something. He will say very emphatically, "I LIKE THAT (or it)." or his new thing is to say, "I love him. I want to hug him. I will rock him." Him = a stuffed animal, an imaginary person or animal, a phone, a train, or an actual person. It's rather funny. Somedays he is "loving" alot of different things. 

Here are a few of the things or activities that he likes these days...

His new sunglasses.
Hilarious. He didn't take them off for a long while the first day he got them. 
I'm glad, and I hope he continues his appreciation for them when we go on our trip to Mexico in a month.

Specifically Apple Jacks. On this particular day, he REFUSED to eat anything else. But when we finally resorted to Apple Jacks he'd gobble it up. I think officially he ate 6 bowls of it (2 at each meal time). He will eat other kinds..the trick is to have something exciting on the box..the marketing people really know their stuff when it comes to targeting a 2 year old. 

His beans.
His beans, that are now in a box are a go-to "toy". They had taken a lengthy vacation to a top shelf in the office after he had lifted the floor register and decided they needed to go down there. Regardless, he got them back, and he gets pretty creative with them some days. He climbed in there, and said, "I'm sleeping. (Fake snoring)." Hilarious, as he lays there with his bootie up in the air. And then he looks the other way and says, "I can see you through the window. Hiiiii! I can see you through the window. Can you see me through the window?" A lot of repeating of the same word sometimes, I don't really think about it until I'm writing it out :)

Being outside.
Most of the time when we play outside, one of the first things he grabs is a stick. 
Often it is referred to as a "rainbow" because he will get one with a bend or he will break it but it won't completely break in two. In the second picture he is pointing to the bird feeder Ben just put up. He likes to watch birds. He will say (referring to a bird), "I will catch him. I want to hold him, I will hug him."

His loves his daddy.
Who doesn't?? He's a fun guy, and the feeling are mutual. 

Watching his shows.
He has developed a liking to a few shows lately. On these colder days, that going outside is just not really a great idea..we have watched a few more shows. His favorites are Dinosaur Train (they are cute little dinosaurs), Veggie Tales, Wonder Pets (which he calls, "Wonder"fets"), Thomas the Train, and the trusty ol' "Kids Singing" (which is kids singing bible songs). They all have they're cute catchy songs or tunes that he will start singing at random times. In the picture below he is saying, dinosaur..."trrraaaiiin." (Even though it looks as if he may be wailing.)

It's music to my ears. There is nothing like hearing a laugh from a toddler. He has his fake laugh, which is like sucking in a little air like he hears some adults "chuckle"..and that is rather comical as well. But the true laugh...gets me every time.

I don't just "like" you little man....I LOVE YOU LOTS!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Bedtime rundown

I thought I should "document" Christian's typical bedtime rundown..just because its fun and our normal right now..and I'm sure that normal will evolve and become something else someday.

Eventually we say, "ooh, looks like its time to take a shower." And it never fails he wants to take SOME sort of toy in there with him. Often he suggests something quite large and non-shower friendly, such as his tractor. We usually settle on a plastic animal or the small kettle from the kitchen, or one of his plastic "coffee cups" from his play kitchen. Something, if you can make "it" say something such as, "oh, Christian, can I take a shower with you." He is very into imaginary talking. It is very funny. He will say in a much higher voice, "ah, yes, you can shower with me...do you like to shower? I like to shower." This object or toy also accompanies him to the potty prior to the shower..he HAS to hang onto it. (It really does help to get him to go to the potty throughout the day as well..again, it doesn't really matter what object it is as long as it is "conversing" with him). So, he and daddy shower together and the only funny part I know about this is that Ben said the other day Christian was saying, "switch" so he could stand in front. Apparently that is a word Ben says in the shower..but it took him off guard when Christian was initiating when this happens. 

Showers over. (Ben has always said after the water is shut off. "Now we say, Mama, I'm ready.") So now, Christian instead will instantly say, "Now we say maaama.... mmaaammaaa." I think it is so funny when he says this, he says it so child-like and lovingly. So he's waddling towards the door in his towel, and I pick him up and we ALWAYS look in the mirror. Tonight when I picked him up, he said, "now we look in the mirror." 
I said, "oh, are you my little puppy dog." 
His reply.."bambino. I'm your puppy bambino." Oh he cracks me up. Usually I snuggle him up, hold him like a big baby and say, "oh my little bambino!" and then we look in the mirror for a moment. 
I guess it shouldn't totally amaze me that he remembers these things, but it just shows how much a child can pick up on repetition and link certain comments to activities. 

So I take him to his room, lay him down, and he will always say, "now I will go to sleep." He does NOT mean this. He will just roll over with the towel still wrapped around him and start his fake snoring/sleeping. He will say, "turn the lights out."

So I will for a couple seconds..and then we finally proceed to his pajamas, etc. We read several books in his "tent" in his room. He usually tries to read books in the living room, because than he 'thinks' that we really aren't ready for bed since its not in his room.

Eventually, we get done with the books...a few stalling techniques come out of the woodworks after we brush his teeth, "I need to go potty. I need to eat. I need aqua (yes he calls his water aqua at night..my little hispanic child)."

He will pick which of us he wants to rock..he really spices it up..never really know who or why he chooses the way he does. We read ONE more book on the chair, rock for a short bit, and than lay down. I am a sucker...his daddy not so much..but he usually says "rub my back?" when I get up to lay him in his bed..so I do for a couple seconds and sing a song..and than we're done because his music that's playing can accompany him much better than my voice.

Not that this bedtime is anything that super special or different than anybody else's. Its the things that HE says almost EVERY night that I don't want to forget. Some nights are not very fun or easy..but instead of remembering those..I love thinking of the ones that he just cracks us up. He's just so...him. Ahhh, I love this kid.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Crescent rolls

I got a couple new cookbooks for Christmas...both I asked for, and am VERY excited about.
This recipe was from the Mennonite Girls Can Cook.
And let me tell ya...yes they can. 
LOVE these :)

And so did a little certain someone.

Poof. It was gone.

Monday, January 2, 2012

The wedding song

This is a little late in adding...but better late than never.
It should bring a little smile..or even all out laugh.

This was the song the kids sang for Carissa and Tim at their reception.
It was well practiced, but never would've thought it would be this well executed. 

Sunday, January 1, 2012

verse : january

God's amazing.

Ask and you'll get;
Seek and you'll find;
Knock and the door will open.

"Don't bargain with God. Be direct. Ask for what you need. This is not a cat-and-mouse, hide-and-seek game we're in. If your little boy asks for a serving of fish, do you scare him off with a live snake on his plate? If your little girl asks for an egg, do you trick her with a spider? As bad as you are, you wouldn't think of such a thing-you're at least decent to your own children. And don't you think the Father who conceived you in love will give the Holy Spirit when you ask him?"
Luke 11:9-13 (The Message)