Wednesday, January 29, 2014


Shortly after Noah turned one..he said his first word, "GO".
I should've known he was trying to let us know something very important by choosing this to be his first word. Not mama, not daddy, not ball...or whatever else.

Does he ever!
He definitely "allows" me to give him my attention the majority of the time :) And if I chose to do otherwise...that's when the following take place!

He has claimed this stool as his own.

Next up, the dresser drawers. He is not particular upon whose clothes he removes...
it is as if he is a machine, flinging clothes out..just as satisfied as can be :)

Moving on to the next climb-able item..the chairs. Any way that we try to arrange them so that is it more difficult for him to access them...he manages to get in there, move it out, scoot it around...then shimmy on up there with PRIDE :)

Even things that aren't going to really get him places...such as the high chair tray...he tries to climb that too.

The closet...any closet really...he thinks it's great fun to go in there, try to hide...
and then laugh so hard when he knows we see him. (It really is a fun game to play! His laugh is just priceless.)

Now this one, I admit, I should've probably intervened prior to taking the picture (he didn't get hurt, but he wasn't very happy about getting stuck)...but I seriously didn't think he would try/could fit back there. This is now covered...but it is what is underneath the backing of the cabinets facing the dining room. He wanted to smash himself in between the back of the lazy susan and the wall. 
Not comfortable Noah...that was not a good idea.

I believe this was one of the first times he realized he could just climb on up if it was made just for him! Such a nice toy for a one year old :)

Chairs of all sizes, the smaller the easier...and of course makes getting to other things more accessible. The desk next to him in the picture frequently gets stood on.

This was when the stool previously pictured was removed. When he stood on the side bar (not the actual step) to use as an extra boost to climb on top of the COUNTERTOP. 

This blue stool belongs in the bathroom...another stool in which is very fond of.

The bathroom are very enticing to him...the toilets, the toilet paper, the bath tub, the sink...and any drawer that he can get his paws on. No fear if it's dark...even better, he can be more stealth like.

He's liking Christian's dump makes quite the fancy recliner..and racing vehicle when Christian pushes him around!

Other places in which you find great pleasure being curious in...the laundry room (the sink and washing machine in particular), the kitchen (all the drawers that do not have child proof openers...have most definitely been opened), Christian's book case (you stand on his bed and then leeeaann over to get whatever is on top of his bookcase...often ending in a topple onto the bookcase itself), on top of the train table, in the get the name've got it covered. Let no space be unfamiliar for you my boy.

Ahhhh, but then.....there's this.
A precious sleeping baby.
See, you are innocent.

Noah, I love you.
I love your laugh and that being curious makes you happy.
You are a very spunky little guy, with lots of ambition...I am sure you will GO places in life...GO big places! 

So you and your ornery little ways may consume most of my day...
but you know what, 
that's okay.
I love you. I will keep chasing after you...and probably never being too surprised with what you have found or gotten in to. You're my little mess...the most beautiful mess.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Noah's silly bounce

Noah has always been a fan of the stairs. He does well at climbing up and down them...and within the last month has added bouncing on them as a new highlight! Towards the end, you will also see how he likes to bang his head on it is a nicely carpeted stair...but he doesn't mind if its a wall, a hardwood floor, or a bathroom tiled wall! Crazy child. Anyways...he's pretty silly...and it makes me laugh to hear him giggle so much :)

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Kitchen [part five}

12.20.13 Ben's last day of school for Christmas break..he got off at 1. This is noteworthy...since this was the day we originally "thought" we would start the kitchen project, so we could do it over Christmas break. Ha! I'm glad we are at this point to "start".

The countertops came today. Yay! Soon we will have a functioning kitchen...sink and all!
This excitement QUICKLY fell to a level 15 out 10 frustration since they cut the countertop wrong. They had even came out to measure after the cabinets were installed to make sure the cuts would be right. UGH.
They got a call immediately in the morning...and one of the owners came out the next afternoon to see what the issue was. After a couple HOURS he agreed that indeed it wasn't going to work...took the countertop back with him to get them cut right :( 

12.21.13 We started laying the flooring in the kitchen/dining room. Somehow I definitely didn't feel as efficient as I did a couple weeks ago. But not Ben...he's going strong. He ended up finishing the rest of the long pieces I don't have pictured by himself. I went back to my parents to lay the boys down..and I just stayed over there, so Noah could sleep there (and I could get up with him...stinker).

 A side note...our VERY full garage...everything but...nope, including the kitchen sink. I'm ready to have this area back too..its cold outside :)

12.23.13 They brought back the countertop...and we made sure prior to them leaving that indeed it was cut right. NOW, I was excited.

Ben and his plumber hand, Christian hooking up the new sink.

NOW, we have a functioning kitchen with a DISHWASHER! (The dishwasher is worthy of its on post someday...I'm so glad for this thing!)

 The next steps are to clean out all the cabinets and put things away. An exciting part...but at this point, I am really ready to just have things organized (and get ready for Christmas!) Not complaining....I am truly grateful for the progress and how it turned out!!

The final part is painting, backsplash, and random final touches...those are 90% done! 
Oh my goodness, I am so pleased with it! And SO THANKFUL for Ben...he's put alot of hard work into this...I told him he better go back to work at school so he can have a "break". Also, so grateful for my parents who let us use their home as our own many nights...fed us meals...watched our boys....put in many hours helping with electrical issues (Dad)...and did our laundry (since our washer was recently out of order for the past week). Final pictures...soon!

Kitchen [part four]

12.18.13 Ben worked on removing the "old kitchen" plumbing...not a smooth process. Then after supper (thank you Mom), we took out the old cabinets.

This window/wall area will be a door eventually...that is where the kitchen sink WAS. 

Later in the evening Dad came over to install the microwave and go over some electrical stuff. There were necessary changes that were going to have to be made. I think know by this point we were getting probably both physically and emotionally drained. A bummer day.

12.19.13 A new day! In the evening, Dad and Ben worked on correcting some of the electrical things...and Mitch came over to help too! I worked on tearing out the floor in the old kitchen area.

Christian stayed the night at Mom and Dad's...but this little guy, hasn't done so great with I brought him back for bedtime. Mom had given me some homemade granola in a container. I had just set it on top of him and he was banging on  I was washing a few dishes in my laundry room sink (my temporary kitchen sink) when I noticed he was exceptionally quiet. I was all my granola. He didn't mind, he was picking out pieces and eating them. It was obviously my fault, of course he would get into it!

Kitchen [part three]

12.13.13   The next part was to fill in a half wall where the dining room entrance used to be, and the small portion to add to the support wall that was left up. Ben finished up the sheetrock and the cabinets came!! He had finished the plumbing for the sink/dishwasher prior to finishing the half wall.

Then prior to putting in the new cabinets...we emptied out the "old dining room/new kitchen area" and placed those things in the living room (lots of musical rooms going on...lots of mess!).l.

 Then we tore out the flooring in the new kitchen area. was very handy to have the boys at my parents house..not exactly a kid friendly area (especially for Noah who gets into EVERYTHING!)

This is kind of how it worked when they were home...something like this. Christian just liked to climb in there with that's why they are both in their "pen".

By the afternoon we brought in the cabinets and started to put them in place.
If only it looked as easy as pictures show. It started out going nice. By the evening, Dad came over to help Ben and it was not going smoothly...bummer.  

12.15.13 Back at it in the afternoon after church (in between church and going back to church for Christian's Christmas program). I worked on clearing out all the old cabinets..and placing the things in the office (that WAS going to be newly organized since we had just finished that :)...but it became a temporary kitchen instead). There were more than a couple bumps that came up trying to install these things!! The frustration level was about a 9.
12.16.13 Monday brought a new day. A phone call to Ben's dad..asking him to come help. He obliged..and got there just as Ben was getting home from work. They worked on the cabinets..and I made the last meal in our old kitchen...I thought the countertop/work bench was amusing. The boys and I stayed downstairs while they were busy making things fit.

By the looks of it...I have several pictures of this area being worked on...a bit of a problem area one may say! But they successfully got all of them up!! THANK YOU!! And before leaving that evening, Phil helped carry out the old upper cabinet that hung above the counter.

Looking much, MUCH different. Thanks to all the help we had...Mom (for watching the boys, providing us meals...and letting us stay overnight!), Dad (for putting up with the frustration..definitely wasn't for lack of effort they didn't go in!), and Phil (for providing the much needed know-how on how to get these bad boys in!).

Kitchen [part two]

11.29.13: The day after Thanksgiving. In the morning, Ben's family came over for breakfast and they stayed to visit/play with the boys. In the afternoon, the boys went to my parents to take naps. While I laid them down, Ben tore out the carpet in the living room and hallway.

I came home and this is what it looked like.

It took quite a bit of time to tear out parts of the underlayment and remove LOTS of staples!!! Sweep, pull up more staples...sweep, pull up more staples...YIKES, it gave my hands a workout!

We were going to see what we could do following supper as far as laying the new flooring, while the boys were at home. BUT...Grandpa and Grandma kept them overnight...and we could work uninterrupted and noisily. It was MUCH more productive. We took advantage of getting to work like this, and kept going until our bodies cried "uncle".

I did an hourly progress picture starting at 10:30...


12:40...doesn't look like much progress...but if you look closely this was taken right before we figured out how to get that final piece of the hallway to fit in there. This was the point in which it was DEFINITELY good the boys weren't home...all kinds of noise and awkward positions of crowbars and feet.

1:55...the rate of progress is slowly down.
I would lay out the pieces ahead...and Ben would cut the end piece...we would click it in...pound it down with the rubber mallet...and repeat the process. Up, down, up, down...oh I felt the burn the next day :)

3:00...can't do it

The final picture of the night..I'd say we made good use of our time.
We finished the rest in the morning/early afternoon, prior to Ben leaving for KC for the Chiefs/Broncos game.

Again...feeling like this is really happening...what a big difference the floor makes!

Kitchen [part one]

The time has come...
we get a new kitchen (and dining room)!!!

What better time to start on it than Thanksgiving day :)...while making green bean casserole.

Here's a reminder of what the kitchen looked like when we first moved here.

and dining room...

So, here during phase one Ben covered in the wall to the back door.

This was the 3/4 wall that separated the living room from the kitchen/dining room area.

On the other side of that wall, there were some cabinets...that were taken down.

Dad came over on Thanksgiving morning to help take down the wall.
It didn't take long for it to feel "real" that we were really going to do this!

Prior to leaving for Thanksgiving dinner at noon...this is what the area looked like. 

By the end of the afternoon this is what it looked like.