Monday, August 26, 2013

Someone started kindergarten...

It's Isaac!

He's been mostly neutral about the idea of kindergarten, treating it as an inevitability and not necessarily something to look forward to nor dread.  He tried melting into my legs on Back to School Night when we met his teacher, and he mostly changed the subject when I would talk about it, but at least he liked the school uniforms (it's a charter school).

And then it was time for the first day.  Not surprisingly, he loved it!  He picked a seat, sat right down, and started coloring while his clingy mother hung around and took some more pictures and clucked about, triple-checking if he was comfortable and okay with me leaving. Yeah, he was fine.  So we left, and that was that.

On the way home Sammy asked, "Mommy, when is we going to pick up Isaac?"  We were both a little lost when we got home, but we'll both adapt soon.  This past Friday, after his third day of school, Isaac was randomly running by when he suddenly stopped and said, "I tell you what, Mommy - I sure love kindergarten!" And then he resumed running.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Our house, in the middle of the street

I'm going to start a trend wherein all my posts are titled with random songs.  You're welcome.

So we bought a house... nearly three months ago!  We closed on the 10th(ish) of June and spent the remainder of that month painting the walls and kitchen cabinets before moving in at the beginning of July.  So without further ado, I present to you our house (which, incidentally, is actually at the end of a cul-de-sac):
Entering from the (red!) front door, you walk right into the living room with the dining area just beyond. 
The walls are still pretty naked - any suggestions on what to put up?
Then there's the kitchen. 
Turns out kitchen cabinets are a bear to repaint. I do love the end result though.  I've always wanted white cabinets, and I love the way this particular shade looks with the gray walls - not too yellow, but just warm enough.  We changed out some of the hardware to include cup pulls for the drawers, and I love them more than is probably reasonable. We'll eventually get wood countertops, Collin will eventually build me a proper island to replace the makeshift table standing in for an island, and I might even be able to convince him to put up some subway tile backsplash for me one day if I'm really nice to him. 
There's a wide hallway leading from the kitchen to the garage with a giant world map on one wall.  I love this wall.  We lean against the opposite side and solve the world's problems staring at this map at night.
From the living room, there's a narrower hallway connecting the kitchen hallway and the bathroom/laundry room/future mudroom.  The boys quickly discovered that this circuitous layout makes for great stroller races.
The basement is where the kids spend most of their time, since that's where their toys are. It's also our TV room.  I didn't want anyone to feel bad about how clean my house looks, so I left the basement rooms in "real" condition for your viewing pleasure.  You're welcome.
My favorite part?  We have a cold storage room! (So what if it's not exactly organized yet?)
Collin's office/the guest room/my craft room is also in the basement.  We try to keep things multipurpose over here.  There's also an unfinished bathroom that's currently serving as a storage room.
Going upstairs, the master bedroom is at the top of the stairs.  The previous owners had a bright orange accent wall but were kind enough to leave some spare paint in the main color, a nice soft gray.  I love the huge walk-in closet and the jetted tub.  One day we hope to shrink the closet a bit, extending the bathroom enough to install a dual vanity.  Because I'm a sink hog.  And hey, did I mention that Collin built that bed for me?  Yeah, he's awesome.

Then there's Elinor's room.  The lovely wood trim was already up when we bought the house, but the walls were a loud mix of white and bubblegum pink horizontal stripes on the top and bright yellow on the bottom - more suited to an older girl.  I'm much happier with this muted color palette.

The boys' room turned out much brighter than I'd expected when I picked out the blue paint. They love it though, so I guess that's all that matters.  They LOVE their new bunk bed, too!
The kids' bathroom needs a bit of livening up - I'm thinking a cheery-but-understated yellow - but we probably won't get to that for a long while.
Not to be outdone, the backyard is just our favorite place to be.  We love the view of the mountains, the lake, the foothills, and the cities below, and the kids love the play structure. Isaac recently taught himself how to swing, and now he can easily spend half the day out there swinging.  The only drawback to having such a large yard is all the work that goes into maintaining it.  We have Plans for fixing it up, starting with fruit trees, a vegetable garden space, and a chicken coop!

And there you have it: a long overdue and ridiculously in-depth tour of our new house!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Summertime, summertime, sum-sum-summertime (summertiiiii-ii-iiiiiime!)

Anyone know that song? Anyone?  Anyone? Bueller?  Right then. Let's get started.

Summer kicked off with a roar at the Eagle Mountain Demolition Derby.  This was our second year going, and I'm pretty sure it'll have to be a tradition for as long as we live here.  So. Much. Fun. Sadly, Elle didn't have such a great night, being left at home with a sitter and crying nearly the entire time. Next year she'll get to come with us.

This awesome new backyard of ours is pretty conducive to parties of the Independence Day variety. We had the siblings and our friends the Melvilles over for a backyard BBQ and water play extravaganza.  Unfortunately, our water pressure was a bit too wimpy to allow full use of the giant slip 'n' slide we rigged up. Lame.  Also, I didn't take any pictures of most of the party.  Double lame.  But I did make these patriotic little Jello things:

And when it get dark, the real fun began. First, fun with sparklers.

Then with fireworks all across the valley.  Yeah, this view rocks.

July was the month of thunderstorms. We had a few weeks with several intensely awesome thunderstorms, which everyone enjoyed.  And after the storm comes the rainbow.  Two, in this case!  (Have I mentioned how much I love this view?)

We signed Isaac up for T-ball this summer.  He had a blast doing it, even if he (and the rest of his teammates) were a bit spacey and spazzy during games.  Our favorite was when he was playing baseman and would start running the bases with the opposing team when he saw them coming.  Classic Isaac. 

Sammy and Elinor came along for the games and had a decent time, though one generally had a more decent time than the other.  Sammy also discovered a new talent: Stuffing his whole fist in his mouth.  It's a constant thing now and it drives me crazy.

I'm pretty sure Sammy's just hugging Elle here, even if it looks like he's squeezing the tongue out of her. Ah, sibling affection.

Other than that, we've been working hard on getting our yard and our ever-dying grass up to snuff.  The boys had a blast helping out with some watering, though mostly they ended up watering themselves more than the plants. 

Next to come: a post about the new house! 

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Sammy's birthday pt. 2

Hey, we bought a house!  And that's what I've been not blogging about these past two months!  I don't even have pictures of the house yet!  We've been so busy painting and working on the yard that not much else has happened. I can promise a new house post soon, though. In the meantime, I have a few catch-up posts to tide us all over.

Our darling Samuel, who as a general rule does not like other people, requested that his birthday party be immediate family only.  He was in heaven when he awoke to birthday balloons (one in the shape of a car tire) tied to his chair and a stack of birthday cake pancakes on his plate.  The icing and sprinkles really did it for him, and any chance to blow out birthday candles is always a bonus.

Now that's one happy birthday boy!

We grilled Sammy on what he wanted for his birthday for weeks beforehand, and his answer was always the same: He wanted a car/truck/giant truck.  Boy does this kid love his cars. 
Naturally, he had to test out each present before moving on to the next.

The rest of his day was filled with more new toy testing, an all-out trampoline jumping extravaganza at Jump On It, and dinner at "Sweet Peatatoes" (aka: Sweet Tomatoes or Souplantation). 
Then it was home for some cake.  He requested a "Lightning deQueen" and Mater cake, and this was as creative as I could manage this year.

 He was satisfied. 

Happy birthday, my darling Sammy!