A glimpse into our crazy life

Tear Da Roof Off September 22, 2011

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While Frank and I have a general idea of what projects we’d like to complete on our house and in what order, these projects tend to select their own timeline.

Last November, we were about to sit down to a delicious Thanksgiving dinner with the Caseys on a bleary, rainy day when a leak in the roof (that we thought we had previously fixed) sprung. After a winter of lots of snow and the rainiest spring on record, the clouds finally cleared long enough this summer for us to get a new roof. (To jog your memory, here’s what the house used to look like) We decided to get new gutters with fancy leaf guards while we were at it. It’s been so nice to not worry about it raining in the living room every time it rains now.

With the old teal-colored gutters out the way, Frank painted the trim and shutters on the house a lovely green. And when the doorknob and lock on the front door broke, we took it as a sign to get a purdy new front door installed (Frank even managed to sell the old one on Craigslist!).

We’ve also been gradually working on updating all the landscaping around the house. I’d love to just take a bobcat in and tear out everything in the front and side yards and start from scratch, but our wallets won’t allow that. In the side yard along the garage, we tore out some floppy sage and my wildflower experiment that just wasn’t working anymore (probably because I’m too busy and lazy to keep it from being overgrown by weeds!). When our landscape consultant (i.e. my dad) was in town in June, we picked out some boxwoods and rhododendrons for that space. I’m looking forward to seeing them bloom in the spring!

So that was all we had planned for the summer. But like I stated earlier, projects around here seem to have their own timelines. I’ll save the rest of that story for another post…

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Alaina’s 11th month September 6, 2011

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-Alaina doubled her number of teeth this month so she’s now up to 8!

-She’s really good at mimicking noises and sounds, which is especially amusing to her father. She finally started making some “mmm” sounds, but she still isn’t saying “mama”.

-She gives hugs now and it’s the sweetest thing ever. It makes me forgive her for still not saying mama, at least for the brief duration of the hug. :)

-She’s using the sign for more all the time now. We’re working on teaching her some other signs, including the signs for eat and thank you.

-Alaina had surgery to have tubes put in her ears. She had a hard time coming out of anesthesia and had a strange “freaked out” cry we’d never heard before. Other than that, she did really well. She’s even had a runny nose and it didn’t turn into an ear infection, which typically wasn’t the case pre-surgery. The only downside to having the tubes is having to put cotton balls in her ears at bathtime.

-She’s cruising all over the furniture and loves to walk- as long as there’s something to hold on to!

-She’s outgrowing her 12 month clothes and starting to wear 18 month items.

-Some of her favorite things right now are looking at the pictures on the fridge and reading books, especially the Elmo book “So Big!”.

 

Colorado Vacation, Part II September 1, 2011

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My mom fell in love with the Rocky Mountains after working in Estes Park during the summer while she was in college. My parents went back numerous times as a young couple and we made several trips there as a family growing up. After she passed away in December, it seemed like a natural choice when deciding where her final resting place should be. So, after our brief stop in Denver, we headed to Estes Park to meet up with my dad, sisters, and their families. We all stayed together in one really long house we rented. Naptimes, bedtimes, and meals were a bit crazy, but it was fun to all be together. We spent the week hiking, horse-back riding, playing with cousins, playing cards, marveling at the gorgeous scenery, remembering Nana, and enjoying each other. It was lovely. :)