September 16, 2014

Just playing in a basket with a baby doll



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It's been a year

It's been a year since my last post.   And a lot has happened! 

Mainly the birth of our 2nd child Adri (shortened for web purposes) who is about to be a year old next week (sept 24th).  IzzyB is an active almost 5 year old (Oct. 19th) who keeps us busy with soccer practice and games, dance, and preschool.  

I honestly thought that the mobile version of blogger would help me keep posting more often but that has proven to not work.   I like watching TV a little too much, apparently. 


So here is a post and a quick update and hoping that I will try harder to post random life musing from our day to day and week to week.  

August 06, 2013

The Little Imitator

Tonight, something that lives in our house and is a constant thorn in my side, went into IzzyB's room and for no apparent reason starts to urinate on the carpet.  IzzyB of course is completely distraught being that she is in her big girl room now and has now been defiled by a four legged animal she considers a friend.  She cannot stop talking about what Bugsy just did and while AB and I clean it up we are hearing all about it and she does thank us for cleaning it all up.

As we finish the clean up and start walking back into the kitchen we hear her say "Bugsy, I am really disappointed that you went and peed in my room.  Really disappointed."

Can you guess where she's heard that before?
AB and I were laughing in the kitchen

Run Riot Illusion

Isn't it so frustrating when you want your kids to really listen and comprehend something yet it seems like you are talking to a foreigner who just nods in agreement just to be polite.  And so it seems pointless to go over something again and again when you know that they are probably not getting it at all, but we try because we want then to understand.  Yet sure enough 10 minutes later they do whatever it was that constituted your entire conversation in the first place.  

This is usually the scenario when you are trying to be constructive and have a teaching moment with your kid and it usually ends in shattered expectations moments later.

However there are glimpses of hope.

Sometimes, and these moments are very rare, your child spits out a nugget of wisdom that you poured into them who knows when and it makes you believe that deep down they do listen (still, only sometimes).  

Thank God for those glimpses of hope.  They are true treasures.  

Can I get an "Amen?"  


*AB reminds me daily that we truly have a good little girl and for that I am also very thankful

September 25, 2012

Floored

I mentioned in a previous post about the project I dove into.  That project was renovating our house floors.  I took up the carpet in the living room and the hallway along with the linoleum in the dining room and kitchen.   The plan was not to put anything down on the floors but to stain and seal the concrete since our house was built on a concrete slab.  
When I picked up the flooring here is the mess we were left with to clean up...

So we had to clean it all up with sanders, scrapers, and brushes.  It was a lot of work that kept our house wrecked for a week as our living area furniture was in the garage.  

After we got the concrete cleaned and prepped it looked like this...

Then came time to add the stain which would give it color and the sealer which would protect the concrete and give it some shine.  We had mixed feelings about how exactly it would turn out but we love our finished look!
Especially AB, she is really excited with the new look.  (if the wife is happy, life is happy)

Maintenance is minimal with just needing to run a swiffer regularly and waxing the floors twice a year.  It really won't be cold to the touch in the winter time since it is a slab that is built into the ground (but we'll let you know for sure since winter is around the corner).  

I am glad we are done!  Now we get to shop for a cool area rug.

September 18, 2012

Convos w/ IzzyB # 2

I am not a handy man.  Yet we have taken on a big D.I.Y. project at the house.  We are taking on our floors.  I just dove in and about two hours into the project I was starting to worry with regret.

AB and IzzyB had a baby shower to go to Saturday afternoon and were getting ready to head out the door.  I was sitting in our make-shift living room (camping chairs) taking a break when IzzyB walks in:

Daddy, get up we need to go
Baby, I am not going.  It's just you and mamma going
OK daddy, you need to stay here and work on the floors.
(looking defeated) Yes, I do
(She puts her hand on my shoulder)
You're doing a good job daddy


She really has no idea if I am doing a good job or not but the innocence and her willingness to encourage can motivate anyone!
She is always so encouraging and wants to help out with anything we are doing that I sure hope this keeps up as she gets older.