Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Projects Complete!

Our home refacing and living room update are done!

Here’s the front of the house when we bought it four years ago…

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and here it is now:

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Here’s the living room when we bought it, and then repainted…

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and now, with a new fireplace, built-ins, flooring, and central light…

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We’re so happy to have it done. Smile

Happy Easter!

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Friday, April 14, 2017

Young Author

This year Aiden decided to write his own book for the Young Authors contest at school. Our librarian runs the contest every year, and last year it snuck up on us, and there just wasn’t time to help our kindergartener write a book, but this year he was ready.
We started brainstorming and drafting back in January, during Winter Break. He told me his ideas, and we sketched them out. He dictated his story to me, and I typed it up, and then we went through the long process of him writing everything by hand first in pencil, then in pen. He erased the pencil and then illustrated and colored. Finally, it was done at the beginning of this month.
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The school had a short recognition assembly this week for the whole school, and the principal handed out certificates to everyone who participated. Isaac was able to Landon and Charlotte to the morning assembly before work.
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Then the winners were given a copy of their book pasted into a hard cover. A second copy of each book is available in the school library to share with other students.
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Aiden was very excited to win second place in the first grade, and he’s all ready to enter again next year.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

A Day in the Life of a Toddler

I'm taking a photography class for fun this semester, and my project last week was to photograph a day in the life of a friend or family member. In case you've ever wondered what life looks like for Charlotte, here it is. :)

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Remodel

In the going-on-four years we’ve owned the house, we’ve refinished or replaced all the flooring, remodeled the kitchen and all three bathrooms, replaced most of the doors and windows, painted everything, created a playroom out of an attic space, and more. It’s so different inside than it used to be, but we haven’t done a ton on the outside. Until now!

This winter we’re having a few more projects done!

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We decided to have the brick fa├žade and wood siding removed; the wood was in pretty sad shape. The whole house is being re-stucco-ed, and they are installing a stone veneer half wall in front. The rain has made this a LONG PROCESS.

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We had lots of rotting on the balcony, including one of our major beams, so lots of that was torn out and replaced. It’s still not done, but you get the idea. Smile

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More later!

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Seattle Excursion

After New Years, we were able to spend some time with the Binghams! It was freezing outside, but we had lots of fun together, staying inside where it was warmer. The four cousins had such a blast playing together.

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We got to be there for Emma’s second birthday, and all the kids loved her fresh berry cake and playing with her new slide and trampoline.

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Thanks for letting all of us invade your house, Bry & Mandy! We love you!

Monday, December 26, 2016

It’s Christmas!

The Christmas season is so fun. We baked cookies and delivered them to others, participated in many of the #lighttheworld ideas, decorated with lights and nativities and books, sang holiday carols, hung Christmas cards all over our pantry doors (we LOVE getting Christmas cards!), read Christmas stories and finally all got to stay home from work and school together! We have had the best month and especially the last few days home together and with family.

my littlest reindeer this year…

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Christmas Eve dinner at my mom’s house with the Andersons, changing it up this year

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My uncle is Santa in his free time, and he must be AMAZING.

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We sang Christmas carols, and my cousin Dallin accompanied. I can’t believe he’s a junior in high school.

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We loved that we got to attend church Christmas morning. Then we had brunch at Mom’s house, and it was delicious!

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We sure love hanging out with these guys! They’re pretty awesome.