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Friday, April 29, 2016

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gianna...1.5...You started the week with  a cold that quickly developed into croup. It was a very stressful week, with flashback memories of our PICU stay. Fortunately, your pediatrician addressed this very aggressively (with a week of steroids). They make you crazy. Crazy hyper and you crave cheese. You meandered into the kitchen and were too quite for comfort. I sent Gabe into investigate. "Mom! She is playing with a knife!!!" I went running in to see you hiding behind the island, finishing off the last of a cream cheese tub (brand new from breakfast!!!!) with a butter knife. I bent down to retrieve it from your grasp. My attempt was meant with a "come and get it" gaze. Stinker. You then developed a double ear infection. Oiy, little lady. Fortunately, you started feeling better today. We spent quite a bit of time reading books and coloring. You do it with such intensity.

 gabe...3.5...You shared your cold with your sister and you fought it with three days of high fevers. This meant lots of midnight bathtub parties. You were a champ. We were able to prevent any febrile seizures!!! This was your first time having a fever since (November) and though stressful, I can now breath a sigh of relief. The cold didn't knock you out that much, other than the fever and it was painful to watch a fresh load of new sand be delivered to our sandbox....the only day it didn't rain this week. Sigh. Soon. You asked everyday if you could play baseball with dad once he was home. You made me call nanny, as you were quite sure that 102.8 wasn't too much of a fever to go play outside. You love to color with me. You always want to color on the same image, "here, let me help you mom."
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...raising the flags...

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I have a bit of blog catch up to do. We had a week of sickness and I am a bit behind.

Early Saturday morning, Steve and Gabe went out front to replace our two flags. I had fixed them on a few occasions, but the fraying got the best of them. I was pretty impressed with their longevity, 1.5 years of 24/7 flying.  Gabe got a bit of a History lesson and couldn't wait to help raise them.

I went to a one room school in a small Montana town (30 people). I remember how excited we were to be selected to raise and lower the flag each day. 

The look on his face once they were waving in the breeze captures that excitement I had as a child.

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Friday, April 22, 2016

...a few favorite things...

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You still sleep with mommy and daddy giraffe. Rosie graces your side table. She comes many places with us. You play with her and have the most creative stories with all kinds of train terminology that I need to brush up on. You love waffles with cream cheese and jelly. Every morning. Books. You are in a firefighter stage. You had about an hour fun spraying with the hose the other day. I just had to laugh at all of the fires and stories you were shouting about. You asked if you could love on me the other day. You curled up on my lap. We get few moments of those anymore as you are just too busy. The J.E.S.U.S. song from the Cat Chat CD. It starts every car ride. Ferdinand the van. You say good morning every day to Ferdinand. You race to our bedroom to say "good morning, dad" and pepper him with questions about his day at dinner. You love {me} reading your Bible every morning. 

You love trains almost as much as your brother. I was dusting my kitchen cabinets the other day and walked into another room after I was finished. You ran into the powder room and grabbed a fist full of toilet paper and scurried back. I peaked around the corner to see you hard at work, rubbing the cabinets. You love to swing. You are quite proud of yourself for doing big girl tasks: climbing into the stroller, climbing into your car seat, brushing your teeth. Bathtime is one of your favorite things.
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Thursday, April 21, 2016

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gianna...1.5...Oh miss lady. You have been working on puzzles this week. Constantly. You have an animal book that you bring to me and I know you are trying to say the names and the appropriate animal sounds. A few more weeks. Someone asked me the other day if you were ok after the CO experience. I just smiled. Thank God, yes. You couldn't be more wonderfully well.

 gabe...3.5...He received a Thomas shirt for Easter from his grandparents. It is currently up there with the infamous Polish Eagle shirt. We made a quick run back to Meijer as I had forgotten coffee. I breezed through the kids clothing and they had one Thomas shirt on clearance....in his size. I saw it about the same time he did. "Oh, mom. They have a Thomas shirt. That is a really nice shirt." He didn't ask for it, but I knew how much he would cherish it. I asked him if he would like it and his face lit up. Hopefully this doesn't ruin the odd fact they don't ask for anything in stores. He wore it all day and then begged to wear it to bed. He woke a crumpled and happy mess ;).
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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

...reading together...

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There have been some sweet moments. Many times, my camera is never close enough. Many more times, they are just too brief.

This morning, time was precious.

They were so sweet.

He sat on the hearth to read. She snagged a book and scurried next to her big best friend.

Ten minutes.

Love them.

He hopped down and started to color a piece of sale ad. She was right behind him. I just love her head on her fist.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

...water table fun...

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Yesterday was the warmest day of the year {so far}. 81. The kids have been anxiously awaiting the return of the water table. I pulled it out yesterday and it provided hours of fun.

Today is a bit chillier. Gabe asked to go play as soon as he ate breakfast. I convinced him to wait a few hours as it was till in the low 50s. We ran a few errands and they were outside giggling up a storm by 1030.

I warned them it was too chilly. I kept asking if they were too cold (it was 55).

They both said no. Repeatedly.

I let them play while I weeded flower beds. Eventually, the cold and wet got the best of Gianna. She and I ventured in for cuddles and blankets.

Gabe was a firefighter for a bit longer, before retiring for some hot chocolate.

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Friday, April 15, 2016

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gianna...1.5...I love watching her shake her head yes. She does one slow and over exaggerated motion. She has become quite fond of trains. Gabe is really happy to have someone to play on the tracks with. She said Gabe's name this week. She calls for him, "Gabe All....Gabe All!!!"

 gabe...3.5...He is so sweet. I had a day where I didn't feel the best. He told me he needed upstairs for his rosary. He came down a few minutes later. "Mom, I prayed for the baby. I said, Jesus please keep the baby safe." I may have teared up. He has loved reading his bible every morning. He has been busy working on his IPad all week....an Etch-A-Sketch.

I normally have a no toy outside of the toy room rule. I was slipping. They played together for quite sometime, which made it all worth it.
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Thursday, April 14, 2016

...another one...

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Things were quiet around here for awhile.

We found out I was pregnant about a week before we left for Colorado. The trip was hard. Gianna's PICU stay left me in a crumpled emotional and sick mess. We returned to CO and my morning sickness was worse than ever before.

Fortunately, my second trimester is well under way and I am feeling much better. I had about 8 weeks of extreme extreme sickness. My husband and kids were troopers.I eluded to a hard Lent. My was it hard. My I can do it all attitude was chipped a way, one day at a time.

We are ever so thankful for this number three.

Gabe has put in an order for a boy named Gabe.
We find out in a few weeks.....I know the third pair of boots are pink, but it was the only color I had in that small size ;).

My technical due date is October 2, however, should history repeat it self (3+ weeks and 1+ weeks early), we should meet this sweet one toward the end of September.

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...morning with Ellen...

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Our sweet neighbor came over one morning last week. It was during the watercolor craze. We hadn't been able to see her for a few weeks. He had to fill her in with every little detail since our last meeting.....fell and hit his head...worked a lot.....got a train from grandma and grandpa for Easter...oh!!!! I can paint!!!!!!

Then he proceeded to pull out his portfolio....92 pieces of paper. He then interpreted every painting. I have only a few photos of the two of them together and I know I cherish every one. 

Gianna instantly went running up to her and thrust her prized possessions: her little lovey, a pink hedgehog, and her pink/blue blanket. Quite an honor. She sat down right next to her and chattered away.

They love her so much. I am heartbroken that she is moving this summer. We will miss her dearly.
They were completely engrossed in a conversation:

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

...coffee and the Bible...

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We started a new tradition this week. Typically, most mornings finds us with breakfast and then I drink my coffee while reading the morning readings out loud to the kids. Gabe started to show interest in Gianna's Bible, but was frustrated that it "wasn't the whole story."

We had a few weeks where we were reading his new Bible (Christmas).

I told him that he could have a special drink (hot chocolate or chocolate milk) and we would read a few stories out of his Bible every morning.

He could hardly sleep with excitement.

The next morning, he bounded down stairs, ready for his drink and the Bible. It is a pretty advanced Bible, but he patiently sat through (and asked questions!!) the story of Jesus's burial, resurrection, Jesus's Baptism, Elijah, Daniel, David and Goliath, Daniel, and Daniel.

He was so proud of being "like you, mom. It is kind of like coffee."
I have no idea how long this will last, but I love it!!

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

...Weekend Recap: Painting the toy room...

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Early last week, I took the kids to the paint store and settled on selecting the "perfect" paint color for the toy room. I hope the lovely Joanna Gaines is correct. I have hated the color of this room since day one. The window faces west, so it is only privy to afternoon sun. Additionally, there are no ceiling fixtures. Therefore, we aren't fond of spending much time in that room. I am pretty keen on keeping toys in this room only and our instruments are all in here. We needed it to be much more enjoyable. Ultimately, I want a window on the south wall, that will let in light all day, as well as let us view the woods next to us. That isn't in the budget this year, so I decided painting would be the easiest fix.

We scurried home and I bit the bullet and started painting test splotches on the walls. No turning back now!

Gabe was ready to work by 7AM on Saturday. I decided, well.....I might as well start painting. Steve moved all of the toys off the north wall, emptied the book shelf, and removed baseboards and casing. No, the casing wasn't in need of replacement. However, the previous painter wasn't that much of a perfectionist and I would have had to have repainted the baseboards.

Steve took Gianna to the paint store for more paint, while Gabe and I got to work. He loves to paint about as much as I do. We painted almost half of the room. Unfortunately, our 900 pound piano is on the last full wall, and we aren't sure when we will be able to move it. 

We were on a tight schedule, as we had a date night that night. The paint dried really quickly and we were able to finish one wall, add new baseboards, and move all of the toys back.

I hope to finish this week!!!

Here are some ideas...eventually

Thursday, April 7, 2016

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gianna...1.5...She was more interested in playing with the colored water than actually painting. She was so delicate with the brush. She sings the ABCs. Bizarre. She sings along with the actual notes. Makes my musical heart happy.

gabe...3.5...He opened his first set of water colors this week. I think he painted for three hours for the first day. I have an entire ream of painted pictures ;). His first one was just paint splotches. By the time he was four paintings in, he decided it wasn't "done" if any white was present. They take two hours (easily) to dry.
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Monday, April 4, 2016

...Weekend recap: another project in the books...

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We did it. Well, Steve did most of it.
About a year ago, we ventured down the road of replacing a few doors upstairs. As most projects go, it snowballed into larger projects.  The closet doors were 1970 sliders that fell of their tracks whenever they saw fit. Safety hazard in addition to an eyesore. A few bedroom doors didn't shut: broken jambs, hung improperly, bowed. The new jambs didn't perfectly align, which meant new baseboards.

We decided to do a complete DIY  (ok...resourceful... read cheap)on updating all of the doors. We had five bedroom doors and sixteen closet panels to replace. Do to the closets all being really non-standard sizes, this required trimming all four sides of EACH panel...and then routering all of the edges to a nice bevel.  The bedroom doors only needed trimmed on top and bottom. My husband was a champ.

I think I started painting in May??? I can't really remember. The summer weather pushed these a bit to the back burner. Three coats of paint per side (white) made it every time consuming. I pushed it a bit more to the back burner. We finished the bedroom doors last summer. We juggled nap times, bed times and humidity. Finally they were done.

Winter hit and my desire to paint plummeted. We moved the project to the garage. Our garage was a war zone for months. Sixteen panels, 30 baseboards, 15 casings.......I kept telling myself...we are saving $4000 by doing it ourselves....$4000.

In the end....I am not sure it was worth it. Ha!

However, we finished it this weekend.

Closet doors were hung. Old baseboards were ripped off, new were nailed on.

The finish work is left....patching nail heads and touch ups. But it is done.

Gabe had a blast. He was given the job of removing the old nails from the drywall. He needed his work belt to be like dad. He was ready to go by 8 AM on Saturday morning.

So glad we are done!!! Gianna happily watched eating her Easter egg of jelly beans. Even after all of this, we managed to clean out the garage, have the first roast marshmallow in the firepit of the season, go for a run...eat our Saturday morning waffles. A good weekend.

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Friday, April 1, 2016

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Gabe...3.5...He just started calling Gianna by her middle name...."Oh, Gianna Marie....tell me what else happened....Oh, Gianna Marie...." It makes me smile. He told me today that someone was really pretty. Milestone. Wow. He tells me how pretty I am, almost daily. This was the first though. He is such a sweet kid. Today, after lunch, he asked if they could each have a wipe to clean off their little table. This endeavor lasted about twenty minutes and it was constant giggles. I loved it. We went to the library yesterday for story time and I had forgotten that the public school was on holiday (therefore cancelled). He was distraught about not seeing Miss Karen. She is such a phenomenal addition to the library. Right now, we typically go twice a week.

Gianna...1.5...Cleaning the table with her best friend. Next up was her face. I am hoping we are nearing the end of stripping down for meal time ;). Maybe. She is showing signs of wanting to potty train. I can't believe it. I think she would spend all day laying on my chest. Every book must be read with her in my lap.
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