Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Loving the Little Years

Loving the Little Years: Motherhood in the TrenchesAs with most books I read, I hear a lot about the book before I actually pick it up. I was curious about the hype thinking it was going to be another book about life with children by someone as a memoir of their child-rearing years or a collection of of how to raise your kid "right". I was pleasantly surprised that it was neither. It is written by Rachel Jankovic, a mother of 5 children under 5 (at the time the book was published). 5 kids under 5, gives her lots of credibility in my book. Her humor and blatant honesty are refreshing. She covers everything from our attitudes as mothers to treating our children as individuals and not as "bulk effect". I greatly appreciated her section on expectations of myself and the kids. All in all a good easy and fast read with only 102 pages. 

Monday, July 30, 2012

Fun with the Water Table

Derek got a water table for his birthday. It is a blast to play with especially on hot days like we are experiencing. What is better than getting wet on a hot day!

Yummy, water tastes good.

Spray you...

Spray me...

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Playtime Outside

Here are some fun pictures from one of our play times outside enjoying the rock box and "Derek's Pirate Ship" or the "Fort" under the deck.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Happy 5 Years

Yesterday was our 6 year anniversary of when Chris proposed. Today is our 5 year wedding anniversary and 10 year anniversary of when we met. Wow! Time flies when you are having fun. :) Instead of writing something sappy, I will just recap with pictures instead.

Happy Anniversary Babe!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

From Sand Box to Rock Box

When we bought our house it came with a very nice play area which also included a sandbox. The sandbox was not in a good location and the only thing it was good at was growing mold. Megan came up with the great idea of moving the sandbox and changing it to a rock box.

My Dad was able to help me with this project which was a HUGE help. I had to modify the original design to make it more functional for its new location. This included a few pressure treated 2x8s and a pressure treated 4x4 post.

Once we had redesigned the box, we were able to move it to its new location. We placed some landscape fabric and then 25 bags of pea gravel to give us our rock box.

We where able to use the existing cover, but had to make a few modifications. We reinforced the top, added a handle and hinges. Along with some new trucks that Derek got for his birthday, Derek and Brooke both enjoy spending hours in their new rock box.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Pinterest Busters

When I saw this on Pinterest, I knew I had to try this.

I really don't like when the kids squirt their bath toys and a grayish mold comes out due to not getting all the water out. Its disgusting! I've tried using a bleach cleaner but I really don't have the time/energy to do that after every bath time.



The Verdict:

Some of the toys worked and some did not. If there was a slight bit of water in the hole, it didn't work well. I don't think those toys will be airtight, but other toys did remarkably well. I am curious to see how long the glue holds before I have to repeat the process.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Closet Remodel

We decided to tackle another closet remodel, and this time it was the hall closets turn. One shelf was not enough for all our stuff and there was no organization.

Step One: A trip to Lowe's to purchase the needed Rubbermaid free rail system.

Step Two: I had to remove the old, patch holes, and repaint.

Step Three: Install the closet system. My parents where in town for the weekend and my Dad was able to help me get the closet installed.

The final step was to put everything back in it new stop. Organized...what a wonderful feeling!