12 October, 2014

A few changes

Some of the changes we have made since we moved in include the dining room and the entry way. These were the 2 rooms I did not like the dark green color of as it made the room seem smaller and less inviting than it should. 

So we spend 2 weeks painstakingly patching the plaster, sanding, sanding, sanding, to remove the wallpaper and paint. It was worth it though as it has really transformed the rooms!! 


Before: 


After:



I love it! I am still on the search for a perfect dining room table. I have very specific things I want it to be and I am holding out for the perfect one. 


Entryway before and after: 



 After:
 We installed a new runner for the stairs and I love it. It wasn't exactly what I wanted but for 50 dollars versus 200+, I was ok with it for now! HAHA!

I am currently working on Dane's room, aka the dark star room. It has been a pain! It will hopefully be done in the next week!

11 October, 2014

Knox's first two months of preschool

Knox has been in preschool for 2 months. He goes 2 days a week for 2 hours. He started out very anxious and not really wanting to be separated from me, and now he has changed to saying that he is going to miss me and that's it. No big deal. I am so proud of him. The biggest thing I want Knox to accomplish in preschool is social skills as well as learning to take direction and discipline from another adult besides mom and dad. And his teacher Miss Stacy is perfect for that. It is the reason I drive about 120 miles on the days he has preschool to take him to her class. It is a lot of driving but it is very valuable time for both of us. I don't remember the last time I was able to go to hobby lobby, or goodwill without the boys being annoyed or getting impatient. I can grocery shop alone. In the middle of the day. It is almost a game changer.


I also really enjoy my time alone with Knox. We have got to bond in a way we hadn't before when it was all 3 of us there during the day. He just talks and talks, and talks some more. Mostly about minecraft. He lives, breathes, and sleeps minecraft. When he isnt literally playing the game, he is pretending to play minecraft with his "imaginatiiiiooon" he says. He dreams about it. It is everything to him right now! Ha!

 He is so hilarious. He is the cutest thing ever. I absolutely love this kid. He is the most wonderful addition to our family.

He has a loving heart. He is a little bit of a scardy cat but we are working on that! He idolizes his brother although his brother doesn't always want him around. He constantly tells me he wants to be 5 like Dane or he wishes Dane was 4 not five. He just wants a little buddy back. Dane has shifted into a more bigger kid and wants to do different things than Knox does which is understandable.



Keep it up Knox, we are so proud of you!

Kindergarten and Fall Parent Teacher Conference

Dane has been in Kindergarten for almost two months now. To say I was uneasy about this transition is an understatement. And that was BEFORE we decided to randomly pick up and move to another school district.

Dane has been looking forward to kindergarten since he turned 4. He knew when he turned 5 he got to go to Kindergarten and he couldn't wait. Well it has been a month and he is still enjoying it for the most part.

The first 2 weeks were half days, as the school wanted to ease the kids into the all day adjustment. I think it was a good choice. All day every day is something new for Dane and I. He has never been around kids his age all day everyday, or even 2 days in a row.

He had his first field trip  to see a very hungry caterpillar exhibit at McCain auditorium. This was his first time riding the bus. He had more to say about the bus than anything! HA!

 He was recently "bear hug student of the week" which means he gets to put up photos of himself and talk about what kind of things he likes etc, and I was able to come in and read to his class from his current favorite book. He loved it and it SO touched my heart in a way he may never know. He stood right by me and when I finished reading he gave me a big hug in front of the class and told me he loved me. It was one of those moments I may never forget. This is when I am SO thankful for the ability to be a stay at home mom. So many parents don't get the luxury of being able to do these little things, and I do. I would not have it any other way. They are only young once and you can't get that time back.



He is really starting to enjoy school now and getting in the swing of things. He hates when he has homework. (what kid does!) and he loves to read the books he checks out from the library. He has made lots of new friend. I am so thankful!

 He is working on letters, the correct formation of them and proper way and size to write them. He is also learning to tie his shoes. He did his first loop-swoop-and-pull the other day. I know I am a little behind on this but he has been really just using velcro shoes for the last few months. HAHA!

Keep up the good work buddy!

New House before Photos

I have been meaning to write a post about the new house before it isn't so new anymore. We have lived here for a month now! We could not be happier about our decision. Some things are taking some getting used to, and some things are way beyond what we could have imagined! Here are some photos I took when we first moved in. I apologize if they are dark or choppy I was in a hurry!

large wrap around porch. Pretty sure this is my favorite place! 



 One side of the house is a different color. LOL I actually like these colors as opposed to the not so victorian colors she chose, but whatever.
 Door for sending ice through to the kitchen.
 This is a shed/outbuilding that actually used to be an antique store by the 2nd owners. It is in very bad shape.

The "Carriage House" 

Root cellar attached to the maids room.



Formal living room 


side door
 entryway hall
 entryway hall/staircase
 Dining room

 GAH....I'm in love with the few original light fixtures!!


 "Family Room"


 Family room leads into sunroom
This is the downstairs bathroom. She just recently "finished" it with that cheapo vanity and lighting. She has a claw foot tub out in the shed she was going to install, and so we are going to be doing that. I cannot be without a bathtub :( 



 This used to be a closet in the family room, and it is now a water closet with 2 weird doors.
 Sunroom/utility room as the laundry is out here.


 Maids room /5th bedroom
 Kitchen entry from sunroom

 pantry







The upstairs....







 Dane's room, before. A dark blue room with stars every inch of the room is painted including the fan and the electrical outlets, and floor.




 goes into the second bedroom



 built in in the hallway
 The smallest bathroom ever. It was made out of a closet. It literally does not even have an outlet.
 Tile is nice though.
 Third bedroom, across from our room.

 Master bedroom.


 Big walk in closet! (For Me anyway!)


This is an original photo that the owners left. I can't believe it is the same house. It looks so different! I am so thankful for this photo. So amazing. We are also very lucky to have the original owners Wills and all financial documents pertaining to the house. It is really cool knowing all the families who lived here. We are only the 4th owners. 




As you can tell it is a fixer-upper! It is amazing though. We are just starting to get used to the querks of an old house with the electricity and the different things. We have been working our little tails off every weekend and almost every day making changes. It is no joke when people say "money pit". We are working toward our Housewarming part at the beginning of November, and that has really pushed us into getting all the rooms somewhat how we want them to be set up. It will be never ending though between all of this houses space. Stay tuned!




 
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