Sunday, February 15, 2015


First, here's a pic of Ben and his best buddy Andrew at Dairy Queen yesterday. They've been best buds since Kindergarten.

Ben has been celebrating his birthday for days. A card came from Grammie and Grampie from Florida on Thursday. I told Ben we should wait to open it. He wasn't having any of it. Aunt Pam sent him a gift that he opened early too.

I waited to put out his presents until after he went to bed. I knew if he saw them yesterday, he'd want to open them. I was still sleeping when he woke up, but David said he just stood there and stared at them for awhile this morning. I got smart and hid the card that Grannie sent him and the present that our friends, the Suttons, brought for him. So, he opened those. We are lucky to have so many thoughtful people in our lives. Plus, when Papa and Grandma Suzy come shopping, they take him to buy something. That's always fun!

He opened the gifts we got him. Everything is Minecraft and Lego. Noah is loving Ben's birthday because it's really gifts for both of them since they share and play together.

And Emily even enjoys all the stuff. She helps Ben put together the Lego sets, and plays transformers with Noah.

We always make the day about their favorite things to do and eat.

For Ben, that meant starting the day with a pound of bacon.

Then, it was off for 3 hours at the pool, which I don't have any pictures of. Then, Ben spent the afternoon playing in his room, which is one of his favorite things.

He also wanted monkey bread. Nothing but healthy stuff around here today.

David actually mowed our lawn today. It's been so warm for the past month that it is almost green. Crazy! We've never mowed our lawn in February, normally, it's April. The kids played outside for a bit.

Oh yeah, for lunch, Ben requested chicken lettuce wraps. At least it was something healthy. Then, we had pasta for dinner and finished off the night with homemade chocolate cake with chocolate frosting and chocolate ice cream.

Ben took his wish very seriously!

I think he had a great birthday. He deserves it. He really is a very special kid.

Saturday, February 14, 2015


Here are pictures of our new table. We told the kids were were all switching spots, which we do about once a year. Well, I always get a spot closest to the cooking area since I'm usually up and down 10 times during a meal. Emily was not happy about switching and ended up in the same spot I think. David wants the head of the table. It's been Ben's spot for a year, so someone else needs to have the head hancho chair.

My kitchen is a mess.  Stuff is everywhere. That's kind of how weekends roll around here and then I put it all together again on Monday.

The seats are firm and comfy and will be so easy to clean.

I like that the backs have an x and so do the chairs at the island.

I love the top. The wood is so pretty.

Here's our old table for reference. It's not much different. But, it's different in all the right spots.

The new table is STURDY! It's nice to have such a solid table that doesn't wiggle if you bump it. We also hate, hate, hate the microfiber. We also love that it has 8 chairs, so when company comes we have some extra room and a leaf for the table. We just cleaned up the old table, so it looks pretty good. It didn't look that good in our dining room.

So, in the past 7 days, our living room has had quiet a few changes. It went from a spider dome, to a sofa, to a table. Next weekend, we are doing nothing! Meanwhile, we could supply an entire recycling plant with all the boxes on the side of our house.

Let's hope this table goes soon! I just got it on Craigslist.

Our Weekend

My Dad is the hospital in Phoenix recovering from knee replacement surgery. He had a passing out spell this morning, but is doing well now. He's never spent the night in the hospital, so this was a big deal for him. We wish him a speedy recovery.

So, we got a new dining room table. I know, crazy. We saw it at Costco three weeks ago and loved it. I wanted to get a new sofa first. So, we got that. But, I kept thinking this table was too good to pass up. Sure, Costco will have something else next year, but this table was perfect! The right color of wood, the chairs are leatherish, not microfiber like we have now. They are a nightmare. Our current table isn't the sturdiest. This one is SOLID. It's beautiful. Since we budgeted that we could buy one or the other, the sofa was it. But, then I've sold enough stuff to pay for this table cash, so how could we let it go. We couldn't! It's not all together yet and in place, so I'll post a picture later.

Do you think the kids were impressed with the new table? Nope, they liked the styrofoam. Noah was karate chopping it for about 30 minutes.

Then Emily walks out using the styrofoam as stilts. I'm glad they are creative. I'm not so thrilled that they left little styrofoam bits all over the house. She liked that she was almost taller than me.

Tomorrow is Ben's birthday. In lieu of a biggger birthday party, I convinced him that going to a movie and lunch with his best bud was the way to go. Luckily, he agreed. So, David took Ben and Andrew to see the Spongebob movie and then they are going to Dairy Queen for chicken finger baskets. Ben's favorite. Only Ben would go to Dairy Queen and get food instead of ice cream.b He loves a Reese's blizzard though!

A few weeks ago, Ben said Noah could go too. But, he changed his mind yesterday. I get it. He doesn't want his little brother tagging along, but I felt bad for Noah. So, I told Noah that I would take him and Emily to play tennis. Noah always wants to play tennis. I'm not sure why. He doesn't really even play. But, I guess it's fun. So, we headed out this afternoon for some fun. We played some basketball and jumped on the stomp rocket.

Then, Em and I hit some balls and she did some handstands. It was a fun 45 minutes.

Tomorrow will be spent celebrating Ben and doing all the things he loves.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

What a Weekend

To say that we are tired is a mild understatement. David said his muscles ache so much, he feels flu like.

So, last night we had the new sectional where it was and all was well. I listed it on Craigslist. Now, since the big purge 10 days ago, I've been selling stuff left and right on CL. Basically, over $5, I'll list and I meet people at our clubhouse a mile away. I won't go out of my way to meet anybody. In 10 days, I've sold over $300 worth of stuff, which is great.

And we sold our sectional this morning! I couldn't believe it went so fast, but the right person at the right time. It was priced right and I feel the person got a good deal and a good sofa. It sold for $450. With what we've sold in 10 days, we've already paid for our new sofa! Now, we need to sell a few more things and the loveseat will be paid for too!

So, David helped move the sectional out and then the people came for the spider dome which David had already broken down into a few pieces for them.

We have so much open space. We LOVE it! The living room now looks like this. We moved the yellow chaise lounge that the dog sleeps on to the corner. That's where Noah had his space. We called it Kiki's corner, since we call him Kiki sometimes. Emily's piano got moved over too.

The family room looks like this.

We liked the loveseat on a little angle, so it left a nice space behind it. We made it a little play place and it's now Kiki's new corner. He loves it.

We are all thrilled with the extra space. And want to keep it this way for awhile. It just feels so much more open and airy.

Saturday, February 7, 2015


We bought a large sectional back when we lived in Phoenix, about 8 years ago. It was good at the time. But over the years, it's just gotten too soft. So soft that David's back hurts sitting on it. We've been hating it for years. It just kind of looks like a lumpy mess most of the time. This was it this morning:
We don't have a ton of furniture options up here. And it's a super pain to buy something in Phoenix, rent a Uhaul and bring it up here. So, we usually see what Costco and Sams have every year and never quite like anything. We looked at Costco last week and didn't love anything. We thought we were just going to settle with frumpy lumpy sofa for another year.

Then, David went to run errands today, and texted me with a photo that said, "found our sofas!". We wanted a sofa and a loveseat that recline. No more sectionals. And no power recliners. They just break. We are fine with ones that you have to pull a lever. So, he bought it and came home to get our van and make two trips to Costco. Luckily, he went by our friends, who have a truck, and they went up there together. We are grateful we have such a great friend who drops what he is doing to help us out. We love it. I'm not sure why the pic has that little circle in it, but whatever, you get the idea.

We moved frumpy to our living room. She looks better fluffed and with pillows. She will sit there until someone on Craigslist buys her. We are also selling our spider dome tomorrow. The kids just don't play with it anymore and it's a very large, expensive towel rack. So, our living room is crammed right now, but it'll clear out more tomorrow.

Everyone loves the new sofa and the new rules, no eating anywhere near it, no standing on it, no shoes. :)

Noah isn't feeling well, but he approves of the sofa and already feel asleep for the night.

Now, we are exhausted and ready for bed.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Super Sunday

We don't watch football, so we spent some time at the pool.  All that's missing is some chicken wings.