June 14, 2017

Lily is THREE!

20 Questions with Lily Kay
  1. How old are you? Three! 
  2. What are your nicknames? Lily responds to nicknames with "You call me Lily Kay" 
  3. What do you love about Mom? "Play"
  4. What do you love about Dad? "PLAY"
  5. What do you love about Theo? "Play with Theo"
  6. Who is your best friend(s)? "Mickey!" (Who is your favorite person? "Theo!")
  7. What do you want to be when you grow up? "I don't know, you say the words" (Mom still thinks civil engineer)
  8. What is your favorite TV show(s)? "Mickey [and the] Roadster Racers"
  9. What is your favorite movie(s)? "Mickey Christmas" (any of the 3 on Netflix)
  10. What is your favorite song(s)? "Ya ya, ya ya, yayaya! Ukulele" (Twinkle Twinkle)
  11. What is your favorite book(s)? "The elephant book (That's Not My Elephant) Dinosaurumpus, Nigh-Night Books" (Good Night I Love You, and The Going to Bed Book) 
  12. What is your favorite thing(s) to do?  "Swing"
  13. What is your favorite toy(s)? "Mickey and Minnie"
  14. What is your favorite food(s)? "Bwoccoli! and berries"
  15. What is your favorite color(s)? "Wed! Wed is the best color!"
  16. What is your favorite animal(s)? Lion
  17. What makes you happy? "All of my friends make me happy."
  18. What makes you sad? "Going to bed makes me sad"
  19. What is a big thing you learned this year? "To use the big potty"
  20. How should we celebrate your birthday? "A birthday cake! With yots of candles!"

A Note from Mom  
Happy birthday, Sweetheart! What an eventful year you have had! You learned all about being a big sister (you even started to like Theo a couple months in!), how to go on the big girl potty, to do all of the ladders and slides at the park, to do 28 piece puzzles, to swim (with floaties) and to spell your name. You also attended your first fireworks, had your first trip to the ER after you swallowed a penny, and picked your own Halloween pumpkin. You then had a meltdown when the pumpkin had to stay outside, so you would swing with it on the porch. You want to everyone's friend - whether they're interested or not. You are definitely my mini-me, which your dad likes to point out when it frustrates me. I can't wait to watch you get even bigger. I love you sweet girl!

Pictures From the Last Year

May 14, 2017

House Project: Basement Family Room

Look a post not about the kids... kinda. Mike has been working hard converting the semi-finished half of the basement into a finished play/family room. I for one am SO EXCITED for them to have a space to get to run and play inside - not to mention toy storage that isn't our living room!

Here's the basement as we bought it:

And after some destruction, some electrical (that^^ was the light switch. It's now by the stairs) and some framing...

...lots and lots of framing and doors to the back and closet. The corner cabinet will be a TV stand and covers a pipe that pops out of the floor and the water shut off valves to the city.

Starting to drywall:

My dad came again and helped with some electrical (fixing old wiring to the lights and adding a circuit to the panel for a baseboard heater) and half the ceiling drywall. 

Done with drywall! On to mud and tape, and LOTS of sanding:

drywall dust escaping the basement

Now for the finishes! 
Lots more paint, baseboard and the cabinet topper. 
Topper for the shelf along the stairs. 
Painting trim
When your wife asks for risers on the stairs so they're not open, you measure and realize none of the steps are the same height... or level. Then you get whole new stairs. It's like If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, just for grown-ups :) 
More paint...
Cabinet door and window trim
Carpet install!
Finishing the carpet and moving in the toys!
Electronics set up courtesy of Auntie Amanda


including the baseboard heater. 

April 19, 2017

Theo's Peter Pan 1st Birthday Party

Theo is ONE! 

It's cliched, but so true that the days are long and the years are short! 
It's hard to believe it's been a whole year already. Where did this baby go?

We celebrated the fact that 

"All children, except one, grow up" 

with a Peter Pan themed birthday party. 

I designed the invitation in GIMP and then printed it via Shutterfly, which ended up cheaper than buying the cardstock and envelopes because I had reached the free shipping limit already. 

Theo got a special onesie that says: Never Grow Up - Theodore Robert is One. 
Typically my father in law prints our birthday shirts (it's his job) but because Peter is Disney licensed, I made this one with a simple iron on transfer. 

I kept food really simple because of the time of the party - just cake, fruit and lemonade. 

I got the idea for the design of the cake from Pinterest HERE

Decor was based around Peter Pan before they leave for Neverland - 
Peter's silhouette in the window, Tink's in the lantern, Wendy's thimble, John's top hat, and Michael's teddy bear around the cake table. In the living room were lots of pictures of the birthday boy and Peter's pesky shadow. 

The only true activity we had was to sign a copy of the Little Golden Book version of the story with a "lovely wonderful thought" to help Theo learn to fly. Otherwise we just spent time with family and friends, opened gifts (and by that I mean Big Sister and Cousins opened gifts and Theo played with the paper) and ate cake.