Sunday, September 21, 2014

This may be my only DIY accomplishment this summer

This was my first time painting a garage.  If you plan on painting a garage, I highly recommend doing it BEFORE you move in, hang shelves and store 500 bottles of this and that.  This is something I have been wanting to do for sometime, but lacked the motivation.  I finally got started the night before we went on vacation, I figured if I did one wall it would keep me going.  I quickly decided painting a garage was like obstacle course painting.  First, our ceilings are about 12' - I don't love heights.  Second, we (and by we I mean I)  had to take down all of our shelves and the junk that sits on them. Third, there were tons of bugs and things I had to clean off the walls.  Fourth, I had to have the doors shut because the bugs would come in and with it being August, it was very humid in the garage.  Finally, there were so many odd things to paint around - like the garage doors.  So this lady is happy to finally be done!

I let these two help out a bit, they thought they were pretty darn cool! 

overall, I'm super happy with how it turned out, so totally worth it!  

I should also mention that I used Behr flagstone paint with the primer from Home Depot and I got away with one coat of paint on these super dry walls.  Four cans, so I went through a lot, but I was very happy to only do one coat!  So I would highly recommend their version with the primer, it works great.  Plus they can color match if you are looking for a specific shade.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Day One

Little late here!  So how is kindergarten going?  

So far it is going pretty well.  I was a huge mess on the first day, but they seemed excited and ready to   go.  They seemed to get a bit more nervous as we got there, but they really were fine.  I was a bit down all day and couldn't stop thinking about them until we were there at like 3:15 to pick them up.  

The next week they were pretty quick to pop out of bed, so I take that as a good sign.  So far they seem to really enjoy art class, gym and recess.  They must do the monkey bars the entire time.  Which I am completely against (given our broken arm experience), but I can't really stop them at school.  They do them so much they had huge blisters on their hands.  

Being in the same class seems to be going OK so far, no major issues.  I check in with the teacher here and there, she says they tend to touch each other a lot - no surprise there either.  They are not picking up on the concept of just eat the lunch, everyone else is.  One day I asked Carter what he ate and he said a breadstick.  So I may start letting them bring lunch one or two days a week.  

I wasn't sure how much Carter was liking it since he was super grumpy one day and that night he had a bad dream and came to our room at about 4 am - then he started to tell us how kindergarten rules are so much easier than pre-school rules and went on and on and on.  So little early, but glad to hear he likes it.  

We are starting to feel a bit buried in papers and homework.  At first we didn't have much, now we feel like we can get all the little tasks done without burning out the boys.  

I don't know if she has noticed they aren't at her school all day yet?

The funny thing about having them in the same class is they seem to be on a rotating schedule on remembering to bring home all their papers so between the two of them we seem to keep up with what we need to do.

look how excited they are!!!

First day line up!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

A great day for Olivia

If only we could all have this girl's enthusiasm!

Phone Dump

These guys are always having a good time.

Soccer camp

Girls weekend in Kansas City

Visiting Uncle Jeff

My tired girl

I don't think she wanted me to go on my work trip:(

Hanging with the big girls.  Or maybe big girl crushing older girl?

A few pics from our mini vac a

At the Iowa State Fair. I thought this was pretty cool.  It was neat by Keith's name because his dad's name was two names down and both his brothers and his uncles were pretty close together.

She's a fan.  Future Cyclone!

They thought this root beer was super cool!

My mom took all the boys for the night and they played super hard at the indoor playground.

Finally found somebody to help me paint the garage!

When at the a fair...

Olivia biking with the big girls!

Sometimes I think these two look totally different, but when I got these back I had to do a double take because I thought they only gave me one boys pics!  

Family pic night.

And root beer floats for being good for pics:)

I LOVE THIS!!! The neighbor boys helping the boys rollerblade.  So sweet!

She's got it!  she can finally pedal and now we are working at mastering steering!


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