Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Closet is finally complete!


 Like all projects - this one was a doozy.  Not so terrible to install, but turned into one of our longest projects.  We probably started this in January.  Again, like most projects we hit several roadblocks.  Since I'm a bit of a nut about maximizing closet spaces, I've never liked the wire system we had.  It was a quick- do you think this is a good spot for your shelf in the mix of a million other decisions when we built.  so it would have been nice to have done this right in the first place - however, using the space for a while helped us determine what would work best for us and all our stuff.  So i would say it was pretty jammed!

 After looking around quite a bit, exploring building our own - I finally decided to go with the easy track system from Menard's.  We figured keith building was not realistic.  The system worked out pretty good - but the big downside was - we went with white and they do not keep that in store, so you have to order and it has like a 3+ week wait.  That doesn't work with my- do something when you have a free moment backed with a bit of motivation- DIY style.  

So once I had the system ordered I had a confirmation email the system was in and planned a day off work to paint the closet and start installing.  So I believe that Wednesday night (this was back in feb) at first I started to slowly move our stuff out - which quickly turned into the office being the home of our clothes in a massive pile.  No big deal- we would be done by the end of the weekend:) 

Once I got the old system down - I was surprised to find 75+ clips with large holes that I had to pull out (which didn't come out too easy).  The holes were so big we had to do a-not-so-high-quality-fill-job.  Then sand EACH SPOT! So i think I was up until 12-1 that night doing it.  When I had hoped to be taped off and ready to paint.  Then Friday I took the day off and finished cleaning up, and got ready to paint.  I was going to pick up the system - but even though I called to confirm my stuff was there, only a basket was there - the rest to arrive about 2 weeks later (remember our temporary closet -the pile in the office:)).  
Anyway - back to the painting.  I absolutely had to paint this before installing because this is super nasty, chalky ceiling pant that I think you get drywall chalk on  your hand if you touch it.  I debated a bit on the color to go with.  I really wanted to go navy, but was afraid it would be like a dark hole.  I even considered something fun like red. Then a friend told me that can make your clothes look a funny color and since my husband struggles making matches, adding a funny tint to everything would be a bad idea.  So I went with grey and absolutely love it!  You don't really see much of it now, but I like it. And thank you to my mom for helping me paint!  Good thing that was pre-broken ankle.  

Here is the first unit up.  This is mostly why I went with this system - because of these corner units, they hold so much stuff.  This system also hangs, so you don't have to deal with your woodwork.  Keith and his dad worked hard one Sunday to start the project off.  Which then we would have our next big delay.  

They have regular drawers and "hutch drawers" - of course I ordered the regular hanging pieces with the hutch drawers, which ended up being a costing us about an extra $100 and adding another 4 weeks to the project because we couldn't install that section until it was ordered and shipped.  (I have no idea why it takes so long - ridiculous).  However, totally worth going white because it is cheaper and we had to piece in a couple pieces and you would have noticed if we used their fake wood.

OK - this might not look significantly better- but I promise you, it IS!!!  I just love it, everything is organized so much better, the space is used better - noticed there is lots of room on the top shelf!  We did get rid of a ton of clothes, so that helped too - but much, much better!

Sorry I couldn't get a good picture. 
hopefully Keith will skip over this line, but got these corner shelves worked out nice- the top two are his, and the rest - well, you can guess.  Actually do have more room on them if he needs to put something on them.  

*This project confirms my husband is far worse at getting rid of clothes than me.  He will look through all those shirts and come up with one.  

That gap in the dresser part now has a drawer - again, another 3 weeks on top of the last thing I said.  We just got that in last week.  We were actually going to put shelves above the dresser, but the corner shelves held so much we really need more hanging than shelves, so we did that instead.   
If you are ever looking for space in your closet - try pants hangers.  I ordered pants hangers online and it raised all our pants up about 8 inches.  See the pic on the left.  The right side pants are on the new hangers.  this was a huge improvement.  

Huge project to have checked off the project list.  Next closet to fix will be our bathroom.  And that will be much easier, just switching from wire to board.  I hate the wire ones in our bathroom, every time I set something on the shelf, something else falls on the floor.  

School Conferences

Tonight we had the boys' school conferences.  They always compare them doing the same task from about 6 months ago, always really fun to see their progress.  They gave us these self portraits today- we both enjoyed seeing them. So fun:)  One big change for Carter from the last time we met is he is now holding his pencil correct.  Forever he held it really strange, so if he had a pencil it would barely write.  Now he is finally doing it correct, so I think that helps quite a bit. 
In June they will be moving into the 4's room at school, which is really more like 5's - it's the last room before KINDERGARTEN.  Can't believe I am even writing that word, I'm so not ready.  

Horse Rides

Totally Dylan's idea - she is practically crushing him!  She loves it though and laughs so hard.  Too funny:)
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Monday, April 29, 2013

A fun little surprise

I was cleaning the garage a bit (can't tell a single bit) this weekend and came across two notebooks daycare had sent home.  I never saw them and we must have just forgotten about them.  luckily I didn't throw them away b/c it looks like they tried to take a note or two each week -I'm guessing they do it so when they go back to track progress they can look at the books. It was fun to read!  I took a shot of a page from each of their books.  


Busy little Monday

ahhhh - I'm getting sleepy and will probably fall asleep on the couch in 5 minutes.  Today was a busy Monday.
I worked out with the neighbor girls at 5:15.  Then got ready and then got to work early today.  Met my friend Kaylan for lunch.  Met mom too.  We had tball practice tonight.  Then when we got home Keith worked really hard doing some yard work, while I got dinner ready (or warmed up a lot of things in the microwave).  Then we played outside until about 8:00.  I took Olivia on a little wagon ride, I can't believe she is big enough for that.  Then finally got in to do baths and get everyone in bed by 9ish. Then cereal time!  I think I eat that for dinner like two nights a week.  Loving this weather.  I don't think we will have it for too much longer. I had shorts on today and yesterday.  I can't turn back.
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Sunday, April 28, 2013

9 months

Well...Olivia is actually 10 months as of Friday, so I thought I better snap a few shots for "9 months" and do an update.  

She had her appointment last week, here are the stats:
Height:  28 3/4 - 85%
Weight:  22 lbs 8 oz - 95%

All was good - except those darn ears.  We are back on antibiotics again.  She had a really runny nose all week and I thought we were almost over it.  Then I was finally going to take her back to the chiropractor on Friday and as I was walking in, she started coughing, I looked back and she threw up all over my back.  So I turned around, walked back out to my car.  Totally caught off guard not expecting that one.  I was planning on going to the walk in hours at the clinic after our appointment anyway, so I went straight there and sure enough, another ear infection.  And luckily she didn't have the flu or anything, I think her tummy was just upset from all the draining.  

What's happening at 9 months (really more like 10)

  • Olivia is really not interested in being spoon fed, so we are always looking for new things that are appropriate for her to pick up and eat.  
  • Speaking of eating, our biggest challenge with her is she puts EVERYTHING and I mean everything in her mouth. She finds the littlest things on the ground and puts them in her mouth.  
  • She is most happiest with two toys in her hand banging them together
  • She couldn't be more of a daddy's girl.  All weekend, every time Keith would have me hold her she would cry the minute he walked away - not talking a sniffle, big crocodile tears.  
  • At home she takes a pretty good nap, I don't think she does very well at daycare.
  • She gives the sweetest little hugs and kisses.  She kinda snuggles her head right into you.  I love it!  She loves giving the boys hugs too.
  • She loves her brothers and even tries to wrestle with them. Seriously, she loves it!  Of course we always have to be careful with all that. 
  • We finally gave up the carrier and she is now in the big car seat.  I could NOT carry that thing anymore.  
  • She claps, and waves buy buy
  • She says dadda pretty well, momma too, but I don't hear it very often.  One day she said banana, but I haven't hear it again.  If you say something quite a few times she will repeat.  Not always, but sometimes if she focuses.
  • A neighbor gave us a baby with a stroller and she just loves this baby, hugs and kisses it all the time.  So sweet!  
  • Right now giving her a bath, changing her clothes or diaper is NOT fun, she just won't quit rolling or moving around.  
  • I just love this girl so much, she is so darn sweet, we are so lucky to have her. 
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Not sure where you live, but...

In Polk City, the weather was AWESOME!  and we spent the ENTIRE DAY OUTSIDE!!!  I loved every  minute of it.

Finally got to break out some of Olivia's summer clothes.  I took a picture of this one because I'm pretty sure once it's washed it won't fit again:)

I think Keith's trying to make these sunglasses cool - his broke, they are welding glasses.

washing up their bikes for summer!
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Meet our new nephew!

Meet Kasper Jon Bormann!  Another little boy in the mix!  Kasper was born on Monday, April 22nd.  He is just the cutest little guy - and from what I hear he has been a really good little baby so far and Oliver is liking being a big brother!  It was so much fun holding a tiny, little baby again - just love it!  

I made these little onsies for them.  Unfortunately, I'm pretty certain the numbers will fall off before he gets to 9, possibly 6, possibly 3 months:)  I used a heat transfer and didn't sew the edges (being that I don't sew).  I hear grandma Susie might be so kind to take care of it!  

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More Easter

Grandma and Grandpa Bormann were able to stop by with some more Easter baskets for the boys.  Kids sure do make out pretty well with Easter these days, they got all kinds of cool things.  

Grandma Susie found this pretty cool space shirt - Definitely fitting for Carter!  Mints too - these two have a mint obsession.

Thank you grandpa and grandma Bormann for all the great gifts!
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