Friday, November 30, 2007


We have so much to be thankful for every day, but this Thanksgiving it was especially easy to think of our blessings, since there were so many recent ones. It was wonderful to be in our new home, to be back in the US and to have family visit for Thanksgiving.

Kate turns SIX!!!

Kate had the special honor of being the first in our family to celebrate a birthday in our new home. She also had the privilege of having her grandparents for her birthday and our friends, the Evans'. She got to choose her favorite dinner (pizza and corn), chocolate cake, Oreo cookie ice cream and the frosting colors. I was an extremely cool mom that night and allowed all the kids to have a bit of each color of's the little things...

One Big Hole

Here the kids are looking at a big, huge hole that the plumber provided for us. There is a shower tub/shower over that hole now, not to worry! The framing and electrical is done now and Phil and his dad will start with the drywall's coming along!

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Saturday, November 17, 2007

First Snow, First Tooth, and a Lamp?

I knew it was coming...I was just waiting for it to happen...the first snow. It's only a dusting, but I think it's just the first of what's to come. Next week it isn't supposed to get above freezing after Monday. It's not a winter wonderland, but it certainly is winter!

Our first night in the house Kate lost her first tooth. How cool is that? I had to snap a picture, quick, because the other tooth was already halfway through...

Henry came to me with this outfit and said, "I look like a lamp." I'm not sure that's the descriptor I would have chosen...

Monday, November 12, 2007

Things My Kiddos Say...

Kate – “Mommy, are you fat or skinny?”
Me – “What do you think?”
K – “Well, when you wear that sweater you look fat.”

Henry – “Mommy, can we ‘gree’ on another movie?”
Me - “Okay, as long as you agree.”
Henry – “Kate, let’s ‘gree’ on Diego!”
Kate – “I don’t want to watch Diego; let’s watch Paddington.”
Henry – “No, I want to ‘gree’ on Diego! ‘Hememmer,’ (remember) you like Diego!”
(do you think he gets the concept of agreement?)

Addy – “Mommy, I saw this big, huge tumbleweed yesterday. It was as big as you!”

- by the way...finding tumbleweeds is our new form of entertainment

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Painted House

Welcome to our new home...we closed on the house last Tuesday and painted for 23 hours over a period of two days. Thursday morning the first set of movers came with our largest shipment, which was VERY overwhelming. We spent all weekend working on the house, just in time to get two more shipments on Monday, which sent me into panic mode all over again. The house is fairly in order at this point, but the garage is another story. The first floor of our house is 1500 square feet and the basement is a nice, walkout basement with lots of windows and another 1500 square feet, roughly. Addy's room, the family room/school room/craft room, bathroom and my studio (5th bedroom) will be down there. For now, we are all squeezing into the first floor...thus the messy garage. Phil's parents arrive on the 18th to help with the basement and I hope it will be done by Christmas. The temps are getting cold here already and the wind makes it colder. It is beautiful and sunny here every day, though, and the lack of clouds is a welcome change from Germany and, before that, western Washington.

In this picture you can see the kitchen, living room and out the front door. I'm standing in the dining room and behind me is a sliding door that will eventually go out to a deck.

I am absolutely in love with this house. Everything is exactly the way I wanted it and I'm so happy!!!

the door to the right of the front door is the garage door and in between the garage and the kitchen is the laundry room (I didn't get a picture of it, but it's the same color as the main bathroom, green).

This portion down the stairs is all that's finished. If you go through the doors or around the corner you see only studs and concrete.

so, the kitchen and dining room are a yellowish color. The living room is medium taupe and the entry/hall/downstairs/Henry's room are just two shades lighter than the living room.

Main bathroom...

master bath...same color as the stripe in the master...

Phil wasn't so sure about this chocolate brown color. Brown is my "signature color" and I was VERY sure about it. I absolutely LOVE this room and Phil is fond of it now, as well. The furniture in the room makes it look AMAZING, if you're not sure, just ask me! :)

Kate's room...the wall with the window is a very light green. I'll update all this later once the basement is finished and we're not sardines in the house...

Henry's room...