Monday, September 26, 2011

Can't pass up an opportunity like this...

As you may know, we have been extremely busy around here. We are just weeks away from moving into our new home and not to mention I am 7 months pregnant. So we have a lot of tedious stuff to finish up on the house, we have to pack, and I have to think of what I need to do before baby comes.

So when a hydro mom contacted me about a month ago saying they were coming to St. Louis this weekend and wanted to know if we would want to meet, I wasn't sure what to tell her. I was thinking I really need to stay home but then a part of me said sure. Tell me when and where.

After contemplating the idea with Travis, I finally told him, I understand if you don't want to go but I am not passing up this opportunity. Which he completely understood and said have a good time. So Tyler and I met with Jennifer, her husband Jason and 3 wonderful kids, Grant, Norah and Mason. You can also visit her blog here.

They are such an amazing family. Grant was fascinated by Tyler and was wondering if Tyler had his bounce house (the one he had at his birthday party) with him, LOL. Norah is just the sweetest little girl and I love when she just came up to me and grabbed my hand and said "let's walk". I loved watching her walk around in her walker and I even got to see her take a few independent steps on her own. Which her mom says she just began doing. And Mason, who is the happiest 3 month old. I loved getting so many smiles from him.

Here's a couple photos I got from the day. I wish I would have got more but I got too caught up in visiting :)

Thursday, September 22, 2011

St. Louis Hydro Walk

Last Saturday, we participated in our 3rd hydrocephalus walk. We had a lot of fun and met some amazing people. Tyler's team consisted of myself, Travis, his grandma and grandpa and his Aunt Jen. Thank you guys for coming out and walking beside us. I also want to thank everyone who donated. It really means a lot and goes to a great cause.

Let the walk begin!

All that are affected by hydrocephalus.

Tyler checking out his poster we made.

Cardinals Mascot, Fred Bird, even made an appearance.
Tyler wasn't quite sure of him. But he did eventually give him a high five.

We also met some more amazing families and became IRL (In Real Life) friends.

Sandy & Noah

Nichole & Carson

Monday, September 12, 2011

House & Baby

Both the house and baby are getting closer and closer. I am excited to be nearing the arrival of each of them. We don't have a set move-in date yet, but I would say in the next 3 weeks, we should be able to start moving. And of course, that gives us plenty of time before the baby.

First the progress on the house:

I finally got to park in the garage for the first time a couple of weeks ago.

Our yard has been graded and seeded.

Tile has been laid.

And just put in today -- CABINETS!!
Next on the list
  • Carpet
  • Trim & Doors
  • Countertop
  • Garage doors
  • Deck (which may be done after we move in)
I think that's about it. Tyler and I even started cleaning a little this past weekend. The windows were disgusting and will need to be cleaned a few more times before we can say they are clean.
"No Tyler, we are getting all the fingerprints off, not adding"

And now baby news:

I am 30 weeks (and a few days). So let the countdown begin. The doctor is still planning on delivering at 39 weeks because I am having a c-section and he doesn't want me to go into labor. So I only have 9 more weeks. YEAH!!!

Monday, September 05, 2011

Spending a Labor Day....laboring!

What better way to spend a Labor Day weekend than to spend it working. As for me, I spent part of the weekend at my real job (the one that pays money) and the other helping out at the new house. But Travis and several family members spent the entire weekend working at the new house. I can't believe it but the end is nearing and we are getting close to being finished. This also means that there is a lot of work involved with us finishing up.

We agreed with our contractor that we would do the painting. That was a huge task but we (I guess I shouldn't say we, because I didn't left a single paint brush) finished it in 4 days. The ENTIRE house. Thank you to Travis and his brother, they did an awesome job!

The pictures are a little dark, so some of the colors in the bedrooms are a little misleading.

The main room and kitchen wall

Living room

Tyler's room -- I love his room, it's very bold and Travis did a great job in picking out the right color). We agreed that he would do Tyler's room and I would do the girls room.

Baby girls room

Master bedroom -- Another of my favorite colors, it's so soothing.

Today, we spent cleaning the floors and getting ready for the floor people to lay tile and carpet on Wednesday. And oh my gosh there was a lot of dirt/dust. Dry wall is a mess! Sunday I spent most of the day shop vacing. Then on Monday while I was at work, my parents, brother and sister-n-law came to help mop the floors to get up as much dust we could. I've heard that if you don't clean up the dust before you lay carpet, the dust could seap through your carpet and you could be cleaning and vacuuming for years. So our strategy is to get it right the first time, while we have the chance.

The guys also worked on staining the wood for our deck.

Everyone enjoying a much needed break.

And last but not least, my dad hauled in some straw bales for our yard that will be seeded this week.