Tuesday, June 29
Posted by Paige at 5:33 PM
Sunday, June 27
Living in a historical neighborhood has it's perks and it absolutely has it's irritating downfalls.
When we bought this boxy, white, very bland and in need of some love house, we bought it with the intention of doing interior and exterior renovations. No one bothered to tell us until well after we bought the home that in order to do these exterior renovations you have to get them passed by the fort worth historical committee. They make you jump through some serious hoops. Zach had to make a huge report with essays, measurements, renderings and photographs. This committee only meets once a month to approve or deny the cases and of course, wouldn't it be my luck that Zach was out of town for work that day. I nervously went to the hearing and had to speak at a podium with a microphone to a large board about our renovations. Luckily, my neighbor, Robert went with me for moral support. Oh, and this was televised on cable TV by the way. They passed all of our exterior renovations except for our fiberglass windows. In our neighborhood, you have to use wood windows. Well crap. We had already purchased our fiberglass windows because we had no idea about all of these ridiculous bylaws. Our plan was to just put up the fiberglass windows anyway, "temporarily", and if anyone is that annoyed by the windows not being wood then we would replace them at a later date. You have to note that these fiberglass windows are very nice and an enormous upgrade from the terrible metal windows of yesteryear that were installed in our house who knows how long ago.
It wasn't even the end of the first day that the new windows got installed, that a nosy neighbor came barging in telling us, "you can't use these windows!", Zach quickly won him over with his great people skills and got him on our team. The neighbor and Zach decided that we should remove the stickers that make the windows look new, put our shutters up and make it look like nothing ever happened. And so we did. He warned us of a lady that lives a few streets down that loves to tattle on people who don't renovate by the rules, so we are trying to steer clear of her. These historical people are crazy and take themselves and their historical guidelines way too seriously. I mean, our house looks 100% better than it did. Can't they go pick on the guy across the street that still has his burglar bars up from the 40s when Mistletoe was a dangerous hood? Not to mention, there are houses that are practically falling down and they are going to come pick a bone with homeowners that are desperately trying to improve the property. Annoying.
So you can guess how we spent our Sunday. I pruned wax myrtles in the hot sun, while Zach planted some flowers and rearranged some other plants, painted and hung the shutters and did his best to tidy up the flowerbeds. I took my pruning chore very seriously, I even did a google search on how wax myrtles should be properly pruned. The only problem is now that one side of our house looks super cute and one side looks like a crack house. We could only get to the right side because the left window isn't all the way done yet. We also got our new door, it isn't stained yet, but at least I don't have to live in constant fear that someone will see through an all glass door if I have to dart across the house in my underwear.
Posted by Paige at 6:55 PM
Saturday, June 26
Posted by Paige at 11:28 PM
Last night was had some family fun at Concert in the Garden at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden. The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra played music from Starwars and some other movies and there was a laser light show. It was a really relaxing and enjoyable way to spend a Friday evening. We left before the fireworks though, we were concerned that the girls would hear the booms and spaz out.
There were people everywhere. We got there right when the concert started about an hour and a half after the gates opened and if the rows of people were numbered, I'd say we were on row 300 out of 304. It's ok though, we just put out our quilt and chilled. At first Blake wasn't sure about the etiquette of the concert. She was really wanting to run free and look around at everyone else's stuff on their blankets. I put the kabosh on this when she stepped on some kids capri sun and it squirted the mom's butt. The kid was so mad, she was like, "that little girl, stepped on my capri sun!!!!" (in the poutiest voice imaginable). I apologized, but was thinking, get over yourself.
The music was great, not too loud so that Zach and I could still easily talk, the lasers were fun to watch and it was a nice temperature outside despite the wretched post rain humidity. This will surely be an annual event. I must admit, I was a little envious of the childless couples out there with their bottles of wine and picnic baskets full of goodies from central market, but our kids did fine and we really had a good time.
Posted by Paige at 5:20 PM
Thursday, June 24
Introducing my new niece, Maris Kate!
Zach's brother, Jason and his wife Megan welcomed this little bundle into the world yesterday.
I haven't gotten to see her yet in person, I stole this pic from Megan's facebook. I am dying to go hold her and give Megan a big hug, but circumstances have kept me here at home. Zach got to see her yesterday and told me she is just beautiful and was making little squeaking sounds when she was hungry. I guess after all the madness dies down we will go see her in a couple of weeks.
Posted by Paige at 2:45 PM
Wednesday, June 23
Blake, Kylie and I went to a swim playdate today in Mansfield. They both slept until about 9 so I thought we could stay for a while and postpone naps until the late afternoon. We had only been swimming about thirty minutes until I noticed Kylie about to doze off in the pool. She was in her baby float with the shade roof and she was leaned over with her head on the float perfectly still, just floating in the water. She looked so relaxed. Blake started getting whiney and I could tell it was about time to go. I got them out and started drying them off and Blake told me she was ready to go home and asked where her party favor was. It was difficult to explain to Blake the difference between a birthday party and a playdate, and that sadly there would be no party favors today because it was only a playdate. It seemed logical to her, we ate lunch, swam with a bunch of kids, so she assumed a favor would follow. How funny. On the way home I was singing as loud as I could to try and keep them both awake. I don't know if this happens to your kids, but if mine fall asleep for even like two minutes in the car it can cancel out an entire two or three hour nap. To my disgust and disappointment, they both crashed about five minutes from my exit. By the time I got home, got them out of the car, talked with my new neighbor (LOVE HER btw) and got them into their beds, they were both wide awake and for over an hour I listened to the chirping of Blake's voice and a bunch of baby babbles from Kylie on the monitors. I can't comprehend how you could be so tired that you can't even stay awake in the car and then actually get in your bed, just minutes later, and be so wired. The world may never know.
Posted by Paige at 10:39 PM
Tuesday, June 22
Kylie is saying new words from time to time. She has gotten really good at most of her animal sounds, she is signing for more and milk (I am STILL breastfeeding, one day I'll get around to starting the weaning process, but she likes it and I don't mind it so we just stick with what works), and saying some other small one and two syllable words. She has started saying Ommy (Omma) and my latest favorite word she says is waffle (fa-fa). For some reason I think it is so comical when she says fa-fa, she loves waffles so much.
Posted by Paige at 10:35 PM
Father's day this year was not too eventful, we usually have big family get togethers but we just laid low. My plan was to get the girls up quietly so Zach could sleep in as late as he wanted, but they all woke up so late it didn't even matter. I piled them into our bed where they cuddled and hugged on their sweet daddy.
Then we serenaded Zach with a father's day song. Happy Father's day to you, happy father's day to you, happy father's day dear Daddy, happy father's day to you. After the song, Blake and Zach went to go get donuts. Blake and I picked a shirt out for Zach at Neiman's, but it didn't fit right so he is taking it back. Kylie's gift for Zach was her one year picture that I will scan and post later.
After we were dressed and ready, we went to my parent's house to wish my dad a happy father's day and take a swim. I was trying to do as much of the heavy lifting as possible, so Zach could relax. I packed up the playroom and loaded it into my car and we came home and unloaded it. See, not a very exciting father's day.
Posted by Paige at 4:24 PM
Monday, June 21
Tonight as Blake and I were saying our night time prayers, I didn't interrupt or add anything, I just wanted to hear her prayer. This is what she said:
Dear God, thank you for this day and for all the little things in my life. Help us to not be scared. Help us to not be afraid. The little children teach us. In Your name we pray, Amen!
I thought that was just awesome! We used to pray a lot about not being afraid so I'm sure that is where that came from. Not sure what she meant by the little children teach us, but it was still so cute.
Posted by Paige at 9:12 PM
Sunday, June 20
My mom ordered a Live Butterfly Garden kit for Blake and Kylie to do. Blake loves anything that has to do with caterpillars or butterflies so we knew she would love it. I was kind of surprised at how much Kylie loved it too since she is still so young. We had a ceremonial release of the butterflies at our new house. It was a great learning experience for Blake and lots of fun to have some extra pets for a couple of weeks.
Here is the growing process:
Once they all attached to the top of the cup and were all in coccoon form, you take the disc out and safety pin it to the butterfly habitat.
You can see the coccoons.
Posted by Paige at 12:47 PM
Friday, June 18
I keep getting asked to post pictures of the finished product. The problem is, the product is far from finished. You know how it is when you get a new house, you want it to look just right before you show it off. It's not just right yet, getting this house just right very well might take a lifetime. But, that's part of the fun.
It's kind of creepy down there right now, but I have big plans for my little laundry room. We will be painting the walls pink, the cabinets white, putting on a brown tile countertop, putting a garage floor treatment on the uneven concrete floor, and I found a funny vinyl decal that says "Domestic Goddess at Work" See, it won't always be a deep, dark, musty dungeon.
Posted by Paige at 8:15 PM