Family Room Renovation Nightmare

Hello friends!

Let’s see where did we leave off.. ah yes, we moved all of the basement furniture into the basement, removed the paneling and we were ready for drywall, crown molding and new carpet…. well that didn’t happen.

The carpet I had picked out was not going to work in the space so we decided to go with a hardwood. Actually we went back and forth between hardwood, engineered hardwood and laminate flooring. We decided to go with hardwood and started asking around for some prices. After getting a few quotes and going back and forth for weeks, or what seemed to be weeks, we finally settled on a laminate floor from Lowes.  I ordered it online and prayed that the color would be the color I had envisioned for the room. You have no idea how many times we changed our minds about the floor, it was exhausting. We will see what it looks like in a few weeks when we are ready to install the floors. We were super excited with the decision to get rid of the carpet completely, so we moved forward.

Erik and I started removing the carpet one night after the kids went to bed.

IMG_0442 IMG_0443It was disgusting! After removing the carpet from in front of the deck doors, we were even happier with the decision to get rid of the carpet.IMG_0445

Bleh! Under the carpet was a vinyl tile that was in horrible shape.  Erik started chipping away at a few pieces before we went to bed that night. Well, right before we fell asleep, I was telling my friend Erin how we ripped up some of the tile and she asked if we were sure it wasn’t asbestos tile. My heart dropped. Erik was really upset with himself for not thinking about it before he started chipping up the tile. We were both so freaked and stressed we could barely sleep that night.

The next day the guys went home a little early so they could put up a temporary wall and safely remove the tile.

IMG_0446And this is how we have been living for the past few weeks. We don’t have access to our laundry room other than through the garage, we don’t have access to the garage or the bathroom on the main level. It has been awful. We have two weeks until Thanksgiving to finish EVERYTHING in the family room. Stressed does not even begin to describe how we all feel right now.

I can’t even think of picking out furniture for this room… ugh. I hope things start going our way with this renovation soon!

Sigh. Alright that is all I have for you all today!

I hope everyone has a great day!


40 Weeks!

Hello hello!

I lied when I said I would update you all on our family room. It has been such a nightmare, that I don’t even want to think about it right now.  I think we finally have things figured out, but I don’t want to jinx it.

Anyyyyway, our little peanut butter is 40 weeks old!!!!

12194857_10103890950256353_832994224038399673_oShe had her 9 month check up this week and her stats were:
Height: 27.5 inches (56th percentile)Weight: 17 lbs 12 oz (30th percentile)
Head: 18 inches (90th percentile)

She is all over the charts with her growth. Her doctor was not concerned about the drop in her weight percentage, because she is crawling and moving all over the place. I love that she is a little peanut, but I am going to start giving her more fatty foods to see if we can plump her up just a little bit!  We tried cheese this week and it was a no go. She is still having dairy sensitivity. I am not sure if she is lactose intolerant or what is going on, but we will try again in a few weeks.  He did say that if by 11 months, my milk starts drying up and I need to supplement her, that I can give her milk. We are choosing to go with Almond milk for her instead of cow’s milk.

IMG_0585Hopefully she will love it!  She loves to eat everything, and it is awesome.  We’ve been giving her more finger foods recently because her ped wants her off pureed foods as soon as possible.  I am totally okay with this, I am ready to move away from making purees.

IMG_0548She is working on tooth #6 and it gave her a gooey ear this week.  I called the doc office and they told me to wait it out the night to see if it was still gooey in the morning. Luckily when she woke up it was no longer “leaking” clear fluid.  I figured it was teething related because it had happened the previous week when her other top tooth was coming in.  This poor child; I hate teething!

12186641_10103872982523833_8487665372512989494_oShe has also been pulling herself up like champ. She was doing it here and there last week, but this week, she is up and ready to start cruising.

IMG_0606 IMG_0605As you can see she loves the train table. Don’t worry we moved all the little pieces to the other side where she can’t get them. That is until she figures out that she can cruise around the table to the other side, HA.

Alright well that is all I have for you all today!

11222601_10103890948504863_9179278633803643685_oI hope you have a great day!


39 Weeks!

Hello friends!

Our little lady is not only 39 weeks old,

12241054_10103890872152873_3617282679756842603_oshe is 9 months old!!!

11222665_10103890897546983_2897710804951602373_oI seriously cannot believe how fast time is flying by.  Insane! These top teeth have been the WORST.  They have completely ruined her good sleep habits and it is frustrating.  At this point I’m not sure if she is just used to waking 2-3 times a night or if she is really in pain.  I can’t let her cry it out because I know her teeth have been bothering her.  I hope this is just a phase because of her teeth.  She also got THE WORST diaper rash I have ever seen. Poor sweet baby. She remains sweet and smiley throughout the day, even though it has been a rough week. IMG_0465The teething tablets have been amazing for her. I hope we get a break between teeth because goodness she deserves it!

For now we seem to have moved past it. I had a really stressful week at work and with the home renovation stuff going on, life has been a little bit crazy. I think the kids knew I’ve been stressed out because Thursday night they were pouring on the cute.

IMG_0460 IMG_0454 IMG_0457Liam was being so sweet to Quinn and both of them were playing so nicely together, it was awesome.  Alright folks, check back later this week for a Halloween post,IMG_0510Oh and later this week, more updates on the headache that has been our family room renovation. UGH!

I hope everyone has a great day!


The Great Migration

Hello friends!

This past weekend we moved all of our furniture from the family room to the basement. It was an adventure to say the least. Liam kept asking when we would move the TV down and thankfully Quinn was napping.

We had to take all of the furniture down through the patio doors and down the backyard steps. It was a sweaty mess.

IMG_0392IMG_0393I thought I was going to drop the furniture the whole time, because my hands were so sweaty.

IMG_0395 IMG_0399Erik wasted no time; after the furniture was downstairs and Quinn was awake, he started pulling the paneling down. He was very meticulous about it until Gary arrived and started yanking the pieces down. Men! Oh well, we got it done!  And it is now ready for drywall and crown molding.  Then the new carpet will be installed! HOORAY!

Alright friends. That is all I have for you today! I hope everyone has a great day!


38 Weeks!

Hello friends!

Our little peanut-butter is 38 weeks old, as of October 24, 2015.

12194770_10103869449643753_3365515644138391072_oShe has three top teeth working their way out. Tooth #3 has broken through but she is working on 4 and 5. I am hoping they come in soon and we get a break before she gets the next set.

IMG_0379 IMG_0386She has been pretty fussy because of these teeth. Bleh! I was lucky enough to spend the entire day with her on Friday and took a million pictures.  She sat around in her high chair most of the morning while I did some work, but got restless after a while so we moved our work from home party to the family room. She loves crawling and rolling around

IMG_0362 IMG_0360 IMG_0361She also decided that since her brother was at school she was going to go through all of his toys and make a huge mess.

IMG_0367 IMG_0366She was having a great time so I let her make a mess. She is too cute!

IMG_0369 IMG_0370 IMG_0368This week she learned to wave bye bye, which is freaking adorable this time around too. She kills me! She has also been eating really well this week, despite the whole teething thing. She eats about 4-6 oz for lunch and 6 oz at dinner time. I’ve tried giving her steel cut oats and apple sauce in the morning and she is not a fan.  On weekends, when we wake up a liiiiiiittle later, she will eat waffles and eggs. She loves waffles, almost as much as Liam does! Most of the time I give her purees first then put some pieces of food in front of her and she seems to love it.  She definitely loves solid foods better than purees, but purees are sometimes easier.  It all depends on how hungry she is. If she is starving, she wants food as fast as she can get it! We try and mix it up and it seems to be going well.

IMG_0358 IMG_0355 IMG_0356Alright I think that is all I have for you all today!

I hope you have a great day!38 weeks


Basement Reno

Hello friends!

Our basement is 99% done! Done enough that we moved all the family room furniture down there and we are using it as our main living space while we finish up the family room.  The basement turned out better than I ever imagined it would and I am so happy with it.  If you recall this is what it looked like before we bought the house.

basement basement 2So much clutter and confusion. They had a dog down there so it smelled awful. After a while the smell went away but we didn’t want the kids down there until we cleaned the carpets.

Believe it or not, the previous owners did not have lights or heat in the basement… at all!  We installed recessed lights first, then they started working on the stairway lighting and railing. IMG_0072 IMG_0073 (1) IMG_0152As you will see the stairway is the only part of the basement that is not 100% done. Unfortunately, I really want the family room done before Thanksgiving, so they put the stairs on hold until the family room is complete. It is going to look snazzy once the light is reinstalled and the handrail is put in.

I stayed home on Friday so that we could get the carpets cleaned before we moved the furniture down there.

IMG_0353 IMG_0354 IMG_0352 IMG_0364They are so fresh and so clean! Hopefully it stays clean for a few years.

On Saturday, we moved the furniture downstairs and let the kids loose!

IMG_0400 IMG_0397 IMG_0396They loved it. They have a nice toy nook, that they love.

IMG_0402 IMG_0401It has always been a dream of mine to own a house with a nice basement! Thank you to my amazing hubby and friend Gary for bringing my dream to life!

I hope everyone has a great day!


Basement Bathroom Reno

Hello friends!

Our basement bathroom is DONE! If you recall this is what the bathroom looked like before we bought the house…

basement bathbleh! We never used the bathroom down there because the basement itself was in rough shape. But we figured as the kids get older they are going to want a space for themselves. That and selfishly, Erik and I want all the toys out of the family room! We decided it was time to finish up the basement. The first step was the bathroom.

We started with the floors; Gary had some extra marble that he did not need so he gave it to us.

IMG_0153All I had to do was pick out the tile and design the shower. This part took FOREVER! I wanted a gray tile, but no one, I mean no one thought the color combination I picked would look good with the marble floor tile. But I stuck with my gut and I have to say it looks amazing.

IMG_0154 IMG_0323 IMG_0322I love it so much! We have to replace the medicine cabinet, because it looks ridiculous, but no biggie. I will eventually find a mirror that I want to hang in there.  I am not even sure why we decided to buy it. Bleh. Other than that we are go happy with the way it turned out! Up next… The basement!!

I hope everyone has a great day!


Cox Farms!

Hello friends!

This past weekend we went to Cox Farms with our friends Erin and Chad and although it was cold we had a great time. I think we are all going to get some sort of cold from this past weekend. This crazy freak show weather has got to stop.

Anyway, Liam loved all the slides. well all the slides we had time to go on.

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I love that he is old enough to enjoy these things. I cannot wait until Quinn is waiting in line with us. I think she is going to be a tough and fearless little lady.

Halfway through the afternoon we stopped to take a family picture;

DSC_0770a family picture without Quinn. I didn’t want to take her out of the stroller because it was so cold, but she got bored sitting there after a while so we took her out.

DSC_0777She was bundled up pretty good :) And you will notice, I forgot to bring a jacket, so yes I will be getting sick soon. That place is so big! Way bigger than we ever have time for because of naptime in the middle of the day. I think we are going to skip Cox farms for a few years and stick to the pumpkin playground and apple picking/pumpkin patching, until all the kids are old enough to skip nap!

Right before they closed, Liam went down one more slide and I took a nice series of pictures,

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Haha! Needless to say, he had a great time!

Alright folks, that is all I have for you all today!


37 weeks

Hello friends!

My blog was hacked, and I lost my 37 week post :( DSC_0799

I don’t remember much other than Miss Q is working on her top two teeth and she has been cranky.

IMG_0279The most important thing to note is that she learned how to clap this week, and has been doing it every chance she gets.

IMG_0299At first she would clap with closed hands, but after about a day or two watching us clap, she opened her hands and started clapping and saying “yay. It is adorable. She is adorable so, :) DSC_0792 DSC_0793

Ugh I am so sad I lost my post. Oh well I will just have to move on to the next one!

37 weeks1I hope everyone has a great day!


36 Weeks!

Hello friends!

Almost caught up with her weekly posts! I can’t promise I will blog more regularly but I am certainly going to try. Probably not everyday, but hopefully a couple times a week!

Our little Quinny-pie is 36 weeks old, as of October 10, 2015.

12087042_10103845161302783_6571975160004212627_oThese weekly pictures are practically impossible to take now, but I will keep it up; 16 more weeks until she is one (that is unreal).

IMG_0180 IMG_0183 IMG_0181She loves playing with her big brother, and he loves it too. Soon she will be taking more and more of his toys. Liam has been really sweet about sharing so far. When he takes a toy away from her (because she puts everything in her mouth), he knows to go get one of her toys, so she doesn’t cry.

He loves that Quinn can crawl now. It will only be a matter of time before she is running around with him.

12015081_10103827988851513_2335118811750449602_oShe is working on that front tooth right now. She doesn’t seem too bothered by it, but I can see the white through her gums. It has ruined her nighttime sleep! UGH! The madness will never end. Sigh.. I hate teething.

I’ve started giving her puffs this week and she seems to love them. I had tried them before, but she gagged a lot so I stopped. But now she eats them like a champ!

IMG_0147Alright friends! That is all I have for you all today!12052347_10103845164331713_141750573064019174_o

I hope everyone has a great day!


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