Saturday, May 31, 2008
Thursday, May 29, 2008
First Field trip of the year
The last field trip
His class, waiting for the ceremony to begin
Walking up for his certificate
With Teacher Janet
We were also given an observation book for the year. During class parents would write down what they saw going on, then they would be filed away. I read through a lot of them throughout the year, but it was fun to read through them again tonight.
He built a lot of boats over the year with the big wooden blocks and loved to play with the marble coaster. Another note that made me laugh said that he was building a space ship out of legos and a leg fell off, he says, "That sucks!" (Gotta watch my mouth!)
At one point he when asked what he was doing at the computer keyboard he said "I'm checking my email."
Then there were the bikes and the trail outside, a favorite activity.
One note said: "The boys were riding bikes, then parked for a bit. Cody then said,"C'mon guys lets get movin! Lead the way, Ben!""
But my most favorite thing from the year revolves around the blue dress. It starts with Cody wanting to play dress up with his friends, one girl asking him to dance. Then a note states that he has added Mary Jane to his ensemble. And finally when he's done, he took off his dress and said, "I'm not a princess anymore!"
The best part of reading the book was that he was always helpful, polite and nice to the other kids. Always good to know that you are doing something right when it comes to your kids!
He had a great year and I know that he will love getting to go an extra day next year.
Yes, we are going. The Sacramento CIFCA race was cancelled.
PANIC!!! I don't have $40-60 to spend on something that fits!
Alas, I dug through my closet just now and found I do have a dress that if I wear the right suck-me-in under garments, it doesn't look awful. I do however need new shoes. Tar-jay here I come! I found some cute ones online, but they have some beaded flip-flops that are oh so tempting. We'll see....
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
On my way home from housing adventures today I hear this from the back seat:
"Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, aallll the way! How much more fun da nanann naann HAY!"
Cody has latched onto Christmas carols, it's funny and annoying all wrapped up in a neat little package!
Today was slow starting and productive in the end!
Cleaned the shower doors. (Oven cleaner did the trick! Thanks Mom!)
Then I put a sample patch of paint on the walls, in the end we will have 11 different colors including the ceiling and moldings! No wonder my FIL is freaking out!
Some how I managed to forget the red in the living room, but it turned out great. There is also a crazy bright green in the boys' bathroom, it will look great with the space border and shower curtain.Jen was able to come over this afternoon and reassure me that I had made good color choices; the red wasn't pink, the kitchen wasn't purple, and the green would calm down with the accents. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Then Rich arrived and he decided that we should take out the back splash in the front bathroom, so we did. We were all afraid of the monsters that we might find behind it, especially after seeing the kitchen, but it wasn't bad. We will do a little patch work around the bottom and put in a new enclosure. Yay,more shopping for me!
After: Green board already in place. ;)
Rich also drove around the world to find a wall mounting utility sink to install in the garage. This will come in handy when we get to painting, and other things. So that's where I left him, installing the sink.
Monday, May 26, 2008
Another project was removing the shelving systems from the closets:
Then the mirrored wall in the toy room. Pain in the ass! One was ready to fall off the wall so we thought they were being held in place by the shelf brackets, but it was later determined that they were glued to the wall. So one came down easily, to pried off okay and one shattered.
We also took down the couple of window shades and valances that were left behind, shower curtain rod that is broken, and cleaned the front bathroom. In cleaning discovered that it was worse off than the back bathroom, so we will be doing some remodeling in there as well.
Our first stop was Ikea where we bought our kitchen and the flooring for the front rooms.
My kitchen is now living in the family room:
New flooring for the dining room, living room and hallway:
Tues afternoon I get to go buy mini jars of paint to get a big sample painted on all the walls. They guy at Home Depot is going to hate me! But once that's done I can lock my colors in and we can make the big paint purchase!
So I can no longer put the ability to multi-task on a resume.
I totally forgot about a birthday party we were supposed to go to Sat afternoon. Completely spaced it until Keith was reading the calendar at 10:30 that night.
Luckily Cody didn't know about it, but I still have to apologize to the mom on Tues. Ugh.
Saturday, May 24, 2008
We were able to get a lot done:
Kitchen cabinets are removed, appliances in the garage.
Wood floor in kitchen/dining removed.
Carpet in Bedrooms and Hallway removed.
Initial scrub down finished on the master bathroom.
One wall of wall paper removed from boys' room.
Lawns mowed and cleaned up.
Things went smoothly today. We were surprised and not real happy to find mold in the kitchen where the sink was. So we have some wall work to do before we can install the new cabinets. There is also 2 layers of linoleum under the wood flooring, so that will be something else we have to figure out.
The master bath is getting cleaner, but the grout is still gross and there are some stains on the shower bottom I'm not sure will ever come out. As far as the shower stall itself, it's in questionable shape. I'm afraid of pulling it off as to the monsters we may find behind it because it's not fully attached to the wall anymore. Then there are the tiles on the floor, a good number of them have cracked, but it's such a tiny area that it won't take but a scrap piece of flooring to fix it.
The wall paper and border are coming down fairly easily. I only bought one bottle of the remover fluid, so I'll have to go back and get probably 2 more to finish the job. I worked on this as the last thing I did and it felt good to have it go right!
So, here are some before and after pictures from the day.
Purrty flooring we discovered
Mold = new green board in the kitchen
Boys room before:
Carpet gone! Nothing but concrete and tack strips.
Wallpaper gone! I finished this wall after pictures.
Master Shower Before, notice nasty on the wall in the corner.
Nasty be gone! Doors off to be scrubbed and hosed down and better access to shower.
Stains on the bottom and grout is still pretty bad, but it's better than it was!
So that was our day, very busy! We get to go shopping tomorrow, so that will be fun.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
It was a good time. I love the fair. I will probably make the crazy effort to go to the state fair this year, that or we'll just start traveling around to all the different county fairs, their more fun anyway.