Friday, February 29, 2008
Megan's been eating more and more table foods. Here she is dining on mixed veggies, pears and cheerios...yum.
I sent Chad to gather the laundry, this is what he came back with:
When I came down to get Megan from her nap, this is what I found.
I had been eyeing this piano for several months now, so when I found it yesterday for $3 less, I went ahead and bought it. (It also didn't hurt that I didn't bring any of Megan's toys along for our impromptu shopping trip.) It seems to have been a good buy, she has really enjoyed it.
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Here are the before:
Now, purple is one of my favorite colors, but this was ugly. Notice the sconces. They were the only light sources in the whole place. The one on the right held the only electrical outlet in the bathroom. Also notice the lack of storage or counter space. (Yes, more than one of my toiletries fell into the toilet...)
The picture isn't real clear, but the shower rod only went around two sides leaving the wall and window to water exposure every time we showered. There was also no vent in the bathroom.
This is one of my favorite pictures from the remodel. Lovely.
We completely gutted the room, Chad ran new electrical for an overhead light/vent, put in 4 outlets, plus a vanity light.
Notice the shower rod that goes completely around the shower. Chad also put in a new shower backdrop that covers the side of the wall. With the help of some friends, we were able to tile the floor.
We added the sink cabinet and my dad built a special cabinet for additional storage.
We installed a new toilet, the old toilet was the original from when the house was built in 1924. We know this because behind the tank was the plumber's signature and the year.
Here is the picture of the vanity light and new custom mirror. There is storage behind the mirror.
And finally, goodbye to snow. The inspiration for the color of the bathroom was this shower curtain. Last winter, when I was trying to pick out a color for the bathroom, I saw this shower curtain and really liked it. I couldn't decide if I wanted to choose these colors, so I didn't buy it. Then, I decided to use blue and wouldn't you know, I couldn't find the curtain anywhere. This winter, I was shopping with my mother-in-law (which is odd in and of itself because she hates to shop) and saw the curtain. I joked with her that the curtain could be my Christmas golf balls.
Monday, February 25, 2008
Her main new friend was Cate. Cate was born 3 weeks and 1 day before Megan and she belongs to our friends Greg and Kristin, whom we stayed with. I'm not sure that babies ever play "together." It seemed that they mainly played at the same time and took turns stealing each other's toys. They did have fun in their parallel play and Megan never pulled Cate's hair (although she tried several times.)
We went to a Murray State game on Saturday night and gave Megan her first taste of basketball. She seemed to enjoy herself. We liked it too, although the Racers lost to Indiana State. We were hoping to experience some warmer weather, but pretty much had the same cold weather we had when we left DuBois. I felt a little gyped, that is until I got home and realized we had gotten 8-10 inches of snow in PA.
It was nice to get away and especially nice to catch up with our Murray friends. It's a very strange feeling to visit a place you used to live. On one hand, it seems that nothing has changed, your friendships pick up where you left off. But then there are moments when you realize things or people or places have changed more than you realized. And then you realize, that you too have changed and have a completely different life than what you had with these people or places. It is a kind of surreal.
The flights were pretty uneventful. The way there, Megan fussed quite a bit and was pretty wiggly. She fell asleep the last 5 minutes. The way back, she was much calmer and easier to hold, but still waited until the last 5 minutes to fall asleep. She also managed to have a "Super Pooper" that managed to escape her diaper and pants...Oh the joy...
This picture was she and daddy "playing legos" at the airport. She really loves to stand nowadays. She is getting pretty steady and is even managing to stand for short times (and I mean very short times) without holding on to something.
Megan is crawling! She had the right motion down last Tuesday, but wasn't making much forward progress. Over the past few days, she has made great strides (pun intended). She still hasn't quite realized that she can crawl to get things that are further than a few feet away, but is definitely crawling short stretches to get to toys, people (i.e. mom) and furniture.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
There is an ongoing debate between Chad and I about which Christmas movie is better: A Christmas Story or Christmas Vacation. I am on the side of A Christmas Story. This picture reminds me of Ralphie's brother when he falls in the snow, "I can't move my arms..."
This is actually the first time the snowsuit was actually touching snow. Usually it's a quick trip out of the house to the car or vice versa. It's nice and thick and warm, but I'm not sure Megan is ready to play in the snow drifts...Everywhere we go we get the same comment, "I wish I had one of those." Chad and I joke that it has magic properties because whenever she is in it she is very calm. She can be fussy when she goes in and as soon as the zipper is up, she's quiet as a mouse (although generally very stoic, as several of the pics show)...
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
These are my favorite pajamas (and only partly because they say, "I love Mommy" on them).
Look at the cute bunnies on her feet!
Megan got a bath after breakfast and yet another new trick...She sucked on her big toe. A few months ago, she was really into grabbing her feet and trying to get them in her mouth. This usually only ended up making her socks a little slobbery. She lost interest in her feet until today...
Thursday, February 7, 2008
Okay, these are totally not big deals to 95% of people, but they are exciting to me...
3. She can lift the "flaps" in her DEAR ZOO book. (thanks Uncle Paul)