Saturday, June 28, 2008

Birthday Present - June 28, 2008

Surprisingly, Hannah is the better driver of the two kids. I was fairly impressed watching Elijah drive... until Hannah got home. We let Hannah use the faster gear (not in the video) because she can actually steer. We insist that Elijah stay in the slower gear.

Here's the tractor right after I put it together. It took a full two hours to assemble even though the box promised "easy assembly". I suppose it wasn't difficult, there was just a LOT to put together.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

The Tree Trimmers Came - June 26, 2008

I called some tree trimmers who were recommended to us by two different friends. I called them back in March and got an estimate from them. They said it would probably be about 6 weeks before they could get to us... Four months later they showed up after Pete suggested to the office manager that he might "vent" to every student and employee at the university he works at about their company. Well, it seems to have worked because the tree trimmers showed up the next day, lol.

They didn't finish the job, so they left their equipment overnight... we couldn't resist taking some pictures.

Here's the cherrypicker in all it's glory.

Pete pretends to be manly alongside the equipment.

Leah and me (yuck to the 10 year old glasses I've been wearing since getting a mild eye infection!!)

Hannah and Elijah, who was so taken with the "tractor" that he couldn't sit still for a picture.

Hannah with an almost-real-smile


Okay, I admit it, I photoshopped Pete into the picture! But I think I did a pretty good job :)

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Wordless Wednesday - Beautiful, Sleeping Baby - June 25, 2008

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Tackle It Tuesday - June 24, 2008

Tackle It Tuesday Meme

I just did a small tackle this week. I had bigger plans, but only one project was done.

The lighting didn't work out too well in the pictures, so I don't know if you can really see the improvement.

The old blinds came with the house. I thought they were kind of cute, and I didn't feel like buying anything new, so we kept them for two years. A couple of the blinds were contrary and never seemed to open or close when we wanted them to. After two years of that nonsense, I decided it was time to replace them.

Notice how each blind is open to a different level. That pretty much drove me nuts!!

The new blinds let in a lot of light, but keep out the heat. They really changed the way the room looked in the evening.

Look! When they are up, you can't really see them at all!!

Next week I hope to get to a closet that is just STUFFED full of things, or maybe my desk would be good since it's stacked with about three feet worth of odds and ends.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

"New" Bike - June 21, 2008

Happy Summer Solstice!! The longest day of the year... Pete's favorite! Since Evansville is in the wrong timezone, it gets dark here an hour earlier than it should. We really enjoy the "extra" sun in the summer.

Hannah got a "new to her" bike today, and here are some pictures of her riding it.

Then there are the requisit pictures of Leah looking cute.

Leah's hair is getting so thick and long and a bit scraggely! The other two barely had any hair for their first birthdays...

Elijah was taking a nap at this time, so no cutie pics of him (or scowl-y pics which are more likely!!)

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Wordless Wednesday - Name That Shrub - June 18, 2008

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Tackle It Tuesday

Tackle It Tuesday Meme
I've decided to start partcipating in "Tackle It Tuesday" on

I needed to clean for Elijah's birthday party, so I decided to document some of the cleaning that took place. I'm a horrible housekeeper, so I need a little positive feedback when I make a dent in the housework!!

Here are pictures of the family room. We are terrible about stacking stuff anywhere out of reach of the kids. Any high, flat surface is game!!

The entertainment center before

Here's a close up of the mess.


The kids' bookcase


The hutch

After... still cluttered, but better.

The art table and easels


The shoe pile and hearth


Saturday, June 14, 2008

Elijah is 3! - June 14, 2008

Elijah's 3rd Birthday - June 14, 2008

Elijah turned THREE years old today! Here are some pictures and a video from his party.

Here's Joy, Noelle, and Hope.

Doug, either twin Will or twin Aiden (they aren't identical, I just don't know which is which!), Liberty, and Spencer.

Quinn in the background, Renee, and Katie. I was taking pics while holding Leah... not the greatest job I've ever done.

Kelly and Ty

Kate and Hannah

Blowing out the candles

The girls playing on Hannah's bed.

Elijah playing his new CDs.