Saturday, July 28, 2012

Olympic cookies

I've been very excited to try out these new cookie cutters I got for my birthday(thanks mom!), but with the really hot weather we've had and no AC I've had to wait.  I thought it was very fitting to make them for the opening of the Olympics!

The kids are old enough this year to understand the excitement of the Olympics. Faye was especially excited to watch the opening ceremony, telling her brothers who wanted to play outside longer last night, "But this is only once every 4 years! You can play later!"

The cookies turned out pretty well and everyone had fun with them.  They dive right in your milk!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Knit socks #3

I just finished knitting my 3rd pair of socks.  They turned out almost perfect - practice really does help when it comes to knitting. I made a few small mistakes when I wasn't paying attention, but I think that happens when you're working on a lacy pattern that requires some amount of concentration and you have 3 little ones that can always manage to disrupt at the worst possible time. I've found that keeping a pen and paper nearby to quickly jot down where I'm at in the pattern helps me significantly!

Unfortunately it is much too hot around here (near 100 degrees!) to wear socks, but when the weather cools off a bit I'll be sliding around on our newly waxed floors in my new socks!  

Sunday, July 22, 2012


One of my favorite things about our new house is our parquet floors.  I absolutely love parquet floors.  I am fairly certain these are the original floors, and our house was built in the 40's so the floor is somewhere around 70 years old!  I didn't think about it when we bought the house, but later on we figured out these are waxed floors -as in no protective polyurethane so the floors must get waxed 2+ times per year, more with heavy traffic.  With our 3 kids and dog I'm thinking the high traffic areas might need waxed 4 or 5 times per year.

I've never actually waxed a floor before, but I've heard about it. I've read about it.  And now we've begun the process...

I wasn't sure if you would be able to see the difference, but I think it is quite noticeable.  We've waxed and buffed the top portion up to where the can of wax is sitting.  Shiny! The kids put on socks and skated across the floor and had a blast.

It is really quite simple, but a lot of work.  You rub a thin layer of paste wax on the clean floor with a rag.  Let it dry for 10-15 minutes, and then with a clean towel(or a floor buffer) buff buff buff!  Its the buffing that gets tiring really fast.  I'm thinking a floor buffer might be in our future.  We've finished the room and the front hallway, but we still have two large rooms left and my hands and knees are tired and sore.  Next weekend maybe!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Meet Steve

Steve is our elf... our Elf on a Shelf!  Steve (named by the kids) decided to make a short appearance this summer to check up on the kids and report back to Santa. He watches over the kids during the day, flies back to Santa at the North Pole at night, and ends up in a different location each morning for the kids to find. The main rule ... the kids can't touch Steve the elf or he'll lose his magic.

Steve the elf came with a book explaining everything. Of course the older kids have a hard time believing this whole story, but they've had fun with it whether or not they actually believe this is all possible. They made a book for Steve, drew pictures of him, and I even heard several "I'm sorry's" to each other during the day.

Steve will be on his way back to the North Pole soon, but will reappear closer to the holidays to watch over the kids, report to Santa, and probably cause a little mischief!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Our New House

I'm back! It has been a very long time since I've blogged and so much has happened. I haven't been sitting around watching TV, vacationing, or anything like that, although I could use a little bit of both.  We've been very busy - moving to the Chicago-land area!

Moving is such a stressful, exhausting ordeal, and we have not had much good luck. Anything that could possibly go wrong has gone wrong, but how long does bad luck last? Hopefully we've had our share and things will start to go our way soon.

We had a wonderful Realtor who showed us some really beautiful homes, and then we saw this one.  It needs some updating, but the location and the yard had us sold!  The roof was the biggest problem.  It had 3 layers and was falling apart. We worked out a deal for the roof and the house was ours!

We absolutely love our yard.  It is rather large(around half an acre) and the backyard is very private which we all love! The kids have spent hours and hours already playing outside.  Luckily for Andy(or more likely me) the weather has been hot and dry otherwise he would be spending hours and hours mowing the yard with our little reel mower!  

Closing day- old roof
New roof





Tandem Garage - have you ever seen one?


Bathroom Tiles -???

If anyone would like to have this skull, it is yours!