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The boys new loft bed (better DIY post on this coming soon)!

John got this built so much faster than I thought and pretty much all that is left is for me to paint! The boys are thrilled and spent their first night up there last night after our little Super Bowl fun. I just wanted to get some pictures up but I had my 50 lens on so I couldn’t get a full shot of it. John was able to use up a lot of wood he already had so the whole thing cost under $40 and I should have paint I can use thats leftover. Ethan has the side close to the window and he set up a bunch of his animals before bed, I love how the snake hangs down.  Oh and you can see in this picture how we need to take down the ceiling fan and put up a plain light!When John was building the bed the boys hung sheets and blankets from the main board to make a stage curtain. I think I may have to make a removable curtain for the bottom (maybe with velcro or little hooks?) I don’t want the bottom to be closed off all the time but it makes a neat little hideout and we can add lights underneath. John is going to put together a simple table under there for Legos. I am hoping the majority of their Legos can live under the bed so that the rest of the floor stays clear (probably wishful thinking though since their room is really Legoland!).This is Ben’s side with the little weird wall nook, very cozy.Under Ben’s side their bookshelf didn’t even need to be moved but it does need some organizing!John is the best dad, I am glad I got added on at the bottom though! I like how the bed worked out with the chalkboard wall underneath, its like a cave but it actually isn’t dark under the bed at all. I think I will add more chalkboard paint under there so all of the walls below the bed have it.

posted by Heather on February 8th, 2010
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Well here are some things that we’ve been up to:

  • I made the girls carrot shirts and hair clips for Easter and all the kids got fleece carrots. Oh and before that I made the girls a bunch of clover hair clips for St Patrick’s Day. Oh AND I surprised the kids with a hamster the day before St Patrick’s Day so she is named Lucky Clover (Clover for short)!
  • On April 1st (which was a Sunday this year!) we convinced the kids it was a school day and had them get ready and drove them to school. When it was closed we took them to Chuck E Cheese for some fun. They are very trusting/gullible. We have to keep the April Fools going every year!
  • Bennett isn’t shy and has a loud voice so he won for best boy in his class for poem reciting (of course he is probably the least organized and never brought me the notice so I could go watch it). Luckily the winners of each class will read them again this week so I can go in like a good mom! Ben also came in second place in the Boy Scouts pinewood derby.
  • Gee this isn’t in any real order, just my thoughts of what we’ve been up to! In March we had a preview of spring and opened our pool EARLY, the kids had a week of swimming in 50-60 degree water! They are nuts but we encouraged it. I guess with the warm weather and then the return to seasonable weather, the mini ants have moved back into our house early this year. We will get them gone ASAP!
  • We just had a trip to Maryland to visit family and go to the Baltimore Aquarium and then to a little Robot Fest yesterday. Ethan really LOVED taking picture at the aquarium and making cardboard robots. Jillian confirmed that she is really a child that should have one of those kid leases when she climbed onto the half wall at the aquarium and could have fallen far down to the first floor (anyone have a leash I can borrow for our next trip? Otherwise I may have to buy one for the cliffs in Maine).
  • On Feb 4th and Feb 12th Jamie lost her first two teeth, both when biting into apples! The bottom middle teeth and they are poking through a bit now but I think they are pretty crowded so its taking some time. She currently has a very wiggly top tooth we are waiting on!
  • My boys still think the Dr Who Daleks say “desterminate” instead of exterminate, its fun listening to them play. Not sure if they still are saying “canyon balls” but I always loved that one. Of course NOTHING topped when Ethan was younger and thought the holes in your nose were called “nostricles”.  Jamie is calling squirrels “squirtles” but I blame that on too much Pokemon play here lately.
  • This is the first week where we will have activities every weeknight except Fridays! WOW, hope it goes more smoothly than I am imagining! John has volleyball and Jamie has dance on Mondays, boys have baseball on Tuesdays and Thursdays and Wednedays is rollerhockey for the boys (they are in different age groups this year so that means 2 hours there instead of 1) and also Jamie has Girl Scout Daisies every other Wednesday. Its tough fitting extracurricular stuff in for four kids! Those four nights are just things for John and the three older kids, luckily Jillian can do her dance class during the big kids school day!
  • That’s all for now!

posted by Heather on April 17th, 2012
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My mom just sent me this email and I had to share.

Cup of Tea.

One day my mother was out and my dad was in charge of me.  I was maybe 2 1/2 years old. Someone had given me a little ‘tea set’ as a gift and it was one of my favorite toys.

Daddy was in the living room engrossed in the evening news when I brought Daddy a little cup of ‘tea’, which was just water.  After several cups of tea and lots of praise for such yummy tea, my Mom came home.

My Dad made her wait in the living room to watch me bring him a cup of tea, because it was ‘just the cutest thing!’  My Mom waited, and sure enough, here I come down the hall with a cup of tea for Daddy and she watches him drink it up.

Then she says, (as only a mother would know…)

‘Did it ever occur to you that the only place she can reach to get water is the toilet?’

posted by Heather on January 27th, 2010
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