Wednesday, May 15, 2013
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Sunday, May 5, 2013
Shanna and Haley turned SIX last week! Crazy! They are almost done with kindergarten too and are quite the little ladies. I love my girls and enjoy their different, yet similar personalities.
Lee and our friend Andrew came to the rescue the morning of the birthday. Usually the night before a birthday Lee and I finish the cake, decorate the dining area and set out presents. Since the oven wasn't hooked up I had no way to bake their cake. I looked for a frozen cake at Sharp Shopper, but there weren't any. Thursday morning--the day of their birthday--Lee took the cake pan with the batter in it over to a friend's house to bake. I finally had a cake to work with. Thursday was a crazy day so I didn't get the cakes done before they got home from school. I was at the school three different times that day. Thankfully they wanted an easy design....lady bugs.
Before school we let the girls open their presents from Clark, Cal and Elden.
I was planning on bringing cupcakes to school, but with no oven, that wasn't going to happen. I got some ice cream and sprinkles instead. Their teachers were really nice and let us have the ice cream snack together with both of their classes at one time.
Early evening I was finally "ready" for their birthday!
Like I just mentioned, it was great that they both picked the same thing-ladybugs. I just baked one 13x9 cake and cut it in half. Then each half I "carved" into a lady bug shape. Usually Lee is the carving master, but with him at work I had to go for it myself. I am doing a better job with the cakes--mainly getting them to look smooth.
Overall I enjoy working with this homemade fondant recipe. We don't spend a lot of money on birthdays, but I still want them to be special. With fondant we can pretty much make any type of cake they want. So whatever they dream up, we make. Sometimes it doesn't always turn out the best, but we go for it anyway. I am not sure what they think, but I'm hoping these cakes will have a fond place in their memories!
Clark had a piano lesson that night and afterwards we stayed at the park for awhile. We ate a VERY late dinner. So before dinner the girls opened their presents from me and Lee.
It was awesome finding these tents on clearance at Target. We spent about $15.00 on each girl for all birthday goodies (including the boys gifts to them). I set aside a chunk of money to buy the girls new bikes...so it helped their other gifts were inexpensive. Lee and I have been casually looking around for bikes. I couldn't bring myself to buy them a brand new bike at Target or Walmart for $60. On Friday I drove by a yardsale on the way to school to drop off the kids. Afterwards I was heading home and spotted a bike at the same yard sale and thought that I should turn around and check it out. I am SO glad I did. I bought three girl bikes for $5 each! (Always handy to have a third bike around for parts!) The girls were in "need" of new bikes as they had the little tiny ones--12" wheels. Now they have 16" wheeled bikes. And luckily, all of them are in working order! Which is a nice bonus...Lee could have fixed them up for sure, but this saves him some time. It was a nice blessing to have found these bikes! I'll have to post pictures of the bikes.
After dinner and baths, it was time for cake and ice cream. We thought this lady bug looked a little freaky....
I have realized just recently that Cal LOVES being in pictures.
Happy Birthday girls!!! As I wrote on facebook, I was amazed for the longest time after they were first born that I had TWO babies. Now it's weird thinking that they are actually twins! We are so blessed that they are in our family. We wouldn't have it any other way.
Believe it or not, they were both over 7 pounds each. I was 39 weeks and 1 day when they were born. I actually drove myself to the hospital. Lee had a quiz that morning at optometry school, so I went on head to the triage place to be prepped for a c-section...both girls were breech. My mom and Clark and Cal were with me, so after I got out, she took over the wheel and drove back to our apartment. About 10-15 minutes before the surgery Lee arrived. Shanna weighed 7 pounds, 1 ounce. Haley weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces.
The picture below is of the girls during the fall of 2007, about 4-5 months old. It's fun looking back and seeing their personalities shining through even at a few months old. This picture definitely captures it. Haley is happily content, with Shanna adding a little extra flare.
Posted by Lee-Ruth-Clark-Cal-Shanna-Haley-Elden at 11:54 PM
Friday, May 3, 2013
Here are a couple more photos of the house that I haven't shown yet.
It's so nice that the house came with a shed. What is great is that it has a workbench and electricity! And even with our stuff in there, we have some walking space.
Side of the house. It would be great to make some sort of bike parking area. I think we need it, ha ha. See the white table on the patio thing? There are four white chairs that go with it that are there too. Anyway, they are all rusted and whatnot. They came with the house. I guess a little DIY project is calling my name. The set would be nice all cleaned up with a fresh coat of paint.
Shanna and Haley were helping me make something last Sunday. I pulled out two aprons that I saved from my wedding reception. The young ladies helping with food wore these. My sister Lena or Deborah made them.
It's always fun to sit outside on a blanket on a warm day. Little story...see the pizza Cal has? I went to our local Dominos a few weeks ago to get donations for these kindergarten bags I was putting together. Each year in conjunction with kindergarten registration, one can sign up to bring their kid to school to eat lunch, meet the teachers and see the classrooms. The PTA hands out a goodie bag to the upcoming kindergarteners. I did the bags last school year and this year. Dominos donates gift certificates for bread sticks so I called them up again, asking for more certificates. When I went in the lady not only gave me bread stick gift certificates, but frisbees and a free small pizza coupons too! She saw Elden with me and gave me a small stack for him. Turns out she gave me exactly five! Sweet! Instant date idea for the kids. Over the past two weeks or so they've each been getting their own small pizza one by one. And have been sweet to share with their parents too!
Last Friday I painted a part of the wall and took a close up of a potential carpet sample.
And this is the not-so-close up. Picking out carpet took a few tries. I think we have a winner.
Last week the big oven was removed. We had always planned on getting a new oven, but it made me feel more justified spending money on a new one when the old oven wouldn't even work.
And here is our new oven. Sitting in our living room. We haven't had an oven since the 23rd of April. I really want a working oven! Hopefully tomorrow or Monday it will be up and running. It's a gas oven all ready for natural gas. We have propane so it needs to be converted over. Hooking it up to the gas line isn't a big deal-Lee could do that. It's converting all the parts inside the oven to make it propane friendly that's tricky. Once we decided to hire someone to hook it up for us Lee had the hardest time of even finding someone!
We've picked out a few things for the kitchen. We picked out the stone and tile pretty quickly and I am still loving the choices.
Here is the slab. I am not good at taking pictures. The colors looks quite different in real life.
And of course the tile for the kitchen floor.
I already bought the tile for the kitchen and it should be in next week! Maybe we'll be able to start installing it the end of next week! We are taking our cabinets to a friend tomorrow to see what he can do about the trim work. Lee is taking the last cabinets off their hinges as I type. It's so weird not having cabinet doors in the kitchen. I feel like I have to close the doors....but there aren't any to close! (And it makes us feel like our kitchen is messy!) Once the trim work and the handles are off, I am going to paint them white. Hopefully that goes well! After the cabinets are done (including figuring out a possible garbage drawer and pan shelving units on either side of the stove), along with tiling and changing out the countertops, we just have to install the dishwasher, microwave, and disposal, change out the light fixture, add in a new outlet, install permanent undercounter lighting, switch out the fake plastic windows for some bubble glass, add some bar stools, kid school storage and decorative accessories, and we're done! Why might this take longer than I think?!
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