May 14, 2017

House Project: Basement Family Room

Look a post not about the kids... kinda. Mike has been working hard converting the semi-finished half of the basement into a finished play/family room. I for one am SO EXCITED for them to have a space to get to run and play inside - not to mention toy storage that isn't our living room!

Here's the basement as we bought it:

And after some destruction, some electrical (that^^ was the light switch. It's now by the stairs) and some framing...

...lots and lots of framing and doors to the back and closet. The corner cabinet will be a TV stand and covers a pipe that pops out of the floor and the water shut off valves to the city.





Starting to drywall:


My dad came again and helped with some electrical (fixing old wiring to the lights and adding a circuit to the panel for a baseboard heater) and half the ceiling drywall. 

Done with drywall! On to mud and tape, and LOTS of sanding:

drywall dust escaping the basement

Now for the finishes! 
Paint!!
Lots more paint, baseboard and the cabinet topper. 
Topper for the shelf along the stairs. 
Painting trim
When your wife asks for risers on the stairs so they're not open, you measure and realize none of the steps are the same height... or level. Then you get whole new stairs. It's like If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, just for grown-ups :) 
More paint...
Cabinet door and window trim
Carpet install!
Finishing the carpet and moving in the toys!
Electronics set up courtesy of Auntie Amanda

AND IT'S DONE DONE!

including the baseboard heater. 

April 19, 2017

Theo's Peter Pan 1st Birthday Party

Theo is ONE! 


It's cliched, but so true that the days are long and the years are short! 
It's hard to believe it's been a whole year already. Where did this baby go?


We celebrated the fact that 

"All children, except one, grow up" 

with a Peter Pan themed birthday party. 

I designed the invitation in GIMP and then printed it via Shutterfly, which ended up cheaper than buying the cardstock and envelopes because I had reached the free shipping limit already. 


Theo got a special onesie that says: Never Grow Up - Theodore Robert is One. 
Typically my father in law prints our birthday shirts (it's his job) but because Peter is Disney licensed, I made this one with a simple iron on transfer. 


I kept food really simple because of the time of the party - just cake, fruit and lemonade. 


I got the idea for the design of the cake from Pinterest HERE


Decor was based around Peter Pan before they leave for Neverland - 
Peter's silhouette in the window, Tink's in the lantern, Wendy's thimble, John's top hat, and Michael's teddy bear around the cake table. In the living room were lots of pictures of the birthday boy and Peter's pesky shadow. 




The only true activity we had was to sign a copy of the Little Golden Book version of the story with a "lovely wonderful thought" to help Theo learn to fly. Otherwise we just spent time with family and friends, opened gifts (and by that I mean Big Sister and Cousins opened gifts and Theo played with the paper) and ate cake. 


 




April 5, 2017

Theo is ONE!!


Big Events  
  • 3/1 - "11" Months old
  • 3/12 - Survived daylight savings time
  • 3/17 - Family pictures
  • 3/27 - The flu struck 
  • 3/30 - Theo is one!!
  • 4/1 - Party time!

Size/Percentile: As of 4/3/17
  • Weight - 19lb 9oz (8%)
  • Height - 29" (24%)
  • Head - 18.4" (63%)

Daily Schedule: 
Up around 7:30, Cheerios, milk sippy and playtime, lunch at 11:45, nap 12:15-3; snack, milk sippy and playtime til Dad gets home family walk/errands, dinner at 6, bath and bed at 7.

Things I Love:
  • Fruit Loops
  • Pillows
  • The stairs
  • Clapping, shaking and drumming
  • His stuffed rhino

This Month's Milestones:
  • Sleeps through the night
  • No more bedtime bottle - just a story in the rocker with Lily 
  • On to whole milk
  • Fishy-face kisses
  • Attempting to make Mom's elephant noise

Highlights of the Month:
  • Moved up to 12M pajamas and 9 or 12M shirts, but still needs 6 or 6-9m pants. Sorry bubs.  
  • We used up the last bag of Mom's milk on Theo's birthday. He is now just on cow's milk and Mom is so excited about how much easier it will be to travel for Easter - no frozen bags OR formula!
  • Unfortunately for Mom, with age comes intelligence and he has learned how to take the lid off his cereal/snack cup... and loves shake shake shaking things. 
  • Two weeks before his birthday, Theo just slept through the night. And then he did it again. And again. After the 5th night, Mom finally decided she wouldn't be jinxing herself and added it to the baby book. 
  • Swim lessons are going much better than the first few weeks. He still just hangs out in our arms, refusing to kick, splash or really move, but he seems to at least enjoy it now. 
  • It's finally getting nice enough to re-start our family walks and Theo still loves the Ergo. He rode in it for all our walks so far, and at playgroup, but he just got a wagon for his birthday, so our baby-wearing days may be coming to a close. 
  • The week of Theo's birthday, he started off the family with the flu. He was sick Monday night and Tuesday, Dad and Lily were sick Wednesday night and Thursday and Mom just felt gross all week. By his birthday on Thursday, Theo was back to himself, but the rest of the family was down for the count, so it was a pretty lame birthday. I'm so glad that he won't remember this one! 
  • But! We were all healthy in time to still celebrate his birthday with a Peter Pan Party on Saturday. Read about it here





this is my "Mom shared her ice cream" face



credit: Jennifer Lee Photography