Monday, August 30, 2010

Two Little Monkies

Two little monkies...
jumping in the bed
Thankfully no one fell off and broke their head :)
But there were lots of giggles.
And blurry pictures due to lots of movement....but I still thought they were super cute.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Popsicles, furniture and walking

It's been a busy week.
Hubby's been out of town again (boo).
Had three photo shoots, so I've been processing away during my free time... fun stuff.
It's been insanely hot and humid.
We haven't spent much time outside, but when we have... it usually includes this...

I'm still (slowly) working on packing.
Jolene came over one morning with her boys and corralled the kids so I could get some more packing done, it was super sweet of her.
Because let me tell you, packing with an almost 1 and 3 year old.... not so easy...
You'd think her hurt pinky would slow her down a little bit... 
but it hasn't.... not one bit.

We spent Monday being seen by an orthopedic surgeon.  He didn't want to unwrap her hand yet.  He took xrays and said that it has a better chance of reattatching if we leave it alone.  So we go back in a week and he'll look at it then.  The bummer part was that we spent a total of three hours there, during naptime.  Alayna was beyond tired and just wanted down.  It was a LONG day.  The one bright point in it was when I got home there was a super sweet card, chocolate and flowers waiting from my friend Christy... it totally brightened my day :)

One evening this week I worked on sanding these little beauties I picked up over the weekend.  I found them on Craig's List for $35.00 for the pair.  They are solid wood and super cute.  I'm going to paint them black and put them in our guest bedroom.

I also found four more chairs to go around the kitchen table I'm working on.  I'm stoked.  I'll have to take a picture of them too.  They will be painted and reupholstered.  Can you tell I'm into refinishing furniture lately?  I can't wait to finish my projects and show you guys... and get them into my new house!

Alayna decided to start walking for reals this week....
She's still wobbly, but can make it across a room now.

It hasn't been the easiest week. 
I'm tired and have missed having Matt around.
The kids have been cranky (and sick).
Alayna has a cold and Ethan has had a fever. 
I just want to sleep for a day.  However that isn't going to happen :)
So in the meantime... I'm just gonna keep on keepin' on :)

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Alayna the champ

We've had quite the week here.
Packing all week followed by a yardsale until about noon on Friday left me pretty tired.  I was hoping to get a nap when I put the kids down for their naps.

Ethan was being an absolute PILL. 

He was fighting me and refusing to go potty before his nap. He was screaming and throwing an absolute fit.  Meanwhile Alayna was also in the bathroom, trying to splash in the toilet and climb on Ethan.  I placed her outside of the bathroom (like I often do) and got ready to close the door.  I guess Ethan decided to "help" me in the middle of his fit and SLAMMED the door closed.  Alayna started screaming, and I figured it was due to her being locked out of the bathroom.

Ethan was still refusing to go potty, so I put a diaper on him and was going to put him into bed.  I opened the door and saw blood everywhere.  It took me a bit to find out where it was coming from.  Alayna's pinky finger had been smashed.  It was covered in blood so I didn't know how bad it was, but I could tell it was going to require a visit to the ER.

I went to the phone and called 911, meanwhile both kids were screaming.  While I waited for the ambulance to get there I called Matt and told him to come home because someone was going to have to stay with Ethan.  I called my mom and she left work and headed over too.

I eventually got Ethan calmed down and into his bed and was able to look at Alayna's finger.

It was bad.
My house looked like a crime scene with all the blood.
Blood was still pouring out of it so I got a rag to try to wrap around it.
I had gotten Alayna calmed down and she was sucking on her binky.
The paramedics got there and looked at it and it was then that I realized that part of her finger tip was missing and that you could actually see bone.
They asked me where it happened and I took them to the bathroom door, and that's when I saw Alayna's finger tip stuck to the door... from right above her third knuckle up.

I wanted to pass out, but somehow I managed to keep it together.
I felt HORRIBLE that she had lost her fingertip.
They told me we should take her to the ER immediately in the ambulance.
The paramedics brought her finger tip with us.
I ran next door and asked the neighbor to stay over with Ethan for a few minutes until my mom got there.
We packed up and headed to the pediatric ER at Loma Linda.

Alayna did amazing in the ambulance.  She was calm, didn't cry, and just chilled.  Here is a picture of her from my phone.

We got right in to a bed and she was immediately looked at.
She ended up having her fingertip stitched back on, however there is no guarantee that it will re-attach itself.  They mostly stitched it back on to keep the bone from getting infected.
I'm praying it somehow does so that my poor baby girl doesn't have to have a stumpy pinky finger with no finger nail :(

She really did amazing the whole time.  She was an angel baby, and she was her happy self.  You'd never even know she just got part of her finger chopped off.   She was playing with toys despite her stumpy, bleeding finger.  She even did great when they put in her IV.  We ended up being at the ER for about 5 hours total. It was such an exhausting day.

I keep envisioning it and feel sick about the whole thing, but I know it was just an accident and things like that happen.  I know I can't feel guilty, and I'm trying not to.  Thankfully she's so little and resilient that it doesn't even bother her at all, and she'll never know the difference.  I'm grateful it was just her pinky finger and not something worse.  Now we'll just have to see how it all heals.  We'll be taking her to the doctor tomorrow to take a look at it.  I've just left it wrapped up with the bandages from the hospital.

She's crawling around like normal and it doesn't seem to bother her at all.  She doesn't seem to be in any pain.  She's our little champ!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

My Climber

Alayna loves to climb.
She climbs far more than Ethan did at this age (11 months).
She loves to climb up the little slide, or onto little chairs, or anything else she can manage to get onto. 
She's crazy :)

I turned my back for a few minutes today while I was trying to pack some boxes, and this is what I found.....
I couldn't believe she had climbed up onto that box!
She's crazy!

It's a good thing she's so cute :)

It's funny, one of the most frequent comments I get from people after they have spent time with her is "wow, she's so active!".  It's been like that from the start :)  My mom says she's just like I was at that age.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010


-I'm having fun planning out all the color schemes I want to use in our new home.  So far I'm going with this for Ethan's room, and then bright pink and soft teal for Alayna's room.  I'm going to paint my laundry/craft room a granny smith green (I've always wanted to paint a room that color).  The guest bedroom will be a light gray elegant black and white stuff.  The living room is going to be a light yellow.  That's as far as I've gotten :)

-I've been SUPER thankful for my a/c this week.  I don't do well with humidity.  I could never be a southern girl.

-I haven't had a decent night of sleep in weeks.  If it's not been one thing it's been another.  It makes me feel like this....

-I hate packing.  I'm glad we don't move often.  Hopefully this will be the last time in a really long time.  However I'm SUPER excited to get into our house.  I can hardly wait :)

-Matt is going to be out of town for the entire week right before we are supposed to close escrow and move.  That's just great.  I get to take care of the kids by myself all week and finish packing up our house.  Boy am I excited (and that is dripping with sarcasm in case you couldn't tell).

-My mind is moving in about a million directions lately with all the things going on.... moving, packing, decorating, current home stuff, finances, my photography business, all of my normal day to day tasks, and on and on it goes :)  I'm great at making lists and then not accomplishing even half of the things on them.

-I love it when my kids play together.  This is finally happening for little bits of time more and more.  Alayna just adores her brother and delights in him whenever he pays attention to her.  Here she is climbing on the little chair and peeking over at him.

- We went to a friend's wedding this weekend.  I wore a dress AND heels.... that doesn't happen often.  I did their engagement pictures a few weeks back.  It was fun to see them get married... they are a cute couple.

-The kids are asleep, I suppose I should pack a few boxes.... ugh.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010


Sibling Love

Daddy Love

Grammy Love

Doggy Love

Saturday, August 14, 2010

A virtual tour

A lot of people have asked to see pictures of the house we're buying.  I know I'm silly, but I haven't wanted to post pictures until we're close to closing escrow.  I guess we're closer than before, but it's certainty no done deal yet.  We are supposed to close escrow on our house and the house we're buying two weeks from Monday.  Selling a house in addition to buying one definitely adds much more to the process (last time around we were first time buyers).

-The house is one story
-2800 sq. feet
-3 bedrooms and an office/guest room
-3 car garage
-sits on a half acre (fully landscaped, just not all alive right now)
-2 1/2 bath
-2 fireplaces
-central vacuum and speakers

It's totally 80's chick. 
Whoever built this was probably happenin' in the 80's :)
We will be chainging a lot, and hopefully making this house look a little more modern.
However we love the "bones" of it.

So.... here's to hoping/praying it all works out!
Enjoy my little virtual tour :)

Pretend we just walked through the front doors..... this is what you would see (including the children)....

Here's what we just walked through
We love how bright and open it is

Yes... it's silly...
but there is a wet bar (hey, we didn't build the place)

The family room:
There's a cool hutch on the other side of the eat-in kitchen
We will re-do the kitchen before we move in.
-new tile
-new countertops (solid surface)
-removing the upper cabinets above the bar
-Moving the range to the other side of the kitchen (above the oven) instead of having it on the counter
-hoping to have the cabinets stained a darker color
-new appliances (including a dishwasher... which our current house does not have... oh how I will love that)

I'm really, really excited about this space....
It will be the laundry room, my craft room, and my office
In our current home our washer and dryer is in the garage.
It will be so very nice to have it close to the bedrooms.

Speaking of a pink bathroom... check out the hall bath...
It looks like someone vomited pink all over
(sorry if you like pink... I love pink, just not for a bathroom).
We will re-do this.... after we save up some money.
For now we'll be living with the pink.
At least it functions.

The kid's rooms have cute little walk in closets and built in window seats with chests.

Another lovely bathroom... lol.
I'll at least take blue over pink.
This is the master bath.
It will eventually be re-done as well.

So there you have it...
hopefully this will be our home in a few weeks.
We have some work ahead, but we will quickly make it "ours".

Hope you enjoyed my virtual tour :)