Wednesday, February 25, 2015

our next remodel project

you might remember that my hubby and i are pretty handy when it comes to DIY projects....and that we did some pretty incredible makeovers at our old home. (remember THAT bathroom?!?)  

since moving to our current home, our projects have dwindled significantly and i think the primary factor has been time.  in fact, that is the only explanation that i can find for the fact that my upstairs bathroom was still carpeted until last weekend.  carpet?  in a bathroom?  where two toddlers go potty?  
um, not anymore.

we pulled it up and started one of our largest remodel projects to date (actually, it may be somewhat of a tossup against the basement remodel at 212 S. Hazel - from this to this).

luckily, the bathroom is a pretty large room, but the current layout doesn't do it any favors.  we plan to rearrange the fixtures, and add a washer and dryer so i can have laundry on the same floor as the bedrooms (rather than in the basement - which is two flights of stairs down)

doing projects is so much more complicated with kiddos, but they are also super awesome helpers!

after we pulled back the carpet, we found not just one, but two layers of unsightly linoleum underneath.  the demo process took a good full day of effort.....

and when we finally got down to the subfloor we were pleasantly surprised with a decent layer of wood.  it is possible that we will salvage it - at least on the laundry room side.....

we also plan to keep the claw foot tub, though we want to move it to the corner of the room.

so i didn't realize that by jumping into this project we were going to have to turn the water off and stop using it.....but that is where we are at right now.  project standstill.

i am super excited about our plans however, and am excited to get started on rebuilding. 

stay tuned....

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

sunny snow day

since it was almost 40 degrees today and we are supposed to get another multi-inch snowstorm tomorrow; we spent a chunk of time playing in the snow and sunshine this afternoon.

these kids couldn't get enough of the fresh air and i loved their great big smiles!

this winter has been long and we are stir crazy, but i am thankful for the little snippets of sunshine to warm my soul!

Friday, February 20, 2015

two preschoolers in the family

i can't believe that my baby is almost a preschooler, but that is exactly what is happening.  
as a reward for her success with potty training, we went on a preschool visit to adventures preschool.  
adventures is the only coop preschool here in town, and is where hendrix has attended the past two years (2013, 2014).  the curriculum places a large emphasis on learning through play and the high adult/child ratio makes the collaborative learning environment such a healthy and nurturing one.

hendrix was super excited that blaire was going to be joining him at preschool for the day, and i was so pleased with how kind and attentive he was to her.  she followed directions and enjoyed all the daily activities with the other kids.

crafting remains one of his favorite activities!

and her grin couldn't have been bigger!

some of the highlights from their day included a show-and-tell puppy visit,

lots of time in the sand table,

their own family-style-served healthy snack that they prepared,

and plenty of time outside in the fresh air!

i am so thankful that we found adventures and love the experiences that both of our kids will share from this awesome program!  

enrollment will be opening in just a few weeks for the 2015/2016 school year and children ages 3-5 are invited to enroll.  

if you are interested in learning more about this program, we are hosting an open house on monday, march 2nd.  
stop on over to check out the classroom, teachers, and of course, to see US!  ;)

now to help blaire patiently wait for next fall.........