Sunday, October 23, 2016

Zoo with Papa

I had delayed in writing this. One of those things where life seems to move faster than I do.

We recently had a fun zoo trip with Papa. The girls had been asking to go, and we put together a "picnic" to have there.

The girls LOVE going to the zoo. They just never get tired of it. It was a bit on the chilly side, but they were still asking about the splash pad (which was definitely closed).

The Minnesota trail seems to be the favorite. We headed that way first, and they had a boa constrictor out for the kids to see and pet. I was strongly encouraged to pet it by the zoo keepers and the girls, something I would normally avoid.

They had fun playing on the trail and in the big playground. Heidi was amazing on the playground. There is this net that goes straight vertical towards the top half of it, and is probably 10-12 feet tall - much taller than me. She was able to zoom right up it without any difficulty. I watched kids much older than Heidi not able to climb it. I wish I was able to post video here - it was pretty cool. Made us nervous to watch, but she did great. When they go to the zoo with Oma and Papa they always get a special treat. Papa continued the tradition this time; the girls picked out some very yummy looking cake pops which they enjoyed on our way out.

While the girls were drooling over treats, Papa and I were drooling over the sandwich cookies. Later that evening he brought home two giant containers of cookies with a tub of frosting so we could make our own sandwich cookies. It was pretty amazing, and one of the best ideas ever.

Special times :)


On October 21, 2016, the date that Bethany officially turned 2 months old, we closed on our house.

Chris' mom offered to watch the girls in the morning for our 8 a.m. closing, which was wonderful, and then "Miss Katie" watched then for the rest of the morning and afternoon before Oma picked them up for the evening. Chris and I spent the day at the house with Bethany.

Our plan of action was, right after we closed, going to be to get the room taped, primed, and painted. We wanted to tackle the three bedrooms upstairs, and then we had planned to move everything in on Saturday.

We have been learning a lesson from James 4:13-17 "Come now, you who say, 'Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit' - yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, 'If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.'"


I started taping the master bedroom and removed the light switch panels and vents/returns. When I pulled them off I saw wallpaper...under the paint...and realized that the previous homeowners had PAINTED OVER WALLPAPER, which I am *PRETTY* sure is one of the seven deadly sins, if not two of them. I was content to pretend I had never seen it because I hate (hate) (hate hate hate) wallpaper. Chris peeled up a piece, though, and basically half of the sheet came off with little effort.


Long story short, and 12 hours later, we had ONE room de-wallpapered, taped, primed, painted, vacuumed, and shampooed. Just the one. And we got home a little after midnight, exhausted. Poor Bethany was a little antsy during the day too. I think a lot of it was that we were in a new environment, and she was missing the noise of her sisters.

Chris made 3 Home Depot runs. I did a lot of wallpaper removal and taping while breastfeeding... slower going, but still possible.

We learned some valuable lessons. My primary lesson learned was not to be so heavy handed with spakle... because it took an awful lot of time sanding to get ti ready to go.


This day was a lot rougher on Chris. On the first day, I was the one losing my mind because of the discovery of wallpaper. Chris was very calm and reasonable.  On this day, I was feeling ready to tackle the world because I was already anticipating wallpaper, but Chris had an "everything that can go wrong will" kind of day. He first went to go get a trailer to pick up a desk that he had arranged to pick up from Craigslist, but we remembered that the harness wasn't working so we couldn't use it with a trailer with an electrical hookup. My car doesn't have the harness installed at all, just a hitch for bikes, etc. So we kind of had to use his car. Begin the long day.

I called the trailer company for advice, and they suggested a person in Burnsville. Chris headed there to get his car looked at. All it was was a corroded terminal on the harness, which was replaced and is now working perfectly, but by the time we get this all figured out and he gets the wallpaper steamer returned to Home Depot it is past the time that his friend from work can help him with the desk.

In the meantime, Bethany was napping like a champ in the morning and I was attempting to tackle the wallpaper in the girls' bedroom. I got a call from Danielle at church and she offered herself and her family to help us remove wallpaper. WOW. I can't believe it. But if they hadn't offered to help us I would probably still be sitting in that room trying to scrape the stuff off, as the second bedroom was worse (glue was stuck on better).

Matt (Danielle's husband) went with Chris to try to get the desk. They got the trailer hooked up, and Chris went to get cash out but realized he didn't know his pin number (very long story short, he had my card over the summer and knew that pin number, but we had traded cards back and neither one of us knows the pin for his card) so he had to come get my card, but by the time they would have gotten out to Chaska it would be too late so the lady said to come back tomorrow to get the desk. So basically, by this time, it is 3:30 in the afternoon and Chris felt as though he didn't do much outside of driving around town, trying to get things accomplished and not getting them accomplished. However, they did manage to get a load of things brought to the house from his parent's garage, which was a huge help.

Sophia and Heidi were with us in the afternoon, and Sophia had a great time playing with Anna Grace in the house and backyard. Heidi slept most of the afternoon on the floor in our bedroom. They went home with Oma for dinner while we finished up the second bedroom. Bethany seemed to be much happier today - she loved having the noise and the other kids around and seeing her sisters, I think. She played herself to sleep on the play mat a couple of times, and was just so happy and smiley with us all day today.

We got bedroom 2 de-wallpapered, taped, primed, painted, vacuumed, and carpet cleaned. With our friend's help we started to remove the wallpaper in the third bedroom, but that is a chore that will wait until tomorrow.

What is funny is under the wallpaper and another layer of primer in the toy room you can very faintly make out the name "Heidi". Last picture. Someone ages ago had a kid Heidi too :)

Master "before"

Girls' bedroom "before"

Play room "before"

Master bedroom in progress

My "helper"

Started priming

Girls' bedroom, with paint samples up on wall

Painting master

Master with furniture this morning

Living room couch arrived too

Girls bedroom, started with paint

Girls' bedroom, shampooing carpet

Cutest helper

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Two months!

Bethany is two months old! She officially turned 2 months old on our closing day.

She is a very sweet little baby. I can't believe how much she is growing. Her hair is still so bright red. Bethany is probably one of the smiliest babies I have seen; sometimes she'll be smiling at me just when she sees me, even if I am not smiling at her. She is just happy I'm there. She laughs too - but not yet when she is awake. I have heard her laugh in her sleep multiple times, and sometimes she will even laugh herself awake. It is incredibly adorable. She is also a very content baby and will sit for quite a while without complaining. She has fallen asleep several times "playing" on her little play mat.

Bethany has been starting to look more like Chris lately - I have heard from multiple people over the last couple of weeks how much she looks like her Daddy.

When she is tickled on her side under her arms, her little legs will do a froggie kick. I love it. Every time, almost without fail; a little tickle under the arms and her legs will pop up and kick back out.

One night a few weeks ago she woke up to eat in the middle of the night. She usually lays back down very well after a middle of the night feeding but this particular night she did not. Eventually she had a very large poop, and I was like "ah.. I see".  She fell right asleep after that but I had to wake her up to change her because I felt too guilty, but she did still fall back asleep right away after being changed and slept for 4 more hours.

The night before Papa left, she slept a 10 hour stretch. It was amazing! That, of course, is not the norm... and because she was sleeping so well, Sophia was up twice in the night looking for particular stuffed animals. Normally she does a 6 or 7 hour stretch from about 9 to 3 ish, and then another 3 or 4 hour stretch after that.

I can't believe she's already two months old. That time zipped by.  I love watching her sisters interact with her, and watching her interact with her sisters. What a beautiful thing.