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The big project May 24, 2007

Filed under: Family and Friends,house,Jody — amygeekgrl @ 9:21 am

My in-laws have been visiting us this week, here from Oklahoma. The visit is going well. They are enjoying spending time with Ava and meeting Julian for the first time in person. And Ava is eating up all of the special time with “me-maw.”

Jody took most of the week off from work and he and my father-in-law have been installing wood floor laminate in our dining room. The floor is in now and it looks really nice. The only thing left to do at this point is to put up the new baseboards and, once we move the hutch back in, the room will be pretty much be done. We do need to get some felt pads for under the chair and table legs and I’m thinking about getting an area rug for under the table and to add a bit of color. We’ll see.

I’ll have to post some before and after pictures once it’s all complete. I don’t know who’s idea it was to have carpet in the dining room in the first place, but kids, food and carpet don’t mix.

Despite all the sawing, hammering, etc. that’s gone along with this project, I’m happy to report there were no injuries. Well, no injuries associated with the project. Yesterday Jody was balancing on one foot while he took off his pants, getting ready for a shower. He lost his balance and went to put his other foot down and jammed his middle toe right into the laundry basket. It has since turned purple and we’re pretty sure it’s broken. Ouch. At least he still has all of his appendages.


Good finds, good deals, good golly – we spent a lot of money May 16, 2007

Filed under: Ava,Family and Friends,Jody,Julian,Miscellaneous,Money,Pictures — amygeekgrl @ 9:20 am

As you know, this past weekend I participated in the Just Between Friends sale – a huge consignment event with over 300 consignors. Jody and I went to the pre-sale night, for consignors and friends only, and came away with quite a bit of loot.

I hit the clothes racks with Julian in the Ergo while Jody and Ava walked around looking at other things. I had picked out several items for Ava when I felt a tap on my shoulder. I turned around to see Jody wearing a big backpack and Ava riding high in it, grinning from ear to ear. “I’m in a backpack!” The pack – Kelty Kids Back Country – was in great shape and, although we haven’t done much hiking in a while, we decided to get it. Even if we don’t use it much, I think we can resell it for what we paid for it.

Kelty Kids backpack

After making my way through the girls’ clothes, I headed over to find some things for Julian. Not long after I’d started looking, Jody came back, this time wheeling Ava around in a double jogging stroller. Apparently she was getting to try out several modes of transportation that night. ๐Ÿ˜‰ We had previously talked about getting a stroller, so I was cool with getting it. I had actually been eyeing that one when the owner dropped it off earlier in the day.

I took the kids out in it for a test run on Friday. The front wheel pulls a bit to the right, but I think we can fix that without too much effort. Julian fell asleep in it, so that’s a good sign. I parked him under a tree, then Ava and I had some fun playing in the park.

Julian and Ava in the new jogger 5/11/07

Back to the sale…
As for clothes, I ended up buying for Ava (all size 4T):
3 dresses,
3 shirts,
2 tanktops,
3 shorts/skorts,
and 1 pair of capri pants.

And for Julian (some 12M, some 18M – yep, he’s huge and not quite 6 months old yet):
3 rompers,
4 shirts,
2 onesies,
1 pair of pants,
1 pair of overall shorts,
5 bibs (the way he drools, he goes through them like there’s no tomorrow),
1 sun hat (new with tags),
and a bathing suit with matching robe.

Combine that with what they already had and I think the kids are definitely set for the summer. ๐Ÿ™‚

We ended up spending a bit more than I’d planned, but I feel like we got a good deal on everything we bought, and we should get some use out of it all, so it was worth it. One of these days, I just might show some restraint when it comes to these sales. But with such great deals, maybe not.

I’ll find out how much money I made off the items I consigned when I get my check in the mail in two weeks. Hopefully it will make a dent in what we spent. ๐Ÿ˜‰


What are we up to? (pics) May 3, 2007

Filed under: Ava,Family and Friends,Jody,Julian,Mothering,My life,Pictures — amygeekgrl @ 11:47 am

Life has been pretty busy around our house lately, but I thought I’d take a break from the more serious topics I’ve been blogging about lately to give you a pictorial update (all taken with the point & shoot).

We had Grandma (my mom) out for a visit in April. I was having camera burnout and, thus, didn’t take many pics, but here are a couple.

Grandma with the kids 4/20/07 Grandma and Ava with the Chia herb garden 4/22/07

And here are my movie stars:

My movie stars 4/20/07

Our family on 4/21/07. Check out Jody’s new specs.:

Our family 4/21/07

And Julian, just being cute:

Julian being cute 4/21/07

Ava with Jody on “Take Your Daughter to Work Day” – 4/26/07. Jody was told by one of his coworkers that they took an informal poll and Ava was the cutest kid there that day. ๐Ÿ˜‰ :

Jody and Ava - Take Your Daughter to Work Day 4/26/07

Here’s Ava with her dear friend “Roger” the worm. She named him herself. I had no idea a girl could become so attached to a worm over the span of about 15 minutes. She was carrying it everywhere, then putting it back in the dirt, then getting it back out, then putting it back, getting it out, etc. Then the crisis happened. She dropped Roger in a crack in our steps and thought she couldn’t get him out. I had stepped into the house because Julian woke up and I was just picking him up when I heard her start crying, “Roger!” I thought one of the dogs ate him. I hurried outside to find that he had fallen in the crack and I was easily able to get him out and give him back to a very thankful and relieved little girl. What a heart that kid has.

Ava and Roger the worm 4/27/07

Ava and Roger the worm 4/27/07

My cutiepies playing together on the floor 4/29/07:

Cuties playing on the floor 4/29/07
Julian getting his drink on chewing on daddy’s water bottle. The kid LOVES that thing.

Julian chewing on daddyโ€™s water bottle 4/29/07

This is what happens when mommy tries to go out for a couple hours to help with a fund-raiser for our AP group. Ava falls asleep on the couch. Why can she do this for daddy, but not for mommy? In all fairness Julian had a very hard time with my being gone, so Jody didn’t have an easy night. I ended up leaving after being there for an hour to come home. By then, both kids were asleep. Isn’t that always the way?

Ava napping on the couch 5/1/07

Julian’s first time in the grass – and he liked it! 5/2/07 He’s sitting up on his own kind of well these days. He still topples over occasionally, but it hasn’t upset him yet.

Julianโ€™s first time in the grass 5/2/07

We’ve been spending a lot of time outside, either in our yard or at the park lately. It’s been great and definitely helps break up the monotony of the day. Here are the kids having fun together outside:

The kids 5/2/07

Yep, life is pretty good. ๐Ÿ™‚

Holding hands 5/2/07


Time is running out April 25, 2007

Filed under: Ava,Jody,Julian,Photography,Pictures — amygeekgrl @ 3:20 pm

Sorry for not writing any thought-provoking posts yet, but those kind of posts take time and brain power – neither of which I feel I have a lot of at the moment – and I had to get this in ASAP. ๐Ÿ˜‰ If you haven’t yet cast your vote for Julian in the Shutterfly “Cutest Kid Contest” and would still like to, you have only a few more days before the contest ends. Click on his pic below to place your vote. Thanks!

The contest is up to nearly 5,000 entries now (holy smokes!), and my goal is to make it into the top 100, so please vote if you haven’t yet. I need all the help I can get to help me reach my goal. One vote per browser (so if you have IE and Firefox, you could potentially vote twice if you so desired).

Julian says, “thank you!” ๐Ÿ™‚

P.S. If you have trouble with it accepting your spam verification code, please try refreshing the page with his photo on it and try voting again. That usually fixes it. Thanks!

P.P.S. After tons of rain yesterday, we had some nicer weather today. I had a dentist appointment this morning, then me and the kids hung out with some friends at a park. It was so nice to be outside and get out of the house for a while. ๐Ÿ™‚ Tomorrow is “Take Your Son/Daughter to Work Day,” so Ava is riding with daddy on the bus and hanging out with him at work for half the day. She is really looking forward to it!


BSM – 4/23/07 April 23, 2007

Filed under: Ava,Best Shot Monday,Jody,Photography,Pictures — amygeekgrl @ 8:05 am

This week’s Best Shot Monday (BSM) comes from the farm we visited (along with Grandma, Aunt Carrie & Jason) over the weekend.

Ava had a great time seeing all of the animals and she took her very first pony ride. Ya think she enjoyed it? ๐Ÿ™‚

Ava riding a pony, with daddy 4/21/07 Ava on the pony, and daddy 4/21/07

Spring is in the air and I couldn’t help taking several pictures of flowers this weekend. I love to see all of the colors reemerging after an unusually snowy winter here.

New blooms


Take a moment to visit Picture This to see everyone else’s best shots for the week. ๐Ÿ™‚

And if you haven’t yet read my Earth Day post on things you can do to help save the Earth, please check it out now. Mother Earth and I thank you. ๐Ÿ™‚


“I do” April 20, 2007

Filed under: Jody,My life — amygeekgrl @ 8:43 am

Six years ago today, Jody and I spoke those two little words and began our married life together. (I posted some pics from our wedding day last year on my blog if you are interested.)

Since my mom is staying with us until Monday, we are planning a dinner out alone together tomorrow night while she watches the kids. I’m looking forward to a little couple’s time alone.

Happy anniversary, Jody. ๐Ÿ™‚


Best Shot Monday – 4/16/07 April 16, 2007

Filed under: Ava,Best Shot Monday,Jody,Julian,Photography,Pictures — amygeekgrl @ 9:51 am

I actually didn’t pick up my SLR at all this past week. *gasp* I know, I know. I need to crack the old girl out again. I did, however, take a few snapshots with my beat-up, old P&S (point & shoot, or as I really like to call it, piece of sh*t). Using that thing sure does make a girl appreciate her SLR, that’s for sure!

Anyway, this week’s shots are just for fun – nothing “technically” great about them. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Look, mom! I found the headbands!
One for me and…

Ava headband - 4/2/07

One for Julian! Doesn’t he look pretty? LOL
Julian headband - 4/2/07

What’s for lunch, Julian? Daddy’s nose! *suck, suck, suck*
Julian snacks on daddyโ€™s nose - 4/15/07
(I used a retro action on this one.)

Now go take a moment to visit Picture This to see everyone else’s best shots for the week. ๐Ÿ™‚