Thursday, May 28, 2009

What the Deck???

I'll just cut to the chase.

We are building a deck. I cannot tell you how excited I am because you wouldn't/ couldn't possibly believe that someone could be that excited about a deck.

But I am... and I can.

And in honor of our newest work in progress... I will document the entire process through pictures. Shocker, I know.

This is the back of the house, after the first day. Basically, they busted out the concrete "piece" (I don't know what else to call it because it was so small, yet amazingly hard to get rid of???), and bolted those board-thingies to the house. Our neighbor Mark is helping us, (okay, teaching us everything - we don't know ANYTHING about building decks) in more ways than one, because our kids are in love with his kids and it makes it a great day for everyone when the kids can play and be happy. On a side note, he would be so disappointed that I called those board-thingies "those board-thingies", because I'm sure he explained what they are, and I can't seem to remember.

The second picture is really just a close up of the first. Next, if you look in the bottom right-hand corner, they used that huge machine to drill enormous holes in the ground, that would later be filled with concrete tubes and posts.

This is the "two-man" something or another.... pretty impressive don't ya think?

Mark with the concrete bag that I didn't believe was 50 pounds until they let me carry one.... ouch!!! He made it look sooo easy!

Our neighborhood princess "P" and Finley sharing popcorn and a smile.

J.T. and his friend "L" are planning their next adventure over a drink of water.

Time for lunch? We jumped in the car and made a trip to the grocery store. I decided to just take all of the kiddos and they were super excited to have friends come along! (fyi: they are all in carseats, or age-appropriate boosters :))

So, in a few more weeks, we should be having our first "deck-warming" party. I can't wait!!! In the meantime, any fun stories about your experiences with building anything??? Any advice???


Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Just Because

Kris Allen ROCKS!!!!

I love him so much.

Good luck sweetheart... you deserve to be the next American Idol!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

in which I blog about random things....

such as... one of my favorite things... shoes!!! If these little toddler converse aren't some of the cutest things you've ever seen, then, dear friends, I just don't know what is!

Also, this little guy and his fake smile just so I will leave him alone... I will love him till I die...

Another random thing: did you guys watch American Idol last week, when Paul Abdul performed? Seriously, what. was. she. thinking????? And tonight, is she on drugs? She should stop talking.... altogether.... STOP SPEAKING PAULA. YOU. NEVER. MAKE. ANY. SENSE!!!! EVER!!!!

And what exactly does Kim Kardashian do again? Just saying...

I love Kris Allen by the way. In case you were wondering. I do. :)

This little guy, I also love. Especially the way he wants to wear his hat backwards these days:

One last thing: what the HECK happened on House last night? Did anything over the past few weeks really happen, or was it all a hallucination? I am totally confused and will probably be up for the next 2 weeks worrying about it. Okay. Probably not 2 weeks. Just 2 hours. Maybe. If my Dr. Pepper doesn't wear off. It was really disturbing.

Oh, and one more thing. I also LOVE Simon Cowell. Say what you will. I think he is a big ole teddy bear.

Bless his heart.

The end.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Long time, no blog

I am not sure if anyone even reads my ramblings anymore, but since it feels so good, I will continue....
This past weekend was friggin' sweet, if I may say so myself. It all started with John getting home from Boston. He was gone on business and I was a single mommy for far too long! I don't know who was more excited to see him... me or the boys. Anywho! Saturday, we stayed outside all day long and worked in the yard. Okay, okay, I didn't really work in the yard but I played outside with all the neighborhood kids while my husband worked in the yard, and made everyone lunch, and let all the kids come inside when they were "sooooo hot". But the best part about this weekend? Mother's Day!!!Oh boy do I love mother's day. It is the one day of the year that I know I can sleep in and it is ohsowonderful! Not to mention my breakfast in bed (cinnamon rolls and a coke - I do live with 3 boys!),watching a little "The Sound of Music" - I do do do love captain VonTrap - and, wait for it, Notting Hill (not really a Hugh Grant fan but I love, love this line... "I'm just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her.." makes me smile and get all warm and fuzzy inside every time. My boys did a fantastic job in the gift department: they got me a planter (so I can send another plant to plant heaven), chocolate goodies, a bottle of wine, and a gift certificate for a mani/pedi! Like I said, friggin' sweet!

Another fine point from this weekend? Finley decided he wants to sit at the table like a "big boy"... something I was not so sure about, but decided to give him a shot. We have a table from the "island collection" and have stools instead of chairs.

This, obviously, presents a problem for our little man.. but he did amazingly well. Goodbye baby seat, hello panic attacks and a big boy stool! I must say, he was soooo proud of himself!!!

What did you do for Mother's Day???