Friday, April 25, 2014

9 months

Here we are again! Lucas is another month older. At 9 months, Lucas is...

Eating solids 2x/day. I started giving him chunks of banana to feed himself and he loves it.

"Talking" a lot more. His favorite sound is "dada". He does "duh", "bah" and "buh", and some "gah" sounds mostly. He did "mama" for a bit but does it rarely right now (not without my trying!).

He's not crawling quite yet, but he is doing a lot more rolling, scooting, and reaching around. He pushes himself up well and is trying to go from laying to sitting up by himself but he's not there yet. It's pretty funny watching him try to strain to do it.

He is sleeping well at night for the most part although he likes to get up at 5:30 most days (ack!). Most days he gets in 2 naps, but he still fights it sometimes.

He started sitting in the high chair at restaurants when we go out to eat.

And riding in the shopping cart like a big kid.

He also got to go to the "Day Out with Thomas" with his cousin. He really enjoyed riding the train. He equally enjoyed getting to wear his sunglasses.

He is pretty entertained by other kids.

He still loves Bear. And Bear still loves laying on his blanket.

He's making it much more difficult to take his pictures these days...

That's 9 months in a nutshell!

Monday, April 21, 2014

He is Risen!

Happy (belated) Easter! Our weekend was busy, and little man was very grumpy, so we didn't take a single picture on Easter. I took some belated pics for the grandparents and posterity's sake.

I read Acts 17 during some of my Bible reading this week and wanted to share it with you. It gives me chills every time I read it to imagine Paul standing in front of the Athenians and sharing this truth with them:

"The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, for

    “‘In him we live and move and have our being’;
as even some of your own poets have said,
            “‘For we are indeed his offspring.’

Being then God's offspring, we ought not to think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of man. The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.”

We are humbled and thankful to celebrate that we worship a Risen and Living God!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Before & After: Kitchen & Mudroom

I'm finally getting around to doing another "Before & After" post. The kitchen is one of the areas of the house we changed the most. We knew we would get a lot of use out of this space, so we took our time planning the layout and toyed with several different ideas.

When we first bought the house, the kitchen was really cramped. There was quite a bit of storage with dark cabinets all the way to the ceiling, but that just contributed to it feeling like the kitchen was closing in on you.

Kitchen Before...

From the dining room, there was a small breakfast room entered through the french doors.

Breakfast room

Doorway from breakfast room into kitchen

The doorway from the breakfast room to the kitchen was almost halfway blocked by the fridge.

It was a challenge to get pictures of the kitchen before because it was so cramped.

This was one of my favorite things about the kitchen when we bought the house. The cabinets were lined with a wonderful array of patterned paper ;)

Kitchen during the reno...

One of the first major things we did was tear out the wall between the kitchen and breakfast room. As much as I liked the idea of having a breakfast room, both spaces were really too small to be functional so we opened them up.

There were several areas where water leaks had damaged the floor around the dishwasher and sink. As we peeled back the layers of the flooring, we discovered that much of the subfloor needed to be replaced, as well as some of the floor joists.

That resulted in us having to tear out the kitchen and mudroom floors completely.

New subfloor!

We also decided to cover up one of the windows from the breakfast room. As much as I hated taking away a window, we really wanted some more wall space to be able to put in a pantry.

Our original plan was to take the cabinets and refinish them to try to save some money. We went to the trouble of carefully taking them all down and storing them for about 8 months. When it came down to it though, we weren't going to save hardly any money by trying to reuse them. Especially since we had knocked out that wall and would have to have a few pieces built to finish them out. Refinishing them also would have been a lot of work which we weren't quite up to with a newborn.

Tile going in

Kitchen After...

Entering the kitchen from the dining room

I really wanted to have an area in the kitchen where you could sit and eat or work or whatever. There wasn't enough room for a banquette or table or bar, so our solution was a desk space. It still provides room to sit, but we didn't lose much cabinet space putting it in.

Mudroom Before...

The mudroom is on the other side of the kitchen at the back of the house with a door that exits to the backyard. We toyed with the idea of opening it up to the kitchen as well. However, we decided we'd like the separation from the kitchen in order to have a "messy space". We had planned to add a built in bench and storage, but decided that the best use of the space was an out of the way place to put Bear's huge crate and his food bowls.

The washer and dryer had been stacked in the corner previously (to the left of the door) with the dryer actually vented through a broken out window pane.

This floor to ceiling cabinet was only about 5 or 6 inches deep, so not very practical for storage.

This is the view from the entryway. There is a small hallway with the entrance to the basement and guest room off to the left. The mudroom is through the archway with the downstairs bath on the left.

Mudroom during the reno...

You can see in this picture where they had actually run electrical wiring through holes drilled in the frame of the window.

Floor rot where the washing machine had been

New floor going in

Looking into the mudroom from the kitchen

Mudroom After...

Entering the mudroom from the entry way...with a nice view of the gate that keeps Bear from running all over the house

This was another original light fixture that we cleaned up. It was originally in the office. We still have to find a glass hurricane to go over the light, but I still really like it!

Hopefully I'll get the next "Before and After" post done before another couple of months pass by!