Thursday, June 23, 2016

Like Riding A Bike

The end of May and all of June has been one fall after another but you have to just dust yourself off and keep on trying. This has become my motto and teaching my boys how to ride a bike has helped drill it into my day. This has not been the healthiest year for us. In fact it is probably the worst we have ever had but we must keep our heads up and powering through.

In May my youngest begged for me to teach him how to ride his bike, in order to do it though I made a deal with his older brother that he had to learn also. It may have turned into a bribe by saying we would buy him a new bike if he learned but he needed extra motivation. A couple years ago he had a bad bike accident that caused him not to refuse to learn without training wheels but also ever ride on the road or on hills.

We packed up the bike and headed to an empty parking lot because our street is pretty busy, bumpy and hilly and we have no sidewalks. My husband and I took turns so not to hurt our backs, only there for an hour but by the end of that hour...yep nothing maybe they were able to balance a little. We went and spent another hour later in the afternoon and they both were better at balancing and my oldest actually rode a time or two for a few feet.

The next weekend I took them to a school parking lot and my oldest just took off on his own riding. He didn't need help getting started or anything. It was that moment that you are proud and yet emotional because your baby is growing up. While big brother rode little brother learned how to cross the monkey bars.

Now both of them are riding the trails while I run next to them. We are working on the rules of the road and balancing with my younger. Hopefully soon he will learn how to brake and have a little more control over his bike. I am sure our neighbors get a laugh...maybe a video is best to describe this spectacle.

What I am amazed by is that my younger son has been going through some health issues. At the end of May we noticed blood in his stools and the need to go frequently after a trip to Urgent Care we were told he had cdiff but his symptoms have not really matched up to it and no one around him has caught it. Which is great except I know that with our life someone should have if it was this. There are many other factors that even caused the doctors to doubt this diagnosis. He has been through so much with meds, tests, blood draws...After 2 rounds of antibiotics there has not been much improvement so we will be seeing a specialist soon. 

Honestly if you had not been told he has been sick you would never know...well until he rides or runs for a bit and then has to go to the bathroom. Overall though no complaints and he is always hungry. As this has been going on I ended up getting an infection in a molar. Long story short we think it was a sinus infection that settled in my jaw and killed my tooth. Two Zpacks later and a root canal and I am doing SO much better.

We are getting so close to finishing the bathrooms, repairing the kitchen and bathroom wall/ceilings, and getting the house cleaned up again that it is making me so excited but we have a lot on our plate for the next week... 

Here is a sneak peak at the boys bathroom!

Can't wait to share but it will have to wait. Until then, Keep Smiling!

Saturday, May 14, 2016


This last week my husband had off. It was a nice change of pace although things didn't go as planned it was still nice spending the week knowing he would be with us. When he took time off I didn't know my schedule for babysitting and forgot about the boys having a dental appointment. In the end it worked out really well. He saw a glimpse into our daily routine while we were still able to work on the bathrooms while the babies napped.

We managed to get both floors tiled and grouted and the new windows installed but hit a few setbacks with installing toilets and the sinks. Some have been easy fixes and others required us to buy a new vanity and toilet... yeah that one hurt a bit but we will be happy once the vanity arrives.

We are no longer a 1 toilet house we have all 3 up and running! The boys bathroom was suppose to be a simple job reusing the vanity, mirror, and toilet but turned into a complete overhaul. The faucet and drain that came with our vanity turned out to be a nightmare to install and once it was found the drain leaked. We gave up for the evening needing a break from the house and went out to have dinner with my in-laws.

We don't celebrate holidays really and Mother's Day wasn't going to be a big deal just eating out and grocery shopping but last minute we had a call that our "3rd" child needed picked up from the airport...2.5 hours away. We loaded up and had about an hour to kill once arriving in St. Louis. Our first trip to Ikea! I'm going against the popular belief that this is an awesome store. While it is nice it isn't my style. My boys on the other hand LOVED it. I think it was the showrooms that won them over. I will admit those were my favorite parts too.

I will get you a detailed update for the bathrooms in June.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Bathroom Remodel: Progress

This project started in January with planning and purchasing most of what we needed. We had already done one bathroom and even added a shower so 2 bathrooms should be a breeze right?

Oh so wrong, It has been a struggle keeping up with the unexpected with the remodel but also life. Of course we started out strong, demo took less than a week...Fixing what we found took much longer. When they built this house they cut holes in joists and beams without caring about the support. Well we care and want to do what is right. If you have been following me on Instagram you have seen the slow progress.

Week 3-4 we all started to come down with bronchitis, that took a month to run through each of us. We kept working though and installed the concrete backer board on the floors and around the tub/showers.

Ok so we also spent a lot of time with our "3rd" son/brother fishing and such knowing that he would be soon moving we wanted to spend time with him.

Two weeks ago we started drywalling the rest of the rooms and finished last weekend.

Ceiling and walls have all been primed and have their first coat of paint!

Lights have been hung with temporary bulbs so we can work into the night.

Tile has been installed in the boys bathroom! We did diamond pattern to match the main floor bathroom. Looking forward to grouting tomorrow.

Our bathroom tile has been cut, we are doing a herringbone pattern so we wanted to make as many of the cuts ahead of time. Our goal is to install tonight!

If everything goes right we hope to have at least one bathroom functional by the end of the weekend and perhaps completed by next weekend!  Pictures to come later :)