May 2009


Other19 May 2009 07:58 pm
New floors going up the stairs from the entry

New floors going up the stairs from the entry

Finally!  After years upon years of having bad carpet, we took a leap and put in new flooring.  Dogs were hard on our carpet.  We wanted wood but kept getting deterred from it by every salesperson we talked to because of the dogs.  We liked tile, but didn’t want to necessarily put it throughout the entire upstairs.  What we settled on was vinyl product from Mannington – Adura Luxury Vinyl.  It is wood look vinyl planks that are put together like a laminate.  In the entry it is vinyl tiles that mimic a stone look with grout between them.  Overall, I think it looks nice and it feels good to get the carpet out.  We did the entry, up and down the stairs, living room, dining area, kitchen, hallway and into our bedroom.  We left Courtney’s room with the carpet.  They ordered one box of wrong tiles for our bathroom so we are waiting to have that part finished.

Entry

Entry

New floor throughout the upstairs.

New floor throughout the upstairs.

Bode and Courtney and Family and Kids and Outdoors12 May 2009 08:51 pm
Bode and Courtney enjoy watching flowers float down the river.

Bode and Courtney enjoy watching flowers float down the river.

We spent our first family weekend at “camperland”.  The weather was pleasant and we spent a lot of time outside.  The kids enjoyed watching dandelions and other flowers float down the river.  They also enjoyed shoveling dirt, driving the gator, riding 4-wheeler and hiking around.  It made for a great Mother’s Day.  They played and played.  They even got to go visit a nearby farm that had llamas, chickens, peacocks, ponies, pigs, rabbits, dogs, cats, birds and probably more.  There were lots of baby animals to visit.  Bode loved the chickens and Courtney thought the pigs were very loud.  They were!

I don’t think I’ve posted a picture of the new camper yet.  Lots more room to live in there than the old one.  Also, we’ve managed to keep the dogs out of it so far.  They got a kennel and are learning to accept it.

Our new home

Our new home

The view from the deck in front of the camper.  Beautiful!

The view from the deck in front of the camper. Beautiful!

So long until the next visit.

Bode and Courtney and Kids and Outdoors03 May 2009 05:02 pm
Bode & Courtney

Bode & Courtney try out the inline skates

The kids had fun taking turns using the inline skates I picked up last year. They are Fisher Price adjustable ones I got at Aldi, of all places. Bode is at the max size and Courtney is just big enough for them. It works out ok since I wouldn’t be able to manage both on skates at the same time anyway. They have three wheels which can switch between three in a row to one in front and two side by side in the back for stability. We opt for stability!

They both did a super job and did some skating on their own. I’m looking forward to the day when the family can go out for a skate together.

Bode and Courtney and Kids02 May 2009 08:23 pm
Courtney at Fleet Farm

Courtney at Fleet Farm

The kids cracked me up the other day when we were walking through Home Depot and they started pretending to use the “toilets” on the wall.  Wished I had my camera.  Frustrated by that missed opportunity, I started keeping my little camera in my purse.  It has come in handy.  Walking through Fleet Farm a week or so later, Courtney found the row of toilet seats.  She tried several of them out complete with sound effects.  It was hilarious.

The kids recently finished up swimming lessons.  They had a lot of fun.  Courtney was in the parent/child class and Bode moved up to a class where he got to be in the water alone.  That was fun to watch.

The photo gallery has been a little empty lately.  I was having technical difficulties with it.   I’ve resolved the problems to some degree and there are new photos for April and May in there now.  Go check them out and see the cuteness of Bode and Courtney.  🙂  I’m a little partial to them.

We started getting new flooring in our house yesterday.  They’ll finish it up next week.  Once things get settled back, I’ll post some pictures.  Lots of dust floating around for now.  Bye bye doggie carpet!

We went to the park today to fly Bode’s kite.  I brought the camera and got a lot of cute pictures.  Both kids love the playground.