Wednesday, September 10, 2014

September doings

We had such nice warm weather into September that we got to use our pool way longer than we usually do...


We celebrated CeCe's birthday the other day.  It was fun and the cupcakes were yummy...





Gianna is a riot...

Monday, September 08, 2014

Getting ready...

Construction is supposed to begin on Monday!  We'll have a whole new first floor and staircase pretty soon!  In the meantime to prepare, I've been selling stuff on Craigslist like crazy.

Like these...






And since we are now chairless, we are using plastic lawn chairs around our old dining room table.  Nice.  

I couldn't believe how many responses I got for this old island. I should have priced it higher!!


We loved this cute pinball game.  Someone is coming to pick it up today though...


I wasn't as sad as I thought I would be selling our toy box.  Probably because it's been just taking up space for the last few years and pretty much filled with junk the kids don't use anymore.  I'm kind of excited to make better use of that space.  



I'll be so happy to see this thing go next week.  Someone offered to buy it!  


But sadly, we can't seem to get anyone to buy our beautiful china cabinet.  It's much prettier in person.  We've had three couples come to look at it...two said no and one really tried to low ball us.  : (   Not sure what we're going to do with it now because there is no room.


We may have one taker for this...


And I don't care if this sells or not.  We got plenty of years out of it.  


I'm saving all the money we got for the above to buy these pretty chairs...six for the dining room table and three counter stools in the same style for our new breakfast bar...


We're refinishing our dining room table to go with these chairs.  It's going to be so pretty!!!  

Thursday, September 04, 2014

First Day of School

Julia put a lot of thought into her outfit for the first day of school. She had the skirt but we went to the mall to find the perfect top to go with it...


and she bought this outfit too but it's too warm to wear it for a while...


Julia is off to 6th grade (Middle School!!) and Nicholas is off to 7th grade...


I cried as I watched the two of them walk down the street together to the bus stop.  I cried last year too when the boy went off to middle school...



My baby is off to 4th grade. That didn't make me cry because I'm happy we have two more years of elementary school with her! 


Gianna could have cared less what she wore for the first day of school.  I kept asking her if she liked anything at the mall the other day.  The answer was always "no".  She kept saying over and over again..."Mom, I just want to be myself on the first day!"...which meant these cut off jean shorts that she wears everyday and this old grey t-shirt.  Yup...that's Gianna.  Never fancy...nothing ever in her hair...nope.  Never.  


And I made this for the kids for an afternoon snack...CeCe's mothers' chocolate square cake.  It's a nice way to hear about their day while they eat. The cake was great...but the frosting?...not so much.  I need to work on it.



Yesterday I took the girls to the park...it was a beautiful day...








It was a great way to spend our last day of summer vacation.  Now back to work!! 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Happy 12th Birthday Julia!!

Happy Birthday to my 
beautiful 
sweet 
loving
funny 
kind
talented 
little girl

The birthday girl wanted to start her day with breakfast at IHOP...





Then she went for a manicure and pedicure...


Then her cute friends (Gianna, Alyssa, Livvy and Kailey) stopped by to surprise her with some birthday whoopie pies. They came in disguise...



For dinner we celebrated at Hibachi...Julia's favorite restaurant...(I have no clue who that lady is by the way)..



(Nor do I have a clue who that guy is.)


And then we came back home for presents...






and cake...



The frosting looked so pretty...but tasted...not so good...oh well.  Luckily we had ice cream too.  : )



Wednesday, August 27, 2014