Backyard Patio

The guys we had building our patio finished up in 7 days. I was amazed at how fast they got it done. It looks great and we have already been enjoying it quite a bit. It runs the length of our house so it is about 40ft by 16ft. Lots of space!

Before…

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After…

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The are under the covered roof, has this little seating area. Jon installed an outdoor fan which makes this space an awesome place to hang out.

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This area currently has our old patio furniture, but we are looking for a table to put out here for a nice eating area.

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Jon added the stone boarder around the patio this past week.

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The open area at the far side of the patio will eventually be where we have a fire pit and some chairs. It will be such a nice place to hang out in the fall/winter.

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We are really happy with how it turned out. We feel like we have a new room on the house. The kids love it and we still have a good amount of open yard space left.

Now we just need to start throwing some parties!

-Lauren-

Home Projects

Lately we have been getting some stuff done around the house.

A few months ago, we bought a new sectional. The couches we had were going on 10 years and they barely lived through Hiro’s puppy years. Every cushion had at least 3 holes in the corners from puppy teeth. And the pillows that came with the couch? Those along with the matching ottoman were destroyed years ago. Oh the puppy stage! Speaking of which, how cute is this little guy? He turns 8 at the beginning of May.

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I had been wanting to upgrade the couches for a long time now and we finally did! We got the sectional at Havertys and I love it. The color is perfect, the size is great (the length of the back is 11ft, so it fits the whole family) and it is super comfortable.

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We also got Adelaide a big girl bed. She refuses to sleep in it, so she is still in her crib. I am thinking we are going to have to get rid of the crib all together before she is willing to make the switch. She does love reading, jumping and putting her baby’s to  bed in her new bed.

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The biggest thing going on right now is our new back patio. We are going from this…

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To this…

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We have a great crew working on it this week and as long as it doesn’t rain too much next week, it should be finished up. It will be flagstone across the entire top, including over our existing patio. Those posts will be a pergola which we plan to put a table under. Then on the far left, we plan on putting a fire pit of some kind (probably in the fall). We are pretty excited! I will definitely post more pictures once it is complete.

-Lauren-

Tantrums and More

I haven’t been in the mood to write much lately. I feel like most days look pretty similar and not a lot of exciting stuff is going on. BUT, I love reading back on my old posts. Even if its just the normal day to day stuff, it is such a fun way to remember the little things. So hopefully I can get back on track and back to posting more regularly.

Adelaide is in the throws of being a two year old. Aedan was not a hard two year old. Sure he had his share of melt downs but really nothing too bad. Three was a much harder year for us. With Adelaide, I am hoping two is her hard year, because if things get worse at three, we are in trouble.

Yesterday she woke up from her nap in a bad mood. Don’t you hate with the happens? I hear her wake up crying and know it is just not going to be a great afternoon/evening. I get her up and remind her that we are going to a friends house. Then she decides to throw a fit because she wants to go immediately to the friends house. I try to get her to put on her shoes and she just loses it. As in lay on the floor, kicking legs, screaming, etc.…losing it. There is no rationalizing with her. I am telling her we will leave as soon as she calms down and puts her shoes on, but she is screaming because she wants to put shoes on and leave. Sigh. We work through it eventually and make it out of the house, then she acts like she is happy as can be.

Here she is mid tantrum one morning. Probably over something like the “wrong” milk cup or because I made her oatmeal and a pop-tart and she actually wanted a pop-tart and oatmeal. A completely rational problem.

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I think this one was because she didn’t want to hold the ducks, but she also didn’t want them to be set down or held by anyone else.

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Other than the tantrums she is at a pretty fun age. We get out and do things a lot and she is tons of fun to play with. She loves to take care of her baby dolls and it is fun to watch. She cooks for them, changes diapers and rocks them. She also puts them in time out frequently. It makes me wonder if she gets put in time out frequently at school. Ha!

Aedan loves to go to the greenbelt with Jon. They have a blast together when they go. Jon says that Aedan’s favorite thing to do is to find a rock, sit and have a snack, move to the next rock and have another snack, and repeat. Hiro loves to go too!

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This was one afternoon at lunch. Jon and I were trying to talk, but the kids were playing songs and Hiro was howling because he hates the sound of the harmonica. Aedan and Adelaide think the howling is hilarious so they try to play the harmonica as much as possible. Ha!

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Over Easter weekend, Aedan got a little stomach bug. He was only sick for a short time, but it was still no fun. I enjoyed the extra cuddle time though!

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Aedan used to dress up as a fireman at least once a day, but for the past few weeks he hadn’t been doing it as much. The other day he and Adelaide were both playing fireman and he got all his equipment out. Jon started a fire with some paper in a pot and let Aedan put it out. Highlight of Aedan’s day for sure!

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Next week, we have some people starting on extending our back patio. We are really excited. Hopefully I can post some pictures soon!

-Lauren-