September 29, 2009

Done!

I finally finished something in the house! I've been unpacked for weeks but haven't started to decorate or hang anything yet and this place has still not felt very homey because of it.

Until now!

I have finished the kids' rooms! Jack's room is completely done and Steven and Gabby's room is almost complete! It feels so nice to go and sit in there - it feels like we live here and it's personal. It's so bright and colorful and...wonderful. I can't wait to get the rest of the house done, now. Although I think I'll wait for the King of the Castle to get here to do any of the other rooms - I need his opinions.

If you're anything like me, you love to see inside other people's homes; how they arrange their furniture, what colors they use... So if you're like me, and you go for a walk in the evenings around your neighborhood and get excited when some one's blinds are open and you can see their living-room decor, then enjoy the pictures :-) If not, sorry for another boring post!

Steven and Gabby's Room:











Jack's Room











This little prayer plaque hung in Steve's room when he was a baby. It has also hung in Steven's nursery, Gabby's nursery and now Jack's.

Side Note: When I hung Jack's name on the wall, Steven came in and read them J-A-C-K. I asked him if he knew what that spelled. He said, "Yes. It says Jack-Jack." I told him that it only said Jack. He look confused and I realized that Steven thinks that his brother's name is Jack-Jack. I explained that his name is just Jack and that we call him Jack-Jack as a nickname. He seemed confused about the whole thing.

September 26, 2009

Jack's Pictures

Go HERE to see a few of the amazing pictures that Cozart Photography did of my little Jack-Jack this past week. They are so sweet!

September 23, 2009

Update on our Lives

We have now been in our new home for 2 weeks. Here's an update on what we're all up to.

Steven Ray is adjusting to his 6th home quite well. He LOVES the backyard. He plays out there on his own a lot. When Gabby's out there with him, he plays pretty well - until they start fighting over something, which doesn't seem to take long these days. He enjoys climbing on the living room furniture. The TLF couch we've had for the last 6 months just wasn't good for jumping, flipping or flopping. His new favorite trick is standing on tip-toe to hit the garage door opener button when we're heading out. Steven still talks more than any person I've ever known. The boy talks all day. And if he doesn't have a real topic to discuss, then he has pretend conversations. He tells me about his kids and the naughty things they do. He tells me about the text message his friend sent him. He comments on everything that happens. I was watching the Food Network one afternoon and as he sat, watching with me he said, "Oh, look. She's using lime!" It cracked me up. Who would have thought a 4-year-old would be so impressed with someone using lime in a recipe.

Gabby Anne has reached an important milestone this week. 8 days ago, I woke her up, removed her very last diaper, put a pair of pretty pink panties on her and introduced her to the potty seat. That day, I sat her on the potty every hour. She never made it in the potty all day. I spent the day cleaning up after her. She did, however, wake up dry from nap time. The next morning, she woke up dry and made it on the potty first thing in the morning. It was an exciting moment. I jumped and clapped and cheered for her and she was SO proud of herself. And since that time, we've progressed wonderfully. Today was the first day that she did not have a single accident. Not one. She held it until we got to the potty all day long. It was an important day in the potty training process. I am excited to officially have only one child in diapers. I made the mistake of letting Steven stay in diapers at night until he was older, but I decided not to give Gabby that option. I think it really confused Steven - it was as if I were saying, "It's okay for you to pee in bed at night. I don't expect you got get up and go potty like a big boy." But for Gabby, I tried to show her that I EXPECTED her to make it on the potty. And so she does. I'm so proud of her.

Jack David is just as content and laid back as ever. Tonight, he was a little fussy in the evening, which is unlike him but it didn't last long. Getting to the new house and getting our household goods has meant many firsts for Jack. He finally got to enjoy his baby swing and OH. MY. WORD. Does that boy ever love his swing. It kind of hurt my feelings a little bit when, one night I took him out of the swing to snuggle him and he fussed and squirmed until I put him back in his swing. He just loves it. He's sleeping in his own room now, and is sleeping 8 or 9 hours through the night. Yesterday, I took him down to San Angelo to have his picture taken by Cozart Photography. Slade and Laura did such an amazing job taking his pictures. They are so creative and I just can't wait to see the pictures. I know they are going to be beautiful.

And I have been keeping pretty busy and getting to know my way around town a little bit at a time. I have joined a great MOPS group and have met some very sweet Mother's of Preschoolers. I'm so glad that I joined the group - it's nice to get out and meet other stay-home Moms and let Steven and Gabby have some social interaction, too. I can get to most of the places in town that I need to without the help of the GPS, now. Abilene isn't a very big city, so it's been pretty easy to figure out. Going down to San Angelo, yesterday for Jack's pictures was a very fun day for me. I got to meet up with my old roomie, Shaunna and her adorable daughter, Addi as well as Laura and her sweet son, Wyatt. It was such a fun, relaxing afternoon just chatting with old friends, catching up on each other's lives and watching our children play together. Addi is such a fun, energetic little cutie and Wyatt is exactly how I picture Jack in about a year - just sitting back, taking it all in - such a sweet little man. It seems like yesterday, the three of us had conversations revolving around boyfriends, part-time jobs and school work. Yesterday, our conversation was more about sippy cups, carseats and potty training. Check out Shaunna's Post for some pictures of our day.
Steve is still in Little Rock. Hopefully, he will be home soon. And that's all on him :)

And of course, it just wouldn't be a good update without some pictures of the kids!


Fair Time!

The Rodeo and Fair came to town soon after we did, and Grandpa Koper took us all out for a fun night. The kids sure enjoyed the fair. Now, every time we drive past the Expo Center, where the fair was held, Steven points out that the fair is no longer there.




Looking at the baby pigs






The kiddie rides were all variations of the SAME ride. Here were are going around in circles in a sparkly car...


and around in circles on a sparkly motorcycle....




and around in circles on a sparkly jet ski...Steven and Gabby didn't care, though. They thought is was great!




Gabby may or may not have peed on this train. I'll never tell.


And a night at the fair is never complete without yummy sweets. Grandpa had a funnel cake, Mommy had a caramel apple and Steven and Gabby shared a big cup of ice cream.

The Big Move West

It's about time to fill you in on our move. So here it is. In pictures. Lots and lots of pictures. Sorry if this is boring but requests have been made for pictures of our new home, so requesters: here you go. The rest of you: sorry for the boring pictures :-)



Here is our TLF living room right before we loaded up our U-Haul. I love that we have diaper boxes and that you can see my lack of brand-commitment : Huggies, Pampers, Luvs, Target Brand, and Parent's Choice. All equally represented.



(I'm actually a Pamper's fan but sometimes I'm feeling thrifty and get cheaper ones - but if I had to pick a fave - Pampers all the way. Just in case you were wondering!)



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The following pictures were taken the day after we moved in. The movers came on Tuesday and dumped everything in the house. Wednesday, I took these pictures to send Steve an update. It is looking a little more put together now, but still sporting the empty walls.





(the rugs were marking where the kitchen island is going)




(the pile of wall-hangings is still in that same place, over a week later)




(there were already curtain rods up in the living room, so I stuck our curtains on them when I found them - my one piece of random decor)




(our bedroom)


(we didn't get the bunk beds in the house until 2 days later - I had to get two coats of stain on them first, so this was their set up for a few nights)




(Jack's room looks so dull - it's a little better now with his crib bedding in, but I can't wait for him to have a cute little nursery decorated in red and blue)


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Lastly, Jack has started sleeping through the night and after 2 nights in the house, I started putting him in his own room. Here are pictures of him going to bed, his first night in his big crib, in his own room. What a big boy!












The End.

September 17, 2009

New Beds

Steven and Gabby are sharing a room in the new house and don't have a ton of extra space. So, to save room Steve had the great idea to get them toddler-sized bunk beds. However, toddler-sized bunk beds are HARD to find. The only one we found was in Great Britain and was well over $1000 with shipping all the way to Texas. So we scratched that idea. Then Steve decided that he and his dad would build one! He found plans online for a toddler bed, and modified them himself to make it a bunk bed. I am pretty impressed with the results and the kids LOVE their new beds! It's so nice to have such a handy hubby!









Ta-Da!

Steven's Birthday

Steven Ray turned 4 on the the third of this month. We were still living in TLF and about to move, so having a big party wasn't going to happen. Instead, we had a quiet
celebration at home.
He opened gifts from his family, then we had some friends over for pizza and cake and ice cream. He had a fun night!

His cakes were a baseball and a football. I made the cakes and buttercream icing from scratch and they were goo-ood! I've decided the trouble of making homemade cake is totally worth it - they taste so much better and I can pronounce all the ingredients in them!

Opening a new water-bottle from Aunt Holly and Uncle Joe.

Opening a new bike helmet from Aunt Cara

Shirt from Grandma Koper

A VERY exciting shirt from Grandma

Opening his cash register from Grammy and Grampy

His new bike from Mommy and Daddy
Blowing out his candles.
I know it wasn't exciting, but this may be the first birthday that he actually has a memory of as an adult. I hope they were good memories :-)