Wednesday, November 5, 2014

House Tour

{Let's just pretend that you have been kept up-to-date on things like us buying our first home, working on house projects and summer trips!}

Since buying our house in March it has experienced a huge transformation. We finished the top floor before moving in April, then we worked on the middle floor and finally the first floor was finished in July! So here are the Before and After pictures of most of the rooms:

Dining Room
 For the main living areas we used all the same paint color: Behr's Classic Silver, which turned out beautifully! The lower half of the dining room is Behr's Dark Granite.
Living Room (oops! so apparently this is an After and Before picture)
 I was going to wait until all the rooms were completely decorated and I had cleaned spotlessly before I took the "after" pictures but, that could take a while, like 20 years!
Living Room
Reed decided to follow me around and take pictures with my phone! Also, imagine a comfy reading chair in that back corner...*sigh* someday.
 The kitchen is probably where the biggest transformation took place! Did you see it? Yes, we do now have food in the house, which is a big deal, but it's something else.... Our kitchen theme went from "ugly fruit" to "beautiful patience colored with contentment". It is actually pretty easy to paint walls and replace cabinets and appliances, but to have a change of heart, that is BIG work. hopefully we will eventually have a kitchen that looks something like this:

Thanks Ikea Kitchen Planner!

Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom

Eliza's Room
 You may remember the tree from our apartment. We did manage to relocate it using a shower curtain. However the vinyl peels off more easily, so all the leaves that were in toddler reach have since been ripped off and probably chewed on before being thrown out.
Reed's Room
The built in bookcase/desk combo has been removed and the wall behind it replaced. The top bunk of Reed's bed serves as a convenient storage for his sheets right now.
 I do realize that one picture is sideways but we are going to replace most of the pictures in order to hot have wedding pictures dominate the wall and to acknowledge our second child. I merely wanted the frames arranged on the wall and not taking up space on the floor!

Family Room
 I finally have my Barney Fife metal signs up!
Family Room
This is the play area and guest room. The daybed is perfect for reading and with the trundle we can accommodate more guests (come visit us!)
Office/Craft Room (After/Before)
This is the end of our tour. Hopefully you

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Our Messy Home

When I see this on Pintrest (because really, who hasn't?):
I usually think, "that should say, 'excuse the mess, a lazy person lives here'." Rude, I know. But I guess I am assuming that everyone is just like me. If I put a sign up like this in my house I would probably use it as an excuse not to clean... I can see it now:

Adam: "honey the house is a disaster!"
I'll admit some messes are much less cute,
Like taking out all the baby clothes
Me: Dramatically roll my eyes toward the sign, with a don't-deny-our-children-wonderful-childhood-memories look.
Adam: sighs, starts picking things up and cleaning.
Me: continue looking on Pintrest

First Haircut

Yes, we finally cut Reed's "wings" off:

Monday, July 1, 2013

One Month Old

Eliza turned one month old last week. We have had a wonderful adjustment to her as part of our family and she has almost gotten used to us too!

Special thanks to Grandma Mitti, and aunt Maria, who came to visit for a few days last week. Thanks to her we got these decent brother/sister pictures. We also got our first kid-free date night since Eliza showed up.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Pictures With Minimal Commentary

First a picture of Eliza:
 Eliza got her first real bath and didn't seem to enjoy it very much. Perhaps we should use the kitchen sink next time so she will actually fit...
 We may get a tomato off our vine! We have enjoyed lettuce and basil already from our patio garden. Success!
 There has been a lot of rain lately, Reed likes playing in it.
 Reed also enjoys putting on shoes. Here he is modeling a pair of mine.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Reed Meeting Eliza

This past week Eliza joined our family and one of the main questions we get is how did Reed react to meeting his sister for the first time.  Well here you go!

Friday, May 17, 2013

Friday Toolbox: RunKeeper

Running has never been an activity that I've thoroughly enjoyed.  I enjoy the health benefits of running, but the main reasons I run, besides the health benefits, is because I can do it at work during my lunch break.  There is no need to get up any earlier and it doesn't take away from family time in the evening.  Since running has become my means of getting exercise I wanted a tool to help me keep up with this activity.

There are a lot of different running applications out there and I haven't came close to testing even a small portion of them.  One of the first apps I tried was RunKeeper.  My primary requirement for the app was that it allowed you to setup different types of workouts.  I guess I wanted a glorified stopwatch that would let you know when is the next portion the interval.  The only type of running I do now is the 30-20-10 workout, so this application helps with managing the different intervals. 

Like any good application it has an web base interface (which has recently been updated) that syncs with the mobile application and tracks your activities.  Overall the app is fairly easy to use and has been a useful tool to help meet some of my health goals.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Baby Name Poll Closes Tomorrow

The baby name poll will close tomorrow (May 16th) at 11:59.  Next week we'll reveal her name!  We will have a backup boys name if there is what I would call "the ultimate surprise".

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Garden Update

Well portions of our "garden" are starting to take shape.  So far the lettuce is doing the best followed by the cilantro.  The tomatoes on the other hand are still fighting to grow due to our light limitations.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

What is in a name? (Part 2)

In yesterday's post Sally shared a little bit about the name Reed and how she has come to appreciate it as more than a name that sounds good.  Today, I'll talk a little bit more about the process of picking the name Reed and what I appreciate about the name Reed.

Monday, May 13, 2013

What is in a name? (Part 1)

Reed Alexander. Almost two years ago we chose this name for our son. Various reasons factored into the choice. I wasn't even certain it was "The" name for him until it was on the birth certificate and then it had to be! Over the past two years I have kept asking myself why we named him Reed. Unlike Adam, I tend to put more significance into names and events. Although I know that a person's true identity isn't limited to the origin of their name, I have always appreciated and enjoyed hearing about  people who have thoughtfully named their child.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Mother's Day

It's been quiet around here on the blog this week, but we have a few in the pipeline for next week! Have a great weekend and Mother's Day. 

Happy mother's day to my favorite mom and wife!

Happy Mother's Day to my other favorite mother!

 And Happy Mother's Day to my favorite mother-in-law!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Friday Toolbox: Pizza

This week's "tool" is more of a technique. Over the past almost four years we have been married, we have had the semi-regular tradition of having pizza on Fridays. During that time we have made some perfect pizzas and some, well, inedible pizzas (don't try to use up your squash on a pizza.... :-P) Slowly we have honed in on what makes a perfect pizza and we are ready to share our Crust, make the pizza dough. Actually we have never tried the store-bought, pre-made crusts, so if you are short on time and not money help yourself! If you make the dough be sure to follow the directions of the recipe you use. Some recipes are simple and some are very complicated, we usually opt for the simple one that I have memorized by now, but the more complicated ones usually yield surprisingly worthwhile results.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Baby Name Poll

If you haven't voted you should because it's a close race!

Last Week in Pictures 4/21 to 4/27

Below are a few pictures from last week!

I wonder who put those on!

Reed playing the base, I mean guitar.

This is a good place to do some reading


Another good place to do some reading

Monday, April 29, 2013

Turning on the Cow

Reed has this toy cow that vibrates, moves and plays a tune.  The cow is turned on by pressing its head.  One day Reed was having trouble getting the cow to work so Sally told him to push its head.  Reed interpreted that to mean the he needs to use his head to get the cow to work and it works!  It's pretty funny and cute.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Friday Toolbox: You Need a Budget

Welcome to the third installment of Friday Toolbox.  If you missed the first post, let me give you very brief rundown of this weekly series.  The purpose of the Friday Toolbox is to highlight "tools" that have been particularly helpful to Sally or I.  The tools will be eclectic, so they could be anything from a kitchen gadget to computer/web base application to a spiritual discipline.

First, if you don't have a budget for your personal finances you probably would benefit from having one.  Whether it is on a piece of paper, in Excel or done in one of the many budgeting programs, budgets are useful tools to manage money. 

Currently we use three main tools to manage our finances,, Google Sheets, and You Need A Budget (YNAB) which I'm going to talk about today.  We use YNAB for budgeting, tracking expenses and savings, but it can also be used to manage loans or investments. The budgeting principals for YNAB are based off of four rules.
  1. Rule One: Give Every Dollar a Job.
  2. Rule Two: Save for a Rainy Day.
  3. Rule Three: Roll With the Punches.
  4. Rule Four: Live on Last Month's Income.
The software, which works with both Mac and PC, is designed around those principals.  It has a clean and basic interface broken down to three main sections, Budget, Reports, and Accounts.  I'm not a huge fan of their report selection and usability, but they are sufficient.  Another feature I like about YNAB is that it has a Cloud Sync (via Dropbox) so you can have the software on multiple machines.  It also enables you to utilize their handy Apple and Android apps.

There are free online services that offer similar budgeting tools (, but we have found YNAB to be worth the $60 price tag.  You can also try it free for 34 days to get an introduction to the software based on the above four rules.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

God's Decree

The following quote comes from Chapter 3.1 of the 1689 Londen Baptist Confession of Faith.  As you can probably tell I enjoy reading old catechisms and confessions of faith.  Though none of them are perfect, they do help in conveying foundational and rich truths found in God's word.
From all eternity God decreed all that should happen in time, and this He did freely and unalterably, consulting only His own wise and holy will.  Yet in so doing He does not become in a ny sense the author of sin, nor does He share responsibility for sin with sinners.  Neither, by reason of His decree, is the will of any creature whom He has made violated; nor is the free working second causes put aside; rather it is established in all matters the divine wisdom appears, as also does God's power and faithfulness in effecting that which He has purposed. Isaiah 46:10; Ephesians 1:11; Hebrews 6:17; Romans 9:15, 18; James 1:13; 1 John 1:5; Acts 4:27, 28; John 19:11; Numbers 23:19; Ephesians 1:3-5 
 A Faith to Confess: The Baptist Confession of Faith 1969.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Last Week in Pictures

We'll start this week with some pictures of this past week!

Sally went to a conference last Weekend so Reed and I had some quality time together.

One evening Reed decided to bring his train out to the patio.

Reed fell out of the bumbo, but that did't stop him from watching a show.

Mom and Reed watching the storm Friday night.

Reed knows where we keep our cloth for cleaning glasses, so he decided to clean his one day.