Sunday, March 25, 2012

Felix The Cat

This past Sunday (March 18th) we added a new member to our family, Felix, the cat!  He is a Maine Coon kitten, 4 months old.  Brian had a Maine Coon while growing up and really wanted to get another one, Angela has always wanted a cat; they wore me down and here he is.

He really has been a very sweet cat and a lot of fun for all of us!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Kitchen Remodel Part 4

We are back to working on our kitchen.  I am sure it seems like such a slow project to you, it does to us too.  We have been doing this in stages to try and not be in debt with it.  Fortunately that has worked! (Kitchen Remodel Part 3, Kitchen Island, Microwave)

This second to last stage is the lower cabinets.  We seem to always do our work at the most inopportune time.  It was raining when Brian got the cabinets home and we had to haul them into the house before the boxes all disintegrated.  All the boxes came into the house nicely except for our corner cabinet.  I believe our back door is slightly smaller than the standard for new construction.  We ended up taking off the screen door and the door to get it into the house.

I lived with the boxes in the kitchen for a couple of days, since Brian picked it up mid week and he couldn't work on it until the weekend. 

First step was to remove all of the old cabinets.  Behind them the wall was covered in lathe and plaster.  That needed to come down too.

Connor really enjoyed helping dad!  He was extremely efficient with the hammer and actually did quite a bit of this work for us.  We did have to try and keep him covered up due to all of the dust.

Next up was covering the walls with new sheet rock.  That was pretty quick and easy.  Brian also moved a couple of outlets so that we could have some above the new counters.  Then it was onto putting in the new cabinets.  Like any older home nothing seemed to be straight or level.  There was a lot of shimming involved but he prevailed.  Once he put the toe kicks on you couldn't even tell.  We were now ready for the new counter top.  We were expecting it to get measured early that week and installed not much after that so I told Brian to leave to sink out and I would do with just using the bathroom one.

When we called and got our measure scheduled (which wasn't until the end of that week) we learned that the counters wouldn't be ready for two to four weeks after that.  I had him then put the sink back in.  We have been living with the old counter which doesn't cover the full space that we now have so at times it gets a little interesting.

Once we got the space measured we had to wait for confirmation that the company got the measurements.  Then we had to sign that the were correct and we were okay with them making the counters (that was this past Thursday).  We now have about a four week wait for the counters to get made, delivered and installed.  Stay tuned for pictures of the fully completed kitchen. 

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Groupon & Grub

Our 'G' date was another one like our 'F' date that started out including our kids.  We shopped on and purchased tickets to the Greater Milwaukee Auto Show.  This past Sunday we (skipped church) packet a lunch and headed to the BIG city.  It was pretty fun to see all of the older display cars and Brian was really happy to see all of the new ones.  We then got to the Grub part of our date.  One of my favorite things to do on a trip is try new restaurants, foods, drinks, shops etc.  We started by walking to an Irish pub where we had some wings and a drink.  We then walked along the "river" (really a water way to and from the lake and downtown Milwaukee) to let the kids stretch their legs.  Next we went to a sushi restaurant for some more drinks, egg rolls, sushi and an oyster shooter for Brian.  Angela and Connor both tried the sushi.  Angela enjoyed it, Connor said he didn't but he ate 1 1/2 pieces so I don't know.  Emeric wasn't feeling too good that day so he didn't eat hardly anything - period.  After that we walked around with a little window shopping which turned into a quick bit of real shopping for me.  We then drove to a local brewery, The Horny Goat Brewery, for dinner and drinks.  The restaurant over looked another part of the "river" which was fun to look at.  They had an outdoor fire pit that the kids enjoyed standing by.  They also had a huge tent with three sand volleyball courts and a large spectator space.  Brian and I are really thinking we need a regular babysitter so we can join the volleyball league here. Any takers?  That evening after putting the kids to bed, he and I got some time to ourselves and we shared a little bit of grasshopper pie.  It was a wonderfully fabulous day with the family!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

February - Photos of Kids

It is so much easier to get the camera out in the warmer months when we are actually doing something but then again we also get wrapped up in whatever we are doing that we don't always use it.  Here are some colder weather February photos for you to enjoy!  Cheers!


Here she is proudly displaying her D.A.R.E. shirt, which she received for graduating from the program!

A little Valentine's Love! (She helped the family when a trivia contest at church that morning and won the balloons.)

Chocolate fondue is so yummy!


Laying on Mom's lap, being a weirdo, asking for his picture to be taken.

Chocolate fondue is so yummy!

Having a fun time horsing around with Dad.  Believe it or not he had all three of them up off of the ground.


I wonder if Batman ever looks like this in the bat cave?  ; )

Chocolate fondue is so yummy!

This is how I found him at the end of nap time, curled up and sleeping in the "rocker" chair.