I thought I'd open with some pictures of my absolute favorite kiddos!
Mark and I tackled the last of our house projects. First up, the kitchen cabinets went from fake wood to white and we added hardware. This picture has really bad lighting and I don't have a before picture but, you get the idea.
Much better lighting. Oh! the open cabinet is the previous color. In real life it looks really good compared to what we started with. The cabinets are very cheap;y made and have a glued on wood grain that was peeling off in places.
Next up, we painted the 2 bathrooms the same tan color as the living areas and replaced the toilet in the master bath. We also replaced the lighting, shower curtain rod, bowl holders and toilet paper holder in both bathrooms. The cabinets got painted white.
After that, we replaced the carpet in the 3 bedrooms. Mark and I moved all the furniture out and R & v slept on the kitchen floor.
Mark and I removed the old purple/maroon carpet but left the pad. It was in good shape so we had the new stuff installed on top.
Ta Da! I love neutral carpet!!!!
Remember when the outside looked like this?
And this HUGE tree was in the righthand corner of the picture blocking our house and our neighbors house and making our house look even smaller.
After Mark took the tree down, he laid a pathway out of busted up concrete from the driveway. Then he made beds on each side of the stairs and I went to the nursery and picked out bushes (that was actually very stressful!!) to flank the stairs.
The winner! They are very pretty in the fall. Their leaves turn a bight red.
Lastly, we had the gravel pushed over to the driveway, had dirt brought in and leveled and planted grass. The end result. Our grass grew sooo fast. For about 21/2 weeks we had perfect grass growing weather with lots of rain. Everyone in WI was miserable except for us. We walked around with smiles all day thinking "I don't have to water the grass today!".
Towards the end of Sept we headed to IL for the barbershop IL district competition. Uncle Dean has always wanted to sing in a competition with his sons, Tim (who also sings in an incredible barbershop group called After Hours) and Greg, and Mark. Greg does not enjoy singing in public so U Dean, Mark, Tim and a friend of Tim's entered the competition. That did a great job and placed. I had fun watching the competition and being kid free for much of the day. Mom and Dad Sauder got some time in with the kids and were so sweet to watch them for us!
Headed to IL.
U Dean, Mark and Tim
Cousins and very good friends
I got to hang out with some incredible ladies. I only got a picture with Katie and Stephanie but, I also got to be with A Karen quite a bit and loved getting to chat with her.
My mom was able to come Sat evening and spend time wit the kids. It was great to see her in person and catch up a bit.
We've been having lots of evening fires. It's getting crisp in the evenings and it's perfect for sitting by the fire and eating marshmallows.
This girl is growing up so fast. She's 9 months old this month. Tonight the big kids (R & V) were roaring like lions…as they so often do. All of the sudden there was this little roar joining in. Our baby girl was roaring like her siblings and it was SO FUNNY! I love her. :)
Reubs loves arts and crafts.
Reuben turned 4 on Oct 3rd.
I took more video then pictures. :( The picture taking kinda got away from me because it was such a busy weekend. Here's a picture of one of his gifts though. A singing fish. He wanted one so badly. :) Thanks Papa.
I think this is funny. Mark is using his Leatherman multitool to open a baby food package.
Sunday morning pictures of the cuties.
Attacking the grocery bag.
That's all folks. :)