Saturday, August 28, 2010

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

ABC.. it's easy as 123!!!

Today was Hailey's first day of preschool. I cannot believe she's old enough for this. I've had a lot of mixed feelings about it, but the day came and she's SO excited. The first thing she asked for when she woke up was to go to preschool. Here are a little memories from her new adventure.

This is her teacher, Miss Megan
(Hailey is writing her name in this picture)

SO excited for the train ride!!

Of course, for those of you who know her well, she HAD to ride in the 'cheetah car'

The day was finished up with playing on the playground for a little bit.
I love that us parents got to join her on her first day.. she started a pillowcase that we got to help her with. She wasn't quite sure what we were doing but LOVED the fact that we painted her feet and hands to print them on her new pillowcase canvas!
She is very excited to go back on Thursday.. she's been asking all day if she can go back to school.
(although, i'm still a little reserved, only because I can hardly believe that we are at this point in life. She just grew up too fast.)

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Good Times and Sad Goodbyes

What a CRAZY FUN weekend this has been. We had a weekend full of family, fun, games, food, swimming and waterslides..  Carmen and Ben are moving to the Phillipines and Uncle Adam came for the weekend as well. We celebrated both events with quite a bang! I don't have many pictures just because my mind was seriously absent due to the house project I blogged about on the previous post. But I did get some of the girls swimming and the farewell of Carmen, Ben and Adam.

(check out her muscley arms.. holy crap!)

(Hailey doing cannon balls that Uncle Ben taught her)

This summer, we have spent MANY hours in this pool. Thanks to my inlaws for providing such a fun summer activity for us. The girls favorite was Uncle Adam throwing them in the pool. On the day he left, he got Hailey so high that she was pushing off the floor of the deep end to pop back up out of the water. She LOVED it. She also has a new love of swimming UNDER water. Now when going off the slide, she goes with her head IN the water. Addy has gotten pretty good at swimming herself to the edge and getting out all by herself. Such a big girl these days.

I tried uploading a cute video of uncle Adam throwing them, but it wouldn't work, I'll post it later.

This was the middle of packing project. Stuff everywhere. I did get to reap some benefits of being the keeper of fun stuff for two years while they are gone. :-) Thanks guys!

Then, it was goodbye. Adam left first. The girls love Adam. In fact, the morning he left, we were at
home and Hailey says to me,
"mom, I love Adam. But don't tell him I said that"

Then, it was Carmen and Ben. Carmen and I have become pretty close over the years and i've really been trying to not think of them moving. It makes me really sad. Luckily, I had this house project to keep me busy and not thinking about it. But, the time came and I lost it. I was trying really hard to not cry, but I did. Then everyone else started crying. It sucked, I'm not gonna lie.
But i'll get over it, i'm sure. :-)

The good news is, Nate and I are seriously
considering a trip out to see them!!!

We love you guys and you will be missed. We're looking forward to Christmas when we get to see EVERYONE again!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Project Johnson Home

Last year it was the basement, and this year, it was the rest of the house. So, once we made the decision to go ahead and get new flooring, we started prepping the house. This meant, having a garage sale to get rid of as much stuff as we could, taking everything off the walls, moving furniture out of the way 5 million different times, buying necessary tools and paint to prepare the entire inside of our house for a makeover. This is what it looked like before:
It was BLUE! When we first moved in, EVERYTHING was blue. Even the door frames. For most people, it's not really noticeable, but for those of you who know me well, you KNOW about those door frames, the ceiling, the walls, the carpet, even the KITCHEN and dining room had blue carpet.

Who does that?

So next, it was off to painting. What a project that was. We had to paint door frames, chair rail, baseboards, etc. It was a lot of work. Nate and I would stay up past midnight painting, then I would get up at 5am or earlier to get as much done as I could before the monkeys woke up. No Bueno!

Then, the night before the kitchen flooring was laid, we had to rip out the carpet. This consisted of the following areas:
Kitchen, Dining Room, Laundry room, 3 bathrooms and the entry way to the basement.

check out the arms! Such a stud of a husband he is.

Then it was moving appliances into the livingroom.

This was just the beginning. We had a fridge, a stove, washer and dryer, toilet, diningroom table and chairs, living room furniture all in the livingroom. Poor Hailey and Addy, they had a small square of carpet to play on.
Once the kitchen floor was complete, we had to start moving all the furniture again to the diningroom to prepare for carpet. Once the furniture was moved to Hailey's room and to the diningroom, it was pull out time. Nate and Ben (our awesome brother in law) pulled out all the carpet and padding.
this is the livingroom with no flooring

this is standing in the livingroom, looking at the stairs and front door.

and this is Nate screwing down loose boards in the office entry

this is our bedroom with no floor. the girls were waiting to go to bed and had to wear shoes the whole time because of all the nail boards everywhere.

this is looking into Hailey's room where we put everything while they carpeted everywhere else

and this is the diningroom where we kept all the downstairs furniture

and this is our brother in law Ben. Such a trooper. He hung out with me ALL day waiting to help me move furniture around for the carpet guys. He got really bored.

and this is our bedroom after Ben and I moved it all in from Hailey's room
Yeah, most of this junk is all Nate's Ebay stuff. I was a little bitter at having to move it so much. It was a LOT of stuff.
and now for the finale!
Here are the after pictures!

this is the livingroom

our bedroom

my cute yellow laundry room

entry to the office

top of the stairs (and the new light sconces that I hung and wired myself)
nobody got electricuted and they work! :-)

Hailey's room (we didn't paint her room, it's still the original paint, but the carpet is new)

dining room

kitchen and Addy

and the last 'after' picture I have is of the entryway
I can't believe I don't have to get up at 5am to paint anymore. Instead, I can get up and go to the gym.. well, we'll see. :-)