Monday, November 12, 2012


In October, we took on one of our first home renovations.  We decided to gut and redo our half bath on the first floor and replace the utility sink and build cubbies in the laundry room.  We painted, put new flooring down - well when I say "We"  I mean a rescue contractor because we were in over our heads!  Here are the pictures...
Mud room before...

Mud Room after

Half bath when we moved in

Half bath after we painted

Half bath after

Happy Birthday, Grace!

Our little Grace turned 3 years old on November 10th.  We can't believe where time has gone!  Pete and I looked at some pictures from her 1st and 2nd birthdays and felt a little sentimental about how big our little girl has gotten.
We first celebrated Grace's birthday in Indianapolis the day after Beth's wedding.  We were able to celebrate with many people and enjoyed having so much family around for Grace!  She got lots and lots of Barbies from our family including a Barbie house and furniture from my mom.
Here are pictures from our Indy celebration...

On Saturday, we had a party for her at our house and lots of our Ohio family and friends came over to help us celebrate!  Grace's great-grandparents drove in from Michigan and we really enjoyed seeing them as well! 
Here are pictures from our celebration in Ohio...
 Grace and good friend, Eve have the same birthday so here is a picture of the two birthday girls!

My first attempt at making, baking, icing, and decorating a cake all by myself!

November Professional Pictures

We recently went to get Grace's 3 year pictures, Jake's 18 month pictures, and Holiday Pictures

October 2012

The month of October started off with the three kids going on their field trip to the pumpkin patch.  I was fornunate to be able to go along again this year and it was so fun to chat with their teachers and watch my kids interact with their friends.  It was this field trip that I realized Jake is ALL BOY!  He was running around in the mud and didn't care how dirty he got.  He was up close and personal with all of the animals and had no fear!
Pete went to Matt's (my sister's fiance) bachelor party over the first weekend in October so my mom came to visit and help with the kids.  We had a great time and it sounds like Pete did as well!
Halloween festivities took over the later portion of the month.  The kids were adorable in their costumes as you will see in the pictures!  (I know, not bias at all!)
Here are pictures from our month of October...

The following pictures are from the kid's field trip

Grandma reading a book to Jake 

Claire has wanted to help out with housework - so I let her!  She loves to be my helper and I love that she enjoys doing chores! 

Grace's Halloween Costume - a cupcake

Claire's Halloween Costume - Aurora (Sleeping Beauty)

Grammy bought this costume as a possibility - but it was a little small. 
 It's Pinkie Pie (My Little Pony)

Claire had her first sleepover with her good friend, Eve.

We met Grammy for lunch one afternoon

Trick or Treat event at Aunt Kimmy's college

 Yep, that's Jake the dinosaur - I could not get enough of it!  That tail went back and forth as he walked!

Claire and her class at school - Yes, Grace creeping into the picture in the background  :)

Jake and his buddies at school