Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Christmas Re-Cap

This year we had some firsts for a Christmas morning:

First #1: Mr. Howard had Christmas day off (the WHOLE ENTIRE day).
First #2: We had Christmas with grandpa, Debbie, Nathan, and Erin via the worldwide web (we both had webcams set up to watch each other).
First #3: It was the first time anyone has ever been pregnant at Christmas. First #4: This was the first year since we've had Jake that he did not join us for Christmas morning celebrations (we drove him home X-mas eve, at 2am, because he could not handle the cat). Does anyone have Ceasar Millan's phone number????
And of course, we had some old favorites too:
As always, it was a wonderful holiday, filled with lots of yummy food, laughs, and good times with family. And as an added bonus, Jordan and Ashley joined us for the Lakers game.
Katie and Colin:

What a difference a week can make

Yesterday I went to school to meet Susan, Diana, and Sophia for a Christmas catch-up session and while I was there, I picked up my camera cord. :-) As I promised in this blog I have uploaded the new pictures of the last room remodel. You can visit the link above to recall what it looked like before.
First we painted the top half of the room a very light green:
Next we put up the wainscotting:
Then worked on the trim:
Then put the floorboards and bottom trim up:
And finally painted the wainscoting:
And now we have a beautiful light green room with gorgeous white wainscoting:

We have one more wall of wainscoting to paint and then we'll need to work on curtains and wall decorations!!

Monday, December 29, 2008

A Lot Late

I can't believe I didn't post this on Christmas! OOOPS!!
Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! Happy Kwanzaa!!!
We love and miss our friends near and far!
All our love,
The Howards

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Room Continued

Because of my present condition, I have not been able to paint with my wonderful husband. So, he has taken it upon himself to dedicate hours in the nursery all by himself, painting and hammering away. We have finished the painting, although we now need to go back with white paint and paint the ceiling, door frames, and door (because the last owners decided to let their two year old paint the room - or so it looks - and got paint EVERYWHERE). Mr. Howard has also finished the wainscoting on almost two walls and only has a third. Once he finishes that, we'll be able to caulk it, paint it white, and finish the floor boards and top trim. We just so want to get all the basics done in there, so that it can sit and wait for someone to fill it.

Have I ever mentioned how wonderful Mr. Howard is? How much he takes care of me? I sit on the couch attempting to keep my food down, while he works his butt off. I can barely get off the couch in the evenings to go in there and ooh and aww over his hard work and he never complains. It would be hard for me to be sweating away while he sat on the couch watching movies, and yet he never complains. I love you, sweetheart!

(P.S. We took pictures to upload on this post, but realized that we left my cord, to upload the pictures, at work. I promise to upload them soon.)

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Working on the Last Room of The House

We've been working on our final room in the house. There are lots of little touch-up's to do on the rest of the house, but we've been dreading getting in the last room because it was such a mess. When Tim and Kathe came out in June, Tim helped us add a closet overhang and add texture to the walls in that room. So, the time finally came for us to get started.

Before I talk about what we did this weekend, let's take a look at all that we've done so far.

This is how the room looked when we moved in:
My dad helped us knock out the entire wooden structure right when we moved in:
When we ripped out the wooden loft, we noticed that the previous owners had wrecked the closet overhang:
Tim helped us drywall a new closet overhang:
He taped it off and textured the walls:

So that is how the room sat for months and months...until this weekend. This weekend, we picked out and purchased new paint, purchased everything we needed for the wainscoting, borrowed my dad's compressor, ripped out all the baseboards, taped off the ceiling, and painted. Mr. Howard had the entire room painted by about 5pm yesterday. Today I'm going to muster the strength to head to Lowes again for more paint (so Mr. Howard can do touch-ups tonight).

Almost Christmas - Can you Believe It?

I promise in a few weeks to get back to my normal posting schedule. While I am feeling a little better, I am still quite sick. When given the choice between writing on the blog or getting extra sleep and rest, I am having trouble choosing to blog.

Today, however, I mustered the strength to post about Christmas. :-) This is our first Christmas at our new house and we have so enjoyed decorating. This year, for the first time ever, we were able to put our Christmas tree in the living room in front of our front window (see picture). As we drive up, we can actually see it from the street!
We also put icicle lights up on the house, candy-cane lights lining the walkway, a wreath on the front of the house, and decorations filling the house. :-)

Thursday, November 27, 2008

What We Are Thankful For

Last year, I started a tradition of blogging about what we are most thankful for. This year has been a whirlwind year for us and we have been so blessed. Here are just a few of the things we're thankful for this year.

Our Relationship
Our Family

Our Ability to Spend Weddings, Baby Showers, Bridal Showers, Graduations, Bachelorette Parties, Births, and Birthdays with our Friends & Family

Our Health
Our Work
Our New Home
Our Ability to Travel

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Sick, Sick, Sick

I'm sorry that I have disappeared lately. I promise that when I am feeling a little better, I will return to the blogging world and share anything missed! I'm leaving you with a picture of a display Mr. Howard built for his store. He bought those white tubes, decorated them with red ribbon, and jerry-rigged them so that they could stand independently. The display earned him a visit from a district, corporate manager and a lot of "wow's" from me!

In the absence of my blogging, I love you and miss you all. Jen, Nanny is in my prayers!

Monday, November 17, 2008

When I Should Have Been Doing Report Cards

This past weekend we traveled to Los Angeles for Jen's birthday. Leaving late Friday night, we arrived just in time for a weekend away from home, to visit friends and take a little escape from our lives. I actually have never missed a birthday of Jen's (ever), so it seemed only natural that we plan a trip out and combine it with a visit of Madison Grace (see photo to left).

For her actual birthday celebration on Saturday night we went on a murder mystery dinner cruise off the coast of Long Beach, which was incredibly fun. The birthday girl even solved the who-dunnit.

The Girls on The Boat
On Sunday morning, the boys and I made a big pancake breakfast which was yummy!
Then in the evening we were finally able to visit with Allison and Jack and their new little blessing, Madison!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Sushi and Madagascar 2

After the luncheon, the boys joined my sister and I for a dinner at Mikuni and a movie. We had also planned on going bowling, but we were all a little tired. So we decided we'd have to save bowling for another night. We went and saw Madagascar 2, which was such a cute movie. Unfortunately, my sister and I both fell asleep for part of the movie - Can you tell we're sisters? :-) At Mikuni's I asked a woman to take a picture of the four of us, but she did a really horrible job and seeing as though Mr. Howard and Denny were mortified at having to pose for a picture in a restaurant, I let it go! What is with boys and posing for pictures?!?

Author's Luncheon

Every year, my mom, sister, and I attend the author's luncheon, benefiting the National Kidney Foundation. This year, I had an opportunity to meet several author's, but the one I was most excited about was John Grogan who wrote Marley and Me. I'm usually a little shy to have authors sign the books that we buy or receive, but this year I had John sign a book for my class Bad Dog, Marley. As always, it's such a fun event and we get to visit with my mom's friends Cathy and Claudia. Below are a few pictures from the event!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

We Voted. Did You?

We did our civic duty today and both voted. I voted at 7:00am this morning, right when the polls opened and Mr. Howard voted right after work at 4:30.

Of course my fourth graders wanted to know all day who I voted for (don't worry, I would NEVER tell them), but the fact that they understand what a historic vote this is, is phenomenal! And someday, when we have kids we'll be able to say, "I remember when we voted in that election!"

And now we sit and wait!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Happy One Year Anniversary

For our one year anniversary, Mr. Howard got us a Couple's Massage and we FINALLY were able to book it and go this past Sunday! It was his first massage ever and while he was a little nervous (I don't blame him, it's a little weird to be wearing nothing in a room with someone massaging you), he thoroughly enjoyed it!! They even did the hot stones on our back, which felt amazing! It was a bonding experience and we both agreed that perhaps we should make it an annual tradition. Now it's finally official: we have been married for a year. :-)

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