Monday, April 22, 2013

Baby Love & Marker Hate

Hello, friends! We hope that you had a really good weekend. We had an interesting one. It was mostly great, though. :)

Haha, I always feel so weird taking a picture of myself, but Reagan was making such cute faces in the mirror on Friday night. :)

On Friday evening we attended the annual Life Network banquet, which is ALWAYS refreshing to my heart and soul. Eric and I have opinions and convictions on a lot of things, as many people do, but we are very selective in the issues that we choose to devote the most time to. We happen to think that the biggest civil rights issue of our generation, the one that will be discussed in history for years to come, is the right to LIFE and what we are doing (or not doing) to protect it.

We love babies. We love women. We have a heart for strong family units and for adoption. This is OUR issue. And so we are very thankful for organizations such as Life Network who offer unexpected moms and dads free, non-judgemental services - from ultrasounds to counseling and all that's in between. Most importantly, we are excited to support an organization that offers hope. You can't buy that, and it is often hard to come by. Thank you, Life Network, for all that you do!

And as always, thank you McArthur's Bakery for donating your delicious desserts to the banquet. Baha.

{P.S. I feel the need to say this, just because. A little side-note, if you will. I never ever (ever) want any man or woman who has experienced abortion to think that we would judge them or think less of them for a past decision. That is probably my worst fear in bringing tough issues like these up, especially to an internet world of friends I may never see face to face, which is usually why I don't. I think it's important to know that, while we advocate life always, we are equally invested in healing and forgiveness and love.}

I don't think you want to see pictures of what we did with the rest of our weekend, haha. So to break it up a bit - here are a couple more pictures from last weekend. Hey, at least it's something! :)

 Evelyn cracks up every time she sees this. :)


Once Saturday rolled around we had one mission for the rest of the weekend...to remove permanent marker stains from our kitchen floor. ACK. Thank you, Gracie, thank you. I alluded to this a bit on Friday, but that was only the tip of the iceberg. Our darling middle child is going through the "color on everything" phase, as her big sister did before her. I walked into the kitchen last week to find our refrigerator plastered in black scribbles. Then I noticed that our kitchen floor was covered. I mean...seriously...a LOT of floor, nothing but big black PERMANENT squiggles. And then I look up and see that every single lower cabinet and drawer also has Gracie's signature sprawled on it.

I think I had an out of body experience at this point.

In case you're new around these parts: we are RENTERS, so "our" kitchen isn't ours. Of course I immediately started scrubbing with every solution I could find, and nothing worked. I googled. I found a million "tricks" for removing marker stains, and none of them worked. None. That crap wasn't budging. Finally Eric came home with Magic Erasers, which actually did a great job getting the cabinets clean, but didn't touch the refrigerator or floor marks.

At this point, we're kind of freaking out. I mean. We already have to paint this entire place when we move out because of the artwork on the walls. (Gee, we sound like great parents don't we? Haha.) But to have to replace flooring?? We took a special trip to Lowe's and bought sprays and chemicals that specifically stated on the packaging that they were meant for removing permanent marker stains. Hallelujah - we were saved! Not. Those didn't work, either.

Finally, on Sunday, we resorted back to one of the first things we tried. We had run out of 100% acetone on the first day, so we went back to get some more, and that finally did the trick! It was a last ditch effort, and we were beyond relieved to see those dark marks turn to stains, and then stains turn into barely visible lines. We are still working on it, but with a little more elbow grease no one should ever be able to tell the difference.



If you have a baby or toddler in your house, throw away the Sharpies!!! Seriously. Even if you think they are hidden under lock and key. Even if you have some strange hidden addiction to Sharpies. It's not worth it. Trust me. And don't say I didn't warn ya!

And just in case there are any future landlords out there reading this - I promise we are not hooligans set out to destroy your property. :) We'll leave this place BETTER than we found it, but man having lots of little ones sure does make me glad we're not in our "dream home" yet. Haha.

^^By the way...if any of you are ever bored out of your minds and really hungry for pizza, I invite you to a painting party when we move out of this place. :D

Sunday is usually the only full day we have as a family, so after Eric took care of the yard and scrubbed the floor we went for a walk, came home to a very late dinner, and then we crashed. Well, my family crashed, I'm the only crazy one still awake. Blogging. Here I am.

Today promises to be a beautiful day. I need to think of something fun to take advantage of it! Hope we all have a great week ahead!


5 comments:

Heather said...

I use hairspray to remove permanent marker from anything. Love it.

Cassie said...

ayi - i'd say throw those markers away momma. love the selfies - too cute!!

Adrien said...

Heather - that was the one tip I hadn't tried and was going to if the acetone hadn't worked! I couldn't believe the stuff that WOULDN'T make the marks budge.

Yes, all permanent markers are GONE. (I hope!)

sblind2 said...

I LOVE the pic of you and Reagan - the curls are CUTE!

Adrien said...

Thanks! :)

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