Monday, June 13, 2016

Happy Birthday, Evelyn!

This time next week we will be MOVED. That means that this week kind of sucks, and we tried to make yesterday as fun as possible in preparation. :)

Evelyn turned seven!


There was no way we were going to be able to have a party in the middle of all of the moving madness, so that will wait until after we are in our new house. But we still like to let the birthday kid have some fun and call the shots on their actual birthday. It was up to Evie what we did for a family day yesterday, and she picked a regular birthday standby.

We had originally planned to go to the zoo or something similar, but the HEAT WAVE that came through this weekend stifled those plans. (All of you people who were camping over the last few days...you are brave souls, haha!) No, we gently guided our oldest child to choose a nice indoor, air conditioned activity. ;) 


We hadn't been to Chuck E. Cheese since Grace and Reagan's party last October, so they were all itching to go back. A few things have changed since we were last there. In addition to some new games and small rides, there are no longer tokens used to play anything. Now you get a "Play Pass" credit card type of thing that is pre-loaded with the amount of credits you have. You just wave your card in front of a ride or game and off you go! It's definitely easier than carrying around a little cup of coins, but I've gotta say...just like in real life with credit cards, we blew through our credits much faster than usual using plastic. ;)




Charlotte got to go on a ride for the very first time! I wasn't sure how she would react when we strapped her in. I half expected her to scream her head off, but she LOVED it! This gives me a lot more hope for Disney this year, haha.

We ate our pizza, played some games, cashed in for prizes, and then set off for the next stop of the day. The kids were dying to go back to the new house - they hadn't been in a couple of weeks. Eric and I were very curious about the progress of our newly stained kitchen cabinets!


So about these cabinets. Haha. Mario hates us, I'm sure. :) First I will say that we knew the product we were using to stain them isn't like, the best thing in the world. It's a stain and poly mix, which means it's kind of streaky and runny and hard to work with, but it's also the only alternative we had to just painting the cabinets white (which we don't really want.) The whole idea was that if we stained them and hated them, oh well. We will just replace them in a year or two anyway. But if we stained them and loved them, we would consider keeping them.

I don't think we'll be keeping them. :)

The pictures are actually very deceiving. They look darker and more even in photographs for some reason.


Poor Mario hates it. :D He is a perfectionist, so I think it was kind of driving him nuts. Between each coat he would make sure to update us about how awful it was, haha! But truly...I don't think they are that bad. They are livable for now. And we are having him put on one last coat to darken them a little more and hopefully even them out a bit more, too.  By the time they are done, I hope they will actually look a little more like they do in pictures. (Also, some of our new light fixtures have been going up!)


This picture might show a little closer to the color they are now. More of a medium brown than a dark one.

We know one thing, we would never put granite on these cabinets, so I think it's pretty inevitable now that they will be replaced eventually.

The bathtub is mostly finished now....


I cannot wait to get in there now and CLEAN everything. The whole house has a nice layer of dust covering every nook and cranny.

Bathroom vanities have also been getting new stain.



Another coat for those, too! And the tile floors look SO much better than what was in both of these spaces before.

The kids just love coming here and running around. I'm not going to lie...it stresses me out to the max! Maybe it's the junk that is laying everywhere. Maybe it's freshly painted walls they like to put their hands on and the fact that they literally RUN through the place. Maybe it's hormones. I don't know, but I don't last long with them before I'm ready to say, "Okay, time to go!" :D


Our baby is naked because she had a diaper blow out. Luckily I came prepared with fresh clothes for her to put on, because this is a trend for our youngest daughter any time we are here. I think she is christening the place.


I don't know why, but all of the kids gravitate to the fireplace. Charlotte loves climbing on it! So...get used to it, because they will probably sit here for pictures for years to come. :)

After this we stopped on the way home for a special birthday treat - slushies and ice cream. Evelyn got to pick where we had dinner a little later - another task assigned to the birthday child. And we finally capped the day with a little "Happy Birthday" cupcake action.



Charlotte especially loved her sister's cupcakes!

We really needed this family day. So I'm super thankful for Evelyn and her birthday and an excuse to just hang out. There is very little that would stop Eric Robert from doing anything and everything to get us ready for the move, but his oldest child turning seven will do it!

And now...I wait for a giant dumpster to be delivered to our house so we can continue the process of throwing out tons of crap and packing what survives the great purge. Today is trash day! I can't wait to throw some stuff away. Hurry up, dumpster guy. I have a basement full of junk ready to go. If you don't hear from me in a few days...well, you probably won't. I'm busy. :)

Here's hoping your week is a little more relaxing (or at least a little more interesting!) than mine will be, haha! And Happy Birthday to our firstborn child. We love you, Evie!

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