We decided to head to the zoo this past Saturday (since it wasn't as hot)! I am glad Hannah was able to go with us since Jeff was working. It was a little crowded, but we had fun seeing all the animals, especially the new elephant!
Today, Lily is 4 1/2 years old and yesterday, Parker was 10 months old! Talk about a couple of spitfires :) Both of these kiddos have lots of energy, are so loving, and cute as can be. I was just telling Jeff how lucky we are to be their parents.
Starting with Little Miss Lily Bug:
She weighs 40 lbs (I know this because she is obsessed with using the bathroom scale to weigh herself and her toys) and she is around 43 inches. She loves to ask questions-especially on our trips in the car. Right now, she is very interested in signs that say not to do something, such as no pets, no food, or do not enter. She wants to know what they all mean. She also likes to hear stories about when she was a baby and when Jeff and I were younger. She is figuring out that her aunts and uncles are our brothers and sisters and making the connections. She told me today she really misses school (I was glad to hear this because that means she liked it). She is in swim lessons this year, and this is the first time I haven't had to get in the water with her. She proudly gives me a thumbs up every time she does something new. She loves dolls, barbies, and playing make believe anything. She can make a big mess and has a big attitude. BUT her sweet smile and contagious laugh make up for it. She is in a big booster seat and is proud she can out her own door and undo her belt on her own. All I know is that she is getting too big too fast!
Now for PQ-Double digit months already?!
What can I say about this little ham? He has the best smile and lights up when he sees us. He is crawling everywhere and cruising very fast from one piece of furniture to the next. He loves to put things in his mouth, and we have to watch Lily's small toys. He loves remote controls, phones, and keys. He DOES NOT like to be confined in strollers, car seats, or shopping carts, and I am seeing a really strong personality this month when he doesn't want to do something. Needless to say, I am saying no a lot! He loves to eat and this is the only time I can get him sit still. He is learning to wave bye and babbles a lot. He likes when Lily blows raspberries on his belly :) He eats table food and drinks soy milk in bottles. He also drinks water out of a sippy cup really well. He usually takes 2 naps a day. He still gets up once at night and prefers to just cuddle with me.
I finally snapped some pictures of the whole kitchen. I posted about the floor a couple days ago. Now you can see it all together. It is definitely a space that feels cozy, and it is very different from before! Maybe it will inspire me to start cooking :)
BEFORE PICTURES (sorry-I didn't have that many before pictures)
As I mentioned, the homeowners painted everything tan. It was very light and airy, and the counter tops were brand new.
AFTER PICTURES...I took most of these last night while the kids were sleeping so the color/lighting looks off a little. I am starting with our entry way. The entry way looks right into the sunroom.
This spring, we loved opening the doors up and feeling the air from the outdoors. It is a nice space :)
I looked everywhere for rugs. It was hard because most rugs with red on them are combined with brown. All of my furniture and accents are black. In the end, I got a simple red rug speckled with gray. And, after looking at so many stores, this actually came from Walmart for $20. I guess if I get tired of it or it gets ruined, who cares!
Another reason for the plain rug was because of the pattern on this side table I just happened across at Hobby Lobby. I didn't want a rug pattern competing with the busy pattern on this. I love this piece though. It is a little funky but perfect in the space. It was marked down from $119 to $40! I just need to find something taller to put on it. Maybe that will wait until Parker stops destroying things!
My grandmother passed away in the spring and my aunts let us go through some of her household things before they were selling/donating them. I took these canisters. They are perfect, and they make me think of her. Since I bake from a box, they hold animal cookies and goldfish crackers :)
This space looks great next to our living room now! I am very happy with it. I just need a few more accessories (maybe a splash of yellow or something to brighten it up).
This is the kitchen at our old house. Look familiar?!