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Monday, March 30, 2015

House Projects: Doors

Our old doors were hollow wood paneled, which we painted several coats of white. One still had brown streaks that seeped through the paint regularly, one stuck when it closed, one didn't stay open, and one was hard to pull all the way shut. So out of our 5 doors, 4 had problems. Basically they were 58-year-old doors.
We saw some beautiful "colonial" doors at an open house and it improved the whole feel of the house. I didn't want the beadboard ones, but I loved the 2-square panels, so when they went on sale at Home Depot in September, we ordered them. (They also had a free upgrade at the time to solid-core, which has been a nicer upgrade than I anticipated)
Several weeks later, they came in and John started installing them, pretty much one per weekend. We didn't have every Saturday free, so the 5 doors took more like 2 months. They were absolutely beastly and we don't recommend this DIY at all. Eventually, they were all in. We primed the doors and trim.
 The new trim is wider, which looks nice, but requires some extra work cutting the baseboards and ripping the sides to fit in small corners. John's early Christmas gift was a new saw to help with that. I think the only reason he agreed to this project was for the new toy. I mean tool. 
John chipped away at installing the trim on free Saturdays for months, through the holidays, vacations, etc. I wanted new doorknobs to match the hinges, but our old ones were in perfect working condition. I was debating because it was just an added, unnecessary expense. Then our front doorknob broke and we had to go through the back door.
So we bought a new front doorknob and John went ahead and swapped all of them out for me and it was instant love. So worth it. This is with the trim up and doorknobs in.
Then John caulked all the seams, patched all the holes and sanded everything smooth.
 On Saturday, we painted everything, sanded, cleaned and painted again. Finally, finally, finally, our beautiful doors are done. It seems like a small change, but it makes a big difference.
When removing the trim in the bathroom, the paint/texturing just peeled away down to the drywall paper.
Since the texturing in there is so thick already, we decided we'd just rip it all off and retexture the walls. So, the guest bathroom got bumped up on the to-do list.
Then, one night I went to dry a puddle that I assumed was from bathtime earlier, and all the floor squares came up. The toilet valve was leaking and soaked the glue off the lovely linoleum.
So, we peeled all of that up, too. John fixed the leak and now we're planning what to do next in there.
One project finished and another one started. Slow and steady progress!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

March I

Sunday nap
for all the boys.
John started a new lunch program at work and doesn't come home anymore. We really miss him and try to get out every day to help pass the time more happily. Scott loves the mall because of the playground and See's sample.
Scott needed to "take a widdle rest" in his plane.
Jonah doesn't usually get into things (maybe because he's almost always with Scott), but he found Mickey sprinkles and couldn't resist.
On an open house tour, we had some ptsd-inducing deja vu when we saw their converted garage. So glad we'll never see that in our house again.
I babysat Lauren's kids one day and Scott was enamored with Q.
The other three were napping and Scott voluntarily played with the baby the whole time.
He let him tickle his feet, played peek-a-boo and read him stories.
He loved the attention.
His sister looking sassy at the park in Jonah's hat and jacket with her skirt and boots. 
All loaded up. We put the van to good use this week.
Jonah helps Scott put the dishes away, which typically means he hands everything to him one at a time.
Scott has started using hand dryers in public bathrooms, which is a big deal for him. He doesn't like the feeling or the noise, but he's getting braver.
While Sarah was in town visiting her parents, we drove them up to Livermore to spend the day with Katie.
Scott tried out their tricycle and figured out how to pedal. It was not easy with a deadweight mooching a ride on back.
They all loved the stomp rocket.
The next day we renewed our passes at Happy Hollow. Jonah carried an empty cracker box around the playground like it was his security blanket.
Scott went on the frog hopper by himself! He did the roller coaster again, too, but still didn't love it.
On a walk after church. He didn't want to take off his bowtie, so he kept his nice clothes on all day.
We went for a walk one afternoon while waiting for John to get home. Scott's bike was out of commission, so he tried out his new scooter.
He was scooting right along in no time.
Jonah likes the search and find books, but just points to random things and nods like he found them.
He's really nuts about having a blanket on him at all times. It's not even cold.
I watched the Naylors again the next week and took the little kids to the Jungle while Linc was at preschool.
There was a program with the library where you could go free if you brought a form saying you'd read 7 books. That's like an hourly minimum at our house.
Once again, Scott enjoyed quiet one-on-one time with little Q. He taught him all the Star Wars colors, numbers and letters.
Scott loves cream and berries on anything. He asked me if he could stick his finger in the cream and lick it. 
For Christmas, I gave John a new toilet seat because the one that came with our toilet didn't tighen properly. John has talked about the toilets in Japan so much, I knew he'd like some cool functions, 
so I found one that heats up and has a light. I added a HP decal from Etsy and it was the perfect gift. He installed it and I forgot to take a picture before now, but 2 months in he still loves it. He gave me a compost bin for the kitchen that I love and also use regularly. We're just weird.
Our neighborhood soccer leagues don't start until kids are older and they're pricey, so we started one for toddlers at the park. This week only our two boys showed up, but we'll try again next Saturday.
Scott thinks he can drive the van.
My mom and I went shopping for Easter outfits for the boys. The kids like Gymboree because of the tv. Scott was on tv-free week 3, so he was glued.
Scott kept asking for the playground, but the outdoor mall didn't have one. They sat on these rides instead.
John and I do surveys online for reward points. He uses his for hotel stays and I cash mine out. They don't amount to a whole lot, but we love getting free samples to test out. This week I got two things I can never have enough of: sunscreen and diapers.
I helped a friend out for a few months while she was sick pregnant and she gave me a giftcard to their favorite restaurant as a thank you.
We tried it out on our date this week and I found a new meal to replicate: nutella bacon french toast. I had it for dinner and breakfast the next day.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

18 Months & 3 Years

I wanted to take pictures of the boys at their latest age milestones, but decided studio pictures were only worth it for babies (or at least less active kids). After daylight savings it was still light after dinner, so I quickly dressed the boys and we walked over to the park for some "professional pictures."
 I couldn't narrow down the pictures.
 Here we have one of Scott smiling, then one of Jonah. It wouldn't really be fair to pick only one.
 I asked Scott to give Jonah a kiss, since that helps him hold still, but Jonah went right for the mouth.
 Scott wiped his mouth (sorry, bud!) and Jonah laughed.
 John was dressed nicely from work still, so I threw him in the picture, too. The boys were too distracted to look at me anymore, though.
 Here's my little Scott. He is such an obedient boy, he's curious and clever, hesitant around anything new, gentle and sweet. He helps me with everything I ask most of the time and can be reasoned with. When he wants something we don't have, if I explain it he's patient and understanding (If I say his caterpillar jammies are dirty, he asks if we can wash them or if I tell him we're out of berries, he asks if we can go to the store for some more, if he wants to color, I say we can do that later when Jonah is napping). He always looks out for Jonah, much to his dismay. Scott likes order and routine, which I use to my advantage whenever possible. He usually breaks these general habits when he's overly tired, so we try to put him to bed when he gets cranky. He goes to bed without any trouble around 7:30 and sleeps for about 12 hours. When he gets less sleep, he'll take a nap if we drive somewhere in the afternoon. He is pickier about foods than he used to be, but can still be convinced to eat everything on his plate. We re-introduce foods every time we have them and some have grown on him (seaweed and tomatos, which he used to hate, cheerios and bananas, which he hasn't loved since he was a baby, he'll now have a little.) He's too active to be snuggly very often and although he's pretty social, he plays well by himself. He loves being outside and still runs pretty much nonstop from the minute he wakes up and sprints to our room until he hops into bed at night, panting and thirsty. When I finally embraced his "active" personality rather than trying to fight it as being too hyper, it became much easier to take care of him.
Scott is 3! I tried to "interview" him on his birthday.
Name: Scott Dean Bean Crapo
Age: free
Likes to wear: sweatpants, always wants socks on, still loves ties and hats. Anything that matches Jonah or Daddy or came from Ricky.
Friends: he likes playing with older kids and is very into babies, but likes his friends Lincoln, Anna, Cash, etc. But mostly, Jonah. They love each other and Scott especially will act lost without Jonah, like he doesn't know what to do without his partner in crime. At the beach he was disinterested in the little pond of water until Jonah woke up, then they splashed and dug and played and played until Scott cried when we had to leave.
Wants to be when he grows up: no clue. He repeated every suggestion I made.
Favorite things to do: ride his motorcycle, read, do puzzles, play with Jonah
Foods: green beans, cheese, berries, yogurt, banana bread, peppernoni pizza, hot dods.
Movie: he said Peter Pan, but he asks to watch Cars whenever given a choice, but insisted Peter Pan over 2 days of being asked.
Book: search-and-find books, specifically the Cars 2 one, and Mo Willem's Pigeon books. He has the Star Wars and Sandra Boynton books memorized and "reads" them to Jonah when I ask. (Honestly, he really likes our Dr. Seuss books, but they drive me crazy. I have a once per day rule.)
Songs: Snowman, Spider, and recently has been asking for Child of God. Loves Taylor Swift and frequently asks to listen to her cd.
Character: Dusty. He likes to fly in his Dusty pajamas.
Color: he said yeyow.
Animal: Scott's still pretty afraid of animals. He likes Oma's fish and turtles as long as they're contained.
At his 3 year check-up, Scott weighed 35 lbs/81st percentile (although that's about 2-3 pounds heavier than at home, so I don't think it's very accurate) and 3'2"/59th percentile.
 Mr. Jonah Bear was 27 lbs/84th percentile weight, 2'8"/36th percentile and 19.5"/95th percentile head circumference at his 18-month check-up.
 I was waiting to get the boys outfits before taking their pictures, but pulled down the summer clothes in Jonah's size and found Scott's old overalls. I squeezed Jonah's chubby/wide feet into his old sandals and went with it.
 Jonah is usually the instigator. He started picking dandelions and Scott joined in.
 Cute bum. Jonah has started hitting like it's a joke and I realized I "pat" his big, padded bottom all the time and he might be picking up on it. I need to work on that, but it's not going to be easy.
 It's like squeezing those cheeks
or kissing that head.
 How can I resist?
 I realize these look similar, but I love all of them.
 Found a flower,
 had a taste,
 threw it instead.
 The boys were pulled like magnets to the baseball practice.
I put Jonah on the bleachers next to Scott and he was nervous up there, so he grabbed Scott's hand
John joined them and Jonah relaxed. I tried to get their attention, but Jonah couldn't tear his eyes away from the action and Scott gave me this face.
I took one of them watching the boys play instead.
John is excited for all of the little league in our future.
Jonah went to go play at the park, but Scott wanted to stay and watch more.
He climbed to the top bleacher. Scott is afraid of a lot of things (dogs, amusement park characters, being separated from me, new people, loud noises, crowds, etc.) but is physically very brave. Jonah seems to be the opposite--he's more hesitant with heights or jumping off of things, but doesn't mind any of Scott's big fears.
Scott tried his new scooter outside for the first time earlier this day and after about 2 minutes took off like he'd been doing it for years. He chose the bowtie ("blue choo-choo bowtie from Ricky") and is quite the hipster on his scooter.
Park time!

Scott scraped his knee and was sporting the best frown face. It looks just like my sister's fake frown as a little girl.
This is what Jonah does when he sees Daddy. Every time.
Holding hands for the slide. 
Every day John and I talk about how much joy these boys bring to our lives and how grateful we are that they're ours.