Sunday, June 1: Sunday was our stake conference.
|Happy girl in the nursery! She's probably a bit old to be playing in here during a church meeting :)|
We were pretty stoked about having an hour off church! We took advantage of the extra hour by hiking in South Dallas to a beautiful lookout point over Trinity River.
|Bronxie does not like heights.|
We saw this family canoeing, and now that is all Tyler wants to do this summer.
Tuesday, June 3: We had doctor’s appointments scheduled for the kids, which I happily delegated to McKay.
While Dr. Clifford (real name!) looked them over, McKay tried to prompt Tyler to brag about being healthy and fit with his running club at school: “What do you do on Thursdays, Tyler?” Before he could answer, Jamie shouted: “DONUT DAY!! We get DONUTS!!” Haha!
Wednesday, June 4: I did something today I’d been wanting to do for almost three years: a bathroom makeover! Our bathroom was old. The walls were crumbling, there were no baseboards, and the whole thing was painted matte brick red.
|These were "middle" pictures, with the framing already done, but you can still see the awful paint. Blech. So dark and moody.|
Matte! Every single fleck of toothpaste or water showed up, and washing the walls just made it worse. It started out with an idea from Pinterest (where else, I ask you?), and progressed into measurements, plans, and a big old shopping trick to Lowe’s. After a very long day of measuring, cutting wood, framing out the walls, measuring again because the foundation is weird and I didn’t account for the top width of the wall to be longer than the bottom width of the wall, re-cutting, nailing, caulking, and painting, painting, painting, we have a bathroom that I love just shy of how much I love my kids.
|We've since finished up the last bits near the ceiling.|
|I love this man!|
Thursday, June 5: Donut day! We had a fun playgroup at the Montagues, painting and sprinkler play.
Friday, June 6: We had Eve and Milko and their kids over for dinner, and it was so nice to catch up with them! Our respective lives were whirlwinds this last semester, so it had been a while since our last get together.
|Ribs, mashed sweet potatoes, garlic bread, and macaroni for the kids. Yum!|
|And a delicious Tres Leches cake from Eve and Milko.|
|Portlandia joke :)|
Saturday, June 7: HOT! It was 97 on Friday, and 94 on Saturday. Summer is here, folks…I gotta get out. I took Tyler and Jamie around town, hitting up all the kid activities: the Home Depot Workshop,
and the library’s kickoff party to start the summer reading club.
- This sign on someone’s
car in the Lowes’s parking lot one night.
- Tyler was having an interesting time sorting out all the names for bee-like creatures. "Bumble Bee. Honey Bee. Wasp. Yellow Jack-O-Lantern."
- Tyler and Jamie help me water the flowers every morning (or evening if that's when I remember that the plants are dying). They cheerfully fight over who gets which watering can, and when everyone is armed with one (except me; I use this huge mixing bowl because I can dump like a gallon on each plant in under 2 minutes while the kids use their dainty little toy/decorative watering cans that trickle maddeningly slow), we water away.
- Jamie and Tyler still like to play I Spy in the car, but Jamie has found a rather cunning and malicious use for the game. She and Tyler had been fighting over a toy in the backseat, and after I intervened, she ended up with the toy. After a minute, I heard from the back, "Tyler, let's play I Spy. Okay, my turn! I spy with my one little eye. Something that I have in my hands. And you want it. What is it, Tyler? What is it?"
- Lastly: we've been dying over this all week: