Monday, September 30, 2013

jacob jay: 15ish months

these past three months, most especially the last month, have been filled with so much sweetness. i know that i always feel that each stage with the little man is, 'the best yet,' but these days of his first steps are filled with so much wonder and so much excitement, my heart just feels so full. there is so much going on in our lives with this silly house, but we are forced to slow down and see the world through the eyes of our sweet boy on a daily basis, and i wouldn't want it any other way.

a few stats: 20 lbs 6 oz. 29.5 inches. seven teeth. 

currently he is loving his books. we read through all of our books at least once every day. we sit on the couch, read one, he hops off and goes to get a new book, comes back and begs to get back on the couch to snuggle in and read. he loves flipping through the books and pointing at the pictures.

he's walking everywhere, too. everywhere. my favorite moments are spent walking down the sidewalk with him stopping to pick up leaves, sticks and pine cones. oh, and don't forget to wave to every car that drives by. that's a must.

he's been eating and growing oh so much. all of a sudden none of his clothes fit. this is a victory, as the little man is, well, a little man. more on this some other time...but, back to his eating. give the kid fruit and vegetables and he is in heaven. yogurt, cottage cheese and eggs, too. and tacos. yum.

more sweet moments come at bed time. our sweet boy loves to snuggle before bed. he does not like going to bed without one and i'm not complaining. and then, in the morning, he wakes up a little before we get up, so we pull him into bed for a snuggle and then the morning goes smoothly. however, if he somehow sleeps through the morning snuggle, he refuses to let either one of us put him down while we go through our morning routine.

and, yes, i most often refer to our sweet boy as our sweet boy. this is because he is just so sweet. more and more we see his personality coming out and he has all the sweet, loving and caring traits that his daddy has. and on top of that, he's such a hugger! j hugs are just the best.

Saturday, September 7, 2013


we are sitting in our own home for the first time in a week. it's fantastic. and we have a newly tiled hallway and kitchen. we love it. we have been wanting to do the floor since we've moved in since the linoleum throughout the kitchen and hall were in a word, well, disgusting. the whole entire house has hardwoods except for these two spaces...and the guy before us did quite a number on them. we had to scrub these floors with baking soda and vinegar when we got the house in order to get them clean. it. took. forever. needless to say, we could not wait to save up the money for the tile floors. and yes, we did them ourselves. and no, we never want to tile such a large space again. but, yes, we are thrilled with the outcome. thrilled.

first: we started thursday night last week taking up the baseboards and prepping the floor to get ready for laying the cement board on friday. we had the cutest little helper, as you can see. friday morning he was off to gramma and tuffy's for the week while we put the floor in. we are so thankful that they gave up three whole days to spend with our boy.

okay, some before shots:


so we started the process by laying cement board. we tried pulling up the linoleum a little, but there was no way it was coming right over it we went. GOODBYE UGLY!!!!!

we layed the cement board between friday and saturday, and then tiled on sunday, and a half day on monday. we grouted on wednesday. i'd estimate about 45-50 hours...needless to say, we really missed this guy:

and really, all anyone wants to know about...the after pictures. we love it. it brightens up everything in the house. keep in mind there is much work still to be done: base boards and ugly doors. we will do something with the cabinets, counter tops and sink once we get through tax season. 

here you go: