Monday, March 27, 2006
Wednesday, March 22, 2006
Natalie wore this cute dress for spring pictures at school. They are supposed to be full body poses. It will be interesting to see how they posed Natalie. Good thing that Natalie has chunky legs, it was in the low 40's this morning when I put her on the bus. I didn't want to put pants on her because the pictures were supposed to be a beach theme.
Monday, March 20, 2006
Natalie has started to have tandrums now when you try and take her hand and redirect her to something else. Her tandrums consist of her going totally limp with her body and collasping onto the floor. This picture was taken when I tried to keep Natalie from messing up Joseph's turn. It was taken mid tandrum. At least they are quite.
Saturday, March 18, 2006
Natalie is driving me crazy these days. I alternate between loving her more than anything and going insane trying to keep up with her as she wants to be on the go all the time these days. What happened to my little baby who would quitely go with me everywhere I needed to go? She's turned into a high energy toddler who never wants to stop. She spends her days trying to get out of all the places we've put her to keep her safe. She has recently learned to open the latch on the front screen door so we have to remember to close the front door or she escapes. She loves being outside. She has also become a little Houdini when it comes to carseat and stroller straps which makes taking her along more difficult. She has discovered a love of the arts and spends many waking hours looking for something to write on both herself and the walls. Ah the joys of having a 2 year old in the house again.
Wednesday, March 15, 2006
The closing of our house loan refinance was supposed to happen at 9:00am this morning. When I checked the answering machine at 8:40am, I heard two messages from the settlement company wanting to delay the signing of the loan papers. No one showed up at 9:00am and no one called this morning to reschedule the meeting. I decided to call the person who was coordinating all aspects of the loan. She called the settlement company and they called back and rescheduled the meeting for 7:00pm. The notary showed up on time and we took about 15 minutes to sign all the paperwork. We have until the 18th to cancel the loan so we have to wait until then to get our settlement check. We took some extra money out to pay off all of our credit card debt, get a new roof and new windows. The roof was done about 2 weeks ago and I need to get quotes from a couple of places for new windows. I know that we have a long way to go to be debt free, but I least it's mostly consolidated into one monthly payment. It seemed like everytime we turned around, something happened which looked like it was going to prevent this loan from closing. I'm glad that is done!!!
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
Monday, March 13, 2006
The ceiling is now patched with one coat of mud. I'm going to paint it with primer so it looks better when the appraiser comes out to re-inspect this room. The water damage is fixed and since Joe is going to paint and wallpaper this room, I don't want to spend too much time and energy on the patch job.
With the temperatures reaching near 80 today, the kids decided to get the slip and slide out for some old fashioned water play. Taylor figured out how to get the camera to take black and white pictures and got this great shot of Bailey and Joseph. Bailey couldn't find a bathing suit, so she's wearing one of Joseph's with a t-shirt.