Wednesday, April 27, 2011


Help me reach my goal!Sponsor Me at March for Babies!

Monday, April 18, 2011


Help me reach my goal! Sponsor Me at March for Babies!

Every day, thousands of babies are born too soon, too small and often very sick. My nephew Riley was born 5 weeks early and although he was healthy and happy in the long run, the experience was stressful and frightening for the whole family. I'm walking in March for Babies because I want to do something about this. And I need your help.

The March of Dimes champions the needs of moms and babies in our community and across the nation. The money we raise for March for Babies will help:

- support all-important research offering preventions and solutions for babies born too soon or with birth defects
- educate women on things they can do to increase their chances of having a healthy baby
- provide comfort and information to families with a newborn in intensive care
- push for newborn screening and health insurance for all pregnant women and children

If you are able, please help by donating today! Even a donation of just $10 can help. Making a secure donation is easy: just click the button on this post.

Thank you for helping me give all babies a healthy start!

The mission of March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality.

Your gift will support March of Dimes research and programs that help moms have full-term pregnancies and babies begin healthy lives. And it will be used to bring comfort and information to families with a baby in newborn intensive care.

Saturday, January 01, 2011


Downstairs Bathroom Remodel: Day 07

Happy New Year! Ian decided to take a much needed rest today. Consequently that meant a bit less then anticipated was done on the bathroom today. He did get most of the drywall tape and spackel (sp?) up. He just has the closet to finish. Then once it dries he can sand the walls down and maybe get the texture sprayed on. Kyle wants him to hurry up and get to the painting part because that is where he gets to help. :)

~ Christina

Friday, December 31, 2010


Downstairs Bathroom Remodel: Day 06

Today was all about drywall. Ian got all of the pieces cut and screwed into place. He decided to make shelves for the storage closet out of drywall as well. So that meant he needed to make wood frames for them and then cover those frames in drywall. Tomorrow he plans to tape and spackle (sp?) the walls. And if there's time, maybe even get the texture sprayed on.

I hope everyone has a fun and safe New Year's Eve celebration!

~ Christina


Noon Year's Eve 2010 at CDM

The kids and I (and Nana too!) went to the Children's Discovery Museum today for their "Noon Year's Eve" celebration. We have a family membership and always enjoy going. The ball drop and confetti they did for the celebration was pretty fun too.

~ Christina

Thursday, December 30, 2010


Downstairs Bathroom Remodel: Day 05

The Bathroom remodel is still chugging along. Today Ian got the grout in, although its hard to tell what the floor will look like until its all cleaned up. That will have to wait until the drywall, texturing and painting is done.

~ Christina

Wednesday, December 29, 2010


Downstairs Bathroom Remodel: Day 04

Hooray! Ian got the tile floor in today. Well at least the tile has been laid. The grout will go on tomorrow after the tiles have set for 24 hours. I'm excited to see what it will look like once the grout is in and its all cleaned up. Tomorrow he is going to try and finish the floor and put the drywall in. That's a big amount of work considering he still has his "day job" to do as well. :)

~ Christina

Tuesday, December 28, 2010


Downstairs Bathroom Remodel: Day 03

Again very little visual progress today, but Ian did get the frame for the closet doors in. Of course he also made several trips to the hardware store too. ;)

The checklist items completed so far:

- Rip out old sink/cabinet, storage closet, medicine cabinet and mirror.
- Remove toilet (keeping and will put back in)
- Take down drywall from three walls
- Frame out storage closet

Tomorrow's goal: Get tile floor in. Good luck Ian!

~ Christina


Cucina Bambini: Cheese Twists

Kyle and I (well really just Kyle) took a cooking class at Cucina Bambini today. They made Cheese Twists. There were 7 kids from 3-5 years old in the class and it was really cute to see them all so entertained and interested. The class started with each kid donning an apron and decorating a chef hat (including their name so the teacher would know it). According to Kyle his hat was decorated with snail trails and dangerous snakes. This was a good way to kill time until everyone arrived.

The teacher brought out some puff pastry, wax paper, flour and a rolling pin and each student got to take a turn rolling out the dough. While students were waiting for a chance to roll the dough she gave them a block of cheese and a grater to start grating the cheese.

Each student then got to sprinkle some salt on the dough and spread some of the grated cheese on one half of it (they used both the cheddar they had grated and some mozzarella that was already prepared). The teacher also added some minced garlic.

She then folded the dough back onto itself and sliced it into strips. The students they got two strips each to twist. They were then placed on a cookie sheet and the kids coated them with egg.

The teacher placed the Cheese Twists in the oven and then read them two books while they waited for the twists to bake. The class ended with everyone getting to eat two twists (and sharing some with their parent). They were pretty good and Kyle asked if we could make some for dinner tonight. I think we'll serve them with some pizza sauce for dipping!

~ Christina

Monday, December 27, 2010


Downstairs Bathroom Remodel: Day 02

There isn't much progress visually, but Ian assures me that much planning and purchasing happened today.You can see in these photos the ceiling drywall has been cut for the closet door frame and the floor tile has been laid down (sort of). I can't wait to see what it looks like at the end of day 03!

~ Christina

Sunday, December 26, 2010


Downstairs Bathroom Remodel: Day 01

We're remodeling our downstairs bathroom. I think the sink and cabinets were from when the house was built and the linoleum is pretty nasty. We're keeping the toilet and sink faucet. Everything else is being replaced. We also decided to replace the cabinets that lined the back wall with a folding door and when we removed them...surprise, the wall behind them is a different color (green). I forgot to take some truly "before" photos, but you kinda get the idea from some of these.

~ Christina