Sunday, October 15, 2017

House, Trip, and Potty Chart

Hello, all! Life has been just so busy lately. Between having a house built and driving out to see it a couple days a week, work for my master's classes, and the extreme amount of work put on us at work on top of evaluation stuff, I still haven't had much time to update this blog. I'm not even sure if my infertile friends read it anymore. If you do, please comment so I know it's worth it to still update. Lol

As for updates....our house is coming along just beautifully. It was finished being framed right before our annual trip to northern Wisconsin. 



We stopped by last night to see what else has been done in the week and a half that we didn't go see it. They are almost done with the deck, and we have one garage door (the double door) and our two showers.

Speaking of our annual trip to Wisconsin...it was last weekend. Here are some pictures. The colors were beautiful and minus a day of rain, the other two full days were terrific weather.













  














So, we officially started trying to potty train about a month ago. Jordan has been peeing on the potty for over a year now. I used to put him on the potty before his bath and he would pee, but that was it. I knew he was way too young, but he understood that he could pee in the potty. A month ago we started putting him in training pants and putting him on the potty every 30 minutes. He started getting really frustrated and seemed to be rebelling and having a lot of accidents. Then I made a potty chart and purchased some $5ish Blaze monster trucks and race cars as prizes that he earns. He has 7 rows and 7 columns which makes 49 little stickers he fills up and then one big sticker that has a saying such as "You're awesome," "High Five," etc. The big one is the 50th stickers. That earns him a toy.


 

I cannot figure out how to attach a Microsoft Word document, otherwise I would share the document. If anyone is interested, comment with your email address and I can email it to you. These are the big stickers that I use for the chart:


They don't sell the small ones anymore, but any small sticker could work.

I hope everyone is doing well. I will catch up on blogs soon.


Thursday, July 13, 2017

Our Summer Thus Far

I can't believe how crazy it's been this summer. We finally closed on our house on June 22nd and moved into my MIL's house (she moved permanently into her other house). We have SO. MUCH. STUFF. Most of it is packed away still since we will have another move in the near future. So, last that I mentioned, Mike and I had decided that we were going to build. Well, that was the plan and then Mike started changing his mind. We started looking at older houses. One day we went to look at 3 houses. We started our day driving through the neighborhood of the newer houses. Then we met up with the realtor to look at the 3 houses that we were interested in. He fell in love with a house built in 1963. It was very nicely remodeled inside, but I wasn't sold. Older houses come with more problems. You could see that they had started to replace the windows, the roof looked older, there was no parking in the street, and only one car width going up the driveway until you got to the 2 car garage. He seemed like he was sold and we were thinking about putting in an offer. After we looked at that house, we drove through the new neighborhood again. We both realized that NOTHING compared to the new build. For the price people were asking for older houses, it just wasn't worth it. We can personalize this house to us and have everything we need and want in a forever home. That day we decided to build. Weeks later we have paid the earnest money and met with the interior designer. They should break ground in mid August. It will take about 120 days to build (depending on weather), but we are thinking we will be moving in mid December to mid January. It's kind of going to stink to move in the winter, but we can't wait to be in our own home again.

The front of the house will look mostly like this:
 Differences:
-We will have all the same siding color (the darker gray)...not the two tone.
-We will have a sidelight next to the door.
-We will have a 2.5 car garage.

The main floor will look mostly like this:
Differences:
-We will not be doing a fireplace.
-We are doing banisters on the stairs instead of the half wall of drywall.
- Our floors will look like this...

We are looking forward to driving by the house and taking pictures of the progress. This is a great move for us and we cannot wait to make lots of memories in this home.

Have I told you guys how much I love having summers off? The quality time that I get with my boy is priceless. We have done so much this summer. I feel like we did a lot more last summer, but I wasn't having to move and work on my master's homework. Here are some pictures from our summer so far...

Playing outside at the old house

Zoo trip with Landon and Alicia

Water park with Landon and Alicia

Splash pad with friends

Riding with Lukas in "Papa's tractor mower"

New hat :)

Flying a kite

Helping daddy mow the lawn

Train ride at Cedar Lake Summerfest

Sitting in front of an old building

Trampoline park with Landon and Alicia

Dolphin show at the Zoo with Lukas, Grandma, and Papa

At the lake for 4th of July Fireworks

Riding papa's tractor mower

On the boat before the fireworks

Looking at pics of vehicles on the computer with grandma and Lukas

Pool time with Lukas

Throwing bags at our friends party

Helping mama with her homework

We have spent a lot of time with my work BFF, Alicia, and her son, Landon. We have gone to the zoo, waterpark, splash pad, and trampoline park with them. This is my parents first summer retired, so we have been over there once or twice a week. They are watching my nephew, Lukas, three times a week. Jordan likes to go play with Lukas, he also likes to look at big vehicles with my mom on the computer, and ride/drive papa's tractor mower. :) We've had an awesome summer so far and still have one month left!

This past monday I finished my 5th master's class (I'm halfway through...WOOT WOOT)....and I have about 5 weeks off. Jordan goes to VBS next week and I think I'm going into work to set up my new classroom. The rest of the summer is going to be nothing FUN! :)