Sunday, April 6, 2014

Built in

Eric spent the whole weekend (and last) finishing this little beauty so we could have our family room back.  Its been a long time coming but it is finally finished.
 
 
Eric had a great time putting in all kinds of hidden cabinets.  This one has an outlet in it so the kids electronics will be hidden while they charge.
 
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Eventually he wants to put in rows of drawers in here but since we still have 3 empty cabinets, he didn't consider it a priority.
 
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Eric loves his surround sound, I hate the speakers everywhere.  Our compromise is magnetized hidden speaker covers.
 
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He insisted on mounting the tv inside the entertainment center.  I thought we were building one to set the tv on.  What do I know.  The tv is on a mount that pulls out and this little cabinet is behind it so he can access all the wire when necessary.  Looks like the tv could use a little dusting!
 


Fake drawers that are actually a hinged shelf.
 
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Some extra pics:
 


 

 

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Walt Disney World 2014

We promised the kids back in 2012 that we would take a family trip to Disney World after we got settled into our new house.  We were all set to go October 2013, then Eric got furloughed.  So after a couple months delay, we were finally on our way.  It was a little colder on a couple of days then we were hoping but most days were lovely and there was even one day that was warm enough that we got to go to a water park and swim with the sharks!  Here is an overload of pictures, but not nearly as many as we took, and a glimpse of the fun that we had on this amazing trip.
 
We started our trip out bright and early on Saturday to the sounds of a child throwing up! What a terrible way to start a vacation.  We didn't know if he was just nervous/excited or if he had caught that nasty bug that is going around.  He was sick all morning, the drive to the airport, and while sitting in the terminal.  Then as soon as he sat down on his airplane seat, he became chipper and was healthy the rest of the trip, thank goodness.
 
 
Since we went over the MLK Jr Holiday, we tried to avoid the busiest parks first so the first day was spent at the Animal Kingdom.  We got to the parks 1/2 before they opened every morning and had the parks to ourselves for the first two hours.  So nice to do all of our favorite rides half a dozen times.  Expedition Everest was Reed's first real roller coaster, he literally grew 3/4 an inch in three weeks just so he could go on it and Rockin Roller Coaster.  We were a little worried that it would scare him and then he wouldn't go on anything else the whole trip.  Instead, it turns out, he loves all that adrenalin stuff like his dad and we couldn't keep him of the roller coasters!
 
 
 
 Second day was the warmest (high of 71!) But we decided to go swimming any way and we were so glad we did.  We snorkeled with the sharks, rays, and fish about 4 times and walked on every single slide.  The water was heated so it was only really cold for about 30 seconds after you jumped out of the water.
 
 
 Third day we finally got to the magic kingdom.  It felt busy everywhere you walked, I think it always does.  But we waited 30 mins twice the whole trip and the rest of the time was less then ten min.  We decided before the trip not to wait in lines to meet characters.  We had tons of character dinning reserved where they come to you and we would see the characters when there was no wait.  We ended up with 27 signatures in our little book!
 
 
 
My favorite ride is, and always has been the Haunted Mansion with Tower of Terror a close second.  I prefer the original Mansion as opposed to the "Nightmare" one that they do at Disneyland.
 
 
Shy's favorites tied between Rockin Roller Coaster, the only ride in Disney world to go upside down, and It's a Small World.  Could there be any two more different rides???
 
 
Reed's Favorites were Rocking Roller Coaster, Big Thunder Mountain, and Expedition Everest.  I sense a theme. 
 
 
Eric was sport to go on anything as many times as people wanted but I think his favorites are the roller coasters as well.
 
 
Fourth day was at Hollywood Studios. The kids favorite park.
 
 
Fifth day was at Epoct.  Last two day were spent park hopping!
 
 
We worried about getting Reed signed up for Jedi Training Academy since at Disney World its first come, first serve.  But we did, first in line actually, and Shy was a sport to join in.
 
 
When she walked up on the stage the Jedi Master said, "Well its about time you showed up to show these boys how its done!"
 
 
 
Shy is the little pink one in the back :)
 
 
 
One thing the whole family enjoyed was the dinning.  We figured if we were going to go, we were going to make the best of it.  We had some of the coolest experiences, including eating in the West Wing at Be Our Guest.  We sat right next to the picture of the Prince that would turn into the Beast when the lighting came.  And by the rose that would wilt through out the day.
 
 
The Rainforest and T Rex Cafes where we ate with animated animals and dinosaurs.
 
 
Coral Reef Restaurant where the fish and such would swim by the table and many more dinning experiences just as cool.
 
 
This is Shy's custom ears that she got so many compliments on.
 
 
 
Ariel with my Prince Eric.
 
 
And so many, many more fun and memoires that will last a lifetime.
 
 












Monday, December 16, 2013

Happy Birthday

What my sweet hubby gave me for my Birthday.  I asked for wallpaper and got a whole new beautiful bathroom, with new fixtures, lighting, mirror and molding included. 




Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Fall 2013

It looks like time is getting the better of most every blogger but... I really love looking at my blog with my kids, and if I don't post anything, I will have nothing to look back on. :)  Eric and I have been hard at work at our little projects and I keep thinking I'm going to wait until we are done to post pictures.  Then I realized, we seem to never be done!  But here are some of our happenings this fall. (warning, super long post!)

 
 
Grandma and Grandpa Redmond took us to the Dino museum up the canyon in Ogden.  The kids had tons of fun learning and hanging out with family! There may have also been a football game on that day.
 

 
 
 

 
Halloween came and went with the usual craziness at our house.  I decided this year to focus on the fun rather than take a lot of pictures.  Here we are at one of the few new things we tried this year, The Tracy Aviary.  It was a little unorganized but not crowded and most important, the kids had fun.
 



 
Shy and Eric went to the "Daddy, Daughter Date."  From the princess pictures they brought home, it seemed like they had a good time.  Eric and Reed knocked on the door with roses and Reed took me to dinner while they were gone.



Shy started her second year of spectrum now as a 4th grader and Reed started 1st grade.  They are both doing really well.  Reed has a hard time remembering to eat his lunch and take his time on his work but the teachers have also recommended him for the elite spectrum program so we will have to think about this for him.  I found out today that these two share a recess and they will often play together.  They love walking to and from school together too.  They really are best friends (most of the time!)


 
I sure do love these two.  One day they decided to make a real Plants vs Zombies game, the Squinkies version.  They played this for a couple of hours.
 
 
 
Sticking with the theme... Reed's birthday was also Plants vs. Zombies.  My sister was spending the night at our house and helped me make this cake as a surprise.



We took the kids and their cousin Max to Kangaroo Zoo in Ogden.  They had a great time but were pretty tired of it by the time we had to go.
 

 


I love that my boys share a birthday.  This year Reed blew out the candles right after they were lit, before any one had the chance to sing.  This is him feeling guilty about not letting his dad share.
 


Eric made a couple of dresser for my sister over the summer but we forgot to take pictures of the final project.  Eric was too large to put in the last couple of nails, so he recruited this cute helper.  He is starting her on power tools already!

 
 

We spent a long weekend in St. George to take some new born pics of my sister's new, sweet baby.  While we were there we did a "13 days of Halloween."  Reed enjoyed swinging the most, shocking.



Shy is always a good sport to try most anything.
 

 
 
This is my cute cousin that came down with us for the weekend.  It was so much fun having her there because she is so awesome but after spending 8 hours in the car with my kids, I don't know that she will want to come with us again. :)
 




We took our annual trip to the zoo.  We went around the zoo counter clockwise right at opening and basically had the place to ourselves!
 




 
You knew it was coming:  DIY!  The section Eric likes to call, "What crazy things does my wife have me doing now?" Well . . .
 
1- Coffered ceiling in the living room.  Apparently working over your head for hours at a time is not so fun.  But they look great, so it must have been worth it!  :)
 
 
 
 
2- Wall Sconces for the living room and . . .
 
 
3- Bedroom
 
 
4- Molding on our master tray ceiling
 
 
5- Reed's racing stripe
 
 
6- Shy's headboard
 
 
7- Shy's crown molding.  We had some left from the living room, and yes she wanted it pink, who wouldn't???
 
 
 
8- Wood wrapped windows and wood window sills