October 24, 2016

Fox, Katie & Nadine in 2016: Week 39

Day 267
Hannah took Fox to a free Lowe's Workshop while we were at work.
They built a fire truck together and Fox loved it!

Day 268
Another Home Show Day! We hired the Stars from HGTV's Love it or List, Hilary and David, for the Home Show and it was fun meeting them!

Day 269
It's starting to look like Halloween around here!

Day 270
On this day, it finally cooled off enough that we could go to the playground at night. We are ready for some cooler temperatures!

Day 271
He always gets a little scared when he gets his hair cut and I secretly hope he still wants to hold my hand when he's 10! :)

Day 272
The skeletons in our front yard are his absolute favorite. Every time we come home, he has to go see them!

Day 273
Off to Disneyland!

October 22, 2016

Pumpkin Painting with Friends

This week, Fox and I went to a Pumpkin Painting Playdate at a nearby park. He is usually not interested in painting or coloring at all and I wondered if I even had time to snap one picture before he was over it, but he sat there for like 10-15 minutes and was so proud to paint his pumpkin! I was shocked!

Playing at the Playground was equally important! :)

He came back to his pumpkin a little later to put some Halloween Stickers on it.

We painted, had snacks and played with our friends until it got dark.
So grateful to have these ladies in my life and experience Motherhood with them! And look at all these new babies in the group, our kids are growing up! 

October 20, 2016

Fair Fun

Every year, we visit the Arizona State Fair. We are lucky enough to get free admission, since we work with the facility, but this year they really hooked us up! 

First, we went to visit the Monster Trucks and got a behind the scenes tour. 

Fox and I even got to sit in one and it made his entire day!

Next, Hannah, Katie and Fox all got to drive on one of their trucks!

I'm not sure who was the most excited, but they were all beaming when they were finished!

The event coordinator we work with gave us an envelope with some ride tickets for Fox and when we opened it, there were like 60+ tickets in there! The fair is crazy expensive, I think it was like $3.50 per kids ride and in most cases, the adult had to pay too, because Fox wasn't allowed on every ride by himself. We were so grateful for these tickets and Fox had a blast!
We slid down this giant slide about three times, until we got too tired to keep walking up the steep ramp each time!

This was his first ride all by himself. He was so happy and smiled and waived and my Mama heart just bursted with happiness. It was one of those moments that get you all choked up. 
We watched the Monster Truck Show afterwards and Fox made it about ten minutes, until he wanted to go back to the rides.
He had no fear whatsoever and even rode his first kids rollercoaster!
We had an awesome night and have been back to the fair two more times since and we probably go a couple of more times before they close at the end of the month. Every time we ask Fox what he wants to do, he always answers with either "Go to Disneyland" or "Go to the Fair!"...I guess it's is happy place!

October 19, 2016

Lindsi's Baby Shower

Last month, I hosted my friend's baby shower at our house and I wanted to share a few pictures from her special day!

Hannah made this fruit salad carriage, she did such an awesome job!

And my talented mother in law made another Masterpiece of a cake!

We played a few games too!

Little Notes for the Baby. We did the same one for Fox's baby shower and the picture still hangs in his room and it's one of my favorite pieces!

I am so excited to meet this sweet baby boy!
While I took some pictures before everyone arrived, apparently I failed miserably at taking pictures during the Shower, so this is all I got...ha!

October 14, 2016

Our Kitchen Remodel

Remember this kitchen? If you don't, I don't blame you, because I barely remember it. 
This is how our kitchen looked right before we moved into our house, three years ago. 
We always hated the floors and got them replaced about a year after moving in, which not only took forever, but it was also extremely dusty and inconvenient, since we weren't able to use our kitchen for two months. On the bright side, back then, Fox was only six months old and it was easy to feed him in the playroom and our bedroom (the two rooms we were confined in for those two months). 

ANYWAY, Katie always talked about remodeling the kitchen, but like many great ideas we talk about, I didn't think it would ever happen. I actually liked our kitchen a lot, it was one of the main selling points when we bought the house. Katie on the other hand, hated it and thought it was too small (which I agree). And on top of that, it was falling apart.
So one day in the Spring, we sat down with the contractor who had done our floors to discuss kitchen plans. He also is one of our clients at work and we know that he does great work (he was voted Contractor of the Year two years in a row) and that we could trust him. 

I wasn't too thrilled about not having a kitchen for several months and although our contractor told us, it would be done in 5 weeks, I was very skeptical, because he went over the timeline with our last project as well and I guess that's just what happens with every remodeling project. 

Anyone who ever comes to our house and comments on our style, I always have to give all credit to Katie and this project was no different. While I had my own opinions and ideas, I was so glad to have Katie on my side to make the decisions I couldn't make and while we are very different, we mostly always have the same style when it comes to our house and are great at compromising. 
Katie can envision what I can't see and she can also make bold choices (hello backsplash) when I'm too scared to get out of my comfort zone. 

Our project started on June 28th and I took one last "Before" picture before the crew came in to demolish our lovely IKEA kitchen. 

Day 1 - not much progress

Day 2

Day 3...walls are coming down!
Day 5 - All we had to show for the day was a big hole (future home of our down draft). Katie had the idea for all of us to draw our hands into the concrete so that we would always be a part of this house. She was very specific that it be where the future cooktop would be since that is the area where she is the most. She sat there that night with a black sharpie and her and Fox traced their hands into the floors, they even included Cosie's paw print. 

I posted this picture on Facebook, on July 18th, with the following comment:
Day 14 (those are considered working days) and it still looks a lot like week 1. All the walls are back up and the electrical has been finished. As of today, we also don't have a giant hole in the ground anymore. Can't wait to get cabinets tomorrow...we are only two weeks behind so far!
I remember being very concerned about the timeline and that after three weeks, we were already two weeks behind.  They kept reassuring us that they would finish by the deadline (End of July/Beginning of August), but I was very skeptical.
We had set up a make shift kitchen in our guest room, with Fox's little table and chairs, a microwave and toaster oven. We also had an extra fridge in the garage. It was hard, you guys. Feeding this picky eater of ours was hard enough as it is, but not having a stove made it even worse. Combine this with his newly discovered allergies and it turned into a nightmare. I needed to get this kitchen done, but it didn't look like there was an end at sight. 

And here is my picture and update a day later:
Day 15: Good news - we have some cabinets! Bad news - most of them came damaged and need to be replaced!

After we received the cabinets, not much was happening for weeks.
I can't even recall all the problems we encountered during our remodel, it seemed like every day, there was another roadblock. The wrong backsplash was ordered, the countertop didn't fit and we had to order 2 side cabinets to make the countertop fit, our fridge didn't fit and had to be returned. The new fridge still didn't fit and the cabinet space had to be adjusted. Cabinets were delivered scratched or damaged. Workers didn't show up for days on end. 

I don't want to bore you with all the details and frustrations of these weeks, so let's fast forward to Week 10, which was five weeks after the promised finish date. 
We had a countertop...wohoo! Still no stove, but hey...we took it!

Sometime in between, the interior got painted. We went from 2 shades of grey to another two shades of grey. What can I say? We like grey, if you haven't noticed yet. 

So here we are, mid October, and the kitchen is FINALLY done, only 2.5 months past deadline. Say what?
So, let's remember this little gem for one more moment, shall we?

And here is the Masterpiece! 
The island seats six people and we actually have chairs as well, but the photographer that our contractor hired for these pictures, didn't want them in the pictures. Our contractor had these pictures taken for his submission for the Contractor of the Year Award and we hope he wins again!

He also took off pretty much everything that was on the counters, we have it decorated for Fall/Halloween, so totally understandable that the pumpkins had to go (at least for the picture).

The chandelier is my absolute favorite of the kitchen!

I'm also in love with the sink, although doing dishes hasn't become any more fun...ha!

Built in Microwave

Double Ovens, we shall see how many times a year we actually need two ovens. :)

Love the backsplash

They also took some pictures of our hallway and entry way, since they did the wainscoting two years ago when we had the floors done and they never took pictures of it. 

This is also from the remodel two years ago, but again, they didn't take a picture back then.

Another one of my favorites, a window seat. 

I really love how the kitchen turned out and while we had some issues and roadblocks along the way, we know that our contractor did a fantastic job and will fix any issues down the road should they arise (we had some scratches on our two year old wainscoting and a damaged baseboard and he fixed it for free).

I can't believe the transformation this room has made in the last two years. This is our forever home and we are so excited that we were able to make it perfect for our family.