Friday, December 31, 2010

Still Christmas

Harper is not quite ready to give up Christmas yet. She had to find a place to hang the stockings and candy canes. Oh, and she has this book that plays Jingle Bells in one of those high pitched mechanical noises that could make a person crazy. I did get her to help me take down the tree though.

P.S. Look out the window... our snow is finally melting! I'm sure that won't be the last of it for the season, but it melted for now.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

(Another) Remodeling Post...

It would be more fun if you could come see it yourself, but since you can't, here are some more photos...

Looking from the front door, we have a doorway to the family room now that you can actually fit furniture through! (Doorway was just 28 inches before...too bad we didn't have this big doorway when they delivered the new couch the other day...) And the dining room didn't grow, but it looks a lot bigger now! (Please disregard the continuing mess... this house is like one of those number puzzles where you keep moving the number tiles to try to get them into the right order. Most of the remaining stuff has to make its way down to the basement to my art area.)

Christmas morning

We had a fun Christmas. Santa brought candy canes for Harper just like she asked for. This photo is where she wanted pictures of each of them.She liked unwrapping all of the presents...Mimi Ruby and Papaw Mark came over to help unwrap.And she loves her new doll house from Grandma Jane and Grandpa Chuck!

Thursday, December 23, 2010


Rudolph - Harper 12-23-2010, originally uploaded by shellypaints.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

I might be programming this kid right...

Just now over our morning oatmeal:

Harper: Are you happy, Ma?
Me: Yes. Are you happy, Harper?
Harper: Yes.
Me: What makes you happy?
Harper: Mama makes me happy.
Me: Thanks, Harper! You make me happy too.
Harper: You're welcome, Ma.

Seriously, what this kid does just makes me smile.

As an aside, she also talks to all sorts of inanimate objects now. For example: "Thank you for helping me eat my oatmeal, Spoon." According to Mimi, she befriended a speck named Baby Toothpaste yesterday. "Do you like my blankie, Baby Toothpaste? You do? Grandma made this blankie. She can make you one too."

Monday, December 20, 2010

And there goes some more...

And the demolition continues...

The demolition phase is almost complete. Somehow we picked the part of the house to remove that has the most wiring in it.

This is what you see when you walk in our front door.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

A Family Trip

We went to Chicago yesterday to see the Jim Henson / Muppets exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry. It was a long drive to go there and back in a day, but we had a great time. Harper loved the Christmas tree exhibit. That tree in the background above was HUGE! She also liked the storm area which was pretty cool. Everything was really large scale... a huge vortex creator, and some kind of lightning generator on the ceiling that made big lightning (and a really loud noise which Harper really didn't like the first two times, but by the third time it went off, she was watching the lightning and thinking it was ok). Harper's favorite part of that area was a part where you could mix colors of light. She got to push the switches up and down to take away different colors of light to see what color her pink shirt would be.

The Muppets exhibit was great, but we couldn't take photos in there. :( Seeing Jim Henson's doodles up close was my favorite along with the Muppet characters they had there in plexiglass cases. Harper liked this felt board display where you could build your own muppets. We pretty much had to drag her away from that one.

We'll have to go back again someday. There was lots we didn't see this trip. Overall, a fun day!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Going... Going...

But not quite gone. Getting there though!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Another Clue

Harper thought you could use another clue. I tend to think this one gives it away, but then Harper hasn't quite mastered the subtlety of good clues yet. Or maybe we just have a new thing for exposed toilets.
Why rip out a perfectly good bathroom, you might ask? Well, we're just going to have to keep you guessing on that one for now. :)

Monday, December 13, 2010


Question: Why would the crazy homeowners (I mean my husband and I in case there's any question about who we're talking about here) install a toilet in their utility room? (I'm having flashbacks to some house we lived in that had a toilet in a strange place (which we removed)... but for some reason I can't remember it clearly.) Answer: No, it's not so they can see the snow outside while using the bathroom.

I'll give you one hint. The picture below is our front entry. The closed door is a bathroom. The room behind that is a dining room.
And in other news, Harper decorated her own special Christmas tree. Multi colored flashing lights and all. If you're looking for the ornaments, look very, very low...

Monday, December 6, 2010

We might be getting a little carried away...

Once upon a time, there were some homeowners who just didn't know when to quit remodeling. They started with some cool ideas about moving around existing kitchen cabinets so they could have a bar, more counter space, AND an island...But then take about ten big steps backwards and look again... be careful not to trip over all the stuff sitting around. Oops, those crazy homeowners just took a wall out. And now they just don't know how to stop. Watch out! :)

Friday, December 3, 2010


I know you want to see pictures of our sweet girl, but... you get to see pictures of our in progress kitchen remodel instead.

Here's the before:Here's post demo, pre-tile:Here's the tile:And now you have to wait just like us to see how it turns out. We have a lot of work to do now that the tile is laid. (Including darkening the grout. It's too light!)
Since you were so patient, you get a reward: