May 27, 2015

Getting Beautified

Our poor home had been neglected for a lot of years after moving in.  Back in 2010, five years in, we started fixing bigger things such as replacing old carpet and getting rid of old furniture that wasn't safe for a young child (or falling apart) and purchasing new stuff.  It was time.  It's been pretty slow going from then on.  Aaron had wanted to put up a privacy fence since that time, but one thing led to another and we found ourselves putting our money elsewhere.  Well, my husband's wish is finally coming true this year.  We are buckling down and making more much needed improvements on the home.  The fence is a great investment for us.  Having an autistic child, it's an awesome feeling being able to keep him contained in one area instead of having to watch his every move.  He has escaped to the front of the house, which scares us to death.  We can't see him, he can get out in the road, and so much more!  Some other reasons for getting a fence are...

1. We have a dog.  I'm sure Peyton gets tired of being confined to a tie-out all the time.  I know he'll love the freedom.
2. We want it for safety.  We have a big playset in our backyard that has been open to the public for as long as I can remember.  This could be a liability.  If someone were to climb and get hurt this could fall on us.  I certainly don't want to be sued.  Thankfully, we've been very lucky up until this point.
3. This is making my husband super happy (outside of the labor intensive work that goes into it all).  He has been wanting this for so long for our family.  He works hard, so he deserves to have something he's been wanting for nine years!
4. We have to have a fence before we can have a pool, according to our city ordinance.  Pools can be a lot of work to maintain (thanks to expert pool owners in my family, we'll be set), but with Liam still being obsessed with water, and being as close to "normal" while being in said water, it's perfect for him and great for us.  There's nothing better than having your own private oasis in your own backyard with no crowds or a gazillion kids bombing you as you're creeping into cold water to worry about.

A deck, among other things, will come next year if all goes well.  We're taking a break from all the hard work we've done.  Thanks, Heather, for the pool!  You did our family a huge favor, and the boys are going to LOVE it!!  It took us awhile to decide on these bigger improvements, but it will all be worth it in the end.  We're hoping to have everything finished (weather permitting) by mid-late June.  Aaaaaaamen!

Oh, and we extended our patio that we did last year.  Round one of installation was a 13x8.  Round two is now an 18x10.  Much better for us.  We also had dirt put in before the fence went up.  We had to level out our yard in order to put the pool in.  They didn't do what we asked.  I'm going to chalk it up to either forgetting our conversation or miscommunication.  We asked that they level out our yard on the right side, not put a mound of dirt in the yard to accommodate the pool only.  We're working with it and think it's going to work out just fine. We're so excited!!

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Our neighbor friends came over to help with the fence (and play with Liam, of course.)

And then Liam being his adorable self during the process.

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Peyton's new throne.

Oh, and drinking from an actual glass/cup for a few weeks or so now.  This wouldn't be a big thing for other kids, but it is for Liam.  Being autistic, he gets attached to things very easily.  In this case it would be his sippie cup.  

Big things are happening at the House Of Z, including slowly paying off a couple of debts (YES!).  Can't wait to share more of this project and other fun things!

May 22, 2015

Jeff/GRC Parade 2015

This year was a little out of sorts for the parade.  Our coach had other things going on so team picture day was scratched until another day and then he couldn't participate in the parade.  His words were, "Eh, the kids don't really care for the parade at this age anyway."  I was put off by his words because it's all about responsibility and doing something as a team, not if they like it or not.  And a majority of them do.  So, here we were left without a truck, the team, the coach, or anyone to decorate.  Landon was bummed, as I knew he would be.  Well, as fate would have it, a friend of mine who coaches another major league team called me and invited us to join them.  I laughed at first because I knew he would stick out like a sore thumb in the midst of all the red (ironically the team he played for last year).  I was grateful that Matt would think of us after hearing the news.  That was a very sweet thing for him to do.  I was happy that Landon wouldn't have to "suffer" because of someone else's decision.  Plus, Landon knows Matt's son.  We had a blast.  Matt let Liam ride on the trailer, too!  It was fun for all, and of course, we collected candy at the end.  The kids love that!

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May 5, 2015

What a Week!

Now that it's getting warmer we are finding more motivation to get things accomplished, and the kids are finding more things to do.  This makes me over-the-moon happy.  We have so much to look forward to in the coming months.  If we can't visit or have visitors, we might as well work on the home and play with our kiddos, right?  That's the only thing that is keeping my sanity, really.

There's little happenings here and there that I normally don't think about posting because they are so sporadic or random.  So, I'll go ahead and get right to it.

With Derby events going on, we were able to watch the hot air balloons float around our house.  Liam loved that!

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Liam's Derby hat.

Derby cookout.  Yum!

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Lazy doggies.

Pet sitting.

Playing with friends.

Sweet baby naps.

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80's classics on TV.

Days at the ballpark.

Handy work.

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And here we thought dog beds were for dogs.  Pfft, right.

Wearing mommy's pretties.

Enjoying bubble time with friends.

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I'd say it's been a pretty busy seven days or so, and there's more to come!  Phew!