Sunday, October 30, 2016

PreHalloween Party!

We've been crazy busy (obviously), and not feeling 100%, but we've been trying to squeeze in a little Halloween fun anyway. Brittany wanted to join us for the annual Fall Festival we love, which prompted us to actually get out of the house and go. The kids loved it, as always. In the evening, we attempted to make it to our ward Chili Cook-Off. Arriving 15 minutes late with 2 sleeping kids meant I stayed in the car, but the other three reported that it was fun (and that the Gilgers make awesome chili). After the cook-off was Trunk-or-treat. Our boys went as Super Jon, Super Kai, and Location (apparently a detective in the future Super Jon novels). I didn't get any pictures of them, but I will tomorrow! Abi went as a cute baby. Woot.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

I Mustache You A Question

A 5 pack was only 97 cents at Wal-Mart. I kinda had to do it, didn't I? (Jon refused to participate. Party pooper.)

Friday, October 28, 2016

Kitchen Demo Day 1

All the water damaged flooring/cabinetry/dry wall is out! There was still some moisture on the sub floor, so we still have those noisy fans, and the water shutoff to the sink broke, so they couldn't take out the countertop and sink like they had planned, but the other stuff is gone. It's a relief!
We should have an estimate for the floor and ceiling from one contractor today and another by Monday. The appointment for measurements for the cabinets is set for Tuesday morning. Hopefully, we'll be able to move forward quickly after that!

While the kitchen is out of commission, we have set up a temporary spot in the playroom. It's not ideal, and it's super squished, but it's a place to prep food and eat! 

We had to put both couches in the playroom too, so we shoved them together and deemed it "The Nest". The boys are planning to sleep down there tonight. I figure anything that helps them enjoy this adventure is worth a little inconvenience!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Three Months!

Last month flew by! Abi is starting to get some hair (finally) - it's still not enough to really tell what color, but her eyebrows are definitely red! And her eyes have stayed blue, so she's pretty different from her brothers in coloring.
She's in 9 month tops now, but even those are starting to be a little short. Her legs aren't catching up quickly though - she's still in 3-6 mo pants...
Abi is still a very easy baby. She sleeps almost as well as Jon did, and smiles all the time. It's tough to get her to giggle, but that smile is always there!
One of Abi's favorite things is her "Wubba" - a pacifier attached to a stuffed animal (the brand name is WubbaNub, hence "Wubba"). She has two, but prefers the elephant one over the fox. She likes to chew on his legs as much as she likes the pacifier.
Abi loves to be down on the floor playing, but she's starting to enjoy sitting propped up. She's pretty strong, considering how long that torso is! I guess she's motivated to keep up with the boys. :)

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Are Ya Chicken?

I'm not sure whether it's more accurate to say that the chickens have adopted Jeeves as part of the flock, or if Jeeves has adopted the chickens as part of his pack. Either way, they have come to this fascinating relationship that I never expected.
They'll all "fight" over food - the chickens will hurt each other, but they won't peck Jeeves, and Jeeves won't hurt them - and Jeeves even saves some of his treats and then shares with them! (Except stale bread. That's his absolute favorite!)
They hang out together too - this picture is totally not unusual for them. Jeeves has started getting a kick out of herding them by bumping their backsides with his nose while they walk around (they don't run away, but it's obvious they are annoyed).
It's funny, but it's totally a relationship I'd expect from a family with one boy and five girls. I'm so glad too, because I really wasn't sure how the whole chicken-dog training was going to turn out. So glad I gave in and let Mark adopt all these guys.

Monday, October 24, 2016

And So It Begins...

Last week was the 10th anniversary of our closing on our house. The house decided it was so over us...
Luckily, we have super good insurance, and they'll cover part of the damage that around 2 months of water leakage caused under our floor and cabinets in our kitchen. (And ceiling in our utility room.)
We were planning on doing a big renovation anyway - raising the dropped ceiling, knocking out the pantry, all new cabinetry, countertops, sink, flooring, lighting - but not until we'd saved up for it for a few more years. So, with a more limited budget and timeframe, we'll see what we can do!
(So glad this happened right during Ikea's kitchen event!)
Here's a few pictures of the beginning of this process (the fridge died almost three weeks ago, so that was already gone) (and, yes, we are still attempting to use the kitchen until demo happens on the damaged part later this week, hence the crazy mess):

Dehumidifiers and fans that are INSANELY loud! (And the lovely dishwasher that caused all this trouble)

Where the fridge used to be...

We had to take apart the sliding door to get the monster of a fridge out. 

I wish we could knock out that stupid pass through wall, but it's structural. Having a roof over our heads is more important than my desires for a bigger table. 

Pretty sure our pantry is going! (Along with our priorities list that hasn't been updated since March of 2014...)

Wednesday, October 12, 2016


Jon was eating trail mix this morning. Later, I found raisins in the carpet and asked him why they were there. His response: "I don't know. I guess that's why it's called "trail mix" - it leaves a trail!"

Things Jeeves has eaten lately: a red pom-pom, our kiddie wading pool, a plastic magazine holder, a plastic bucket, a milk jug with about 1/4 gallon of milk in it, the zipper off of our tent, some tomato vines, the lawnmower base, an extension cord (it was plugged in).

Major things that have broken since Abi was born: oven, dishwasher, air conditioner, refrigerator, my phone.

Last month was the three year anniversary of Mark's accident. On the exact date, we discovered that we needed an emissions check on Mark's new car. (He was headed to the emissions place when the accident happened.) We decided to wait a few extra days on that one.

Abi moved up two sizes in clothes in three weeks. I got her out of her car seat yesterday to discover that her pudge had burst a seam on one of the new onesies. I guess we're moving up again.

The boys are on Fall Break. We're playing tons of video games. (I say "we" because the younger two still think they need my help every once in a while. One day, they'll figure out I'm no better at it than they are.) Mark camped out with them in the backyard on Monday night. (That was after Jeeves ate the zipper off the tent.) I think that's all the excitement we can handle this break.

Mike shared this video with me: Now, when I'm frustrated, I just start singing "I will punch all your buns" and then I don't feel so bad.  (Also, my boys all laugh their backsides off when I do it, so it's therapeutic for all of us.)