Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Open Season!

Well, we finally did it.  We busted down a wall in our house and it signifies the start of the never ending home improvement season.  Up until this point we have only done small weekend type projects like painting rooms, installing a microwave over the stove, preparing for an on-demand water heater and having new windows and insulation installed.  Items that were important, but not time intense.  On Sunday as Matt and I were contemplating installing a simple upgrade to our hallway lighting scheme, we decided to just do it!  With one small crow bar, a hammer, a reciprocating saw and 2 hours while Lilly took her nap, we went from a kitchen wall with doorway to a large open pass through.  It is amazing how much it opened up the hallway and kitchen and the light just streams into the kitchen now.  We have always felt the kitchen was dark and dingy and this will help with that feeling and will ultimately help with a total kitchen redesign in the next few years.  Yea!  Let the improvements begin!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Swim Little Fishy

We have quite the little fish in our house and finally our little fish has a weekly place to flap her fins.  Earlier this week Lilly enjoyed her first "official" swimming lesson, which was very similar to what we had been practicing at home.  However, during her 30 minutes in the pool, she was surrounded by new friends and a super friendly swim instructor.  Matt and I had a blast working with her and we were ever impressed by how much she enjoyed torpedoing under the water between us.  The pool is awesome and is extra warm and has giant cut outs of Bright Stanley and his friends hanging from the ceiling.  So of course in preparation for the class we read Bright Stanley and the Cave Monster and listened to Laurie Berkner Band "The Goldfish."  

Lilly practiced floating on her back, jumping from the side of the pool and turning to grab the side, swimming on both her back and front, blowing bubbles and going under water.  Of course there were lots of songs and lots of praise to make the lesson fun.   It was quite comical at the end of class, Lilly let out an award winning belch that had the entire pool deck staring at us.  It is hard to believe such a little thing can produce such giant bodily sounds.  Oh, Lillybug, never a dull moment with you!