Nash Dash

This past weekend Adam and I had the privilege of having my youngest cousin spend the night.  My cousin actually picked the date.  Completely out of the air.  It’s really kind of funny to hear how these dates get set up by him.  He will ask if he can come over (the answer is almost always yes) and he’ll say “I will come over November…3rd!”.  Or “How about I come in 2 weeks and 3 days?”.  There are times when the date works and there are other times it most definitely doesn’t work.  Lucky for us, this one worked.  

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Nash was the ringer bearer in our wedding.  At the time, he was only one and was the cutest little ring bearer you have ever seen.  We weren’t quite sure he would make it down the aisle.  He was sick, sick, sick, but was such a trooper that he walked down the aisle with the help of his big brother (who, I might add, is another favorite of mine).  Ever since he was little he has adored Adam or “Abam” as he called him in his toddler years.  So, I knew that even though I would be able to spend some time with this sweet, little guy he was here to hang with his main man. 

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Friday evening was spent at the MHS home football game.  I sat in the bleachers, Nash sat with Adam up in the press box while Adam announced the game.  I went up during halftime to check on him and he was as content as can be.  He was with his bud.  After the game we went to a friends house to socialize a bit before we said goodnight.  We have good friends.  I’ll just say that.  While I stayed in with the ladies, Nash went out to the deck with Adam to hang out with the guys.  At one point the host came back in and grabbed a few blankets.  It wasn’t until us ladies gave him a quizzical look that he explained Nash asked him for blankets.  🙂  

I knew even before Nash came over I would be kicked out of my bed.  So, I voluntarily slept on the couch.  Thankfully we have a decent couch.  Don’t feel sorry for me though, Adam later told me Nash kept kicking, sleep farting, and mumbled in his sleep.  

The next day the boys got on the roof to hang these things:

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Adam got burned a few years ago when he put Christmas lights up on a cold, breezy, and wet evening.  He vowed to never let that happen again.  So when there was a good weekend we were free he pounced on it.  And so did the little guy.  Kind of.  

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But with his good pal by his side he was alright.  In fact, pretty soon I looked back and saw this:

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When I got on the roof to help the “guys” Nash taught me how to clip the Christmas lights into the clip.  After I pulled the cord tight and clipped it in, Nash would say “Great job, Jill!”  Turns out the student quickly became the teacher.  

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Our time with Nash was quickly over.  I think it was over too fast for the Nash-mister as well.  When we were driving him home, he told us he wants to spend four days, three nights with us next time.  So sweet.  

Now it’s only 20 more days and 4 hours until our next visit.  🙂  

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Master Suite? Family Room? Oh, my!

Adam and I spent our entire Friday evening in our basement last night.

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This pile is definitely a reason why we were down there for four hours.  Going through literally 20 years of memories and deciding what to keep and what to save and then figuring out what to save was a bit, well, let’s say time consuming.  But I was able to make some decisions and get this pile from this to…

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this.  The round color container is something I haven’t even touched yet.  I’m almost afraid of what’s in there.  But things from camp, college, and even a few high school memories I was able to make room in the red tub and small tub with the pink lid.  While I was going through my things, Adam was going through the “Hope” chest as it’s called and went through pictures.  He also went through lamps and other various furniture.  Seriously.  We need to get this room going.  I’m getting a little tired of moving piles around the perimeter of the room to make room for other things.  See what I mean?

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These are items that will eventually be used for our family room.  Eventually.  Until then they sit there staring at me saying “arrange me”.  Yes, it is that creepy.  That’s why I don’t go down in the basement very often.

Another of our goals last night was to clean out the room we affectionately call the “stage”.  When our house was a school, we assume this raised room was used as a stage for students.  We have used it as an office/craft room combo since we moved in to our home in 2008.  But as we lived in our house we realized how much another bathroom would be useful as well as another bedroom in our house.  I can’t tell you how many times when we have come home and BOTH of use have to go to the bathroom.  Thank goodness Adam is a boy.  I’ll leave it at that.  This got our creative minds flowing.  And once the room was cleaned out we could really see what we have to work with.

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This room is, er, a diamond in the rough.  Last night while we were talking through some potential plans for this room with the bathroom and the bedroom it hit us. The dimensions of a potential bedroom are bigger than the dimensions of our current bedroom upstairs.  Why not treat this area like a master suite?  Not a fancy one, mind you.  A practical one.  We are Mennonite after all.  It has to be practical.  We have always thought the side of the room with the window would be the side the room would go on and the other side would be the bathroom.  We want to make sure the bathroom is accessible for not only the bedroom, but also for people using the family room.  That way when we have people over in the family room they don’t have to go through a bedroom to get to a bathroom.  I think it’s so awkward to go through a person’s room…

Adam was thinking we could accomplish this by creating a little hallway from the entrance to the family room, that would also grant us entrance from the bedroom.  I’m visual.  I don’t think I can really understand Adam’s vision until this room is completely gutted and there is a picture. I can’t get past the septic clean out.  That’s the nasty thing in the middle of the room.  And by nasty, I mean n-a-s-t-y.  Adam thinks we will be able to cover the pipe, but still have access to it when need be.

So what do you think?  Are we really shaking it up thinking we can make a master suite in our basement?  Or should we keep it a separate bedroom/bathroom combo?

Sof-a-Lof

This past weekend, our family was able to celebrate a very dear little girl.  It’s disappointing I don’t get to see her as often as I would like due to the distance, but I love the time I get to see her and spoil her.  When she was first born, Adam reminded me on several occasions that she wasn’t “ours”.  While I completely agreed with him, it didn’t necessarily mean I couldn’t spoil her.  That’s what aunts are for, right?  

And spoil her we did this past Sunday.  My brother and sister-in-law organized a small get together with family at my mom’s house for Sofie’s first birthday.  While it was very simple, I think there were special memories made.

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Sofia, we love you more than words can express! 

 

High Hopes

You know when you’re husband prefaces what he’s going to say with “Don’t take this the wrong way, but…” it isn’t going to be good.  But it was definitely the truth.  What did he tell me?  “You look miserable.”  And, yes, I most definitely felt miserable.  

I had such high hopes for this evening.  I was going to start on an office project.  I was going to plan ahead for school stuff.  I was going to do some reading.  But then I began to feel like crap right after dinner.  Bluh.  So, the projects I had on my list of things to do are getting bumped to tomorrow.  

Don’t worry for my two readers, there will be a post soon about the latest happenings here at the school house.  While there may not be a whole “shakin'” up right now, there should be something hopefully by the end of the week.  I hope.