Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Happy First Birthday, Baby Girl!!

Happy First Birthday, Baby Girl! It's been one year and I can hardly believe it. It seems like yesterday that you came out in the world your own special way. Mommy still has the scars to prove it!

I thought I would do a little post about all the things I love about you:

-Your smile takes my breath away.
-When I hear your little voice say, "hola!", my heart smiles.
-I love it when you sing along to music.
-I love the way, you light up a room with your sheer joy.
-I love your sheer determination to do anything. (THAT one I'm sure will come back to bite me later! For now, it's adorable!)
-I love the fact that there is no one better in your eyes than your father.
-I love that despite the fact that he can be difficult towards you, you still love your brother.
-I love rocking you to sleep.
-I love the fact that you will answer to us with your name, Eva, and your nickname given to you by your brother, Little Fuzz.
-I love the fact that I'm your Mom and I can't wait for all the adventures we'll get in together.

You have made our family so complete in such a short time, I can't imagine what life would have been without you in it.

A very happy first birthday, my little Eva Jane.

With love,

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

C'est Fini!

Well, after what seemed like MONTHS of working, we're finally finshed the Great Kitchen Caper! I tell you, it was down to the wire. Had my parents not shown up, I don't think we would be finished for months! My folks came in on Monday night and did not stop working until Sunday morning. We had Eva's first birthday party on Saturday and I was putting a coat of paint on the cabinets Saturday morning. Meanwhile, my mother (the saint) was busy putting the finishing touches on the guest bath and my father, god love him, was entertaining my children and setting up for the party. All that's left are some minor touch ups. HOORAY!

Anyway, so, here you go. Start to finish.

Yes, the beautiful paper.

This was above the cabinets. We've taken the cabinets off but you can see the border above and the color of the cabinets.

Yeah!!! New colors!

Here's a shot of the heros of the week and as my father puts it "the only retirement home they can afford." Thank you guys so much!!!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Saturday Night Live - Andy Samberg as Kevin Federline

Just a few parenting tips from an expert.

The Great Kitchen Caper-Updated

Hooray! The cavalry arrived!! My parents came in last night for Eva's birthday party. God love my mother, she had seven projects she wanted to work on all ready to go by 7:15am.

I have to say, I am finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel for the kitchen. I cannot believe the difference. Should have it done by Friday in time for the birithday party and I'll post pics of the finished product.

Could this really be almost over?????!!!

Monday, October 08, 2007


Just got back from Philly to attend the wedding of one of my best friends, Alex. I had such a great weekend. It is so amazing to see so many folks that I have not seen in so long.

Most of these folks I knew in my high school/early college days in Virginia. Back when we used to go clubbing every weekend and have "dance offs." Back when we used to shoot movies until four AM most weekends (Go Leland Files!) Back when we used to travel to DC from time to time and sit on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial until dawn. Back when we used to walk on the beach and lay out covering ourselves in baby oil to get just the right tan (well SOME of us needed to tan!) Back when most of us worked at the movie theatre and some of us worked at the Cookie Company across the mall hallway. Back when we would sit at the banks of the Hague river and read and talk all afternoon. Back when we had a radio show at WODU on Friday nights. Back when we were young and carefree.

While we all do not hang out together that much anymore, it was so great to see how much we are all so different but yet still the same. Some are married, some not. Some have kids, some not. Some still in Virginia, some very far away. Some see each other more than others.

I can only hope that my kids can be as lucky as I to have found such amazing life-long friends.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

The Great Kitchen Caper

So, Jon and I decided that we have had enough of our terrible wallpaper in our kitchen. By Jon and I, I mean just me, really. So, I've decided that we should remodel the kitchen.

As is the case with many, times they is a-tight for us. So, we thought, this might be a project we could manage ourselves. Everyone suggested that we just paint over the wallpaper. So, that's the plan. Please keep in mind, Jon and I have NEVER done anything of this magnitude. I've painted plenty of rooms but this is my first ever wallpaper experience.

I thought I would keep a daily journal of our remodel.

We've taken next week off and have been preparing for two weeks with colors, etc.

Day 1-Saturday, September 29
Yesterday, I spent the afternoon spakling the cracks we have in the wall. Easy enough. This morning, I was following the directions on how to sand things when off comes a HUGE chunk of wallpaper. On the phone with my remodeling expert Mother, she tells me that I will probably just have to remove the paper. Ugh. There goes my timeline.

Off I go to the Depot. I buy Dif and various tools for wallpaper removal. At 8:30 am, I begin to remove the paper.

9:00pm. Only two walls done. My god, this is hard. I should not be surprised at how badly the walls were underneath or what cockamamie job the previous owners did at wallpapering, given their talents in other rooms we've already remodeled. There was layer after layer of god only knows what. None of it liked coming off the wall, that's for sure. We are having to remove the paper with our fingernails. Pulling each layer off in one inch strips. But, there has to be a better way. I say, Jon, "wouldn't a steamer be more helpful?" He says, "yes, that's what the professionals have and I think they rent them from the Depot." Why didn't you tell me this 10 hours ago??? Back to the Depot. Jon and I work with the steamer (yea!) until 10:20pm

Day 2-Sunday, September 30

8:00am. Jon starts to work with the steamer. His sister, thankfully, takes Jack away for several hours so we only have Eva--and Eva likes to nap. Wahoo, we're getting Lots done today!

12pm-Jack's home. Time for Mommy to stop working. We still only have three walls done. Ugh. Jon is working HARD!

2p-Nap time. Will this ever end??

8p-FINALLY finished wallpaper removal. Oh, man, you should see how badly the walls are damaged. Call Mother (again) and she tells me to go to to find out how to fix it. They are very encouraging with a step by step guide. They have rated my problem/solution as a level 2 out of four on the easy fix it scale. I'm about a level 1-A but two is not so far out of reach.

Day 3-October 1

Off I go to the Depot (again) for more supplies. I'm armed with my printout from HGTV. Jon's off to Miami (conveniently, I say), so I"m flying solo for two days. Fortunately for me, Jack is off to school this morning so I just have Eva. Who likes to nap.

While at the Depot, I realize that I have no idea what I'm doing. They say to get drywall compound. All I see is joint compound. Is that the same? They don't have any tools that look like what I'm seeing. I flag down a friendly Depot employee who then asks another employee to help me. While I'm waiting, a friendly painter is nearby. He sees the look of terror on my face and offers to help me. He says to save money, I should roll a coat of flat paint over my holes so that the drywall will stick. Great. Another step and another day lost. Good news, I know how to roll out paint. Tomorrow, is the big drywall day.

Day 4-October 2

My week is quickly slipping by. Am I even going to be close to finishing this project? By the way, I have determined that I HATE DRYWALL! Why is this a level 2? I would hate to see what a level 3 would be! Thankfully, Jack's in school and Eva likes to nap because I swear, this is just WAITING for their little handprints to come in and smear around. Jack has been very good thus far in staying away. We're on day 4 and I'm not sure how much longer he'll stay away. So, here I sit, 5:30p. My wall is drying and it is looking very scary. My sister insists that all will be taken care of with a little sanding. A lot of sanding, I think. Honsestly, I'm beginning to worry that after all this work I'll have to pay someone to come in and do it. It's like when those mom's go through 17 hours of labor and have to have a c-section. That's my kitchen. My 17 hour labor/c-section project. Actually, having had a c, I think I felt better after that than I do right now with this f*%$$%$ kitchen.

Day 5-October 3

Ok, I must admit. I took today off from that kitchen. Thankfully, Jon came home last night and only one of us could sand at a time. I decided to change out the kids clothes from summer to fall. All day long I hear Jon in the kitchen grunting and sanding. Ugh. It's 2:37p and I have inspected his work. I have to say, my sister might be right. The walls actually don't look THAT bad. I really don't want to get too excited. I'm afraid of what will happen when we put the primer on in a few minutes.

Put the primer on. Only created one one-inch hole in the wall. Beyond that, it's great!

We have to put the project on hold to go to a wedding tomorrow in Philly. Hopefully, nothing will fall apart while we're gone.

Update--Let me just say, when you say, you hope things don't fall apart, you really should just watch what you say. Jon noticed a little mold on the wall in our pantry on Wednesday evening. He then put his hand through the wall. Apparently, we have a leak in our washing machine that has had water flooding in our walls for sometime now. According to the handyman who had to come today to help us, it takes a LONG time to mold insulation. Ours was barely recoginzable. Ugh. So, we have to fix this, before we can finish our project. I really love being a home owner!