Off Friday

Tasha had no school this past Friday. Without any sort of planned activity, halfway through the day, all the kids would be at each other’s throats. Ok not really, but they would start bickering. So, I planned an art day. Tasha LOVES anything of the crafty/artsy sort and we rarely do it because it’s time consuming and very messy! We spent the morning painting, coloring and creating to their little hearts delight. I’d had enough around lunchtime and we invited a friend over to play at that point. It was fun while it lasted though!

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Making popsicle stick boxes

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Crayon shaving art (remember these? you iron the waxed paper together and then cut out a shape and hang it on the window)

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Did I mention art is messy at our house? Meet Miss Messy!

P.S.

I forgot to post pics of the girls room and the laundry room. Whoops! The laundry isn’t a laundry room right now though and the girls room is a royal blue….all a work in progress!

House Drama

Yes. There’s more….So, let’s see. I think I posted that the bank had to terminate our contract on the said “Dream House” because the former owner was appealing the foreclosure. Well, we tried to convince them to keep us under contract and just extend us out 6 months. They wouldn’t, or couldn’t do that, so we were left waiting and hoping. Upon speaking to the former owner’s lawyer, we kind of abandoned some of the hope since his estimate for the time it would take to sort the mess out- 1-2 years!!!!! So, we started keeping our eyes open to other possibilities. And we found one!!!

A foreclosure came up just two “blocks” (country blocks) away at an amazing deal! Just when we were about to pounce, it went under contract. Bummer. Not meant to be, we thought. A cash deal, set to close in 30 days-a no brainer, right? Wrong. Three days later our agent called, the house is back on the market. We went through it again and while it wasn’t our dream house, it was a nice house with tons of potential and plenty of qualities that we desired in a house. Plus it was on 2 acres and a great deal. How could we go wrong? So, we are officially under contract, due to close before the end of May.

Now you have the story, here are specs on the house:

2500sqft (perfect size, I think). 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom with an open, finished, walk-out basement. Lots of storage, 4 car garage, radiant in-floor heat. A mud room. A wrap-around deck with a nice view of the Cimarron Mountain Range. Lots of big windows, 2 fireplaces. There you have it. It’s an older house, so it does need lots of paint, a kitchen remodel and a bathroom remodel and Ammon is going to make a laundry room where it’s so obvious that there should be one. The only thing that has to be done right away is the laundry room and the paint and at the deal we’re getting, it’s no big deal.

It took me a while to wrap my brain around the floor plan, because it’s not what I’m used to, or what I expected, but after going over there so many times in the past few months, I’ve grown to love it. It makes a lot of sense for us. Here are some before pics:

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This is kind of a funny angle of the front of the house

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Mud room…I can’t wait to keep all my mud in one place!

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The “Project” kitchen.

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The other side of the small, but very efficient kitchen

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The kids bathroom that looks really ghetto from this picture, but actually the vanity, mirror and shower are all really nice….we just have to ditch the washer and dryer from there and paint the walls. Later, we’ll remodel it a bit and put in another sink and counter where the washer and dryer are now so the girls can get pretty at the same time!

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This is the family/dining room.

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Master Bedroom

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Kevin’s room

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Downstairs bathroom

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Finished basement

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Other half of the finished basement

Now keep in mind, these are before pictures. It’s not a ready to move into kind of house and we like the idea of making it our own. So stay posted to see the after pictures in the next two months or so!

Annika

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I like to call this…..cute buckethead! She wore her bucket around the house on numerous occasions during the Easter week! What a nut!

Mom’s Visit

Monday, we had planned to go riding, but Mother Nature decided to play a fun trick on us. It snowed all day! Since all the kids were at school, we took advantage of that and had a fun girls out. First we stopped at our local thrift shop where we found the BEST deals. I’ll have to post them later because I don’t have pictures of them now. I scored some great furniture. Then we went to Ouray and window-shopped until we were starving. Mom treated us to a restaurant with great food and cruddy service! Would I go there again? I can’t say I won’t….but it might be a while. We hit the chocolate shop after that!

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Mom and I playing in Ouray. Not a good photo of the mountains, which looked much more beautiful right then and it was sunny out. Oh well.

Tuesday, we dragged Annika around Montrose to run some errands and go to Home Depot to pick up some paint samples and things for our new house. (more about that later).

Wednesday was kind of a low-key day. We took the paint samples, the granite and cupboard samples over to the house and weeded them out, one by one, until I had made decisions for most of the rooms. Very exciting!

Thursday, we picked up the kids at school and went straight to the Hot Springs in Ouray. It was fun, yet exhausting since Annika and Kevin obviously needed a nap that day and didn’t get one. There was plenty of whining and complaining, despite our swimming, picnic eating, ice-cream licking and playing at the park. Such is life!

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The kiddos and Grammy ready to jump in

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All of us, taken by a very nice, very HAIRY female European photographer that hopped out of the pool to take our picture.

Easter

My Mom was able to come for a week, arriving just a few days before Easter. We had the greatest visit, probably one of the best ever. Friday night (before Easter), we made springy cookies; eggs and bunnies.

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Saturday morning, we had our egg hunt and dyed eggs.

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The kids with their loot.

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Coloring eggs….like the faces?

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Fun picture of our finished eggs

Sunday, we had Stake Conference (like a normal church meeting, only with 4 different congregations together). The speakers were wonderful-insightful, funny. The spirit was definately felt. The kids were angels through the whole 2 hours. Here’s a picture of my angels:

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All together

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Sweet sisters

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Pretty girls with their Easter bonnets!

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Grammy and the girls. Kevin refused to be in the picture and then threw a monster fit for about 30 min afterwards that he wasn’t in the photo. Gotta love it!