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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Who stole the apples

Here is a cute little video I took of Mary and Liam last night. I was doing the dishes after dinner when I turned around and found both of them eating apples.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

The finished product!

So the kitchen is finally done, after hours and hours of strange smelly men that speak little to no English. Keiko came over around 4pm on Friday expecting the whole project to be finished. Instead all she saw was the cabinets installed. They had taken the old stove out of the counter and left a huge gaping hole there. (Sean had just left to go pick us up dinner.) She was pleased but wondered why they hadn't finished yet. Sean came home a few minutes after she left with yummy subs for everyone. Of course the workers returned right when we were all eating dinner, so Sean asked them to wait until the kids were finished. So they left for another 15 minutes and then returned to install the butcher block. About 10 minutes after we cleaned up dinner, Keiko returned with dinner for all of us. She went out of her way to buy us El Pollo Loco. Sean and I were shocked. We didn't have the heart to tell her we already ate. Out of the kindness of her heart, she saw that we had no way to cook our children food and bought it for us. She is the most wonderful women. So we were Hobbits for the evening and had second dinner....lol.

They were finally finished around 7:30pm Friday night. Here are a few more pictures of the end result. the first pictures were of the work in progress. The old stove in the counter as well. Below is the finished product with granite counter tops, Maytag stove and microwave, and the new butcher block replacing the old stove.

This is the new wing of the kitchen.


The new butcher block.


The entire kitchen.

All in all, yes it was annoying having people in our house at all hours of the day for two weeks, but it was all worth it. I used our new oven and stove to bake lasagna for the kids and home made nachos for Sean and I. I am pleased!!!

Sean is off today and tomorrow, so here are a few pictures of the kids we took this morning. Enjoy and have a great weekend!


"See my cell phone Mommy!"


"I'm gonna take a picture of you Mommy!"


Cian really needs a haircut.


Declan did Mary's hair.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Kitchen Remodel


This week has been crazy. I'll start from the beginning.....

2 Fridays ago, I didn't feel like cooking dinner, so I popped a 4 cheese lasagna in the oven. At the end of the cooking, I needed to take the top off and let it cook for 15 more minutes. I noticed the oven wasn't very hot anymore, but thought nothing of it. 15 minutes later, the oven was cool and my lasagna was just warm. I looked to see if I had turned off the oven...nope, it was still on but not heating up. I tried turning it off and back on, nothing..... I was so mad. The lasagna stopped cooking sometime in the middle. Now what was I going to make the kids for dinner. Sean told me to call our landlord and let her know. She said to call the gas company. Unfortunately, they would not be able to come out until the following Friday....joy.

 I soon realized, I do most of my cooking with the oven. It has been a challenge to cook without it. So, last Friday rolled around and the gas company was out. The tech looked in our oven with a mirror as he turned it on......nothing. He said the heating coil was shot. So I had to call the landlord back. She said she would have someone over to look at the damage. Gilbert, the same guy that put in our carpet, tile, and mounted the HDTV on the wall showed up within 10 minutes of getting off the phone with the landlord. He looked at it and called her back...."Ya, the oven is toast, they need a new one." So she had him remove the 20 year old oven....SNAP.....there went the cabinet it was in, when he was trying to remove it. He called her back to come over to the house to look at the damage.

Keiko arrived a few minutes later. Gilbert explained to both of us that the cabinet wasn't made for a double oven, which was what we had. When he tried to remove it, the bottom cracked in half. So he said she should just buy a standard stovetop with a microwave hood. (We currently have the stove built into the counter.) He would build two new small counters, one to go on either side of the oven, with cabinets underneath. He would have to move our fridge to the other side of the wall. He would then remove the stove from the counter top and put in a large butcher block, for a built in cutting board.

So, Monday they came to remove the old cabinets. When they did that they saw that the wall was uneven. They told Keiko that they were going to have to level out the wall and ceiling. So, ALL DAY yesterday, they were hammering, rewiring, sanding, stuckoing, and blasting the wall with more stuco. Today, the oven and microwave arrived and the guys will be back to paint and put in some new tiles. He said it should only take about an hour and a half....ya, right. Tomorrow they will be installing the counters/cabinets, new tile, oven and microwave. He also told Keiko that our other cabinets on the wall were falling off. So they may reattach those tomorrow as well. In the end, it should look really nice and give us more space. Here are a few "before" photos....

This first photo, if you look in the background, you can see the double oven in the cabinet with the fridge on the left. All of that is now gone. The fridge will be moved to the far right. There are also cabinets above the fridge and oven, those were removed as well.

This is the stove built into the counter. That will be gone and a new cutting board block will replace it. Lots more counter space!!!


Here is what they did to the wall. They put in a new light socket at the top of the wall for the microwave and a new gas line at the bottom. The entire wall was plastered and sanded to be somewhat even. Looks pretty gross right now. The fridge will be just below the air vent. I will post pictures of the finished product tomorrow evening!

I can't wait for it to all be finished. I'm kind of tired of having strange men in my house without Sean home. Thank goodness he will be off tomorrow.

Here is a cute picture of Lizzie to counteract all the uglyness....lol.


She's 6 and a half months old.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Sorry so long....

I know its been over a week since I last posted. I've been pretty busy and We've had a death in the family.

Declan finally got his grades back from Setons...
English- A+
Handwriting- A-
History- B
Math- A+
Phonics- A+
Religion- A+
Spelling- A+
Science- C+

Overall pretty good. We weren't too happy with his Science grade. Thats a subject we are working hard on this 3rd term.

The boys and I planted strawberries and green beans this week. Sean bought me a Toppsie-Turbbie for my tomatos. I'm really looking forward to the strawberries!!! YUMMY

Sean and I celebrated out 9th Anniversary on the 12th. (Not our wedding anniversary, it wasn't a very happy memory for us, but thats a long story.) It's crazy to think that it has been 9 years since our first date. I'm not saying it has been an easy 9 years, but I couldn't have asked for a more wonderful man to share them with. He took the day off and we chilled together. He bought me a two pound box of my favorite See's candy and a beautiful card. I got him the complete 1986 Topps baseball card set. He was thrilled!
We spent the rest of the evening sorting through our card collection and logging them into the Beckett site. We are up to over 8,000 cards in one week!! We just got the complete 2009 and 2010 sets last night. Its so much fun too look through them and organize them. We're off to a great start getting back all the cards his Mother sold.




On a very sad note, my Great-Aunt Franny passed away yesterday afternoon in New Jersey. She was my Grandmothers favorite sister and best friend. She will be deeply missed.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Happy Easter!

We had another successful Easter this year! The kids all colored eggs the night before and had a blast. (Though 18 isn't enough for our oversized family). Cian lost his second lower baby tooth that morning as well. Sean asked him, "What is the tooth Fairy going to bring you?" Cians' response, "Aw, money!" Lol, he's so funny.

Easter morning we actually got to sleep until 8:30am. It was so nice. I got up and gave the girls a shower and put them in pretty dresses. Sean cleaned up the "evidence" from the living room and started preping the prime rib for cooking. (As I had said in the last post, we ordered the majority of our dinner from Honeybaked.com, a ham, turkey breast, stuffing, cranberry pecan salad, cheesy potatos and mushroom gravy. There was also a champagne mustard and cranberry & walnut chutney.) At the last minute, Sean decided he wanted Prime Rib with green beans too. We had enough food to feed a small army.

The Easter Bunny hid 4 dozen plastic eggs with Starburst Jellybeans inside. We had a blast hiding them. They each had a basket with tuns of candy, baseball cards, Twister, and a Tardis (Not really, it was actually a phone box, red....close enough). As a child, Sean collected thousands of baseball cards. He said at one point, he counted over 30,000. After he went to collage, his Mother had a garage sale and sold all of the cards to some boy Sean disliked for something like $15. To this day, he still hasn't forgiven her. So, he decided to start a new collection with the boys. They sat on the floor for over an hour after the egg hunt and opened 50 different packs. He later went on a shopping spree and bought the complete 91 and 92 sets (each has around 800 cards) 87 too I think and a couple other years. It amounts to about 3,000 cards. He's so excited to get the boys involved.

We watched the Celtics game. (Sean just about threw the remote at the TV a few times) Played a little baseball with the boys and just chilled until 3pm. As we were preparing dinner, I felt a little woozie, or so I thought. There was a pot of green beans on the stove, which was swaying back and forth. I looked at Sean, who was standing on the other side of the stove....he had a weird look on his face too. Then he pointed to the hanging light about the table....EARTHQUAKE!!!! We had our first little earthquake. It was so weird. It felt like the room was slowly swaying from side to side. There was a 7.2 in Baja and we felt it all the way over here. The only kid that really noticed it was Declan. He thought it was cool. I hate to see his reaction when we actually get a big one.

Dinner was awesome, tuns of leftovers for tonight! After dinner we all watched the Red Sox and saw Neil Diamond sing Sweet Caroline and Steve Tyler sing God Bless America (an awful rendition, however entertaining....who was that girl?) We had all the kids in bed in time to watch The Pacific.

All in all, we had a wonderful day. Here are some pictures...


Declan and Fionn dying eggs.

Cian, Fionn and Declan


Cians unintentional silly face.


The whole gang!

Finished product!

The boys baskets!

Mary found two eggs!

Cian found an egg.

Fionny found an egg in the tree.

Discovering the eggs have jellybeans inside.

UPDATE:
I forgot to add these two photos of Sean and the boys going through their baseball cards.