Today I had a shoot at the Houston Zoo. My young friend that I was photographing really liked the Sea Lions...we visited their tank three times including once to see their training. We also took refuge from the 95 degree temps in the aquarium area where we caught a seahorse taking a nap!
Abby is already 7 months old and is such a sweetie. It finally stopped raining for a little while this afternoon and the sun peaked out so while the boys played we took some pictures all around the backyard!
So the day started out normally. Abby woke up just before 7 and squeaked from her bed waiting for me to come and get her and give her a bottle. Usually Sebastian wakes up closer to 8 and the two of them eat their breakfast together. But at 8:30 when I went up to get Sebastian he was still sacked out - face down in his bed so I just backed out of his room and left the door open so he could just come down when he wanted to.
At 9:45am when I still had not heard from him I actually went up and got him. It was super dark because it was raining (AGAIN) so I figured he was just sleeping in. But,as it turns out, maybe he has a bit of a bug.
He ate a decent breakfast and we played indoors and watched some tv. At lunch he asked for seconds of his chicken nuggets, and requested a banana even though he had already shared a peach with me.
Shortly thereafter he climbed down from his chair, came over to where I was sitting, and threw up on me and the chair. No notice. I was able to throw the blanket from the back of the chair under him so the amount that got on the new carpet was minimal. But honestly, the carpet has been in for only two days!!!! I still had the carpet care guide from the installers so I looked up "Vomit" on the cleanup guide and followed the directions. Good as new.
So it seems that I've been living under a rock for oh, the last couple of weeks because I've been knee deep in home remodeling. Last week we had painters here and they repainted our "game room", Abby's room, and the hallway and stair walls. That wasn't too painful because we just had to move stuff to the middle of the room.
This week we had brand new hardwoods put in two rooms, and new carpeting everywhere else. Let me tell you - the process sucked. Essentially you feel like you are moving out because you really have to get everything off the floors for them to to be able to put down carpeting. We still have piles of stuff in every non-carpeted area (our guest bathroom tub is full of closet stuff, for example). But, the carpet is beautiful and I think it will be much easier to maintain than the nasty off-white stuff we had before. And Leo totally blends with it.
The upside of all of this is I decided to take advantage of already having all my work stuff packed up to switch rooms. Up until now I've been using the "media room" as my office. It is a nice sized room...kinda bedroom style, but with all my equipment it got warm in there. And it was a little cramped for all the surface area I needed. In addition, when I needed to do a review session with a client, I usually ended up clearing a spot in the game/play room area. So, now the media room is home to all the kids toys and a big TV and I've taken over the game room. I used the giant bookcase we've had forever as a room divider by placing it on its side. By doing so I was able to create a client area with some casual seating, some fun books, and of course, pictures. When I have a review session I can put the projector on top of the bookcase and project against the opposite wall. And the playroom is just off this area so if they bring their kids they can be entertained. Behind the giant bookcase I've created my printing space. My two printers, and three work tables fit easily in that space which I've blocked off from the kids by propping up my baby gate. The old homework/study area that is a few steps down from the main game room level, is now my work space. I feel as though I'm now taking full advantage of all the space. I still have lots of organizing to do but overall I'm totally excited about the reorg. Now I just need to empty the tubs!
So, our beautiful new hardwoods are in. They replaced nasty carpet in our dining room and study and I LOVE them. Before putting the furniture back I snapped a quick picture of Abby. She has gotten very good at sitting up. Look at her - she's a pro!. And Leo enjoyed some time hiding out under our dining room table watching the carpet guys coming in and out of the house.
The new hardwood floors in the study are almost done! They just have trim left to do. I put a piece of the new floor next to the bar that will go back into the study to show how lovely it is. Since we have so much dark furniture the dark grain in this wood will be perfect for us. We are using engineered hardwood as it is supposed to be be better for our humid climate! The second picture shows the dining room floor stripped down to the cement and ready for the new hardwood in there too!
The painter was back early this morning to do some touch up work in the downstairs study. The walls in the study are a beautiful dark green. The flooring guys have just arrived and they pulled up the carpet in the study in record time. It was quite impressive. They put down some quick-dry sizing to level out the room and Sebastian is fascinated watching them. With thunder booming in the distance I recommended they move into the garage with all their equipment. They are putting down some beautiful hardwood in the study and dining room today!
Jay surprised us when he bought a playhouse he found used online. This is the Little Tikes Interactive Playhouse which has a doorbell and a phone inside that makes lots of different sounds. It was love at first sight. Sebastian saw the house from his bedroom window after his nap and couldn't wait to go out and see his new "house". Today when he got up he again yelled "house Mama, hurry!" beause he was ready to go out and play in it. The third picture is probably my new favorite of Sebastian because it shows him totally happy about the house.
Sebastian got a ceramic piggy bank from his Nana Mary when he was just a few weeks old. However, recently he has figured out that it is fun to put money it it himself. So we've take to leaving change from our pockets on the breakfast bar and pulling out the piggy bank for Sebastian to load it himself. He loves his piggy bank!
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