Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The Kitchen

Thought I'd just share some of our kitchen photos- now that it's more functionable... still need a few things though.

I'm still in search of a new kitchen table!  It finally feels nice to have a kitchen to not be ashamed of...

I'd say our house is "baby ready" now... and I am also "baby ready" now!!! I can't wait for little Mason's arrival.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

We're gettin' there...

I had plans this weekend to get our house almost ready for the arrival of Mason.  I was a little worried this wasn't going to get done after not sleeping between 2:30 and 5 this morning.  I was wide awake. Felt fine, just couldn't sleep.  I was a little thirsty so I ended up going downstairs to get a glass of water.  To my luck, I opened the cupboard door and BAM.... a glass canning jar fell out of no where and hit me smack in the forehead.  I was trying very hard not to use every curse word in the book!  After I realized what happened and got over it, I filled my glass and headed back to bed- only to lay there some more.

I finally got out of bed around 8, after tossing and turning a few times. Jason was already awake and downstairs.  He had made plans to go to the shooting range with one of his friends.  He left a little before 9 and then I decided I better get a start on something or NOTHING was going to happen. I started out by making me some breakfast.  I was starving all night.  After a few pieces of french toast, I headed to the computer room to start cleaning.  I slowly made my way to each room. Dusting, vacuuming, organizing, etc.  

I broke down and decided to start scrubbing all the baseboards in the living room.  They were quite nasty and I knew if I waited for someone else to do it, it wouldn't get done.  I got down on my hands and knees and worked my way around the room.  I figured while I was down there, I might as well hand scrub all the floors.  So the floor got a nice scrubbing today.  We also moved around our furniture for the winter season.  We always have to move furniture before winter so that it's not too close to our wood burning stove.   I also got Jason to put together a lamp/stand we got for our wedding shower. 

I think I under estimated the disaster in the bathroom. I broke down and scrubbed the tub.  That was probably the worst room to clean, even though it's the smallest one! After getting the tub and surround all sprayed down, I started to scrub.  It was not easy! I forgot how big my belly was and that leaning over the edge of the tub was not going to be easy.  After a few breaks, I finally got it scrubbed down the best  I could.  If anything, it looks better than it did. 

Jason finished working on a few things in the kitchen, cleaned off the deck, and cleaned out the garage.  I can finally park my car in there again! We were going to go to church tonight, but decided to stay home and get some things done. 

We got a lot accomplished today and I'm sure I'll be feeling it tomorrow.  My feet are already killing me!  I'm sure tomorrow every bone in my body will be hurting.  I decided to call it quits for the night and relax.  I just threw a pan of lasagna in the oven and I just might put a movie in...

It feels good to have our house almost ready for Mason! I can't wait for his arrival, but I'm hoping he stays in there until at least November!! 

Sunday, October 17, 2010

The Weekend

It's been a very long weekend! Jason started the weekend on Friday by installing our new kitchen floor.  It took them quite a few hours, but it's all put it.  It turned out pretty nice and I'm glad to finally have a kitchen floor that I'm not ashamed of.
We're still working on putting baseboards back up, but the floor is IN!

I worked 9-5:30 on Friday, so this is the floor I got to come home to.  By the time I got home, I didn't feel like doing anything.  Jason's mom stopped over to see the new floor also. 

Friday was a special day for Jason and I, as October 15th is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day.  Every year we light a candle at 7:00p.m. in memory of Benjamin.  This year we lit the candle that we got for a Christmas gift last year.

Friday night was a long night.  I couldn't sleep and then eventually woke up at 2:00a.m. not feeling well.  I spent the next 3 hours awake.  Every time I went to lay down, I just felt even more sick.  I eventually had to prop myself up with about 10 pillows before I could fall back asleep. 

I eventually got up out of bed around 9:00a.m. on Saturday.  I sat on the couch for a little bit and then got a rush of motivation.  I went out into the garage and starting cleaning up some of the mess from the day before.  I then started painting all the baseboards for the kitchen so that we could get them back on before the weekend was over.  I still was not feeling the greatest all day Saturday.  Jason had to DJ a wedding Saturday night so once he left I cleaned up the new floor a bit and then decided to take a shower and rest for the rest of the night.

Jason didn't get home until about 1:30a.m. Sunday morning from DJ'ing, but he still managed to get up in time to go to church with me.  Today, we were announced at the church as new members of the congregation.  It just so happened that today's sermon was about pregnancy.  It was quite interesting, even though I kept getting distracted by the cute little blonde girl sitting in front of us.  It was quite a noisy day at church with all the little kids there.

After church, we came home and Jason starting moving some things back into the kitchen. He got the fridge, stove, and dishwasher all put back.  The stove has been a nightmare putting back in.  Everytime Jason would get it hooked up and turned the gas back on we could smell it leaking from somewhere.  Jason went and got a new hose for it, but that didn't solve anything.  Later on he discovered that a different piece was cracked and who knows how long it's been like that.  Kind of scary!  So he's on his 3rd trip to Menards for a new piece. 

I'm beginning to get very frustrated with everything.  I think pregnancy has finally kicked in.  I have been too exhausted to get much done lately and I'm getting upset that our house still is not done.  I feel like once we get one thing done, there are 10 other things that still need done.  I'm down to the point where I think we're going to have to hire someone to come in and finish.  All this painting is getting too hard for me.  Getting up and down on the ladder a million times and bending over to reach the paint can is taking it's toll on me.  I'm trying not to work myself too hard, because our little man needs to stay in for a few more weeks.  Also, knowing that I work 9-5:30 all this week, there won't be much of anything getting done around here. 

Not much else is new. I haven't got anything accomplished today. Jason, on the other hand, has been working all day getting stuff put back.  Now,  if 10 other people would just come over and finish everything else- we'd be good to go- BUT I don't forsee that happening anytime soon!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Productive Day?

Today turned out to be a somewhat productive day.  After working til 11p.m. Saturday night, I still managed to make it out of bed by 8:30 this morning.  I took my shower and read the Sunday paper and then Jason and I decided to not attend church today.  I wasn't feeling the greastest and wanted to relax.  Little did I know what was about to come.

Jason started working on the window trim for all the rooms and managed to finish them all except our living room.  I, of course, followed Jason around like a lost puppy making sure it was all done correctly-- or attempted to be done correctly.   So now that the trim is up, that means I will need to paint it all sometime soon! Ah- one more thing to add to the list. 

I finally broke down today and washed all the ceiling fans!!  It was quite disgusting.  I've lived here 4 years and I don't think it's ever been done-- sooo you can about imagine!!  Now if I can just KEEP them clean.  I need to go stock up on the swiffer dusters.  Those things are amazing- especially with the handle that extends/bends.  Makes my job easier! 

I'm excited to get our floor put in on Friday!  Then I can start putting things back together.  I will be searching for a housekeeper soon to come clean our house in about 2 weeks.  If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know!  I'm desperate! I need some deep scrubbing done on our baseboards and a deep scrub in the bathroom.  We will probably need to get our computer room carpet shampooed as well.  All the other carpet is new enough that it doesn't need to be deep cleaned.

My dad came up today- it was nice to see him.  Jason and him went to the chili cookoff, but didn't get to try any chili.  Tasting didn't start til 2:30 and they headed out there around 1:00-- so that didn't go too well.  They came back home and talked for a bit and then my dad headed back home to mow the yard.  He brought me a box of baby clothes from my mom that I went through and just finished washing all of them. He also brought me the vinyl I had ordered from Jodi for my bathroom!

It turned out pretty good- even though it was kind of a pain in the butt to get on the wall!! Jason hates putting vinyl up, but I'll keep ordering it!!  It's so neat and beats putting holes in the wall to hang things up.

It was also kind of a tragic day.  As we were waiting for my dad to arrive, we decided to clean out our fish tank.  Let's just say- it's been a LONG time since it's been done.  As of yesterday, we had two lively fish.  Today, not so much.  As we transferred the fish from the dirty tank to a small bowl while we cleaned the tank, we noticed that the one fish was on his 'last fin' (if you know what I mean)- So after awhile of debating, we decided it was time for him to go.  He has now found a new home (somewhere in our sewer system)!  I'm still amazed that he lived for 3 years..... Everyone always said how fish are so hard to take care of- well, these fish were not hard to take care of.  They maybe were fed 2-3 times a week and lived in nasty water for a majority of their life-- but maybe that's what it takes to raise a fish!  Who knows!?!?  We are now down to one lonely fish-- poor lil fella!!

So even though we didn't get A LOT accomplished today- I still feel it was quite a productive day.  Finally getting the trim up feels great!  Only one more room to go!  Little Mason will be here in about 4 weeks or less and I'm hoping everything can get finished in time!! 

and.... HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM!! Hope you had a great day (even though you had to work)!  I hope you like your gift and maybe someday soon you will get that banana cream pie you REALLY want!!

Friday, October 8, 2010

34 Weeks

This week I have hit the 34 week mark in our pregnancy.  We have been having weekly non-stress tests at the doctor's office just to make sure our little man is doing well.  He has passed all the tests so far.  This week when I went in for the test, he had the hiccups.  It was cute to hear them on the machine.  They were so loud I had to reach over and turn down the volume on the machine. 

Jason and I have been trying to get our house ready for the new baby.  This past week we repainted the kitchen and Jason installed a new glass sliding door for our patio.  Next Friday we will get our new floor put down and then we can start putting our kitchen back together.  We will need to order countertops still, but I can live with the ones we have for now.  We will eventually need to get a new kitchen table as well.  Once the floor is installed we'll need to put up chair rail around the room and new baseboards around the new flooring.

Most of the other rooms are already completed.  We still need to get trim put up around all the new windows.  It's just been a nightmare with that.  It seems like such an easy thing to do, but it still isn't done after a year!! 

I need to start making my list of things that still need done before the baby comes.  I keep all these mental posts in my head, but I know I will forget if I don't write them down.  So a list needs to get started.  I'm thinking of hiring a cleaning person to come in a few weeks to deep scrub all the woodwork and walls in the house- just because my belly is too big to be crawling on the floor all day.  I also need someone to come scrub our shower/tub-- I could probably do it, but who knows when!  I'm planning to make a shopping list of things we will need while I'm off work, just because I really dread the thought of going out in the cold!!  We will stock up on everything before our little guy arrives! 

Not much else is new.  Today I attempted to clean up the house a bit so I can relax a little this weekend.  I have to work tonight and tomorrow night, but have Sunday off.  Jason and I will go to church Sunday and then head to the chili cook off out at the Fort Museum.  Hopefully the weather cooperates.  My dad is also coming up this weekend- so it will be good to see him.  AND it's my mom's birthday on Sunday!!  Unfortunately, she won't be able to come up here to see us! 

Next weekend Jason and I will be announced at the church as new members.  It should be interesting.  We have to write a paragraph about ourselves for the church newsletter... Guess who will get to do that?!?! 

Well, it's time to finish getting ready for work!! 

P.S.- for those of you wondering what we plan on naming our little guy, we have decided on Mason Benjamin Hanna.  We came up with the name Mason by combining our names- Jason and Megan.  We also felt like Benjamin should be part of his life and that's how we got his middle name.  I was a little leary at first because Mason sounded so much like Jason, but the meaning behind his name outweighed that thought.  So little Mason Benjamin will have a part of all of us with him- forever!