Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
AN EXTRA FIND! (I couldn't help but put this extra find in this week, I love it so much!)
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
This little birdie makes me smile - and the bottom of the clock is pretty swell too (click on the link to see more pictures of it.)
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
We'll be trying something else to help Lydia's toe-walking. We went to phyiscal therapy yesterday and Lydia hasn't gained much movement in her ankles, depsite wearing the night braces. (read the entire story here) The braces were intended to keep her feet and ankles in the correct position (a 45 degree angle) while she slept, but also to stretch out her tendons so that she can walk correctly. That hasn't happened, so the phyiscal therapist wants us to get braces that Lydia will wear all day. She has made a few degrees of improvement, but not enough to be able to walk heel-to-toe comfortably. So the next step will be a big one: wear braces during the day for an entire year. We need to get her new braces because there is a difference between the night braces and the daytime braces. I'm not too crazy about her having to wear braces all of the time, but her toe-walking needs to stop. With the day braces on, she won't be able to walk on her toes at all, which will hopefully force her to get rid of the habit of doing it. The braces will also stretch out her tendons. I hope it works! She gets casted for the braces in a few weeks.
I am very happy to report that we were able accomplish almost all of the things that were on our list to do this weekend with the house. I am eternally grateful for my mom and dad and brother for helping me out. There is no way I could have gotten anything done if they hadn't helped! THANK YOU!
Here are some before and after pictures:
This is a picture of the house before our work (it's a small picture, sorry!)
After picture - the shutters are repainted and new flowers were planted.
I found yellow mums at Meijer for $1.96 a pot - what a deal! I also found two really pretty petunia hanging baskets that I hung by the windows - hard to see them in the picture though.
The only thing that we couldn't fix were the eaves ... we have slight rain damage. A pro will have to come out to fix those. Or, we may be forced to hire someone to fix them if a home inspector says they need to be fixed. We'll just cross that bridge when we come to it. I also didn't get a patio set for the back deck ... I couldn't find one that I liked that was on sale. I'm still looking though. I also didn't get my dolls done, but that's okay, the house ranks priority for now!
We had an open house on Sunday and wouldn't you know, no one came! We have another one scheduled for this weekend.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Hey, if you're bored and want to come to Cincinnati to help the P. family out, please, by all means, come on down! I'll give you refreshments, food, and I'll make you a rhubarb pie!
This is our list of to-do's, which includes a lot of "buy" items that I need to get:
- Mulch flower bed and garden
- Mow lawn and trim
- Fix the eaves (slight rain damage)
- Paint/install new wood under the eave under the back deck (rain damage)
- Clean all windows and door glass
- Clean all shades and blinds (there's funky stuff in our blinds in our basement)
- Buy a couple decorative pots for plants for the front porch
- Possibly buy a table set & rug to "stage" the back deck
- Clean the foyer closet
- Buy a new shoe rack for the laundry room
- Buy balloons and fresh flowers, and possibly cookies and refreshments for the open house
- Clean the gutters
- Buy a new entry door rug
- Buy weed killer for the driveway and apply
- Spray paint the shutters and re-bolt them to the house
- Clean the sink in the laundry room
- Steam clean the carpets upstairs
The goal is to have all of the work done by Saturday night. And, I'm still planning on having those 14 dolls done by then too. Think I can do it all?
Monday, July 14, 2008
Doll arms all traced out on linen and ready to be sewn:
I am purposefully keeping the doll bodies/legs a secret for now because they are super cute and I want to reveal them once they are all completed!