Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Caley loves her daddy

Bringing Down the House

We broke ground this weekend on the remodeling of our family room. We knocked out the wall between the "den" and "formal dining room" titled rooms and have a lot of work ahead of us. Bill's friend Floyd is helping us...thanks Floyd!! I scraped all the ugly flower wallpaper off the dining room walls, which wasn't an easy job. A vent needs to get moved and drywall needs to repair the broken hole in the ceiling. Also, we had to say good bye to the lovely plaid carpet. We'll miss you o ugly eyesore. May you have plaid fields in which to run and see other parts of the world. We posted the carpet on craigslist and within an hour, it was gone. But there are some crazy craigslisters! It's just carpet! Get over it! We should have most of the project done in about a month, but it will take longer to make it aesthetically pleasing.

Before shots:

in progress:

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Caley's Jobs

Caley's getting really good at pulling her weight around here. I (Addie) try to give her jobs around the house and usually she does it, sometimes after a lot of pointing and asking. She helps me put away the Tupperware from the dishwasher, and she hands me silverware. She also is learning where her dirty laundry goes and likes to help me pull the clean, dry laundry out of the dryer. She also really likes to pick up trash from the ground, "yuckys," and put them in the garbage (also "yucky"). Personally, I think she's a little genius, but I'm a little biased. Somehow she's learned lots of character names, like Ernie, Elmo, Bob and Larry, but I don't remember teaching her those explicitly. It wasn't until I noticed she liked Elmo and Ernie that we started watching Sesame Street DVDs and Veggie Tales. Maybe she learned that stuff at church from her friends.

Ironically, she hurt herself this week on the one thing we have to keep her safe: the gate. We got a gate for her bedroom so she can sleep in her big girl bed and not run out of the room and fall down the stairs. She ran into it, I think, because now she has a huge gash in her face. It's like a commercial for how much attention I pay to her... :) No, it's not that bad, but it looks bad.