Thursday, June 25, 2009

Bathroom Remodel

Well, our last bathroom remodel is done! Nate has remodeled the 1/2 bath and the guest bathroom, but finally he completely gutted my bathroom (even took down some walls) and I am so happy... we should have done this 2 years ago! It's wonderful to have it finished, it's not my "dream bathroom" but we think it's neutral enough and will help sell our home in a few months. Thank you Nathan for working on this project for me, you would work long hours during the day and come home just to do even more work. I love you! Here are some before, during and after pictures.


The "style" (if you call it that) reminded me of apartment living.

We did replace all the faucets when we moved in, so at least I had that!


Hard at work! I forgot to get a picture of the bathroom completely gutted, but Nate even replaced the bathtub (which was fun to carry up 2 flights of stairs) and several walls were taken out.


Nate trimmed down the mirrors we had and bought wood to match the vanity to frame them. I wasn't sure about how it would look, but as always, he did a great job!

I love having the curved shower curtain, it creates more room.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Happy Father's Day!

Jacob sportin' his new PJ's

Jacob's new favorite thing is playing catch.

Jacob right after he caught the ball, he gets so excited!

Jake's "I'm sorry mama" face...

We went to Meeker's Day this weekend, here is Jacob wanting to get OFF the train... he ended up loving it once we start moving.

Jacob having a small tantrum because he wanted to get back ON the train after our ride - make up your mind!

Getting his first balloon animal

Getting his first face painting, a football (didn't really look like one, but hey, it was 50 cents)!

Stuffing a scone in his mouth (the BEST part, we love fair scones... don't ask how many calories are in one)!

Wearing daddy's hat with his football cheek, maybe he will be Quarterback someday like his daddy.

Father's Day morning I walked downstairs and saw Jake and Nate cuddling on the chair, it was the cutest picture! Jake got daddy a Father's Day balloon (and one for himself of course).

We went over to our friend Stefanie and Clint's house for Father's Day dinner, it was good food and good company. Thanks guys! Here is Jake giving daddy his card.

Jake and Kai giving each other hugs

Kai and Bronwyn watching cartoons

I love these boys! Happy Father's Day Nate, we love you!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Having Fun!

We took Jacob to a water fountain park in Auburn, he was so funny, he just liked to observe all the kids there running around in the hot weather. It was fun for him though, a huge park full of different sprinklers. They have a great toddler area as well as bigger kid water toys.

Figuring out the water would turn off and then "magically" come back on.

Trying to stomp on the water holes.

Everyone there had water bottles and squirt guns they were filling up, so I gave Jacob his snack cup and he couldn't get enough of it. What is it with kids filling up cups in the water ... it entertains them for hours! Here is a random boy helping Jacob put water into his cup. Too cute!

Bronwyn came over to play for the day last week.

Jake cuddling with Shadow, he will follow kitty-kitty around everywhere but he has to sit down next to him and pet him. It's very cute to watch, when Shadow moves, Jake will get up and then sit down next to him to give him a hug or kiss.

Lounging on the couch, he is getting so big!

We made daddy take a break from working on our bathroom remodel and we went to the park yesterday morning with grandma. Jake loves this park, it is so great for kids - lots of fields to run around in and a great toddler area for Jacob. Although he is starting to like the "big kid" area now.

Jake's best buddy Kai came to play, here they are right after seeing each other. Nate probably took 10 shots of this on the camera, they were adorable running toward each other.


Slide Contest - I think Kai won!

Chillin' with daddy, I think Jake thought it was pretty cool that daddy was with us since we usually go to the park during the weekdays when Nate is at work.

Jake has always loved getting thrown in the air, it makes grandma's heart skip a few beats every once in awhile... but Jake's laughter is too hard to resist.

Jake and Kai saying goodbye...

Thursday, June 4, 2009

All About Water and The Zoo

This past week has been not only beautiful weather in Seattle, but it's been HOT! And living in a 3-story house has been pretty warm as well. So, Jacob and I have been doing as much as we can during the day to get out of the house to see friends and have some fun.

Getting excited about going to the lake with Stefanie and Kai.

Jacob was already soaked at this point, he really doesn't mind getting wet (as you will see in all these pictures). If he gets dunked underwater, he comes up with a smiling face as he did in swimming lessons. Here he is wanting so badly to just jump back in the water.

Stefanie has a raft for the boys and Jacob just loved relaxing in it for a bit to get all dried off from the water.

Kai and Jake playing with Starbucks cups the entire time in the water.

Kai giving Jake a hug!

Jacob is a daredevil out there, he just wanted to keep walking out into the lake (holding both squirt guns by the way). He went up to his nose and was smiling, guess I should sign him up for his second round of swimming lessons this summer.

Jake and Kai playing with the hose in the backyard, and again, Jacob LOVES getting soaked.

Jacob's turn to learn how to use the hose.

Say "cheese!"

Jacob's new pool at grandma's, pretty cool! Jake's new word for a lot of things "cooool"

Mom and I went to Target to buy some pool toys, and of course, Jake likes the big cups the best. I kept pouring water over his head and he would just laugh. Nothing better in the world than hearing his giggles!

On Sunday, we spend the afternoon at Point Defiance Zoo in Tacoma. This is our first time there, and we still haven't been to the Seattle Zoo, but we need to devote an entire day there.

He thought the elephants were awesome! The trainer was there feeding them apples.

Daddy and Jacob checking out an exhibit

Looking at the big whale!

Awww... come back!

After a hot few hours walking around, they have a kid area and this great fountain. We decided to let Jake loose and get some energy out - he would walk around this pad and finally figured out that water randomly squirted up at you.

About 15 minutes later, Jacob was soaked but had a great time. Thank goodness we had a change of clothes. Afterward we went out to one of my favorite restaurants on the waterfront, The Lobster Shop!

Jake is getting to the point where he does not want anyone to feed him anymore and he wants a utensil with every meal. It's a MESS for mommy to clean up, but he is learning - slowly but surely.

DQ ice cream cone

Jake does a good job of wiping his own mouth off and keeping himself cleaned off, he doesn't mind being dirty but hates to be sticky.

Shadow has been really tolerant the last few months and Jake is becoming very gentle with him. He just likes to give him hugs and kisses and says "kitty kitty" all the time! Shadow will sit still for about 2 minutes, let Jake hug and pet and then Shadow is out of there.