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We moved back home on Monday. Cleaned the apartment on Tuesday. The girls decided they wanted the downstairs computer room to be their room, so a lot of changes are going on. In order for them to have that room, we needed to finish it - new vinyl window, finish the closet, etc. Before putting things in the new computer room, I looked at the wall, and the paneling (goes half-way up the wall) with the lovely Sharpie artwork from who knows which toddler, and decided we needed to rip off the horse/meadow wallpaper border and repaint the room. That's what I've been doing.

I painted the living room not too long ago and it went well (Ralph Lauren paint). This time, I used the best quality paint from the local hardware store down the block (Pittsburg Paint). I will not do that again. I have had to paint two coats on the wall and paneling. Not so fun. Oh, can anyone please tell me why it is when you hold those paint chips up, it looks different than when it's on the wall? Yet, when you put the paint chip right on top of the newly painted wall, it seems to match identically. The colors are not what I had in my mind. They looked great on the paint chips, but it's just a computer room, so I'm not repainting it.

Oh, and if you need to take off wallpaper, I highly recommend the wallpaper removal sprays you can get at any hardware store. That was the best $5 I've spent in a long time. My 9-yr old saw me remove one strip and then took over the job for me in not only the new computer room, but his room and the bathroom as well. He did it all in less than an hour. I love this kid. Do you get the picture that more rooms need to be painted (no, dh doesn't paint)? I think it's time to start passing the baton to the older kids.

We decided to use laminate flooring for all of the downstairs area instead of part carpeting and laminate. This means we have to special order some more. In the meantime, I will fix the ceilings that hadn't been mudded properly and also paint them. I have 2 wks to get it done before the flooring comes in. I'm excited to get these jobs finished once and for all.


Baby Love

I got home from homeschool co-op today and this baby greeted me with so much sweetness. I was attacked with tight hugs, cheek pressed against my cheek, squeals of delight. He surely must have callouses on his cheeks from being kissed so much. I love this baby! I used to wonder how I could have enough love for each successive child. It doesn't diminish, it multiplies. Frankly, it's now out of control. I'm a certified baby spaz.


What's for breakfast?

Most mornings I make a breakfast drink consisting of orange juice from concentrate, frozen bananas (overripe bananas), and some other fruit from the freezer. Today, it was strawberries. We all love these breakfast drinks.
We normally have hot cereal of some kind, but maybe once or twice a week, either one of the older kids or I will make something a little more special. This morning, it was Oatmeal Raisin Muffins from the American Cancer Society cookbook. They were delish.
How about you?


My Baby

is ONE - how can that be?????

I can finally say that my pubic bone and hips seemed to have gone back to where they belong. This has been the longest recovery of all, but it was oh so worth it.


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