Yesterday, I finished cleaning out the spare room. Viv and I took apart the king size bed and put it out in the hall. I also attached her fireplace mantel back to the wall. We also swept it out, cleaned the baseboards and sealed her floor with some kind of special wood wax sealer. It is a blank slate…ready for Viv to move in! We have talked about adopting a little girl if all goes well with this adoption. So, Vivian is always taking about future “sister”. She wants bunk beds for her and sister to share. I had a nice surprise yesterday, I posted on FB if anyone was selling a twin bed that I would be interested in it for Alex’s room. One of my friends, Melendie, posted she had one and brought it to me yesterday. When I got it home and Steven helped me assemble it, it was a bunk bed! Hahaha…so…guess what?! Vivian gets her wish. We will put the bunk bed in her room and buy a twin bed for Alex’s room. I have a toddler bed, but we are putting that in our room for him to sleep near us as he will most likely experience separation issues and we want to be close at hand.
I am going to paint Vivian’s bunk bed white, and on each end, there is this neat chain link type material on the bed. Steven came up with the idea of attaching a chalkboard or memoboard to each end for each of the girls…what a fantastic idea!!! I had a couple lying around, so immediately grabbed them and measured…they will fit perfect! Can’t wait to get this baby painted and into Vivian’s room! I also need to paint white a chest of drawers I am going to put in her room.
I just need to go shopping for Alex…a bed and a chest of drawers to match. I already have his comforter and pillow set. I am thinking about doing his room in transportation. Since I just moved Viv out yesterday, I will have to touch up paint his room and redo his floor to look like Vivian’s. Then I will be able to move in his furniture and decorate….so exciting!!!!!
We took a week long vacation and traveled to Port St. Joe Peninsula State Park in Florida. It was beautiful and hardly anyone was there.
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Well, you no longer are able to spell words you don’t want her to hear….you are not able to speed anymore…hehe Vivian is always fussing at Steven saying “the sign says 45 daddy” and she can see that he is going 60.
In the car driving today…I was not listening to Viv prattle…I was thinking about what I had to do and where I had to go, then I heard her say “S-E-X what does that spell mom?” I didn’t know what to say! Lol…I mean, my mind was running wild trying to think of where she got this from, where did she read it? Was there a sign? ….then I saw she had my license in her hand. I said, “Oh, baby, that tells you whether I am a male or female. It says F, so I am a female, right?
So…on we go…I grab the diet coke with one hand, driving with the other, and take a swig and I hear Vivian pipe up “Mom, your license says you are not supposed to drink and drive”. I almost spit my coke everywhere…hehe. I laughed so hard!
This is definitely one of the best times to have an old house…iron fences, columns and nice backgrounds galore for pictures.
Vivian took all of the pictures of me and Steven. She did a great job. She is going to be a great little photographer when she grows up. 🙂 She is reading this as I type it…hehe
KJV: Matthew 28:5-6
And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
Snorkeling Easter Eggs
Our Easter eggs took a little snorkeling trip in the dye this year…hehe…these were fun to make. Vivian receives a magazine each month and this was their featured project.
Happy Easter Everyone!
Viv and I started off our week by making cookies.
Vivian helping make cookies
Aunt Bop (my sister) and Poppy came up for a day to visit. Tiffany was trying to teach Vivian how to play “numbers”. that was fun.
I Bedazzled my shirt!
Well, the Karaoke machine was a huge hit! I have a six year old Hannah Montana.
I love my karaoke machine!!!
I don’t think the dogs are amused…
Taavi perched on the sofa
Vivian helping with the lights. She's a good helper.
Its kinda hard to decorate for Christmas when half of your kitchen is in the dining room and the other half is on your back porch. Nevertheless, we are trying to muster up some Christmas spirit in the Warren house. I type this as I hear hammering in the kitchen as the new floor is going down. Hopefully, after all the dust settles, and most of the items are returned to their rightful places, Viv and I can finish our decorating in preparation of opening our home this weekend to family who are coming.
Vivian knows that right after Thanksgiving, we decorate for Christmas. This is her absolute favorite time of the year. She always bugs me the whole week of Thanksgiving, perpetually asking “When are we going to decorate for Christmas?” It was no different this year. We finally pulled out the tree…even in the midst of the kitchen remodel, and got it ready for decorations.
Vivian’s friends came over and helped her decorate the tree in her room.
They did a wonderful job. It looks beautiful! When I clean up all of the construction dust and put things to rights, we will take pictures and post them next week. Hope you are enjoying this wonderful season!
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Of course my child cannot pick something easy to dress up like for Halloween. She wanted to be a vet….a veterinarian. So, I had to look around for some pint sized scrubs or a lab coat. I found this place online that makes real lab coats in miniature. They were even able to stitch Vivian’s name above the pocket, in cursive purple stiching, no less. So, here is our doctor. She made a cute doctor.
I am happy that Fall is finally bringing cooler weather. We don’t get a lot of that here in Louisiana! I love to take a cup of coffee early in the morning, out to the back porch and just sit. Before everyone wakes up…peaceful!
Some who follow us know that we have announced our plans to adopt internationally. At present, we are trying to raise the International Home Study fee through fundraising. Our initial goal was $2,000.00. We spoke with the lady yesterday who is going to do our study. Her fee is $1,200.00! Yay! So, we have reduced our goal to $1,200.00. Where does coffee fit in with this? Just Love Coffee is having a fundraiser on our behalf. They created a storefront for us and we receive a part of the proceeds from their sales. So, if you like quality, fair trade coffees, check out this wonderful company. They also support orphanges, other adoptive families and churches. Make sure you visit the About Us page to read about this wonderful, giving family. They have experienced International Adoption personally. Click here to visit our storefront.
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Steven, Andrea and Vivian