Two Men & A Tub

By Moriah on November 30th, 2009

Our house was built in 1950. This project desperately needed to be done.



That would be our 300+ pound cast iron tub.





Micah took it to a scrap metal place and got $18 + change for it.  ($5 per 100 lbs.)  Lunch money.


Here is the current state of affairs:




That used to be my bathtub!  You can see the hole in the floor where my mom accidentally fell through the rot.  (She’s totally fine, don’t worry…she was just completely taken by surprise.)

New bathroom coming tomorrow!

(And if my hair looks a little greasy, now you know why.)

Did that just happen?

By Moriah on November 30th, 2009


Drew lost his very first tooth on Saturday night. It’s been loose for a while and when he brushed his teeth that night I noticed it was nearly out. I made sure he knew to give it to me and not to swallow it.  (Ew.)  He came bopping out of bed much later and had it in his hand.

“I pulled it out myself AND IT DIDN’T EVEN HURT!!!”

So then he put it in a baggie (quart-sized, what in the world?) and I told him to stick it under his pillow. I almost forgot to go get it but managed to fulfill my duties as tooth fairy. My dad commented on the inflation — he only got a quarter (I think I did, too) and we gave Drew a whole dollar.

(Which, of course, he’s been begging ever since to go to the store to buy another matchbox car.)

One of the funniest parts of the whole ordeal was when Madeline realized Drew got money for his tooth. “Mom? Can you help me get my teeth out?”

Yes, she did.

And I’m trying to figure out how it is that I have a child old enough to be losing teeth.

Thanksgiving In Pictures

By Moriah on November 28th, 2009

Our hosts, my brother and his wife:


The kid table:


The back-up turkey (which I brined, thankyouverymuch):



My dad and sisters:


Mom & Dad:


Adelaide being a ham (as usual):


Micah had raked up a huge pile of leaves for the kids to swing/jump into:









They also had a bonfire and some outdoor games but I was too cold to stand out there with my camera any longer and opted for apple cider and pie instead.

It was such a great holiday!

Four Weeks!

By Moriah on November 26th, 2009

And Happy Thanksgiving!!!



Change o’ plans

By Moriah on November 25th, 2009

We started to paint the bathroom yesterday, and stopped. I was scraping off some of the peeling paint and dry-wall by the tub and the next thing I know, I had a huge hole where the water (my kids splash a LOT) had basically rotted out that part of the dry-wall.

And then later my dad and brother poked at it some more. Now we have a hole in the wall down to the stud. So we’re going to be doing more demolition and replacing that part of the wall, possibly the whole tub/shower, the sub-floor under/by the tub and the linoleum. A little more than we signed up for in this painting project.


But it needs to be done. There are so many places water can get behind the walls and under the floor. (Which is, you know, NOT GOOD.)

Needless to say, we won’t be painting this week.

(But we WILL be eating a whole lot of turkey. Thank you and amen.)

I totally blame the fact that it was dark out

By Moriah on November 24th, 2009

So um… I was on my way to pick up a prescription at Walgreens last night and ran over Drew’s razor. (That’s a type of scooter for the uninitiated.)

No, it wasn’t in the driveway. I’m not really sure what happened or how I got so far into the yard but, there it is. Snapped the thing in half. My dad extricated the handlebars from underneath the front of my van and I went on my merry way.


(Perhaps we’ll hide it before he comes home from school. I wonder if he’ll notice.)

Arianna and I picked up my dad yesterday afternoon and then got paint at Lowe’s. So the agenda for today is to paint the bathroom. I won’t take any before and after photos because it’s really not worth your time. (And if you’ve been to my house and are a teeny bit curious, it’s practically the exact same color.)

Oh! But I have a little tea party to look forward to this afternoon, can’t forget about that!

So I’m off. Hope your day is filled with straight driving.

Monday, Monday

By Moriah on November 23rd, 2009

We had a lovely weekend, the perfect mix of low-key laying around with fun times out and about.

Andy and I spent Saturday going out to lunch and doing a little bit o’ Christmas shopping for the kids. I even remembered to stash everything in the attic. (Last year I forgot once and it wasn’t pretty.)

We also went out to dinner (benefit of grandmommy being here) and met some friends for a live performance of C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters. It was excellent. I brought the baby and she slept the whole time. This newborn stage definitely has its perks.

Afterwards we ran into some more friends and somehow all ended up at Starbucks. (Except they closed at 10. They should close later on weekends. I’m just sayin’.) It was fun while it lasted.

My dad gets in today and I’m sure my mom and I will load him down with projects, the top of which is painting my bathroom, re-caulking the tub, and hanging the new cabinet. I haven’t picked out a color yet and really have no idea what I want. Even if we end up with the same shade of blue, a fresh coat will make a world of difference anyway.

And hopefully the girls’ new beds will come this week so I can show you their new room! Madeline’s just been sleeping on her mattress on the floor but the new bedding is sure cute. Also supposed to come this week are my baby announcements. I can’t wait to show you those, either.

Alright. I’ve gotta jump in the shower while my mom has my girls on a walk and the baby is still asleep. Have a great Monday!

Before & After: Hair Edition

By Moriah on November 20th, 2009

Yesterday was a really great day.

(And my mom even let me and the baby sleep in until 11:15!)

Sometime around lunch my hairdresser friend texted me “can you come in today? Turns out I’m already working late tomorrow.” We had been planning on her cutting my hair after work today — it pays to have friends in high places.

So Arianna and I made our first trip out together to the hair salon. I was going to have Jenny take a before pic with my phone and then never did. The only one that can sort of serve as a before photo is this one of me blogging/emailing from the hospital waiting for Arianna to be born (and you can’t even really tell that my hair goes way down my back):




(Sorry that one’s a little fuzzy.)

And then baby and I left the salon and went and found me some new jeans.

See? New hair and new jeans = A Very Great Day.

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