Thursday, February 9, 2017

Girls Bathroom Final

There's the beautiful princess tub that I looked for on Craigslist for over a year. That Harris almost didn't get because we got into an argument the morning he was to go get, that Madeline rescued from adult drama by quietly saying, 'but my princess tub...' with her head hung low making the adults feel pretty low. 

It's been sitting, waiting upstairs, for two-ish years.  

There was a gross shower here. Now it is gone forever and the tub will go there using existing plumbing. 

Us checking out paint colors. We all mutually decided we liked a peachy pink color for the walls.  

Harris getting rid of paneling after I got rid of the shower stall. Well, I unscrewed and unbolted everything so he could chuck it in the dumpster across the street.

The last of the paneling is now gone from the house. I think. I'm sure I'll find another little bit here or there. 
The tile arrived in August.  Harris built a partition wall separating the entrance to what will one day be our room from the girls bathroom. We found board that were quite similar and tacked those up!
We let Madeline pick the paint color, she went with a pale peachy pink that I think will hold up nicely for a decade or more of heavy use by some splashy little girls.  Harris had to paint because I couldn't - between getting home and being exhausted or getting sick, it just wasn't happening.

We had someone else lay the tile because of all of our amazing skills, tile isn't one of them. 
On the first day of tiling, the tile guys gave to me, waterproofing cement board! 

On the second day of tiling, the tile guys gave to me, mortared in tile without grouting. 
And on the third day - grout! 

We used Fireclay tile for the border with a hex pattern we bought online for the floor. We have some clean up to do on the wood floors that become the hallway. 
The trim is a mimic of the trim throughout the house. 
The vanity is from IKEA, obviously, they make great sinks and vanities. We also got the matching dresser so the girls have a place to store towels, soaps, and things now and later. 

The view from the girls room entry

The girls room entry

The view from the main hallway.  We got a crazy good deal on the light fixture and mirror from an interior designer off craigslist. 

We've hung curtains and a towel bar and little things like that. We're very happy with how it turned out, even it this tiny room took 7 months instead of 7 weeks. 

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Happy birthday!

Someone is eight years old today. 
She's very insistent that until the time of her birth, she is not yet actually 8. Precision is important with this one. 

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

At the Women's March in Raleigh

Because I'm a million months pregnant, we did not drive to DC, but instead to Raleigh where we joined 15,000 other people who marched. The girls were getting restless in the crowds, so we did a fair bit of walking around in search of open spaces. 

The sign says "I stand up for..." 
Madeline wrote, Women's Rights. 
Margot told me to write, Mommy, YaYa, Margot. 

with our signs, Madeline decided to write, Be Kind and Brave
Mine said My Body, My Choice, another mother raising Smart Strong Girls!

The crows were a little too much for Madeline, Margot liked them, but not the massive puppets in attendance. 

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Catching up

It's been a harder than expected winter. 

Hillary losing the election has hit our family hard. Many of our friends will be hurt by the policies being put forward, our communities will be damaged, and there are kids and adults all around us sad, scared, and afraid for what this means for our county. Harris works at the Jewish Community Center - his clients, friends, and families have seen Jews be vilified, images of their children in ovens, references to the Holocaust. Jews make up less than 3% of our country. Why are you picking on them? Why are you silent when you allies seek to hurt them? 

I get it, everyone disagrees about political ideas and concepts , but fundamentally, I'm not saying the religious right has no place in our society. I'm not saying that Republicans should all die and yet, the rhetoric I see from others is that immigrants don't belong here, that some people 'deserve' more than they are getting, that gay people are gross and shouldn't exist. Why. WHY? What harm is caused you by two people existing in a loving and mutually respectful relationship? How does that hurt you? How does someone seeking freedom and democracy and safety in America harm you?  How do you look at immigrants in our communities or really just brown people bc you don't know that they are immigrants and say, you don't deserve what I have?  Tiny segments of our population and you think, well, I'll show them. That's tyranny, not democracy. 

What kind of horrible interpretation of your new testament have you been reading that you think any of those things are ok?  How can people vote for someone who has been married three times, brags about raping women, and threatens to murder people in the street?  How little do you think of men that you think everyone acts and talks this way? 

And finally, how afraid are you of successful women? Have you seen me? Do you know me? Is this how you feel about me too - a smart, highly educated, driven woman - that I should be put in my place?

Perhaps you just think I should know my place and be content with inequality. 

Fuck that. 
I'm strong, independent, fair, and ethical. I, with Harris, am raising a whole passel of strong, smart, independent daughters. The world belongs to us. We will continue to change this country and this world for the better. In the end, we - the fair minded, ethical, loving - prevail.  

Life continues.  

My President is a black man. I saw his plane before election day. It was amazing. 
Our next president should have been the most qualified candidate in history - a woman. I fear what's in store for our country. 

Thursday, December 15, 2016


Madeline was Luna this year for Halloween. Margot a bumblebee.
We 'made' Madeline's costume after a trip to the Trosa thrift store and scrap exchange to get some supplies. Total cost around $12. maybe. 

Saturday, September 24, 2016

This Sunday we took a day trip to Charlotte but really IKEA. While browsing the 'scratch n dent' as-is section for linens, Harris pointed out a fridge. Yeah, ok, so what, I'm in a bin.

No says he. That's the fridge we were looking at upstairs. And it's half off making it $900. It's a side by side counter depth fridge with ice and water in the door. We need to buy it.

So I go stand by it to claim it - three other people realized what it was while we were chatting about it. Then ask about the warranty stuff - 4.5 years from manufacturer and yes they will deliver it to your house for $100.

Why in the world do we need a new fridge? Because the one we bought in 2013 has been a PITA. Currently the ice maker is broken (again) and will cost over $500 for us to fix.

So we bought the fridge and sold the other one as is on CL costing us less than the repair cost of the old fridge that has had multiple problems.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Margot is two!

Someone turned 2! 
We had a small party at home on her actual day, presents from Mommy, Daddy, Madeline, and grandparents and a little cake. Margot very much enjoyed all of it.  We'll have a sweet little party with friends soon - we had to postpone the first one after our party girl caught a fever last week.