Friday, July 29, 2011

The Great Room Shift

Today was the day: the day that Charlotte's room went from a baby room to a big girl room. What a day it was - she and I went and picked up the mattress (which we tied to the top of the Tribute...haha), we picked out bedding, Adam moved furniture and I cleaned, mopped, dusted and straightened. Charlotte was EXTREMELY excited all day, and so thrilled with her new stuff that she didn't mind letting her old stuff go. Phew.

So, here are the BEFORE pictures. We were even still using her changing table if you can believe it :)

And here are the AFTER pictures. It's not done quite yet - there's a lot of little stuff to finish doing that will probably take until the baby comes in December. She's not moved into her dresser at all (that's the thing behind her rocking chair) and there's a hutch that goes on top of it that we haven't figured out how to secure yet. We moved out some of her stuff animals to make room for some more of her toys, and the room that the dresser space frees up in the closet will probably go to toys too, but we'll see. At least the big stuff is done.
What do you think?

Thursday, July 28, 2011


There are a lot of pictures here, and my writing is at the end. Enjoy!

At the Cincinnati Zoo - loving the gorillas

Also loving the carousel

and the ice cream

Feeding a giraffe a snack with Grandmother

At the park, playing on the playground

The rest of us at the playground :)

Going down a covered slide (when she used to be afraid of them)

Touching a starfish and horseshoe crab

Not happy to be on a frog at the Newport Aquarium

At Steak and Shake

Toledo Zoo with Grandma and Papa

Hey, there's something in there

Watching movies at Grandma's in her new chair

Charlotte and Aunt Liz

As a teacher, when I say that I love summer, it's an obvious statement. Of course I love summer; I'm home with my husband (also a teacher) and child with no work responsibilities, no alarms set for waking up and very few time obligations to adhere to. Summer, for those who know us, is the time of year when we get all of our house projects done: we paint, pull up carpet, move furniture, reorganize daunting spaces.... Since so much of our non-summer time is taken up by teaching, preparing to teach, grading what we teach and functioning, we don't really have time to do these projects during the year.

Another summer tradition lately has been to take a trip to Ohio to see our parents. This year, with Baby #2 due in mid-December, we won't be making the trip for Christmas, so we took a long two weeks to make sure that everyone had their fill of Charlotte to last them until they come visit us to see Baby #2 in the winter. The grandmothers spoiled, the grandfathers played with and read was a delightful trip.

I considered posting these pictures in installments, because I know you get bored looking through a lot of pictures at once. Then, I thought that it's been difficult to blog consistently over the summer (obviously!) and they're just pictures, so I'm just going to post them. Whatever. I like seeing pictures of people's lives, so you probably do too.

Friday, July 1, 2011

The Final Swimming Lesson

I know, it's silly, but swimming lessons have really been the determiner of our schedule for the past two weeks. And now they are over. Here's how it all ended up:

  1. Charlotte had a little bit of a cold/cough this week. I think it was mostly VBS hangover from last week. Anyway, because of that, she was SUPER GRUMPY about swimming both Tuesday and Wednesday (i.e. we went through the lazy river on Wednesday, and after screaming most of the time, she said, "Towel! I want towel!")

  2. So she's mostly been inconsistent. Some days, she loves the pool; other days, it's torture. What does that mean? Well, it means she's two. :)

  3. Yesterday, for the epic "last swimming lesson," the teachers turned on the water in the indoor water playground (which I tried to find a picture of to put on here, but couldn't find a good one) and let the kids play for the last ten minutes. And Charlotte had a blast! She went down the slide multiple times; every time she went down, I thought she would freak out, and every time, she got up and went to "do it again." It was a great way to end the week.

Baby update: I'm 16 weeks pregnant (and for all of you boys following along at home, that's 4 months, haha) and things are going well. Big ultrasound day is August 2, and no, we're not caving and finding out what it is. :) I think that's everything...if you want to know anything, ask, I guess. :)