Tuesday, November 23, 2010

About Friendship

A friend sent me a note this week that made me cry. She said she was using Thanksgiving as an excuse to make resolutions with relevance to things that she is thankful for. She said that she was thankful for our friendship, that I had really helped her in the transition to two children, and that even though we don't see eachother too often, she is thankful for the fact that we can pick up where we left off with no hard feelings. It really made me cry.

I feel like since Remick was born I've been apologizing non-stop for my life - "my life's a little crazy right now because..." In a lot of ways I've felt like I barely have had anything to give to anybody else, which of course is never true. It sure made me feel good to know that I had impacted someone. When, by the way, will I feel calm enough to not have to apologize for life? Ever?

Also this week, I got to see some really good friends from college for dinner (without kids nonetheless!) It is so nice to be able to pick up where we left on (even if they all seem pretty glamourous to me. I felt like an boring mom compared to them.) It's nice that I still like them a lot all these years later.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Beach Weather

While they were putting in our new windows!!!, the kids and I had a really fun day at the beach the other day, what may possibly be the last "beach day" of the year - and I use that term loosely. It did however almost hit 60 degrees! It was absolutely gorgeous! Aside from a little tatrumming, we had so so so much fun and it felt good to just be outside.

I've been meaning to write about my little Remick's burgeoning vocabulary! He has been a little sponge! He definitely has over 50 words - let's see how many I can think of: mom, daddy, opa, makili, paka, baby, eat, milk, more, ball, blanket, thank you, did it!, cereal, airplane, no, yeah, mine, balloon, I love you, stuck, truck, yuck, hot, out, down, doggie, kittie cat, birdie, apple, belly, eye, ear, water, juice, help, grape, shoe, sock, book, all done, duck, airplane. I can't think of any more at the moment, but I know there are more. It seems like every day he adds more!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The only one

This for some reason was the only picture I was able to upload from my parents' computer. Super frustrating!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Pretty Bummed

I'm really dreading going home tomorrow. It really is a vacation to go home to you parents' house when you have small kids. We've had so much fun this week out around town and in my parents' backyard. Makili is completely enamored with Grammy and makes pretty much all decisions based on whether or not Grammy is coming. He told me tonight that Raph and I could sleep with he and Grammy if we wanted. I'm a little worried about how he is going to deal with going back tomorrow.

It's also fun to be in your hometown and be aware of how your perspective of it changes year after year. I find the architectural elements in Pittsburgh so fun. I was hoping to find some architectural salvage item that might pull something into focus in our house, but didn't score that point yet. It's always fun to look though:)
The rest of the picture are only on my parents' computer because we had an overloaded hard drive issue. So I'll post a few more tomorrow. I also didn't take enough cause I'm out of practice...

Sunday, November 14, 2010


We had a short, sweet visit with my brother, Amanda, and Kaylee this weekend while at my parents' house in Pittsburgh. It was fun to see Kaylee and the boys play together.

Sunday, November 07, 2010

Joe on the balcony from the "master" bedroom
Bathroom is on the right and that wall in the back is the gable end facing
the driveway;that staging plank is about 13 feet off the ground, and you
can see it sticking out the window

Plasic windows

Makili in the kitchen
Larry in the bathroom downstairs

Progress has resumed with the return of Larry. This past week he and Joe have worked every day building walls and ruffing in the plumbing and electricity. Demolition is almost complete. The ceiling in the other downstairs bedroom is going to come down and then it will all be done. The next major things to happen are all plumbing and electrical finished and inspected, stairs built, house made water tight, walls insulated, and then we can talk sheetrock. Most of the windows are not cut out to keep rain out. There are two more on the road side, and we are talking about fixed windows on that gable end. The amount will depend on how much they cost.