Thursday, October 27, 2016

More Curb Appeal Projects: Exterior Painting

 Here is a somewhat before picture. Remember we already had cut down 2 trees from the front yard and cleaned up the landscaping.

and the back after we have added the patio and done some tree removal ( door to nowhere soon to be removed )

and After :

Next up: Painting the Porch, The porch rail, adding a shutter, and new exterior light fixtures! 

Now for the FAQ:

1.) What colors did you use? These are Benjamin Moore Colors " Titanium" and " Briarwood". I had a designer choose the colors so that I didn't mess up. Totally worth it because she did a good job! And because she was able to choose colors that worked with my existing roof color, and advise on what parts of the trim/doors etc should be painted what color. 

2.) What Kind of paint did you use? The brand was Sherwin Williams Luxor which is a paint made for brick. First was 1 coat of primer and then 1 coat of paint. Coverage was excellent. Initially he attempted just 2 coats of paint/no primer but the brick was drinking up the paint too fast. So I would recommend a coat of primer and a coat of paint for anyone looking to paint brick. The finish was satin on both trim and brick paint.

3.) What all did he do? ... Basic Steps :
  • Pressure wash the whole house ( wait 3 days for that to dry)
  • Repair any wood trim/ caulk where needed.
  • Paint trim
  • Prime and paint brick
  • touch up trim work
4.) Aren't you worried about maintenance on painted brick?
No. The paint has a lifetime warranty and was done well. I think that was more of a problem in the past when painted brick was not properly,  But even if I had to re-paint the whole house in 30 years, it was still well worth it :)

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Gentry's Farm

Strike this one off the Fall Bucket List! We chose Gentry's Farm as our 1st outing as a family of 5, and it went really well! All the kids had a great time. 

Since I have been catching up on the last 3 years of scrapbooking I realize we need to be better about taking pictures and being IN pictures so here's to that! 

The proud big brother always wants to take care of baby Rad!

 Fenn found this caterpillar and he kept it with him the whole time, and brought him home! ha

What is it Like with 3 Kids?

That was my biggest question toward the end of my pregnancy! What would it be like and what would be the hardest parts? 
I will have to say initially, it was pretty overwhelming, but mostly bc of work. I always have that in the back of my mind pressuring me to get it together quicker so I can get back to work, and that was stressing me out. That and the lack of sleep were my biggest challenges ( and healing from childbirth. That is always a doozy for me). 

I am so thankful to have had my momma here for pretty much 3 weeks, and Erik to have paternity leave. He has been holding this house together single handedly.. for weeks. That last leg of pregnancy almost did me in. I had a sinus infection for literally... 3 weeks! and I was so huge, and hot, and ill and TIRED. So Erik took over and it's pretty amazing what all he has been doing. When he goes back to work I may fall apart... time will tell. But for now, we are surviving and starting to get a new routine. 

Baby Rad is a pretty good little buddy thank the good Lord above. I was nervous he would have sister's dairy allergy issues etc. He eats good ( and OFTEN) and he sleeps.. OK. He does not spit up or have any complaints so far which is amazing, we just gotta get this kid to sleep longer and to be Ok when we put him down. For almost the entire 1st 2 weeks he would wake up and cry as soon as we would put him down, so I was sleeping sitting up right holding him all night.  Now he sleeps for about 3 hours at a time for his longest spurt  and does the best when he has been bottle fed with pumped milk and is swaddled. i.e. when his daddy is taking care of him. I think he can sense the weak link when I am in charge HA We are getting up with him about 3 times a night, which isn't bad but he is the 1st of all my kids that doesn't go right back to sleep once he gets full. There are times when he will stay awake for 1.5 hours after he eats YIKES.

I am refreshing on Moms on Call for my schedule for him and also on the Toddler version for sister b.c she needs some good rules. When I was super pregnant and worn out I let her get away with way too much and she has been having some good ole tantrums as a result so gotta reign all of that in. 

Both kids are adjusting well to him. Fenn LOVES him and is always asking to hold him and looking out for him. " Mom, baby rad needs his paci" etc. Sister doesn't pay too much attention but she will be very alarmed if he cries out " OH NO!! BABBBY!" she wants me to immediately tend to him. She does like to push his swing when he is in it, or try to put the paci in his mouth. 

I didn't buy too much for baby #3 but one of the things I got was a DOONA infant car seat and I will say it was worth every penny. Even Erik, who was super annoyed with it when I first got it, thinks it is awesome. I wanted to make it as easy as possible when out and about with 3 kids, and I don't know that it gets easier than a car seat that has pop out wheels for strolling!

So far we are thinking baby Rad looks like Erik when he was a baby! 

Moms of 3 lemme hear ya! Any tips or advice that I need to know?

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