Down One Kid

On Sunday Cameron moved into his own apartment. He has assured us he will be coming for Sunday dinners and we’ll see him when we take the older two of The Six to taekwondo. He picked a one bedroom because he decided he’d rather not share if he doesn’t have to.

Now we just have to get the trim in his old bedroom – which we discovered we never finished only after he moved out – done and we’ll move Fritz and Adrian into there (it’s bigger than their current room). The two-year-old will stay where he is (in Fritz and Adrian’s room) and the one-year-old will move in with his brother (leaving the babies in our room still).

Back At It, Also We Had a Good Spring Break

Fritz, upon discovering today is the first day of spring, wondered just why we had spring break last week before spring started. Good question. Of course, living in south Texas the temperature has been quite spring-like since, well, January.

Last week was fun. Cameron went on Trek. This is a thing Mormon kids do to simulated being pioneers. They wore pioneer clothes (plus tennis shoes because we’re not that crazy). Slept outside. Cooked some of their meals on a fire. Were put in groups called families with a Ma and Pa. Pulled handcarts (and in the case of Cameron’s family, also pulled the chariot of their “sister” in a wheelchair). Got sunburned. Walked 26.6 miles over three days. Sang 99 Cartons of Milk on the Wall. Twice. And then sang 499 Cartons of Milk on the Wall. He absolutely loved it.


Wednesday Ani saw her rheumatologist and got some diagnoses and a treatment plan that is already helping a little bit.

Friday I took the kids to see Beauty and the Beast. We loved it. It was absolutely perfect. We’ll definitely be buying it when it is released on DVD (or, rather, digitally from Amazon because that’s what we do).


It’s been a year since we started redecorating Ani’s room. We’ve still got a few touch-ups left to do, but now we’re ready to move on to Cameron’s and the boys’ rooms. Saturday we went and got paint chips from Home Depot in pink (Cameron), blue (Cameron and Fritz), and yellow (Adrian) to choose from. Cameron and Fritz separately picked the exact same shade of blue.

Spring Break also included lots of reading (I’ve read 13 books so far in March), youtube videos, video game playing, and Cameron working at spring break camp at taekwondo after he returned from Trek.

Today we went back to school and everything went great. Everyone focused and worked hard and we even got all of our all together work done (rarely does that all get done in one day). Ten more weeks of school and then we’re off for the summer!

Ani’s Room, Part 2

Several months ago I posted about starting to redo Ani’s room. It’s been slow going, but we’re almost done (much to Cameron’s delight since his room is next – thankfully his plan is way simpler than Ani’s!).

Once we had her room all painted white, I used Frog Tape to form randomly sized triangles all around her room.

Then we used the five colors Ani picked out (yellow, blue, purple, orange, and green) to randomly paint inside the triangles. (The exception to the triangles is behind the shelves where it is pink and behind the desk where it is deep pinkish red.)

When we pulled off the tape, the edges were rather fuzzy. The texture on our walls makes it so good lines take a lot of work. I spent about 40 or so hours listening to Literary Disco podcasts and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and making those lines nice and straight. (Side note: I usually can’t pay attention to audiobooks, but while doing something mindless apparently I can.)

Jamie, Cameron, and Fritz installed the floor. Once we got a good saw it went in so fast. It’s gorgeous.

We put in new baseboard trim. The old stuff looked white until we painting the room white. Then it looked like an ugly shade of yellowish beige.

I painted the shelves white (they were as ugly as the old baseboards).

We installed an outlet with USB ports. We painted the outlet and light switch covers random colors from the triangles and screwed them in place. The outlet covers on the shelves/desk wall are painted the pink/pinkish red opposite what the walls they are on.

We got a bedset that goes nicely with the room and white cordless blinds for the windows. Ani loves being back in her room again even though it’s not quite done yet (she was sleeping in the room my parents will be in once they move here).

We still need to finish painting her door white and put that up, get curtains for her windows, and do a few touch-ups on the triangles. Her closet is a different story. We removed the door and wire shelving and painted the walls and ceiling using the leftover paint from the shelves/desk wall. In there, she is planning to build chests to hold her clothes that double as reading benches. She’s planning to get a little chandelier and beads to go in the doorway making it a nice, cozy little nook. We’re going to move on to Cameron’s room before we finish her closet, though.

Ani’s Room, Part 1

A few weeks ago we started talking about redoing Ani’s room. It has been tan and brick red since we moved in and she really didn’t like it. The carpet was original to the house (so installed in 2000) and looking pretty shabby. The remodel really began the end of last week.

The kids pulled up the carpet themselves. It is absolutely disgusting how much dirt ends up trapped under carpets (we’ll be replacing the carpet with wood floors).

Jamie cut up and removed the carpet and pad and I swept up the floor so it was all ready to prepare for painting.

Adrian and I washed the walls and got everything taped off and ready to paint.

We all pitched in to paint the first coat. Interestingly, the paint covered the red walls better than the tan ones.

Monday morning I decided to do the edges before getting the kids up to paint. Then I figured I may as well do the ceiling (by the way, getting the stick that screws into the roller was totally worth it!). Then I went ahead and did the upper part of the walls. And then I did the rest of the walls and all that was left was the windows so, 3 hours after I started, I was all done with the second coat.

Tuesday after work Jamie installed the ceiling fan. The bracing and wires were already there so it didn’t take long to get it in place and hooked up.

Now we’re waiting a couple weeks for the walls to get very, very dry so we can safely put tape on them for the next step.