Wednesday, November 23, 2011

KC, here I come! Or, Happy Thanksgiving. Take your pick.

Today has been a busy day.  Because we are returning to Kansas City.

For Thanksgiving.  Don't worry, Omaha. 

We'll be back.

But, before we return, I had some things to do.

Like see this cute 4th grader in the vocabulary parade at school.

The cutest hippie I've ever seen.

I was told by many a mom how impressed their kids were with George's costume.  He made it by himself with construction paper.  Look closely.  You'll see that he has long paper hair in the back stapled to his hippie headband.  That's right.  My kid purposely gave himself a paper mullet.


So until we return, Happy Thanksgiving!  I've decided this year that I'm mostly grateful that I get to live with my husband and all four of my kids.  It's only 3 1/2 years until 15 year old Charlie graduates from high school, and I'm determined to enjoy this time.  If they live in Omaha, then so do I.

 They're worth it. 

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

I am cold to the bone

Every January, I feel that "to the bone cold" that Kansas City throws my way.
I'm used to the bitterly cold wind that comes just after Christmas.

And guess what?

Today started out fabulously.

I wore sandals to show my pedicured toes. I got my hair done; touching up highlights always makes for a good day. The kids were at school.  My house was clean. 
I'm back to my running schedule and I've gotten in 12 miles so far this week.

About 5:00 I went to check the mail, just 4 houses down the street.

And I felt it.

That "to the bone cold".  It took my breath away.  Admittedly, I have asthma, so that's not hard to do.

But really, Nebraska, it's just too early.

This Kansas City girl is not ready for winter.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

What does our new house look like?

I have been asked many times to PLEASE post some pictures of what our new home looks like.  I'm so sorry, Blog World, that I haven't done this.

Until now.

My Disclaimer about my new house.

The previous owners LOVED color.  I love color, but they LOVED it.  Some of the colors are really nice, like the buttercream hallway, the robin blue office, the soft gray of the master bedroom and the pumpkin spice kitchen; the pictures don't do those colors justice.

Other colors....well, life is to be learned from, right?

We are in no way done Ames-a-fying our new home. 
It's coming and we will post pics as we work on it.

I promise.

Now, on to our new home!!  Just think of this as your invitation to our housewarming party.  :)

And I didn't need to clean or serve refreshments.

This is our new home.  We think it looks like a Gingerbread House, and I can't wait to see it with Christmas lights!

We hear that Nebraska promises some snow with those lights.

The piano room.  The first thing you see on the right when you come in the front door.

The staircase when you first come in.
The office, which is on the left of the stairs. 
 If you look closely, you will see that I'm working on this blog.....

Living Room with a great action shot of my boys.

I LOVE my new kitchen!!! 
The green island though....I'm not sure about the color.  Some days I like

The Master....I have plans of black rod iron furniture and a black dresser. 
I just got my red curtains up....and I LOVE them.
This is one half of the Master Bath...I guess that would be my half. 
CAA's sink and the shower are on the other side. 

I apologize to your eyes for the mustard yellow bathroom.

Charlie's current room.  We are planning on finishing the basement ASAP with a bedroom and bathroom for Charlie downstairs and then this will be George's room.  Both boys think this is a great plan.  George says all that's missing from this room is the red for his KU inspired bedroom.

Danny's room.  He allows George to sleep there....for now.  :)

And this, is our Omaha home.

Thanks for stopping by!  I wish I had cookies to send home with you.  :)

Abby's Room

We really do like our new home here in Omaha, but we are in the process of making it Ames-a-fied. 

Abby and I decided to start in her room.  It started out like this.

Now, CAA did not see the problem with this room.  Abby's room in Missouri was also raspberry pink.  We (the girls in the family) let him know that it was time for the raspberry pink to GO! 
We were so over it. 

(If you look closely, you will see my diet soft drink with crushed ice and a foam cup on the dresser.  Nebraska cannot change me that much.)

This is what Abby's room started to become.

And this is the final product.

We think it turned out great! 

And what's our next project??

To get rid of this monstrocity.  The lime green bathroom.

It's just too much.

We have our first Omaha visitors ~ Welcome Hannah and James!!

Hello Blog World!  I'm slacking on this blog of mine and it's time to catch up. 

I'll start with very important news!!  We had a visitor!  In fact, we had two visitors; my sister, Hannah and her husband James.  They braved the closed I-29 and snaked their way through tiny towns and 25 mph speed limits to Omaha, then snaked their way back.  Ahh.  To be young again. 

So what did we do?  We did what all good Omaha-ians do this time of year and went to Vala's Pumpkin Patch.  What is Vala's?  It's only the best Pumpkin Patch I have ever been to.  We have always liked a good Pumpkin Patch in Missouri and had no complaints there. I'm sorry, Missouri.  Nebraska has outdone you.

Want to see the proof?  Here it is.

Us at the entrance of Vala's.

Hannah and Abby riding the go-carts.

Robbery is not tolerated in Nebraska.

Abby, George, Danny with the Gretna Dragon in all of Gretna's Gold and Green pride.
The Gretna Dragon is the Mascot for every school in Gretna.

James, Charlie, Abby and Hannah on the Jumping Pillows.

Danny on the Jumping Pillows.

George sliding off the Jumping Pillows.

It was a great day!  We had an awesome lunch of fresh cooked potatoes and roasted corn with vegetables.  We went through the Haunted house, watched the Pumpkin Catapult (a very interesting way to reseed your crop), slid down John Deere slides, played in the Corn Pit (see below), picked out pumpkins, and our favorite, jumped on the Jumping Pillows. 

A good time was had by all.  :)

Poor CAA had to work.  Not to worry, CAA.  We'll bring you next year....and anyone else that wants to come.  :)

Thanks for coming, Hannah and James!!  You made our day.  :)