August Catch-Up

Well, this happens every year in August. I get super behind on blogging, and then just have to do a catch-up post. And this year is no exception. We haven’t had a lot of down time between school starting and us working every.spare.moment. to get this house put back together. We were able to move back in the day before school started, but ever since then we have been painting and working on house projects like crazy. Now, though, we have finally finished all the major projects, and are down to smaller, more manageable problems (like painting the fire place, the foyer, the stairwell, the outside furniture, and the porch floor). Not projects that take us every minute of the entire weekend (like painting the living room or our bedroom did). Our house is now totally livable again, since we were able to finish painting Jake’s office this past weekend, and FINALLY move all the furniture back into the house, for the first time since June.  I promise, as soon as we get all the finishing touches in place, I will be doing some major before/after blogging! 

So here’s a few things we’ve been up to this month….

Josie lost another tooth, one she has been wiggling for what seems like all summer…

These two are the sweetest….they got quiet one night while we were painting, and I went upstairs to find this. 🙂

Living room, before we moved all the furniture back in. (And when we were still sleeping in Jake’s office)

And a quick little sneak peek of the living room after we moved stuff back in 🙂

We celebrated Beth’s 17th birthday! 

Jack was SOOO excited to finally get to start mandolin lessons at school. He is SO proud his daddy is letting him use his mandolin. He learned to play “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” in his first lesson. 

And Josie was absolutely OVER THE MOON to start ballet lessons. And I am thrilled that JECA has started their very own after-school ballet program, so no driving to lessons! 

She absolutely loved her first lesson, so much so that she came home and did nothing but ballet the rest of the night, including giving Jack his own lesson….

Our sweet friends from Missouri came to visit for the weekend. We were so glad to see them, and so excited to meet the newest addition to their family! 

My team’s first cross country meet was last night, which meant Jack had his first race of the season. He was 13th out of 23 Kindergarten-2nd grade boys, which isn’t too shabby for our short legged boy! 

Jack did a drawing at school of the hotel at Yellowstone beside Old Faithful. So glad he has good memories from our trip! 

And in true Brandy fashion, I fell at our cross country meet…..and now have a very swollen knee, and a very bruised foot. 😛 

In other August news, just for my memory’s sake-

-On Saturday, water started POURING out of our fireplace, right onto our new floors and new shiplap. Apparently in a freak-accident, and cap had popped off the old water line. It was fixed quickly, though, with minimal damage…..and we are SO grateful we were home when it happened! Made for an exciting moment, though. 

– And now, right when all the renovations are complete, our kitchen sink is clogged, and the whole line is going to have to be replaced. 😛 Part of house ownership, of course, but whew! At least we got a restaurant night out of the deal tonight, though- so grateful for Cracker Barrel gift cards! 🙂

Hopefully, it won’t be so long until I blog again….but I’m not making any promises! 

Eclipse Day

My kiddos have literally been counting down the days to this one! They were SOOO excited to see the eclipse. I was, too….but also slightly nervous about being in charge of a class full of kids during it, as well. Anyways, it turned out to be all okay. It was a beautiful, sunny day, and I have to say watching the eclipse was one of the coolest things I have ever done in my life. It was beautiful and amazing. The kids had a wonderful time, and it was so fun to get to show them and all the rest of the students the “shadow snakes” right before and after totality. Jake stayed home and watched the eclipse with his mom and Jennie, and he got an awesome picture of the eclipse in the shadows of the tree- our oak trees were acting as pinhole viewers! 

Josie entered our eclipse themed lunch contest at school- she did a peanut butter round to be the sun, a Nutella round on top to be the moon, and then cut her strawberries into crescent shapes. 🙂 She was so proud of her creation. 

She was absolutely enthralled and amazed the whole day- she loves, loves things like this. 

Jack was pretty amazed, too! 

My teaching buddy and I 🙂

This is Jake’s picture of the eclipse in shadows- so awesome! 

It was a pretty amazing sight to behold. 

First Day!

Today was the day- the first day of school. The kids woke up excited for two reasons- 1. they were so thrilled to be in their own house; and 2. they were excited to go to school and see all their friends! 

Josie is in my class again this year, which she was actually excited about. Jack has a new-to-JECA teacher, but she just happens to go to our church, so he already knows her and was excited that she was going be his teacher! I wasn’t sure if he would be excited for school to start again this year, but he was, and he had a great day! 🙂 Josie is ALWAYS excited for school to start back-she was nearly giddy this morning. She is a child after my own heart, for sure. 🙂

They were SO excited to get to show off their pins that they collected at all the national parks we went to on our road trip! 

And just because I’m a sucker for a good comparison shot….

Can you BELIEVE how much he has changed?! He went from baby to grown overnight! 

The Josie girl hasn’t changed much (or grown much). She makes up for it in personality, though! 🙂


We are finally sleeping in our own beds tonight for the first time since the first of June. And it is a glorious thing. Our house is not completely finished yet, but it is finally livable again. I promise before/after pictures as soon as everything is finished.

Big things we need to finish:

-finish painting living room (it is halfway there) and move all the furniture back in
-paint stairwell
-paint bedroom and move all the furniture back in
-paint office and move all the furniture back in
-hang all the stuff back on the walls
-hang new fans (when they get here)
-paint outdoor furniture
-Jake has a few things to build-new (longer) kitchen table, new counter for the washer/dryer, new bed for us
-our contractor has to remodel our living room fireplace
-electricians are going to install a few new plugs

Finally starting to see some light at the end of this very long tunnel! 🙂