Wednesday, November 16, 2011


For the past week and a half the cottage was getting resided. Bye bye wood siding, hello vinyl! It's a big change, but definitely good for the place. Squirrels and other critters were making a home behind the chimney, birds and pests were making holes that needed to be fill frequently, and new siding was the way to fix it.

I had no part in the decision (after all it belongs to my dad and his siblings), but I understand why they did it and why it took so long to get it done. Siding is not cheap! I'm glad they were able to, though. It will make the place last a lot longer (hopefully!), so future generations can continue to enjoy it the way my dad and his brothers and sisters did, as well as all of their kids.

My Grandpa, dad, uncle, and family friend built the place back in the 1970's, I will try to dig up some pictures this summer. I took a few "before" pictures, and in progress, as well as after that I thought I would share!

View from the road.


This is right in front of the path heading down to the lake.
 Looking up from the deck at the lake.
 In progress, roadside.
 In progress, lakeside.

In progress, view from path.

 Finished! View from the road.
Finished, lake side. 
 Finished, path view.
 Finished! View from the deck at the lake.

Looks good, right? I think so.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Proud Mama

I am so unbelievably proud of Avalyn lately. She is finally on a set schedule, and has been for about a week now. She wakes up at 10:00 AM, naps around 1:00 or 2:00 PM for an hour and then goes down for the night between 9:30 and 10:00 PM. It's pretty great.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Life of the Sicky's

Cold season is horrible! Not only am I feeling too sick to eat anything, I have a sore throat and stuffy nose to top it off. To make matters worse, Avalyn has a cold, too, which makes it impossible to get the rest I need. She wakes up every couple of hours because she's not feeling well, poor baby girl! :-( Guess I found the downside to Avalyn weaning.

In other news, our bunny died of a respiratory infection. :-( There was nothing the vet could do for her, the poor thing. I felt so bad for her. She was hopping around all happy and carefree one day and she was laying on her side dying the next. The vet said when rabbits get sick, they go down hard and fast.

Keith is also back to being a little liar. I can't stand it. Everything is a lie. If he doesn't do his chore, he says it's because daddy or mommy told him not to. He opened the door to the car box and let the cats loose in the garage because he thought it would be funny. Even though we have told him there are things in the garage that the cats could eat and it could kill them. His words: "I don't care." That way he wouldn't have to take care of them anymore. I swear he's a serial killer in the making. His boy scout pack went to the jail last night to learn about safety and right and wrong, he took nothing away from it. He still thinks it's fun to be bad and lie. I have no idea where he's learning this, or why he thinks this way, but it scares me.

Well, I'm going to try to get Avalyn down for a nap. She needs some rest.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Pinterest Challenge Fail

So, for the pinterest challenge I was going to finally finish the bathroom... that didn't happen. We had a busy weekend, and then Halloween, the timing just wasn't right! Ah, well...

In other news... how cute were my kids on Halloween?