I guess it started on Friday for me. Jake couldn't make it home until Saturday but it worked out for me as it gave me extra time to finish things up around the house. Katie, as usual spent the night at her friends so I got the house cleaned, baked a cake for Jake's birthday, chopped lots of vegetables for our dinner Saturday night and worked on one of Jake's gifts.
One of his gifts was a new wallet so I printed up some new photos, cut them to size and filled the wallet with them. I also got the gifts wrapped.
As we have been preparing the living room for the redo, I have had everything stacked in the dining room so I moved it all into the spare bedroom. I thought it would be nice to have a table to sit at for dinner!
Jake got home around 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, came home for a bit and then we went for his eye exam at 1:00 p.m. We got home around 2:30 and everyone was due to arrive at about 3:30. In the meantime Kate came home with her friend, I started dinner and added an extra plate!
Once the kids came over all the fun started. Sarah brought a friend so I added an extra plate.
Jake and Frank started tearing into those radiators. Loud saw blades, two 15 year old's, two 7 year old's and a 1 and 1/2 year old, add two barking dogs to the mix and you have a bit of chaos but a lot of fun!
Don't worry baby Jack got to go out and play too!
As busy as we were, we couldn't say no to those baby blue's!
It took Jake and Frank longer then they thought to get those heavy monsters out of the house, and I know there were a few strained muscles, sorry guys....
But I was so tickled to get those things out of the house that I felt like dancing on the spots where they were! After 11 years they were finally gone and I can actually move the furniture where I want.
And I can put the Christmas tree in front of the window, something I have always wanted to do.
Now that the work was done it was time to eat. Thank goodness as by now the kids were starving! Jake originally wanted meatloaf but changed his mind at the last minute. He wanted homemade Mac and Cheese with hamburger and bacon added to it. I also cook a bit of onion in it. This dish is not healthy at all folks, but it is so good!
I also made a Greek salad, corn on the cob and Cheesy Asiago bread.
After which we had cake of coarse!
If my husband appears tired looking in this photo it is because it got up at 1:30 a.m. so that he could make it home in time for his eye appointment! Despite all the hard work though, he thoroughly enjoyed his party.
And even with all of the kids running around, Amy and I got to visit which we don't get to do as often as we'd like!
Jake sneaked in this photo! At one point while I was cooking there were five kids in the kitchen with me, I had to shoo them all off as my kitchen is the tiniest room in the house! I didn't want any accidents around the stove.
After everyone left, Katie and her friend went down the street to the old theater for their very first concert. Jake told them to be home by ten and they got home at 9:30! Good girls! They had a great time and Jake and I were able to go to sleep, finally!
Sunday morning Jake and I got up early and went out for breakfast. We had a bit of time to kill before the restaurant opened so we decided to wander around Wal-mart at 7:30a.m. Aren't we the exciting pair!
Well I have to tell you what I did there. O.K. remember the whole dream bike thing? Well guess what happened? I went on line to order it and it was gone! I was sooooo disappointed. We searched other web sites and apparently it was a one time special.
So while I was at Wal-Mart I looked at what they had. There were two bikes that I liked. On was very retro looking. The other was a cruiser but a bit more updated.
I figured that the best way to know which one would be a good fit would be to just ride them. And so I did. Both of them. Three times each. All around the store as my husband stood there shaking his head at me. Don't worry there was no " Cleanup in aisle 6." being called out! I really liked the way the retro one looked but as it turned out the other bike was a much better fit. It was much lighter in weight and handled much better so.......
I have been riding it already. I was a little wobbly at first but it all came back to me and it was so fun! I must admit that it will take me some time to work up more stamina but I am just loving it! And it doesn't hurt my knees at all. The basket was a very special gift from a very special friend!
After all of the excitement it was time for Jake to put the new faucet on the kitchen sink. It is a tough job under that old sink cabinet but with just a few tools and some words I won't repeat, he got that task done and the new non leaking faucet is beautiful!
We didn't get any painting done. We were both just too tired and sore! We've waited this long so we can wait a little longer.
I am off to bed early tonight. It's been a fun and busy weekend.