Fall Ball started

We have 2 playing soccer this fall.  Ellie has been dying to play ever since Samantha started two years ago.  Mean ol mom wasn’t ready for it though.  They are both doing well so far.  Ellie took some adjustment to having a late night practice after a full day of school, but otherwise, she can run with the best of them.  Samantha and her teammates are finally using some basic skills that the coaches have been hammering in for years now.  She can dribble!



Testing the Waters

The girls both have tents, and we have talked about camping for quite a while.  We never had the time to do it though.  Before the fall got too crazy, there was a cold snap that hit our area.  We decided to try out camping in the backyard.  I wasn’t sure how they would do, especially since they insisted on sleeping in separate tents.  Naturally, my fears were not founded and they did great.  They did get cold during the night, and were up at about 6am the next morning, but otherwise, they loved it.  I think it’s safe for us to venture outside of our yard next time.


A Little Project

Right as school was starting, Brian and I took it upon ourselves to do one final project on the house before we got too crazy into the fall.  We hired some Lackeys (yes, that was their last name) to remove the popcorn ceiling out of the living room.  It was the final room on the main level to have popcorn.  Brian said that once the popcorn was down, we could start on the hardwood floor.  I didn’t realize it would all happen at the same time, in the whirlwind of school starting, but hey, what’s another project?

We pulled up the carpet prior to the ceiling coming down.  Then we pulled up the pad and the subfloor.  We had to lay new subfloor and find the flooring.



And got started.


Safety first!  (Later this day, Ellie had a fever.  A week later, we discovered that she had walking pneumonia.  She is such a trouper even when sick!)


I guess I should get a picture of the final product.  It looks nice, and I’m glad to have one more room of hardwood.  The room is arranged differently, with the piano and TV switching spots.  We still need to rotate the piano a bit to allow for a little more room by the recliner, but it certainly works for us now.