We bought our “fixer-upper” house two years and a half years ago, and I think we’ll FOREVER be “fixing it up!” Haha. This week, we got new windows for the whole house. Our original windows were from 1955, and although I loved them for their vintage charm, they just weren’t functional anymore. Most of them had stopped opening, some had cracked glass, and they were not terribly energy efficient.
So, see ya later old windows! Hello, new windows! 🙂
Here is the living room when the workers had just put in the new windows:
We replaced 13 windows, and a sliding glass door! We have one more window to go – it will be installed in a few weeks – and then we will be done (knock on OLD wood – ha!)
Here are some of the windows. We put them out on the curb just for a moment, and someone came by and wanted them! So, they are off to be refurbished (I guess?) That’s life in Los Angeles. You can’t leave something on the curb without somebody coming along to claim it five minutes later. 🙂
The window install took 3 full days! So, I had to get the girls out of the house a bunch because it was SO loud and dusty.
I took them to the park, of course:
Violet (4) sitting pretty on a bench:
And we hung out at the library:
We walked all over town – from the park to the library and all points in between. Ginger (6) HAD to wear her favorite slippers. She could not be persuaded to wear shoes! She is so funny – when she makes up her mind, that’s the way it’s got to be:
Violet (4) building with blocks at the library:
We checked out a huge stack of books at the library, even though I had forgotten my wallet with my library card at home! The librarian was so sweet and let us check out books anyway. She either thought the girls were really cute – or she felt sorry for me having to tell them we couldn’t check out any books. Probably both!
Anyway, we didn’t bring a bag with us, so we had to haul ALL the books home in our arms…which basically meant ME carrying them (along with me carrying Ellie, my purse, and everything else). Typical! Hahaha.
On Mr. M’s day off this week, I went on a “mini date” with Paprika. All the stoplights around us were turned off because of a power outage, so we ended up at Starbucks! It was seriously mayhem out there on those LA streets! My anxiety was through the roof trying to get through eight lanes of traffic just to get home – but we did it!
Paprika was really calming to me, actually. She was like: Mom, don’t panic! Just breathe! 🙂
On Sunday night, I took Paprika to see Zootopia! 🙂 She’d already seen it with the rest of the family – but she wanted me to see it, so we went!
I figured Mr. M would be working ALL night because of the Dancing With The Stars Premiere the next day – but he got home in time on Sunday night for me to take Paprika to the late show!
We were the only ones in the whole movie theater! 🙂 Here she is posing with the statues in the lobby:
After the show, I took her picture at this fountain outside the theater. She said the fountain looked magical in the moonlight – and she wanted me to take a picture to remember it!
Mr. M is done working on The Bachelor (because the season ended!) and now he’s working on DWTS. That means, of course, our weeks look different. On Bachelor and Bachelor In Paradise, he works long hours M-F (and some weekends). On DWTS, he works ALL the time (including the weekends)… Not complaining – just stating. 🙂
All that means is that I have to get creative with my outings with the girls, since I’m usually flying solo! This past weekend we did a lot of hanging out at the park. It helps the girls get their energy out so they’re not going stir crazy at home.
We did lots of walks around the neighborhood, and we went to the Little Free Library a few times!
The girls get such a kick out of checking out books from the Little Library. Ginger (6) finished Island of the Blue Dolphins and Call of The Wild. Now she’s reading Shiloh and White Fang! She’s crazy about books about dogs, if you couldn’t tell. 🙂
Violet (4) got a Pete The Cat book. Violet is doing SO well with her reading! I’m amazed by her…she’s picking everything up on her own. I answer her questions and read aloud to her, and that’s it! I’m really relaxed with her because she’s so little, and I know there’s a lot of time for formal academics later. But, I guess she’s trying to catch her sisters. She’s soaring ahead – every single day, she is growing in leaps and bounds:
One night, we went to the Griffith Park Observatory! I am going to write a separate post about it – because I have lots of fun pictures. Here is a little sneak peek of Ginger and Paprika at the Jupiter exhibit.
Since we’re homeschoolers, I completely forgot that a lot of schools are on Spring Break right now. The observatory was PACKED! There were so many people, I ended up carrying Violet (4) in the Ergo – which is why she’s not in this picture!
Here’s a picture of Paprika hanging out in the van while Ginger (6) and Violet (4) were at gymnastics. She is reading Island of The Blue Dolphins now (since Ginger read it!) – and she’s always drawing on her tablet!
Paprika drew this for the people of Belgium after reading about the attacks on her Kids’ News App (Newsomatic):
Ginger and Violet had gymnastics, of course! They both felt fine at the start of class – and then one of the other kids in the gym came out saying she felt like she had to vomit.
Well…what do you know? Ginger (6) came out of class feeling lethargic – and by the time we got home, she was vomiting! She has a fever, and she’s overall very miserable… She threw up ALL last night, which was fun, fun, fun! Poor petal… 🙁
Ginger feeling sick on the couch earlier today. That’s her barf bowl at her feet – and all she wanted to do all day was lay there and read books.
Of course, Ellie wanted to steal Ginger’s books! That’s what sisters do! 🙂
Mostly, Ginger’s been resting! Now, I’m bracing for the bug to work its way through us all. That’s usually how it goes, right?! LOL
(You have to laugh or else you’d cry)…
And because I don’t want to end on a downer – I will leave you with a picture of Miss Ellie (13 months) wearing shoes today for the very first time in her life! She was so excited!
You might notice a plethora of patterns going on here – and some scuffed shoes…but let’s focus on the positives. She’s in clean, comfortable clothes, and wearing the most comfy (already broken in) shoes of her big sister! Plus, she’s not walking yet, so these little shoesies are just there to protect her toesies as she’s crawling in the grass.
Have a wonderful weekend and Happy Easter!
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