• I think the wait has been long enough.  I was finally motivated to finish the last few pictures of the 2nd floor without trying to capture the best lighting.  I give you the second floor of #RoeAcres…

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    “Z’s” room.  We are slowly working on getting the kids’ rooms decorated.  This weekend our peel and stick wallpaper came for the wall that has “Zella” on it.  Using wallpaper for a focus wall will be a new adventure for me.

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    Yes, I am OCD. No, their books don’t always look that pretty…no matter how hard I try.

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    Bryn’s room faces the front of the house and gets great sun light through her windows. We are still brainstorming ideas on how to spruce up her walls.

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    We turned the “loft” into the perfect little kitchen area for the littles.

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    The kids bathroom has a double sink and a shower/toilet area that can be closed off.  I am sure these will come in handy when we have teenage girls fighting for bathroom time.  You can also catch a glimpse of our beloved “Scarlett” angel in the window. 

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    Ryker’s room is the first and only room so far that we have painted something other than the standard color that we picked for the whole house.  His room is also the most crowded as he currently has a full size bed and a crib in his room.  This change came from him waking up every night and us laying in his room to get him back to sleep.  Thankfully, switching to soy milk has kept these middle of the night wake-ups to an infrequent occurrence.

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    The second floor over looks the main living room downstairs.  It is nice to easily be able to hear the kids from downstairs but it also forces our adult movie nights to the basement to keep the kids’ sleep from being interrupted.

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    The laundry room isn’t something I would normally post pictures of but it is a room I expect to someday revamp so it is nice to have “before” pics. Ideally the laundry would be on the main floor of our house but we moved it upstairs in order to gain storage space in our mudroom.

    IMG_1848[1]That concludes our second story.  We shall see if part three gets posted this year.  Currently the basement is full of my old junk, toys, and even a Christmas tree that has yet to be taken down.  My next goal is to post about all the home projects I have in mind/in progress. If I can get that posted before Ryker turns 2 and Bryn turns 7, I will call it a success. 

    ~Kristin

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  • It is now closer to 20 months but hey, it is getting documented.  I have to say between being busy, the cold weather, it getting dark out so early, and your new fear of the camera, I thought we might not ever get pictures to go with this post.

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    - You have so many words and phrases that you are constantly saying and you mimic us so often.  My favorite is when you try to mumble along and keep up with our dinner prayer.  It is adorable!

    - We are still working on getting you to use your words instead of teeth in certain situations.  Yep, you are a biter. Most of the time this happens when you get overly excited but it also comes out when you are angry.  We are constantly giving you the words “no, thank you” to say instead.

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    - We have officially switched you to soy milk. You were waking up in the middle of the night at least once every night and couldn’t get comfortable.  This switch has made it so much better although you still wake up a few times a week, you usually soothe yourself back to sleep now.

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    - You have become very fearful of little things more and more and it makes me wonder if night terrors aren’t a part of what keeps you up at night.  There are times that the littlest noise can make you run crying to mommy or daddy. While taking your pictures the same trembling fear came over you.

    - You do a wonderful job of playing by yourself.  This is very helpful when we are cooking dinner and getting ready in the morning.

    - You love food.  Anytime someone is eating something they immediately become your best friend.  Little mooch. We do struggle with you to get you to eat vegetables.  You are by far our pickiest kid.

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    - You LOVE balls. You can often be found pointing and saying  “ball, ball, ball” even if it is a circle or pumpkin.  With the holidays approaching “light” is becoming a new favorite as well. You love to look at Christmas trees light up.

    - Your sisters love to play with you and baby you.  You usually tolerate it.  Playing with their bracelets is a favorite of yours.

    - You are a great helper and love to retrieve things or help throw things away.  You also do a great job of picking up everyone’s shoes and putting them where they belong.

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    Ryker Gene, you are such a little flirt and make us smile all the time.  You are an absolute sweatheart and always give out the best hugs to all of us. We love you so very, very much, little man.


    ~Mommy

    ~Kristin

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    The Facts:

    - You are our spunky little lady.  You sometimes get a wild hair and do things like run out into the parking lot.  You also have the most amazing facial expressions.

    - Your logic and reasoning amazes me at times.  You are constantly processing things, asking questions, and even able to come up with compromises on your own.

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    - You have been completely potty trained for about 6 months now.  You rocked it and took no time at all! You are even able to get out of your bed at night and go potty all by yourself when needed. (We are currently working on getting you to remember to turn off the lights afterwards.)

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    - You recently got an Amazon Dot in your room and repeatedly fall asleep to the Nora Jones album “Feels Like Home.”

    - You have moved into the Preschool classroom at Primrose and even have Ms. Agee, one of your sister’s favorite teachers.  You have started practicing writing your name and it is adorable.

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    - You started swim lessons a few month ago and are loving it.

    - You are such a great sister to both Bryn and Ryker! You share your toys and often run to grab Ryker a “chewy” at the first sign of him starting to bite. Smile

    - You love to be a helper and will often get upset if someone else steps in to do a job that you were asked to help with.

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    Zella Lou, you make our life so much more interesting.  Your giggle and love for life are so contagious.  We love you so very, very much!

    ~Mommy

    ~Kristin

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  • The month of May is ridiculous but I am working hard on fulfilling the grandmothers' requests of new house pictures. Smile

    With part 1 of this “series” I give you, the good and the not so pretty of the first floor.

    Don’t get me wrong, I straightened the house for pictures and completely angled these to avoid any unnecessary clutter but you are getting the house with lots of projects left to complete.  So when you see pictures in frames that are upside down, things sitting on the floor waiting to be hung in just the right spot,  and our light bulb “light fixtures” it is all just the current realness of our home.  And you know what….it is ALL good (as Pete the Cat would say.)  This is our forever home and I am 99% ok with our incomplete projects (that 1% is just the perfectionist in me.)  I love that we have all the time in the world to put into this house to get it right and I love so much about this house that it is easy to look past the little unfinished imperfections.

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    I feel the need to explain this photo further.  This is off of our kitchen and looks slightly terrifying at the moment.  We are putting a deck in this summer and asked the builders to credit the small wood deck that came standard.  The boards were placed for code/safety.  I have no idea why they used these massive boards that you can see from the road leading up to our house, but they will be gone soon. Yes, we always keep this door closed and locked so kids are kept safe.

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    The mud room is still a work in progress. My current inspiration is to line this wall with old doors and place hooks on them for coats and bookbags.  I am giving it time and we will see where it takes us.

    I make no promises about when pt. 2 will be posted…

    ~Kristin

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