Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Wallpaper Madness in the Boy's Bathroom

On Sunday, I started what seemed to be a simple task in the boy's bathroom. They had some tacky floral wallpaper that was put up when our house was built in 1971, and I decided that it was time to update - and make it more elegant for the guests who come and use that bathroom as well.

It has been hell.

The dingbats didn't prime the drywall prior to glueing on the wallpaper. But they used plenty of glue. I got a 3' by 4' area half stripped in 24 hours using Dif wallpaper remover and a putty knife. The paper would come off in tiny strips, and I knew I would be there for years if I didn't take drastic measures, so, I finangled a wallpaper steamer under the advice of my neighbor, father and aunt. It made all of the difference. Jean came over with her putty knife and away we went. In five hours the walls were stripped. I still have a bunch of holes where the drywall came off in spots, but no biggie. Have been sanding and spackling holes all morning. I will sand tommorrow and start painting the two doors in the bathroom. I hope to be done by Thursday.

It is gonna be great when I am thru with the walls. The color will be painted a chocolate color, with bright white trim, doors, and cabinet. Hardware will be replaced with a modern pewter along with the light fixtures. I have a stone floor picked out. Towels and accessories will be a bright white.

Here is a before picture..... before we took off the rest of the wallpaper.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Birthday Blues and an Ice Skating Boo Boo

Yesterday was my birthday. My friends and the rest of the family made it great thru the day! My next door neighbors Jean and Clint threw me a birthday party! They had a cake, and homemade vanilla ice cream and presented me with a beautiful assortment of flowers which I NEVER GET. The boys were there, my dad came and Laura (their daughter, who we were raised together like sisters) Nothing wild, just a good time talking and laughing while eating cake and ice cream and watching Elijah explore. Sam was real good and helpful all day, he felt bad that his step father didn't take him to get me a card, so he gave me a stick of juicy fruit gum for my birthday. Sweet (the kid and the gum!!)
Then the hubby came home. I was disappointed (still am) that he didn't and never does anything for me on my birthday. He just doesn't think they are special. That isn't how I was raised, most people celebrate their birthdays in some form or fashion, and most husbands treat their wives to dinner or something for their birthdays. Not mine. Of course he was apologetic, he always is - but after nine years, it is getting old. This time he says he didn't have time, but he has known for 365 days my birthday was coming, did he think it was just going to go away???
But the blow would have been a lot worse had my sweet friends not did what they did to make me feel special. It was a really nice surprise!!

Went ice skating today!! Part of my "present" aside from last night's party, Jean offered to keep Elijah for me while Clint and I went ice skating!! It is always fun to go when there are not any "wall huggers" and I love to watch the figure skaters. Today, I was feeling much more confident in trying new things, when all of the sudden, I was doing something, and down I go and land right on my bad knee. Not only was the floor COLD, but my knee was nicely busted up. I have a knot, and a lovely little blue and purple bruise on it now. It smarts. And I am quite proud of it. They say that if you go ice skating and you never fall down, it means you are not trying something new. Well I did, and I fell and I am still alive, and it was a lot of fun!

I cannot wait till Elijah is 2 ish then I will have him on the ice with me.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Poo Poo Picasso

I HAVE to tell the story of Poo Poo Picasso. The other day, I went to check on Elijah after my shower, who was taking his morning nap or so I thought. When I entered his room, he was standing in his bed, oh so quietly, and covered in poop. So were the walls, the crib, the blankets, his face, hair and clothes. His clenched fists were full of it too. Never have seen so much poop. I gagged. It was sooooo gross. I snatched him up, doo and all, and hauled him into the bathroom, where we got more on the floor, as I tried to do a pre- rinse, before the initial rinse and soak. I didn't have my ears on, and was expecting my best friend Joe to come over at any time. So while I rinsed, wiped and washed, I yelled, "Joe - come on up, I NEEEDD you". He is a stay at home Dad of a special needs child, so I knew he wouldn't be new to this. He gagged too when he finally arrived, but boy was he a big help. We cloroxed, we used some stuff Tony brought home from the hospital the cleaners use to kill germs. We duct taped his diaper so he wouldn't / couldn't take his diaper off again. Ugh!!!!

Monday, February 20, 2006


Sam age 12, he refuses to allow me to put his full name up.
My handsome smart guy - he is a great big brother. Loves music, plays drums in the band and is an aspiring skateboarder. Likes to ice skate and is much better at it than me. Posted by Picasa


Elijah Cole 11 months old. Such a cutie! Loves to play chase, eat keys, throw roll arounds balls at anything or person from his playpen (aka JAIL).
He will be one on March 10, and is having an Elmo Party. Posted by Picasa



I am Stephanie, married stay at home mom of 2. My sons, Sam age 12 going on 17, and Elijah, 11 months are either napping or watching tv. Today we have to bake a cake for their father who has a birthday tommorrow. That and do a little shopping for a gift.

Elijah, who has his first birthday in a couple of weeks, learned to run this weekend. We were playing chase, when he forgot his faster mobility method was crawling, did a very fast bowed legged run across the room. He has been walking some for the past 6 weeks, but discovering he can actually run has increased his confidence quite a bit.

Sam is out of school for President's Day. He will be going ice skating later with a friend. He is an A/B honor student in 6th grade. A good, kid, for the most part.

Will write more later. Got to start on that cake!!