Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Big News!

Let me start off with, No I am not pregnant. That would be very hard to explain.

The big news is that 2 days after we decide to not buy a new house somebody goes through our house and decides that they would like to live here for the next year, that they'd like to pay us full rent with no haggling and well... they'd like us out by Aug 1st. So aside from moving in with my parents in the very near future, I'm not sure what all this means. We have no clue if we will in fact buy a house in the next few months, next spring or anytime. We are willing to hear any arguments/thoughts anyone might have re:any of the previous.

In other news, the stairs are progressing. Here's a pic of Kevin showing them off. He managed to get a few more in that night and then I glued them, plugged them and have started staining them. Though, considering we need them to go into and out of the house, this process is going to have be done in stages and hopefully (fingers crossed!!) no one will step and leave a blurb while things are drying.

I've also started trying out cakes. This is actually my second cake. I made it for mom's birthday. Super yummy!! The marshmellow frosting layer is my favorite, then maybe the cake. Though, the chocolate frosting turned out well too.

This was my first attempt at the rainbow cake. I made it for Father's Day. Apparently it is NOT a good idea to mix up baking soda and baking powder.

So I tried it again and brought it to Jon's place. This one turned out well! It took us three nights to finish the cake but no one complained. (well, at least not to me.)

Now on to pics of our trip to DC area. This first is the kids at the National Zoo. It was very hot and as such not many of the animals were out. However the kids found the misty showers VERY fun.

You might have to trust me on this one, this is the kids at the Baltimore Aquarium. They are standing behind a set of shark teeth. Neither Jon or I had a 'real' camera and my phone does not have a flash. Trust me, my kids with shark teeth.

My camera phone does work well outside though. Here we are getting ready to go for a ride around a very small enclosed area of the bay before the aquarium. The kids thought this was SUPER COOL for the first 10 minutes. Then for the next 20 Jon and I pedaled around.

But seriously, how can you not stop to ride a purple dragon around the bay???

Here is Rachel, Jon and I post-prostate cancer race or the 'Dash for Dad'. This was a 4 mile run in which I got the pleasure of veering off at the 1 mile marker to put a tie on, finish the race with a tie and then exchange if for a free mug! Well worth wearing a tie for 3 miles. And, the race had a free beer ticket afterward. I think I need to find more races with free beer tickets. Also, I did this one in under 12 min so it was nice to be a little faster. (That's under 12 minutes per mile, not under 12 min for the whole race. That would be amazing!)

After the race (and showers for Jon and I) we headed out to Dulles airport and checked out some planes. This was the kids favorite. I'd like to say because they admired how sleek and well made it is but truthfully they liked it best because it was in the movie "Transformers".

And here is a picture of Jon not picking his nose while driving.

And here is another picture of Jon driving.

I also have pictures of the back of Mom's head and my book as well as movies of traffic not moving if anyone is interested. I'm not sure it was the brightest idea to give Mason a camera phone while we were stuck in traffic. =)

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Watch out for the cranes!!!!!!!

Oh, wait.... it was just a false alarm. They just wanted to sneak by.

I was going to update with more pics but the internet seems to be slow this evening.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Written update

Well... the stairs look the same; no updates there. As far as putting an offer on a house... we thought about it, decided to do it and then didn't do it. Then we decided that we weren't going to buy any house right now. Though, we are still going to keep our place listed for now. Hopefully mom and dad are ready for us to move in!

As I am at work trying to not fall asleep, I don't have any pictures of our trip to visit Jon. Though, I would like to thank Jon for letting us all invade his space and for taking us out and around the area for a few days. I know it can't be easy to go from bachelor living to dealing with 4 other people, especially ones you are related to. =) The short of our trip: day one- National Zoo, Day two- Baltimore: we rented a dragon shaped paddle boat, lunch at the cheesecake factory with Mikey and then off to the aquarium. Day three: race day! Jon, Rachel and I ran a race in the rain while the kids slept in and hung out with Busia. Then we went to out to the airport and checked out some old planes. Day four: Chill day. I think we all had a good time. I know the kids love visiting Uncle Jon.

Hmmm... were there other no picture things I was supposed to update on?? I'm not remembering. Oh well. In other news, Stephen, I do read your blog but I can't get the videos to work at work and it wouldn't let me comment on anything either. Many apologies, though I'm sure the video game is awesome.