Saturday, August 22, 2015

Video: Savannah is Reading!

August 20, 2015

Savannah, who is in 1st grade, reads at least 15 minutes each day. Watch Savannah read aloud in my library after school this week:

Video: Swinging in Our Backyard

August 22, 2015

Hadley (10 months old) had so much fun swinging in our backyard today:

Video: Baby Giggles

August 22, 2015

Baby giggles are the cutest! Watch the video below to see Hadley (10  months old) laugh when Savannah pushes her swing:

Video: Playing with a Balloon

This video was taken a month ago when Hadley was 9 months old. She had lots of fun playing with a balloon at Chick-fil-a:

Video: Hadley is on the Move!

August 22, 2015

Hadley (10 months old), who started walking a couple weeks ago, is standing and walking really well!

Video: Chasing the Ball

This video was taken a couple months ago when Hadley (8 months old at the time) was learning how to chase a ball:

Video: Hadley is Standing!

This video was taken a couple months ago when Hadley (8 months old at the time) was learning how to stand:

Video: Hadley is Walking!

Watch Hadley (10 months) walking:

Random iPhone Photos

These photos are dark, blurry, and untouched, 
but they capture everyday moments that I want to remember forever.

August 2015
Kids Night at Chick-fil-a
A clown did face painting, balloon animals, and crafts.

August 2015
Hadley napped at Falls Lake

August 2015
Savannah made cookies for her teachers.
She loved this thank-you note from her music teacher.

August 2015
Dinner at Waffle House

August 2015
Swinging in our backyard

August 2015
Hadley fell asleep in the cart at Walmart:

Thursday, August 20, 2015

On the Market!

Our rental property is on the market! 

In addition to having 1450 square feet, including 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths, this house holds some wonderful memories for me and Tal.  Tal bought this house in January 2006 (a month before we started dating!). I moved into the house after we got married in 2007, and we lived there until we bought our current house in December 2010. After Savannah was born, we brought her home to this home. Savannah took her first steps in this house. 

There are several reasons why Tal and I decided to sell our rental house. The neighborhood is declining. Crime is increasing. Property values are increasing very slowly. 

However, the main reason is that our rental property is a money pit. Financial experts say that rental properties are excellent long-term investments. In our experience, however, it takes a lot of time, energy, and money to maintain two houses (including our primary residence). 

For example, over the last 3 weeks, Tal and I have spent over $6,000 in repairs and carrying costs...which is more than the house will appreciate this year:
  • A painting crew painted the interior, as well as the deck, front door, and mailbox post.
  • A landscaping crew cut the grass, trimmed the bushes, spread mulch, and laid pine straw.
  • A handyman repaired a leak above the master bathroom shower and painted that bathroom ceiling.
  • Another handyman replaced the master bathroom window that was leaking.
  • The maids cleaned the inside of the house.
  • A pressure washing company power washed the home's exterior and cleaned out the gutters.
  • The plumber cut a hole in the dining room to repair a leak. Our sheet rock guy patched up and repainted the ceiling. 

Tal and I hope our house sells quickly and with a decent profit!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Sea Breeze Painting

Last week I hung this painting in the upstairs of our house. It's called "Sea Breeze" by Liz Jardine. It was 50% off at World Market and only cost $50...which is a great deal for a large 35 x 35 piece of artwork:

Our new painting adds a burst of color next to our black-and-white gallery wall in our upstairs hallway:

In the collage below, you can see how  "Sea Breeze" coordinates nicely with the blues, greens, and yellows in our staircase photo wall and marsh painting. It also helps create a cohesive color scheme by carrying our home's colors from the downstairs to the upstairs of our house!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Lazy Summer Day

Today our family enjoyed a lazy summer day with Grandma Barbara at Falls Lake! 

As usual, we set up our beach chairs and blanket under the shade of the pine trees on the beach:

Hadley was sleeping when we arrived, so Grandma Barbara held our baby girl until she woke up:

Savannah loved riding on Tal's back...

...and digging up sand:

Hadley loved splashing in the water with Tal...

...and giggling when Tal lifted her up and down in the water:

For some reason, Hadley preferred swimming on her tummy 
and even put her face in the water a few times:

Daddy's Girl

Tal helped Hadley walk in the water... 

...and then Hadley walked by herself: 

...and ate some sand:

Savannah built a pine cone sand castle:

 After swimming, Hadley ate a Goldfish cracker...

...and played peekaboo and patty cake with Grandma Barbara in the shade:

What a wonderfully, relaxing summer day with family!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Hadley is 10 Months Old!

Hadley is 10 months old! Our baby girl started walking last week. She has 6 teeth (3 on top, 3 on the bottom). Hadley's first word was "mama," but she also says "dada" occasionally. Hadley is learning how to feed herself. After Tal and I figured out that Hadley does not the taste and texture of baby food, we switched over to table food a few weeks ago. Since then, Hadley has done a great job eating 5-10 small, soft bites of macaroni, cereal, rice, etc. at lunch and dinner. Tal and I can't believe we'll be celebrating Hadley's 1st birthday soon!