Monday, August 02, 2010

What you dooey-en ???

That's how Xander asks "what are you doing?" We don't know why. But it's cute. So here is what we have been "dooey-en" since my last post.

~We have set up bird feeders around the back yard. One of them is even home made! We have 3 different Cardinal couples that frequent our outdoor dining spots. We also have seen a blue-jay a few times as well as some orioles. Most of the birds though are rosey finches, house sparrows, mourning doves and of course the grackles and brown-headed cow birds. We also have a squirrel diner and a cute little family with two new youngsters. They are so fun to watch. Oh, and don't forget about the "Easter" bunnies that stop by....and now there are two baby bunnies! The new binoculars that Tracy got me for Mother's Day are being used several times a day, as well as the bird books that help me to identify the birds. It's my new hobby. :)
(I have more pics and will post soon)

~I have hosted a bunco party, a baby shower and a Glitter Toes party here at the house. (will be adding more pics soon)

~We got a new (to us) vehicle since both the Explorer and Malibu were on their last leg....errrr....tire? We got a Jeep Commander and we absolutely love it. It has everything we ever dreamed of (and more!) having in a vehicle. Then our neighbor across the street backed into our Malibu. Twice. So, he bought the Malibu from now Tracy is driving the Explorer which is reaching the end of it's road. So we will be needing another new vehicle soon. Which kinda sucks. We haven't had any car payments for 10 years....and now we are going to have TWO! UGH! Wish us luck on that. LOL
(will post pics soon)

~We went to Texas for a whole month! Well, Xander and I were there for a month but Tracy only got to stay for a week. We stayed with Joy and her family. It was so great to see Joy again. I hadn't seen her for a whole year- since we moved away. She has been through so much this past year and I wasn't able to go out there to help her during all of her chemo and surgeries so I really needed to go out and spend some time with her. It was awesome! We all got sick though so we didn't get to go out much to visit friends. :( But I was there to spend time with Joy and her family anyway, so that was no big deal. Joy is doing so much better and is gearing up for reconstruction surgery next month.
(I have lots of pics to post!)

~Tracy is remodeling the upstairs hall bathroom. (Xander's bathroom). It started with two of the shower tiles popping off...which was unusual and it looked like they had popped off before and the sellers just used some Elmer's glue to put them back up. Nice. So, we decided to go ahead and just re-tile the shower. Well, you know how plans go....once the tile was down, the whole wall was rotted out.(We have a sky light in the bathroom and it had leaked (before we bought the house) and the sellers "repaired" the leak (which could be a whole other post!) but didn't repair any of the damage....and basically hid the damage. So, Tracy ended up replacing the drywall, the studs, the insulation....everything. So, it's a gut-job. But he is doing a great job. It's not finished yet, but I will post pictures of the completed project when it's done.
(more pics coming....)

Sorry these pics are so small....they were taken on Tracy's iPhone and emailed to me while I was in it's the best I could do.

So, I think that's pretty much the main happenings around our house. What are you "dooey-en"?


Erica said...

Looks like you guys have been busy and having fun! I can't believe all the different animals and wildlife you have in your own backyard, awesome! Miss ya!

PS the tile looks awesome so far!

Rendi said...

I want to go to one of your parties! Glad to see a new post and that things are going on. Every bathroom project is doomed to take at least double the time estimate. Doesn't that bring back memories of your house in Carpentersville? I am sure that Tracy is well trained in it now!

stephanie said...

I love bird-watching with a book---it is so much more fun when you have to actually try to identify the birds. I love the tiles, too. Good luck with the rest of the renovation. Good to see what you've been dooey-en.