Monday, August 31, 2009

Mo's first day of swimming class!

Today was our first day of baby swimming classes. Moses really took to the water and seemed to enjoy himself, but he was pretty mellow over all. Grandma is coming to watch on Wednesday so I'm sure she'll get some "action" shots then!
He looks like a little football player.

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His first time eating food that hadn't been pureed!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

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Friday, August 28, 2009

True story.

Last month, around this time actually, I was "late". I took a Target brand pregnancy test. Positive. Took another. Positive. "No stinkin' way.." was all that was going through my mind. Turns out Target brand pregnancy tests are known for false positives. No kidding. I encourage you to look it up! One lady had her husband take one of the tests and his came back positive. This has forever shaken my faith in at home pregnancy tests. I wasn't pregnant. Last month I was not pregnant.
Fast forward to this month. I was "late" again. "You've got to be kidding me!" was all I was thinking. I took another test... the same brand I used when I found out I was pregnant with Moses. It was positive. I took another.. positive. I took another.. positive. Then I went and got another brand.. positive. Then I found an EPT digital "hiding" under the bed. I took it and a cheap dollar store test this morning. Positive. Positive. Whoa.
Jeremiah thinks this is a little silly:
So it would seem Baby Hayes #2 really is tucked away in there. Due sometime next April/May. Jeremiah is thrilled. He and his brother are close in age and he has loved it. I am surprised but growing more and more excited. A little life! A whole new life! What a sweet gift.
Please join us in praying for a healthy first trimester. My morning sickness started early and fierce with Moses.. I'm hoping for a smoother road the second go around!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

'C' is for..

This thing is the size of a basketball!
Apparently, pulling up a carrot is a bit tougher than I thought it would be!!

Monday, August 24, 2009

We have windows!

Things are moving along and looking great! Last week our windows were put in and this weekend our duct work was completed! Thank you, Lord, for refrigerated air!

More windows!
This week our bathroom should be enclosed, too! Our soffits will be put in, stucco started, drywall installed, roofing completed... crazy, huh?!

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What to do with this kid's hair?!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009


Tuesday, August 18, 2009

An afternoon at the park.

Playing in the grass..

...his favorite part of the park...
All this picture taking was distracting from exploration...

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Decisions, decisions..

Honestly, if Jeremiah never would have asked me if I wanted to change our bathroom layout, I would never have even considered it. But now that I have the choice I just can't decide. As soon as I make up my mind I second guess myself. How long until the house is done?
Here is the second bathroom, also known as "Mo's bathroom"...

My attempt to show that the electrician has begun placing our lights and has ran the wire...
The bath in question. Do we take out the wall that has already been framed (and has electrical running through it??) or just leave it be? Also, the plans show the larger window (on the right in this picture) as being farther to the left than it is. It would not need to be moved.
Another view...

What I want to do is take out the wall between the toilet area and sink area and enclose the entire area. I think that would be best.. so now we just need to talk with the electrician and the framers!! Thank you, thank you for all of your input!

Saturday, August 15, 2009


Loungin' in the pool with dad on a Saturday afternoon...


What else could a girl ask for? Jeremiah came home yesterday at 3:30 and will be home the entire weekend, except for a couple of hours this afternoon to work on our HVAC. I cannot tell you how happy this makes me. Undoubtedly, Jeremiah is carrying the heavier load with this house building business. He is at his desk each morning around 6:30 and works on 3 jobs, and they may be adding a 4th, until 5 or 5:30. He will oftentimes spend his lunch hour at one of our suppliers working out the kinks or at a meeting at the bank to work through invoices. After work he heads out to the house to work until the sun goes down. The weekend are spent working at the house He's exhausted. Happy and excited, but exhausted. I'm amazed at how upbeat he is. Yes, he is working HARD, but he is loving it. Thank you Lord! This leaves me home alone all day with Moses. I love it, I really do! Something about all the responsibility being on me that really makes me "show up" if you know what I mean. But having Jeremiah home has be wonderful. Not just for me, but for Moses too. He has missed his daddy time.
For those of you who know our story, all our moving about and living situations, you know what a blessing building this home is for us. We (I!!!) are so thrilled to have our own space. I don't care (well I kinda care, ha ha) if we don't have a lick of furniture. The space will be ours and that will be wonderful. But all of this building and planning has got me thinking about where my home really is. In one of my favorite books, Safely Home by Randy Alcorn, one of the main characters sings a hymn about heaven being his fatherland, heaven being his home. In the midst of all this building it has been my prayer that I would remember that heaven is my fatherland, my true home. And while that knowledge settles into my soul, that the words of John would also become mine: He must increase, but I must decrease.
Be blessed, friends!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Input please!

I am the kind of gal that needs input when I make decisions. I sometimes wish it wasn't so, but it is what it is.
The house is completely framed. Amazing. This week they are putting in our AC and we will be getting a roof in no time at all. Because the entire house is framed we have a decision to make about our bathroom.
Please look at the master bedroom. The toilet and shower area are enclosed and the sinks are not. The shower area is rather small.. so the question is: Do we enclose the entire bathroom area? Do we enclose the sink area and and have a door into the sinks and a door into the toilet/shower area? Would that be too boxy? What do you all think??

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

It's furniture time!

Well, it's time. It's time for me to do more than bring the guys lunch as they work on our house. Time to do more than fill a cooler for Jeremiah on the weekends. It's time to decorate. Really, it's time for me to pick out the paint. I don't want to pick out paint until I have a fairly good idea what furniture I want. Since I live in small town America that means I can go to Ashley Home Furniture or American Home. Today I went to Ashley's. Here is what I found.
I love, love, love the table in front of this couch. There is storage, trays and cushions. It is so multipurpose! And the couch behind it is a favorite of mine, too. Jeremiah doesn't like that the back of the couch is pillows. Anyone have some input on that?
I am not crazy about the color of this couch. Or the pattern on the pillows. I do like that it would go with the table above. The color makes me nervous, like it's backing me into a corner... I love red... but I just don't know about this..
See?? Look at this pattern? Not a fan.
Fluffy, comfy couches... Here is the chair with the set. Yep, that's Kat.. but she is not included. She will be very happy to be in her own home which will no longer be over run with baby items.
The whole set. These are comfy couches. But they look so casual. Too casual..
Do you all have any opinions on these? Please! Opinions!!

He speaks!

Ahh! Moses said "Mama!" this afternoon. I could hardly believe my ears. He was playing with his toys and fell forward (we're working on the sitting up thing) and bumped his head and yelled, "Mama!" Kat was sitting right by me and we both started to cry. It was one of the best moments of my LIFE!
Moments after the incident...

Sunday, August 9, 2009

It looks like home.

I can hardly believe how much the guys accomplished this week. I was in Albuquerque Monday through Thursday and when I got back I couldn't believe my eyes. The entire house is framed and they wrapped the outside. This weekend they set the trusses and in a just a couple of weeks they will start setting the windows and doing the roof. Amazing!
A front view..
Moses and Grandma sitting in the "living room"..
My sweet husband, who is still working 40+ hours a week and then coming to our lot each night to work until the sun goes down, is standing where the french doors will go that open to our backyard!

Year of the gourds.

I don't know what it was about the gourds this year. But they are going CRAZY! Do you all remember the mystery gourds?? Well, they are finally producing. The funny thing is.. they are all different!
Yellow zucchini! I had no idea there was such a thing as yellow zucchini!

Butternut squash!!
Another mystery gourd! The same kind are growing with my decorative gourds.. but I don't know what kind it is for sure.
More pumpkins!!
I don't know what happened.. but it has been a lot of fun to watch these grow!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Foundation and Framing!

Things are really happening with the house. It took my breath away to round the corner today and see our house going up! Wow!

First of all, here is how the boys pass the time...
Thank heaven for the Mirabal's!

All laid out and ready for the foundation!
This is the "garage"..
Moses and daddy standing in our living room!

A full view...
Foundation poured!

And the framing begins!!
Jeremiah working hard.. it was at least 95 degrees!
Another full view!
Amazing what can happen in a weekend!
Moses and I are headed to Albuquerque this week because dad will be working late each night building us a house! What a wonderful husband and father!