2013 started off with a bang. January 3 our oven caught fire! Luckily Matt is observant or it might have been worse. I was in the kitchen cooking dinner (it smelt so yummy and I couldn’t wait to devour it!) and Matt came in to tell me something. He noticed light in the oven and I told him that I had some foil in there and he was just seeing a reflection. Luckily he hardly ever listens to me, so he opened the oven. Sure enough a bright white flame was on the element. I grabbed the extinguisher and used it, which made the flames flare up! We slammed the oven shut, Matt called the fire department, and I took the boys outside. They were thrilled that a fire truck was coming to the house! By the time the firefighters arrived the fire was out, all they did was unplug the oven and told us not to use it. They told us we did the right things by keeping the oven closed and smothering the oven with the flame retardent. While the retardent didn’t work on the element, had the oven been messy (shockingly mine was clean) the grime would have caught fire and then spread to the cabinets.
The boys and the firefighters
Noah in the truck
Ezra checking out the mess
Me and the boys waving bye to the firetruck
In the end all we had to do was replace the oven, we found a newish one on craigslist and now all our appliances match.
Lesson: Keep your oven clean and never leave the house with the oven on or you could have a big fire.
The house we moved into had the same owners for its first 43 years. I know they loved and cherished the house over the years, but the last updates they made were probably 15-20 years ago. Needless to say it needs some love, new paint, and sometimes new fixtures.
When we started the boys’ bathroom project it was going to be a simple take down the wallpaper border and freshen it up with some paint. Of course, as with most house projects it quickly spiraled. Part of the vanity was in disrepair, the plumbing under the sinks had to be replaced, and there was a little bit of mold. We stumbled across a new vanity for half off at the local home improvement store. Matt tore out the old one, put in a new one, and even tiled the top.
The old bathroom was PINK. The vanity was pink, the ceiling was pink (yes the ceiling!), the doors were pink, the trim was pink, the mirror cabinets were pink. Yea it was a lot of pink. We decided on dark grey (Valspar Mark Twain Gray Brick if your interested) with some red accents. We painted the doors, trim, and ceiling white.
Before: pink vanity
Before: Lovely pink walls and some pretty wallpaper border
Before: view from door
Before pink doors
After: view from door
Vanity and mirror
After: Shadow box picture frames with beach memories
Age 4 has hit me a little hard. Not in the “this age is so hard to parent” sense, because let’s face it every age has its hard-to-parent parts. Age 4 has really made me realize how fast they are growing up and how quickly my time with them is going by. Yes some days (okay maybe a lot of days) feel like they are never going to end, but man do the weeks and months fly by. I truly cannot believe I have two 4 year olds. They are now considered preschoolers and no longer toddlers. I am glad I have another whole school year before they reach kindergarden. I truly hope to treasure my moments with them before we reach school age.
I love watching them grow and learn and don’t want them to be toddlers forever but wow this raising kids time really is just a blip on my own timeline.
Okay we don’t get a lot of snow, or really any, but the boys really want snow. I saw an idea for an indoor snowball fight with paper balls and knew it would be a hit. We had a ton of fun and no one got cold and wet!
I try to let the boys help me in the kitchen. It isn’t easy for me, it requires a lot of patience and more planning than I’m used to, plus the kitchen gets even messier than when I cook (and I am a messy cook!).
They really enjoy cooking though. Making homemade pizza was right up their ally! They loved making the dough, smelling it, feeling it, tossing it, tasting it. They also added their sauce, cheese and toppings but for some reason no pics of that part.
The boys received these Straws and Connectors Kit for Christmas from Nana and Papa and they really are a lot of fun! They still need helping building an actually shape, but they can easily connect them by themselves.
After daddy built the rocket ship in the picture, Ez insisted on some wings for himself. Noah likes to connect them to make letters and numbers.
Rocket Ship and Ez
Ez and his wings
Sorry Noah I have no idea why you didn’t make any of the photos.
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I bought some shaving cream to do a science experiment I found on pinterest. It was a rainy day and you were supposed to use the shaving cream as clouds and food coloring as rain. It worked okay. Apparently my clouds were a little thick to let the rain come down. The shaving cream was much more fun to just play with in the end.
Ezra watching his rain – finally.
Noah wanted to add more colors, he wanted the sun, moon, and the rain.
Zoo lights are so much fun with 4 year olds. They really love the experience. The night we had picked to go it was supposed to rain. I decided that meant it was the perfect night because it would be less crowded. It worked out great, hardly any crowd and it didn’t start to rain until we were leaving at 8:45! It was the most fun we have had at zoo lights yet. The boys were able to run around, dance, try to jump on the lights shining on the walkways, and the talked to the talking Giraffe forever.
Papa and Ez
Noah and his favorite color. RED!
The zoo turned 50 this year.
another happy boy
Talking to the Giraffe, the boys loved him and he really talked to them. We went back at the end of our night and he remembered them.
Riding a kamodo dragon
Papa and the boys
Papa and Ez petting the ‘floppy things’ (stingrays)
The Phoenix Symphony has a series of Saturday afternoon family friendly performances. It is a great way to introduce your kids to the symphony. Last Saturday we went to Tubby the Tuba. I chose this performance because there was an instrument petting zoo before the show. The boys loved getting to play some different instruments.
Ez and the saxophone
Noah getting some pointers
Ez and the clarinet, I don’t remember what made me laugh. Probably my adorably, silly little boy.
Showing Noah where to put his fingers
Ez and the violin. He has been “playing” the violin all week.
Noah playing the violin
Noah loved the cello
Noah really thought the seats were fun
The boys sat pretty good for 4 year olds. A few more complaints then I would like, but overall good. Despite all the complaining and squirming Ezra did as if we could go back. On the way home I asked their favorite instruments. Ezra likes the Tuba and Noah the cello.