Saturday, March 22, 2014

Opening Day and Parade

Tomball Little League Opening Day and Parade.  Let's go O's!

Thank you for coming Aunt Theresa!

Thanks for coming Grandma!


Jude's first shaved ice :)

March 21st

March 21st is our son Joshua's birthday.  It's a hard thing to know how to 'celebrate' a day that was not only your son's birthday but also the day that he died.  The first day home from the hospital after delivering Joshua I didn't want to be at home so we drove out to Brenham to the Blue Bell factory.  Last year we decided that we would go on what would have been Joshua's first birthday so this year we decided to do the same.  First we went to mass and were grateful to have family and friends there to celebrate mass with us.  Next we drove to the cemetery, then on the way to Brenham we stopped for a bluebonnet picture or two then on to Blue Bell.  Thank you to everyone who texted, called, sent gifts, cards and prayed for us yesterday.  Your prayers were felt and we were reminded of the graces God has given us through the life of our sweet son, Joshua.

Bowling to celebrate Julie


John Patrick found 'grandpa' boots while at Academy one day with Grandma.  She of course got them for him and he wears them everyday.  So cute!

Washer and Dryer Pedestals

Since we moved into our house 6 years ago I've wanted a pedestal for our washer and dryer.  So I was thrilled when Nathan said he would build me one last weekend!!  My father-in-law was kind enough to bring his tools and help Nathan with the job.   I think they did an amazing job!
The boys of course helped as well

Amazing, right?!

While they worked I stenciled on the back of our shelves.  This also serves as a before shot.  (Last week I painted the utility room in chalk board paint)

Nathan let me use chalk paint to give it some character :)
Here is a close up on the distressed look

Progress on the stencil work
It was a tight fit!  Nathan and I lifted the washer and dryer by ourselves which was a task.  We used a piece of wood underneath and a carjack to lift them.

TA DA!!!

The stencil work isn't quite finished but I LOVE IT!  I'm so grateful for such a talented husband and Father-in-law.
Here are the plans I found online.  They made some modifications but this was the idea :)

After we got them in place it was bath time for this little one.  Isn't he the cutest!?