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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Spring Break 2017

We had planned for Naggy and Pappy to get to come spend most of Spring Break with us.  But, Grandpa Herb had had surgery and he was having a rough time recovering so we were prepared for them to not get to come.  We prepped the girls and everyone was okay with Naggy and Pappy taking care of Grandpa Herb "because that's what God would want them to do!"  But Friday we got a call that Grandpa was doing a lot better and Naggy and Pappy would be at our house by noon Saturday!  We decided we'd surprise the girls on Saturday!

We met with Grammy, Pa, Naggy & Pappy for lunch in Jville Saturday and the girls were so surprised and excited!  And we had a awesome week!

We spent most of our week constructing and painting a HUGE American Girl dollhouse.  This was something I had actually pushed for to be done.  This last year the girls have really gotten into playing with their dolls and the resulting chaos on the floor when the pretend play school, camping or even sleepovers was driving me nuts!  I worked for three months to convince Keith we should build them one and he finally relented.  I am so thankful Naggy and Pappy were here to help b/c boy was it a project! 

A lot got done on Saturday - the main section was built and put together.  Ava worked so hard that when we went to get her for a picture she'd put herself to bed and was sound asleep! 

We took a day of rest on Sunday - kind of.  Pappy went with Keith and the girls to softball practice after church and Naggy, Drew and I stayed home.  Had a good visit with Naggy and made a grocery store trip all by myself...that's a vacation in and of itself!

Monday came and it was time to start painting!  Pappy got the floors stained while Keith and I got a few more supplies at Lowes that morning.  Then we spent the afternoon painting!  Tuesday night we moved the main structure into the playroom.  And the girls were just giddy!

Tuesday, we got the garages attached - notice the beds the girls built with their Daddy on each side of the house?  We decided we didn't want to undo that build to make them fit in the room so we added the garages/patios to each side.  Now the camper and jeep have a home and the beds do too!  The roof was attached and by Tuesday night all that was left was touch up paint on the roof and adding basics for storage to the bottom.

We declared the dollhouse finished by Wednesday evening.  We even got the bookcases moved out of the playroom and Drew is estactic to have his very own kitchen!  We got the red pottery barn kitchen down from the attic for him.  He oohs and aahs at it and it never fails, he spits in the sink every time he comes into the room!

Wednesday we also managed to get the office painted!  It looks so much better and we are one step closer to being done with the awful tan color that was the main color throughout the house!  The office was a small room but had the most things on the wall and two desk...it was a lot to work around.  We are so thankful to mark that off the list.

Wednesday was a super busy day b/c Naggy and Pappy also made their famous cinnamon rolls with the girls.  Ava really got into the cinnamon roll making...or flour tossing...not sure!

Naggy was a great sport and when the girls begged to have a sleepover with her in the living room one night, she didn't bat an eye! 

The other big accomplishment of the week is that Drew stayed in his room with Naggy and Pappy.  We are one step closer to the boy sleeping all night long!  He did great and when he would cry out and stir he'd go right back to sleep with a pat on the back from Naggy or Pappy.  For the first time in 20 months I slept 8 consecutive hours for more than two days in a row! 

Naggy and Pappy packed up and headed out Thursday morning to go see sweet little Jax in Midland.  We are beyond blessed to have such amazing grandparents for our kids!  Thanks Naggy and Pappy for the sacrifices you make for our family!

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