On Friday, it was the first day of summer break for the kids. I had my niece and 2 nephews over and the kids played most of the morning. It is the last time that I am watching them for the summer as they left for Vietnam a few days ago to visit relatives. Kien was having a hard time adjusting to everyone being over. He has gotten used to having me and Nora to himself and going on leisurely walks, playing on the ipad during while Nora and I laid down during her naps and doing different things with just us. We had kind of gotten into a routine. I am in withdrawal too of school letting out. Not that I don't want the other kids home, in fact, I am very excited to see them more! I am just missing that individual time with the 2 younger ones. With all of them home, I don't seem to get much done, the house is twice as messy and the noise level and fighting is doubled as well.
I put Nora down for her nap while the cousins were here (I have to comment on how much I love her hair when it gets humid and she has these cute little curls). :) Anyway, I found Kien asleep in his bed like this. All of the stress of the day was forgotten and I let him sleep peacefully while I was able to spend time with the older 2 kids after the cousins had went home.
Ethan and Kaia decided to pick some of the roses from outside, as it was supposed to rain that evening. I think it is funny how they will only hold them with scissors so they don't get pricked with the thorns.
The kids are already getting a little tan. I don't think they have ever had a sunburn, while I on the other hand get one if I am just outside for a little while. They inherited their Daddy's genes on that part I guess.
I love our roses! There is also a bush in the front that has coral buds that are about to bloom. I finally decided to go with this color pallet for the kitchen and used the roses as inspiration. Yellows, pinks and aqua blue. So pretty! Someday we will finish our kitchen and I will do a post about that. I cannot wait until it is finished! We started way back in November! Below is a sneak peak at what it looks like right now... painter's tape in the windows, the backsplash sample and floor sample out so I can daydream about what it will look like soon. It is basically done except for the tile floor, the glass tile backsplash and the dishwasher that needs to be put in that is sitting has been sitting in our dining room since February and the other side of countertop and a few more cabinets to be put in. I got daring the other day and painted a hot pink chalkboard wall to put a calendar on and my husband didn't say a word. Frankly, I was shocked... but I do love it. :) I don't have a picture of that yet because it still needs another coat of paint on it.
Nora woke up because she tends not to sleep as well or as long when the other kids are home, so we made some italian sodas. So yummy! Ethan was in his room playing with Legos while Kien slept some more. I swear I didn't intentionally match the girl's outfits but noticed it later. :)
Like I don't have enough projects to work on, I decided to refresh the outside of the house as well, to get ready for my new photography sign to get here soon. I have always hated the 1992 dated forest green that our house has and decided the other day to just go for it! I got the idea here. Obviously I am not finished yet, I just wanted to show both colors before and after. For now I am doing just the shutters, front door and attached garage door. And of course the railings! The rest of the trims where it is green I am just painting ivory. I would love to take off our metal awnings, but they are very heavy! So far I haven't been able to talk my husband and Dad into the challenge. I think it would let a lot more light into the house.
I scored this chair downtown at the furniture store the other day. I love it! I take it inside when it rains and I may put a pop of color on it, but I haven't decided yet.
I really want to start a small garden with the kids and got these morning glories from one of my facebook friends that was clearing out a space in his garden. I hope we can keep them alive! At least it made me feel better that he was going to throw them out so if they don't make it, at least I tried. If anyone has any plants that they are clearing out of their garden, I will gladly take them!
I hope everyone had a relaxing Memorial day weekend!