Awesome, I just wrote almost the entire post and it got deleted... Soooo let's piece it together!
Our heat/AC has been non-functional for more than a month-and-a-half. It's been okaaaaay so far because we could get decent air circulation with open windows and fans, and the little heating unit in the playroom keeps things from getting unbearable. But now that actually cold temperatures are making their way to us, we had to get a guy in to look at it and...
We at least have to replace the entire furnace, since it's so old that they don't even sell the parts to fix it anymore. And since it's the leaking AC that probably broke it, that might need to be replaced, too. So we're getting estimates, but it's not going to be a cheap fix. And considering the fact that we had to spend thousands of dollars out-of-pocket on the basement when our insurance told us, "Hey, we don't cover water damage when the water comes in from OUTSIDE the house," we're not looking at a real comfortable time financially... Hopefully we can finance the cost? Because all our reserves are pretty much gone - down payment on a house, moving costs, basement costs, all that...
But here are some cute pictures of the kids!
Cecilia is reading "Beauty and the Beast." John Paul is reading "A Handbook for Reading." That's pretty much the big kids in a nutshell.
I'm almost out of my ginormous tub of instant coffee, and they only had Nescafe at Costco so I couldn't replace it. Grr. We've been boycotting Nestle for a while because of their unethical formula marketing practices in developing countries. It's one thing to push moms in the US to use formula, where at least there's a dependable, clean water supply to rely on.
But in developing nations, forcing moms to depend on formula often kills their babies when they can't afford formula and have to water it down to stretch it, or use tainted water to prepare it. Not cool.
The saddest part of this for me (you know, other than infant mortality) is that there is no Butterfinger equivalent. So I get REALLY excited when Halloween rolls around because I can eat all the Butterfingers that the kids get!
Anyway, any instant coffee brand recommendations? I'm not going to be brewing anything, instant is FAST and easy, and I don't need any more appliances!
Look! I crafted a thing! I made Cecilia a skirt and while it has many many MANY mistakes, it's functional and she loves it!
Couldn't even wait until she was out of her jammies to put it on!
Not quite as fashionable as yesterday's outfit, but I'll take it.
I'm going to make matching ones for the twins and it's going to be adorable. And way cheaper than buying new skirts for Cecilia, since she will wear pretty much nothing but dresses and elastic-waist skirts. I think the total cost of this skirt was somewhere around $3, and that's being generous with my estimates.
Are you so proud of me, Emily?
We had a freeze warning so I picked all the carrots, mostly because I was getting too curious!
Well, this is what happens when you don't plant until July:
The kids LOVED them, especially the red ones (Cecilia) and the one with two tails (John Paul).
And how beautiful are the red ones on the inside? Like a sunrise in a carrot! Pretty sure that's a phrase that's gonna catch on. You heard it here first.
Yup, I devoted an entire take to carrots.
What's she laughing at?
The big kids, of course!
I love these faces! Mary Claire is quite the clown these days - she's always making silly faces or noises and then doing this hilarious fake laugh because it always gets us laughing!
Outfit inspiration for the week
Also known as I only have two scarves that I ever wear
Also known as The kids broke the mirror at home so I'm taking pictures in my office
Also known as Look! It's Fall! I'm wearing boots!