|the previously dark oak cabinets were painted white|
and we replaced the old vinyl countertop with a new white marble one
|joe installed new flooring (which is actually rubber and snaps together) over the old nasty linoleum.|
we got the idea to use this flooring from a blog i follow here.
between my mom and i, we were able to get all of the wallpaper stripped in the bedroom. unfortunately, we didn't get the bedroom painted before they came. i'm sure they enjoyed the gluey-wall ambiance... but hey, it's better than the half-stripped wallpaper ambiance.
amanda and beau flew in thursday night. we just chatted for a while when they got there and then all went to bed decently early. because my cousin is pregnant too (and due 3 weeks before me), we both savor our sleep! friday morning the boys got up early and went golfing with my dad. ben, amanda and i just lounged around at home.
|this boy loves breakfast time|
once we were all shopped out, we changed into our outfits for the evening and headed to rosa mexicano in minneapolis for dinner. we had some delicious guacamole made table-side and both loved our fish tacos.
from there, we walked a few blocks to the orpheum and saw wicked. we'd both seen it before, but loved it just as much this time! SO GOOD!
|baby bumps! 16 and 19 weeks|
while we were at wicked, the boys just hung out at our place and entertained (or were entertained by) bennett. they ate at paninos where i hear ben was quite the flirt with all the waitresses. silly boy.
saturday joe had to work most of the day. the rest of us enjoyed just laying around the house. we read lots of books with ben, watched tv, chatted, and of course all enjoyed afternoon naps.
|beau and ben reading|
sunday morning we got up and went to church at 9. after church we ate a big breakfast at key's cafe and then headed home to watch football (again, amanda and i took our opportunity to sleep!). after the packers beat the ravens, we headed to pinetree apple orchard in white bear lake. jake and allison met us there and we had a great afternoon walking through the orchard and pumpkin patch, and of course enjoying lots of delicious apple treats. ben thought all the pumpkins were balls, so he had fun pointing at and hitting all the "baa"s. he also stole a huge piece of joe's apple donut when he wasn't looking. unfortunately for him, the sugar all over his face gave him away :)
that night we had chili at the house (which ben LOVED!) and then watched argo after ben went to bed. amanda and beau flew out monday morning and it was back to the grind for us. we had such a fun weekend with them and really wish they lived closer, especially now that we're going to have kiddos so close in age! i keep reminding myself that amanda and i have always been close despite never living in the same city. i'm hopeful our kids will be as well! i'm not sure if we'll get to see them again before the babes come, but i'm hoping i might be able to sneak out to denver this winter by myself to make it to one of amanda's showers!