Friday, April 13, 2007

Happy Anniversary

To ME!!

We just didn't have any extra money at this time to really get each other gifts for our 8th Anniversary (April 10th) - and we were okay with that. But then, out of nowhere, dh tells me he got me something and just needs to find a way to get it to the house. The next day, he and another pastor pull into the driveway with the church trailer and this...

YIPPEE!! A piano!

Better yet, a FREE piano! Cool!

I don't play all that well (at all) - just piano proficiency in college (I'm a music performance major though in clarinet and vocal, so I do know enough about music to learn). I'm actually hoping my children will pick it up. I'm not sure we can afford piano lessons for ALL the children, but perhaps I can switch lessons with another mom - like help her children with a woodwind instrument or voice lessons, for some piano lessons. It's a thought.

It's definitely not a new piano - but dh had a choice of two different pianos. One of them was in better tune and looked better cosmetically - but this one was a better brand name and in overall better condition INSIDE. We can always get it tuned and the outside is just, well, the outside. I'm more concerned that it just play well.

Isn't my dh the very BEST?!?! Yup, sorry ladies, I married Mr. Incredible. He's taken!!

The other news around here is I finally assembled the bunk bed we bought from Ikea a few weeks ago.

For now, we squeezed a queen mattress on the bottom, although we'll probably purchase a full-size at some time. We just needed a place for my parents to sleep when they come to visit in about a week. It'll work just fine. Plus Isaac is SUPER excited about his new bed! The girls have taken over the old wooden bunk bed we had received as a hand-me-down (a very nice strong hand-me-down!!) and Isaac is now so happy to be UP HIGH again. We also purchased these really cool looking duvet covers to match this awesome baby quilt we got as a gift a while back:

Here's a pic of the kind from IKEA - the colors and style match perfectly!!

But we bought the wrong size, so we'll need to find time to exchange those. I'm getting better at just letting these types of things happen slowly, over time, instead of freaking out - wanting it all to be done NOW! I know we'll eventually get the full mattres, we'll eventually get the right size duvet covers, eventually it'll all look like a nice decorated boy's room. In the mean time, no one really cares but me, so I need to get over it!

Oh, and here is a picture of Isaac's clothing storage. Just some metal bins under his bed (and they match the metal of the bunk bed!). One for undies, socks, hankerchiefs, belts, ties, etc. Once for jammies, one for shirts, one for pants/shorts. Eventually, he'll outgrown them and we'll have to come up with a different solution, but for now they work. We just don't have the money, nor the room, for each of our children to have their own large chest of drawers. I think our clothing storage will be evolving over time, with each new child. It'll be interesting to see what happens...

One last thing, I went to the store yesterday and was able to purchase weekly produce. Right now, I am starting my day off with my lemon water (which will help my body cleanse itself each day). I don't think we'll have the money for weekly produce for another week or two - but hey, I just gotta do what I can. Once we get back on a budget, we'll be able to make that weekly grocery trip a part of the budget. I can't wait - my body is really ready to feel better - I'M ready to feel better!!

Have a terrific Friday ~ talk to ya soon!
*Michigan Momma*


Janet and Gary said...

We're glad you had a Happy Anniversary after all. What a beautiful addition to your home ~~ as you know,I'm all for pianos!!! Enjoy. Love you guys, J & G

*MichiganMomma* said...

Janet, Thank you for your gift to us as well - what a blessing you guys are in our lives!!

We know you love pianos - if you only lived closer, we'd be paying YOU to teach our little ones. Since we don't, we will be picking your brain for good teaching books at different ages instead.

Love you both so much~

Shari said...

Happy Anniversary. I called a few times, but since you don't answer... Anyway, the bed looks nice and I love the colors. Talk to you soon?

*MichiganMomma* said...

Hey Sis,

No fair, you call at no-good times. I actually had time to talk these last few days, with Dean home in the mornings, but you are sleeping in the mornings (or so I think??). The other time that's good for me is after 9pm - what time do you go to bed?

Let me know...I *do* love you!!

Anonymous said...

Happy Anniversary to you! We have alot in common- me and hubby's anniversary is next week. It will be six years for us. Your piano looks great! I do play, and believe me when I say that I can't believe you got that for free. It is in great condition. It looks fantastic. I also got mine for free, but it's not nearly as nice. It plays nice, though, and that's all that matters! I hope you have a great day!
It's a Wonderful Life

Julie said...

Im a little jealous. LOL. I have ben trying to get a piano for a year now. That one does not look too bad. At this point I would be happy with a piano painted seafoam green. HaHa...
Congratulations on our anniversary.