Friday, March 20, 2015

2cellos concert

As you all know both our girls play in the school orchestra, Madi has been playing the violin for almost 3 years and Lily has been playing the cello for a year. At school they have watched YouTube videos of this group called 2cellos, it's two amazing guys making covers of pop and rock music with only their cellos ( sometimes with a drummer). Over Christmas break I found out that they were coming on a tour to the US. Tickets were already sold out for the concert in Dallas but they had reasonably priced tickets in Midland Texas which is a 5 hour drive west from where we live. I sent a text message to Lily asking her if she would like to go see 2cellos in concert, the conversation went a little like this:

Me: Would you like to go see 2cellos in concert?
Lily: What????? Seriously? When? Where? How?
Me: At the end of February. We'd have to drive 5 hours to get there though.
Lily: Really? I would stab myself to get to see them! Are you serious?

So obviously we had to get tickets and go see them. The plan was for me and the girls to go to the concert and Michael and the boys would come along for the fun of a road trip. This meant we had to take a day off from school because the concert was scheduled for Friday February 27th. The days leading up to the trip it was clear that we had some bad winter weather moving in over north Texas for that weekend. It was supposed to start early Friday morning, the day we were planning to leave. Michael got home Thursday evening and we made a quick last minute decision to leave that night so we would make it to Midland in time for the concert despite the weather. We drove about halfway to a little town called Eastland where we spent the night. As promised we woke up to a white winter wonderland. We packed up after breakfast and started driving towards Midland, the roads were bad but there were hardly any traffic so we were still going at a decent pace. Just as we get to Abilene I got an email from the concert venue that the concert had been canceled and rescheduled for that coming Monday due to the winter weather. We were all really disappointed. Monday would not work for us since that would mean taking 2 more days off from school, the girls also had a competition with the orchestra on Tuesday that they could not miss and Michael was supposed to work. 
We knew they were supposed to play in Austin Saturday night but tickets were sold out. On a whim Michael decided to call the venue in Austin to see if there was any chance that there were tickets available. He was told that they were anticipating a release of more tickets that had been on hold and they had started a waiting list of people interested in tickets. They put us on the list and we ended up being second in line. So instead of continuing our drive to Midland we started driving south to Austin. Driving to Austin instead of Midland was 1.5 hours longer at that point so not too bad. The roads were icy and pretty bad though as we had a mix of snow and freezing rain that slowed us down quite a bit. It got better as we got closer to Austin. 
In Austin we ended up staying at a brand new J.W Marriott in downtown. It had only been open for about 2 weeks. We used hotel points that Michael had and got 2 rooms. It wasn't until the next afternoon, on Saturday, that we finally got the call that we had got tickets. They were really good seats, a little more expensive than the ones we had in Midland but we did get a full refund of the Midland tickets and we were not about to say no at this point. 

The concert turned out to be well worth the hassle we had getting there. These guys are so talented. The energy and atmosphere was amazing and all 3 of us had a great time. The girls agreed that this was the best concert they've been to so far, the only other concert they've been to being Katy Perry. :)
I have to say it may be the best concert I've been to as well. We will definitely go see them again when they come back and hopefully next time we can get tickets in Dallas before they sell out.
After the concert the guys and their drummer stayed and signed autographs and took pictures with fans. Madi and Lily were so excited and of course we stood in line to meet them. They signed both girls phone cases as well as a CD we bought and both of the girls got pictures taken with them. What an awesome experience it was!

Because Michael had to be at work the next day we drove straight home after the concert. I was driving so that he could get some rest. It was another adventure, it rained the whole way and there were some areas with freezing rain. We finally made it home around 4am, exhausted but happy.



Madi turns 14!

On February 2nd Madi turned 14 years old! Her big gift was a guinea pig that she got to pick out herself, she named him Ronnie. She also got some clothes and a few smaller gifts. We celebrated with a cupcake in the morning before school and more cake in the afternoon after the girls came home.

The next Friday she took two of her best friends to a rock climbing gym followed by a sleepover at our house. This was instead of a big birthday party to celebrate her birthday. 

Because my computer died a couple of months ago I don't have any pictures from her Birthday available right now. Here's a picture of her before going to a dance with some friends though.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Happy 7th Birthday Lucas and Jacob!

Lucas and Jacob turned 7 years old on Friday. Where did the time go?!
Before Maddie and Lily went to school in the morning we woke them up with singing, cupcakes and  a few birthday presents. We decided to save the cake for when the girls came home in the afternoon.

We went out to eat for lunch and the boys chose Fadi's mediterranian grill. We love that place!
After lunch we went to go look at some homes under construction, something the boys really enjoy. They are very fascinated with the construction process and love seeing the houses being built step by step. They plan to build their own homes some day in the future as well as new homes for the rest of us in the family. Sweet boys!

That afternoon we ate homemade meringue cake with whipped cream, mandarins and chocolate shavings. They opened the rest of their presents which included Minecraft lego, Minecraft books, Bentley cars, Knex building set, string lights and a few other small gifts.

We ended the day with a mini piñata that the boys took turns hitting. It was a fun day!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Pictures of the new house

It's been almost 2 months since we moved into our new house. We still have a lot to do around here but this is what it looks like right now. Most of the pictures were taken with my iphone and the lighting wasn't that great in some areas.





The kitchen


The kitchen


The kitchen


Kitchen/family room.


Master bedroom


Family room


Foyer


Media room


Hallways to Maddie and Lily's rooms from game room.


Hallway to Maddie's room.


Game room


Lily's room


Family room


Maddie's room


Dining room


Dining room with hallway to kitchen.


View of the foyer, front door and door to the garage.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Sleeping kids and new beds

They boys desperately needed new beds as they were still sleeping in their cribs turned toddler beds.
They were ready for big boy beds. I was thinking twin beds that could be made into bunk beds later on. However, in the new house we are planning on having them share the downstairs bedroom for awhile and it's pretty tiny. Two twin beds would barely fit in there and they are not ready to sleep in a top bunk considering they often wake up at night and come into our room. So we decided to get some kids beds from Ikea, they are bigger than toddler beds but smaller than twin beds. I was lucky to find one cheap on craigslist (the blue one). Lucas loved it and we thought we'd just buy a new one for Jakie, to match. He was, however, set on wanting a white bed like Lily has. Then just the day after picking up the blue bed I found a white one on craigslist. They love their new beds and they're much more comfortable than they were in the old ones.

They got to pick out some new bedding, pillow shams and duvet covers, at Ikea. They picked some with animals on. Lucas was excited about his fox print. In Swedish it's called "räv" but somehow he kept calling it "röv" which in Swedish actually means "butt". It was hilarious listening to him talking about "röven".

Sleeping

Jakie

Lucas

Here's one of Lily sleeping. Picture taken just after her blood sugar check. Most of the time she doesn't even move while we check her at night. Some nights she'll wake up and say something funny. Last night she sat up and said "I'll do it myself!", then she laid back down and fell asleep in an instant.

No sleeping picture of Maddie. I don't think she'd appreciate it if I sneaked in to take a picture of her sleeping. Actually, Lily might not either.....oops. :)

Monday, May 20, 2013

House update.

We're making progress on our house! Here are the latest pictures.

The front. Concrete for the driveway and walkway will be poured shortly.

View of the kitchen from the family room. We've choosen to have the cabinets painted white.

Kitchen/eating area.

Eating area/family room.

View of the family room from the kitchen. Entrance to the master bedroom on the right.

Family room/eating area.

The balcony overlooking the family room. Entrance to the master bedroom(to the left) and laundry room (to the right) underneath the balcony.

The master bedroom.

The master bathroom.

Kitchen and hallway to the formal dining room.

The formal dining room.

View from the front door. Formal dining room on the left, hallway to the family room and kitchen straight ahead.

The staircase.

Gameroom and entrance to the media room.

View of the staircase, hallway to Lily's room (middle) and hallway to Maddie's room (right) from the gameroom.

Hallway to Maddie's room.

Maddie's room.

Looking down from the balcony.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

House update

Here are the latest pictures of our house. In 2 days we are doing our pre-dry wall inspection with the builder as well as our own private inspection with an independent inspector.

This is taken in the media room upstairs and this will we a 2 room closet/storage room. To the right we will be storing our media equipment and to the left will be storage for things like seasonal items and other boxed up things.
Fireplace in the family room. The room behind it is the master bedroom.

Standing in the upstairs game room with view over the media room and the closet in the background.

Eating area off the kitchen with walkout to the backyard.

Front door and entry hallway.

Looking up to the second floor from the family room/kitchen. To the left will become a balcony. To the right is Lily's bedroom and in between will be her bathroom.

View of the kitchen from the family room. Since you can see through the walls you can also see the front door and staircase. 

View of the family room and eating area from the kitchen/hallway. Kitchen will be to the left of the picture.

Staircase.

View from the front door. Formal dining to the left. 

The front of the house.

Sandstone for the front of the house, it's called Milsap.

The back of the house. Still missing windows in the master bedroom. Maddie's room is above the master. You get an idea of the size of the backyard also. Plenty of space for a pool (in the future) with some lawn space left.

Looking down from the top of the staircase/game room.

The pictures from upstairs were actually taken before the rest, earlier this week. I don't have too many picture from upstairs just because it's kind of scary going up there. No walls, free fall to the first floor. ;) By next week they will probably dry wall and put up brick and stone on the outside. It's such an exciting process to see the house take shape. The kids, especially the boys, are fascinated and loves to go visit.