Sunday, September 8, 2013


We are awaiting the arrival of our second child (we find out the sex on the 27th!!) and we are watching Landen grow up so fast!  He is a handful! (He has one speed...ON) But he is always entertaining to be around.  He loves trains, trucks, and tractors, harassing (and then hugging) our dogs, playing at the park (or doing anything outside), and just being a little boy! He will be 21 months old Thursday!  

The state fair is in town and we loaded up and took Landen Saturday morning!  We had a lot of fun!  I think it may have been a little overwhelming for LT, but there were lots of cool things to see and we all have a great time! Landen got to see a helicopter and actually get inside.  We saw tractors and animals and even rode a few rides, which Landen may not have been thrilled about.  We ate some fair food and came home for Landen to crash for a good nap.

Riding my car in the driveway

Bath time

Silly boy

Loves playing in the dirt

Walking with Daddy

First day of school!

Swinging at the park

Ice cream!

Hanging with my cousins!

Helicopter at the fair

LT loves his farm equipment

Playing in some corn

L and MoMo petting a bunny

Sea lion laying in the sun

A mama pig with her babies

Little ducklings

Baby calf

L on a pony ride, cried for a while, but was finally ok with it

Daddy and L at the helicopter (playing with the color a little.)

House Pics

I felt like I haven't posted any finished exterior house pictures, so here are a few...

Our side entrance to the mudroom

Front and side

Front door with watchdog!

Front and other side


New Chicken Coop!

Now that school has started back, we are feeling pretty busy and I haven't posted anything in a while.  In the meantime, Matt has built our chicken coop and we've finally moved the chickens and Regina (she doesn't think she's a chicken) up from John and Barbara's.  

John and Matt working

We even got a little help from Johnny and Ondina one Saturday! (Johnny's in the coop)

Ondina cutting wire

Almost finished!

The chickens have arrived!

Landen likes hanging out with them too.

Sunday, August 11, 2013


We were just thinking that we haven't actually put it on the blog yet, but Matt and I are adding another little one to the family.  We are very excited and interested to see if it will be a boy or a girl and to see how Landen will react to becoming a big brother!  It is still early, about 11 1/2 weeks.  The due date is February 27.  We have told Landen about the baby in Mama's belly, but not sure how much he understands.  We can ask him, 'Where's your baby?' and he will come and point to my stomach. Pretty cute!  These are the first ultrasound pics at about 7 weeks.  As usual at this stage, it is hard to tell what you're looking at, but the head is to the right and you can see little arm and leg buds beginning to grow.  The baby should be much bigger now and John found on google the other day that it should be about the size of a fig. Crazy, huh?  

Welcome to the family, Baby Kinnaird!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

We have a house!!! A finished one with power and water!

So, I haven't been posting lately because unfortunately there hasn't been much to report on.  We have been playing a waiting game for power and then water, but we got both yesterday and spent our first night here last night!  There have been a few things we've had to get America's Home Place to come out and take care of, but nothing huge.  We also picked up our new furniture today (Thanks GiGi!) and have it in place...we think.  This is the first new furniture Matt and I have ever owned!  We still have quite a bit of organizing, down-sizing, and unpacking to do, but we have made some serious progress.  It's actually starting to look like a home....our home!  And we LOVE it!  I will have more pictures soon of other room and outside as we clean up some more and landscape, but here's where we are so far.  I put on a lot of pictures to make up for my lack of posting lately...hope you like it!

A view from the driveway (another one) of the house

The living room complete with new couch and chair (looking down from balcony upstairs)

Dining room

Living room


Upstairs loft aka Landen's play area.  He has actually done very well playing up here and loves his new train legos from Harding.

Landen's "big boy" room.  He plays in here and his clothes are in here, but he is still sleeping in the crib in the other room right now.  We will probably start soon with taking naps in the 'big boy bed', but I'm not feeling like he's ready for that yet.

Landen's trucks, definitely some of his favorites.

Master bedroom

Kitchen (looking down from upstairs)

What will be our yard (when the grass starts growing) and possibly a chicken coop in the near future (haven't decided the exact location)

Yard and house

Future chicken coop (You'll have to use your imagination!)

Matt and John have also been working very hard on this much-needed retaining wall.

Landen helping, as always!

We went to Kiersten and Austin's last weekend and we walked into the living and found Landen sitting on the coffee table playing Connect (I think that's the name of the game, it's been a while since I've played) with Tupelo.  I thought this was so funny, I had to post a picture!

Landen crying because his GiGi is leaving!  So sad!  We miss you, GiGi, thanks for coming!

Playing with Maya on the trampoline at the Edward's

Oh, I almost forgot the porch area!  (one of my favorite places at the new house)  My mom helped me recover the cushions and repaint the frame of our old couch and now it's our porch furniture.  Love it!