December 27, 2009

Who would have thought?!

Well you might think I'm crazy, but we're ready and very excited! Check out the yellow signs!If you can't see the signs they say:
Baby Sundberg Due January 8th, 2010.
Baby Boy Riedel Due March 14th 2010.
And Baby Mason Due August 13th 2010.This will only happen once in a lifetime! All three Sundberg women are pregnant at the same time.
Rachal has 2 weeks to go, Jessica a is about 7 months and I'm about 7 weeks! As you can see the older siblings are excited too! Yeah for babies!

December 9, 2009

Christmas Time!

Sledding down Grandma and Grandpa's back driveway! So much fun!
And a good workout for Grandpa.
Isaac loves Playing in the snow and making a snowman and snow angels. Poor little Jacob is not so impressed with the cold wet snow. It doesn't help that he can barely move in all his snow gear. He looks like a blue Marshmallow.
Jacob's First Christmas! Hanging his stocking!
Decorating the tree with my two baby boys.
Isaac hung the rest of our stockings for us.
Baby boy has decided he only likes to sleep with Mommy now. He used to be such a good little sleeper. Now it's like pulling teeth trying to get him to sleep in his crib at night.
This year I joined Joe in his hunt for a Christmas Tree. We drove out toward Hope and tromped around in the knee-deep snow to find our Tall, Tall tree. We ended up cutting about 4 feet off after we got it home, because it was too tall for our house. But I still really like it! It looks even better with all the lights and ornaments. (pictures to come)
Soon Auntie Jessica, Uncle Jared and Alysa will be home and we will have more and more fun! We love Christmas time!

November 17, 2009

Wisdom teeth and nursing...

So, this Thursday I am having all 4 of my wisdom teeth pulled. Yikes! I'm a little nervous about that but what I'm really worried about is how things are going to go after they are out. Of course I'm a little concerned about the pain and discomfort. But because of the drug they are going to give me, I will not be able to nurse little Jacob for at least 24 hours.

I have milk in the freezer for him, but he hasn't taken a bottle since he was about 6 weeks old. So, I'm really hoping that he will be OK without Mommy's milk for a little while. Wish me luck and keep me a baby Jacob in your prayers. I hope we survive Thursday night!

November 12, 2009

He's on the move!

My Baby Boy is crawling! For over 6 weeks now(since he was 7 months old) he's been going and going and going. And he couldn't be happier. As you can see, he's loving life now that he doesn't have to wait for Mom to get him were he wants to go.

He has found every cabinet door in the house and explored each one thoroughly.

Next he will be walking, he already pulls himself up and scoots along the furniture pretty well.

Yeah Jacob!

October 22, 2009

New Bathroom, not so easy...

So, about 6 months ago I decided our bathroom was starting to drive me crazy. Yucky dirty tile, a bath tub that would sink when filled with water, floors that were cracked and ugly (and not real tile, just the stick on stuff), plus mold all around the unsealed tub and tile, and nothing matched!
Well at the time we couldn't afford to spend a few hundred dollars to fix it. But about a month ago I decided I couldn't stand it anymore. As you can see in the pictures it was pretty bad. I felt bad bathing my kids in such a yucky tub.
So, I called up Dad and asked him how to start this project.

Day #1: Demolition Day!
I know it may sound weird but I had a lot of fun tearing out the walls of my bathroom. The hard part was getting it all cleaned up after it was all done.

Do you see the black stuff on the plastic? Yeah, that's mold! Gross! Day # 2: Fixing the plumbing for our new Faucet.

I pretty much stood and watched my dad do this, for a few hours.

Day # 3: Sheet Rock, Mud and Taping.
This of course took several days to allow drying time between each layer or mud and sanding before each layer.

Day #4: Securing the Tub and Tiling bath and silicone.
We picked just your standard square white tile, but added a little color with a strip of blue and white glass tile. (It doesn't look great in these pictures, but believe me it look awesome!)
Day #5: Removing Old Floor, Remove Toilet
I pulled up the old "tile" floor (which took a few hours) being very careful not to hurt the floor underneath so we wouldn't have to replace it.
Of course after Dad came over and removed the toilet we found that part of the floor was molded all the way through to the sub-floor. Lame! Which led us to...

Day #6: Cutting a big hole in the floor and replacing it with new, not moldy wood.

Luckily, Day #6 was a Saturday, so we (me and Dad) were able to fix the floor and get it tiled, all in one day! You wouldn't believe how long it takes to tile such a small area. Here I am putting adhesive on each of the tiles, after Dad cut them to size. Also, Dad got the walls re-textured to match the rest of the bathroom.

And Here is the floor all tiled and drying, waiting for grout.

Day #7 and #8: Painting!
Now this is something I could do all on my own. I painted the walls and ceiling a nice clean white that will resist water (good for steamy bathrooms). And I re-stained our yucky cabinets too. Now they look shiny and new... kind of. Let's just say they look better than before. And the walls don't have a blue tint to them anymore.

Day #9: Grout
Dad helped (mostly did it himself) me grout the bath and floor.

Day #10: Sealing the Grout, reinstalling toilet.
After the grout dries, you have to seal it so it resists water and stains. Yeah, no more going downstairs every time I need to use the bathroom.

Day #11: Base boards and finishing touches.
After a lot of work we finally got to put on the rubber base boards around the bathroom. Then install my new shiny towel racks and shower fixtures. Everything looks so awesome! I love my new bathroom! It all matches! We have fancy new tiles in the tub, nice tiles floors and matching accessories! I'm so happy it's done!
So, I'm sure we worked more days than I actually listed, and I'm sure there were lots of steps that I forgot we did throughout the whole process. So, my advice to anyone wanting to remodel their bathroom... Plan on a lot of hard work, get help from someone with experience, and plan on spending more money than you might think. There are always unexpected expenses. But, in the end it is all worth it!
And even though I fell like I watched my Dad more than I worked... I had a lot of fun and I learned a lot! Maybe next time I want to remodel a bathroom, I can do most of the work myself.

Thank you Daddy for all of your hard work! I never could have done it without you!

October 8, 2009

The Driving Game

Better know as Mario Cart Wii... is called simply "the driving game" at the Mason house. Isaac loves to play with Daddy or Mommy. He started out with just turning the wheel and not getting anywhere. But soon learned how to make his car go and go where he wants it to go. Which some of the time is right off the course into the water, lava or just off the nearest cliff. He thinks it's funny to see his car disappear off the edge.
But after some coaching from Mom and Dad, Isaac can drive his way (with a few wrong turns now and then) through most of a race. Usually completing 2 laps before everyone else completes all three to finish the course. It is really quite amazing! And lots of fun to watch him get excited about getting "A Bullet" or "Star" that help him along in the race. For those of you who have never played this game, you just have to try it. It's a ton of fun!

Joe is convinced that Isaac's Christmas gift this year will be his own controller and wheel so we can all play together. Instead of he or myself having to watch while the other plays with our sweet Isaac.
Is it good that my 2 and 1/2 year old knows how to play a video game already? Maybe not, but it's and activity our family enjoys together. Even little Jacob likes to watch the cars and colors go flying by on the big TV screen!

September 27, 2009

Cabin Trip

Labor day Weekend we decided to head out of town to our friends' cabin for a night. We hiked in with the Isaac and Jacob and half of our stuff. It took a long time but the sun was shinning and the lake was beautiful! Jacob got to ride in the baby carrier, he was kicking and talking the whole way as we tramped through the woods and climbed over fallen trees next to the water. Isaac made his Daddy carry him most of the time, but when he did walk he did pretty well getting around the obstacles.

Isaac got his first fishing lessons with Daddy. Joe would cast and Isaac would reel it back in. I think they both had fun even though the biggest fish they caught was only 3 inches long.

We only stayed one night, but it was a beautiful night. We spent a lot of time outside enjoying the prefect weather. Isaac helped collect driftwood to build our fire and threw lots and lots of rocks in the water.

Later we went for a ride in the boat, Thanks to Jared & Sarah who brought it out with them. We had a lot of fun! Thank you Chad and Jenn for being so willing to share your beautiful property with us!

September 3, 2009

Smile!.... Please?

We took the kids to Sears to get pictures a few weeks ago. I think they turned out really great! Even Alysa's crying pictures is super cute! I love these kids!