Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Kitchen: Cabinets going up

Here we go, cabinets starting to go up!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Rain walk

At the risk of too many pictures of Eva in a row, here are some more...

and there goes Noah...

Friday, October 25, 2013

Special Braid

The other day I did a "special braid" in Eva's hair, mostly just to see if I could do it.



I think it turned out great! And it lasted for about 5 minutes.


Thursday, October 24, 2013


Please enjoy my new favorite picture of Eva


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Harvest Fair

We really enjoyed the kiddie rides at the Newton Harvest Fair last weekend. This year Eva was tall enough to go on them all!
They tried out the flying cars...

And the dragon roller coster

Eva did NOT like the dragon roller coaster.


But to her credit, after that ride she rallyed and insisted on going on ALL of the other rides. The teacups were much easier for her.

And the motorcycle ride was kind of scary but she hung in there

Noah was clearly thrilled at the prospect of riding a motorcycle

And then they got to share some fried dough with Daddy. Best afternoon ever!!


Cabinets are here!!

They arrived!!!  Lots and lots of boxes with cabinets.

Also the French doors are gone from the dining room.

View into the kitchen...

And into the dining room

Can't want to see these transform into an actual kitchen!!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013


I went to curicculum night at Noah and Eva's preschool, and got to look at all the kids artwork on the walls. My favorite thing was Noah's self-portrait. According to his teacher, he took the activity very very seriously and worked on it for an hour. I was pretty impressed, I haven't seen him draw anything like this before (he mostly draws castles and witches and ghosts and lava). I can't decide if my favorite part is the eyebrows or the ears.

And this is his description about himself:

My favorite part about that is definitely that what daddy does for work is having cookies in his office.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Bay State Half Marathon

Chad ran the Bay State Half Marathon yesterday. That's 13.1 miles in case you were wondering what Chad does for fun on the weekends lately. Noah made him a sign and we went out to cheer him on.

(Noah seemed a bit confused about how to make a letter "G," but I loved the sign anyway)
Chad did great. His official results were:

Chad Pytel

Overall Place: 755
Division Place: 132
Place in Gender: 456
Out of 1558 runners in the half-marathon, we think that's pretty great.


Saturday, October 19, 2013

Kitchen post 3

Grout is finished!!

(Floor is dusty)

Kitchen post 2

As of last night the floor tile is in!  Grouting is ongoing as we speak.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Kitchen Post 1

In a turn of events that is shocking to no one, I am a bit delayed on blogging our kitchen renovation.

Oh, hey! By the way, we're finally doing the kitchen renovation!!

Remember our super ugly kitchen?  A visitor once described it as a "period piece" from 1981.  Totally.

breakfast at Tiffany's if Tiffany was a 65 year old in 1980

So yeah, we had the wood paneling, the ancient appliances, the brown patterned linoleum floor that perfectly camouflaged cheerios.

all your paneling are belong to us

In the middle of last week, they started to tear it out

bye bye brown cabinets

 And by the end of the week, it was all gone

bye bye ancient stove

Also we took out the wall between the kitchen and the dining room

 bye bye small pocket door our children used to close us into the loudest dining room ever

This week, the plumbers ran water to where the new fridge will be (hello 21st century!), the electricians wired electrical outlets up to code (hello fire safety!) and installed the hardware for recessed lights (goodbye 1970s lights!), and they put in the sub-floor (goodbye squeaks!).

hello progress!

We're on our way!   And happily it's moving right along, as the dust from the construction is making me cough my little brains out.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Dress Rehersal

Here at Casa Pytel we are VERY EXCITED about Halloween.  And already practicing.