Monday, April 21, 2014

Lesson 230: Baby's First Easter

Ted had his first Easter. I had this cute idea in my head for pictures. A lot of times when something is cute in my head it is not so cute in real life... I found bunny ears at Goodwill and I was going to take pictures with Ted and the dogs wearing them. I kept putting off taking the pictures until one morning I just sat everyone down and snapped some shots. This is what came of it.

Max was the worst of the three with not keeping the ears on. Ruby was probably the best hahaha. That may be because her defense mechanism for things she does not like is to freeze and make herself as small as possible.
Yesterday was Easter Sunday. Ted had a super cute outfit and I did not take a single picture of him. Before church in the morning I must have bumped his face because I looked at him and all of the sudden he had a cut right under his eye. He never even cried. So I did not feel like taking a picture of Ted with him looking like he was in a fight.
I have decided there is an unwritten rule in the kid universe that says when they are going to get their picture taken for a big event they must injure themselves in some way to have it forever capture in a photo.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Lesson 229: The right hand doesn't know what the left hand is doing

In order to get a childcare license I first need the fire department come to my house to check things out
                   So I called the fire department and they said:

In order for them to come to my house I first need a business license
                  So I started the process for getting a business license and they said:

In order to get a business license I first need a child care license. 

Do you see the problem here? 

I think there was some mis-communication going on here. I was pretty much going crazy a this point yesterday but I possibly figured out what the problem was. The fire department visit is just something where the fire captain comes to your home to talk about how to get out in case of a fire. This is different than a fire inspection which takes place after you are a licensed business. 

Sigh.... and so we press forward. 

Tyler is working on getting the building permit. 

Monday, March 17, 2014

Lesson 228: St Patrick's Day and Daycare Update...

Ted and his first St. Patrick's Day. :)

If Tyler and my marriage can survive getting the house licensed to do daycare, we can survive ANYTHING. Saturday Tyler had his dad and brother come over to help install the new door. After cutting into the wall they found 3 wires so we will need a building permit and to have an electrician come in. They decided to get to work on the back fence that is rotting away thanks to our neighbors planting hedges along the perimeter of their yard.

A note to all home owners. If you have this grand idea of lining your yard with hedges. DON'T! It will not look as cool as you think it will and all it does is crowd your yard and eat away at the fence. They did get the fence fixed. Check that off the list.

I was not home when they were going through all this. I had to help my sister move. After I got home Tyler and I went to Home Depot to buy some more things for the daycare. One of the things we bought was a new toilet seat. It is a fancy one that has a built in child's seat and it closes slowly so you don't have to worry about the seat or lid dropping down really hard. I am pretty excited about this toilet seat hahaha. Plus, there is something so fantastic about a brand spanking new and clean toilet seat.

Yesterday, Tyler and I stayed up until midnight working on putting together a family child care policy handbook. Yes, this too is part of getting licensed and there is a huge list of items that must be included. We did not finish but we are close. I also have to create 2 more policy handbooks and an emergency manual.

This week Tyler has a friend coming over who just completely remodeled his house and this weekend he has another friend coming over who is a licensed electrician. So Tyler is pretty awesome!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Lesson 227: Around the world in 60 days

** The last post featured the completed childcare room... yeah right**

After attending the 3 hour orientation on Wed to get my home licensed to do daycare I about had a panic attack. I was literally beginning to hyperventilate as I rushed home from the meeting to get Ted and head off to work for the day. (The meeting got out late so I was late for work blah).

From March 12, 2014 (the day of the meeting) I have 60 days to get all my necessary paperwork and inspections done.

Also from March 12 I have 90 days to get completely licensed, or I will have to restart the entire process!

This may sound simple enough BUT at the meeting I discovered a ton of things that need to be changed. There are so many things we need to get done that I don't think I can give a full list. Some major things include (but are most certainly not limited to):

Moving a wall in the downstairs room
Installing a door to the outside (so there are 2 exits to the outside)
Tearing down the play set
Fixing the fence
Getting a business license
Having the fire department come do an inspection
Getting our wood burning stove cleaned and inspected
Creating a boat load of forms and booklets for my business

Tyler is all over this. He has been amazing all throughout this process and I have no idea how I even deserve him. Seriously, it is a mystery.

After the meeting on Wednesday, as I was melting down, I called Tyler and started lifting off the things I need to do and the things I need to get fixed. One of the things was that I need 6 sleeping mats. By the time I got to work I had received an email confirmation for an order for 6 sleeping mats.

The next day (yesterday) I told him our stove needs to be inspected. He called me back 10 minutes later and said a guy is scheduled to come out. When I got home last night he told me a man is coming tomorrow (today) to grind up all the stumps in the backyard. When he called me this morning to say the stump guy was all done he also added that he already tore down the play set. WOW! We might actually be able to get all this done!!!!

Say a prayer for us because divine intervention will definitely be required.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Lesson 225: Just entering a competition

This blog post is strictly me entering a competition so win a signed copy of the next Duggar book, "Growing up Duggar" :)

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Lesson 224: How to make over a house to become a child care

As I mentioned before, I am working on being able to do childcare out of our house. We finished the downstairs and it looks so cute!

The play kitchen is from Goodwill and is one of the contributing factors to me wanting a van. I went to Goodwill in our little car and found this. Thinking it would fit in my car I bought it and dragged it out into the parking lot. It did not fit. In my defense, if I did not have Ted with me I could have made it fit. So I had to call around to all my friends with vans. Luckily my sister-in-law was able to bring her van to drive the kitchen home for me. She had to pick up her son from school first though which meant I had to hang out in the parking lot for 30 minutes. It was a public display of my inability to judge size. Thank goodness it was a sunny day.

The wall decal came from Amazon and is so cute! I love it!
 Please disregard the dog bed. It will not be remaining when we actually have kids over. This is just for the time being because this is the room the dogs hang out in when we are not home.