More family pics…

We took some family pics last week and we just got them back. You can check them out here:

Martineau Family

Ummm…HDTVs are frickin’ awesome…

When Brigett and I got married 7 years ago, we got the usual cash from many of our friends and family. One of the things we spent that money on was a “huge” tv…to the tune of 27 whopping inches on the diagonal (and 25 inches from front to back). So for the last seven years we weathered the HDTV storm diligently (or stubbornly, depending on how you look at it). Many a movie (and many a Dora, Diego, Backyardigans, etc…) have been viewed on the trusty TV.
Here is the trusty old machine:
OldTV

We had been talking recently about what kind/size of tv we would want to get and what type of wall unit we would get. We were thinking we would find something in the 47-50 inch range, since most of the wall units that would fit in our niche were built for tvs about that size. We were still kind of in the dreaming stage since we didn’t really have budget for it just yet (something about needing diapers and forumla…) or the stomach to drop the cash it would require. Well, thanks to circumstances that resulted in a larger than expected tax return, and moment of weakness (again, could be considered boldness or strength depending on who you ask) we made the leap.

Brigett found a wall unit at Razmatazz that literally fit perfectly into the niche in our house (there is about a 1 inch space on all sides). The only problem is that the opening in the wall unit was 61 inches wide, and a 47-50 inch tv would be about 45-48 inches wide. That would leave almost 8 inches on either side of the TV, which is completely unacceptable. As I pondered how I was to solve this crisis (okay, so really I hadn’t even had time to think about it) my brother called and told me he had a found a 61″ tv (55 inches wide) that I could get for a great deal through our company. Under normal conditions, budget and practicality considerations would have driven me to a smaller tv, but in this case, it would have been an injustice to put anything less than the 61″ tv into the wall unit (at least that’s what I keep telling myself).

Anyway, there is no moral of this story, but I do like my new tv.

Forgive the spots, our camera is having some issues…
TV

We got a new floor

So, Brigett and I pulled the trigger on getting new flooring for our house. The eterni-carpet stains and peeling carpet that exposed carpet tacks finally pushed us over the edge. We found “a guy” through my brother and he quoted us a pretty dang good price and was able to get started quickly. The plan was to tear up the existing flooring on the Thursday after Christmas and then lay the new tile on Friday and Saturday and be done by that Sunday at the very latest. Well, it didn’t quite happen exactly as we planned, but after a few short stays away from home so the workers could finish, the flooring is all in.

We’re happy about how it all turned out. Now all we need to do is get some baseboards put up and we should be good to go.

Here are a couple of pictures…

Entry Way

Family Room

The Loot – 2007

Well, the madness has come and gone…well, it is still lingering a bit, but you get the idea… I think Santa may have had to rearrange his travel plans around our house. Braden is apparently too young to use the “Santa won’t come if you don’t go to sleep” threat and decided he wanted to stay up half the night. Anyway, here are some pics of the kids with some of their loot.
Maddie
This year Maddie has been into High School Musical and Music. She was pretty excited to get her purple ipod loaded with High School Musical 1 and 2 as well as Hannah Montana and Hilary Duff. She also got some speakers she can use to play her music in her room when she wants to dance and some High School Musical dolls.
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Peyton
Let’s see, she likes babies… This year she wanted a baby alive and a changing table for her babies. New dress up shoes and games were all just icing on the cake. (I think that as of this writing, the new baby alive has “peed” on every member of our family…)
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Koen
He has been talking about getting a choo choo train for the last two months so he was pretty excited when he scored the train table and all the extra pieces. All we had to do was tear him away from his chocolate and candy canes to get him to actually open his presents…
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Braden
Ummm… He didn’t really care about presents (which his siblings took advantage of to get to open a few more presents). He was pretty excited about his hammer table (look familiar to any of you Martineaus?).
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Brad and Brigett
We are diligently saving our pennies so that we can replace our flooring. We took it easy on the gifts and went with cologne and perfume (cologne for me and perfume for Brigett in case anyone was wondering). Hopefully within the next couple of weeks we’ll have some new flooring to show off.We all had a blast this Christmas and we hope you did too. Here’s to a great new year.P.S. You can go see more of our Christmas pics by clicking on the picture below:
Christmas 2007