Sunday, March 27, 2011
Our bedroom spent the last two months like this.
It hasn't improved much. I did manage to find the bed yesterday.
My in-laws graciously opened their house to us. Without alternative housing this project would not have been completed...at least, not with our marriage intact. :P Kenton's mom sent me an e-mail right before we moved in which said, "don't worry about the house. It withstood our five kids, I'm sure it will be fine." Ahhh, blind faith. I hope she doesn't pay for that remark.
Five things, however, that we will not miss from their house: The frying pan, potato peeler, and Larry, Moe, and Curly. If I had been Davis this trio would have given me nightmares. Frankly, the idea of sharing pillow drool with Curly would have been too much for me.
I'd love to show you some pictures of the finished project but I could only find one counter that was easy to clear off.
Give me a month and I'll probably have all those boxes of detritus put away. It may be weeks before I find everything.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Grandpa and Grandma B. gave him the long desired Steelers hat.
He had Josh, Caleb, and Rachel over for pizza and to play the other night.
In other news:
- Jamison won a mile race run by our (mostly) K-5th grade church kids. He even beat Billy Bob (his dad) who ran in Groucho Marx glasses and steel-toed boots and carried Kaitlyn for 1/8 mile. Don't ask... :P
- Kaitlyn ran almost 3/4 of a mile.
- Soccer season starts in a week meaning that gymnastics will probably be over for awhile. Megan started gymnastics in the fall. Her dance teacher moved away so that was no longer an option. Her constant flipping and tumbling made gymnastics a good way to teach her to do it safely. We didn't realize all that it involved or I don't think we would have headed that direction. WARNING: gymnastics moves rapidly toward competition and $$$. She finished one 8 week session and got bumped to the next level. Finished the next session and got bumped to pre-team. Pre-team means two trips a week and moving toward competition. We didn't anticipate this. However, Megan has three characteristics that make it a pretty good sport for her: she's fearless, persistent, and STRONG. (I'm always surprised to see my seven-year-old with biceps.)
- Kaitlyn LOVES gymnastics and is dying to participate herself.
- In the stupid-things-I-have-done-lately category I won the grand prize yesterday. It started out as a gray, morose day but by afternoon was cloudless and sunny. It NEVER occurred to me that this is spring in Appalachia. The van was smelling a little funky so I left the windows down. About an hour later the sky darkened, the driving rain was accompanied by marble sized hail and I watched and never once in fifteen minutes thought about those open windows. That funky smell is more intense than ever. I guess I deserve it.
- Our countertop came early. Kenton installed it, the sink, the stove, and moved in the old fridge and dishwasher yesterday.
- Our project is getting close to completion. We are still married. We do not anticipate needing marriage therapy.
More pictures later...
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
I've really missed my piano while the living room was being done. It was shrouded in plastic and I wasn't able to get at it. After dropping mom off at the airport, I came home, sweet-talked my husband into putting the pedals(you know, sustain, damper, and that other one whose purpose I never figured out - not to be confused with those old pump organs) back on and played (butchered - I haven't practiced in a month) Christmas music for an hour. Don't you wish you'd been here? It was more like Blue Christmas than Holly Jolly. :P
I have a bunch of errands for tomorrow but the rest of the week will probably be dedicated to the preservation of wood trim...otherwise known as staining and painting. :)
Monday, March 14, 2011
The bathroom got a new coat of paint while waiting.
The living room looks bare without furniture. It worked out better to redo the floor with the room empty and made a convenient place to stain and varnish trim.
The project is winding down. Now we're playing the waiting game with some trim, wainscoting, and linoleum.
Wanna take any bets how long it will be until EVERYTHING is actually completed?
Monday, March 7, 2011
Naptime has been a little...haphazard. Sometimes our little one doesn't make it until bedtime. Sometimes she just makes us pay.
Don't you love our fashion queen? She does make a statement. What that statement says I don't think I want to know.
Part of the house has new siding. It will probably be awhile until it all matches. At least the color is similar.
Dad left Sunday. Mom decided to stay an extra week to help and fly home. Dad wanted the painting mostly done so he could install lights and outlets before he left.
Ken came to help again...or maybe just to keep cracking the whip and keep us moving.
Are you wondering about the paint roulette?
I think I won. I think once everything is installed it will be perfect. The kitchen is a medium yellow. I know, I know, I just got rid of horrid mustard yellow, but I like this....I think. I think the cabinets will be pretty nice, too.
Yep, I should have turned on the lights before I snapped this one.
The dining room is full of cabinet boxes and painted a really boring shade of cream. It's nice.
If you want the full paint confession, I will admit that the path to perfect living room paint eluded me. It's been redone. BUT it doesn't really count, does it? After all, it's not remodeled...just freshened. :D
Friday, March 4, 2011
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
- The drywall first coat of mud or whatever is done.
- The wainscoting is on back order.
- The trim is ordered.
- Mom's sanding the basement door.
- The radiant floor heat is finally on.
My parents are planning to leave on Sunday morning. Dad has an electrical code class he needs to be home for on Tuesday. It's kind of a bummer that after all their hard work they won't see much of the finished product until later.
Our milker is out with fluid on the elbow. Six weeks ago when he had the same thing he was out for a week. That's going to take a huge bite out of Kenton's availability.
I didn't want to be one of those people who demanded her own way about everything. Consequently I'm worried that this is going to end up looking like a huge hack job. The only thing I take sole personal responsibility for is the stove.
The sky is blue and so am I.