Sunday, May 26, 2013


There is this one corner. It has been bugging me every time it rains or the sun shines on it for a ling time. Well, since "mama ain't happy...". I tore out the wall. 

Look what I found--more cat pee!! Go figure. At least I went with my gut feeling. 

And to think, we are just about moved in to the house as well!

The boys bedroom is coming together nicely...

Liam helped Papa put a 4-prong range cord on the stove. 

Randy finished the wood floor and started the tile floor in the kids bathroom...

Soon. Soon I will be looking out at this view every morning in my p.j.s with a cup of coffee!!



Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Future Farmer

Compliments of Stacey..


We have carpet!!! At least upstairs we do :)))

Simple Pleasures

Wood floor and kitchen

We are bursting with excitement! We started the wood floor yesterday. After double checking for cat pee, we lay down the roofing felt (aka: underlayment of choice). Wood floor must be able to move. We chose to utilize a 30 lb roofing felt. Its much cheaper and gets the job done just as well as the expensive flooring underlayment.

Mow the floor! It is imperative that the first row is perfectly straight. Being off just a hair can make the entire floor off by an inch when you reach the other side of the room. We measured and snapped a chalk line. After checking measurements one more time, Randy was confident that he was ready to start laying the floor.  

Randy had me lay out the planks according to size. We opened four boxes at a time and made sure to alternate the planks to ensure the lot colors flowed smoothly together. 

Once the kitchen floor was completed Randy started to install the cabinets. These needed to be installed so we could have the counter top people come and draw a template for our countertop. Hopefully, they will be out tomorrow! 

Great job Randy!!!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Paint, paint and more paint

I have been painting for what seems to be one straight month. It seems like a long time, but when you consider the steps we have to take to successfully cover cat pee--it really isn't that horrible. 
First we had to scrape and treat the cat pee, then prime all of the floors, walls, base board, under baseboard, window frames, door jams, anywhere a cat can reach. 
Secondly, you have sanding and washing & more priming. Not to forget the repeats! 
Third, the first coat of trim paint. It takes about 4 coats to cover the molding and door jams really well without making it look like a mess.
In between we had drywall, skim-coating and ceiling repair happening so there was a LOT of dust--> translation, more washing and vacuuming for me and unfortunately more cat-pee discovered. Cat-pee really becomes noticeable when wet. Plus we had a lot of treading happening so I think some of the Zinsser BIN wore off. Sigh--more priming to do. 

Fourth, priming of ceiling--OUCH.
Fifth, painting the ceiling--BIGGER ouch. Talk about a kink in the neck and a great shoulder workout! 
Sixth, ceiling trim--it s easier to paint the wall color up to the ceiling paint than it is to paint the ceiling up to the wall paint--unless you are Spiderman. 
Seventh, review trim...sand, wipe down, paint.
Eighth, prime all of the walls that have had texture completed. Pretty much everything in our case. 
Ninth, argue over paint colors--->we actually didn't argue or disagree...much. We have very similar tastes. Natural colors. 
Tenth...trim out all of the walls 
Eleventh...roll on your paint! 
Twelfth...paint baseboard and touch up all of the door jams.
AND finally---touch up your ceiling paint where the roller decided to be difficult and spread its colorful love...:)

I have yet to complete the final step, but seriously! I am tired.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Mother's Day Picnic

I just finished spending some time with my oldest son Tyler. He is such a charmer! Ladies watch out!

I am also blessed that I could spend time with another family I love dearly. Bijou, B and my two "adopted" lovelies...P and C.

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The drywall is up!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Cookie Dough

We had a company come out to see if they could help mitigate by relocating and selling quite a few trees. I absolutely hate the idea of taking a chain saw to them.

Today Tyler asked "Mom what are all of the orange and white tags on the trees?"

I answered, "Those are the trees that someone is going to find a new home."

Tyler gasps and says, "but Mom! That's my favorite tree! I named him Cookie Dough!"

Ooohhh my sweet sweet Tyler. Mommy doesnt want to get rid of them either, but we need to keep our forest healthy.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

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Remember the room with wood panelling? I was cleaning up and thought it was weird how the previous owners had installed the panelling around some curiosity scored us a TON of time! Yup that's right...the walls are completely drywalled behind the panelling!!! Woot!

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