Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Friday, June 17, 2016
Thursday, June 9, 2016
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Here are the photos with the walls taped and mudded.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Wow, did we come back from Great Wolf Lodge to a few surprises. Upon opening the garage, we were surprised to see both our outdoor shed equipment and our laundry room cabinets now sitting in our garage. Part of the this project was to upgrade our house to natural gas and this has disrupted more rooms in our house than we realized it would. We had been told to clean out the laundry room which we had done, but apparently the work in there was more extensive then originally thought. When we went to inspect, the ceiling was gone for the new gas pipe that was installed. Same with the shed where we have removed the hanging the bike they had originally asked us to remove, not enough. They removed all of Steve's shelves with all our gardening supplies on them, the lawn mower and all the kid's toys. Upon inspection there, we found the new pipe along the roof and sides of the shed, so it makes sense that they had to remove everything. Here are the gutted pictures of the two rooms:
Saturday, May 21, 2016
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Steve and I had a feeling that the kitchen wall we wanted removed was a supporting wall and that the new opening would have to be reinforced to continue to support the roof above our heads. Good plan right?!? What we didn't know, and our contractor discovered once he got into the floor below the kitchen wall, is the second floor where are kitchen is, was not supported by the beam below. Um, not good. (This we did not know to worry about.) Apparently the beam used when the house was built is not strong enough for long term support and although will probably not catastrophically fail, is still not the best thing. So after some back and forth with my engineering husband and the architect our contractor called in to calculate the safest way to support our house, we came up with a solution that isn't completely aesthetically pleasing, but really, when it comes to keeping the second floor where it belongs, a pretty good choice. And now we can continue with the remodel.
So today, they put the new support in needed under the floor of the kitchen to support the roof (yes, we are both reinforcing the beam on our bottom floor and the roof ) and soon we'll get the part needed to reinforce that lower floor beam. Here's the nifty beam they put in the floor which is now covered up with sub-floor. Luckily Steve got pictures before they closed it up for the day.
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
First off, I took before pictures but they are currently stuck on our SLR camera because I can't find the piece I need to transfer the pictures from the camera to the computer due to the chaos our house is currently in. So I'm going to use the pics from when we were looking to buy this house... 5? years ago? Has it been that long already?!?
Here goes Before:
Saturday, November 1, 2014
Friday, October 24, 2014
Saturday, October 11, 2014
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Sunday, October 5, 2014
This girl just turned 3!
So she’s not 3 in this picture, but I just wanted to show you were we started. She’s not even 2 months old in that picture. And look at her now:
3 years old!
I’m pretty sure this is the last year I can pick the theme for her birthday parties, and I chose to base it on the book We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Helen Oxenbury. Considering she is still talking about the bear hunt, I think it was a success.
Before we could begin the hunt, we had to make sure our hunters were prepared for the adventure. So we filled up on water, trail mix and individually decorated binoculars.
Once we were prepared and gathered together, we were ready to begin the bear hunt. (It was a beautiful day, and we weren’t scared)
First, we went through the tall swishy grass.
Swishy swashy, swishy swashy
Look ant Mia’s concentration while finding a bear print with her binoculars. It’s good to have someone so in tune with nature along on an adventure like this.
She found one!
Through the think, tangled forest.
stumble trip, stumble trip
Cece’s high steppin’ boot really helped her through the tough parts.
Over the deep cold river
Hop jump, hop jump
Lael’s curls gave her the extra bounce she needed to make it over the largest gaps between stumps.
Over the tall, narrow bridge
Shuffle stop, shuffle stop
These kids rocked this part! I was impressed with how fast they flew down this narrow beam.
Even Adi gave it a try
Into the tunnel
Wiggle squiggle, wiggle squiggle
What’s that?!? The bear!!!
We tried our darndest to make this bear the least scary we possibly could, but we did end up scaring a couple of the kids. However, I think they were so upset that we made the poor, innocent bear wear such a ridiculous outfit that they burst into tears. Fortunately, the sadness was short lived and soon the kids were clambering to get their picture with “The Bear”.
And then there was cupcake. The one thing Bri asked for at her birthday party was pink frosting, so that’s what I did.
Happy Birthday Baby Girl!
Random photo dump:
(No live bears were hurt in the course of this adventure)
(Some stuffed ones may have been slightly embarrassed)