Sunday, December 4, 2016

All Six

We finally took a family picture with all six of us. That's still weird. This is the totally unedited us - after church, in our empty front room, totally exhausted, somewhat rumpled, but definitely happy.

Friday, December 2, 2016


The floors are finally done! In a couple days, we can get rid of The Nest and move everything back upstairs. Kai isn't as excited as I am, but he is cuter, so he's the model for these pictures:

Mike is pretty happy his "bridge troll" will be gone...

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Almost There!

I took notes on our adventures in the hotel and in Estes Park, when we couldn't be in our house because of the floors, but it was just a little too eventful for me to manage posting about right now. (Just a little sampling: We woke up the first morning in the hotel to freezing rain/snow and a flat tire on our van. When I finally limped over to the tire place, I was informed that it would be a 5+ hour wait! Luckily, Brittany is awesome and chauffeured the two littlest and me around for the entire day - including when I needed to be at the school for a special event for Jon's class... I'm pretty excited for that girl to marry my brother!)
Our floors turned out to have some problems and have to have more work done. I am sooooo ready to get back to real life, but I definitely want to have things right when we're paying so much for them! The crew will be back tomorrow to do more work, and the countertops were measured yesterday, so I know we're nearing the end. Hopefully just a couple more weeks.
We have been working our tails off to get all the cabinets built and installed. Here's what the kitchen looks like today:

And some pictures from our "homeless" adventures: (the dog was sleeping on the steering wheel)

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Let There Be Light!

The electrician finally finished! (Got an un-recommendation if anybody needs one...) We spent the afternoon yesterday running around playing the "what's on this breaker?" game. Still got a few "mystery breakers" to figure out, but we'll get there.
And, because we're not good at sleeping, we slapped paint on the ceiling, kitchen, and front room, and installed our kitchen light fixtures.
Tomorrow, the much-delayed refinishing of the floors happens! We're in the home stretch!

(No, I didn't just happen to catch Mark with his eyes closed. He was pretty much asleep on his feet.)

Friday, November 18, 2016

It Got Cold

So we've been stuck in our "nest" today. The kitchen/front room look fantastic, and Mark and I are in the process of painting now. No pictures of that because the electrician is a lame-o and STILL not done. (He says he'll be here first thing tomorrow morning. I'll believe it when I see it...)
Here's some pictures of the little guys though:

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

What a Difference a Day Makes



We seem to have given some people the impression that we're doing all of this ourselves, so I want to clarify: We are working with a fantastic general contractor on all the floors, electrical, and drywall. We know just enough to know we can't do all that ourselves!  I've been super impressed with the guys that have been here working. They're very good at what they do, very professional, and just nice! 

The contractors' work is almost done. Tomorrow is the start of sanding/finishing the floor, and then they've just got the little things like installing baseboard and light fixtures. 

The parts we are doing ourselves: painting, assembling and installing cabinetry, and putting in the sink after the countertop guys are done with that. 

Originally, we thought everything would be done by Thanksgiving.  Unfortunately, it looks like it'll be the week after. I don't mind though - I hate turkey, so I have an excuse to skip it this year! :) But we will totally have everything done before my birthday, so I'm definitely making my chocolate torte in my new kitchen!

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Catching Up

No, we're not working in the kitchen today, but I have pictures that haven't been updated yet, so here they are! 

The front room floor: (they'll sand the whole thing this week)

I think it's WAY prettier than the orange-y wood that was so popular when the house was built...

Putting together cabinets! 

Mike came down the stairs and said it looks like "Santa's workshop for adults!"

Paint choices. Luckily, we drove back out to Ikea to see them with the countertops before we made the final choice. The countertops are brown, and make the red undertones look very pink. Not what I'm going for here...

Abi's church outfit today. We stayed home with sick Kai, so I had to take pictures to show off my pretty girl.