YAY! We started the floors Saturday morning around 10 am, finished up that day around 8:30 pm, and still had a few more hours left until they were done. My cousin Dan (who helped demo)also came over and worked for a good 6 hours. We installed prefinished solid Brazilian cherry. It was a naildown floor (not snap together). I'd do it again. I didn't feel like we really messed anything up until the last few rows (which were for sure the hardest.) Next up are the cabinets! (Also - the floors look a little darker in real life.)
23 June 2008
20 June 2008
19 June 2008
My mom and dad brought these back for the kids when they went to pick up Andy from his mission last year. Luke wasn't born yet but they got him a small one. Each one of the grandkids got one, but I don't know where that picture is right now. Here is cute Luke.
ps - each outfit came with a pair of blue socks which were more like thick knee-high nylons. I'm pretty sure I already got rid of them because they kept wearing them like they were normal socks (and they wore holes through them they liked them so much!)
(If you like High School Musical - don't read this post.)
We finally watched High School Musical and let me just say that it was as bad as I thought it would be. I have avoided watching it these few years, but since we've seen them doing the sequels over at East High we thought we ought to see what all the fuss is about. It was mostly a lot of bad acting, terrible writing, annoying songs, and who is really that lame that they think a basketball player can't bake or sing or be smart, etc.?
This is much better (but beware: it is made by SNL and you may be offended if you don't like humor of this ilk.)
To those of you who are friends of mine and like High School Musical - I still like you.
ps - the boys think it's awesome and have been walking around singing all the songs. That's what I get for letting them watch something I know is going to suck.
16 June 2008
I was going to complain to you all about how hard this is, but then we had a lesson yesterday about opposition and I decided to try to be a little more grateful and a lot less whiny about it. Like grateful that we're saving tons of money by doing it slowly (because everyone helping us has a day job and can only get over here after that.)
05 June 2008
I love to do girl hair. Just ask my 3 sisters and all their friends I made sit in the "beauty parlor" seats at the 80s bar in our house growing up. I begged them all the time to do braids mostly.
Posted by leigh at 12:37 PM
It was around 11 pm and we couldn't find Charlie in his room. Dan figured he was upstairs and started looking for something else in the big basement room (which is currently FULL of cabinets, appliances, furniture, window projects, door projects, etc, etc, etc.) He was looking in this lovely makeshift storage thingy (for excess kitchen stuff) when he found Charlie.
03 June 2008
since i don't have a kitchen, i'm in need of some dinner ideas for the next little while. here's what i have to work with: a microwave, a grill, a griddle, that's pretty much it. (we do have the fridge sitting in the dining room). any and all ideas would be lovely! thanks.
Posted by leigh at 4:23 PM
02 June 2008
I know what you're thinking - you're thinking, I thought you just started a new project called THE KITCHEN! Are you crazy?
thanks to this guy (my cousin Dan) and my own Dan for taking out the kitchen. I did some too.
It took quite a while to get the counter top out because it was 2-3 inches of concrete with a bunch of tile on top plus some boards holding everything up. Same with the tile behind the sink. The floor was a huge mess, but luckily it was held on by water-soluble glue (as opposed to tar - which a lot of our neighbors have had to deal with.)
Things I hated about the old kitchen:
the floor, although cute, was very difficult to keep clean.
no cupboard doors. although it seems like it will be great - everything has to be organized, and it just usually looks messy.
the stove with only 2 burners and an always too hot oven.
the microwave being on the floor.
the hulking fridge.
the counters were tile (sorry no pic) and very cute, but very gross grout.