Sunday, March 16, 2014

House Progress: Spring Break Work Week

Taylor and I set aside Spring Break week to make a big dent in the house remodel.  It wasn't Disney World, but it was fun to make progress.  We knew it would be a big mess so the kids spent most of the week with Grammy and Bumpaw in Weatherford. 

 This is what our front living room has looked like since we moved in, only it used to be full of tile.  Taylor moved it to other parts of the house.
 This is our den leading off the living room with some of our new furniture that will eventually go in the living room but is currently in our bedroom.

 Here is our kitchen off the den and how it looked at the beginning of the week.
 So here was our plan for the week: 1. Scrape ceilings in kids' bathroom, hallways, living room, den, and kitchen. 2.  Texture those same ceilings as well as the bathroom and kitchen walls that had wallpaper.  3. Pull up the carpet in those areas with mess on it. 4.  Paint all of those rooms, ceilings and walls. 5.  Tile and completely finish the kids' bathroom.  We worked our tails off, but we accomplished all of that!
 So after the first day of scraping ceilings, this is what our rooms looked like.
 We got all the way through pulling up the carpet and getting that mess out of the house before Mom brought the kids back on Thursday.
 Then EVERYONE pitched in on the painting.  Mom is a master painter so she made it go a lot faster.

 We will be living on concrete for a while, but here is the front living room right now.
 And our den where our kids are enjoying riding their scooters and rip sticks.  We're pretty sure that is a blood stain in front of the fire place and have all sorts of theories about that!
 My newly painted kitchen.  Still need new countertops and backsplash.  Appliances have been ordered!
 And finally...the one room we actually finished...the kids' bathroom.

 This is how it looked before with carpet by the sink and linoleum by the bathtub.
 Here it is now with beautiful new tile, paint, handles, and accessories.

So there is our exciting Spring Break.  Today we rested!  Next up Taylor will start tiling all those areas, but it will take a while.  The house is definitely a labor of love!
Here are some side by side comparisons of the rooms we've done so far:


Saturday, March 15, 2014


The weeks leading up to Spring Break were very busy!
 The weekend before Spring Break Sophie was the Lightning Bolt in her ballet's Aesop's Fables. 
 Mom, Dad, Lindsey, Brian, and Carter came to watch her and we got to spend some time with this guy.
 He is on the move!
 The next week was the kids' big TRIYS presentations.  Sophie's group made it to the finals. Their project was on Light Pollution.
 JC's group did Xeriscaping. They didn't make it as far, but he was content with his bronze medal.  He had a good experience for his first year.
In the end the girls had to settle for silver medals, but they did great.
Coming off a weekend of ballet performances and company and then a week of practicing and presenting for TRIYS ( I had 4 groups in my own class) we were all worn out and ready for Spring Break!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

House Progress: Sophie's Room

 We finally finished Sophie's room! 

 This was her room when we bought the house.
Over Christmas break we let Sophie help paint her walls.
Months later...here it is!  Sophie loves it.   When we moved her back in she said, "This is one of the happiest days of my life!"

I'm happy with how the ceiling turned out, even without texturing it.

And Taylor did an amazing job on the floor!  He's getting better and better!
Next up...Spring Break work week.  We've got some big projects planned.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Rodeo Weekend!

 Hoe Down Day at school!
 4th grade musical
 Sophie's hoe down

 JC at his rodeo

 JC's hoe down

 That afternoon we took the kids to the actual fair and rodeo

 Rodeo Time!!!