Wednesday, February 13, 2013

All (Un)Settled In!

We're about as settled as unsettled can be!  We've been in our home for just over 2 months, but it feels like this has been home for a long time!!  Now if only we were able to actually inhabit the whole house, it would be great!

We've been doing a LOT of fun work around here.  When I knew we wouldn't be building a house, I figured there would still be lots of opportunities to get the look that I was hoping to achieve through building, in a facelift type project here.

It's been a labour of love (for the most part!).  We've done most of the work after the boys are in bed, so it's been a lot of late night work, but that's how life goes.  I feel like we've painted the equivalent of two homes already - boy, painting white isn't easy!!  After two coats on the ceiling, 4 coats on the walls in the main upstairs rooms, taping and mudding and then painting the basement, I'm ready to put the brush down for a while!  The only problem is we're waiting on carpet for the downstairs, so we've been living/playing/lego-ing/vegging upstairs in our living room for the last two month, on very limited furniture (ie. two chairs!!).  Oh well, I guess that's why they call it a living room!  But I'm ready for the Lego to make it's way to another area of the house!!

I don't know about you, but I love a good before and after, so I'll share a couple of pics of the progress.
Thankfully Don has been pretty easy going about the look I was going for.  At times, even I was wondering if I'd miss the cozy, warm feeling that color on the walls creates.  But I'm glad I stuck with my gut!

So here is the 'Before' of the dining room - the only room that is mostly 'done'!!

 And here is part of the basement, in the process of being mudded!

And whenever the boys can, they LOVE to help!  Here's a little video of Nate helping us paint downstairs!

I'm sure you professional painters are cringing as you watch that ;)

Many more "Afters" to come....hope you like this sort of thing!  It's been good therapy for me!!  Looking forward to getting the house put back together again....

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Wipe Outs and other Sunday fun!

We had a pretty fun Sunday afternoon.  And even captured some parts on camera to share!

After church and a quick lunch we headed out to the big snow hill for some GT Racing. All four of us had so much fun, complete with one of the "older" boys hitting a few snow ramps, and then admitting he wasn't 10 anymore, and maybe should avoid those from now on!

Also, Don captured him and Nate going down on the GT.  He wanted to get Nate's expression as they went down....which was great, until they had a major wipe out!  But it was a fun one, according to the boys!

After some Timbits, Nate suggested we warm up in the hot tub.

Supper at Dairy Queen followed, meeting cousins and friends while we were there.  And then home to bed for the boys, and some Grammy entertainment for Don and I.

A fun day!  Good ones to have, with memories to keep close!
We don't have any more information on Nate yet.  We're still waiting on the team conference and their recommendation.  Thanks for keeping us in your prayers!!