Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Remodeling Staycation

At the end of June, we were ready to paint most of the house.  I spent a lot of time picking out paint colors and was eager to see if they actually were going to look good in the house together.   We started painting the office and Adelaide’s room first.  This was a tiring process as Kevin was working during the day, and we would work really late at night trying to paint.  Thank goodness for my parents who brought us a home cooked meal one night for dinner.  It was a joy to eat something other than fast food again.

We marked boundaries for Adelaide to stop at so she would not come into the rooms we were painting.  She did really good with this and only got her hand in paint a few times.  Most of the time she would watch a movie; she loved “Let It Go” (aka Frozen).  Since we worked later at night, she would typically fall asleep at the new house before we got done.

After about a week of working at night and most of the bedrooms painted, we knew we would need some help finishing the rest of the house.  There were so many other things we could be doing while painting was being done.  Therefore, we decided to hire some help.  Kevin also took his vacation week off so that we could get a lot done on the house while they were painting.   

This freed us up to get odd and end things completed such as changing out outlets, light fixtures, hanging trim, and installing doors on the new pantry.

While all of this was going on inside, Kevin was ecstatic to see his shop started.  The house did not have any outdoor storage area when we bought it so we knew we would have to do something about that before we moved.  We decided that a shop would look good in the backyard.

Area for the shop before being cleared

View from the shop to the back of the house
Although we were not able to go anywhere for a vacation, this remodeling staycation will always be memorable for what we got done at the house.  We were very eager to move in after the week was over, but we had to wait on our kitchen to be finished. 


Monday, July 13, 2015

4th of July Fun

For the 4th of July, we took a break from working on the house and went up to the river.  Although it was a little stormy at first, it turned out to be a very nice weekend.

On Saturday morning, Adelaide’s friend, Clayton, came over to play on the front porch.  They found the Pop Its and had a blast throwing them down and popping them.

We weren’t sure what the weather was going to do so we stayed in a little longer.  This allowed us to get A’s bubble machine going.  She loved it!

When we finally decided to get on the water, we decided to go out in our friend’s Austin’s boat.  Adelaide loved it, because it goes fast.  Mallory wanted to tube and Adelaide decided she would join her for her first adventure out on the tube.  She seemed to like it at first, but soon decided she wanted off. 

Kevin decided he would try to learn how to wakeboard.  Although he gave it a good try, he was not successful.  Maybe next time! 

Making sure Daddy was OK!
The others had to show him how to do it.

That night, we shot fireworks.  Adelaide loved them!   We even let her hold a sparkler when we got back to the house.

The next day, we went out on our boat.  We took a drive down to Crooked Creek for ice cream.  Adelaide enjoyed a Pop Up and got it everywhere!  She was so tired from all of her adventures that she gave up and took a nap on the boat while we floated down the river.  (There wasn’t much beach due to the storms.) 

Pulling in to Crooked Creek

Once she woke up, we enjoyed some family fun in the water before getting out to go home.

Fruit Snacks!
No Beach = Playing on the Front of the Boat

Pointing to our Vehicle
I think the weekend was needed for us all.  Little Bit was not very excited on Monday morning when she realized that we wouldn’t be going on the water. 

Until next time,



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