Friday, November 30, 2012

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Impromptu basement remodel

On Thanksgiving morning I asked N to run downstairs and grab me a roll of paper towels.  When he comes back upstairs he asks me how long the water heater had been leaking.

There was a big (Costco size) bag of paper towels in that corner between the dryer and the cabinets.  I had not noticed a leak when I was down there doing laundry so I honestly had no idea how long it had been going on for.  As it was Thanksgiving we decided it was best to tackle the NEXT day.

Molly and I got up and went to the movies with some friends while N went to Lowe's.  He picked up a new water heater and started the process of draining the old one.  It took FOREVER.  He started the process around 10 in the morning and it was almost 7 pm by the time we were able to drag the old water heater upstairs.  In the process of draining the water heater N decided to see how far the water damage went.  Goodbye old cabinets.

Since N had spent all day Friday dealing with this I told him to make plans for something fun on Saturday.  His idea of fun was a 14 mile bike ride that took 3 hours, with a 2,200 foot ascent/descent, and burned 2000 calories.  Needless to say nothing happened with the basement Saturday evening.

Then on Sunday N went to Lowe's again to pick up some metro racks to replace the torn out cabinets.  Then N got some ideas.  He decided (this is SUNDAY) to tear out ALL of the old cabinets, seal the floor, and paint the walls.  Something I have to admit we had talked about before, but never with such spur of the moment intentions.  My hesitations were the fact that we are dog sitting starting tomorrow and that I'm hosting a cookie exchange on Sunday.  As the entire contents of the basement were placed around the house I could only shake my head and focus on the nice end goal of having a clean basement with much more storage.

Now I had not really used the cabinets N had already torn out from water damage.  I had a few plastic bins piled on top of them with a card table set up in front of them to sort laundry.  So getting new racks that I could use in that area was already a big plus for me.  Once N decided to tear everything out I knew there was going to be a LOT more room down there.

Here is the back wall (my Costco storage area) before demo and still relatively stocked:

During demo:

Post clean up/hose down/shop vac'd:

Next step was floor sealer which N also planned to use on the walls.  He told me it was cement color.  Apparently we have two different definitions of cement as I was thinking along the lines of our cement driveway which is MUCH lighter.

N finished sealing the floor while we "discussed" wall paint options.  I picked up a pale yellow paint last night and N was able to finish the back wall.

The plan for tonight is to get racks up on this wall and move the contents of the basement back downstairs before we have 4 dogs in the house starting tomorrow.

Oh, and in case you were wondering what happened to all the demolition materials...

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Harris family

The Harris family was in town for the holiday weekend.  They came over for a few play dates.  The kids had fun running around the back yard and we also took them down to the Rose Garden.

Thursday, November 22, 2012


N took pics with his camera, but for now... 

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Not spoiled at all

Think Brave.

Molly is Merida.

N is Angus.

Angus is the horse.

Any questions?

Cone head Molly

Molly, ze artiste!

Molly was taking pictures with my iPhone yesterday. I love that she's playing with shadows here.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

"Step on a crack... "

"... break your mother's back."

While I appreciate the sentiment darling... could you speed things up a bit?  It's taken you 10 minutes to get down this hallway.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Yay for daughters!

Molly: Mommy are you OK?
Me: I have a bit of a headache sweets.
Molly: Come here mommy. Put your head in my lap and I'll tickle your forehead.

Monday, November 12, 2012

"I'm a scuba diver."

Molly came up to me with this set up and said, "I'm a scuba diver" and then proceeded to make Darth Vadar breathing sounds.  

Sunday, November 11, 2012

The ride from Grandma's is just long enough...

Little one spent the night at Grandma's and apparently had a lot of fun. She passed out hard on the drive home.


Molly was super bummed when the Halloween decorations were taken down. She wanted to know why no one was decorating for Thanksgiving. So we stopped by Michaels and she made this wreath kit.

Christmas should be interesting.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

School day/work day

School day for Molly, work day for mommy.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Another skill

Not only does Molly like to put her hair up (see previous blog post) she's also quite capable of combing it herself. Post bath time. In the morning. Unless it's crazy tangled Molly can take care of it herself.



Should I be concerned by this?

Molly, the hair stylist.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Front Flip

This was taken at The Little Gym at Emily's birthday party.

Birthday Party #2 of the weekend

The second birthday party of the weekend was for Miss Emily at The Little Gym.