Thursday, February 19, 2015

Finishing our basement

We had been thinking about finishing our basement for a couple of years.
Every time we had a guest and they had to sleep in the basement family room, we thought about it again.  Then last spring, we Ryan's parents were visiting and my father-in-law had to make the trek up the stairs to use the bathroom at 2AM. we decided it was time to take action.

Another precipitating event had to do with a casual comment I made about a TV.
Ryan has been dreaming about getting a bigger TV for years.
I have always maintained that ours is fine.
One day I said, "I think it would be nice to have a craft room and we could put our little TV in it and you could get a bigger one."

The next thing I know, the contractors are called, the hammer and nails are gathered and walls start going up.  For 3 months, Ryan spent a lot of time looking like this:  
Every step of the process was a huge mess.  
From digging holes, to putting up dry wall, to sanding the rough patches of the cement floors.  
Our house was in a constant state of dust!

One night when Ryan was sanding down the cement floors so much 
dust was coming up through the vents that it looked like billowing smoke.  
Our kitchen was so covered that we opted to eat dinner in the garage 
(it was raining outside) because it seemed cleaner than the house.

It wasn't fun at the time, but now it was totally worth it.


 Became this:
Guest bathroom


Became this:
En Suite bathroom

with this bedroom attached:

Our guests are now much more comfortable when they come for a visit.

But my absolute favorite place is this:

My craft room

Now that everything is completed, its time for me to get crafty.
Notice the white box in the corner?  That is where our smaller TV will go once Ryan gets his big one.
We have finally saved up the money but now he is waiting for the best deal...
could be another 6 months. :)

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Latest project

Dessa was doing some updating of her home decor.  Lucky her!
She asked me if I wanted this table.
I didn't have anything specifically in mind of where to put it but 
how could I turn down free furniture? 

I told her, "Next time you see it, it will be a different color."

I had been reading online about a gel stain.
I decided to give that technique a try.

While I still need some practice with the technique 
(next time I will apply less stain and do more coats), 
I'm pleased with how it turned out.

A little distressing and new knobs and it looks like a completely different table.

Always love myself a project!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Valentines Celebrations

On Valentines day, Ryan and I decided to go to a special lobster and prime rib dinner.
Rex, Dessa and Whitney agreed to watch the kids.

The dinner was delicious (though the servers were running around like they had never seen so many people...which didn't make sense because it was by reservation only...haha!)
As we left, they gave us a red rose.  

Apparently it hadn't had any water so it was limp and droopy.
The head of the flower nearly bent the stem in half.
I didn't think it was going to make it.  
However, I put it in some water and the next day it had perked right up.
4 days later, it's still going strong.

While Ryan and I were enjoying our dinner, the kids were making dinner of their own.

Personalized pizzas.
Makayla made an owl...Dessa and Whitney's obsession with owls is rubbing off on her. :)

Corbin's pizza didn't have a face but he made one himself. :)

Seems like we all had a great time.
Happy Valentine's Day!

Friday, January 30, 2015

Art Show

Last weekend, the kids had their artwork displayed at the university gallery.  
The theme was "Paint my World Blue"  

In addition to the art show they also had a ice sculpture bull.  It was pretty amazing! 
(Though the picture doesn't do it justice).
The kids each got a balloon and a cookie for participating.
It was a fun night out.

Monday, January 26, 2015

The start of a good day...

The kids brought this note and some toast into my bedroom one day last week.
They wanted it to be breakfast in bed but I was already up so I ate it at the kitchen table.
Such a sweet thought.

In addition to the note, they had also cleaned their rooms and put their breakfast dishes
 in the dishwasher.
It was a great way to start the day.