Thursday, February 28, 2013

Project 365

via Instagram 2/28/13: Sledding withe the AL crew and eMINTS friends. #p365 #emints

Kitchen Progress

We're getting closer to being finished but still a little work to go in the kitchen (laundry room next). I need to hang the doors on the fridge wall, touch-up the charcoal gray, touch-up the white trim, and pick/paint the entire room.

Michael is oh-so-done with it all, but being a good sport about it. He has told me no more projects and then remembered we have to paint the exterior. Boo!!!

FYI - last picture are the fridge wall doors set up to paint in the living room so we could watch TV too. I am a multitasker you know.


Clean Up Crew

We got snow the other day and before G went to the sitter he and Daddy did some clean up. It was so funny... Michael asked G if he wanted to go out and play while Michael shoveled off the drive. G said, "No, I shovel too. I need my shovel!" Then Michael said he would go get the shovels from the shed and G promptly told him, "No, I get my own shovel!." They spent 45 minutes cleaning and G "helped" the entire time.

Project 365

via Instagram 2/27/13: Packed more running stuff than anything else. Heading to the #emints conference. #p365

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Monday, February 25, 2013

Project 365

via Instagram 2/25/13: I found a way to paint kitchen doors in the living room. Think Mikey is glad ;) I would hate for him to miss any TV. #p365

Project 365

via Instagram 2/24/13: Batman has been gracing our presence a lot recently. He is always such a happy guy. #p365

Project 365

via Instagram 2/23/13: Perfect recovery meal after 26 miles. #p365

Project 365

via Instagram 2/22/13: Presenting at a gathering of eMINTS teachers in Springfield, MO. Was rejuvenating to be a part and to get to present with a great friend. #p365

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Project 365

via Instagram 2/20/13: Finding ice in my water bottle means very cold morning run. #p365

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Project 365

via Instagram 2/19/13: Lovin' the new shoes. Think they look fast? #p365

Monday, February 18, 2013

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Project 365

via Instagram 2/17/13: Late afternoon nap in Mommy and Daddy's bed. We were working on the kitchen project thinking he was watching the iPad. Guess not! #p365

Project 365

via Instagram 2/16/13: She's back ;) #p365 @chanti_b

Friday, February 15, 2013

Project 365

via Instagram 2/15/12: Thank you Halls for reminding me. May be my mantra for tomorrow. 26.3 here I come! #p365

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Project 365

via Instagram 2/14/13: Sweets from #1 Valentine. He knows the way to my heart. #2 Valentine sneaking in. #p365

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Project 365

via Instagram 2/12/13: Daddy's helper and the perfect Daddy. He's so patient. #p365

Project 365

via Instagram 2/11/13: Our poor boy has been sick but I coaxed out this sick smile. #p365

Project 365

via Instagram 2/10/13: Last in line wasn't so bad except that I missed great conversation. #p365 @rkeck

Project 365

via Instagram 2/9/13: Not just a day with my girls but the whole weekend. The best! @rkeck75 @anewrod #p365

Friday, February 8, 2013

Project 365

via Instagram Feeling like the oldest kid stuck in the backseat of the van. I can't hear a thing they are saying up front but the gaze of that sweet baby girl makes up for that. #p365 @rkeck75

Thursday, February 7, 2013

The New Counters Are In

There is LOTS more to finish but the counters are in and we LOVE them. They look great and feel even better...yes I said feel :) They feel so much different than Formica and they are amazing.

They are QUARTZ. I wasn't really into granite and quartz is a nice alternative even a bit stronger. We found them at Lowe's. They took about 5 weeks from order date until install. Not Bad! They are Allen Roth in Alloy.

The counters are installed and of course we ran into a few issues during the instillation but luckily our handyman was available and has figured them all out. Remember we are doing a lot of the remodel ourselves but the counters are done and here is how it looks.

Here is what still has to be done:
  • Paint walls (make final paint choice)
  • Hang tile (may pay someone to do this now - really don't want to screw it up)
  • Paint cabinets (and there are LOTS of cabinets)
Wish us luck. I hope it goes quickly.

Project 365

via Instagram 2/7/13: My talented lunch date. #p365

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Project 365

via Instagram 2/6/13: Step 1 of kitchen redo almost done (counters/sinks). Next comes paint and then tile. #p365

We Have a Swimmer

Maybe not a real swimmer yet, but we have a little boy who goes underwater on his own and LOVES it! Michael (and me sometimes) have taken him swimming a few times over the last few weeks and he is doing so great. It really has us looking forward to summer at the lake.


Kitchen Overhaul: Step #1

I declared a year and a half ago that I wanted to redo the kitchen before I passed 40. I knew I couldn't afford a complete overhaul with new cabinets and all so I set my sights on new counters, new sinks and faucets, painting cabinets (inspired by a friend's project), paint walls, and tile backsplash. In December, Michael finally gave me to the go-ahead to order the counters (the biggest investment) so I rolled and committed to the laundry room too.

First, I tested my painting idea out in our two bathrooms. I wiped the golden oak cabinets down with a no-sanding liquid twice, did some light to medium sanding, painted one layer of Sherwin Williams tinted primer, and two layers of their black oil-based lacquer.

Guest Bath Before
Guest Bath After
Master Bath After (sorry, no before)

Of course I didn't take pictures of the kitchen before the counter removal but I have many candid shots with the "before" that I will include in the final comparison however far away that happens to be.

Laundry Room
Kitchen Sink
Counter Top Sneak Peek

Tomorrow I plan to take pictures of the counters installed and give an overview of the steps to come.