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Renovation Day 5

We got through weekend number five ON SCHEDULE (maybe even a bit ahead!).  This may have been the hardest weekend yet… I thought it would be easier/faster.  On Saturday we put up all the sheet metal flashing and trim pieces.  This was one of those days that you work your butt off but it really doesn’t look like much changed by the end of the day. Then on Sunday we put up all the sheet metal.  It comes in two foot wide sections and there wasn’t a single sheet that wasn’t full of cuts.  Even though we had the right tools for the job (grinder with a cutting wheel) it took longer than either of us expected.  I marked out the pieces, James cut them.  It took a lot of spacial skills and brain power to notch each piece of corrugated metal just right but I am amazed to say we didn’t mess up a single panel OR damage either one of our persons!  Monday we reserved to clean up the construction site, it was a good time for it now that the exterior is 95% done but also SketchUp has a small crew of people coming out to do a little filming (way cool!) next weekend, we thought we would be slightly less embarrassed if things weren’t SUCH a mess…  Monday was tough but we got things cleaned up and looking *better*, still construction-y for sure, but better! :)

I want to give a BIG thank you out to my mom and dad who took Hazel for pretty much the whole weekend and only returned her slightly damaged, fortunately it was in the form of a temporary tattoo of the rival team not actual damage :)

Next weekend we have a little break for the video crew and James’s niece is graduating then back at it with some drywall, then floor, then bed building then done!!

Some photos of the process and a quick video!

And because shes so dang cute, here is Hazel singing her tunes with Mariah, apparently her favorite!   :)

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Renovation Day 4

This was a pretty light weekend, the whole goal was to get the rest of the materials we need to finish the addition (insulation, siding, etc.) and get the openings filled in, one with a window, one with a door and one with  framing.  Since we don’t have a truck the material gathering is more involved than it is for most people, we have to borrow, so less trips = more planning and my favorite, a BIG shopping trip at the home improvement store!  It actually worked out well to be a light weekend because we had a lot of other things going on too, James’s family did family photos that I was roped into simply because I had a kid with the guy… go figure ;-).  It was a lot of fun actually though and we all went out for pizza afterward, Hazel had a BLAST!  The kid is a social butterfly and LOVES her cousins! We even had a movie night AND went to the park… AND stayed on schedule, I think we are actually a little AHEAD of schedule because I have been working on wiring and stuff through the week.

OH!  I don’t think I have been able to mention it here yet because of the broken computer situation BUT, we are having a little boy in October (or hopefully September!).  He’s been nicknamed Mr. T (Mr. Tiny) but we are thinking of names.  I like Miles, or Milo, OR Miler… Miler L. [James’s last name], then it’s like both have our family names go forward :)… just with a misplaced l (my last name is Miller) :).  In reality we have 4 more months and hundreds of names will run through the head… but right now he is very healthy, everything looks perfect.  He’s much quieter than Hazel so far, she bounced around everywhere in the ultrasounds, he just sat there, we almost had to reschedule because he wouldn’t even move enough for the tech to take all the measurements… I had to do jumping jacks and he just hung out… she was skilled and quick, he flinched ONE time and she was able to get what she needed!  I am definitely getting bigger too, everyone seems to tell me how much bigger I am this time :).   I think most people would be offended but I am glad, I had a hard time putting on weight with Hazel, I am glad to not have that to worry about!  So, there is the quick preggo update, we’re going to have a little girl AND a little boy and we feel super lucky, though we would have been happy with either!  And done having kids with either :).

We did go shopping, I spend $1,000 at Lowe’s, ouch!  It hurt to spend that much all at once, I don’t know the last time I have done that.  But to put it in perspective I remembered that my monthly mortgage used to be $2,200!  Made it sting a lot less!  With that also I got new flooring for my entire house!  The next weekend we are planning on siding things and making it look finished from the outside.  We are going to skip a weekend because SketchUp is actually coming to film us over one of these weekends, that’s exciting but will set us back a little… so I have been trying to get ahead of schedule through the week around nap times :).  So, here are some pictures: