Renovation Day 8

This was a hectic week, it crept WAY over from the weekend and Hazel and I pretty much worked all week to stay as close to ‘on schedule as we could.  I wouldn’t say we are ‘off schedule’ but it doesn’t exactly feel like on either… I am scrambling to stay above water, I would REALLY like to get done before the 4th!  Through the week Hazel and I did get all the texturing and painting done in her room, I even got all the trim boards up and painted and the lights hung in there (and working!).

Everything was supposed to wrap up so that this weekend was a weekend of demo.  I knew it would be a tough one, and it was.  We didn’t lean on any grandparents for babysitting so we handled it with Hazel and keeping her out of the danger zone.  Pretty much James did all the hard work, he kept being concerned about preterm labor or something… so he broke up all the tile, through the heat wires and through the concrete backer board under it all, the floors are all the way down to bare wood now.  AND it all got done on Saturday!  1.300 # lighter.  I actually thought it would be more weight removed but still, impressive!  When James was done busting it all up I cleaned it up and took the rubble to the trailer.

We also got all the wood taken out of the loft area, the bard door into the bathroom disassembled and the counter started to be removed.  Today I was even able to get in with a grinder, grind down the metal on the dresser which has gotten pretty rusty… and get it primed to be painted!  The house is in complete disarray at the moment and we are camping in James’s shop until we can get it put back together again.  I DID get a new chop saw for mothers day and James got a new stapler for fathers day :).  We are building quite the shop… We talked about having to build a little mobile workshop as a next project, that could be used for all of our future projects (container house and straw bale house), that could be fun.

Aside from that we did step away anyway and take Hazel to the zoo, she gets a kick out of the monkeys and the zebras.  I also had some family in town and we partook in a family dinner where Hazel got to be a source of entertainment for all :).  I hope this week can keep the same momentum so that floors are ready to be installed starting Saturday morning!    The fun stuff should be in the next update, I HOPE/think we have two weekends left and we can call it done!  Crossing my fingers!

Hope you are all well!

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Family Update 6.9.15


I haven’t done a family update in a while, I feel like this second baby is already not getting the same attention that Hazel has :).   I had my appointment though and he is looking and sounding good!  He is definitely getting more active and has the same schedule that Hazel did while pregnant.  He gets up around 11am, bounces around an hour or so then comes back for a party around 9pm for a few hours.  He isn’t playing back with the bumps yet like Hazel did but I can feel he’s getting stronger.  I am at 23 weeks and measuring big, I was very happy to find out, even though I feel much bigger this time around I am measuring exactly the same as with Hazel at this point.  Apparently my kiddos get their growth spur early!  We are kicking around a lot of names, Miles seems to have stayed at the top for a while now, we shall see as it gets closer.  I think boy names are harder, I think I said the same thing about girl names while pregnant with Hazel.  It’s a lot of pressure, I want something that could be funky but also would be professional if that is the path they took… It would be so much nicer if they just came out with name tags.  All in all this pregnancy is MUCHO easier than Hazel’s, I am not nauseous, I’m not HOT (I’m sure that will happen more later), I’m not stressed and I am not having a hard time putting on weight like I was with Hazel bean.

Today at the park a little girl (3 1/2) asked why I was ‘fat like that (pointing to my belly)’.  I said I was going to have a baby.  She asked why I was having another baby since I already had one…  This girl was at the park with her older brother and younger sister.  I said it was because I wanted one!  She informed me that her mom only wanted ONE baby so she only had one!  (her little sister) Her mom was totally mortified and I was just busting up, I am happy to not be the one who didn’t have a clue what to do (I’m sure my time will come with Ms. Hazel!)!  This girl clearly never thought of her or her brother as babies, they were big kids!   It was hilarious.

Miss Hazel is amazing, she’s a smarty pants.  She is starting to get really frustrated that she can’t talk, you can tell she really wants to sometimes.  She knows just what we are saying and as I get bigger I have found that I can use her as a task doer (go get my shoes, go get YOUR shoes, etc.).  She says ‘hot’, ‘hat’ (but won’t wear them!), ‘oops’, ‘uh-oh’, ‘shoe’, ‘mama’, ‘dada’, mostly she LOVES making animal noises.  We got a season pass to the zoo and try to make it down there once a week or so to check out the animals.  If you ask her what her favorite animal is she says ‘oh oh, ah ah’ [monkey] BUT if we are at the zoo and I ask she walks right to the goats!   She loves dinosaurs, she roars loud for them :).   I can’t believe how much she learns and how fast!  Every day it seems she has a new trick… today she mastered brushing her own teeth.

On Monday I was texturing her walls in the addition during her morning nap, she woke up just before I got done so I got her up then finished up with her watching.  Later that afternoon when I was doing the dishes she snuck into her room, grabbed a broom, uncovered the mud and started going to town texturing her own walls, so we worked on that a little together just in time for her dad to get home and take a little video of it :).

I think she’s pretty brilliant :).  She’s been getting to hang out with her grandparents most weekends while James and I work on the addition, she’s really been liking that!

James and I have stayed amazingly on schedule with the renovation, even with setbacks to it.  Originally I slated eight weekends for the whole renovation, we have completed 7.  One of those weekends we got no work done because it was our video shoot with SketchUp BUT, even with that we are on schedule.  Now, through the process, we decided to combine the re-floor project so I have added a weekend to the timeline to do all that which is pretty good if we can do all of that stuff in 9 weekends.  I will admit, these next two weekends will be tough work but hopefully we can stay on track, IF it creeps a little that is ok.  This weekend we will be ripping out all of the radiant floor and tile in prep for that part.  Through the week while Hazel naps and James is at work I will also remove all the wood parts like the counter tops, the bathroom door, the loft floor etc. as those are all being swapped out with the same bamboo that will be replacing the tile.  The tile is being replaced because it is not working the way I had expected/hoped and I don’t like my babies crawling around on an ice cold floor, nor do I like paying constantly to keep it heated.  The bamboo will work out so much better I think.  Since it is getting replaced though the wood tones will not look good (in my opinion) next to the new material so I decided to take on a little more and replace those at the same time with the same material.  This is a lot lighter than the current color scheme and should make the house look considerably different, I am excited to see if it turns out.

Alongside the wood demo I will be painting all of the steel trim that I have because over time it has taken on a new color and just sort of looks dirty all the time.  It looked great when it was fresh and new but now, not so much.  I will be painting it all white so it looks clean and disappears.  That makes me have quite a bit to get done through the week but I am hopeful, with Hazel’s help, we can do it!

We do have a small camera crew coming from Japan for the re-floor weekend, they are working on a documentary and have asked to film some of it.  I am happy to oblige but it may push things back a little, we shall see.  Our goal is still to get everything done by the end of June.  We have a trip planned to visit James’s family for the 4th of July, hoping to be able to come back to a fresh, clean and new house and then slow the projects down a bit :).

Denver dog is still amazing, we have been having record high temps so he is perfectly content sneaking up to the couch by the A/C whenever he thinks he can get away with it.  He had a great time with the film crew last weekend and was happy to get to be included in the fun :).  I feel bad for neglecting him so much lately, the weekends are usually our major dog park outings but with the reno his visits have taken a back seat.   We go for drives as much as possible and he will make it until our next adventure :).

I think that about covers things for now, I hope everyone is having a great spring/summer!