Tuesday, February 18, 2014

My So-Called Life

I don't even know where to start, but I'm so tired of packing - blogging it is! We move in 4 days and I can't even begin to tell you where we stand with the house because I'm so overwhelmed by it all. Seriously, we were talking about kitchen cabinets and I started crying. We weren't arguing about kitchen cabinets, just talking about them. I blame the pregnancy hormones.

Our Valentine's Day consisted of Brian working from 6pm - 4am and Allie and I going to bed at 7:30pm. We worked on the house all weekend (besides taking a break for church and a belated V-day lunch celebration on Sunday). The status of the house is: DUST. I'll have to get some pictures when I go over there later this week but it is definitely not liveable at the moment.

I dream about kitchen layouts and painting tips. I am constantly thinking about schedule of construction/events and my ever-growing to-do list. I am not even trying to take it easy (which was the doctor's suggestion of how to deal with sciatic pain) because then nothing would get done! After ripping up the carpet and having rain for 2 weeks, we discovered some problems that needed to be fixed before we could move forward. I feel like this is just a whirlwind of events and we're going to look back on this and wonder how in the world we accomplished anything.

But here's the good news: Allie has been a champ for the most part. She's pretty content to watch movies while we work on the house. I mean, it comes in 15-20 min chunks of time, but between movies, crayons, food, and her dolls, she's given us a few hours here and there where I could help Brian. He finished the floor in the girls room and our bedroom so at least we'll have a place to sleep when we move in. My sister drove up from LA last weekend and basically hung out with Allie for 4 days so we could get all kinds of stuff done. The same sister and my dad are driving up this weekend to help us move.

And the best part? I still have 4 more months before this baby is born. Last time we did this, Allie came a week later and we still had construction guys installing cabinets so this is going to seem like a piece of cake.

Now, next on my to-do list: bake cookies. :D

Monday, February 10, 2014

And Then The Floor Was Gone

The day after ripping down the wall, we decided to tackle the floors in the entry/dining/kitchen area. Yes, I'm trying to spread out these home improvement-y posts because it's so not me and it's probably going to be pretty slow from here on out. So if I have to wait patiently for it to get done, you have to wait patiently to read about it. :D

Brian went at the tile with a breaker bar (which is a really heavy stick with a flat end for everyone else who has no idea what that is).

I didn't even have to tell him to pose. I am one lucky woman!!! :D

The stick-on laminate or vinyl (not even sure what it was) was a little tougher. The dining area came up in almost one piece but the kitchen area had to be pried up chunk by chunk.

This is where I decided to get down and dirty and help out with the demo (whereas before I had just been clearing out the debris). Brian insisted I just sit and rest but I was bored and itching to do something. Sadly, I don't have pictures of myself working, but I sat and tackled the corners and pieces of glue that didn't come up with a small metal thingy with a flat part at one end. Maybe I should ask Brian what that tool was called.

DISCLAIMER: This is not a home improvement blog!!! If you go to Home Depot, and ask for a small, flat metal thing to rip up vinyl or whatever, you'll probably get laughed at.

Taking a break

Anyway, once the carpets come up it will be ready for us to paint. After painting, Brian will start laying laminate and we're really hoping that goes quickly so we don't have spots that still need to get done after we move in BUT I'M TOTALLY OKAY IF THERE ARE.

Monday, February 3, 2014

The One Where A Wall Was Knocked Down

Well, we had a busy weekend. In between soaking up the last few days with Brian's family, we've also been trying to tackle some of the bigger things that he needed some manlier help with. And by manlier, I mean someone stronger and sturdier than his pregnant wife. I'm actually surprisingly strong, considering I lift 30 lbs throughout the day. Not to mention this 30 lbs takes the form of a very squirmy toddler so, it's more like 50 lbs.

Anyway, they decided to tackle the wall so I could just stand back and take pics while they brought it down. The way their house is set up, you walk into an entry way and you can either turn left into the "great room" (i.e. kitchen/dining/living area) or turn right to go down the hallway to the bedrooms and bathrooms.

Because there isn't a lot of natural light in their house, Brian had suggested removing the wall to make things feel more open. In a perfect world with thousands of dollars, we'd vault the ceiling. Alas, this is still their home and we're just renters that they very graciously allowed to take over the renovations for them. In reality, we love doing this kind of stuff so we were more than happy to take on the project.

That white panel used to be a window that was broken. Brian is going to drywall over it so it looks flat and the light switch will be moved there since we tore down the wall where the light switch currently lives..

View from the living room looking at the dining/entryway

View from the kitchen. And Brian's blurry younger bro.

My sorry attempt at a panoramic. Sorry. Photographer I am not.
The first up to take a swing at the wall was, of course, Brian's mom. It didn't really come down with the sledge hammer because that would've been too messy, but it was fun to watch everyone take a swing. Allie and I sat back for this part because I didn't want to embarrass myself. I mean, I didn't want to risk anything, being pregnant and all.

After the wall came down, we went home since it was already way past Allie's bedtime. But since Brian's parents were still in a destructive mood, they decided to tear down some hanging cabinets. I don't have pics yet since we weren't there but soon... We have to wait for them to clear more stuff out anyway to get some proper pics.

Tune in next week for: And then the floor was gone.