Saturday, October 26, 2013

Never Dull Moment With This One!

Bodey brings a lot of action to the table.  He's crazy, energetic, and you just never know what's gonna be next.

Like for instance, the time he busted out a window in our new house!  Yes, someday we will laugh.  I was in the garage when I heard an extremely loud bang.  I thought that better not be what it sounded like.  Low and behold, I walk outside to see a broken window... and kids nowhere in sight!  I just yelled BOYS!!!!  They both came running around the corner, Bodey just saying, "Just ground me, just ground me!" over and over again.  Booker claimed his innocence.  Somehow a piece of 2"x4" hooked to a sting got sling-shotted (that's a word now) through the window.  Seems like a step backwards in the house remodel, and the $295 repair job stung a little, but this, too, shall pass.

Last year at flag football, he was completely lost 100% of the time.  This season, he threw a touchdown pass, ran a couple of touchdowns, and pulled several flags.  He was on it.  Today, when I asked him how many flags he got, he said 3 and 1 tackle.  I said I thought he had another one and his response was, "Yeah, I saw that.  The quarterback dropped the ball.  That's when I was the rusher."  Slight improvement from last year!!!

And, most surprising of all, Bodey and school.  This is an equation that I wasn't quite sure what the answer would be.  Last year of daycare = total wreck.  1st year of preschool = my worst nightmare.  2nd year of preschool = improved behavior, no interest in academics.  Kindergarten?  Well, short of being told he needed to learn self control the first week of school, it has actually been (knock on wood), FANTASTIC!  He is totally digging it, academics and all!  Something has clicked with Bodey.  He is sounding out every word he sees, and says his favorite activity is reading.  HUH?!?!  Crazy, I know.  But, I'm so excited!  I've only had one call from the principal (for something I didn't really agree that he should have gotten in trouble for anyways) and his report card was fairly decent.  Great on all the academics... so-so on the behavior stuff.  :)  Either way, I'll take it!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Remodel Updates


The shop went up in 4 days.  I still can't believe those guys were so fast!

Ground Zero

Start of Day 1
End of Day 1
End of Day 2
End of Day 3

End of Day 4


So far in the livingroom, we have scraped popcorn ceilings, pulled carpet, raised the ceiling from 8' to 11', sheetrocked, painted ceiling, re-did trim, painted the walls and got hardwood floors.

Before - 8' ceiling, stained trim, carpet

Raised ceiling

It wasn't in our budget to replace all the trim in the house with the higher baseboard.  Thankfully, Pinterest showed me how to make faux tall baseboard.  Looked kinda funny at first.
But it turned out!



With hardwoods!


Dining - Before
Added chair rail and boxes
With paint and hardwoods
Kitchen - Before
Took out old countertops
Replaced with granite countertops
And siligranite sink
Dusty cut the panels out of these cabinets.  I don't really like them, but I need to keep them for storage purposes.  So, we are putting glass in the panels to help open it up.  Today the painters started on re-doing our cabinets!


And, we still have a long way to go, but at least we are out of demo mode and moving forward!  The basement is about 4-6 weeks behind the upstairs, but we hope to move into the upstairs after the basement is sheetrocked.  Oh, and then there's tile.  We have a lot of tiling to do, too.  And painting.  Ugh.