Friday, August 29, 2014

Visitors!

We love visitors!  Especially if they are our parents, we love them even more!  Chris's parents came to visit two days after my parents went to South Africa.  We just don't like Davis to be without grandparents for very long!
We had a great time with them, and all got spoiled rotten!  Matt came for the weekend, and we went to Yellowstone National Park with everyone.  It was fun, but unbelievably cold for going in August!
Here are some pictures of the fun:

This is Davis waiting patiently for Grandma and Grandpa to get off the plane.  Ok, right after I took this picture, he had to run around the airport a little bit.

 We went to mutual on Tuesday night at the park nearby.  Chris and his parents decided to bring Davis to the park as well, and it suddenly DUMPED rain.  We went back to the church, and Davis was shivering, so we used some towels to warm him up.

And here we are in Yellowstone:

 Someone needed to get our and walk when we got out at this spot.  He played the game of putting arms in the air.  It is funny how much slower this outing became with him out of his stroller!





 We had to get out of the car a lot, and run with Grandma, or splash in puddles.  This is life with a toddler!




On our way home, walking with Grandpa:
Grandma and Grandpa took us out to eat at a yummy seafood restaurant in town.  Davis loved the alfredo noodles!

He also loved playing with his Grandpa and the computer.  That is pretty much his two very favorite things of all time!
We loved having Chris's parents come and visit and hope they come back soon!


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Remodel phase 5/6

Phase 5 and 6 are kind of together, because we got in a "rusch."  A little over a week ago, Chris decided that we WERE going to be getting carpet and moving our furniture into the bonus room before his parents come tomorrow.  So, here is how it looks so far:

The painting on the walls:
 And in the closet.  Done by me.  First actual painting job where I have lifted the brush.  Good it started with the closet!  Not TOO shabby!:
 Chris's awesome tiling job.  It fit just right!:
 And . . . this morning . . . the carpet layers came!!





So now, we need to put the furniture in tonight, and then put on trim and put shelves and doors on the closet, and we are DONE!
We have learned several things while doing this project.  Some of them are:
  • Doing a project like this takes more time, energy, and money than you can project.
  • We got more DUST and DIRT in our house than we ever thought possible
  • Chris, who I thought was not very handy, is actually an INCREDIBLE handyman!  He can do anything, honestly!
  • Having the right tools is a very necessary part of the project.  For instance, we got a texture gun from Home Depot that saved our lives.  My dad also loaned us a saw, and we got a power sander and a nail gun from guys in our ward.  These tools shaved WEEKS, maybe even MONTHS off of the project!
  • Youtube is a great resource.  It taught Chris how to do a lot of things in the project!
  • Having crazy, hair-brained ideas like, "Hey, let's make a closet," or, "Hey, let's put tile by the door," is a good thing.  
  • Taking the paneling off at the beginning was the best idea ever!!
It went from looking like this:

To looking like this:


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Remodel phase 4

Well, the bonus room is coming right along.  This week, we are FINISHING the painting and tile so that the carpet can be put in on Monday!  Wa-hoo!  That way, it will be finished enough to have furniture when Chris's parents come to visit.  Here are the walls, completely taped, mudded, and sanded.  Next step, texturing and painting!



 We found the original carpet behind the heater.  It looks like this.  Lovely.
 We also found some stickers behind the heater on the opposite wall.  The date on them in 1979, and they are still sticky!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

It REALLY is a Girl!

Today, we had our "big" 20 week ultrasound.  Now, I have had an ultrasound every time I have gone to my doctor's office.  But this is the "official" one to make sure that all the body parts are in working order.  And they are.  I can't tell you how wonderful that is to know as a mother!  Here are the pictures we got:




 A few 3D images, with her hands in front of her face:

 And here they are, 2D style:

Our doctor says that she will probably weigh about the same as Davis, which was TINY!  He was 6 pounds 5 ounces.  Reagan is in the 29th percentile, which puts her at about the same weight.  Weird that I have such small babies!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Remodel phase 3

Chris spent basically all weekend finishing mudding and sanding, and FRAMING THE CLOSET!!  We are super excited!

Thanks to wonderful family and friends in the ward, we currently have a rotating saw, nail gun, and power sander on loan!  We are grateful for friends and their help!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Remodel phase 2

The walls are taped, mudded, and sanded.  Next step: Make a closet.  I am super excited for this part!