Progress – December 9

So much has happened in the past seven days, it’s incredible!  I was really trying hard to post daily, but life took over and we were too busy!  My dad has started playing a game with me every day now.  When I show up at the property, I have to try to figure out what he got done instead of him telling me.  This all started Sunday.  The laminate floor in the storage room was VERY obvious.  After I looked at it for a little bit, he told me there were two things that he got done, but they would take “careful observation”.  I remembered him talking about being ready to put in the doorbell, so I looked there first.  BINGO!  The other thing took me a while.  I wandered around looking and looking, but I was having trouble finding it.  I wandered into Harley’s room, turned on the light, and I was looking around.  It finally occured to me that there weren’t any open holes in the walls anymore – the phone jacks are installed in the girls’ end of the house!  It’s pretty fun to go there and try to guess what has been accomplished each day now.  It’s like our own little “Where’s Waldo” or “I Spy” game.

Other changes that have happened . . .  the kitchen tile is now complete, grouted, and waiting for the grout sealer.  The countertop should be here sometime this week.

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My dad’s friend, Steve (who is a contractor), came over Saturday to put in the concrete shower pan in our shower so we can get started tiling it.

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Like I said above, the laminate floor is installed in the storage room.  So is all the trim, nail holes are filled, and the touch-up painting is done.  See that funny little “nook” next to Aaron in the picture where he’s filling the nail holes?  It’s the end of the shower  in the girls bathroom, and creates a perfect spot to store our card table and chairs.

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Remember how I said that we should have waited to paint our room until AFTER we ordered our bedding, here?  Well, I finally managed to get the time to re-paint our room.  We decided to keep the chair-rail idea from the girls’ rooms going, and we split our walls and will install chair rail between the two colors.  The top half is a very pale gray, and the bottom is navy blue – called twilight.  It is very masculine looking for now.  Fortunately, the bedding has little flourishes of feminine embroidery, and between the bedding and the window treatments they will soften up this room.  We both liked the old color, but this room now just “feels” like us!  We love it!

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Aaron and Dad decided it would be a really good idea to hang our mounts on the walls of the Great Room before we installed the laminate so the ladders didn’t damage the flooring.  After helping Aaron unload Goliath, Jason stuck around and helped him hang our mounts.  The first one to go up was Aaron’s buck on the vaulted wall on the kitchen side of the Great Room.  His name is NanaNanaBooBoo, and he was named by Katelyn when she was really little.  On the opposite wall, from left to right, are my buck, Aaron’s bull – Heartbreaker (one arrow right through the heart), and my antelope (pronghorn) named Percy.  I know the girls named my buck, too, but I just can’t remember what they named him.

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Aaron has been working so hard to get this deck done, and he is so close!  We ran out of decking material, and he is waiting for the additional material to come in before he can finish it.

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I am excited to see the changes that happen tomorrow while I’m at work, and I can’t wait to play my dad’s game again!

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