Monday, June 7, 2010

Sunday Evenings

I love Sunday dinner at my mom's house.  Fortunately, I get to eat there with most of my family every other week.  Well, I guess it's only half my family.  But still, a good time.  We usually play a game or two after we're done eating.  Last night we were reminiscing and decided to re-visit our childhood instead of playing games.  Here's what we made...

I'm sure many of you don't know what this is.  You're probably not a Carter.  It's a potato bug house.  Still confused?!? Shocking!  When we were young we made mazes out of legos and put potato bugs in them to see if they could find their way out.  Sounds stupid, I'm sure.  But, it entertained us for hours as children, and for a little while last night.  Not all of my siblings participated in this activity.  I think it was mostly the younger ones.  It was fun to remember how awesomely creative we were as kids!

You bet we found a potato bug and put it in!

Did I mention I cut 13" off my hair a couple weeks ago?  Ugly picture, I know.  But I am loving the short hair.  I forget how nice and easy it is.  Man I look scary in that picture!  (It's the only one I have of my fabulous new hair...this was from the first day too!)

And no, our house is not finished yet.  They've just been mudding and sanding.  Trust me, you're not missing anything without pictures of it.  But, it is looking good and they should be done today.  And then Sam and I get to clean and paint. Yay!  Anyone want to help???

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Days 15 and 16

It seems like our house really might be finished by this weekend.  They said they will have to come Saturday to put the texture on the walls, but otherwise they will probably be done tomorrow.  I know!  I am surprised too.  But, I'm a couple days behind, so I hope you're ready for a lot of pictures!

There is no longer a hole in our bedroom leading to the loft.

The wall is almost completely done.

They got a lot of the new ceiling mudded.  Those were all things that they got finished yesterday.

When I got home today, my house looked a lot different.  I am loving it!

They started mudding around the new part of our bedroom wall, I know, it's hard to tell in the picture.  You'll have to take my word for it.

The wall is now completely back up, withe some more mud on it.

And, this is what the kitchen now looks like.  I know, it needs some paint.  It's got a multi-colored thing going on right now.  But, isn't it awesome?!?  It's way more open and light.  I LOVE it!

Last, but not least:

The last little bit of wiring that Sam did.  There was an outlet in one of our cupboards that he is moving to the wall.  So, yes, he's made some holes in the wall, and sure he's taken down about 5 cabinets, but it'll be okay.  The holes will be covered by the cabinets and the range when we move it back.  I guess he knows what he's doing since he works in a cabinet shop and they always do these things when they install.

I'm really loving the way that our house is turning out.  I can't wait til it's all finished.  Of course, I'm not really looking forward to all the dusting and deep cleaning that will be required when they stop sanding everything.  But, I guess it'll be worth it!!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

In answer to a question

No, we're not rebuilding the loft!  They will finish what will be the new ceiling while the loft floor is still there....for convenience.  They will tear out the loft floor last, so that they don't have to mud and sand the ceiling on ladders.  You will understand when it's all done, but just imagine that the old floor is not there.  Where the can lights are will be the new kitchen ceiling.  Maybe it'd make more sense if you'd seen our house before.  I don't know.  I guess you can wait for the finished product pictures.

Day 14: the fun conitnues

So, it seems like an eternity since we started this fun little remodel.  Though there aren't many pictures to be shown, a lot has been done.  The electrical work is finished, which is a miracle!  Most of it Sam was able to do himself.  I'm sure that will save us a lot of money.  So, I didn't take pictures of the day to day work on the wiring.  Not all that much to look at, I promise.  Yesterday the construction guy came over to start putting our house back together.  Yay!  He thinks he'll be done by Friday (in a couple days)...I think it'll be great if he's done by Friday the 11th of June.

See!  Our can lights are in (wired by Sam) and we have a ceiling!  Yay!

And this was a wall that we tore down. (Kicking myself for not getting before and after pictures of this wall.  It had some amazing texture on it.  A Quarter inch thick in places.  We decided it'd be easier to build the whole wall from scratch than try to sand the texture off.)  So the wall is half built up again already.  Happy day.