Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Monday, January 29, 2007
Later we went out to dinner at Max & Erma's with Nana, Papa, Grandma, Grandpa, Jan and Doc. The girl's school was having a fund raiser where 20% of the proceeds from the bill went to the school and we also thought is was a good way to celebrate us almost completing a month of doing pretty well on our goals that we set. We had a good time and some good food.
Saturday, January 27, 2007
I called the drywall finishing contractor who had come out to our house about a week ago to give us a quote and left him a message asking him what we need to do to get on his schedule. This is the next step and I can't imagine how much better it is going to look after that part is done and then we will be able to prime it and paint it.
Thursday, January 25, 2007
Only a few more pieces of drywall to go. Cross your fingers that it will be finished by this weekend.
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
I came home for lunch today and did some electrical work and some minor prep work.
My Dad came over and we installed a new register and the drywall that goes around it. It was a little tricky, but as you can see we got the job done. I also installed another little piece of drywall before cleaning up for the night.
Monday, January 22, 2007
I also put up a few pieces of drywall on that wall separating the two rooms and ran a few electrical cables so that I can put up the last piece of drywall on that wall, hopefully tomorrow. I'm currently in training for work so I may be getting home later in the day but I also may get home early like today so we'll see.
Here's another picture of Kaden helping out. He's going to be a pro at this by age two!
Thursday, January 18, 2007
Dad had to get going to try and get his glasses fixed, the ones that I stepped on and broke the frames last Saturday. Sorry Dad! Then he was going with Mom and the rest of the Sisters to have dinner with my Grandparents who are celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary today. That is cool!
I hung a few more sheets of drywall and the closet is almost completely covered with drywall. Only a few more tiny pieces to go and then the ceiling.
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
I did some prep work on the back of the closet wall. It was quite unsquare so I was making some changes to make it square before hanging the drywall.
A drywall finishing contractor came over today and said it would be a $200-250 job to finish the drywall I'm hanging. I'll be glad to pay that and save myself the headache of doing that work. He said he could do it next week if all the drywall was ready. He estimated four days to complete the project.
Monday, January 15, 2007
I emailed my boss and told her I would be taking a personal day to clean up and replace the sump pump. While I was cleaning up and waiting for some of the room to dry I took apart the shelves in the laundry room since they needed to come down so that the new office space could be drywalled.
I went to Menard's and purchased a new submersible pump to replace the old pedestal style that we had. These are supposed to be quieter, which would be nice since my desk will be on the other side of the wall. I worked on this for quite a while but finally got it installed. I also installed a new GFCI outlet in the laundry room for the washer and the sump pump. They both had been plugged into an old outlet with ground adapters because the outlet had no spot for the ground from the plug. Oh dear!
After all that I decided that I wanted to get a few sheets of drywall hung before calling it quits.
Saturday, January 13, 2007
After wiring we installed insulation on all the walls that we could, there is a little problem with the wall facing the laundry room because there is no wall covering on the laundry room side and you shouldn't install insulation and leave it uncovered. There ended up being more problems with that room later in the day, it looks like we may need to take down all the shelving in the laundry room so that we can re-stud the wall so that drywall can be attached correctly (oh boy).
With the insulation and wiring being completed on a large part of the room the next step was drywall. After lunch, I asked my Dad if he had time to go and help me get some and bring it downstairs because obviously this is not something I could do by myself. We went to Menard's and picked up eight sheets of drywall and hauled then down to the basement. My Dad took off his coat and said he had a few more minutes so we decided to hang a couple of pieces. We hung the first three pieces on the longest wall and then I hung the last piece after he left with a little help from Megan. It looks great.
Here are a couple of pictures of Kade from Day 18 (I think). He is so into helping. We couldn't decide which of these pictures we liked the best so we put all three up.
Thursday, January 11, 2007
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Kade worked with me the whole time. He was so good, always bringing me something I needed or playing with my tools or his. The girls went home with Mom which made for a very quiet evening. Thanks Mom!
Tuesday, January 9, 2007
Monday, January 8, 2007
I also got most of the framing done on the last wall. I have just a little bit of work to do under the window and then I need to secure the wall in place.
Kade always wants to be in the room helping but today he has really been wanting to help hammer. He finally got his chance late in the day and he was very happy.
Saturday, January 6, 2007
Today there was a lot of work done. I got started around 9:30 and didn't stop until a little after 4:00. My Dad came over and we framed in the rest of the wall that will contain the two closets. It was a pretty difficult wall to frame up but we finally got it done. Only one more wall to frame. Yeah!
Thursday, January 4, 2007
Seems as if staying up last night was a major waste of sleeping time since Notre Dame failed to score another point after I reported that it was 21-13 at halftime. They are in a major slump (understatement) when it comes to bowl games. That is nine in a row they have lost.
Wednesday, January 3, 2007
Now I'm sitting here watching the Sugar Bowl and Notre Dame just scored to tie the score at 14. Hopefully they can pull off the upset! Shoot I didn't even finish this post and LSU scored to take the lead again.
Tuesday, January 2, 2007
Since today was the last day of my vacation and one of the last days for the girls vacation I wanted to find something fun and different that we could do. We decided to go on a tour of the South Bend Chocolate Factory. They have free tours that start at the top of every hour from 9 until 4 and they also have a small fee tour that allows you to dip your own chocolate spoon and visit the chocolate museum. It was pretty neat to see and the kids really enjoyed the samples.
Check out the photos at Flickr.
Monday, January 1, 2007
Today was a good start to the New Year. I slept in after staying up late to watch the ball drop then Kelly made some waffles for breakfast. My Dad came over for a framing party. We re-worked the wall that I had framed and gave us some more space for the bookcase that will hold the games. We didn't get very far before we needed to make the first trip (and actually only) trip to Menard's. We needed some Liquid Nail and decided to pick up the rest of the 2x4's as well. The kids all came along and we piled the van full of wood.
After unloading the van we went to work, only stopping for a short sandwich break around 3:15. We managed to get the longest wall (17+ feet) framed and the tricky little bookcase area pretty well framed in. We got a lot accomplished. I was very thankful for his help and enjoy spending time with my Dad.
We piled the kids in the car and van again and headed for Grandma and Grandpa's house so that I could take a look at their computers. Their Internet connection was having some issues as was my Dad's wireless card on his laptop. We got those straightened out and came home.
Kelly had a fabulous meal prepared for us and waiting on the table. We had salad, ham, sweet potatoes, wild rice, and home bread. It all tasted very good. We read scriptures and sent the girls to bed.
I finally sat down for the first time all day and got to watch the 4th quarter of the Rose Bowl, but it wasn't really much of a game at that point. I'm going to bed early tonight!