Friday, September 30, 2011

oh my have we been busy!

remember those old yuck covered wood floors?
well, we worked on them almost non stop this week, we fell in bed late at night exhausted, but our hard work has paid off!  Thanks to all who help us this week, you were a blessing!
Thank goodness for smart phones, so we can look up answers to our questions!  Our general contractors wife had a stroke on Sunday,{that is why we were googling stuff rather than ask the G.C.} she has something called Patent Foramen Ovale, she is doing well, although she will need some physical therapy, and she has to have open heart surgery next month.  Please keep the Cook family in your prayers!
20 grit sand paper!  ouch!
We found oak floors in the kitchen,
and douglas fir in the living and dining rooms...
 Dust, lots and lots of dust!
Finally, we were able to start staining!

and I spent all day today putting on the first coat of polyurethane!  Only 2 more to go...ugh..
We were also able to get the vanities and linen closet in the upstairs bath.  Hopefully we will have a fully functioning bath by next week!  Our washer and dryer were delivered today too!
Ryan is working on carpet right now, oh, and in all of our "free time" we are packing up the house getting ready to move! 

Thursday, September 22, 2011


We have nice new drywall everywhere on the main floor!!!

We had a mishap in the bathroom so it needed to be skim coated.  I was the lucky one who got to do the job!  Amazing how many skills I am gaining during this remodel, not really good at any of them, but oh well!
Once we had the walls smoothed out, we still had to prime.  Lots of white!  Christi came to help, and she was good at cutting in.  I do not have a steady hand for doing that.  Barb, Kendra and my sister Steph also came to help.  Thank you ladies!  

The living room with primer...
the kitchen without!
Ryan and I covered with primer after spraying the entire first floor!
That is the way to go, it went so fast!
Finally it was time for some color!  The girls light pink room.
Dylan and Jayden's khaki room...
Spencer and Easton's greenish room...
our gray hallway...
Steph painting my door!

The girls entertaining the girls!
I love color!!!
Ryan has been busy putting up the trim that my mother in law painted!  It's coming around!!!  Tomorrow we are laying linoleum, and finishing up the trim upstairs!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Jaydens first duck...

 He was pretty excited!
 Successful hunters and their proud daddy!

This picture cracked me up, Ryan took this with his phone while hunting, look at Easton's face mask, {they're all looking kind of funny,} but Easton...crazy kid!
Ryan took the boys hunting this morning for the youth duck season and Jayden shot his first duck!  Dylan shot 2.  I had said no hunting until we were in the house, however, I couldn't deprive my boys of this day, and besides, they were back by 9 AM!  And then we were off to work on the house. 

Sunday, September 11, 2011

school and more...

I sent my firstborn off to school last week for the very first time!  I thought I was gonna cry...he is 13!!!  I don't know how y'all do that with a 5 year old!  But, it was time, he was ready, and is having a great time thus far!  Things are going well at home even with out him being there, we miss him, but know he is where he needs to be.  He is in the 8th grade at a small Christian school at our church.

Anaya started pre-school (home school) this week, and it was pretty funny because she just didn't get the concept of home school.  I read her book, worked on her letters with her, did some art, etc... and when we were done, she asked when she was going to pre-school!  Since she is getting to be such a big girl, I let her skip her nap.  She was so excited, but it didn't take long and she curled up and fell asleep in the chair!  All that learning tuckered her right out!
Jayden is in 5th grade, Spencer is in 3rd and Easton is doing 1st grade all at home!  So, we do school in the morning, and when we are done, we head over to the house and work. 
We had a very generous couple decide to buy drywall for the rest of the walls in our house!  So, it was delivered and we hauled it all in and hung it.  That stuff is HEAVY!  But, now we have beautiful drywall on every wall of our house!  We are hoping to get that drywall mud started and finish up the rest of the mudding this week, then we can start to paint inside!!!
even the girls were 'helping'

While I was busy painting the garage, Anaya came running to me saying there was an "ammamal"{animal} crawling by the barn.  She was very excited and I asked her if it was big or small and she said "its big!"  So I stopped painting and went to check it out.  This is her animal.  A caterpillar!  Not really what I was expecting to see, after all, I don't think I would classify that as an animal nor would I call it big, but then again, I am not 4!
hauling in more drywall...

drywall going up!

My dad has been working on our porch, here are the posts he had made, aren't they beautiful!  Now I wish they were all getting replaced!  But, that too is expensive, and we are trying to stick to the budget, so only the rotten ones are being replaced.
here is one of the rotten posts.

Doesn't that drywall make it look so much better!  I LOVE it!
Our garage is primed and painted and looks SO MUCH BETTER!

Pastor Mark made all of my cabinets.  Dylan helped him for a few days and they cranked out some beautiful work!  He has amazing woodworking talent, and this weekend he started painting them.  So exciting!!

Tonight we had the senior high youth group at our new house and the focus was on prayer.  We prayed over each student, and we did a prayer walk in and around our home and property.  Such a huge blessing!  Thank you Lord for this place and these people we are privileged to work with.