Friday, December 16, 2016

Visit With Santa

Somewhere, 6 years from now, when I'm not expecting it I'll stumble on the absurdly expensive pictures that we paid for during this session. Instead, for now, we have this awkward angled and slightly out of focus version. 
Charlotte insisted on wearing her Santa Clause hat for the occasion and Grace was just skeptical all around but eventually made her way to the edge of the chair. 

Charlotte asked for a locket. Grace asked to "get down". 

Merry Christmas to all!







Saturday, December 10, 2016

Night in the City

We packed one bag and stuffed a night's worth of clothes for all of us and headed into the city to spend the night with our good friends.
The girls were thrilled to have a sleepover.  The adults we're excited to have a night in the city. Win-win.

Love visiting these two and watching the way that they dote on the girls. A wonderful night and I'm sure some quiet time after our departure was enjoyed by our good friends.



Thursday, December 1, 2016

Tearing Up the Old Floors

We found out about 6 months after we moved into our new house that the floors would need to be repaired. In part due to the lack of support from the original beam (replaced with an Metal I-beam in June) causing warping of the boards but also due to gaps between the boards which we suspect was caused from an old boiler that used to heat the house.

After a lot of convincing (not an easy task for Troy) I gave in and agreed that getting new floors was the best way to go. Work started this week.

This is a huge project, and one that we didn't have the time to take on ourselves so we've hired help. They started by removing all of the flooring. Using a saw they pulled it up in sections. Next they removed the sub-flooring where needed and began the leveling process.

Worth noting that the biggest surprise by far was a large hole under a corner section of the kitchen. It's walled off, not accessible from the basement leaving  one's imagination to wander....we're perplexed to say the least. In the hole was an old bicycle tire, a game piece from an old Sorry board game, and bits and pieces of trash. We'll likely be scratching our heads for a while on this one.

I'm standing in the "hole" in the picture further down. When the subfloor was taken up we discovered that the support loads under this area 1.) were in bad shape and 2.) were higher than the other support loads throughout the main level which would cause a leveling nightmare. The mister and I pulled nearly an all-nighter correcting the issue so the flooring guys wouldn't lose any time. Right about 2am, standing in the non-insulated "hole" next to the door  I was really cursing us for choosing to do this project in December.

But, things are coming along and I'm excited to get this box checked off.