Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Out with the old part II

 Today is the day folks that you get the rest of the kitchen! Just kidding! Not yet, patience Iago. After the counter tops, came B's back splash. I say B's because I was totally indifferent to having one. B really wanted one and thought it would make the kitchen look a lot better. A lady that B works with, is married to a tile man. B asked her how much her husband would charge for a back splash. She told him between $500-$700. He doesn't buy any of the material either. So, we would be paying him for labor only. We had never priced out the materials needed for a back splash but we were sure that it wouldn't cost that much. We were right. All the tile and mud stuff and grout and caulking and spreader thing for the mud was a lot cheaper than tile man wanted to charge us. We were going to wait until the next Monday because B was on call for the weekend. He didn't want to start on the back splash and then get called in whilst he was working on it. Well, on Friday the guy from our ward that has helped us out a lot with projects around our house called B and asked when we were going to do the back splash. B told him that he was on call so we were just going to wait until Monday and start on it. This guy told B that he couldn't help us on Monday because he would be at work. B told him that was ok, we wanted to try and do it ourselves anyway and we didn't want to take him away from his family so we would just do it Monday. The nice fellow told B that that wasn't a great idea and that his wife and kids would love to spend the day at our house on Saturday and if B got called in, they would just finish the back splash for us. B tried to tell him no, that we really wanted to wait until Monday and he just wouldn't let it go. So, we ended up buying all of the supplies on Friday night, picking up the rented tile saw early Saturday morning and busting out the back splash.

 You might be shocked to know that in this here town that we live in, there's no tile store. There's a home depot, but if you have a question you never know what kind of answer you'll get from home depot. Anyway, the only reason we knew to sand the wall was because we called a tile store in northern Alaska and they told us that the wall has to be rough so the mud will stick. B was very excited to add a sander to his minuscule tool cluster. Looky there! A snippet of exposed counter top! Just a little taste of the amazing reveal to come!

A lot of the day was spent out using the tile saw. The guy in our ward told us to just buy one. He's crazy. Do people in real life just go out and buy a saw? We've noticed that saw's are not inexpensive so renting one for $30 was the way to go!

Putting the mud on the wall. Ok, confession time. I don't really know if it's called mud. I just try to sound like I know what in the world I'm talking about but honestly, I usually don't. 

Pushing the tile onto the wall. We really thought that we would be able to bust this back splash out in about half a day. We got the bigger tile thinking that it would take less cutting and we would be able to just line them up. Ya, it took a lot longer than we thought. B was so thankful that P from our ward had insisted on helping us. He helped a ton and when one brain would get stuck on how to measure for a tile to make it look good, the other brain would come get involved and they would figure it out.

Trying to figure something out. This little section of the wall took for-ever! Truly, hours were spent trying to figure out how to line them up and make the right cuts around the bottom of the cabinets and around the window. While they did the back splash, I was in charge of taking pictures, taking care of the littles, making the working men lunch and talking to the lovely folk that were driving down our street and got hit when our amazing oldest son went flying off the sidewalk on his bike and rode right into the side of their car. Thankfully the lady had noticed K and had come to a complete stop so he hit a stopped car. But, he hit them hard enough that he flipped over the front of his bike and landed on the ground. He smashed their headlight and left a tire mark on the side of their car. Needless to say we are so so thankful that he didn't get hurt and that the lady wasn't flying down the street like so many cars do.

This was a wonky angle. They had to go around the outlet and the window. It took more than one attempt to figure out the template. I think it's a stroke of genius to use paper to make a template so that they didn't waste tile after tile trying to get the angles right.

We had to wait two days for the tiles to set before B could grout it all.We were virgin grout mixers and like so many other things, it took us awhile to figure it out. But, after the second or third time, we were professionals! He was able to smash the grout in where it sat drying for a day.

After the grout had dried, he was able to caulk it. Once he was done with that, I went through and sealed the grout. Now, hold your breath, here it comes!

Doesn't it look so lovely?! Ok, I know that with those awful honey oak cabinets that it doesn't look that great. But we aren't done yet peeps. I bet you can imagine what the last step to our kitchen fix is. You guessed it! Cabinets! But that post will have to wait. Don't lose faith in me yet, there's still one more picture that I can hardly wait to show you!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Out with the old Part I

I know, the mind reels to think that I would actually write two weeks in a row. Let this be proof that miracles haven't ceased! Let's get on with it shall we? The time has come to finish what we started with our kitchen! It took a few weeks so you get the update in stages. Not only will that give me something to write about another time, but then you'll have to wait in the same anticipation that we did as we waited for things to get done and installed. First up are the counter tops.
 For your viewing enjoyment, let's start at the very beginning. Here is what it looked like with a horrible, totally unnecessary wall. That was the first thing to go.

 Yay! The wall is gone and so is the awful green paint. The tan only brought out the ugly cabinets so

 We changed it to grey. Well, in the can it was grey but on the walls it looks purple so, that's not great but we're tired of painting so the purple walls stay.

 Taking out the floors was next. This floor project took almost a year to happen. We didn't realize how much flooring is. Live and learn folks. If you don't want a hole in your floor for a long time, make sure you have the money for a new floor prior to taking out a wall. Just sayin'.

 The wood floor goes in. Aw wood. Nuff'said!

The floors all done and looking spiffy. Now we come to the counter tops! Another year goes by and then...

Demo Day Night!
Lifting a cast iron sink out of it's hole is heavy! Thankfully, I have muscles like Superman and I was a huge asset to this little endeavor and B didn't feel like he lifted the entire thing by himself. 😉

 After the sink was out of it's hole and taken outside, it was time to remove the old counter tops. The counter top place said they would be happy to do the demo for a $600 fee. B threw his head back and laughed his evil laugh before he told them he could do it in his sleep! Ok, not really. The lady told him that it would cost $600 to have them do it, we had flash backs to taking out a wet bar and had total confidence that we, (now when I say we, we all know that I mean B right?) could take off these here counter tops without a problem at all. B remembered he has a 30 pound sledge hammer and knew counter top removal would be a breeze with that baby!

I keep telling him that if his hospital gig doesn't go as well as he planned that he could totally be a demo guy.

Besides being picture taker, my job was to go around the cabinets and pull the nails out that got left behind. Yeah, that didn't go so well for me. After spending at least 3 1/2 minutes trying to take out one nail, I decided enough was enough and I watched in awe as B went along the cabinets and pulled the nails out like it was no big thing.

Then the next morning...
The counter top guys came! I am way over granite. I feel like it's in every house and it's usually dark. Our little kitchen is not a great place to have something dark. We picked a quartz that looks like marble. Not that we were trying to get the look of marble, we weren't we just liked the grey through the white. Annnyway, they carried this up the stairs like it didn't weigh anything. I asked if it was heavy. They said that quartz weighs between 15-17 pounds per square foot. They said that this piece isn't too bad thanks to the sink hole that takes out about 100 pounds of the overall weight. 

They put it down and then had to slide it into place. Once it was in place they both said they weren't looking forward to carrying in the other piece. I asked why and they said it was a lot heavier.

They kept the wheels on it so once it was up the stairs, they could roll it over to the cabinets. 

They said that this piece weighed about 500 pounds. I was amazed that they didn't drop it. But then again, I can only bench press about 26 pounds. No lie folks. They got it on and secured it in place. I have no idea how they did it because I may or may not have been reading while they did that part. All I know is that they were here until almost 3:00. They shook my hand and went on their merry little way. 

We didn't want to pay them to plumb the sink. If I remember right the lady said that to have their plumber come it would cost us over $1000. B said he could figure it out. He did. And it didn't even take him forever. What a guy! I forgot to take a picture of just the counter top because that's not the last thing we did. Hold on to your knickers folks, a picture is coming. I leave you in suspense so you'll come back! I imagine it's like a cardiovascular surgeon recommending that his patients eat fast food, it's job security, get 'em to come back! 

Wednesday, May 31, 2017


Aw, the blog. Where has the time gone? My high hopes of staying on top of it have been dashed. I think about it a lot and then see my book sitting on the hot chocolate table and the book wins out almost every time. But, today is the day! April brings with it, Snowbird. I used to love going to Snowbird. It was so fun to go up there and stay in the room whilst the skiers were skiing. I would talk with fellow non-skiers. Then kid number one came and it was still fun. Kid number two came and it was less fun, but still a good time. Then we moved away and couldn't go and I really missed being there. We moved closer and were able to go with kids one, two and three and I started to feel like it wasn't as fun as I remembered. The skiers still had a great time but the non skier club numbers fell drastically and trying to keep three littles entertained for four and a half days in a room the size of a hotel suite wasn't so fun. The half day that the littles went skiing was fun because I got to watch them ski. But when you aren't a skier and almost every game in the game room costs money so we blow through our game room budget like a tornado in a trailer park, you run out of things to do pretty quick. This year we got to take four kids to Snowbird. I did offer to just stay home with the youngest offspring whilst B took the three oldest. That way they could go skiing, I could stay home and take care of A and read. B said no way Jose',so to Snowbird we went. Now, lest you get the wrong idea, I love spending time with family. I love when everyone's done skiing for the day and the tinies  are in bed and the rest of us stay up way too late playing games and laughing too loud. I love watching our three oldest get better at skiing and realizing that they truly love the sport. B LOVES Snowbird and was so happy to go. We were so happy that B and S were going to be there with their two young ones. We were so happy that J and M were going to be there with their in utero one . Having mom there is a constant and we were so happy that she was going to be there. Even G was going to be there with K, the boy and K the girl. It was bound to be a party!

  Before we drove up the canyon we were able to meet my little sister's baby, K. K is on the left and is three weeks older than A. I love that they're holding hands. It was so good to see G, J and A and meet their second little one. I wish I had remembered to bring A's blessing dress then we could have gotten a picture of both of them in the dresses that my mom made for them. Nuts!

We got up to Snowbird on Saturday and unpacked everthing. Sunday was full of going to the game room and hanging out with the folks that needed to leave Sunday to be to work and school on Monday. Little B's favorite thing to do was play air hockey. He would play with anyone that told him yes. As soon as the game would end, he ran to find someone else to play with.
 First he played with B

 Next he played with B.J.

 Then he wanted to play with D

Then grandma agreed to play with him. I love their faces in this one. Even K is happy that little B just scored a point!
B was able to get a game of pool in with G. Notice in the background that little B found someone else to play air hockey with 😊

I love baby carrier things. A was content to just hang out with me while I almost wasted B in ping pong!

 K loved playing ping pong and grandma was happy to oblige. 

Look at that! M managed to play air hockey with someone other than little B!

When he wasn't playing air hockey, little B loved jumping from log to log.

After the game room we went back to the room where a grueling plank contest ensued. M here was too stubborn to lose to a girl so after two minutes I let him win.😉
After the plank contest was over these three crazy boys did push ups. 50 to be exact. I think they're nuts!

He loved walking around with ski boots on. He knew he couldn't wear them in the game room or to the pool, but other than those two places, he wore ski boots.

 Sleeping arrangements worked out pretty good. This little lady doesn't take up much space. We just slid her little bassinet thing under the counter and she slept like a champ. It slid back far enough that she was in the dark but for the picture we slid her out a little so we could see her face.

Little B loved sleeping in the chairs that were pushed together. He would fall asleep there as long as we agreed to move him to the couch bed with M and K when they went to bed so he could sleep with them.

On Monday morning, B took K and they went skiing just the two of them. K had a great time being with just B.

I asked B to take pictures of K skiing. This is the one and only picture that got taken. They said they were too busy skiing to remember to take more than one picture.

Tuesday was the day that B took the three big kids and went skiing. They loved it! Little B was very excited to learn to ski without ropes holding him back. 
He did it and loved it! B took a video of him skiing without ropes and in the video B asks little B if he's having fun. The little fella yells"Yeah!" It's so so awesome to watch this little human ski without help.

They said they needed to take a break and sat down in the snow.

Wednesday was the day that B took M and K on the big hills. This was the first time that they had been to real mountains to do the really big hills. They went skiing in Washington in March but Utah mountains are a lot bigger than the little hill they went on in Washington. They were so excited to go with just B. They started on green runs, which are the easiest ones and decided that they were too easy and they were ready to try the blues.

 They are pointing to the bananas run sign. That's the run they were going to try and they were so excited!

They loved it and they did a great job! Last year when we told them that they were going to do ski school, both of them whined and said they didn't want to go. B didn't give them a choice and now they love it and are so happy that they know how to ski.

 Thursday was the no skiing day. To the pool we went! Well, I designated myself the picture taker and opted out of the outdoor pool swimming experience. The snow on the ground may or may not have had something to do with us needing a designated picture taker.

The pool is heated and this little lady loved it! She got a lot of attention with her sunnies and her huge smiles. 

These people are my favorite people on the planet! It's so weird to me that I went most of my life without them and was a happy, relatively high functioning person. But, now that these folks are part of my life, I can't imagine a happy life without them. They are my entire world and I love them so much!

Finally! On Friday B was able to ski with his peeps! He was able to go at a good speed on runs that were a little more difficult. He loves taking our offspring skiing. He loves watching them improve and fall in love with the sport. But, skiing with his mom and his siblings is probably his favorite part of Snowbird. This year the numbers were small because neither M or J could go and they usually do. M had to work and J is pregers so her little hubby said no way. B said they had a great time skiing and wish they all could have been there. 

This young lass turned 3 months old whilst we were at Snowbird. Those are still newborn clothes that she has on. She's tiny and so loud and we're all totally enamored with her.

On Saturday we got to meet M and R's baby, R. She is almost two months younger than A. We loved meeting her and being able to visit with M and R and their kids since they weren't able to come to Snowbird. The visit to Utah was so fun and we made a lot of great memories. We are so thankful that we're close enough to family to visit so often during the year and can't wait for the summer so we can see them again!