The Stream


Sunday, November 16, 2014

Garage Floor Got a Spit and Polish

Since, Mat loves to tinker around in the garage with his tools, we figured we'd give him a clean space and new garage floor to create blow his mind in.  And, luckily for us, our neighbor Kevin has started a new business where he refinishes garage floors.  It's quite the process and the worst of the whole deal is moving everything out of your garage. When it's cold. When you don't want to.  Fortunately, we had gone through the garage with our after remodel cleanup party. Party makes it sound fun.  We had tossed a lot of stuff during this time. Back in the dumpster days. Now, this is where our garage sits until we can get it put back together. I have to say, that's not too much stuff for a two car garage. It's manageable.  Right?

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Here's kind of the process.

Kevin sealed all the cracks in the cement, put down an adhesive and then threw this flake material on it.

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Then he scraped it, vacuumed it and put three coats of sealant on it.  If it were summer, it would have dried a lot faster, but being our 30 degree temperatures it took a couple of days.  

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We were able to have everything moved back in about a week.

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Future projects

finish skinny table
make a lamp for front room
finish framing family pictures
finish putting up railing
go to the container store and outfit this garage with more organization

We have ordered a new garage door since ours has decided to leave it's physical body and become  a ghost garage for life (yes it is still going up randomly and at the most undesirable times.)  It won't be here until December, but I'm so excited for it. Pictures to come.


Saturday, November 15, 2014

Bathroom remodel redo

Our main floor bathroom has been out of sorts ever since the wood got wet from the water dripping down the side of the bowl. It ended up splitting the wood.  One day we're washing our hands, the next day, water is washing our feet.

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After weeks of trying to get my countertop people back (like weeks before we left to Montenegro weeks) we finally had them here delivering a salt and pepper type granite.  After they checked to make sure things lined up with the glass bowl, they said it all looked good and they left.  Well, when we went to put in the pipe to connect to the bowl, the pipe wouldn't fit.  It was too big.  Swear words.  I barely got my guys here and now I was going to have to perform a small miracle to get them back. After coaxing them, but trying not to be woman naggy for two days, they reappeared.  When I walked out and saw them standing in my driveway, he said, "You look like you've seen a ghost!"  I replied, "It's because I'm so delighted to see you."  See, miracles do happen. A dream is a wish your heart makes....queue birds.  He had it drilled out in no time and we are now having to retrain ourselves to wash our hands in the bathroom, instead of the laundry room or kitchen sink.

I also had to get a new rug.  The old one was "OUT!" and this one is "IN" (from the series of unfortunate events--Aunt Josephine)

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I thought while we were waiting for our granite guys to reappear, I would grab Becket and we'd start breaking in the chalkboard.  Becket was reluctant, because you're told from the age of 2 not to write on the walls.  He was so happy to have a blank canvas.

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Pretty soon the girls had to join the fun.


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One too many artists in the bathroom.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Dad and Kids Outing and Sideouting

Saturday was beautiful weather and you know what unseasonably beautiful weather in November means.....time to put up our Christmas lights.  I know, exciting. We got our trees wrapped all shiny and we're now just waiting for the snow and bitter cold.

After we got done, Mat did the fatherly thing and took the kids, while I went to my volleyball tournament.

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I think for a man that works inside most of the day, this was refreshing for him.  He even brought his guitar to play while he and the kids the walked up the canyon.  Cute. It makes my eyes turn to hearts.

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While they were hiking, I scrambled out onto the volleyball court.  I rekindled my fire to play volleyball once again and it has made me feel old and young at the same time. It has been a lot of fun playing with these women.  Kerry #10,  invited me to come and play with their stake a while ago. We've been practicing every Tuesday night at 9PM-10:30PM--soooo late, but once I get my fanny there, it's a blast.

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I believe this is where I actually performed my pancake (you put your hand flat on the floor to line up with the ball and it bounces up).  Mat captured it perfectly! You can see the other team to start to celebrate, but Mary (#13) came in right behind me and popped it over giving us the sideout.

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I was also thankfully getting my serves in.  For some reason, at the last practice, I kept hitting it into the net.  I was mentally out of it I guess.  It was so bugging me!! My brain does funny things and I'm just glad it wasn't spazzing at the game.

You can see Gretchen sitting in the chair down below.  She later told me how she would like to try and play volleyball.  My small heart grew three sizes that day.

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Monday, November 10, 2014

Classic

Uh, hadn't noticed that my lens was missing out of my sunglasses until after I had driven around for a while and went to the bank. I went to take them off upon entering Shopko and found them very odd looking.

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You would think? But, no.