Friday, September 28, 2012

Rub a Dub

We have a bathtub again!  With the help of a plumber, Jason installed the bathtub today.  The worst is over, now it is just putting it all back together again!  

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Words and More Words

Wow it has been too long since I last posted.  Jason has a lot on his plate right now.  He has been working really hard on the bathroom, work starts up tonight for him, and he had his 31st birthday last week so we've also been trying to celebrate a little.  

This morning Grace spent a good half hour getting in and out of this basket filled with her stuffed animals.  

This is a little odd, but her new favorite thing for the last couple days is this plastic water bottle.  She wants it first thing when she gets up and it has to sit with her while she eats lunch.  I guess it makes funny sounds when you crinkle it and when the water sloshes around inside.  

She is talking up a storm now.  I stopped counting her words when I reached 50!  Some of the words only we understand.  For example, she says "mup" when she means up, "dat" means that and "yogie" means yogurt.  I love it when she says banana because she usually adds some extra syllables.  Banananananana!

Jason needed the air compressor in the bathroom this afternoon.  He discovered that since there are holes in the ceiling now, he doesn't have to lift it up the stairs!  

Monday, September 10, 2012

Cool Morning Relief

Fall is coming!  It is getting colder at night, which has been really nice for our morning walks.  

Here she is looking out the window.  She LOVES going outside and asks to do so all the time by standing at the door and saying "DAT!"  

She is learning some new words, but pointing is always a go to method of communication.

An action shot!  Her hat says Grace and her sweater has a big G on it.  

Progress on the bathroom is coming along.  Jason thinks he is done with demo now, and he is now working on putting things back together.  Here is some of the plumbing he has put in.  Stay tuned!

Monday, September 3, 2012

It's Labor Day so we Labored.

The tub is gone!  Jason broke the handle on his sledge while busting it out, so we had to go and get a new one to finish the job.  

So is the wallpaper.

We're exhausted.  Now what?

Sunday, September 2, 2012

No Turning Back Now

"What is this?" you say, "What happened to the baby blog?!"  Not to worry, it is still here, but we're getting back to our roots here at the Strompad and starting another remodeling project!  And it is a dirty, dusty, sticky mess of a project, with lots of demo debris!  Woohoo!  

Our story starts with a hole in the ceiling.  We're remodeling the upstairs bathroom, so Jason capped off the water to that bathroom so we can still have water in the rest of the house.  He knows how to keep a wife happy!  Those pipes are under our dining room table, so it was better to get to them through the basement ceiling than through our hardwood floors.

Just for reference, here is what we've been living with for 3 years.  

And it is already looking much better!  There is no turning back now.  My job is taking down the wallpaper. Did you not see the wallpaper in that before picture?  That is because it has been painted over - twice.  I've been wondering what kind of atrocity has been under those layers since we bought the house.  Is it a psychedelic print from the 60's?  I was hoping to see something crazy!

I was pleasantly surprised and slightly disappointed that it was this demure white paper with silver fleur-de-lis.  I think it is original to the house because there is no paint underneath.  

Here is some of my work.  It is a huge sticky mess getting this stuff down, but it has been made easier by the steamer we borrowed from our very kind friends Jen and Carl.  

What do you call a pink bathroom half demoed?  A good start!