Tuesday, April 13, 2010

The Hardwoods Are Finished...

Project "Goodbye Nasty Carpet, Hello Hardwoods" in our Family Room ended up taking three solid days.

Day 1:

Remove baseboards

Remove carpet

Remove carpet pad

Clean up all debris left on the sub-floor


Nail down all of the nail heads that had managed to work their way up over the past 15 years...

Day 2 & 3:

Lay all of the new pre-finished hardwood flooring that we got off of Craigslist...

Sorting through it all and trying to lay it in a way that didn't look like a pattern was the hardest part. We were told that the boards were "random lengths", but as we found out, they weren't so random at all. Making it all appear non-uniform was harder than we thought it would be.

We wrapped up at the end of day 3 finished with the floors, baseboards put back in place and the room looking pretty much like this...

Will was exhausted from doing all of the labor himself and we both crawled into bed with a whole new level of respect and appreciation for tradesmen!

To say that we love the new floors would be a huge understatement...

They're shiny and beautiful and the absolute best part...

We no longer have to worry about spills on the carpet when the kids eat at the counter and...

wet shoes when the kids come in from the backyard are now no big deal...

I'll show you a Before & After comparison soon, but I'm still working on the layout of the room and tweaking a few things here and there. I need to do some touch-up painting along the baseboards and get all of the curtains hung.
(I got some new panels for a steal, I tell you! Can't wait to see them in place!)

Now that it's finished we can definitely say that it was a heck of a lot of work, but a

whole lotta worth it!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Spring Break 2010...

It's good to be home!

We spent 8 days taking a road trip down the west coast in a 25' RV that we rented from Cruise America. Despite the crazy amounts of rain and hail that followed us down the coast and all the way back up...

We had a GREAT time together!

Scout came with us and he was perfect! We were a bit nervous about leaving a 5 month old puppy alone in the RV since we couldn't take him with us into restaurants and shops, but he was a champ. No accidents or surprises for us - just super excited to see us every time we came back...

Most of our days looked like this...

(Grey, but still undeniably gorgeous)

Every once in a while, the rain would stop and we could go out without our rain coats on...

And a few times, we got really lucky and the sun made an appearance...

I'll admit, the small quarters in the RV were a bit cramped for our family of 5 (6 with the puppy), but for the most part we had all the comforts of home.

Including homemade pancakes for breakfast...

We made it down to the Redwood Forest in Northern California.

Will had been when he was a kid, but I had never been before.

It was nothing short of amazing!

We stayed at a couple of RV Parks, but mostly at KOA's. This one here was in Waldport, OR - our favorite KOA that we stayed at...

There was plenty of sleepy time for Ellison cruising down the Pacific Coast Highway.

Sleepy girl...

Vacations are a wonderful escape from everyday life, but it is always, always nice to come home.

This vacation was especially significant for us.

It is the first time that we have ever been able to take a vacation during the kids' Spring Break from school. Normally, Will's flying schedule has him gone for part, if not all of it.

We weren't expecting to be able to do this. We wouldn't be able to with Will still out of work.

It was 100% planned on the spur of the moment.

And only because...unexpectedly, Will got a phone call from the Chief Pilot from Alaska Airlines telling him that he's being recalled.


It has been just over 6 months since he stopped flying.

A total of 12 pilots got the call and Will was #2 (based on seniority) on the list.

(12 is a pretty measly number considering there are still over 100 pilots and their families from Alaska Airlines that are without their jobs, so we definitely feel lucky that he is in this first group.)

We have been wanting to follow the coast in an RV for years. And once the call came, we realized that this was the time to do it. We made the reservation for the RV, put all of the projects we had been working on on hold, and started packing.

A couple of days later we were rolling down the road!

It was nice to unplug, get away from the projects and responsibilities of home and spend real and uninterrupted quality time with these kids of ours that are growing up entirely too fast.

We made memories that will last a lifetime!


So what are we up to now that we're back?

Right before we left, Will laid the new wood floors in our bathroom.

My "FREE STUFF" door has been transformed and I love the final result.

The new door has resulted in a big makeover for the laundry room. It's coming along nicely, if I do say so myself!

And today...


we are ripping out the carpet in the family room!

That's right. The time has finally come.

We found a great deal for pre-finished hardwood flooring on Craigslist and picked it up yesterday.

I will show you photos from each one of these projects soon, but for today I'll be helping out Will as much as I can to get this flooring project moving along.

Wish us luck!

I'm afraid to see what we will find under that nasty carpet.

Ahh...it's good to be back!