Friday, March 21, 2014

Shed, Basketball, and Water

This post is just another random mix of things we've been up to the last month...

After taking out the dead pecan tree, this shed was next to go.  It has been falling apart for the last couple years and we never use it.  Someday we hope to put a small greenhouse on the remaining slab.
We were hoping the shed would just fall over with a little push from the tractor.
Yay, it worked!

ACU has a program where student athletes can nominate their professors to be honorary coaches for a game.  Josh was nominated by a student on the basketball team.  He got to join them in the locker room before the game and at half time as well as sit with them during the game.  He also got to pretend to be part of the huddles :)  ACU set a record for most 3 pointers in a game that night- fun!
Final score!

After 6 months of sickness and treatments, Titus was finally given a clean bill of health that included permission to swim in open water again.  He was so excited!
Titus couldn't wait to get to the lake!  He rode like this the entire way there and starting crying with excitement as soon as we parked :)
He hadn't seen his big blue swim ball since August, so he was very excited to play.
Prancing around with his ball
He was so happy to be back in the water.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Winter Catch Up

Well, we've had a little bit of snow, a little bit of ice, and a few days off from work this month.  I realized that I have not posted any pictures in a while, so this is mostly just a photo dump post. 
Our Christmas card picture for 2013
Christmas at Mom's house
All of Josh's siblings and their families were in town for Christmas!!
A wind storm took out part of a dead pecan tree, so we figured we better cut it down and use it for firewood.
Time to chop some wood!
Titus helped with the sticks.
Titus kept a safe distance while Josh split some logs.
Snow dog!  This boy loves cold weather and any form of water.
Walking down our road on a snowy day.
Ready for a frisbee toss
Our neighbors' horses- Freckles and Lady

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Kitchen Reveal!

There aren't many words needed here, so I'll let the pictures do the talking.  Let's just say we've had a few changes around our house.
You may be wondering what that small door to the left of the ovens.  Well, it's my new spice pantry!  I had one in our house in Washington, and I have been dreaming of adding one to this kitchen.  If you have empty wall space between 2 wall studs, I highly recommend building one of these.  They are also the perfect depth for canned food if you don't collect spices like us ;)
Mystery door??
Spice pantry!!  Yes, the jars are labeled and alphabetized, and there is room for a little growth.
Two more fun things in our new kitchen are the mason jar light over the sink and our new bar sink by the cooktop. 
Mason jar light
Bar sink and new cooktop (ignore the tv cabinet in the background- it hasn't found a new home yet)
Seriously, we could not be happier with our new kitchen and floors.  We are enjoying eating at the new bar too!  It's only been a month since we ripped out the old kitchen, but I already have a hard time remembering what it felt like to cook in that cave.  I'm having a blast organizing the new kitchen, and I love not having carpet under my feet!  The new flooring is wood grain TILE in case you were wondering.  It extends into the fireplace room, dining room, entry way, and bathroom as well.  We hope to replace the old blue carpet in the other living area later this year.
Hope you enjoyed the tour!  What was your favorite part?

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Kitchen Remodel: Demo Day

Our kitchen remodel is moving along very well!  We should have most of the work done by the end of this week, but I'm waiting until it's all done to show pictures.  For now you'll have to just enjoy these pictures of demo day.  Josh and I did all of the demo in about 9 hours the day before Thanksgiving.  Mom even came and helped for a while.  It was hard work but also a lot of fun. 

The old oven and cooktop came out in about 10 minutes!
We got the refrigerator relocated and then out came the dishwasher.
While Josh finished the dishwasher and sink, I removed all the cabinet doors.
Looking good!
From this point, Josh got to work with an ax, crowbar, and mallet.  Mom and I picked up the pieces and moved them outside.
These cabinets were obviously built in place.  You can even see where they painted around each shelf.
I probably should have taken a whack or two at some point, but I let Josh do all the fun (hard) stuff.
Almost done!!
I could not wait to see this wall torn down!  That was the best part of the whole day for me.
Appliances, cabinets, and countertops gone!!
Time to move on to flooring.  We had carpet with 2 layers of linoleum underneath.  Thankfully it came up in huge sheets.  We just cut off as much as we could carry and kept on going.
Flooring out of the kitchen area.  Time to move on to the rest of the room.
Sometimes the carpet would peel up without the linoleum.  Isn't this pattern lovely?  I can't imagine what this room looked like when it was covered with this stuff.  The color and pattern would have hurt my eyes :)  Seriously, imagine about 400 sq. ft. of this stuff- scary!
Our fireplace is going to look so much better without all this ugly flooring around it.
Demo complete!
At this point we still had many hours of floor grinding ahead of us to prep for the new flooring.  It was a little depressing that floor prep took longer than all the demo, but I guess it couldn't all be so easy.
I can't wait to see the finished result and share it with you!  It's seriously hard for me to walk through this room without jumping up and down right now.  Things are looking soooo good!
Stay tuned...