Sad news as Beau passed away this week. We all miss him so much. He got sick on Wednesday and by Friday was hurting so bad, he couldn’t go on. The vet told us that 13 years was a long life for a dog of his size but that still wasn’t long enough. We are still coping with his absence and think about him all the time. It’s really hard for us to spend any time in the garage or the back yard without him. He was an awesome friend and member of our family.
Below is a gallery of the some of Daniel and Elizabeth’s favorite pictures.
It took two days and a hotel room stay, but we now have hardwood floor in our living room, dining room and entry. We thought it would go quicker but when they pulled up the carpet they found 50 year old particle board underlayment that was pretty dilapidated. So they had to spend the first day rebuilding the subfloor with plywood. Then after that they said that the floors had settled over time and weren’t level enough for the hard oak that we ordered. They had to pour a self leveling mixture that took all night to dry, and rather than risk stepping in it and messing it up, we decided to stay at a nearby hotel. We had to choose something that could be installed over the leveler and picked acacia which in the end Sandy and I think looks much nicer than what we originally picked. Now the stained carpets are gone and we are happy with the results. We are putting felt feet on the bottom of all the furniture and up next is finding some area rugs that we like.
Tearing out the icky old floor and subfloor
First they tried making wedges and different plywood thicknesses to get the floor level
But they ended up having to pour this amazing self leveling stuff to make it work
So sad. Workers were all over the place and Beau couldn’t move out of their way fast enough and eventually had to spend much of the install time locked in his kennel.
The first planks. Looks redder than it really is. Its the lighting.
Working around the fire place.
The finished product.
Beau’s new comfort spot.
Christmas was hectic this year as we were planning for the holiday and the installation of new floors in our home at the same time. Santa brought lots of toys, and there were lots of presents under the tree from family to be opened. Daniel got some video games and legos and Elizabeth got a pogo stick and some Yoohoo and Friends stuffed animals. Sandy got the pots and pans and new eyeglasses she asked for and I am getting the hardwood floors that I have always wanted in our house. As it is every year, there were too many presents, but all were appreciated. Elizabeth was on her pogo stick as soon as the morning rain stopped and Daniel was building legos all morning long. After lunch I took a nap and worked the mid shift. By the time I woke up the day after, Sandy had already packed up all the Christmas decorations and had begun moving furniture out of the living room in preparation for the installers. It made for a very short Christmas season.
Hung by the Chimney with Care
Hamming it up on Christmas Eve
Dino Pillow Pet
Liz is more excited than Mom
Kewpie Doll (or QP doll, according to the package)
Way cool pottery wheel
I think this is the first year that Beau was inside while we opened Christmas presents. He got some treats in a stocking, too.
Happy dad opening lots of geek-friendly gifts like an Ultra-Man shirt, a Star Trek Game and Mug, a puzzle and more. Oh and new floors to come.
Like a fish to water. Successful pogo-ing on her first day.
So when we pulled out one of our cabinet drawers, it fell apart. Not nail back together apart, but particle board turning into particles apart. So we decided to replace the cabinets with lots of help from Sandy’s parents who are pretty much footing the bill. Now just in the last year, we had to replace our dishwasher and microwave. It was easy, just uninstall the old one, go buy a new one and install it. I think that’s what I kind of expected with the cabinets, just more expensive. Boy was I wrong. Instead, it means months of work and planning. The first part of that has started with demolishing the old cabinets, and what a chore that has turned out to be. It’s taking two whole weekends of tearing things apart, prying up tile, fixing walls and floors, painting and having some electrical and plumbing work done. I first thought the kids could have some fun and help, but once I noticed all the exposed screws and nails and sharp-edged broken tiles, I reconsidered and they pretty much have had free (unsupervised) play time while mom and dad are destroying things. Sandy set up a makeshift kitchen in the dining room with a new mini (underpowered) microwave, a hot plate, an electric griddle and all the amenities that were on the now missing counter tops. The tough part is having to get all of our running water from the deep sink in the garage, a.k.a. Beau’s bedroom.
Our "old" kitchen
All these tools and lots of muscle to take apart the tile countertops
Kitchen Kaos!! Ta-Da!
No more cabinet here
These walls are gonna need some work before painting
Destroying downstairs; building upstairs
Prepping for paint and new cabinets
After the kids spent some time dying eggs, the Easter Bunny snuck in to bring in easter baskets and then run out to the back yard to hide them before moving on to the next house. We had a nice Easter breakfast instead of dinner because once again, I headed out to work.
Dying Easter Eggs
Daniel on the hunt
Christmas time this year started with a trip to see Santa and ended with two kids playing with way too many toys. I had to work both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, so Sandy had to keep the kids busy by herself and did a wonderful job. On Christmas Eve, they made gingerbread people and a gingerbread house, and got treats ready for Santa and the reindeer. Christmas morning was spent opening gifts and getting ready for work. Dan got a Wii game he wanted. Liz got an Inkoo doll to draw on. Sandy got a purse, iPhone case and some crafting supplies. And I got a whole bunch of games and a kid-drawn control tower shirt. Even Beau got some gifts to open. The rest of the day was spent playing with new toys and rolling sushi. We had a pot luck at the control tower with turkey, ham and way too much food. We hope everyone has as great a Christmas as we did.
Christmas Pix Are Here
So a relaxing Thanksgiving week in Hawaii was immediately followed by four straight days of picking up leaves. Before we started raking them they covered our whole back yard. In the front yard, it was so windy while we were gone, the leaves were in a big pile several feet deep up against our neighbor’s driveway. We blew the back yard leaves into a fun pile that Beau, Dan, and Liz loved running through and jumping into. Eventually we used our mulching vacuum blowing machine thingy to get them into more that 20 big green trash bags. Since only two or three bags fit in our green waste can, it will take us months to dispose of all of them.
Halfway Done, but Kids Take Time to Play
One Last Look Before They're All Gone
This is one of those JoeSanDanLiz repair pages with just the photo gallery.
Christmas Pictures are here.