Life & House

I keep telling myself, "this is just a brief season of life."  But it is a crazy one.  My daily commute takes me from gresham to beaverton to wilsonville to gresham and on most days, SW portland or milwaukie is thrown in there.  Every night either Luke or myself is at our new house (usually luke) and one of us is at grandma jo's (where we're living for now) with our babies. We are eating primarily drive through and delivery. We're drinking lots of coffee.  I get lots of comments about the amount of paint in my hair.  But- it is enjoyable because we know it won't be like this for much longer!

To start, my sweet children:

Next, I'd like to give a public shout out to my father who has single-handedly intercepted an asbestos bullet for us and saved us thousands of dollars by removing our giant octopus furnace, tearing out the concrete base by hand, and re-pouring a concrete floor in its place so we could have a new furnace installed.

new concrete

And he even cleans up after himself

One of our larger expenses so far has been some tree pruning & removal.  We've had several trees pruned way off the ground and had 4 doug firs taken down. One of them, 120 years old, we intended to keep but it was dying so it had to come down.  The stump is massive.
Here's a before-prune

and after (the clippings were later removed)

These ones were way too close to the house

and fairly large

so a very brave soul from NW Tree Specialists climbed on up

and took them down

The earth shook when they fell

I should also say that whenever visitors show up, Luke gets out his most prized new-house-purchase: a chainsaw.  I don't think the loggers were impressed, but that does not dampen his spirit nor his enthusiasm.  He used it today even. To trim the hedge.  Which is by definition manageable with a HEDGE TRIMMER, but made even more easy by way of CHAINSAW.

The kitchen is coming along

from this:

My kitchen is getting a paint & appliance upgrade, but no new sink/cabinets/counters are in the budget yet.  So I started with:

and have now primed it so I can soon paint it a bright white:

We've had some serious work on the walls- wallpaper stripping, plaster skimming & texturing (worth the $) and now paint.
starting point:

after we took off the wallpaper:

painting in progress:

The upstairs is 98% complete.
Jo's room before:

and after:

Baylor's room before:

and after (I still have to scrape the paint off the window):

-the irony that I painted Baylor's yellow room BLUE, and Jo's blue room YELLOW is not lost on me.

It has been a messy proposition outdoors.  We are the proud owners of 2 acres of MUD.  Our dear and devoted friend Adam has not only helped us strip wallpaper, but spent the better part of his weekend chipping wood debris for us:

(the theme above for all 3 males pictured was, "downtrodden")
Luke's earning his stripes for all his outdoor efforts (including ditch digging).  I think he is pictured somewhere here but he's wearing a CAMO jacket (which I do not endorse) and I cannot find him as he blends in so well with his surroundings.

Jo is often relegated to the bare crib mattress in the interest of avoiding tetanus shot administration.

My attitude is fantastic (when my daughter is pointing the camera at me, at least)

And Jo remains very reflective on the transition (here she is trying to understand the word "tet-nis")

Most importantly, I would like you to know that my prized tub (turning 100 years old TOMORROW)

has come a long way

That's all for now :)


Anonymous said...

Wow, I would like to publicly state that I misjudged you two. You have suprised and impressed me very much. It was not that I didn't think you could do it, I didn't think you could find time to do it. You will never forget this process and when the paint finally washes out of your hair and the chain saw stops running weekly you will find even more satisfaction in what you have accomplished. I am so proud of your family. I am however a little bit concerned about your attachment to that tub, it seems to get a lot of press and attentsion.

Ashley Ropp said...

I too, clearly did not have enough faith! This is looking BEAUTIFUL!!!! I can't believe it! I think the tub is my favorite, and to go with your "light fixture" it'll be gorgeous!