Wednesday, March 25, 2009
I spent a lot of Saturday pulling staples out of the linoleum in our kitchen. We then had to move all the torn out wood and linoleum from these rooms to the backyard patio area where it will wait to be picked up.
This is the floor that we had to tear out. I felt really bad getting rid of it because it was really charming and I think might have been original to the house in one room. It was necessary though. The sub-floor needed some repairing and securing.
Enlarge this picture to take a look at just a fraction of the nails we had to pull out of the sub-floor. They didn't come out with the wood we tore up so we spent SEVEN hours pulling these babies out. I was pretty sure I was going to cry by the end of that day.
This isn't even all of them! We literally pulled out thousands of nails and staples from this crappy sub-floor.
Josh seriously is such a hard worker. I wish I could help him more than I can. I am just not strong enough to do some of these projects. Here he is putting screws in every 4-6 inches throughout the sub-floor to resecure it and make it safer and quiet. It was so squeeky before we started all of this. Now it doesn't dare make a sound, it knows my husband will come after it.
The next step to getting the floor ready for our new beautiful wood is laying tar paper.
On top of this will go ply wood, again nailed in every four to six inches, a moisture and sound barrier and then finally our new floors! I am so excited and can't wait to see the house once these are in. They are going to transform the entire place!
Monday, March 23, 2009
That same day one of my clients gave Josh and I awesome tickets to the Jazz game. We were ten rows from the floor and it was so much fun. Josh had a happy day.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
So, our big news is that we have purchased our first home! We are so excited and can't wait to move in. This week we will be spent tearing out the existing wood floors, painting walls and cupboards, redoing the back splash in the kitchen, installing new wood floors, getting carpets and vents cleaned and then moving! We will post before and after pictures of the house and our projects. We can't wait to get started. Since our blog is public we won't be posting pictures of the exterior but we will send an email to our friends and family with a picture of our new place. It is so cute, but will be even better after I get my hands on it.
Poor Josh has been so so so sick this week. Monday he called me while he was at work and told me he wasn't feeling well. By the time he got home that day he was completely miserable. It turns out he had both bronchitis and pneumonia. Poor kid! I have never seen him sick like this and I felt terrible for him. He is a trooper and never complained even though he was very uncomfortable and in pain. Unlike him, I am a major whiner when I get sick. Luckily, he is now starting to feel better and should be able to go back to work tomorrow.
Here is our week in review in pictures:
Here I am, sick, blowing out my pretend candle on my chocolate pecan caramel apple. It is my favorite treat.
I love this picture of Seth and Josh. They will be good friends, I just know it.
Baby Seth on his blessing day. We love him so much and are so grateful he is part of our lives.
Poor sick Josh
What our current house looks like:
We have about half of our things boxed up and still have quite a bit of work to do. I hate this part of moving, I can't stand to have everything all over the place.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
It’s a rare occasion that merits me writing a blog post on this World Wide Web you kids are always talking about. In fact, I’ve only written once that I can remember. But today is one of those rare occasions- a special day that deserves special attention. Every March 5th calls for celebration of the birth of a certain individual, who, although small in stature (almost legally handicapped), has the heart of a woolly mammoth.
Courtney is my beautiful wife, and these are 23 things I love about her:
- She says old person things all the time, like: ‘shucks’ or ‘quit busting my chops’
- Her laugh is one of the things that made me fall in love with her
- I’ve never met anyone that adores babies as much as she does
- She is an amazing cook, and getting better all the time
- She hums & sighs involuntarily all the time
- She will believe anything I say
- Sometimes, while dancing with friends, she’ll get extra enthusiastic and starts to do a wild dance and her hair flies all over the place
- For some arcane reason, one of her favorite movies is “Three Men and a Baby”
- She doesn’t speak any other languages as of now, but her Spanish gibberish is actually very impressive
- She makes, literally, the best cookies I have ever tasted
- She will be an incredible mother – anyone who knows her will agree
- She will sometimes jump up in the air to do Chinese splits for no reason- trust me, it sounds more graceful than it looks
- She loves her family and loves to be with them
- She is instinctively nurturing
- She is amazingly clumsy most of the time, but can be very graceful when she cares to be
- She automatically begins to scratch my arm or my head whenever near me
- Anytime she is sitting down she will sway from side to side, almost as if she’s rocking a baby to sleep – she has done this since I’ve known her
- She truly wants to be a good person, and always wants to serve people in need
- She is very concerned about eating and living healthy
- She is smokin’ hot in a bathing suit
- She has a perfect level of confidence and self-esteem which really, really helps make life and marriage easier for me
- She totally wanted to make out with me on our first date (she’ll deny it), even though I had just been wearing denim cut-off short shorts roller-skating
- She is the only person in this world I want as my wife, and she said yes to me
The only negative thing I can think about Courtney:
- She is only 1/3 of this relationship, by mass, but still feels entitled to more than half of our bed
Happy Birthday Court! I love you more than anything and I hope you have the birthday you deserve this year.
Your loving husband,
Note to readers:
Courtney has expressed to me in the past that she doesn’t really care much for birthday attention, so why don’t you all give her a call or drop her a line to say ‘Hi’ and ‘Happy Birthday.’
In the past 72 hours I have consumed:
2 bowls of soup and a bagel (THANK YOU so much Rachel, you saved me today)
about 20 crackers
64 oz. of tangerine juice
countless glasses of cold water
I have also watched the following movies:
Dan in Real Life
The Princess Bride
Pride and Prejudice
50 First Dates
and lay in bed wishing someone would just put me in a medically induced coma until I'm all better. If you can't tell I don't handle being sick with much grace. I am a major wuss.
Sounds exciting doesn't it? My doc told me that I should expect to feel this crappy for a week. I'm 3 days into it and I am hoping I can cut this thing short and that I only have 2 days left. We have an announcement to make in a few days and I need to be healthy for what we have coming up. Sorry mom, we aren't pregnant. Poor Josh has been sleeping on the couch because he has been busier than ever at Goldman and can't afford to get sick. They really need him right now. So boo for being sick, I hope you all stay healthy. Again, remember not to pay me any visits in the next couple of days.