Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Hardwood Floors - WE'RE DONE!!!!

Hello everyone!

As many of you know, when we moved into our house, the previous tenants had cats....and you could tell as soon as you walked into the house ~ Especially the living room.

So, with some comparing of prices, etc., we spoke with Leslie (Mel's sister) and came to an agreement on price. Of course free labor is always a nice added bonus (Thanks Jonathan!)

So step by step, this is how it happened.


Step One: Clear out all of the furniture out (Well...most of it)












Step Two: Tear out the carpet. (Hint: Its easier to cut it into sections then remove, rather than trying to lug THAT much carpet and padding out.) My husband is so super smart.















AHHHHHHHHH!!!!! Careful!!! You might find concrete under there, BUT you might also find HIDEOUS 1970's YELLOW LINOLEUM!!!!




Although we don't have to deal with this yet, we will once we start replacing the carpet in the hallways!


Step Three: Break out all of the wood around the perimeter of the room and sweep sweep sweep - mop mop mop - bleach out the radioactive nuclear cat pee.

Step Four: If you have urine infused concrete, mix one : one water and white vinegar. Mop like crazy and spot clean with bleach for the really bad areas. Let Dry.




Step Five: Lay 6 ply plastic down and tape. This helps prevent moisture come into the house from underneath.












Step Six: Lay the wood. Mind you ~ A miter saw will become your best friend....or your husband's who happens to be doing all of the work!












Step Seven: Sit back and admire your work!!!!















So, now .... here are some before and afters.....


Before













After















Before











AFTER





Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Photography Class



For those of you that don't know, Jonathan bought me a Nikon D80 right before our wedding this past May. My thoughts are that if I am going to own a DSLR camera, then I am going to know how to use it!

So, last semester, I enrolled in a local community college that taught the basics of DSLR functions.

It was amazing and I wanted to show everyone the best of the best of the pictures that I took :)

On the picture above, I learned about manipulating the shutter speed to create streaked car lights. Taken in Addison circle, I was very lucky to have a DART bus pass at just the right time!













The pictures to the left and below right "capture the moment" and play with architecture within the buildings found within the Circle.












This next picture below is another illustration of the manipulation
of shutter speed in capturing car lights across the lens.




The picture to the left is in the same family as some of the other pictures, but I was able to catch car lights moving while keeping the fire hydrant still with no blurring.







Yeah! I love my camera....now I just have to learn how to use the external flash that Jonathan gave me for Christmas :)

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Saturday - What a Great Day!

Yesterday we had such a great (and productive) day!


We started the day by calling and dragging Brock (J's best friend) out of bed to go and work out. Mind you, I have not worked out in about 3 months and I am SOOOOOOOO sore today ~ It hurts to move! We worked out for nearly 2 hours! Wow.



Afterwards, we headed over to Home Depot to go buy some wood. Jonathan treated himself to a new wood router a couple of days ago....and then some new router bits. All he needed now was the wood to start his project. What a great hobby!



He has plans to build us a new DVD cabinet. We thought that we would be OK with a DVD cabinet that can hold up to 300 DVD's .... just last year. Yeah....that was a joke. So now he is going to build a cabinet that is 6' tall to hold a lot more than that....and this will be of real wood, rather than particle board :)



After driving very slow and on the backroads home, Jonathan began playing with his new toys . We are anxiously awaiting the return of our table saw and another saw from one of Jonathan's brothers so that he can go full fledged into our DVD cabinet and then the building of his new router table.





I, on the other hand, began tackling the mess that we called our office. We had purchased a new desk that will serve as my scrapbooking table and had acquired a bunch of storage for my materials, but getting all my stuff into those drawers is what I have been procrastinating about.


While taking breaks, Marquis, Sandy and, Jonathan and I played outside ~ It was such a beautiful day!!!





After finally completing the office, I started the guest bedroom, hung all the pictures and certificates that had not been hung, most of my crosses and then vacuumed the entire house. All in all, I finished at 11:00 p.m. ~ Nearly 6 hours straight of organizing and cleaning.


BEFORE













AFTER

















To see more pictures of the house (finally completed), click here: Pictures of the House


We went to bed soooo exhausted, it really took no time to fall asleep!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Christmas 2008

We had an eventful, yet somewhat uneventful December :)
Let me explain.

On December 1st, you could find me having surgery on both of my hands. No, it wasn't serious, but I had a ganglion cyst on my right palm and left hand......this left me....let's say....unable to do ANYTHING.

Also, the 1st was the first day that we had access to Leslie's (Melanie's Sisters)house, which we were moving into. We had until the 8th to be out of our Valley Ranch apartment.....

This meant that poor Jonathan was not only babysitting me, but also packing and moving without any help from me! Crazy.

I took off three days from work ~ I really thought that I'd be back to work the next day.....yeah right! I couldn't move either of my hands and it looked like I was wearing boxing gloves!

Jonathan had to do everything from making me dinner to bathing me....I really couldn't do ANYTHING!!

David and Brynn (our great friends) came over, with the boys, and helped unpack that next weekend. I was somewhat better and could at least move things from one point to another. Thank you guys!



Within just a few days of being in the house, Jonathan took on the chore of painting the HIDEOUS purple-ish / blue-ish / I don't know what color that the accent wall in the living room was! We decided to paint it a "normal" Indian sunset color.




Now....it was Christmas. We did Christmas Eve at Kay's house (Jonathan's mom).

Man, the girls are getting so big!







Chloe (our baby niece) is walking at 9 months old! Wow....




It was nice to spend time with the Melugin family.



Christmas morning was spent with the Cano side of the family. It was fun to see the boys open all of their presents. Leslie also came home from Mexico to spend a couple of weeks with us. It was SOOOO good to see her!!!



Then, finally, Christmas night was supposed to be time to spend with Johnny, but he ended up getting sick, so we went over to Philip and Lena's house (Jonathan's brother and sister in law) for dinner. It was nice to meet Lena's parents and see how excited they are to become grandparents! Ending the night was filled with playing the Wii. It was great!


Our first Christmas as a married couple was awesome and we couldn't have asked for more.