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The Big Reveal!

This is it, the big reveal! One year ago, we bought this beauty in need of some major updating and TLC. Since then we’ve primed, painted, re-wired, re-ducted, removed mouse nests and carpet, removed wood floor and a broken microwave, stripped wallpaper, resealed the toilet, eliminated creepy plumbing fixtures, added a bunk bed, gutted a useless sofa, added a table and bench seating and did a whole lot of cleaning! And that was just the inside. Outside we got new tires, repainted the tire cover and the exhaust pipe, scraped off flakey clear coat and repainted some worn stripes, sealed the roof, replaced the lighting, freshened up the windshield wipers, and more cleaning.

Here are the after photos:

And here are the before photos:

I’m so happy with the way it all turned out. I can’t wait to move in :)

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Learning to Ride a Bike

We decided not to travel with a toad (car towed behind) so we are relying on our bikes for transportation. Therefore we needed to do a little maintenance on the bikes and shift things around a bit. Designerd had been using my mountain bike because it was just too uncomfortable for me, Mr. T had outgrown his bike (the nerve of teenagers!) and moved up to an extra Grandpa had. Mr. S got Mr. T’s old bike and Divagirl got Mr. S’s old bike and she also still uses the Trail-a-bike off Designerd’s bike. I got a new bike more suited to errand-running complete with a multitude of baskets. I love it. After taking the bikes to a bike shop for a few minor repairs, all the kids washed their bikes.

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We Have A Bed!

The boys have been spending the night in Edelweiss all week. They love their bunks. Our new bed is constructed and the mattress is finally finished. The frame allows the base to slide from a 30″ deep sofa during the day to a 55″ bed at night. Grandpa reconfigured the old sofa area that had tons of wasted space underneath to include a large drawer to store our bedding during the day.

The natural latex mattresses are layered with organic wool batting then slip-covered with a Sunbrella linen fabric to make them durable and cleanable.

It just needs our bed pillows and some cute toss pillows and it will be just like home.

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It’s Turkey Day!

What are you thankful for?

We are thankful for…
a place to stay while we remodel our new home
a very handy retired grandpa
having our family together
being human beings
the invention of xbox
wi-fi connectivity
Legos
relative healthiness (although we’ve been sharing a 2-day cold)
not having to partake in the black Friday madness

Hope everyone is well and surrounded by the people who love and support you!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Skating Update

It has been a busy first season of skating. So far I’ve competed in 2 USFS competitions, 1 ISI competition, a club recital/exhibition, taken (and passed) 3 sets of tests: USFS Adult Pre-Bronze Moves in the Field and Free Skate; ISI Open Bronze, Figures I; USFS Adult Bronze Moves in the Field and Free Skate. I’ve had the opportunity to meet some talented adult skaters at the competitions which has been super fun! Meanwhile, Jason and I have still been traveling 2+ hours each way twice a week to practice and have my weekly lesson with my brilliant coach. It has been worth it though, I really feel my skating is improving and I love learning new skills and polishing my old skills.