We've been crazy busy painting, working, being sick (it's been a bad year), and getting ready for a much needed break. Here are some photos of what else has been keeping us busy.
OUR CHRISTMAS TREE!
Deer crossing right in front of our car on our way to Pike National Forest
Chino & Kitty love to hang out under the tree and drink kitty gin (pine tree water).
The tree is up and notice...
WE FINALLY PAINTED THE LIVING ROOM!
The tree in all its glory.
Even though we're heading back to Wisconsin for some time with our families, we have to go on our annual hike in the forest to find our tree. Unfortunately, I wore the worst boots and ended up laying in the snow for most of the morning.
Since I was sick all weekend, including being in bed all day Thursday and Friday, I have made little progress on the painting. I'm working on a list to motivate us to get some real progress done before we leave for our Christmas trip to Wisconsin.
In the meantime, here's a headboard that I'm dying to add to my bedroom! I need to get some color going so Jon will quit asking why everything is white :)
We have a super busy weekend ahead, so much so that I am considering drinking some pop tonight to get an extra burst of energy.
1) Pizza?? Test Wooglin's? Perhaps Il Vicino? (Seems like a great idea) Luigi's on South Tejon-- after driving by this a million times since we moved, we thought it would be a good idea to check it out. Short wait, great table by the fireplace, yummy pizza and unlimited Dr. Pepper...yes!!
2) Clean up the million of piles around the house (ok, probably just bedroom, bathroom, closet-room) FAIL
3) Wear pajamas DONE
1) Paint, paint, paint (no slacking this weekend!) Cleaned up tons of crap throughout the house, now it seems like we really live there!
2) Have friends over for grilled meat Snow ruined these plans.
3) Use Bristol Brewery gift certificate (been keeping since 12/08 for a special occasion) Big check mark...met Benny, A&J there for a quick game of shuffleboard (I don't know if it's called that if it's on a table??) and a beer before the RD festivities.
4) ROLLER DERBY at the City Auditorium with Jon, Benny, Eddie, A&J Fun, but not a crazy as last time!
1) Jon's hitting the slopes at A-BasinLots of snow, tested A-Basin, but ended up at Keysone for a BIG fall and $1 tacos.
2) Girls over for champagne & pastries brunch at the house?? (no dining table yet!!) change of plans, pj's, and online TV
3) Make Carmel Apples FAIL- need to accomplish this week before Jon eats all the carmels!!
Mucho thanks to my Mom for spending her "Teacher's Convention" weekend in Colorado painting!
We had finished the tile before she got here and installed the shower hardware so it was FINALLY possible to take a real shower... no more "man showers" or "guerrilla shower tactics" needed :)
We used 12x12 ceramic tile for the bathroom floor and 6x6 slate for the shower floor an edging. We know most of the folks at the Southgate Home Depot by name as we have a 100% Depot supplied bathroom!
We painted the walls Cheyenne Rock by Behr. Jon picked it out...yes, he is color blind...but I love it! It is a little darker than I expected, but with the white trim, built-in, sink & toilet it balances nicely. We made a deal that he can go fishing/snowboarding, etc and I get to pick the paint colors for the rest of the upstairs.
Friday was a big day as we now have our internet functioning at the house. Also, City Glass came to measure for an estimate on a glass enclosure for the shower. As for now, we have a great shower curtain (thanks for the housewarming present Mom!)
We need to finish the trim, window, install the light and mirror over the sink and build the vanity/shelves in the old doorway.
Taking it easy this week and back at it hard this weekend!
We have been working so hard this week preparing for our help from WI to arrive!! Now that my Mom is here we are making real progress on the bathroom and anticipate moving into our bedroom by the end of the weekend. No more Aerobed!! Will update with lots of photos ASAP.
It might seem like we have been working on this for way, way to long (Haley) but we actually are making some progress. H1N1 got us down last week, but we've managed to get back on track this week. In the future, I might reconsider a project like this without fitting in a few days off to get the bulk of the work done. Just so you remember where we started:
SEE, WE'VE REALLY MADE SOME PROGRESS... REALLY...
Here's the first wall: Saturday
We had to take a mental break and go scream at the Pikes Peak Derby Dames. It was super fun and exciting even if we didn't understand exactly how it works. I think I could get excited about watching competitive paint drying and asked our friend Benny (who has a personal connection to the team) if he was embarrassed that he brought me because I was the only one yelling (a lot) in our group. We are definitely going back!
Sunday progress-- saving the hard cuts for Monday because our neighbors hate us enough already!
Monday-- still waiting for the hardest part.
Any suggestions on what to do with this window?? We meant to keep it b/c it brings more light into the bathroom even though it has become an inside window after an additon was added to the back of the house (many years ago). I want to just load it up with outdoor, water resistant paint and then etch the glass a little for privacy. I am sure that there are other options of what should be done by other residents! Hopefully, we can reach a mutual decision with out too much debate :) Yes, drinking the champagne of beers while tiling helps to expidite the process!
The next step will be painting. Jon picked out the bathroom color-- the second from the top. I'm hoping it's not too dark, but we will have lots of shiny white trim and white built in. It's not the color that I probably would have picked, but I like it and I'm saving my battles for the colors I'm determined to have in other rooms.
Right now the house looks almost exactly like this. Jon has been working hard to get things put away (OCD) and I am content to hang out in the basement and hide until this weekend. We are OFFICIALLY out of the apartment tonight!!
After deciding it is much more beneficial to divide and conquer, we're finally seeing some progress. We've even been to the grocery store... next stop laundry. The apartment is looking emptier and the bathroom tile has been sealed and grouted (photo is before grout).
I can tell we're going to make big strides this weekened...
We closed on our home in late 2009 and have been living in and working on our "under construction home" with two cats, one puppy, both working full-time & trying to have a life outside of 1910...
Where would we be without our (WI residing) FAMILIES, patient CO friends and Home Depot?
As for 2013, we're about 95% done with the main level (full gut bathroom (2009), laundry(2010/11) & kitchen (2011/12) renovations, plus lots of painting and removing of carpet in the living, dining and bedroom).
Here's to having a place to call home, frozen pizza, our neighborhood & sharing our next & next & next...adventure!