4.05.2015

Limbo...

We are entering week 11 of the strike.  This was not something we saw extending much past a month/month and a half.  It's been stressful, but like every other storm we have weathered- we are making it.   Negotiations continue, and we are hopeful that they will come to an agreement very soon. He should be hearing about an interview with another company next week- we are definately not going to be sitting around waiting for the next strike in four years...

In the meantime we have been working on small projects around the tiny tudor as well as contract jobs for some of my clients.  Travis has been hard at work in his workshop...



The laundry room wall is tiled and we are calling this project finished...


Spring has made for a lovely courtyard garden...







As soon as the strike is called off we will have two weeks before Travis returns to work.  I think we are going to take advantage of the time and go ahead and start revamping our atrium.   French doors are going to be added to the atrium room leading to the little atrium outside, and we are still debating what to do in the atrium itself.  Right now it's a half and half hot mess of tile and dying grass...



Funny story behind that rock- it's a POND.  Yes, underneath there is a pond.  

I've started a new part time job.  I really can't give the specifics out yet, but I am very excited about the possibilities this may have and the opportunity to combine my love of learning, children, organization, creativity, and design.  I am giving it a test run for 2-3 weeks to see where it may go...


Thank you for all of your emails and messages about Hunter.  We are waiting on the return of health insurance to run all the needed tests.  Until then, he is busy with learning and just being a happy kid.


Have a great week...

3.22.2015

Around the tudor...

We are entering week 8 of this bloody strike.  Travis is going to test and hopefully interview with another company this week.  Fingers crossed that something will happen, because Travis doesn't do idle time very well.  In saying that he has not been idle at all since this whole thing started.  Thankfully he has had a steady stream of small woodworking jobs.  He is happiest in his workshop, so along with making a little money his mind is occupied.

The laundry room is finished except for the tile on the opposite wall above the sink and washer...


Travis is usually here in the garage working on something...





Hunter celebrated his 14th birthday...




  It's amazing to me that just 13 years ago he looked like this...

like father, like son...
We have kept up with our traditional Tuesday night date night with these two...


Rodeo and Blake Shelton
 We celebrated World Down Syndrome Day...



at our GHFEDS party...
Created a new joke in the family about what it feels like to kiss my husband...


wokka, wokka, wokka...

Spring has sprung in Texas...



Back in February I was elected to our HOA board.  I was elected as VP, so my neighbor gave me this comic...


Hopefully this next week will bring an end to the strike or a new opportunity for Travis.   Good juju...

3.21.2015

21 things...

In honor of World Down Syndrome Day here are 21 things about Sara...



1.  124 CD's.  Sara loves music and listens/sings every day.
2.  1 boyfriend.  Sara loves William.  He is her "hot tamale"...
3.  Sara has 1 sister and 2 brothers.
4.  3 parents- Sara is very lucky to have a happy blended family.
5.  5 grandparents.
6.  86 signs painted this year for The Happy Soul Project.
7.  168 books.  ALL of them are her favourite.
8.  2 dogs- Sara loves animals.
9.  24 bottles of perfume- Sara collects fragrances.
10.  64 strands of Mardi-Gras beads.
11.  194 Special Olympics medals and ribbons.  Sara competes in track, bowling and swimming.
12. 288 cards- Sara keeps every single card she's been given and reads through them each week.
13.  18 pairs of shoes- the girl loves a pretty sneaker.
14.  2 times a week- "Tell me about the day I was born".  It's her favourite story.
15.  365- the number of days she tracks till her next birthday.  It is her favourite day of the year.
16.  2 times a day- "I love you" and "I love you more".
17.  1 time a day- "Can I call William?"
18.  States visited- 9
19.  Number of swear words she uses- 2
20.  Number of years she spent in high school- 6
21.  Number of chromosomes Sara has- 47

Happy World Down Syndrome Day to Sara and everyone else out there who is lucky enough to be so much more than just a number!

3.10.2015

Laundry room progress...

Our tiny laundry room was on our list of things to complete before we moved in last August.  You know what they say about the best laid plans, right?  We had bought all of the materials, but with Travis on his turnaround schedule it just never happened.

This is week six of the USW strike, so in between picking up side jobs we decided to finish up the laundry room project.  Here is where the room started...

Pretty sure this was in a horror movie I once saw...

Not gonna lie- I didn't even walk all the way into this room when we first looked at the town house.  It was that gross.  The cinderblock wall is the firewall between the units, and although I liked the pattern of it I knew we would cover it up as part of the renovation.  There also used to be a door on the laundry room, something I wanted gone since I walk in and out of that room so many times a day!

Every home we have ever lived in and painted has this painted onto the wall first... #traditions

primed and ready to paint...


this is the tiny door under the dog's bed area that Travis built to access the dryer hook-up...



All painted up and ready for doors on the utility cabinet...

Lights up...

Utility cabinet organized...

The back of the washer/sink area will get subway tiles all the way to the ceiling...

I knew I wanted to skirt the sink, but I wasn't sure what material to use.  Buffalo check won out on IG...


This morning I gave Jack and Violet baths in the new sink.  It's deep and perfect for doggy bathing, but we really need to get that backsplash up!


Travis is going to build the utility cabinet doors today, and then all that is left is to put up the tile.  I'm so happy with how organized, light and bright this laundry space is.  A few people have asked why our washer and dryer were split up, and the answer is that orignially this room was outside the back door of the town home and the original owner closed it in.  What they didn't do was figure a way to  re-route the dryer vent so when we purchased the house it vented INTO the house instead of outside.  In order to properly vent the dryer it had to be moved to the other side of the room.  So that is why they are split up, which I'm kind of liking.  Having the sink right next to the washer makes more sense to me anyways ;)

3.07.2015

Keeping busy...

This strike time has been interesting to say the least.  I have been given a glimpse into what life may look like when Travis retires, and all I can say is that we are going to need a Reader's Digest sized calender and a clock.  We go to bed when we are tired and wake up when the light comes into our room each morning.  We yawn, kiss good morning and then inevitably one of us asks the other what day/date it is.  It's very surreal not living on a real work schedule.  It's also weird not keeping track of what time it is as the day goes on.  We eat when we are hungry, not when our "lunch" time is, and the result is that we have both lost weight.

Travis and I are keeping busy with a steady stream of handyman and woodworking projects.  I do the design consult/painting and then Travis does his woodworking magic.  It's not our usual paycheck, but it's enough for us to get by.  We are very lucky to have some skills to fall back on, not everyone affected by this strike can say the same.

This is one of our neighbor's kitchens- they had a HUGE microwave over the stove, but wanted a shelf for spices...

Painted this piece for a client in ASCP Coco...

Client piece painted in ASCP Paris Grey and Graphite...

Stair rails in ASCP Graphite- I love these painted!
 Travis is also working on our laundry room build.  He finished up all of the trim this morning, so now it's time to pooky, sand and paint...



It is nice having Travis around to work on math with Hunter.  He is neck deep into fractions and Travis is using his woodworking projects to let Hunter use his fraction knowledge in a real life way...


We live in home improvement stores...

Hunter is doing okay- if he's worried about his upcoming GI tests he doesn't let on.  He will turn 14 next Thursday and I keep thinking that at any moment he will outgrow the "I love you mom"'s and the "Your the best mom ever"'s, but he's not.  This guy is such a love bug...


 Gets it from his dad...


Yes, that is a five week strike beard.  I am married to a mountain man.  Or a Yeti...

This is one of his best friends, Dustin.  Also sporting the strike beard...


My older sister, Beverly, and her husband Mike came down from NJ to visit.   They brought their 7 month old puppy, Millie.  I fell in love with that dog on my last trip to NJ.  She is such a sweet heart...


We also had a lengthy discussion about the science behind this dress...


I'm kidding.  We all pretty much agreed it was ugly.


SO proud of our Anne, she was hired on by a high end salon and is headed to State Cosmetology competition at the end of the month.  Goal driven and very passionate about what she does...


So that has been our past few weeks.  Staying busy and trying to stay positive.  It is so true about the "when it rains it pours" saying.  My bank account was hacked into and Travis' truck is having issues- but we are going to be okay.  The sun is going to peek out soon and we will be better for it.


Have a great weekend!