September 21, 2008
...my dad made the changing table 25 years ago for me before I was born and then repainted it to match the other white furniture and as you know from an earlier post Jared made the bookshelf. The bassinet came from my grandma who used it first for my mom and her 3 younger siblings. Then it got passed down to be used by all the grandkids. Now it will be used on a third generation of babies, starting with L.B.J!
Saturday morning came and I started putting the plastic up all over the house. Once we figured out the sprayer, we went at it: me leaning over spraying and Allison back-brushing it. Much to my surprise, it only took a little less than 4 hours to do the whole thing (prep, staining, and cleanup.) I actually thought it would take the better part of the weekend to complete.
The deck looks great and I would highly recommend making friends with a painter if you ever plan on staining yours.
I haven't finished the drawers yet, but the rest of it is coming along.
September 15, 2008
What a great way to kick off 2009 with a wedding of a great friend.
September 10, 2008
Two of the biggest things going on in my life right now are the baby coming soon and my big building I am currently working on. Generally speaking, these two things have little to do with each other. Leave it to a dream to bring them together.
To set the stage a little, Allison and I have started taken some quite interesting classes at the hospital to prepare us for the upcoming baby. Being surrounded by lots of pregnant women while watching some fairly descriptive videos apparently has taken a little toll on my imagination.
This was my dream I had last night. My jobsite was invaded by a large amount of pregnant women. All were far enough along that birth was imminent. However, instead of going to the hospital, they all show up and surrounded the building, demanding answers on what is going to be happening to them.
Humorously enough in itself, they singled out the most logical choice of workers on which to direct their questions: the blocklayers. Of course the blocklayers had few answers that satisfied the women, so the large posse grew even more restless and were boldly proclaiming they would be giving birth right there if someone didn’t help them.
Crazy dream? Yes. The moral was clear though. If you are pregnant and need answers immediately, don’t waste your time talking with blocklayers, try your luck and go straight to the electricians.
For about a year now, Allison has been wanting me to make a bed frame. It was supposed to be for Christmas last year, then her birthday, etc, etc. I never got around to making it until a few weeks back I decided it was time. She had been real patient and I finally wanted to start working on it.
She gave me a 2” picture of one from a magazine from which to base the design on. With little to go on, I pretty much just starting cutting boards with no clear idea on how it would all shake out. Eventually it started looking like something and I devised a clever way to make it disassemble quickly too.
The funniest part of the whole project was when Allison and I were staining, her ponytail fell into the gallon of stain. Me, being the clever person that I am, simply grabbed the scissors and took care of the problem, but not before I got a picture. I think her hair looks fabulous now. One more way to save money – free haircuts!
September 8, 2008
September 4, 2008
As you can tell it is really dark outside in the windows in the background. That is because he will be working the early morning shift and if you know my dad he is an early riser so this shift is great for him. He also got placed in the hardware department. So long story short he will be working at his ideal part time job. Congrats Dad on your new job! You definitely earned it after 30 some years of teaching those crazy 5th graders:)