home improvement

When Grandma Comes to Town

Posted on September 13, 2011. Filed under: decor, E, family, home improvement |

When my mom comes to town everyone is exhausted when the weekend is over.  This most recent visit wasn’t any different than her pervious visits.  In fact on Sunday I asked my mom if she wanted to stay a day or two longer and she said “No, I’m too tired, you wore me out”.  I said “I feel the same way”.  Anyway, here is a quick run down of the weekend.  First we wore out E by taking him to Imagine It! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta.  He loved it!  We were there from 10 – 2:30.  Despite the fact he played for two hours beyond his normal nap time, we had a very hard time peeling him out of there.  He had an unbelievable time…we will definitely go back.

Painting…I think he painted at least 3 times.


Playing with “Moon” Sand…this was E’s favorite activity.


Grandma crawling through the mole hill


Saturday and Sunday were spent working on the deck.  We went to Garden Ridge, Ace Hardware & Home Depot.  J in the mean time went to JC Penny’s and picked up the sectional couch we ordered over Labor Day weekend.  Waiting till the end of the season really paid off, we got lots of great deals. 

Before we unpacked the couch


The first furniture arrangement (O’s suggestion).


The second and final arrangement (J’s suggestion).


The chairs holding a space our table, which will be arriving in a couple days.


Our little gardener.  I wish I could have captured a photo of the dirt particles in his eyelashes. 


After all of our hard work, this is how the deck looks.


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Helping Daddy with yard work.


Oh, and there are no pictures to prove it, but we took E to the Waffle House for the first time.  He loved it, I’m certain he gave us “why haven’t you brought me here before?” look.

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Almost Complete

Posted on June 26, 2011. Filed under: home improvement |

After 3 weeks of work, the deck is almost complete. We are just waiting for our lights to arrive so we can have the electrical work completed.  To get to this stage we had many steps backwards, and a variety of work had to be redone.  Had I written this blog a week ago, I would have shared many of the frustrations J and I were struggling with, but with the project complete, all of the challenges are out of my mind.  The deck is huge, even bigger than we ever imagined.  It makes our yard so much more useable.  We are planning getting a grill, dinning table and seating area.  We have essentially added two new rooms to our house.   IMG_2748 IMG_2749

Here is E breaking in the new deck.

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E showing of he patented T-Rex walk.  He always keeps his hands up nice and high when he is walking.


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Progress Finally…

Posted on June 15, 2011. Filed under: home improvement |

We failed our initial inspection on the 8th, the inspector wanted to see the rebar in the hole and also the plans needed to be on the worksite.  The contractor told us it is hit or miss if the inspector just wants to see an empty hole or if they want to see the rebar it also, all depends on the inspector.  As of Friday the rebar was in the footing holes and we were waiting for another inspection.  The second inspection occurred yesterday.  Today some cement was poured into the footings.  Due to the stormy weather tonight, I wasn’t able to take a picture of the current progress.  Originally, we were optimistic that the deck would be completed in a week.  Then we became realistic and realized it would take two weeks.   Now we are defeated and think it will take at least 3 weeks to complete.  After taking 8 weeks to get through the initial permitting process we shouldn’t be surprised.


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Day 3…..now We Wait

Posted on June 8, 2011. Filed under: home improvement |

Forgive me for how dark these pictures are.  I forgot to take my daily update photo until till was too late.  The platform is now full size, a full 520 square feet, to me it looks like a dance floor.  Many of our neighbors have stopped by and taken a look what we are having built.  You might even say they have deck envy. 




This is an example of one of the many holes we are waiting to have inspected by the city.  If they say it is deep enough, the builders can pour the concrete, attach the platform to the footing with 6” x6” posts, add deck rails, run lighting and do the finishing touches on the deck, but until then we wait.


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Construction…..Day Two

Posted on June 7, 2011. Filed under: home improvement |

What a difference a day makes???  They will have the platform complete tomorrow and then we will just be waiting on getting the piers inspected.  Basically someone from the city is going to come out and look at the 6 or 8 holes they dug in the ground and certify that they are deep enough.  Sounds pretty simple to me, but based on our previous experience with city permitting and inspections, I’m sure it will take forever.


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Posted on June 6, 2011. Filed under: home improvement |

Today the construction of our new deck finally started.  We have spent 10 weeks in permitting and planning waiting for the construction to begin.  When completed the deck will be just about 520 square feet, almost half the size of ur house!.


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We were shocked to see how big the deck is.  The portion pictured here is only the first half.  Right now the deck is only 26 X 10, but the final size will be 26 X 20.  We are so excited to have a great outdoor entertaining space. 

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paths of Destruction

Posted on March 20, 2011. Filed under: E, home improvement |

After being a little under the weather last weekend and early this week we have our E back to normal.  This afternoon he to exploring unknown territory and testing his environment.

E’s first bits of toilet paper.  It looks like he has a scowl on his face, but it is actually the backend of a smile, my camera is just not fast enough for him.   IMG_0624 His bouncy seat has never been more fun or functional as it has been lately, he uses it for playing and drinking his bottles.

IMG_0625Opening drawers in his room and taking things out of the drawer.  Apparently he wanted his sheets refolded. 

IMG_0628  Then he decided to take the stuff off of his shelves.

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Then on to the kitchen to take the Tupperware out of the drawer and to empty out the cabinets.  We bought some cabinet locks this weekend, but the new fancy locks that we bought won’t work on our 1950s cabinets.  We will have to just continue moving items to higher ground.

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We can certainly say that he is always keeping us on our toes.  With our itty-bitty house it doesn’t take long for E to explore and destroy any and every area he sets his sights on.

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Daddy’s Little Helper

Posted on February 17, 2011. Filed under: home improvement, organization |

Last weekend J took away E’s favorite toy.  As I mentioned in a recent blog, E’s favorite toy was the speaker wires that ran from our TV under the rug to the back of the living room.  If we left E unattended in the living room he would scoot over to the wire and start chewing on it.  So last weekend J rewired everything so that the wires run under our living room floor.  E was obviously unaware of what the final outcome of the project was because he seemed determined to help J with the project. We will have to get our little helper his own tools soon!

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