Monthly Archives: November 2012

Goodbye, fall!

Short and sweet post this week – here are some fall pictures 🙂  The trees have all lost their leaves – these were taken a few weeks ago when we had some nice weather.


We’re hoping to wrap up the board and batten in the dining room this weekend, so I’ll have a tutorial post on that.  It’s looking good so far!


Dining room progress update

Well, we got the wood floors installed in the dining room (and by we, I mean Brian). I was on hand for moral support and making chicken pot pies to say thank you. The floors went in nicely over the existing subfloor – which was luckily in really good shape when we ripped up the carpet.

Here’s the before, right after we ripped up the carpet and assessed the sub-floor situation:








And here are the progress pictures:

We put in transition pieces where the dining room flooring meets the kitchen. It doesn’t line up perfectly, but the horizontal transition pieces make it look okay.

Filed under money well spent: paying a professional carpet installer to re-tuck the existing living room carpet under the new wood flooring.



































Next up – putting our DIY skills to the test and installing board and batten wainscoting! Prep work is currently underway! We still need new lighting and accessories too – I’m so excited about it all coming together!

Hope everyone had a great weekend and Happy Veteran’s Day!

Happy (belated) Halloween!

Sorry the Halloween pictures are a smidge late! Claire asked to go as Rapunzel this year, so we obliged, complete with super long wig and chameleon buddy Pascal (part of the movie, for those of you who haven’t seen it!)

The festivities kicked off last weekend at the Worthington Rec Center Halloween party, where we got to play games, learn the Thriller dance and meet a princes. Busy night, and Claire got over her fear of the big people in costumes pretty fast (especially when she realized that she won little candy and prizes for playing games!)

Then it was the annual pumpkin carving party at Aunt Micheale and Uncle Keith’s house! I brought some washable poster paints for the little ones this year, since they can’t carve, obviously, and Brian or I usually end up carving some elaborate template for two hours. Claire had a blast painting her pumpkin, and as you can tell, has a soft spot for her cousin Luke 🙂

Claire also made some cute pumpkin art at school that we had to show off!

And of course, trick or treat. We started out as Rapunzel, but it was raining, some after a few houses and the neighborhood party, she came home, warmed up, and we let her change into one of her dress up costumes to hit a few more houses of our immediate neighbors.

All in all, a great Halloween! I’ll be checking back in later this week with some fall snapshots too.

Oh, and psst – guess what we’ve been working on this weekend?! Dining room progress update (flooring!) is on deck.