Sunday, July 31, 2011
Sunday, July 24, 2011
Friday, July 22, 2011
Even with all of the work and unpacking going on, we had some friends from D.C. (Virgina) come and visit last week end (our 3rd week here). Maren, Joseph and their beautiful daughter Adelaide came to spend the weekend with us and to see the Hill Cumorah Pageant.
They arrived late Friday night and we hung out Saturday at Lake Ontario before the pageant.
Brennan didn't want to get off the swing. He could swing all day if someone were there to push him. I thought he looked pretty cute just sitting there. He was pretty patient for me to snap a picture before I went to push him.
After the park and the swim in the pool, Maren and I headed back to the park to enjoy some frozen custard and some time with out kids to talk. Abbots Frozen Custard is to die for!!
We got back to my place in time to help Logan finish a batch of cookies and make a fruit salad for a neighborhood party. Our amazingly kind neighbors hosted a street party that evening. Maren and Joseph were kind enough to tag along. The party was a great opportunity for us to meet some of our neighbors.
Joesph went to the party for a bit and then left to get seats for pageant. Maren and I put the kids down for bed while Logan went to pick up a babysitter for the evening. Having a babysitter was a perfect end to a fun filled day. We drove up, watched the pageant (and even wore light jackets with blankets around us), and drove back home in separate cars.
Logan and I missed the exit on the way home and had to drive 15 more minues on I90 to exit. Then we were on the west side of the city and had to drive 19 more miles to to our house! Dumb mistake we will never repeat. Next time we'll pay more attention and not be busy doing our own things (I was adding contacts to my new phone and Logan was busy thinking about the bathroom project).
We really loved having visitors and hope they come back again in the next 4 years we're here - of course after we go visit them ;) Anyone is welcome!!
I've been doing a lot of sewing lately. Brennan has been my sidekick and great helper. He loves to help cut paper - since I don't let him use my fabric scissors. I don't want him getting used to cutting fabric (i.e. clothes). He loves my retracting measure tape. I even took it to church last Sunday to keep him occupied during sacrament meeting. Worked like a charm.
Brennan loves my new sewing set up as much as I do. Opening my drawers and pulling things out could keep him occupied all day! We put a little table and chairs in the room for Brennan to work while I'm sewing. He loves it and so do I.
I was taking some pictures of stuff for my Etsy shop today and snapped this one of Brennan.
Sunday, July 17, 2011
I eased myself into plumbing by first buying a few Shark Bite fittings and valves (easy but costly push-together system) and replaced about 40 feet of steel pipe in the basement, but realized I couldn't do the whole job with Shark Bite or I'd add a couple hundred bucks on right there, so I sat down and watched, yet again, more YouTube "how to" videos and taught myself how to sweat copper pipes. Here's a partially-pictured list of the plumbing I had to re-do:
1. supply lines to outdoor faucet and washing machine; new valves for bathroom supply lines (I used pex pipe for this, works great)
2. washing machine faucet and sink hook-ups (see above, new PEX piping and a Sharkbite shut-off valve to replace the old, nearly bursting steel pipe, and then I used (much cheaper) copper for all the joints and valves for the sink and washing machine).
3. tapped into a gas line for our (used, old) gas dryer which required about 5 threaded fittings. For this, I had to buy a big, hefty pipe wrench, a tool I didn't understand prior to this job. I'm glad I didn't attempt it without a pipe wrench. I tested all the fittings with soap to look for bubbles.
4. drains for sink and tub
5. toilet supply line
6. new main valve for shower**
Once I got the new valves in the basement for the bathroom supply lines, I was able to shut them off and isolate the bathroom so I could tinker on it. Total time with the main water shut off for the whole project: only TWO hours!! **Number 6 was a huge test of patience and confidence. It involved some 15 plus sweated copper joints, one of which leaked when I tested the system, right at the connection to the new main valve. A slow drip, maybe once every 10 seconds, but enough to make me almost give up entirely. A simple YouTube search just wasn't helping this time. I should've called someone. Out of frustration and desperation, I cut through the pipe next to the leak, grabbed the pipe with my biggest set of pliers, and, to my surprise, was able to crush/muscle it out of its fitting without messing up the valve box nor the other joints on it. An hour later and 5 new sweated joints, and I was done with all of the plumbing - for now. I will probably replace the powder room's sink at some point, and I still have to run a line to the fridge which I've now learned is a simple $20, 1-2 hour task. (the previous owner I guess decided it wasn't worth it? to buy a new fridge with an ice machine and filtered water, but not hook it up??)
It's an empowering thing to realize I now understand and know the location of all of the plumbing and gas lines in the house, and am confident I could fix whatever problems may arise - it's the ACCESS to that problem that presents the biggest challenge, and identifying exactly what's leaking or failing because it's hidden can be a nightmare. I can't wait to live in a house that is plumbed entirely with PEX piping (like PVC but flexible and more durable) as many new houses are! My biggest worry: hoping the drains in the new bathroom will function fine despite having just about the minimum slope required (1/4" drop per 1 foot horizontal).
Next up: Construction - The Bathtub
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Trevor had his 4 month old check up on Thursday. He's a healthy growing boy. He weights 16 pounds 1 ounce (75th%) and is 25.25" long (70%). He sure is getting big. He's such a happy easy going boy.
He loves to watch Brennan play. Brennan loves to show Trevor his tricks as well. I love when Brennan talks to Trevor because Trevor is really starting to notice Brennan. Trevor eyes follow Brennan around the room. Brennan can even get Trevor to smile big when he jumps in front of him. I think if Brennan doesn't start growing soon Trevor will catch up to him!
(this is Trevor just over 3 months old - I haven't been very good at taking pictures during this move/unpacking/etc).
** Today I was sewing and Trevor was playing under his toy blanket (mobile). I turned around to check on him and he was on his belly! He's been working on that for a while and has been so close. His arm was still stuck under his belly, but he was fully extended looking up. I was quite impressed! He has yet to master rolling from belly to back - which usually comes first. He has rolled from belly to back a few times, but it was too soon after I placed him on his belly for me to count it. I think it was still his head momentum from me turning him.
Friday, July 15, 2011
Monday, July 11, 2011
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Looking down from the front stairs. You can see the mud room and two doors. You can also see the french doors to the right of the front door.
French door to the right. Large front window.
Stair landing. The left takes you to the front door and the right takes you into the den. The den (well, really a dining room from the original house plans). I love this little side stair case and use it all the time. Brennan loves to play on it as well.