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I got home early from work today and tackled some honey-dos. For some reason the plastic ceiling fixture in our bathroom turned a gross yellow over the past decade. Oddly, a near identical fixture plate in another bathroom still looks good without any sign of yellowing. Despite the photoshopped look of the two pictures, they are actually before and after photos of the fixture which I simply sprayed with a few coats of white paint.
Next up was replacing our doorbell which had broken outside and, somehow, managed to burn out the bell inside. Fortunately, the transformer (who knew doorbells had transformers?) had not burned out since it had some major wiring connected to it. I didn't even have to turn off the power to swap out the outside ringer and inside bell unit. Just a few minutes of work between coats of paint and another item was off my list!
In eighth grade shop class my father, Grandpa Danz, made this desk. It was my desk growing up and now it is Will's desk (or, at least, it's in Will's room). It's got some dings on it from all the years I put it to good use, but it is still in great shape. No need to have it refinished or otherwise worked on. It is beautiful, sturdy and wonderfully functional. Dad did a terrific job making it.
In seventh and eighth shop class I made a desktop bookend pen set combo, a Thanksgiving turkey candle holder and a non-flexible solid wood skateboard...they were all horrible. While my parents dutifully complemented me on my creations and kept them around until they died, they have since been thrown out...not even close to being worth keeping. But my dad's desk...definitely a permanent family heirloom.
As a special treat to celebrate the boys' first day of school, Mama made a fancy dessert for after dinner: a cupcake with mint chocolate chip ice cream, whip cream and a cherry. It doesn't get any better than that!
First day of school for the 2012-2013 school year. Drew is entering third grade, Will is starting first grade and Landon will be the man of the house since he doesn't start anything until preschool next year.
The boys are very fond of their backpacks, baseball for Drew and Star Wars for Will.
Mary was on the ball again when it stopped raining today and found another rainbow to show the boys.
Driving home from Kansas City, I spotted an awesome cumulonimbus cloud. The picture utterly fails to convey its size and beauty. The cumulonimbus cloud was far away in the distance and relatively still behind the small darker clouds in front which were whizzing by traveling the opposite direction of my car.
This weekend we all went up to Kansas City to see the boys' two month old twin cousins: Charlotte Gianna and Caroline Faith.
The new cousins were the center of attention. No, I'm not even going to pretend that I can tell them apart.
Drew giving some love to one of his new cousins.
Will did a great job holding his new cousins too.
Landon was even a natural when it came time to hold one of his new cousins.
Gabe and his new sister.
Will taking another turn...I believe with the other new cousin.
Drew administering some paci love.
Mary and one of he new nieces.
Will with Aunt Michelle and a cousin.
Uncle Matt and one of his newest daughters.
Mama: Will, tomorrow you get to see your special girls, Gillian, Caroline and Charlotte (his cousins)!.
Will: Mama, YOU are my only special girl.
(Our six year-old middle child, not trying to score points with Mama, rather just being honest.)
Six and a half years ago we caught a giant one-eyed frog roaming our house (Drew right). Tonight, after the boys had their bath, we found another one (Landon top).
Drew was 2 years and 2 months old then and Landon is 3 years and 4 months old.
Tonight the boys got to take a bubble bath in Mama and Daddy's tub...on the condition that they would all smile nice for a photo. It worked out great; they got to have bubbly fun and I got a great picture of them together.
With the carpet installed, we finally completed the long-planned and long work-in-progress project of turning our unfinished bedroom and unused attic space into a finished bedroom, closet, storage room and usable attic storage. This is Will at the start of the project standing in what will eventually become his room.
The final result, Will's finished room. The colors are a little off in this picture but look great in person (the walls/ceiling are taupe not yellow). The colors were taken from Will's Star Wars comforter which he is really excited about. The room looks a little smaller in this picture than it actually is since we installed the chair rail a bit higher than normal. Standard chair rail height is usually 32" to 36" which I've always thought looked a little low.
Previously unused attic space to the right of the bedroom.
Will's new giant walk-in closet.
Our new storage room. As you can see, we took advantage of every square inch by extending the room past the rafters between which we can slide boxes.
Previously unused attic space to the left of the bedroom.
Our new attic storage space.
Will got to help out painting his room (Behr Mesmerize, Classic Taupe and Polar White).
The before and after floor plan. The remodel added about 400+ square feet in total, all without loosing any attic storage space. Now on to the project of moving everything in.
Today is the customer inspired Chick-fil-A appreciation day. Our family loves Chick-fil-A so appreciating them by stopping by today was a win-win. Actually, since we ate there for breakfast, lunch and dinner today, it was a win-win-win. Their food is terrific, always of the highest quality, and nobody makes better chicken strips. Their staff is the friendliest of any restaurant whether fast-food or otherwise. And, today, I learned they also have great breakfasts. We were proud to help Chick-fil-A set all time sales records today, even if Mary and the boys had to wait in the drive-thru for over an hour tonight. It was worth it. Thanks Chick-fil-A!