I decided that I was going to wear Stella out the next day. We were going on some adventures/Christmas Shopping. I was determined. I headed to Five Below (great store to get kid gifts for a good price) and was able to get EVERY kid on our list! That is a total of 18 kids! I also got our neighbor gifts and John's co-worker gifts. I just need to get to wrapping! Look how funny Stella looked in the jam-packed cart! She loved it though! (I did have to add a pillow to cushion her bottom)
The weekend brought us the start of the many projects for little baby Edmonds' nursery. First on the list.. make the door a DUTCH DOOR! This has been my dream to do for the nursery since the day I found out we were pregnant. It is ingenious, and I didn't think it could be that hard. Can't be, right? It actually wasn't too bad. So, I will try to outline the steps with accompanying pictures.
STEP 1: Find a place to cut your door. We did it just above the current door handle. We are blessed to have the Dorsey's and their tools. Alex just cut it in half!
STEP 2: We had a hollow door. (there are solid ones out there) We had to fill in the hollow space on the ends. We just added pieces of wood, puttied the top, then sanded it to make it flush.
STEP 3: Add a fourth hinge. There was a tool that they used to add this to the door itself. The adding of the hinge to the door frame... not as easy. So... you take the hinge, put it in place on the door and then line it up on the frame. Then trace with a pencil and CHISEL the part out so the hinge fits in the hole you create. This is John, chiseling the new hinge spot!
Still chiseling. It didn't take too long, but we did have a vaccuum nearby to get the small splinters of wood off the floor.
STEP 4: Hang the bottom of the door. We had fun with the door set up like this. Not only is it perfect to just keep the dogs out, it is going to be perfect for puppet shows! Check us out cheesin' because we are so proud that it worked!
The weekend was exhausting for everyone. Even Hudson fell asleep on Monday for a nap! He and Chase snuggled for a few hours on the couch and Stella even napped in her bed again! Woo hoo!
Monday night John and I went to the basement to set up the new workout bench thing. I was not much help as I was monitoring the dogs. (They love to lick up the dust and cobwebs... but it makes them sick... so I have to just sit and snuggle on the couches down there.) No worries for me. I can just be a good motivator and supervisor! Motivation needed to happen. The new equipment was not cooperating as we had planned for set up. Here are some pictures of the basement. (I told you I got organized!)
Left wall: Outdoor/Patio furniture
Left shelving: Party supplies, organized by theme of course.
Right wall: Ping Pong table currently holding an obscene amount of carpet squares, baby clothes for later months, some teaching supplies, and a box of wedding memories.
Here are the lanterns for the globe mobile I am doing. They turned out great! I am excited to start this project as well. It is going to be a doozie!
I hope that you were inspired by some DIY today! John is asleep on the couch now.. how he isn't high on paint fumes is amazing to me. I wasn't even in the garage!
I will show completed project pictures ASAP! The internet has been down this week.. making life a lot harder. It is strange how much I miss using the computer as opposed to my phone.