Saturday, November 2, 2013

All-Encompassing Fall Post

Since I cannot find any pictures of Samantha's 6th Birthday party anywhere (She had a great bithday, btw. We had it at the YWCA in the gymnastics room. My friend, Deana, was the coach there and she hosted a great party), I will skip ahead to a few fall pictures.

La Union, NM corn maze
I have never been through this maze during the daylight hours, so I assumed it would be a piece of cake to get through. Ha! We chose the "easy" maze and it took us over an hour to make our way out. We stuck with Sam's plan of only making left turns. I think we had ti eventually use our gut instinct to get out. The left hand turn theory did not work very well.

Sammy and Ama T choosing pumpkins

Matt with our three pumpkins

This would have made a good Christmas card family photo, but Matt was refusing to cooperate and Samantha refused to smile like a normal person.

Halloween 2013
Sammy went as a witch again this year. Of course I waited till the last minute to find a broom, so I ended up making one...again this year.

Lacy did Samantha's "magical" witch makeup.

I had already purchased Matt a robot costume, but he insisted on being a ghost. After many struggles of cutting and fitting the sheet, this is what we ended up with.
We were getting ready to walk out of the door and he made a last minute switch...back to the robot costume.

Good morning picture from the babies to their daddy...We miss him. Just a couple more weeks...

Entryway Closet Remodel

This is the most boring post ever, but I had to document our first successful home improvement project. We started out with a long hallway of closets, seriously, four coat closets in a row. Really, who needs that many closets??!! Here goes:

Sam decided to grab a sledgehammer and demolish the wall between two closets. We discovered that the beam in between was a support for the ceiling. Sam's dad stepped in and built us a header (not shown) to support the ceiling so we could rip out the studs.

Now we have an empty canvas.     

Sam built a subfloor out of 2x4s and plywood. Next is the bench area (built the same way.)
Completely forgot to document the steps in between...sorry. He framed out the bench and sbbfloor with base board molding and built some simple decorative shelves in the "nook" area.
He added a board for the base for the coat hooks. We also painted the inside of the entire space a darker color to make the white accents pop.

Voila! We are still going to add some wooden crate baskets (I found some cute ones at Hobby Lobby) and we are going to upholster a bench seat. I am going to use an old curtain. The fabric is durable and I am in love with the pattern. You can see it two pictures above this one. We laid it out just to see what it would look like.