Saturday, July 23, 2016

Summer Projects Week

When we came back from the cabin on Thursday we spent the next few days working on never-ending projects.

Friday, July 8
Ha--we came home to a yard full of wildflowers.  Because it's been so dry J hasn't had to mow the grass, but the "weeds" have been flourishing. :)

We got to see the phoebe fledgling on its last day in the nest.
It was time to get a desk into Beza's room.  And one small project led to another.
First we had to remove the dresser from Beza's room to make space for a desk (that we already had for her in M's room).
Then we had to measure and buy a closet organizer to add drawers to her closet.
While that was happening I painted her closet.

T, who is always inspired by what's going on around him, made his own painting gear and taped off our entire dresser like a good painter.  (I never use tape.)

Since we were painting, it was a good afternoon for M to paint her closet bookshelf. (From red to deep indigo-purple.) 

Because the bookshelf was out of her closet, I painted her closet, too.
Her closet doors needed a touch-up so I repainted those.
While the door and trim paint was out I repainted their quite dirty bedroom doors.
The trim in their bathroom has been a mess for a long time so I quickly tackled that.

J was also working on copying all of his family's home videos onto DVD's.

After working all day we got to watch fireworks while taking a walk around our neighborhood.

Saturday, July 9 
We had coffee on the deck with a praying mantis.

Then we kept plugging away at the projects, went grocery shopping to restock from the week away and gathered a few supplies to help in the reorganization of Beza's room.  
(She finally has a place for a mirror just the right size for her. :)

And her closet is all finished.

Before bed we watched a few of J's old home videos.

There are some real gems in there--like this:

M and her best cat-buddy, Bill, at bedtime.

Sunday, July 10
After church we had lunch out with some visitors.

And then we went to our friends' house for a fun night.
 (With a simple Pinterest-inspired dessert.)

Monday, July 11
We started the day with a trip to the orthodontist to begin the process of getting M a mouth expander.  Then we went to Barnes and Noble to grab a few workbooks to keep our brains sharp during the summer.  After that we had a meeting and then an afternoon to try to get some of the stuff from the weekend all cleaned up.

Tuesday, July 12
Because the painting supplies were still all out I decided to finally repaint their entire bathroom.  (White, of course.)

Then, because I already had on my painting clothes and I had the paint, I repainted the basement steps which have been lightly splattered with white paint from when I painted all of the walls last year.  (I painted the brown steps black, painting every other one on Tuesday and then the other every other ones on Thursday.)

Naturally, since I repainted the bathroom it also seemed like a good time to move out the NY stuff to give the room a more cheery vibe.

I paint and they play. :)  This week it was adventurer time.  (T checking into a French hotel.)

Beza's been busy using her new desk.

 T also built his own Spot Bot after our new one arrived.

In other news, the garden is a mess, but the tomatoes are doing well.  So far.  I was worried that if they were in the yard the groundhog or a deer might come and eat them, too, so after I watered them (oops), I asked J to move them to the deck to keep them safe.

We're excited for these Indigo Rose tomatoes to ripen.  They're so pretty.
Wednesday, July 13
And then it all felt like ENOUGH and like it was time to just settle into more relaxed summer days so we pulled out our just-for-fun paints. :)

Beza used her new birthday paints to make decorations for her room.

T painted a picture of George Washington.  Why?  (Always ask.)  Because when we tour old houses there are always pictures of George Washington on the walls and he wanted one for his room, too.  M liked his so much that she wanted to make her own.  We were laughing so hard at those George Washingtons.  What makes George Washington look like George Washington?  Somehow he just kept looking like an old lady.

T's original vs M's first version:

T's original vs M's 20th version:

The final gallery:

Thursday, July 14
They had so much fun painting the day before that they created their own art museum by making drip art with markers on paper in the bathroom sinks.  

They were still playing explorer and artist/author.

At some point T made grass and pine needle balls.

In the afternoon we picked up our dog visitor (Ember the golden retriever) for the week.

That night the storm front moved through and left a cool line in the sky.

Friday, July 15
After a full day of still trying to clean up from all of the week's projects, we got to spend the evening with new friends.  We all had a great time. :)

Phew!  It was a FULL week.  But it felt so good to finish those projects.

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