Wednesday, December 29, 2010

When you give a 5 Year Old a Hammer…

When you willingly give a five-year-old a hammer you better be prepared for this.

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Fortunately for us, this was a planned demolition.  Yeah, the 3-year kitchen remodel is finally moving forward.

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Yes, our remodel continues.  I’m so wishing I had some more before and after pictures to show you, but the AFTER is not quite done, yet the demolition, and remodel continues to engulf even more rooms as the list of rooms almost done, but not quite continue to grow.  Some how we are all surviving all the paint dust and paint fumes.

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And in between all the chaos we did manage to find a little Christmas spirit.

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See how high you can get on paint.

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I never want to paint on a ladder that high again.  Can you tell I’m nearly crying with fear as Abner does the Please-don’t-fall-on-me-MOM, happy dance.

Between the mad makeover mess we were able to throw in a one day family trip to the quaint town of Leavenworth, WA.  Loved it.


We even took the obligatory family photo and true to form chopped off heads, arms and toes.  You know our typical snapshot.

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The miracle was that we even put the tree up and decorated it with only a week to go before Christmas.

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Ate some yummy food and way, way to much sugar.

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And dreamed, and worked and dreamed some more of when this extreme home makeover would be done.

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I’ve got a lot of sewing, tiling and painting still ahead of me.  And yes, the After rooms will knock your socks off.  Who cares of Myth Busters busted that myth. 

I’m loving being creative.  Found two broken lamps for super cheap and put them together to make this little beauty for my future fairy desk.  You are not going to believe how perfect it all turns out.

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My kids are dreaming right along with me.  See here’s Abner dreaming of being a grown-up.

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Thank you for being patient while I continue to inhale down more paint fumes than can be healthy for anyone.  I know I’ve been missing from blog land for so long, but I can see the light at the end of the remodel tunnel.  It’s still a tiny pinprick, but it is growing brighter.


The Trio said...

Love your blogs! You are lucky if she just demolishes the right areas. I love your Christmas photos...are you mailing them too? You are an inspiration to all of us! Miss you! Love you!

Rosemary said...

You Go Girl! I was so glad to see your new post and to learn you are making mucho progress. When I get discouraged about clutter, I think of all your hard work, and I try harder.

Katy Cameron said...

Looking forward to seeing when the light reaches all the way to the end of that tunnel :o)

The Accidental Bavarian said...

Next time you are going to Leavenworth, drop by our site first to see what is happening in town. We've built a site with a whimsical tone from a tourist's point of view. We have a blog of our travels and things we've found there that we like.

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Beth said...

It all looks wonderful, Fawn! I hope you all had a Merry Christmas. And Happy New Year!
p.s. I love Leavenworth! Such a pretty storybook town.

liebchenhut said...

This is the first time I have made a comment on your blog yet, I found you through my friend Beth, and have been reading from time to time for about a year. I just simply can't resist sharing with you how fantastic your home's transformation is...REALLY!! I am excited to continue your "remodel" journey with you. Thank you for sharing and tally ho and onward Fawndear!! I will check back...I can't wait to see what is next!! :) maria

Anonymous said...

I hear ya, we went through a painting fest at our home before Thanksgiving. We wound down and now I'm trying to gear up for more painting to do in the new year. I've been gone from blogging for quite a long time. My husband was going through cancer treatments, but I am slowly getting back into life again. I am no longer at my old blog because it got deleted permanently, so I'm now at a different site if you ever want to visit I'll be back, tho. - Tink

Arrow said...

Your kids are growing so fast! Good luck as you finish your home makeover!

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Whoa that's a high wall to paint! Glad you got some Christmas merriment in with all your busy house remodeling!

PomPa said...

Always a great read. We'll see you in 10 days or so. PP and GMP