Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Jack is 7 months old

I'm back for a quick update on my exciting life. I just turned 7 months old on the 14th of August. I have two teeth on the bottom of my mouth which has made me drool like crazy. Mommy and daddy thought I drooled a lot before- HA!

As you already know I have been sitting up on my own for a while now, but my new thing is the army crawl! I use my arms to pull myself all over the place. It's awesome. I can actually get from one toy to the next without my mom or dad having to get it for me. For some reason I can't quite get my legs to do what I want them to yet, but I practice every day so soon enough my parents won't be able to catch me as I zoom across the floor!


I didn't have any doctor visits this month, thank goodness. I always seem to get poked with a needle when I go in there!

I am eating tons of pureed foods now, yogurt and blueberries are my new favorites. I still hate peas, but mommy tries to hide them in with sweet potatoes and force me to eat them. I have her figured out! Otherwise I like everything else.

Oh yeah, I was on TV! A news station came to my daycare and filmed me playing with my toys and laying in my crib. It was so cool!  I think I want to be an actor when I grow up.


Well, I better get back to playing with my toys. See you in a month!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Trimmed Doorways and Jack's Playroom

We finally finished a project that was started nearly 4 years ago (no kidding)! One of the many things on our to-do list to "finish" the house was to frame the doorways to our main floor office/marimba room (now playroom). I don't know why we kept putting off the project, but once we started, it only took about a week to finish (that adorable kid can really slow things down!). Here is a semi-before (we never think to take pictures until we've started):

The first step was to cut off the existing trim on the floor using Brian's new multi-use oscillating tool.

The next step was to sand the doorway drywall, skim coat it to make it smooth (simulating a traditional wood doorway), and then paint the area with high-gloss trim paint. We chose to make the doorways fancy-schmancy by adding plyths and rosettes so we painted those too. We thought we already had the trim painted because we did it four years ago, but apparently Sherwin Williams gave us a can of yellowish high-gloss paint (when we did the basement) that doesn't match any trim in the rest of the house (major bummer). We ended up having to repaint all of the trim (luckily you don't notice the off color in the basement because it doesn't butt up to other trim)!

Once all of the paint was dry, Brian cut the trim to fit, nailed it up, and then siliconed nine miles of crack. Voila! Trimmed doorways! Oh yeah, Brian also had to finish putting up the chair rail in that room since we had left those pieces off knowing we would be finishing the entryways. It looks gooood:

And as you can see, that room is no longer storing the marimba and the desk, but all of Jack's toys. It works out really well to keep all of his things in there; we love it and Jack seems to like having a place to crawl around that is free of cat and dog hair.

The next major project on our list is installing crown molding on the main floor. As amazing as the door trim looks, crown molding looks even better. I can't wait! Now if only Jack would learn how to hold all of Daddy's tools...