OBVIOUSLY, it's not September....in fact, it's almost November. We've relly been slacking on updates. So, I'll be posting catch-up stuff over the next few weeks.
September was very busy. We have been on a mission to get as many remodelling projects finished as possible before Baby Aberle arrives in January.
Take a look at this picture, now look at the picture below...notice the difference??? You may not be able to spot it right away, but I was so thrilled to see the new windows being put into our house earlier this month! Dave installed new double-hung windows in all three bedrooms, the master bath, and above the stairwell. I had no problems wishing the old silver alunimum frames a fond farewell :) Of course, we had to paint the interior frames of the new windows (next time I'll pay the extra and get all vinyl windows!). However, they are all painted, installed, and trimmed and make such a difference on both the inside and outside of the house.
The two pictures below describe how I had a tire blow-out. We just had new tires put on, and almost a month later I was driving along with both dogs and the front passenger tire blew out in a construction zone. Wouldn't you know it, I've never had this happen...and it happens while I'm pregnant, with 2 dogs, and can't get Dave to answer any of his 3 phones. He finally did call me back and came to save the day (there was NO way I was going to crawl on the ground to change a tire with this big belly!). We did have to have the almost-brand-new tire replaced, but it only cost us $1! Thank you Costco Tire road hazard warranty!
The past few weeks Dave has been busy getting new light fixtures in the bedrooms, getting the hallway prepped for texture, texturing the hallway, and finally painting the hallway.
The picture below describes our chaotic garage. My car has been banished from the garage since the beginning of September in order to make room for the many painting & assembling projects. As you can see there is a cabinet (primed and ready for paint) and trim below it. Since we're putting all new door, floor, and window trim up, we've bought countless feet of trim. All of which is primed & painted ready for installation. He has also stained & varnished all of the doors (5 total).
Below is a picture of our Living Room as it looked the whole month of September. Full of baby furniture and storage containers. Our baby furniture arrived and Dave put it together to make sure everything was OK with it. I'm so glad he did that, because a part was broke on the crib. So, we hauled it back to the store and we had a new one the next week. All of the baby furniture is ready to go in the newly painted nursery (updates/pix on the nursery will be posted soon!). As of the first weekend in October, the bedrooms and living rooms were cleared out to start refinishing the hardwood floors (check back for updates on the floors).
With every home remodel project there are bunches of things to accomplish, some big jobs and lots of small ones. Dave has been so awesome about working like a mad-man to get everything finished by the first weekend in November.
Other things new... Dave started his last semester of his masters degree. He has 2 classes this semester and then will officially be done with graduate school. Work is keeping us both busy, including travelling. I went out to Seattle for 4 days in September - the baby has been there three times already without even knowing it! We went up to Morton for the annual Pumpkin Festival. It was so disappointing that it rained most of the time, but it was good to see many of our family and friends. And of course the pumpkin pancakes were great on Saturday morning :)
The baby is growing....and therefore so am I. I'm just getting bigger and bigger. The dr. says that he/she is growing as he/she should and has a good strong heartbeat. We're still on track for a January 13th arrival.
Come back soon for more updates on the house & other fun things we've been up to. Until then....have a great day!