Renovating the 100 year old farm house my mom grew up in – making it a place for us to grow old in.

This last weekend Joe and I picked up our trim boards and the floors for the entry/mud room and our guest bedroom. It is absolutely amazing to finally be this far along and to not only see the light at the end of the tunnel but to know we’re gonna survive this renovation! I have five tape/mud lines left on the drywall, only FIVE! I did first coat on them yesterday so in a couple of days those will be done too and all of the sheet rock on the main floors of the house will be ready for paint! It felt so incredible to begin the trim I can’t wait to show you guys pictures! Speaking of pictures… it dawned on me that I simply have not been taking enough of them. I am almost sick thinking about how of all of the last year of this whole renovation I think I only have about five of me here. So, I had my mom stop by and take some photos of us. Of course when you tell a man to just act natural like we normally do when we’re taking a break he froze up and ended up looking really depressed! Oh well, at least we have some of us now! I’m going to make it a weekly thing, whenever anyone stops by I’m going to give them my phone and force them to take at least of couple of pictures of us.

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Joe volunteered long ago (and fully expected) to do a large portion of the taping and the mudding himself. That’s not how it played out as he was just too busy to be here more then one or two days on the weekends and I’m not at all mad about it. The taping and the mudding of the drywall was one of the things I really felt confident with going into this and I attacked it like it was my own pet project. Don’t get me wrong it’s not like I really enjoyed it or anything! While I was taping and mudding Joe was sheet rocking ahead of me and finishing up ALL of the bead board on all of the ceilings in the house so it wasn’t like there wasn’t anything for him to do! He also finished the rock on the chimney and across the front of the house. With him only able to be here weekends (and my still wanting him to be able to go out and fish and hunt etc.) he really did a lot to help me get this house done!

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