Closet Doors

We had such a great time with family and celebrating my ONE year old’s birthday! He loves to eat and has never had sugar up until his birthday party, lets just say he wasn’t amused. I was really shocked actually.

Now that things are starting to calm down, I have some progress to share.  Eli’s room is complete, yes you read that correctly.  It has been a long long long time coming, but it looks amazing and we all love it so much. Once I fill all of his picture frames, I will share the adorable room with you.

As you all know by now how much my dog pees everywhere. It is just so beyond annoying, but I don’t really blame him.  He is probably stressed, plus he’s an old man.  Not sure if you have ever seen or listened to an 11 year old pug, but they are literally like grumpy old men! So cute.  What’s not cute, is the fact he likes to pee on anything that isn’t wood floor.  He was so used to peeing all over the carpet, and we ripped that out months ago.  Now, his only option is the carpeted basement (which is closed off so he can’t pee in there anymore), or on piles of clothes, towels, sheets, etc.  No, we don’t keep piles of stuff on the floor, however closets tend to have all of those items in them, and our closets have no doors.  Are you piecing his together yet? The pug goes to all of the doorless closets, and pees on everything he can possibly lift his leg on.  It’s been fun to deal with.

When our photographer came to take Dax’s one year photos, and my family coming in for Dax’s birthday, it was time to get those closets up and running. David managed to put up all of the doors except for in Dax’s room.  With Dax’s nap schedule, it’s hard to get in there to put the finishing touches on his room.

The doors look great, and make the halls and Eli’s room look so much more complete. They still need moldings to cover the track, some readjusting, and hardware, but the fact the dog can’t pee on everything anymore is a win for me!

I am looking forward to a weekend of getting more stuff done! Happy Friday!

Drywall and Prime

A little while ago I shared the project that David and my dad were working on upstairs. We removed the railing and built a half-wall on top of the stairs.  I personally like how it looks more, and it is 1928730473847x safer for our wild toddler.

David spent a few hours mudding the wall since it wasn’t the smoothest, and our contractor offered to help finish it off.  I think that was their way of saying they didn’t like David’s work, but I could be wrong (I’m probably not though hah).  Anyway, the wall looks great now and David went ahead and primed it this weekend, along with some of the hallway.  Even with primer, the hallway looks so much brighter and cleaner. I know I mentioned this before, but I just don’t understand how mustard yellow, and bright blue walls does any house any favors.  Covering this all up has been such a disaster, but it makes us appreciate this process that much more.

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Safety First

Eli is becoming taller and stronger every day.  Now that we have two kids, I can’t focus on Eli 100% of the time.  Dax naps multiple times a day and I can’t have Eli sit in the room with me while I put him down or else Dax will never go down.  Eli just doesn’t have the concept of “quiet” down quite yet.  His new favorite thing to do is to lean over the railing to look at what is happening downstairs.  My biggest fear is that I would be tending to Dax and Eli would have an accident over this railing.  So, David and I decided that it just was way too unsafe to keep our railing as is, we thought it would be best to build a half wall.  He shouldn’t be able to climb it or fall over it.

David is a man of all trades, but we learned that building this wall was a two man job. Thankfully my dad was in town last week and helped him build the wall.  We couldn’t be more appreciative of his help last week because this project wouldn’t have gotten done.

Here is the progress for the wall.  It doesn’t look like much now, but it’s going to be beautiful when it’s done.  I have lots of ideas and I can’t wait to execute some of them!

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The Scent of Urine

Hello November!!! We had a blast celebrating Halloween with the kids yesterday, even though it was so cold out.  I guess I would take the cold over rain any day on Halloween. This year Eli dressed up as a UPS man and a hamburger.  Dax was a hot dog and the dog was dressed as french fries.  Speaking of our dog…

We have a 10 year old dog who has been potty trained pretty much since we got him 10 years ago.  Of course he has accidents here and there, but he doesn’t pee all over the house.  We have been fortunate enough to build all of our homes, but when we were in a temporary house during our stint in Minnesota, we noticed that the dog was having more and more accidents.  We came to the conclusion that it was because there were probably numerous dogs who stayed in the temp house before we did, and he was just marking his territory.  Once Compass Pointe was built, he rarely had any more accidents and was back to himself.

Let’s fast forward to our current home.  As you probably gathered by now, it is an older home, I think it was built in the 70s but I could be wrong.  The previous owners had two huge dogs and from the moment we moved into this house, the dog has peed multiple times…a day.  Oh but wait, he also poops at least once a day as well. No words can describe how disgusting I feel living here.  I can’t walk barefoot because who knows what I will step in, and I don’t let either of the boys roll around or play on the carpet.  It is so unsanitary and it smells so bad.  Thankfully it is colder out now, but can you imagine 80 degrees and humid with pee soaked carpets? The smell is just frightening.  Obviously we cleaned the carpet if we saw him pee, but there were so many times we didn’t catch him and unfortunely the carpet is such a dark tan with lots of texture in it, that it is pretty impossible to spot any stains.  Thats a good thing and not so good thing! We were so convinced this was happening because he can smell the dogs that used to live here, but our vet actually thinks he is just anxious with another move, new baby, and construction going around the house.  She prescribed him some prozac and bam…not one accident since he’s started taking it.  Granted he’s drugged out and exhausted for the majority of the day, at least he is using his yard to go poop and pee when he does have to go.  Such a big accomplishment especially since the house will be in perfect condition soon.  We don’t want him to ruin it!

With all of that being said, we decided we were through with carpet.  The only room in the house with carpet will be the basement, and we are planning on ripping that out eventually as well.  The contractor said they were going to start ripping out the carpet on Tuesday, but they actually started Monday and it seriously was more exciting than demo day in my opinion.  I didn’t realize how bad the house smelled like urine until the carpet was gone.  I feel like a new woman and like this is a new house.  So refreshing.  We are putting in wood throughout the house except for the boys’ bathroom which David will eventually tile, and the guest room upstairs (aka Eli’s temporary room).  The dog hasn’t peed in that room (yet) so there isn’t a need to replace the carpet until we actually redo the room.  We also are going to do some cool tiles in the laundry room and the mudroom and pantry downstairs.

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