If you have been following along on Facebook, then you saw this picture:
Justin ripped out the upstairs carpets (in preparation for the new carpets) and found beautiful oak hardwoods. Figures that the downstairs (where we're installing hardwood) only had plywood under the carpet.
There ended up being a little "what 'wood' you do" debate on Facebook regarding whether or not we should try to cancel our carpet order and stick with these floors. The overwhelming majority votes to keep the hardwood, which part of me would love to do, but we have decided that carpeting is just best for us right now in the babies-rolling-around-on-floors stage of life. As Justin pointed out, we still own these floors, and we can always take the carpets out someday and refinish the floors. (Consolation for those who were on team hardwood - the bedrooms aren't in as good a shape as the halls, there would have been a lot of work to clean them up. Plus - downstairs will be wood!)
Have I mentioned how ready I am for a normal routine?! I've been grateful for help with the girls (thanks to Justin's mom this week!) while we work on the house, but as much as I felt I needed a break after this crazy semester, I'm not emotionally used to being away from them, and as much as I love painting and renovating I'm ready to get back to cooking and cleaning on a (semi-)regular basis. I guess it's a good reminder that - despite the frustrations - I am truly grateful that I'm able to spend my days at home. All of the experiences of this month and really this whole last year will make settling into the house so much sweeter.
Oh! I have had a lot of fun answering your questions on painting and "How does one create an orderly home for one's family without neglecting said family?" so hit me with your other renovation/homemaking/motherhood post topics and I'll try to get something together :)
I'm fading fast (and sweet Julie seems ready to head to her crib) so I'm going to make these last few super quick with a cell phone photo dump of the cutest little renovation assistant you've ever seen. These were pre-carpet removal - the girls haven't been at the house since they were removed and won't be back until the new carpet is down (uncovered tack strips - aka, lots and lots of nails) are a toddler disaster waiting to happen.
If you're looking for more coherence, check out my post from earlier:
Anna does drywall
I reserve my happy dance for after drywall is finished,
but I don't rock the tool belt quite like she does, either ;)
Linking up with Kelly. Goodnight!