Dale Hollow Trip 2017

Last night we got back from our annual family camping trip to Dale Hollow Lake, aka our home away from home. In some ways, it was the first time we felt like we’d been home all summer! It was the first time all summer we’d slept in “our” beds, because our camper is kind of like our second home. 🙂 It was a good trip. We actually somewhat debated about taking it, because we knew we’d be able to make a big dent in getting the house ready to move back into if we stayed home…..but we couldn’t miss our yearly trip. We needed it. And it was a good decision. It gave us all time to rest, relax, and recuperate from our busy-ness this summer, and gear up for what is going to be a busier-than-usual start to the school year, what with trying to get our house ready to move back into. 

It was great to be up there with all our family. The only people missing were Casey and her family, and Justin. Hopefully they’ll get to make it next year. 

We had beautiful weather. The only day it really rained was our coming home day. It was HOT, so it was good to be in the water. We did our normal things. Hanging out at the campground, bike riding, ice cream at the dock, boat riding, hanging out on the island, etc. One day we had some friends come to visit, which was great! We were so glad they took us up on our offer :). Another day mom and dad watched the kids so Jake and I could go antiquing. We celebrated Alec’s birthday with pizza at the dock. Another night we all ate pizza on the island and stayed until dark, and then the kiddos spent the night with Grammy and Pappy on their boat! One morning Jake and I took at 2 ½ hour kayak expedition to LilyDale and back to Willow Grove. It was maybe the longest we’d paddled straight, and it was a good trip. We still have a goal to kayak from Sunset to the Dam one day. Josie perfected diving this trip! This is big news, because I didn’t think she would ever get up enough courage to dive. She has conquered a lot of fears this summer! Jack got up water skiing behind our boat, with Pappy helping him in the water. I didn’t get great pictures, but I got a good video. 🙂

I kind of pictured myself out on the road trip, so I didn’t even get my big camera out this trip, and I really didn’t take many pictures at all compared to what I usually do. But here is a picture barrage, straight from my phone and unedited. 🙂

The kids were so excited their friends got to visit! 

Sweet Everett loves his ice-cream! 

Somebody gifted the kids these Kids National Geographic magazines, and they ATE them up.  Josie read every word of every one. 

Grammy and Pappy

Jack caught several fish just using his net! 

He also did pretty good with dough balls. 🙂

Sweet Sadie Lynn

And now for Jack learning to ski…..

Doesn’t Josie look SO OLD in this picture? And also, note Jack is driving his remote control boat. Casey got him this last year, and it has been a HUGE hit. He drove it almost every day on this trip. 

Happy Birthday Alec! 

One day we all drove to East Port to eat lunch. All of our crew was in Chad’s boat, and all of Andy’s crew was in his boat. 

Sweet Kinley

Nothing like staying on the water until dark. 

Annual Grammy and Pappy picture on the boat….we were missing Lane and Beau, though. 

Josie also took about a mile kayak trip with Jake, paddling from Coon Island all the way back to the campground.  She did a great job!

My goobers. 

A LOOONG Overdue House Update

Well, it has been an interesting couple of months for our family, what with the road trip and not living at our house. This is definitely a summer we will remember for a long time to come! 

So here is this way overdue house update. A lot happened while we were on our trip, and a lot has happened since we got back. We had hoped that the floors would be finished when we got back, but that didn’t happen. In fact, they are in the process of finishing the floors this week. 

That meant when we got back from the road trip, we went to work painting everything that was done enough to paint, until this week when we had to stay off the floors. Jake and I have spent several LATE nights painting. 

Anyways, here are some pictures to show you all the changes that have happened! 

Trim around all the new windows. It is beautiful, but MAN it takes a lot of coats of paint! 🙂

Beautiful covering for the attic access to our new central heat/air unit:

Two things in this picture- 1. The cabinets that used to stick out in the middle of the room are gone, and 2. One of those cabinets was repurposed and stuck to the end (on the left). Yay for repurposing and gaining back some of that cabinet space! 

Just a picture of the old ceilings that were underneath the drop ceiling we used to have: 

Shiplap installed on the back wall of our kitchen! This is the wall that you see when you walk into the house from the main door we use (our side door). I am going to whitewash this: 

Our beautiful new ceiling in the kitchen/dining room: 

New floors!!!!!! (Before being finished):

New floors in the living room! No more nasty carpet!

I thought this was interesting, the vinyl floor that was underneath the carpet in Jake’s office: 

Shiplap in the new bathroom area: 

Our new sinks in the bathroom: 

I put the clear coat finish on the ceilings in the dining room- it took 3 coats because that pine just sucked the first coat right up. Here is a picture so you can see the difference between the dining room ceiling that is finished, and the kitchen ceiling that is not finished (YET): 

Jack helped me paint the pocket doors for the bathroom one day: 

And the shower room, with all the trim and shiplap painted and the first coat of color on. It took FOREVER to paint all of that trim- a coat of stain blocker primer, and 3 coats of trim paint + primer. 

And the laundry room with trim painted and the first coat of paint on: 

Here is a picture of the last of the siding being installed. I have no clue what that hole is all about! 

The ceilings in our living room and bedroom had GLITTER popcorn texture previously. We were so happy that we were able to get those scraped and re-drywalled! I am now in the process of painting those beams white. 

And our house with ALL of the siding and gutters installed! I will have to do a good before/after post later. 🙂

And we were SO excited to see THIS this week- the floor being finished! I am a bit obsessed with it. 🙂

First coat of finish on it: 

So, that’s how things are looking! There is definitely a light at the end of the tunnel for everything to be complete, but this is where the hard work really starts for us. Before we move everything back in, almost all the ceilings, trim, and walls in the downstairs needs to be painted. We’ve already taken care of some of it, but there is still HOURS of painting that we need to do. It will be totally worth it in the end, though! I am still amazed at how blessed we are to have been able to do all of these things all at once. So very, very grateful.