Thanksgiving Checklist- Results

I’m  back with the results of what we managed to get done before our house gets overstuffed for Thanksgiving.

1. Caulk bathrooms  CHECK

2. Caulk windowsills  CHECK

3. Paint windowsills  CHECK

4. Clean garage  CHECK (at least to Chris’s standards…maybe not mine, but we’ll let that slide for now)

5. Clean house  CHECK

6. Clean out cars  CHECK

7. Finish closing the pool (yes, we realize we are a little behind schedule here)  CHECK

8. Decorate Christmas tree (more to come on that later)  CHECK (this actually happened after my sister came, but it was fun decorating it with her!)

9. Re-seal bathroom countertop  CHECK

10. Buy fish for fish tank  CHECK

11. Fix truck (It only starts after 2 or 3 cranks) FAIL- haven’t even attempted…

12. Hang blinds in living room  CHECK

13. Hang pictures around the house  CHECK

14. Install cabinet knobs on kitchen cabinets  CHECK

15. Make baby shower invitations for Hilary’s baby shower  CHECK

16. Spray paint lamp  CHECK

17. Paint touchups around house  CHECK

18. Pick up poo (ewwww. But even grosser when you step in it.)  CHECK (we got an entire 5 gallon bucket full. nasty!)

19. Plan meals for Thanksgiving weekend  CHECK

20. Buy/set up console table under window for plants  CHECK

21. Replace outdoor light fixture  CHECK

22. Take books out of storage and stock in new bookshelf  CHECK

23. Refinish and wax kitchen cabinets  FAIL- Chris and I are currently debating whether we should just lightly sand and re-polyurethane them, or should completely sand and stain a chocolate brown. So, this project is on hold for the time being.

All in all, I’m very pleased with how much we got done. We worked like mad dogs for 2 weeks straight, but our house looks much better for it! Now it’s on to cooking Thanksgiving dinner for 20ish people…!

Meet Yoshi

It’s all Yoshi’s fault. He did it to us. He turned us into…dog people. Like, crazy dog people. I blame him.

It all started in May 2008 when we moved from Missouri to Indiana. Being new in town, we hadn’t found a church yet, hadn’t made any real friends or gotten involved anywhere. We were just a couple of married kids fresh outta college and bored out of our minds.

Enter: puppy fever.

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It was just supposed to be something to pass the time. A little puppy to care for, play with…

We originally wanted a Great Dane, but that wasn’t going to work so well in our tiny apartment. I looked up different small dog breeds and quickly fell in love with the Yorkie/Bichon mix.

or Borkie.

or Yo-chon.

A couple weeks later I “casually” ran across (I mean, it’s not like I was searching online for nearby Borkie’s every two hours..right?) this little guy. Of course, Chris bargained down his price by $50. Hey, it never hurts to ask! And little Yoshi came home with us, all sweet and timid-like.

Huh? Sweet and timid-like? Oh yeah, that side of him only lasted for about 12 hours.

Our little puppy was only supposed to get to 7 lbs, but he kept growing, and growing, and growing….to a whopping 15 lbs. And he’s buff. Yeah, he’s got some thunder thighs and a six-pack. You just can’t see it behind all that fur!

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And that’s how it all began. He would say that it’s nice to meet you, but he doesn’t like to meet new people. You’ll have to win him over – I suggest using chicken, or cheese, or a squeaky toy.

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O Christmas Tree…in November?

A couple weeks ago I bought our very first house-sized Christmas tree. Before that we just had the dorm room-sized one…

Anyway, Chris thought it was ridiculous to buy a tree this year, since we are going to be gone for a week over Christmas, but I just couldn’t bear the thought of our first Christmas in our first house with no tree. So I convinced him that buying a fake one off of Craigslist was a great idea, since it’s cheap and we can use it year after year. $40 later, I have a tree sitting in our living room. The people who sold me the tree did not want to break it down or take the lights off.

Sidenote: We have no storage space in our house. If we want to store something, we have to break it down to bite-sized pieces and put it in the attic.

So, I decided that rather than store it, we would just start the Christmas season a little early. Ok, really early. So, as any Christmas fanatic does, I immediately started planning a theme for the tree. If we’re putting up premature Christmas decorations, they at least need to look good! No way am I having my entire family here for Thanksgiving and having a lit up, undecorated tree sitting in the corner. Thankfully, it seems that the retail industry has sympathy on us crazy Christmas fiends and immediately stock their Christmas goods as soon as the last kid on the block says “trick or treat.”

Of course I can’t be spending a lot of buckaroos on having a perfectly themed tree with gorgeous crystal ornaments. I had to find a way to do this cheap…and I’ve come up with a couple solutions.

1. Find items in nature (such as pinecones) and hot glue ornament hangers on them. Since I’m going for a “natural” theme on the tree with whites, greens, and browns, this works perfectly for me.

2. Buy things out of the ordinary and turn them into ornaments.

3.  Buy a bulkload of classic ornaments on the cheap! I got these ornaments from Target- 69 for $19.99. Turns out to be about 40 cents apiece. Fits well within my under $1 per ornament rule.

 

Anyone else have ideas for doing a classy, themed Christmas tree on the cheap? I’m also making my own tree topper…a post on that to follow.

Pre-Thanksgiving projects

This year we decided that it would be fun to host Thanksgiving at our house. It sounded like a great idea at the time…no traveling for us, getting to use our new house for entertaining, and, most importantly, not having to find someone to watch the dogs. Our little family holiday quickly spread to having 18 people (and 4 dogs) for Thanksgiving, and 10 of them are staying with us! I love entertaining, so no problem there, but I quickly realized how much I want to get done before then…which is now only a little over two weeks away. Yikes! So here’s the breakdown of my to-do before Thanksgiving list!

1. Caulk bathrooms

2. Caulk windowsills

3. Paint windowsills

4. Clean garage

5. Clean house

6. Clean out cars

7. Finish closing the pool (yes, we realize we are a little behind schedule here)

8. Decorate Christmas tree (more to come on that later)

9. Re-seal bathroom countertop

10. Buy fish for fish tank

11. Fix truck (It only starts after 2 or 3 cranks)

12. Hang blinds in living room

13. Hang pictures around the house

14. Install cabinet knobs on kitchen cabinets

15. Make baby shower invitations for Hilary’s baby shower

16. Spray paint lamp

17. Paint touchups around house

18. Pick up poo (ewwww. But even grosser when you step in it.)

19. Plan meals for Thanksgiving weekend

20. Buy/set up console table under window for plants

21. Replace outdoor light fixture

22. Take books out of storage and stock in new bookshelf

23. Refinish and wax kitchen cabinets

How much of that do you think I’ll get done? I’m aiming for all of it, but that seems pretty lofty…

Since we made this list we’ve gotten 7, 13, 15, 16, 19, 20, and 21 done. Just 16 more to go!

In the beginning…

Chris has always been notorious for wanting to make everything himself. In his opinion: “Why buy something when you can make it cheaper and better yourself ?”   It’s only natural that when we got married, I slowly came into the same mindset, and, when we bought our first house….well, the projects became endless. So that’s us…two new homeowners with three dogs and a never ending list of projects.

We figured that with all this project-doing, we learn a lot about what works and what doesn’t. This blog is here to keep our friends and family up to date, keep a record of all the work we’ve done, and  help people who are trying to DIY their own projects. Of course there will be a good amount about our dogs in here too (who could resist these faces?).

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Cassie

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Yoshi

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Penelope

So here’s to another new project…our blog.