Julius took his first few steps! It is so fun to hear George encouraging him. George was nowhere near walking when he turned one – he had a gigantic ass and it took him forever to figure out how to navigate that thing around. He was also wearing 18-month clothes at one year and Julius still wears 9-month clothes. Total opposites, these boys. Should make for interesting lives. I love how Julius holds himself stick straight when he walks so as not to collapse:
In other news, we have a new house. I mean, a practically new-looking house. Ross recruited some guys to help him put new brick on the exterior of the rental and it looks totally different! Curb appeal like whoa. All we need is an adorable little window box with fresh flowers and….SOLD…for ONE MILLION dollars…
It was about ten to fifteen degrees that day so Ross had to enclose everything and heat the area so the brick and mortar would set up correctly. He was worried the enclosure would blow down overnight so he didn’t sleep very well that night! They worked really hard and fast and got it all done in a day. #ateam #getthat #getitdone #handlethat
Ross left the heater on overnight to give it enough time to dry. I love it of course and I’m super excited every time I see it, but it sucks they had to do it in the dead of winter…Ross said the forecast called for warmer weather, but you can’t believe
everything anything you hear. Ross washed the brick off with a type of acid wash – Vana Trol brick wash to clean up any mortar that was spilled on the face of the brick.
It’s not completely done – there are a few items left to take care of like finishing the very top of the brick (I think Ross called it a runoff layer of brick, or coping?), taking the scroll ironwork down by the front steps – #shudder – and adding posts instead, and shutters. We are thinking some painted cedar posts (white) with some brick along the bottom half would look nice and finish the exterior off. I scribbled what we’re thinking below.
Now that this brick home is ours, I cannot believe what it looked like before. Yawn. I loooove the brick…lurve lurve. It may be replacing stucco as my favorite exterior of all time. “Hey brick?” “Yah?” “I love you. Muah.”
We were worried about not having enough brick but it seems we might have just enough to do the bottom of the posts and some runoff brick along the top. Thanks to a sudden abundance of free yellow Chicago style brick on Craigslist, we also have plenty of brick to restore the exposed chimney, cover the chaseway in the kitchen, and cover the vent/pipe in the dining room and upstairs master bedroom. Yay for exposed brick er’where! The future is looking bright, friends. #gotmyshadesontopbackrollingwiththemusicjacked