Railroad Tank Cars

Whenever we’re driving somewhere, George always watches for trains, and he can usually spot them from his car seat. Being in Minnesota, we see a lot of railroad tank cars hauling oil from North Dakota.

George:”Look Daddy! Those are tanker cars.”

Ross:”Yes they are. Do you know what’s in there?”

George:”Yep. There’s milk in there.”

Refinished upstairs hallway hardwood floor

Ross refinished the upstairs hallway floor and it looks amazing.

Planed floor

Planed floor

After thinking about it for awhile, he decided to use his RYOBI surface planer on the boards to make them relatively even before laying them. I was worried it would wear the boards down too thin but they are still pretty thick as you can see from the pictures.

Hallway floor during sanding

Hallway floor during sanding

After planing them and laying them down, he rented a floor sander to sand them smooth. Ross used fast-drying Minwax Polyurethane for floors to finish them.

The floor sander we rented

The floor sander we rented

They really look tremendous. His plan is to start on the upper level and work his way down.

After sanding

After sanding

I’m so excited now that the floors and drywall are progressing…the floors look so amazing in person.

Progress Update 4

I’m supposed to be grocery shopping right now but I wanted to share our most recent progress. George is busy watching The Safe Side (three times in a row…he loves this movie). We posted pictures of the drywall and it looks great! Below is a full update – now off to spend hundreds of dolla$ on sustenance. I promise I’ll never take a tour video again with my iPhone…[covers eyes] sorry!

…and Happy Father’s Day to my man meat.

Downstairs living room

Downstairs living room

Standing in dining room

Standing in dining room

Kitchen

Kitchen

Staircase

Staircase

Upstairs bathroom from tub corner

Upstairs bathroom from tub corner

Upstairs guest bedroom

Upstairs guest bedroom

Upstairs master bedroom

Upstairs master bedroom

Summer of Water (and not much else)

Ross and I have both been working our #1 jobs a lot. When our long days are done we come home and eat dinner, mow and fight with the kids about going to bed. Then we rinse and repeat until the weekend comes. Meaning we’ve had less time for everything else outside of kids. It’s not necessarily a bad thing – it’s because we have such shoddy weather nine months out of the year…so when the sun is shining you’d better get out on the water.

This weekend we went out to the cabin and it was a dead fish heyday. I must have handled 15 dead sunnies that floated over to us. WTF. Nothing like explaining to George the fish isn’t going to bite him because it’s DEAD. I grabbed two sticks and lifted them out into the weeds. My mother in law asked me why I did that. **Did you want me to bury them or….?** Since it was sunnies I would think some badass fish slayer is wrenching the hook out and killing them left and right. He/she needs to check themselves because they all float over to our cabin for some reason. Bleh. Bleh-bleh-bleh (our fav [kid-friendly] movie right now…)

George was hesitant to get his hands dirty until he realized he could rinse them off

George was hesitant to get his hands dirty until he realized he could rinse them off

Julius is obsessed with my sunglasses

Julius is obsessed with my sunglasses

There is a wooden train set at the cabin which is a big draw

There is a wooden train set at the cabin which is a big draw

We all wore hats because we're pasty white. Like vampire white.

We all wore hats because we’re pasty white. Like vampire white.

Julius said some very important first words!!! ♥♥♥

We spent Sunday at the rental property working. Well, Ross worked and the kids played in the sprinkler! We ran to Walmart to buy a sprinkler head and it was the easiest, cheapest fun ever. We did that all afternoon while Ross worked on the last of the drywall pieces. I also did some more rust removing on the clawfoot tub that is in the garage (trying out Bar Keeper’s Friend) with one eye on the boys. They had a blast and I’m glad we can keep them entertained over there so daddy can get some work done and we can still be together as a family. It’s important to us to all be over there – so the kids understand what daddy’s doing while he’s away from us.

I have a feeling we’ll be using this sprinkler a lot more this summer!

Ross hooking up a sprinkler for us

Ross hooking up a sprinkler for us

Julius was brave but George took awhile to warm up

Julius was brave but George took awhile to warm up

Wine pairings

Ross (and George!) caught a bunch of northern pike over Memorial Day weekend. As it turns out, George not only loves to fish but he’s kind of good at it! Ross filleted them and we had them for dinner one night this week. Of course there is never enough fresh fish to go around and George actually freaked out for a hot minute when they were all gone. Relax son. We live in Minnesota…there will be more fish in your lifetime. So we’re eating them for dinner and I opened a bottle of white (from our winery tour date night!) and here’s Ross:

Ross: [staring at me with wide eyes] “Wow, this is actually really good together. The wine tastes better with the fish and the fish tastes better with the wine.”

Me:”….yeah. Did you think I just pulled all that wine pairing crap out of my ass?”

I love it. I think he thinks I just make shit up on the regular. Hrmmph.

Ross and George fishing on Memorial Day

Ross and George fishing on Memorial Day

George touched the fish and everything!

George touched the fish and everything!