Sometimes it’s not about the kitchen.

Sometimes it’s about the bathroom.
Remember back in October when we were popping in on Lara most weekends (we were doing a SOWER project a couple of hours away) and we tackled redecorating the bathroom?
Bath Done-3
Aside from some art on the walls, the only thing that was left to do was the crown molding. And even though you might think that crown molding in the bathroom is a little over the top, it was only room in the entire house that did not have any. Lara wanted something that she could hopefully install by herself, so she decided to try So Simple Crown Molding, which is essentially crown molding made out of Styrofoam. Yes, like the coffee cups no one likes to drink anything out of! It came already cut to her bathroom measurements, was easy to paint, and not quite as easy to install as the video led you to believe (though the dark red walls and white caulk could have been some of our problem). But the end result is quite nice, I think.
bathroom molding
I don’t think you’d ever know it was coffee cup stuff!

Sometimes it’s about chimneys.
Since Lara is changing out her old water heater for a new tankless water heater,
water heaters
(seen hanging on the wall), there was some new vent pipe that needed to be installed up the chimney. (It’s 3/5 concentric vent, for those of you who really want to know.) It took us awhile to track down the parts in the first place, but then there was the exercise of actually getting the pipe DOWN the chimney.
Here are Hugh and Gary on the roof, trying to force the pipe down the chimney which is just a little teeny-tiny too tight.
chimney work
Yes, that is Hugh with a hammer, and Gary with the high-tech vegetable oil. Such an innovative group! (And it’s a really good thing I wasn’t home for that little bit of ladder business!)

Sometimes it’s about Family
For the first time in several years The Conrads won’t all be together for Christmas. While we’ll be here with Lara, everyone else will be doing their “own thing” for the holidays. We’re sad about not seeing how big Noah is getting –
Noah Dec 2010
Or just plain being with those Ohio Conrads!
And it just won’t seem the same without Josiah and Abigail –
This was a big year for them – a new house (love it!), a new job for Abigail (going great), and (the really big news….) a Baby On The Way! We are very anxious to HUG them!!!!
But we are blessed to be with Lara, here in Waco.
Lara 10_10
Sometimes it’s even about Christmas –
Regardless of the fact that her house is in major disarray, it is still the first Christmas that Lara has been home in Waco for Christmas. Plus, the parents are visiting! So while we haven’t been able to decorate the whole house, we have tried to bring a little of the Christmas spirit home. 🙂
Christmas Tree

But sometimes
it IS about the kitchen –
The floor is down!
New Floor
We think it’s quite beautiful!
And this is all that’s left –
Floor scrap
Gary did a great job of using every last piece. We have another full box, but since we could return the box for full credit if it’s unopened, we hated to break into it for just a couple of boards. We LOVE returns!
Because we still have a lot of painting and trim work to do, this is what the floors look like now –
Cardboard Kitchen
Better safe than sorry. That’s all I have to say about our cardboard kitchen.
News Flash!!!!!
Lara just got word that the counter and sink will be arriving TUESDAY. That’s tomorrow. And that’s pretty darn exciting!
Better go and get that soon-to-be counter cleared off.

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