Friday, February 4, 2011

Week Twenty-Six

Week twenty-six has been a work around the house week, I know I said I was going to take a break from house projects, but I just can't help myself. I am still doing a good job staying away from heavy lifting and toxic chemicals, so that seems like a success for me. We finished painting Lilly's room and we have some cordless blinds due to arrive any day, valances are half way complete and we have gotten some ideas for wall art. It finally feels like her room is starting to come together. We have also been doing some work in the upstairs bathroom, we have plans to completely gut and remodel at some point, but for now we are making some changes to make it bearable. First up in the bathroom was the daring move to paint some faux marble counter top, the original color was a soft pink, coral, cream combination that looked very dingy and dirty. The process was going smoothly until Mrs. Whiskers evaded the barricade and jumped onto the counter top while it was still wet, she was quickly put in the tub to remove the paint off her paws, while we worked to remove the fur and paw prints from the paint. It appears we were able to save the counter top and with a few more coats of paint, it should improve the look drastically. We are working on solutions for the orginal 1950's black and white tile and we are torn between putting a thin coat of new grout down or using a grout stain to make it look refreshed. The verdict is still out as to what the best process will be, lots of people have lots of different opinions. Hopefully, after a few more days of work I will have some pictures of our progress. Outside of our recent projects we had the chance to celebrate Erin's birthday, we had a delicious dinner at Outback followed by cake from Arnie's bakery - it is not quite the same as a cake from the Concord Bakery like we had every year while we were growing up, but a close second. My favorite were the red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese fluffy frosting... yum!

26 weeks: Baby is the size of an English hothouse cucumber
Your baby is as tall as an English hothouse cucumber and weighs about 1 2/3 pounds. (Length: 14 inches, head to heel.)