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365 Day 12

Challenge: Nail Polish

I am pretty sure the last time I did my nails was… I think it was summer time. Today I scrubbed paint off my nails but it was Zinsser Bulls Eye Zero primer and Behr two in one paint and primer in semi gloss. Two of my favorite paints, neither nail polish.

It is a bit of a stretch but brads are nails and primer and paint is paint and I was “polishing” yeah… it was the best I could do today. In other news, I have one coat of paint left, a couple days to let the paint cure and then we put up the hardware in the entryway. My “goal” last week was a little lofty to say the least but we made a huge dent this weekend and we are almost there. Progress people. Progress is the name of the game when you are a weekend warrior/DIYer/parent of 3 kids 7 and under.


Yesterday was a bit of a bust but we rallied today. We finished up yesterdays bird houses this morning by painting them. I decided not to sand or scrape off the glue mostly because the kids were anxious to paint and somewhat because I really didn’t want to deal with it. I just hope we don’t have a sea of dead birds in the backyard because they were pecking at the puffy glue. Gross. I should have sanded…. Surprise surprise. Elise chose pink and pink as her paint colors. Patrick went for the two toned light and dark green effect even though he is a little concerned that the tree house will be camouflaged in the leaves of a tree.  He stuck to his design choice and went for it. Michael went with red for one side, yellow for the other and then mixed the two color together for an orange middle. Overall Michael was more interested in what color he could get the rinsing water than he was house painting. Above you can see step one of Elise’s pink washed paint technique: submerge paint brush into water. Then you put it dripping wet into the paint tray and smear it around. Paint house methodically making sure all brown is gone and only pink remains. Patrick was probably the most patient, surprisingly enough. He complained about it taking forever but he kept at it until it was finished to his standards. This is a total 180 from where he was a few months ago and I hope this is a small glimpse of what is to come. The blue is an “M” on the back of Michael’s house. Spatial planning isn’t his strong-suit. This was a fun and quick project. It didn’t make near the mess I thought it would. The old vinyl table cloth we use as a drop cloth helped contain the mess not only by keeping the paint off the garage floor but by creating a visible work zone.

Tim quick drilled the holes when he got home. The photos didn’t turn out well because it is 86 degrees and we are anticipating a big thunderstorm. The second I stepped into the garage the humidity fogged over my lens.



Tomorrow we figure out where we will put them.


Our pathetically stocked fridge and pantry put SAHM CAMP on hold for the morning. We spent what felt like forever filling up our cart at Target. Side note: Once school starts I will never go shopping at Target with the kids again. Starbucks should offer shots of Bailey’s to every parent that walks into Target with a long list and children in tow.

We came home, had lunch, and then it was time for camp to start because I made a pledge to try to do this all week and I couldn’t give up on the second day…

While the kids watched a movie for quiet play time I went to the garage and prepared this afternoon’s activity. It took me about an hour to get  everything ready. I had to find the glue, cut the wood and print off directions from Ana White’s $2 Bird House plans so the kids could see what we were doing and be engaged in the process.


I told them how many of each piece of wood they would need and they collected their pieces.

The plans called for the kids to glue the pieces in place and then the adults go back and put a few nails in when the glue was dry.

Everything was going great until we started gluing. Yeah. The second step is where it all went down- hill quickly. The glue I had, was not the right kind of glue for the project. I don’t know what I was thinking (or wasn’t thinking) when I bought this stuff but I somehow bought the wrong Gorilla Glue. It was a mess and the drying time is way longer than my kids’ patience for holding a piece of wood to another piece of wood.

Not only did it take forever to dry but when it did dry it expanded, puffed up and turned white.

There are not a lot of photos of the process because it was so messy and I had to work quick to keep the kids’ attention. I ran inside and was able to find an almost empty tube of Super Glue and that worked great until it ran out.

Here are the houses after I hit a few nails in as they sit drying and waiting for the “Bird Door” to be drilled.

I was going to have the kids paint the houses today but now I think I am going to need to let the Gorrilla glue dry all the way and then try to sand or scrape the excess off.

Today’s SAHM CAMP was the equivalent to the rainy day at camp where everything you packed gets soaked and you don’t like the food they serve at lunch.

Ana’s Plans were great. The glue sucked.

I would do this project again in a heart beat AFTER buying the correct glue.

Tomorrow we will paint the house and that will be fun. Tomorrow will be a good day at SAHM CAMP.


Staycation turned Project-cation

Project-cation just doesn’t have the same ring as Staycation. Tim would be the first to tell you it isn’t nearly as relaxing as Staycation either, but man did we get a lot done.

We left off with a trip to Minnehaha and an indulgent dinner out with Grandma and Grandpa Shannon. The next two days were packed full of projects and some major checking off of the to-do list. I was in project heaven and having Ruth by my side made the progress of the projects go that must faster.

Tim tackled the garage, while I was visiting my Mom on Wednesday morning.  When I came back he had already taken a load of wood to the compost people to be turned into mulch (Reuse-Recycle people!) and had everything else stacked into piles of “find a place for it”, donate to Habit ReStore, get Meg’s permission to throw away and a “I will throw no matter what Meg thinks” pile.

I was shocked at the progress he made considering I didn’t know he was going to tackle the garage. We decided that the best thing to do would be to split up, so Tim continued working on the garage, Ruth and I started staining the million and two spindles on the deck and Jim was in charge of dealing with the boys (if they had an issue) and Elise was napping.

We stopped long enough to go to Michael’s soccer game that night and boy did he love having the extra-large cheering section.

The next day Tim finished up the garage and then started repairing what needed to be repaired on the deck. We finished staining the deck that day too, just in time for Patrick’s soccer game. I think Jim had the most fun watching the soccer game. It may be frustrating to watch but seeing Patrick play soccer is mighty entertaining.

Elise loves going to the soccer games. Sometimes she sits nicely and watches, sometimes she goes and plays with other kids who got dragged along to the games and sometimes Tim does this with her to keep her content.

 To Ruth, Thank you for all your help. We couldn’t have gotten half of the projects we started and completed done with out your help!

More pics of the finished deck soon.

note: Elise’s birthday post is ready to go up. I just need to get some good recent photos of her so stay tuned. An Elise photo shoot is scheduled for this weekend.