Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The Big 30

Two weeks ago I officially turned thirty.  I don't think that it's really hit me yet.  Chris throw me a Star Trek themed birthday party a few days before my birthday.  He had a lot of help from our friends and family.  It turned out amazing and I had a really great time.  I absolutely loved everything from all the decorations to the birthday cake.  Thank you to everyone who helped Chris decorate and to everyone that came!
USS Defiant NCC-1764
So glad that Chris's parents got to come up from Mena!
Live long and prosper Frank and Sarah.
Thanks Chris for my tribble shirt.
Chris's parents bought me the bag that I really wanted.  It's going all over Europe with me this fall!!
I loved Greg and Becky's wrapping for my present.
Janzen Family
My parents

Monday, March 19, 2012

Stripping, Sanding, and Staining

I got the bright idea that I wanted to stain the end tables in my spare bedroom a darker color.  They belonged to Chris's grandmother and I felt bad about painting them.  I figured it couldn't be that hard to refinish them.  I knew that there was a lot of lacquer on them because anything that I put on them was stuck to the tables!  So off to Lowe's I went for some supplies to do my project.  The guy at Lowe's didn't offer me much help other than showing me where all the stuff was.  But I get most everything I needed and headed home to start stripping the end tables.
Chris's grandmother put something on the bottom and it was still attached to the end tables from all the lacquer!
I had no clue how disgusting stripping wood would be!  It also burns really bad if it touches your skin.  Thankfully the guy at Lowe's at least told me to wear gloves.  I think I had to apply the stripper on four times to get the majority of the lacquer and stain off.  After I got most of that off it was on to sanding.  If I thought stripping was bad sanding by hand isn't any fun at all!  I hand sanded one end table for five hours and then Chris decided it was time to buy a hand sander.
This is what it looked like after two coats of stripper.
After four coats of stripper and the beginning stage of sanding.
This is what it looked like after I got finished hand sanding for five hours.
Thankfully Chris did the rest of the work which included finishing sanding and staining them.  Once they finished drying he just had to put the polyurethane on.  I now know that I never want to work in the woodworking business!  I thought this project would take a week but it ended up taking almost two weeks to complete but I do love how they turned out.
Finally getting to stain them!!
The first coat of stain.  I think Chris put two coats on them.
Waiting for the polyurethane to dry.
The finished product looks great!
I think that they look great in the room.
Chris also learned NEVER to put anything in the washing machine that has stain on it.  I was sick and Chris was asking me if I had anything that needed to be bleached.  I told him that I didn't and wondered what he was doing.  I walked past the laundry room and noticed that it smelled like paint.  I went to bed and the next thing I hear is Chris saying oh my gosh how do I clean the washing machine???  I asked why and he said that he had put the rags that he used to stain the end tables into the washing machine because the guy at Lowe's told him they were washable.  He told me NOT to look at the washing machine until he got it cleaned.  Thankfully he got it clean with paint thinner and washing several loads of bleach through it.
Chris told me not to look at the washing machine.  I freaked out when I eventually saw it!  I'm just glad that he get it all off and that it still works.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Opening Weekend 2012

Last month was the start of Razorback Baseball.  That's why I haven't been posting on the blog very much we've been busy spending a lot of our free time at Baum Stadium.  It's one absolute favorite time of year other than having to deal with my allergies.  We have been having a very mild winter so it's been perfect baseball weather.  Here are some pictures from opening weekend.
I love the way the tickets look this year.
In every photo we took Travis is in the background making a funny face.

Valentine's Day

Chris had this wonderful Valentine's Day night planned.  He bought me a Keurig as my Valentine's Day present and he made me a home cooked meal of pot roast with potatoes and carrots.  After we got finished with dinner we were sitting down relaxing when I received a phone call from the Boston Terrier rescue.  They had three Boston Terrier's that had been released from a puppy mill and they were needing a place for them to stay the night.  So we agreed to watch them for the night.  It was the saddest experience I've ever seen.  They had actually wanted me to go pick them up from the breeder a few days before but I was never able to do it.  I'm so thankful that I didn't go because just seeing the dogs in person was hard enough.  The breeder had spray painted them each a different color and given the girl who picked them up a color legend with their names and ages.  I think she spray painted them different colors and she called them green, red, and purple.  They had never been on the ground before or had been given hard food.  We tried to give them some milk bones but they spit them out because they didn't know how to chew.  We let me run around in the backyard and I have never seen dogs so happy to be free before! They were the sweetest most loving dogs who only wanted attention from someone.  Thankfully all of the dogs found their forever homes.  It just makes me absolutely sick that people could treat animals this way!
This one broke my heart because she was missing an eye.