My Boys Are Becoming Men

My boys are becoming men.

Last weekend I bought a new self-propelled Honda lawnmower with the intent of teaching my oldest son how to mow. He was quite excited about getting to mow for the first time. It took him a couple of laps to get used to the mower. The first couple of rows it looked like the mower was dragging him around the yard becuase he didn’t know how to control the self-propelled throttle. While mowing he asked me, “Is this the kind of fun that wears off?” LOL!

Anyway, he did such a good job that I decided to let his younger brother give it a try. He did a great job too so now I have two lawn dudes! I have to say it was quite nice being able to edge and trim while one of the boys mows. I could definitely get used to this!

All of this leads me to a question for AFM readers:

Should I pay my boys extra for cutting the grass?

I’m thinking no for the following reasons:

1. They each get a pretty generous allowance of $10 per week.

2. They don’t have a lot of chores in the first place.

3. I don’t want them to grow up thinking that they should get paid for helping out around the house.

That said, I’m still a bit torn. If I do end up paying them for mowing the yard, I may cut back on their allowance but pay them extra for mowing.

I’d like to know your thoughts on the topic.

Kitchen Remodel Update – More Pictures

The kitchen/family room renovation is basically complete. We’re still waiting on our GE Café Duel-Fuel range, which should be in by next week (at least that’s what they tell me). I bet you guys are getting tired of all these kitchen posts. I’m sorry about that but this has been a significant part of my life for the last few weeks.

Anyway, here are some new pictures of the kitchen and family room:

Notice the gaping hole where the range should be.

The countertop isn’t as black as I thought it would be. I like it but it does look different that what I imagined. Of course it is hard to imagine an entire countertop from a 2 X 2 inch sample piece.

I’m VERY happy with the bookcases and TV. The HD channels look awesome on the TV. I just wish there was more of them.

Both my wife and I are very pleased with the outcome. I would highly recommend our contractor! The entire project took about 6 weeks, which is pretty good in my opinion.

Kitchen Remodel Update – Finishing Up

I’m going to wait to post pictures once the project is finished.

Well, after 4 weeks, the kitchen remodel/renovation is finally wrapping up. The tile floors are being installed as I write and should be done tomorrow or Monday. The appliances will be delivered on Monday and the Silestone countertops should be installed on Tuesday. Then all that will be left is the tile backsplash and finishing touches. By this time next week, we should be able to use our kitchen! NO MORE EATING OUT!

I’ll post the final pictures as soon as the project is complete.

Oh, and in case you’re wondering, I still haven’t bought a TV yet.

Kitchen Remodel Update – Day 15

As promised, here’s some new pictures of our project. Overall it’s turning out nicely.

Here’s the view when you enter the family room from the entry way:



The New Fireplace Almost Finished:

New Kitchen Cabinets in Process:

New Pantry:

Wrap-Around Bar:

The View From Where the New Kitchen Sink Will Be:

The New Built-Ins In Process:

That’s a big hole I’m gonna have to fill with a new TV!

As you can see, they’re making significant progress. It will probably take 4 or so more days to get the staining all done, then they’ll install the flooring. Countertops should be installed sometime next week. Then all that will be left is touch-up and waiting on the appliances. WOO HOO!

Kitchen Remodel Update

Well, our kitchen/family room remodel (or renovation) is nearing completion. Today they textured the drywall and a guy worked on staining the cabinets. Two guys stopped by to measure for the countertops, which will be Silestone in Brazilian Brown (the picture on the Silestone website hardly does it justice). They will send off the template tomorrow and then the countertops should be ready early next week.

Still left to be done:

  • Paint the ceiling and walls
  • Install the built-in cabinets in the family room
  • Tile the floor
  • Install the countertops and sink and fixtures
  • Finish staining the kitchen cabinets
  • Install the range and microwave

I’m sure there’s some other stuff left to do but I can’t think of it right now.

All I can say is I’m ready to get this thing done. Overall it is has gone pretty smoothly but I’m still getting tired of washing dishes in the bathroom and eating out most nights. I’m also tired of all the freakin’ dust! There’s dust everywhere!

More pictures to come soon.

Kitchen Remodel Update – It’s Been Two Weeks Now

Our kitchen remodel seems to be going quickly. The cabinets are all installed, the drywall is nearly all up, and the electrical stuff is all done. Today the plumber is running a gas line to the new fireplace and then it will be ready for drywall.

We ordered the range and microwave last week. The range should arrive in 2 or 3 weeks. My wife decided (I had nothing to do with the decision) to go with the brand new GE Café Series Duel-Fuel Range (info and pictures) and microwave to match. We’ll eventually change out our refrigerator and dishwasher so that everything matches but right now that’s not a priority.

Finally, the attached family room looks really good. They are building the built-in bookcases for us right now. By taking out the corner fireplace, we gained about six feet along that wall. Although it seems silly to move a fireplace, I think it was a good move. We’ll get a lot more enjoyment out of the new fireplace and it doesn’t take up nearly as much space!

I’ll try to post some more pictures later today.