The Grandmothers Are Coming

They’re flying in tonight.

Grandma from Illinois and Granny from Texas.

A very rare occurrence here at the Humpfreeze house.

The tween is counting the days until she becomes a teen.

A giant challenge to get the three twenties’ schedules coordinated so we could spend one day together. College exams are coming, drill weekend, alumni activities in the cadet world.

They are going to get the big reveals of several of our DIY house projects.

The Big Basement Move

The Pumpkin had occupied his upstairs bedroom since he was 18 months old.

The now 22 year-old games online with a headset and can often be heard shouting things like, “STOP. AROUND THE CORNER. SHOOT.” at 3:00 a.m. {insert muffled, deep man voice here}

It was time for some quiet for us.

Since he is in college full-time and has a part-time job, we let him stay. We are afraid he is going to take one class at a time so he never has to graduate.

His 21 year-old carpet had far exceeded its expiration date by at least a decade.

But the 110 gallon aquarium was a sore point when we discussed dismantling it.

I finally convinced PhilBillPaul that one giant tank on the main floor was enough.

Enlisted help to drain the tank.

And transport very old fish to the fish store. Tank sold on craigslist in one day.

PhilBillPaul got to work patching and priming the dark red walls.

The help did not want to be photographed.

Nothing like a freshly painted room.

And he worked so hard putting in the leftover laminate flooring from Scary Baby’s room makeover.

The Grunter had a big job in cleaning up the basement…

…that may have turned into a giant storage room in the past two years.

With the help of his very good friend Jason, in one afternoon, they got everything cleaned up.

His new bachelor pad has shaped up.

I could do without the movie posters.

Then again, I’m just glad he’s not upstairs yelling SHOOT.

Stipulation that when Grandma or Granny comes, he must clean his basement man cave and sleep upstairs so our guests can have some privacy.

We’re still finishing his former room and I’ll share pictures when we get it done. Love it so far!

Of course, the kitchen is still not done so those pictures may not show up until 2013. Seems the older we get, the slower we go.

On an unrelated note, the grandmas have missed the azaleas blooming.

Luckily, Scary Baby had her annual photo shoot.

This darn crazy weather.


One year ago..

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  1. 1
    Ann says:

    So the Grunter is in college full time and has a part time job? So awesome!!! 🙂

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    julieann says:

    Parallel lives in the same universe. We spent a year in Charlotte in the “empty-nester” home and have now moved to Birmingham. Did we pick another “empty-nester?” No. A huge 2800 sq ft. brick two story with a finished apartment in the walkout basement. Because there’s always the chance that children will return or grandmas will need to be closer. We move in May 21st. Sigh. That 1600 sq ft. ranch was fun while it lasted. You win the perseverence award; for the patience award you might only get Miss Congeniality. You have a nicer smile than Sandra Bullock anyway…

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      Sherra says:

      I can’t keep up with your current address. You surely win “Most Adaptable Wife” award for this many moves in so few years. I can’t say I’m envious of a bigger house. I think downsizing is under-rated and I’m looking forward to it. Our grandmas will stay in their respective states though we do hope to move…


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