“Uh-huh, Uh-huh, Yo, Yo…”

“Sanctuary!” ~The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Last Saturday (that would be the 9th?) I went to the LDS World Wide Leadership Broadcast. That weekend we happened to be involved on more house progress (I’m not going to call it “house projects” anymore cause it is just one big, fat, continuous project). Anywho, the focus of the broadcast was Family. I’d like to share my thoughts on one thing, given the climate of our home that weekend and right now for that matter.

They talked about how the word homemaker is a disparaged word these days. They pointed out how being a homemaker isn’t about baking bread or cleaning house but rather about creating safe and comforting place for our children. A sanctuary, if you will. I really liked that. Especially since I’m reeeeeally trying to make this old house a comfortable, organized place. So, given those thoughts, the following images are our progress from that weekend:

Goodbye wall-


I wish I took a before picture for those who haven’t seen what we lovingly called the “pot garden”. I don’t know what the previous owners were thinking, but this sliding glass door used to lead out to a solarium of sorts. It was completely enclosed and decorated with a cactus and white rock. It was also the best built wall in the house. They framed it, insulated it (mind you it was outdoors), drywalled it, then stuccoed it. We had already removed the insulation but on Friday I decided it was going down, so I started taking off the drywall and framing a little bit at a time. When Jeff got home we removed the stucco (heavy!). Why do we call stucco, “stucco,” when it’s really pure cement?

Another view:


Jeff got tired of cutting the chicken wire and then pulling off the stucco a piece at a time so he just tore down a whole wall of the junk.


How did he do that you ask? With his muscles that he keeps right here:


We are also attempting to renovate what we call the “Bonus Room.” It will be a Laundry, TV, Computer, Family Room. You know, a Bonus Room.

Picture it, if you will, an enclosed pantry cabinet in that far corner. On the right, an entertainment center and lots and lots of shelves.


My dream in this corner? Stackable, front-loader washer and dryer with more storage and cupboards and a tankless water heater. The sliding glass door will be removed, we’ll frame it in and put in a fun design with 2’x2′ windows. Still deciding the design…


Different angle of the wall with entertainment center and lots of shelves and storage. In case you’re wondering, tearing down the walls in this room was another “I am awesome” moment 😉


Anyone want a wagon wheel chandelier?


Anyone want a disco light? I’m willing to trade you for a disco ball…


Anyone want a drummer?


Nah, you can’t have him.  You can’t have this drummer either:

drummergirl.jpg       drummergirl2.jpg

So, this is our “Sanctuary!”

~Stay tuned for more exciting updates.


3 responses

  1. Courtney Nielson

    so where do you live at? 🙂

    February 18, 2008 at 5:36 pm

  2. Vickey

    I LOVE the photo of Lilly on the top of your blog. That is so adorable it makes me want to pick up my scrapbooking tools and get to work! 🙂

    February 21, 2008 at 4:48 pm

  3. mamacheetah

    Thanks! We have quite a few of her like that because she was trying sooooo hard to blow out those candles.

    February 21, 2008 at 7:07 pm

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