Trial and Error

First off, I owe all my loyal supporters an apology. I’m so very sorry for going a month without a post – 2018 has been off to a bit of a rough start in our house! However, I do want to thank my Instagram followers for letting me know what you all would like to see more of – like DIY projects, customer projects and nurseries! 🙂 I have one, if not more of each of those things in progress – my exhausted pregnant-self needs to just get my crap together and finish them all! One thing at a time, right?!

This week however, I want to do something a little different while I get those other big projects finished! These past few weeks I have been without my right-hand man, my dad. The stubborn old man hurt his already bad back and has been laid up since the new year – Dad, you better be relaxing when you read this! Though, I absolutely love spending the time with my dad and having him teach me his ways, I have been having to teach myself some things this week! As my dad has always said, trial and error is how you learns to do things the best way. I mean come on, my dad built the house I grew up in because he attempted everything without being fearful of the outcome.

This week, I decided to tackle laying laminate flooring on my own – at 7 months pregnant! Don’t worry, I gave myself plenty of rest! The biggest thing I learned this week was that you will never see your whole potential unless you actually put the work in. I’m not going to lie, the task at hand was very daunting. I thought many times about just leaving it until my dads back felt better, but then I remembered that I am never going to learn unless I just do it myself.

If any of you have ever had to pull up carpet before, it is the most annoying and slow-moving task. Once the carpet and under mat are removed, you have hundreds of staples that need to be pulled out of the floor before you can start. I almost called it quits a few times, but this bedroom is about 1/5 of the size of the area my husband and I had to do a few years ago, so I made myself finish.

Laying the underlayment for the laminate was the easy part, but once it came time to lay the flooring, I had to make the phone call. My dad came over – but he was here for maybe 5 minutes max and didn’t lay one single board. Two hours later I had wood floor in my daughters new room. And guess what? I was impressed and what’s even better is it looked no different than the other 4 rooms my dad has done.

My dad may be getting older, but I will never not call him for help. At the same time however, it is nice to know that I can learn on my own as well. I have observed him do enough in my 27 years that allow me to have some sort of idea of what I am doing. I sure hope that someday I am able to pass all these great life skills on to our daughters. They will learn fast that they don’t need a man in their life, unless it’s daddy or their grandpas – to do their handy work for them!

Again, I truly appreciate the support and understanding this past month! Next post we will be back to fun projects that will include the things you all asked for!

As always, thanks for reading!


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