Summer Update

So once again it’s been far too long since we updated the site so it’s time to be brought up to speed. Our summer has been filled with camping trips, family visits and a vast assortment of Mary Kay events and activities. I won’t bore you with details, but needless to say it was yet another whirlwind summer to say the least.

Looking ahead to October, we’ll hopefully be spending a little more time in the city and less time out and about travelling. A few more Mary Kay events for Crystal and some work on the to-do list for me. In Luke news, he has just completed his very first round of swimming lessons! So proud of our little man, he really is growing up too fast!

Take care everyone, more to come soon. For those in/around Saskatoon, be prepared for some catchup sessions over dinner or some sort of fun activity! Later everyone!

Travels, Luke, & Renos

Ok, so its been a few weeks, and we’ve been busy! First, I attended my first Saskatchewan Auctioneers Association annual meeting in Regina on the 10th. it was interesting getting to meet some of the people behind our province’s auction companies. One highlight here was being asked to have my name stand to be elected to the board of directors. A quick, off-the-top-of-my head speech later…sure enough, elected! So here’s hoping I don’t screw it up too bad! The next weekend, we were in Sturgis hanging out with family. Crystal polished her Mary Kay skills, and I got to do a little ice fishing. Sadly the fishing was mostly practice. But the big news from that weekend: our little man started walking!!! So ever since then, he’s been running around like a distance runner. He’s getting really good really fast so it’s pretty exciting!

Which brings us to last weekend, and the bright lights of Calgary. Our little man was a trooper in his car seat for the 6 hour drive each direction. It was a good weekend hanging out with Marc & Marie-Lynn, including Crystal’s first solo Mary Kay party. So as you can see, it’s been a little fast-paced around here lately.

And of course the reno continues, however at a painfully slow pace. First coat mud is officially finished and I’ve started sanding and mudding second coat. I’ve been trying to organize a work crew a few times, but it’s been a solo project thus far. Which makes any progress that much more painfully slow. But it is slowly getting there, but I’ll sure be glad to enjoy my finished theatre! Really starting to get impatient, haha!

Looking ahead, we’ll be headed to Regina for the weekend this weekend for Crystal’s MK conference. The weekend after, we might actually get to spend at home, go figure!

Anyway, bedtime for this family. Night everyone, talk to you soon!

So much mud: the project continues!

So staying true to my word, here’s another update! After spending most of Saturday and last night with a trowel in my hand, I think I might be half done… Needless to say, mudding is an artform! But unfortunately, I think I’m reaching the end of what I can do on my own. All that’s left is the seams and corners on the roof, and working against gravity on your own with mud, not an enjoyable experience. But, I’ll soldier on and see how it goes. I’ve attached photos of the progress as a sneak peak.

In other non-reno news, Crystal’s daycare officially starts today. I have all the support in the world for her, but now know there is no way that I could do a job like that all day ever day! Luke continues to stand up and pull himself along the furniture, he’s growing so quickly it’s a little scary!

Anyway, it’s time to get to work. More updates to come, take care everyone, have a great week!

Christmas, New Years, and etc

Hey everyone! No, we haven’t fallen off the face of the earth, we’ve just been on the move a lot lately! Where to begin with this update… Christmas I suppose is a good place to start.

As I’m sure most of you are aware, this year was Luke’s first Christmas. So, in order to be fair to both of our families, we decided it was best to host his first Christmas at our place. So on Christmas day we had our families gather here to celebrate and spoil the little man rotten! Seriously, he now has a FLEET of ride-on toys (Pirate Ship, Race Car, Caterpillar Truck, PlaySkool Stand-n-Ride) plus a ton of clothes and more non-rideable toys. Needless to say, a great and over-the-top haul for him this year! Of course, Crystal prepared an amazing feast for us that day, and everyone went home happy and full!

That brings us to New Year’s Eve, which this year was also spent in the city (no, we’re not lazy!) celebrating my uncle’s 60th birthday party. That was a good evening with lots of family that I hadn’t seen in a while. We missed most of the party, Luke had had about enough of crowds by about 9:30, so we actually rang in the new year quietly at home as a family, so kind of a boring, but nicely different way of starting 2012.

In other news, our basement reno continues. For those out of the loop, we decided in November to completely overhaul our basement here as a daycare/theatre space. This included removing all the dark paneling and ugly ceiling tiles, and cutting in a new window. 2 Saturday’s ago my slaves….er, work crew (Jason – as always!, and my cousin Kyle) helped me install all new gyprock on the ceiling and walls. We just started the mudding process today (Crystal’s learned how to mud and fill screw holes) and tomorrow will likely see more mudding and some taping. I had thought about either hiring that part out or renting some equipment to speed up the process, but it appears that finding an affordable/quality taper/mudder and/or rental equipment, is a bit of a challenge in Saskatoon. So it looks like I’ll be winging it, at least for now. I’m not ruling out bringing in someone to tape/mud corner joints, but I think I’ll at least get a start and see how far I can get before getting frustrated and packing it in.

We were also able to par-take in a funspeil last weekend out in Hanley. It was the first annual Carl Palmer Memorial funspeil in honour of my late uncle. It was a lot of fun, we won our first game and got blown out of the water in the second, but it was great to get on the ice again. And we weren’t even that sore afterward! Who knew!!!

For those that haven’t heard from or seen us in a while, Luke is crawling around like a mad man. He’s also started standing up with furniture and even standing on his own! I think he’s getting close to those first steps, he just has to figure out this whole balance-while-you-walk thing and he’ll be well on his way. Tonight, his teeth appear to be on the move as well, so it could be an interesting night as far as sleep goes.

Anyway, that’s all I can think of for right now, I’m sure I missed some things here and there, but I’ll try to make updating this place a bit more of a priority in the coming months. I’ll also post up some pictures later of our finished work in the basement once it’s complete!

Take care everyone out there, talk to you all soon!

-The Palmers!-

Our Summer/Fall Shenanigans

Hi all! I figured it’s been a while, so I had better try to post at least the broad strokes of our recent activities and goings-on. Looks like we left off last with our camping trip this summer with Crystal’s family at Good Spirit Lake. To be fair, we’ve been mostly boring since that point, most of our time is spent with Luke in the evenings and weekends have either been filled with renovations or family visits or working auction sales, with not a whole lot of down time to be had. We got through harvest really fast this year at the farm, with the 3 of us venturing down there in September to get that wrapped up. More recently, I’ve been helping Justin & Teresa put in new flooring in their condo at night last week, and we found time to hang out with Jason & Kara on Friday which was w-a-a-a-y overdue (sorry guys!). I think that brings us up to date (I mentioned I wasn’t going into specifics), to sum it up: it was a busy summer/fall, but we got through it!

Looking ahead, can you believe we’re only 40 days away from Christmas!? The time really flies. Luckily, it looks like we’re slowing down at least a little bit. All of our outside yard/reno work is complete (including our new basement window, what a difference that makes!) so we can now turn our attention inside. We’re hoping to remove a bunch of the panelling down in the basement and hang new drywall, which means I’ll be looking for slave….er…volunteer labour to help out. I think I can do most of it myself, but will need a couple of extra hands to accomplish the ceiling. After that, it’s a coat of paint and we should be ready for Crystal’s daycare to get underway in January/February. Oh, and we’ll be hosting Christmas at our house this year, since it’s Luke’s first Christmas, so I hope our new basement is ready for that as well. A couple of nights this week, and I should have the demolishon work completed, then it’s just running some new cabling, and on to the drywall install. With any luck, we’ll be painting by the first of December (here’s hoping!).

Anyway, that’s all for now. I’ve included some new/updated photos of Luke for your enjoyment, he’s still growing like a weed (almost 20 lbs now!). To any of our friends out there that still read this, let’s start planning Christmas themed get togethers soon. We’ve been falling behind in our social life, so let’s plan some get-togethers soon! Take care all, I promise we’ll try to keep more on top of this place for the winter at least!