Another Bathroom Reno

Yep.  You read that right.  In the year 2015 this blog will chronicle another bathroom renovation.

But didn’t you just build a bathroom downstairs last Summer? you may be asking.

We sure did.

However that isn’t the bathroom that needs the updates.  It’s our bathroom upstairs that needs a few tweaks.

DSC_0471It wasn’t until we built a new bathroom that we realized our first bathroom needed some fresh updates to make it nicer for not only us, but for our guests.

We were able to have the tub professionally re-glazed about four years ago and had been pretty happy with it until recently.  You see, it began to peel in certain areas because of water puddling on the top.  Mainly where I had set my shampoo bottles.  Whoops.  I guess you can blame it on my vanity.

Over Christmas break while I was cleaning the tub, I ended up ripping off all the caulk around the edge.  I definitely wasn’t planning to do this, but I was just really tired of seeing mold and mildew growing around the edges of the shower.

With our basement bathroom downstairs we only use the upstairs bathroom occasionally.  So by having ripped out the caulk wasn’t an issue because no one would be using the shower.

See what I mean?

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DSC_0476We have already done a bit of research to know that we can find a tub to fit our space.  That’s a relief!  Something we need to do a bit more research is tile.  You see, I want to use a chunky subway tile (something like this) to pay homage to our house’s roots.  Just like what any good home owner would do.

While we are improving a few things in here, something else I would like to do is to update the medicine cabinet.

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This is what I looked at while getting ready for the past six years:

DSC_0473A rusted side.  And it drove me a little crazy every morning.

I haven’t given this project too much thought, but I ‘m thinking that a bit of paint and a thorough cleaning will get the job done.  Our medicine cabinet is old enough that it has a little slot for you to slide your old razor blades through.  As far as I know, Adam hasn’t shoved any Mach III blades through the slot.  But you never know…

Another little project is replacing the door.  The door, it’s what you might say…functional?  But completely lacks in the personality category.

Case in point.

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We would replace it along with the hardware to match our new doors downstairs.  Again, the OCD is settling in in my old age.

All.  The.  Doors.  Must.  Match!

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One last area I want to improve is our towel storage.

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Katie Bower’s new bathroom inspired me to give building shelves a try.  Again, playing homage to our house’s past life.  🙂  Speaking of past life, I really want to find a miniature United States map to hang where the pictures are.  I did a quick Google and Craigslist search and didn’t come up with anything.  However I think a framed United States puzzle map would work as well.  We’ll see what I can come up with.  😉

So, there you have it.  The Robb’s are at it again.

What do you have up your sleeves this year?  Any replacing of doors that need a personality upgrade?

Traditions

Not only were we busy visiting family during the Christmas season, but we were busy catching up with old friends before the New Year.  In fact, these gatherings have become traditions for us.

One such tradition is our annual bierock making escapade.  Adam’s cousin and wife, Aaron and Brit (good friends of ours you read about here), along with their little guy, come from Wyoming back home.  We take full advantage of this trip by getting together to make a few dozen or so of bierocks.

How many exactly?

Oh, like at least 10 dozen.

This year Aaron’s twin sister (a good friend of mine) and her husband were able to join us.  So with six adults and 3 KitchenAid mixers we were able to accomplish a lot in a short amount of time.  In the past years we have made them at our house or Aaron and Mariah’s mom’s house.  This year we took over our church’s kitchen.  It was awesome to have the space!

DSC_0416Aaron is really impressed with what sugar looks like in a white bowl.  It’s the little things in life.  🙂

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It really is serious busy when it comes to making the dough.  I use the same sweet dough recipe that was used to make the bierocks to make zweibach.  A few years back, I made the most beautiful rolls you ever saw.  Seriously.  The tops didn’t fall of of them at all.  Which is a major feat for me.  It wasn’t until I took a bite of the bread for a taste test, I realized I forgot one ingredient.

Salt.

Since then I make sure everything goes in.  And when I do this, I get a super serious look on my face like you see above.  It’s not rocket science!

DSC_0420Our church has a baking proofer which allowed our dough to rise like it never has in the past.  #raisetheroofdough!

Which produced these beautiful buns.  Almost as beautiful as Adam’s buns.  But…I digress.

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Once the rolls rose again, we were able to fill them with the meat mixture.  When I say meat mixture, I don’t mean the meat mixture that Aldi’s sells (think horse meat mixed with beef.  GROSS.), but meat mixed with cabbage, cheese, and onion.

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*Side note here.  We had a mature conversation while we were busy filling the buns.  Were we talking about the affairs of the state and how education could be affected?  No.  We were talking about how one forms a bierock.

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Guess which one Adam filled.  It was also the last one he filled.  He got kicked off the line.

Once the rolls were filled, they went into the oven for 20 or so minutes.

And…

Voila!!!

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TEN DOZEN BIEROCKS!!!

Sorry, I didn’t mean to yell at you, but we were all super pumped about our work.

You may think, oh, man that’s a lot of work, did you take a nap afterwards?

The answer would be no.  Why?

Because we are crazy.  No other explanation.

But, if I could offer an explanation, it would be because we had another tradition to get ready for; our annual New Year’s Eve gathering.

We had a smaller gathering than we’ve had in the past, but we still had a great time!

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Beside the traditional snacks, I set up our chocolate fountain.  My mom got this for me for my birthday last year and I thought it was high time I put it to use.

If you want proof Sof and I are related, take a look at this picture:

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With this year’s group we had quite a few kiddos which was awesome.  Knowing there would be more kids in our house than there are on the average night, I set up our spare room as a play room.

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We had a great time of games, food, and lots of laughter!  Our guests didn’t leave until 1am!

The next morning Adam and I headed to our third tradition; New Year’s cookies!

As long as I can remember, my grandma has always made these delicious fried cookies to celebrate the new year.  We typically meet at my grandma’s house, but this year we had a different location.  My mom’s house.

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Once all the dough was fried, my aunts, uncles, and cousins gathered around the table to eat more greaseballs than we should.  🙂

And then of course there are games to be played afterwards.

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*Another side note:  Nash’s birthday is this Saturday and Adam and I have something up our sleeves for him.  We can’t wait for him to open our gift!  Like, I’m dancing around right now just thinking about it!!

So these are a few traditions we have in our family.  I would love to hear what you do with your families!  Are there any other traditions we should start?

Happy New Year!!