Painting with soft chinchilla and wolves

When we moved into this house almost 7 years ago next month, it was not a leisurely move. It was an OMGWEAREMOVINGWHATTHEHELLAREWETHINKING move. One minute we were planning to pack up the 5th wheel and head home and the next we were frantically shopping for a house.

When we found this house, we had approximately 38 seconds to buy it and move in. Hush up, I never exaggerate. Okay, maybe 42 seconds, but the point is there was not a lot of time to do anything other than decide where to place our furniture when it arrived, let alone paint.

Fast forward 7 years. Our walls were still that muted eggshell beige and I was done with it. I was so ready to cover up all the black scuff marks, dings, crayon and dirt that had accumulated from 4 kids, 12yo and under. And because we had every intention of painting each year, we never put any pictures up on the walls. It looked like we sort of lived here, but were either moving in or moving out. Take your pick.

With Mia heading to camp last week, we decided it would be a great time for the paint to finally happen. Bill also took off from work and took Quinn up to the inlaws for the week so I could work in peace…..

……with the 3 dogs, because everyone knows puppies sleep all day. Not.

The only way to describe how this was for me is: take a pail, put it over your head and bang on it with a hammer for 5 days straight.  Remember, I never exaggerate.

Skye the husky/wolf decided she Liked!! the paint rollers and would grab them when I turned my back and make me chase her all over the house:  under ladders, across a tarp with wet paint splatters on it, and under the bed.

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Here is a blurry photo of them staring at me, waiting for me to put the roller brush full of paint down.  Skye looks like she is saying “Do it.  I double DOG dare you!”

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I think they had it synchronized because the minute I turned my back to chase Skye with a wet roller brush in her mouth, the puppy would find the paint tray or can and get down and funky with Soft Chinchilla by Benjamin Moore.

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When Bill got home 5 days later, the painting was done!  He walked around praising it but would pause and ask “How did you get paint on the bar stools” or “why is it all over the tile?” and I would politely point out to him that the dogs should have been the ones going to camp and the ranch because they were insane every second of my time in painting Hell.

Here is a preview of the new walls

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and when we get pictures hung up in 7 years I will show you the finished project.  :)

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Cleaning the 5th wheel last week I came across some games and brought them home.

When we traveled and lived in the 5′er we played endless games of Mancala. Such great memories.

Since I brought it home, I keep it ready to play on the kitchen table and the kids challenge us to rounds of it daily.

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On the subject of the 5′er, we are cleaning it up and getting it ready to haul in for some repairs and maintenance. I am hoping when they are complete that we can find a spot on the island to keep it as a weekend surf retreat. I am ready to es-cap-eeeee in the Little House again!




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It’s a dogs life

The shy wolf creature is coming out of her shell by leaps and bounds. Last week she discovered that she could escape everyone by climbing under my bed. She thought she was so sneaky and that we could not see her.

Thay no kanz c me.

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Am stealth woowie.

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Then, while Bill was OOT visiting his dad with Quinn last week (I was painting the inside of the house!  Finally, after 7 years here we have the color walls we originally wanted…more on that later this week), she commando crawled (literally) up on my bed with me and slept in Bill’s spot all night long. That was a turning point with her acclimation here.

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Now that Bill is back home we have to sneak naps on the bed while he is at work. (No! dogs! on! the! bed!…right.)

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My mom is here this week, and she brought her little dog.  In addition to that pup, Cory also has another dog.  He decided Skye was too shy to bring to an apartment with a bunch of college guys (it would be like shooting a mockingbird) so he went and found another forever friend to take back to college. Meet Morty, the sweetest dog on the planet.

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Which means Skye is staying with us here in paradise.  That makes 5 dogs running around my house for the next week.

And I thought 3 was chaos.

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What a surf training day looks like.

Our weekends consist of me getting up at 5am and loading the cooler with ice, drinks and fruit.  I load the boards in the car and at around 5:45 I wake up Mia and she does the sleep drunk walk to the car and falls back asleep. Blurry, 6am photo on our way to the beach.

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By dawn they are already running the beach.

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They do endless situps.

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Resistance and balance training.

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And a whole host of other weird exercises geared for surfers.  The figure 8 pushups are the strangest. They also run endless paddle out drills and have mini contests over and over again. By 11am. she is wiped out. Surf tired and asleep before even getting over the bridge.

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I have a whole collection of surf tired images.  She will love it when she is 16. Not. The majority of their morning is working out. To be a good surfer, you have to be strong first and foremost. Sure, catching waves and being on the beach is a blast, but it is also tough work.  So they are exhausted when they are done. This opportunity to work with her coach is amazing and we are so happy to be able to do this for her.  She absolutely loves working with him. This is how her coach surfs.  Unreal. He is from Equador and is amazing.

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I can’t wait to see the results this year when the contests begin again.

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