Nonnie and Poppie really got busy on this visit. On March 20th Poppie and Peter took down the homeschool cupboards and started working on patching and putting back up the wall. It's time to turn the dining room back into a bedroom again.
Peter started building back the wall that we knocked down to make the dining room 4 years ago. Good thing he thought ahead and sealed all the wooden panels into the wall in case we ever decided to put the wall back up.
Here's the view from the dining room. The bathroom is to my left. Where Peter is will soon be a closet for this master bedroom.
Poppie is a YouTube junkie. One by one the kids will sneak over to him (sometimes while they're supposed to be doing their school work) and watch whatever it is he's watching (usually a kiteboarder) on his laptop. I don't know what they're all watching, but it got everyone's attention, even Nonnie's.
By the 27th, the wall was back to normal! Thanks to Poppie's expert patching skills and Nonnie's painting, no one would ever know we had taken it out! The kids did their school work between the 2 couches in front of the fireplace.
We also did some outside homeschooling as we learned about Medieval Japan we made and flew carp kites.
Right after this, I left for a Women's Adventure Weekend, which I thought was a Women's Retreat, but ended up being a very rugged, fun time doing some very adventurous activities at Black Lake Bible Camp with my great pal and bargain hunter, Shari Schock! We shot BB guns, played archery, perfected the tomahawk toss (It took a couple of hours but I finally threw 2 tomahawks into one log at the same time! It's actually way harder than it sounds.). We played kamikaze paintball, and I had the bruises to show it! And, not an adventurous thing, but better that dodgeball, which was what all the other women were doing, we puzzled! It was a great fun weekend and when I got back - Peter, Poppie and Nonnie had moved all the furniture around too! So now our house has a normal master bedroom, which we have never before slept in. When we first moved in we used it as the guest room, then it was the boys' room, we tore the wall down and used it as the dining room/homeschool room and now that the wall is reinstalled...it's finally a master!
It feels very strange now to have a door...and our own bathroom...and a closet in the bedroom!
Here's the wall from the living room side:
Thank you Poppie and Nonnie for all of your hard work!