This post marks the 354th - and final - post of 2012. That puts me 11 short of my annual goal of 365 posts - one each day. Not bad, but not the full Monty like the past two years. Between things at work, the addition of a new family member, a ton of travel (Disney World 2X this year alone!), a heck of a lot of projects and crafts around the house, and plenty of pizza eating and making, things around the Parrillo homestead were busy. 2013 looks to be another great year ahead and I'll be sure to chronicle all of it - in it's glorious minutia - right here on the blog. Here's to a great 2013. A great wife. Two great daughters. An amazing family. A good job. Even more surprises. And...maybe even another whole year of blogging (almost!).
Showing posts from December, 2012
In addition to the dollhouse for the girls, I have been making a rustic cowboy cooler for one of my brother-in-laws for Christmas. Last year, I made Equation Boy/Man a basketball rack (he had just put in a new hoop) and I had some cedar boards laying around, so this seemed like a nice project. Today, I put the hinges on top, epoxy'd in the spigot and put on the last coat of polycrilic. With just 2 more building days to go (Today and Saturday), I have to finish up a few of the last minute details and get this one done under the wire.
With Christmas just a few days away, the Elves at the Parrillo House have been getting busy trying to finish up some projects. I've been at this Dollhouse for the Babe for a few weeks and things are finally getting close to completion. Today, I made the shingles, painted them and tacked them on the roof tonight. I still have to make a few more for the other side and then fit in the floors. The walls are built, but waiting for my partner in crime to paper them up with wall paper. I don't have the stairs figured out, but by Saturday night, we'll have them built, painted and installed.
We 'finished' up the basement project last year before Christmas, but it took until today for me to finish painting the cabinet and re-attaching the cabinet front for the cabinet on the right. That side has a little bar sink in the cabinet, so I cut the front off of the drawer and had a big hole on that side for 12 months. I was using trim paint to cover the dollhouse, so while I had the brush out, I figured I'd paint the cabinets. Then, the compressor was down in the basement for the dollhouse project, too, so...what the heck. Let's finish this thing.
The forecast for later this week calls for snow followed by very cold weather. I know I'm hoping that the snow doesn't actually come, but that we get that brutal cold weather. Why's that? Because holding in my hand up there is a DIY snow machine. Add a pressure washer and compressor and we'll (hopefully) have some snow! The Parrillos will be having a white Christmas...
If the fact that the NIU Huskies from the Mid American Conference were playing in a BCS game while my Illini were at home licking their wounds wasn't bad enough, now the NIU athletic department is taking direct shots at us with a full page ad in the Sun-Times. "We look good in orange"? Really? I know that's a line about the Orange Bowl they're set to play in, but they're also rubbing it in a bit, right?
I got both end pieces framed up and built on the Babe's dollhouse. I used poplar boards because they were straight as an arrow and after building the two frames, I'm glad I did. They were easy to square up and with the help of the Kreg Pocket Screw Jig , they were easy to drill together without splitting.
On Saturday, we went to the Brookfield Zoo 'Holiday Magic' - along with thousands of our closest friends. We're members, so Nat and the girls go pretty regularly and she's never seen the parking lot as full as it was two nights ago. The lights were great and the star of the show is the music-sync'd Christmas tree display around the center pond/lagoon. They have 100ish trees lit up that rock-and-roll with the music. And fortunately, it isn't all Manheim Steamroller. A disappointment, however, was the animals. Most of them weren't around or they were inside and we couldn't go in to see them. The big cats, however were on the prowl, so that was kind of neat. Every other time we go see the lions and tigers and other cats, they just lay around on the rocks and yawn. We saw one stalk something - which, I think, ended up just being a shadow - but it was neat to see. If you're taking your kids, make sure you bundle up and bring some light-up t
Look what arrived via the mailman yesterday? My fan assembly for our Christmas Pyramid . Yep...that means we have another project we have to tackle in the next two weeks to get ready for the big day. I'm thinking I'm going to bring this thing to my mom's house for the big fest on the Eve. Another Christmas miracle!
I finished the eight candle lamps over the weekend and put them up on the steps to the house. They didn't stay in this position for very long and have moved up to be by the front door for the time being. I put flicker bulbs in them and at night they provide a nice orange-ish contrast to the little white traditional lights that we have up on other parts of our house.
Nothing more to say this year about our annual visit to Renegade except for: parking sucks. The place is way too packed, and what the Tribune said yesterday. We, did, however take our annual family photo. The Bird made it in there! Here's our Renegade photo from Holiday 2011 . Here's our Renegade photo from summer 2011 . Here's our Renegade photo from Holiday 2010 . Here's our Renegade photo from Holiday 2009 .
With the help of my brother-in-law Bill, I got my train table up and running last week. It is 5' X 9' and has a layout that is called "Round-n-Round the X-mas Tree". The Babe has had quite a lot of fun running the train around the track most days. My dad always put out his Lionel train during Christmastime when I was a kid and he gave me this set a few years back when the Babe was born. Although it takes up a lot of space, I really like having it set up for the holidays and will (hopefully) be putting it back up in the years to come.
These two guys were the final pieces we picked up at the Vintage Christmas Fair. They look great next to the Spaghetti Trim Santas and the little Christmas Tree girl . This piece has a couple of holes on the back and a large container, so I'm assuming it was a wall planter of some sort. Will we be mounting them on the wall? Not likely. I think Nat will stuff them full of candy canes and they'll find a spot on top of the piano next to our other choir boys.