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Monday, March 16, 2015

Birthdays and Celebrations!

Besides the usual going on around here, we have had lots of extra excitement. If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram you already know that there was an article in the Houzz news letter about our laundry room.

 Houzz got lots of great feed back from it!!
Thanks y'all.
If you haven't seen it here's a link.
 Before it was published they decided to send a video crew and make a video about it.
So one day last month they showed up to shoot the video!!
They arrived early in the morning before the kids went to school. And unloaded a ton of equipment into our garage. They started filming everything, like the girls doing each other's hair, us eating breakfast, and us having conversations. While this guy walked around with a mic floating above your head, and another with a camera pointed at you, they said,
"Just act normal."

 Yeah right!!

We tried to act as normal as we could.
That part was short lived as the kids headed off to school, and then we got down to the interview.  First, they hooked me up with a microphone, so they could hear everything I was doing.
(I am not kidding, all day the sound guy could hear every conversation I had!!)
Next I got comfy on the couch,
I was surrounded by equipment, the crew, and lights.Yeah I had two bright lights glaring right at me.  Then they proceeded with the interview. It actually was kinda fun but nerve racking. After a while I relaxed and just talked about my laundry room.

Les sat in the corner watching and taking pictures, but then they interviewed him. 
 Different location but same lights and such.  

After the interviews were done it was time to film in the actual laundry room. 
 (How many people can you fit into a 7 foot by 4 foot space?)
OK it was mostly me and the camera man in the actual room, with the sound guy hanging out in Em's room. But it was tight quarters.We spent most of the day shooting all kinds of shots doing laundry tasks as I talked. Hardest part was not looking at the camera when I talked. That seemed most natural to me, but it wasn't what they wanted. These guys had lots of fun coming up with fun and interesting shots. Along with all their cameras they had a Go Pro.
Where didn't they put that thing?  
They put it in the dryer and the washer, in the dirty clothes bin, clean clothes basket, a sweater drying rack, and behind the clothes on the handing rod. 
We had loads of fun.
(Pun intended.)

When the kids got home from school they all took turns doing their laundry chores and being filmed.
Quinton even got to wear the Go Pro on his head. They also filmed us playing basketball out front in our driveway. Our neighbors were very curious. Not to see us playing basketball, to see us being filmed.  
(Probably thought we were turning pro basketball players!! lol)

The crew flew in from California and were awesome to work with.  
Rick the director/creator/editor was fun.  
He really seemed to have a vision of what he wanted and made it work.  
Andy the sound guy was ironically fairly quiet. 
But super nice and came up with some great ideas when we all got stumped.  
And last of all was Brian the camera man. 
He was so easy to work with. 
They were all great guys. We really had fun with them all day, and were a little sad to see them all drive away. 

Well if you haven't seen the video here it is.
Don't laugh, I always think I look awkward on film.

So what do you think?

If that wasn't enough excitement, About.com also asked to write an article about our laundry room which you can read here.

Amid all this we have had some birthdays too.
First, we celebrated my awesome hubbies birthday!! 
Don't know what we would do without this guy helping us all get along. He works hard to provide for us, loves us, and totally makes us all laugh.
Happy Birthday Babe!!

Quinton also celebrated his birthday.  
Yeah he is driving around with a permit now!! I can't believe how tall he is. This kid keeps a smile on my face.  He is always saying or doing something funny. 
Diggy dog dog do!!

Last of all our baby had a birthday.
 I must be getting older when my baby is 10!!!
I can't imagine life with out this kid. He has always been my sweet boy who leaves me notes of love and encouragement, especially when he notices I am feeling down.
 Happy birthday kiddo!!!

We ended this month of excitement with surgery number three!!
 Austin had foot surgery and is doing fine.

Some how I have slowly been working on Ashlee's room and will continue to post about that.
Thanks for stopping by.  


PneumaticAddict said...

It turned out so good! I've always loved your laundry room, but this video makes each project look even cooler! Also, it was cool to hear you talk. Feels like we got to know you a little better. Congrats!

Rachel said...

I think you did great on the video and I think they did a great job showcasing the wonderful job you did on your laundry room. Congratulations! :)