Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Come See How Far We've Come!

This Friday (October 29th) we are inviting everyone to come out to RHD to come check out our new office and enjoy a nice fall lunch at our Open House! If you follow our activities you know that we purchased a new building in May, and then moved in July. We've been waiting til things cooled off here in Texas, and hopefully we'll have a day that is in the upper 70s for our "fall" open house!

So we thought we'd give you a little idea of what we've been up to over the past few months in our new building. Then to see what we've'll have to come by the open house on Friday! We'll be serving a mashed potato lunch bar (done by Stacey Forgason and Hinze's BBQ), homemade cookies done by my grandmother Sammie Johnston and Carole Arriaga, and lots of hospitality by the rest of us here at RHD.

Here are some sneak peaks of the remodel process, come on Friday to see how far we've come!

This picture is our original entry way...pre-remodel:

Our kitchen pre-remodel.

The web room pre-remodel.

Rachel's office pre-remodel.

Tricia's office pre-remodel.

Our lobby pre-remodel. (keep in mind this is not our stuff, this was right before the old owners moved out)

Ahhh, the joys of removing a floor. These were the little peel and stick tiles, stuck on top of lineleum from the 1950s I think. My cousin John Locke said "oh, removing flooring is EASY". N-O-T!!!!! We removed all these by hand, thanks to lot of sweat equity from Rachel, Brandon, Russell & Laci Sciba and Matt Karisch. Notice the shovel.

One of our biggest tools of the whole project, my grandmother Mollie Williams' trusty wheelbarrow. Notice it's tied together with a hay string. This thing got us through the whole project!!!

We also had some help from our little assistant, Tori Cutrer (our dog).

After we started doing a lot of stuff, of course we had to call in our husbands to help. Brandon Cutrer, Lex Forgason, and Tim Arriaga all came in and helped us out with different stuff.  Of course there was lots of bossing going on by the ladies.

Towards the end of the project, we went ahead and moved in even though there was some work still to be done. Here's a picture of Stacey working in her office as the new door is added. This brought a whole new meaning to "our door is always open to clients!"

When you come by on Friday, you'll be blown away by the transformation. And we couldn't have done it without the help of so many of our friends, whether you came by and gave us advice on paint colors (Vanessa Hudgins), or helped us rip up the carpet, or stopped by with a cold Coke for us during those unbelievable summer days of work.

We especially want to thank Judy Laitkep of Judy's Paint Service who just went above and beyond in her advice and help to us, and to Jan Powell (my aunt) who helped us do the decorating and arranging. We're so blessed to be in this great new office and we're excited to show it off :)

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