Thursday, July 30, 2009

At 10:36 last night...

...we FINISHED THE PUZZLE!!!

You may remember this post from back in February when I posted about the 3,000 piece puzzle that Chris and I began. Yes, it really did take us six months to finish. What can I say? It's a big puzzle and we didn't work on it every minute...

Here are some shots of the finished product. I left Chris and the couch in them so you can have some size perspective.



And here is a close up of North America so you can maybe appreciate how small the pieces are.


I was really excited when all the pieces were actually there. We had originally set it up in our kitchen, with the literally thousands of pieces spread all over the dining table, card table, counter, and cookie sheets. They fell on the floor all the time, were carried off by Jane, and one even ended up being carted around in Chris's backpack for a week. We eventually moved it up into our bedroom to both reclaim our kitchen and to hopefully protect the pieces from being lost. Jane still carried some around and quite a few ended up underneath the bed and dresser. But in the end, we had them all! All 3,000 pieces stayed to participate in their fate and join the final product.

Yay! It's done! The plan now is to glue it together and hang it above the bed in our bedroom, joining the 2,000 piece world map puzzle we did when I was pregnant with Jane. I feel a tradition coming on...

In case you're curious: We glue the puzzle by pouring basic Elmer's school glue over the top and spreading it with paper towels. We don't mount it on anything. To hang it, we use 3M Command Mounting Strips to hang it directly to the wall--one in each corner, and a couple along the top just to be safe. We have never had any problem with the puzzles coming unglued or falling off the wall. And now you know!

- o - o - o - o -

Britta and Emmaline have been visiting us since Tuesday. After picking them up from the airport, we went to visit Discovery Gateway Children's Museum in downtown Salt Lake.




These are just a few pictures, but there is A LOT to do at the museum for a variety of ages of kids. And that brings me to my special offer: I have quite a few free passes as well as 2 for 1 discount passes to Discovery Gateway that I am not going to use.

Do you want them?

They expire on August 31, so if you live in Logan (or are going to see me in the next month) and you will be in Salt Lake before the end of August, you are welcome to some of the passes! Just let me know. Otherwise, they will go to waste!

4 comments:

Kelly A. said...

So fun to have your friend in town! Cute picts!

We love Discovery Gateway and have been a couple times, but only before Talia turned one and her and I could get in free on my sister-in-law's pass. If no one else claims your free passes I would love to :) I would reimburse you for mailing them to me. BUT since we live close and we've been before, see if anyone else wants them first! You are SO nice to offer them to everyone like that!!

Mom said...

Congratulations on finishing the puzzle! Hooray! Tell Britta hi for me.

Jared and Delia said...

Wowza! That is a gigantic puzzle! Kudos to you guys. That would be fun to do a puzzle with each pregnancy. You could hang in their rooms when they get older or something. How fuN!

Tannie Datwyler said...

That's awesome about the puzzle - I think Rich would LOVE doing that.