Our friends EdgyK and her husband Stenny helped us. Without their help we would have gone nutz and it would have taken a LOT longer.
I am being useful here, it just doesn't look like it. Haha I was dictating measurements while EdgyK marked the laminate. (Blogger loaded these pics all jumbled up.) Here you can see we were nearly done with the kitchen. The kitchen took a long time because of all those corners we had to measure around.
M discovered the advantages of a wood floor.
Here is the picture of how far we got the first day. We finished the kitchen. We had friends coming over that evening, and EdgyK had a family party to attend, so we stopped around 5pm.
M and E used the boxes as coffins. My kids are so morbid. They did a mummy exhibit and drew bodies inside the coffins.
When everything got ripped up, we discovered there was a half-inch difference between the dining room and the kitchen. Mr N had to run to the store and get some boards to even things up. This set us back about two hours.
Here is E being a mummy. Apparently mummy = zombie without a hunger for brains.
Day 2 dawned bright and early. It was New Years Eve and Stenny & EdgyK showed up at 8am to floor the dining room. That's earrrrrrly in case you were wondering.
After the kids got bored with the mummy exhibit of Day 1, they turned the boxes of Day 2 into a tepee.
Okay so admittedly I did not work as hard as Mr N, EdgyK, or Stenny. I was on baby duty a lot. It's its own form of hard work! Day 2 while the baby was napping it was me, EdgyK and Mr N on floor duty while Stenny was our cutter.
Mr N picked up a set of laminate installation tools on a whim during his trip to Home Depot on Day 1 and they turned out to be VERY useful. The dining room was much faster to floor due to its large rectangular shape. We finished laying laminate around 1pm and Stenny stayed and helped Mr N nail all the baseboards back on. They were done around 2pm.