I need to give a shout out to All Wood Floors. They are awesome! Quality work...and they work! They started on the floors early and worked Friday and Saturday all day...then they showed up Monday..on a holiday even! They worked all day, with a reasonable break. Left around 5. Here are some pics of the floors in progress.
You can already feel how much lighter the rooms will seem. In the photos they have sanded and there is wood filler on the top.. Another sanding and they will be ready to coat.
Here is a pic of that cute little alcove at the top of the stairs. The boys like to hang out up here.. I'm thinking a good spot for a low bookshelf and a small family gallery. I'm also liking the vintage light..though it need to be hit with some paint eventually..(and some cleaning!)