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November 30, 2014

Home

We are finally home! We have been nonstop working, parenting, and working on the house. It's still not completely done but it's getting there. The biggest thing is that we are HOME!! 
Two weeks ago we said goodbye to the cramper. I've never been so glad to see something I am so thankful for go away. I don't know that I'll ever experience that feeling again in my life. 
AG and I waved bye to the cramper and our dear friends who were happy to have theory hunting camp back. 

For the next few days she continued to ask of we were going back to the camper but now she's settled and very happy to be home. None of us are more excited to be home than this guy,
Bringing him home that day was not part of our plan but after the camper was gone he seemed so sad and then he jumped in my van and would not get out so he's home and we are all glad to be back together!
More pictures of the house will come soon. It's not easy to find time to sit down and write and share but I'm going to make an actual effort to do it so wish me luck! I'll leave you with an evening shot of our beautiful kitchen. I love it so much!! It's such a joy to serve my family and show them love by preparing meals and treats for them!

November 8, 2014

Doritos = Healthy PM Snack?

I'm a little obsessed with our new floors! And, bonus, we have enough left to do the upstairs landing one day. 

This is the very last part that had to be done. Hubby fell asleep while working on it as he was pushing himself to finish. Even my superman has limits. ;)

This is our new master bedroom. I'm loving the blue we used for the walls in here. 

Can you see it? That one row of flooring runs the whole way from the front of the house to the back straight from the bedroom into the main room. 

I really just can get enough of it. 
(FYI - That banister isn't staying all dark)

This photo is when they were only a few days in. Those pants always freak me out. Hubby leaves some like that most nights. 

In the event that you're wondering what our floor is OR the more likely event that down the road we need to know and that info is hard to find, I snapped a photo of one of the boxes. 

Something else I'm loving is our ceiling texture. It's so nice!

I'll leave you with a funny one... Mommy went upstairs for a minute and saw this while coming back down. Busted. 


Almost Home

How is it November? I mean really. October flew by so quickly and these last few weeks have been crazy. Between a busy time at work and helping at the house and mothering the best kid ever, I have not had the time or energy to update you on our progress. I do hope you'll forgive me and enjoy getting caught up. To simplify things I'll put it in list form in chronological order. That's my analytical side showing I suppose...

1 - DIY Disaster: Basically the primer and first layer of paint peeled off the wall like sunburned skin a few days after a bad burn. It was a bad night that led to a bad day where I had to take off work to continue scraping and sanding and then hubby had to re-mud and sand and re-mud and sand again before we were able to prime and re-paint because some a lot of the drywall paper and some tape peeled off too. Like I said, it was bad. Lesson learned, thoroughly clean the walls after applying new drywall and mud before you prime and wait longer than advertised on the primer before you paint the first coat. The silver lining: We ended up not liking the original color and went we Sherwin Williams Gray Clouds. We love it!

2 - Granite: We ordered our granite and as of Friday it is in the warehouse and we have selected the edge style, half round, and approved the Slabsmith images showing where the cuts would be made and CAD drawings so it will being fabrication next week! Here is one slab of two. They are almost identical.

3 - Painting: We spent several days painting and my daddy was even able to come help us for 2 of them! We got most of downstairs done and love the colors we used!
Notice the cabinets are now in place
My handsome daddy working hard
The large wall behind the stairs will be the same color as the ceiling, Alabaster by SW
This is the guest room. That gray is the primer, the closet is now Alabaster by SW

Looking in from the front porch

 4 - Flooring: As of this writing the flooring has been installed in all the main areas and the bathroom flooring is being done this weekend. This was quite the process and involved a lot of self leveler and about a week and a half of work by the guys with my hard working hubby doing a large amount by himself. Poor guy was so close to finishing completely one night that he kept going until he literally fell asleep on the floor the he was laying. I keep saying it but that's only because it's so true, I am so thankful for my hard working man. He is working his tail off to get us back home and he's doing an amazing job with every job he's learned along the way.


5 - Deck: The old wonky deck has been demoed and I think all the guys enjoyed the process.
Do not be fooled... they earned that break

6 - Family Fun: We have made a point of not calling the camper "home" during this process. We want AG to know that the house is home and that we are moving back in once it's fixed. We have taken her over frequently during this entire process and she seems to have a good grasp of that.
AG's first meal inside her house post-flood

This is in the camper but pretty well sums up toddlerhood
Supergirl has the best hair of any two year old I've ever seen  
 7 - Future:
  • We are awaiting a quote from the trim company to do a large amount of work including interior doors and well, trim.
  • The ceiling upstairs is being worked on this weekend and will be complete this coming week.
  • The plumber returns to finish the downstairs baths on Thursday!
  • The appliances should be installed this week, with the exception of the cooktop because the countertops won't be installed yet. 
  • The countertops should be installed in the next 2-3 weeks, hopefully 2.
  • The TV should be mounted this week.
  • We will put the new light switches and switch plates and outlet covers on this week to make it safe for us to move in!
  • We will have the Mobile Attic moved late next week. 
  • We will move back in next weekend or late next week. We will sleep on our mattress on the floor at first while we decide if we can fit our king size bed in our new small room. (We moved downstairs)

October 22, 2014

We Have Cabinets

Well this weekend consisted of a lot of hard work followed by a DIY paint disaster that negated most of that work and led to my missing a full day of work at my actual job on Monday so that I could rectify it to the best of my ability. But that is a separate post that will come later in the week. I just felt the need to get it out there before carrying on with the update for today. It's a good one. Are you ready for this? 
The cabinets are being installed... Right now. Last night the kitchen wizard was over and he filled the trench that provides power to our islands and the living room floor and he unboxed the cabinets and set them all in place. It. Is. Awesome. 
See for yourself. 
The color on the walls is primer, don't get too excited about that. 
This is the view walking in the garage door:

This is the panoramic view standing at the front door:

From the living area side of the room:

And because I can't get enough, a little closer:

Aaaand... The floor is in the house acclimating to the environment and will be installed next week after we are done painting. 

More updates to come later this week showing the cabinets in place and our chosen granite! Try not to fall off the edge of your seat!

October 17, 2014

Let the Painting Begin

I am thrilled to announce that we are painting today!!! This is huge. Huge, I tell you! We are painting the "big room" (living/dining/kitchen) and the guest room. Plus I got the paint for the ceiling so that when our [awesome] ceiling guy is ready to paint I won't be holding him up. And now the part you've all been waiting for... COLORS! We are using Valspar Signature paint for everything. Lowes will tint it to match any brand's color. 
For the ceiling we went with Sherwin Williams Alabaster. I don't have a photo but it's basically a soft white. I found it thanks to House of Hepworths blog. She's awesome and quite inspiring. Here's a link where you can see the ceiling color well: http://www.houseofhepworths.com/2014/04/15/putting-everything-back-together-again/

already have paint for the upstairs bedroom (oatmeal color) and the downstairs guest bathroom (aquaish). The other spaces and colors are collected here:

I am super excited. This is the first time I've selected paint for our whole home! We've lived with white walls our whole married life and for some reason having color on the walls makes me feel like a real love grownup homeowner. I'm begining to think we might actually get to move back home. And soon! It's getting real folks!

Nobody's Cuter Than You

My favorite blogger has a new book coming out in a few months and put out a call for people to submit photos of themselves with their best friends. You can read more here: http://thebigmamablog.com/17110/nobodys-cuter-new-book-fun-request/
After getting permission from my bestie, I'm happy to share what I submitted:

I consider myself blessed to have several people in my life who fall into the "best friend" category. But, there's one who really stands out. One who I think of first when I hear the words "best friend". Her name is Becky and we have been best friends for SEVENTEEN YEARS. I had to put that in all caps because it still impresses me to this day. We met at a block party in the 6th grade when Becky's family moved into our neighborhood, just up the street from my family's home. This was clearly orchestrated by God for 2 reasons; 1 - the sheer fact that we are still best friends 17 years later and 2 - that was the ONLY block party our neighborhood has ever had. After the initial meeting we began spending time together and quickly realized how very similar we are and that our differences really do complement each other. She is the only friend who I've never lost touch with or had any period of time where we didn't get along. We can disagree and bicker like sisters but that has never changed our deep-rooted friendship. Not long after we graduated from high school, I moved to Auburn for college (War Eagle!) and Becky moved to Texas with her fiance. Being true best friends, we never lost touch. Becky has always come home at Thanksgiving and every year we would spend some time together at my parents house while they were in town. When the time came for Becky to marry her other best friend I was proud to stand by her and praise God for their union. It was a beautiful ceremony in our home town and it made my cry more than any wedding that wasn't my own. Fast forward a few years and it was my turn to marry my other best friend. I had no doubt that Becky needed to be by my side. That weekend is such a blur but I'll never forget spending the night before my wedding sleeping toes to head in a twin size bed with my best friend. She flew into town from Houston on the last flight before the airport was closed due to a hurricane that hit their area and she was there for me to encourage me and reassure me that my spray tan did not make me look like an oompa loompa and that everything was going to turn out perfectly. And it did. Being separated by so many miles didn't stop us from having babies a mere 5 months apart. We didn't even plan that, God did. We make it a point to spend time physically together every year and taking a cue from you and Gulley we are planning a weekend together in the spring. It's not a road trip because we are so far apart but we will each drive 3.5 hours and meet in the middle for a weekend of friendship renewal. We haven't decided yet if we want to bring two 2 year olds with us or not. It could go either way. 
I am so thankful that The Lord blessed me with a best friend who puts Him first and loves me unconditionally. Though we don't talk as often as either of us would like, when we do get some time to talk we pick up as if no time has passed. I think that is a sign of a true best friend. She is the sister I never had and my life is better for having her in it. 

Fun fact: This is the last photo of us before we had babies!

October 14, 2014

Dishwasher - Check

I have been seriously blessed in the appliance department. Literally every item I have purchased has been deeply discounted, for usually no reason other than it being a special order return, and they have all been the item that I would've picked out to buy if money weren't a factor. This one is no different. Yesterday the dishwasher I've been holding out on turned up and was returned by the original purchaser claiming it was broken but long story short... she had just failed to connect it to water. "Here's your sign."
I got it for a fraction of the price! This is the display. Mine still has the plastic stickers on it:

I'm so excited. All that's left is our deep freezer. I know which one I want and now I'm just waiting on someone to special order it and then return it because they didn't have enough space, or something equally silly. It seems far fetched but much stranger things have already happened so I'm holding out. 

I Helped!

Not only is the tile up but now the thinset is all gone too! Our floors are ready to be filled as needed and then have the new flooring installed. I even used the concrete planer (or "spinny floor tool", whatever) yesterday while hubby was at work and I was off for the holiday. It was a glamorous time. I also used a sledgehammer to bust up some remaining tile bits. It was hard work but I'm glad to feel like I contributed. The sweat soaked mask and goggles did not do my skin any favors though. Overall it was very satisfying to pitch in and get my hand dirty and made me appreciate hubby and the guys who help him that much more. 
Because I was flying solo when I was working there are no photos other than this glamor shot complete with crazy eyes:
I only feel comfortable posting that because I believe hubby when he tells me nobody reads this. Haha. 

Here are the 3 guys working on the machine that I had used earlier:

I should mention that I got started and ran the machine for a solid minute and a half before I killed it. The rental company had to send the repair man out and as it turns out, you have to twist and pull to disengage the emergency kill switch. That's a handy bit of info that they should really tell you when you pick it up. But, the kind serviceman took pitty on me and spend about 30 minutes working on our floors while I alternated between watching and wandering around. I was so grateful I snuck a photo:
He was ginormous! 

After all that, being back at work today was like a vacation. I think it's safe to say a future career of construction is not going to happen. 

Tonight hubby is cleaning up all the dust that was spread throughout the house from all of the tile removal.
He's doing that while I get to lay next to our precious girl and rest and blog and be comfortable. I couldn't be more thankful for him. His self motivation and work ethic never ceases to amaze me. One thing he will never ever be accused of is laziness. He is such a hard worker and I am incredibly blessed! Thank you handsome! I love you!

October 11, 2014

Goodbye Tile

Yesterday we hit a milestone. The tile is completely up from downstairs. Hubby is working on removing the thinset tonight and tomorrow but the worst part is done.  
Here's a shot of him in action:

I'm so thankful I didn't have to do anything with that machine. It was some serious labor to get all the tile up. I know the rest of the floor prep isn't going to be easy but the most dreaded part is over. 
Here is how it looks now:


That orange machine that looks like a floor buffer is the tool to remove the thinset from our slab. 

Obviously there is a lot of clean up needed before we can move on. I'm  pretty sure I'll be shoveling tile pieces tomorrow to help out. 
It was nice to have hubby with us today. He certainly needed some time to rest. We are all looking forward to being back home together soon!

October 1, 2014

It's Fall Y'all

It's October! My most favorite month of the whole year. The weather starts to get that nice crispness to it, leaves start changing color and falling, college football is in full swing, and it's just an all around happy time. Today was our original goal for having the house done. As you can see in the following photos, that is not the case. We are now hoping and praying that we make it by the END of October. Time will tell. For now, enjoy these photos of the progress. 









My hardworking hubby has been working crazy hours on our house and has done an awesome job. Here's a spot that's been driving me crazy. 

And here it is now:
I know, he's the best. And he's mine! All mine! Although I know a certain 2 year old who fights me on that. 
 
One room now has texture on the ceiling and we love it. 

The downstairs should be fully textureized [I can make up words, it's called creative license] by Monday and then the men-folk will begin the removing of the tile. Once that's complete there will be major cleanup then painting. Oh how I long for the painting. 

I'm not sure if I can do it but I'm going to attempt the 31 day writing challenge. I don't have a specific topic in mind yet but I can bet it'll be things related to our home. Join me here on the blog and feel free to send encouragement as I attempt this feat.