September 22, 2014

Expectations and Blessings

Remember how I got all excited and declared that we had mere weeks until the house would be done... Yea me too. Well, the nice way of explaining that is to say that illusion was overly optimistic. We are now planning to be home by the end of October. I'm hopeful, but notice I say "planning" and not "expecting". I have no actual expectation at this point other than this one: our home is going to be a beautiful, clean, happy, and safe place for us to live and love as a family and fellowship with others. I've said from the day after the flood that I just want to be able to cook Thanksgiving dinner in my kitchen for our whole family. And that is something that is going to happen. 

As far as progress goes, there isn't a ton of newness to report... 
- The ceiling is still a work in progress, but downstairs is close to being done. Once the texture is applied down stairs, the guys will begin the dreaded task of removing the tile floor. 
- Hubby has been working extremely hard to finish up the walls downstairs so we will be ready to prime and paint when the ceiling is complete. He has also been using his new tools and playing lumberjack in the front yard by cutting up the trees and limbs they took down and hauling them away from the front yard. 
- We are now the proud renters of an actual massive dumpster in our driveway. Seriously, the neighbors must just love us. 
- I bought a brand new microwave and trim kit on clearance at Lowes.

They were a special order return that is never used and just happened to be exactly what I'm looking for. I have been blessed to find most of our appliances like this so far. I'm just waiting for them to get a deep freezer and dishwasher that match my requests on return so I can snatch those up at an incredible price. 
- In no particular order here are the remaining big tasks for the house, and please excuse me for forgetting some items, I know I will.. 
        * Tile removal 
        * Finish exterior door installation and trim 
        * Install interior doors 
        * Ceiling complete 
        * Install cabinetry 
        * Pick out granite 
        * Granite install 
        * Install new flooring downstairs 
        * Pro cleaning of carpet upstairs 
        * Install doggy door under stairs 
        * Stair treads and banister 
        * Banister continuation on loft 
        * Lighting in bathrooms and closets 
        * Hang pendant lights above stairs and island 
        * Door and window trim throughout 
        * Install toilets and vanities downstairs 
        * Complete plumbing 
        * Finish floor outlet in living area and fill trench that holds conduit 
        * Close access panels that were cut in drywall upstairs 
        * Replace light switches and possibly outlets, which now have all manner of dust in them 
        * Install appliances 
        * Prime everything downstairs and upstairs as needed 
        * Paint everything 
        * Remove old deck **can be done after move in 
        * Build new extra large deck **can be done after move in 
        * Stain new deck and front porch **can be done after move in 
        * Exterior repair work, as needed **can be done after move in 
        * New drywall and shelving in garage **can be done after move in 
        * Finishing touches (hang shower curtain rods, mirrors, closet rods, etc.) 
        * Move in and decorate! 

Wow! That is a LONG list. It seems daunting but I realize it will be done before we know it and there are so many reasons why I'm excited to get back home. Space is a big one. Another is simply to eliminate having to have frequent budget meetings. I'm glad we do them and it is great to stay on track but my goodness... 
I keep reminding myself that we have got it so good. We are blessed to have friends who would loan us their camper to live in, with a 2 year old! I do not know many people who would be so generous. And blessed to have family that happened to have RV hookups on a beautiful piece of land where we can also have our dog near us and have plenty of room for outside fun. And blessed to have both of our sets of parents graciously let us move into their homes when they go out of town. There are many many people much worse off than we are and I want to remain humble and thankful. I'm not saying I'm great at it but writing those things out sure helps put an end to my pity party and allows me to refocus on the most important things in life. The big picture is that we are all together and we are all healthy and CLEARLY God is watching over us. And THAT is the biggest blessing of all. 

September 9, 2014


One more month. As in, 3-4 weeks. Weeks people, WEEKS! (Fine print: approximately)
Here is the big items to-do list: 
- Ceiling Texture 
- Tile removal & floor prep 
- Paint walls 
- Cabinet install, bath vanity and toilet install 
- Countertop install 
- Floor install 
- Appliance install 
- Interior door install 
- Big Clean 
- Move in! 

Trim and stair treads will be completed once we are living there. These will be done by Justin (the kitchen wizard is also an awesome carpenter) while we are at work during the day. After hours, all work will cease and life will be as close to normal as possible. 
Also to be completed once we are home: 
- Garage walls 
- Siding 
- Landscaping 
- Deck rebuild 
- Decorating!

I'm just so excited. Here are the most recent improvements. Exterior doors!

These are my new favorite doors! This spot used to be windows. Love! Can't wait to have them open onto our new deck. 

This one isn't obvious unless you have been super connected to our project. This shows the brand spankin new wall that divided the little closet and the bathroom. 

Check out this before and after of the ceiling. 
Before mudding:
After mudding and walls are DONE:

AG got a new-to-her toy handed down from her sweet cousins today too. The view from her slide is going to be very nice in a few months. But for now:
I would be so embarrassed if that wasn't the result of a flood. This angle really shows the state of disrepair the deck is in.  I'm glad to have these before shots so we can fully appreciate it when it's all done. 
Tomorrow is my "Friday" and then it's 4 days of beachy relaxation to celebrate six years of marriage to my awesome husband. We will have Thursday and Friday with just us and then my wonderful mother in law will bring the wee one to us on Saturday for a family fun day and night. I'm really looking forward to this little escape. We certainly need it. Beach photos to come soon!

September 4, 2014

Have You Seen My Sippy

I'm happy to report that the missing sippy cup has been located. Along with a sad sock. I realize you were blissfully unaware that it was missing. I didn't share that because I didn't want anybody loosing sleep. 

What? You don't keep sippy cups in your purse? I'm not sure how I missed that for a full 24 hours. It takes up a good half of the purse space. But this was a good test and the Tommy Tippie cup passed with flying colors because it did not leak water in my purse at all! You could learn a lo about a woman by looking through her purse. Think about it. What could someone learn from yours? 

On the home front, I need to go take some photos really. The exterior doors are all installed and look great. The mudding of the drywall should be complete by the first of next week and then we will begin painting as the ceiling guy finishes a room. I might've already told you that in which case, not much has changed. I'll make the effort to get some photos and share them by next week. It really does look great for what it is. I'm not holding my breath for an October move in though. Maybe late October. I've decided that I'm happy as long as I am able to prepare and serve thanksgiving diner in our home. And I can't wait to host our family for holidays! Christmas will be so awesome. It'll be the perfect open space for gatherings and fellowship with loved ones. 

September 2, 2014

I've Got New Boots Boots

I was all ready to share about how I'm looking for the perfect brown boots for Fall and of course our frigid winters here in the Florida panhandle but then something wonderful happened. I bought a pair. And I'm downright giddy over the whole thing! Also, if you didn't get the Friends reference in the title then I'm a little sad for you. It's a classic and one that my daddy and I have always quoted to each other anytime the opportunity presented itself. In fact, I text him a photo of the boots today with that very statement. I'll always be grateful that he let me stay up late and watch reruns of Friends with him and we never missed a Thursday night new episode. This was before the days of the DVR. We were like cave people and were forced to endure 3 minute commercial breaks. Life was rough. 
Back to business. The boots. You see, it all started with Melanie at I really blame her for my obsession with the Frye Jackie Button boots. Once I saw them I latched on and knew that they must be mine. That or I would find something similar and more reasonably priced as I tend to do. But I've been stalking the eBay for these babies over the last month and today I scored big! I was the lucky winner (really, winner? I'm still paying so I really think that's not the right word) of a pair of size 8.5 chocolate brown Frye Jackie Button boots for 1/3 the retail price. Only worn a "handful of times" and y'all the bottom looks new in the photos. I'll report back once I get them in hand. 
Here's one photo from the listing. Please forgive the sad quality of the image. I did a screenshot and my phone has decided to zoom in on it. I'm going to go with it though because my blog is very professional and I write 90% of my posts from the phone app. 
In the next 2 months (I pray!) we will be home and you will be able to find these in my new closet with wine bottles inside to hold them up and keep them nice. That is, when they aren't on my feet. Now I just need some cute boot socks and maybe a new pair of skinny jeans. Any suggestions?
I'm thinking I definitely need these:
They were from but they only have black available now and I'm swooning over the cream. I do think I could DIY something similar. Hobby Lobby here I come! If they have your team in the color you're after I would suggest buying it sooner rather than later and support this small business. I'm loving their creativity!

Is it bad that I still really think I need the Timberland Rudston boots too? I love that they are waterproof. They are so much prettier than regular rain boots. Just think of how great these would be if we ever had another big ice storm. Plus I could get them in black and that would satisfy my need for black boots. Although... the dark brown is so pretty and if I had both in brown I could alternate, then both these and the Frye boots would last that much longer. Either way. I'm trying my best to justify them. FYI - Amazon currently has size 8 in black on sale for $95. Not a bad price for such good quality boots. 

In other news, our house is really coming along. I don't have photos but the drywall is up throughout. No more studs! Now they are taping and mudding everything. The ceiling guy is working on sanding. His part will take a while because we have about 2,300 square feet of ceiling that he has to do and he's working multiple jobs. Hopefully the ceiling being done will coincide with the walls being done and we will be ready to paint. Also before we paint, at some point, the old tile is going to be removed by the guys. This seems like a horrible job and it makes me very thankful that I'm just a tiny little woman. My job is to care for AG while the guys work until the wee hours of the morning. I get to go to bed at a decent hour while hubby is up until 4am most nights. Did I mention that he's wonderful and incredibly hard-working? He is. And he's all mine! Although our wee one will fight me on that. One time we were all three laying together and I hugged hubby, she pulled me away and declared "my nuggles!" So now we don't say "snuggles", we say "nuggles". Funny how you do that with cute things kids say. 

Have a happy Wednesday! Only 3 more days until gameday #2! War Eagle!

September 1, 2014

Just Another Manic Monday

With our anniversary rapidly approaching, I've decided to make gift giving easier for my sweet hubby so this is the first of what will be a few posts showcasing items that would be very well received on September 13. Plus maybe this will make him read my blog. Maybe.

I have realized that I am in need of more orange and blue in my wardrobe. To make this easy, the vast majority of these items are from Tiger Rags and quite affordable, you're welcome honey!

I'm loving this boat neck top from Old Navy. I haven't seen it in person but I'm hoping "Fan the Flames" is an Auburn burnt orange color. Would be great with my navy eyelet shorts (Target) for a Fall gameday. Especially if I can find a good chunky navy necklace.
Side-note: I also need this in white, to wear with the above scarf and probably several other things because white is just so versatile. I'm a small. Thanks honey!

I had been stalking an orange puffy vest from Old Navy but it isn't on the site anymore so I'm thinking it's not available anymore. I've moved on to this one from Target, I like the white:

That's all for this Labor Day edition. I hope you've all had a relaxing day and aren't bored to tears by this post. Next up: boots!