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:

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:
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.