November 30, 2014


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)