Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Let freedom ring

Happy Fourth of July week, friends!

We started our long weekend off getting this one shorn - kid can seriously grow hair. #superpower

I was laughing at this picture - Nicole took it of me one morning at Gammy and Pops' house about 6:30am. Baby girl had been up most of the night, but I was still up at 5am to meet my deadline. This is not a pretty sight. But it's how things get done. ;) 

Every night, friends. Holiday weekend or not, here we are, painting, staining, caulking, painting, staining, demoing, painting and staining. ;)

Hard worker guys, like Nathan used to say. I love love love LOVE the paint color we went with - it's "Perfect Greige" by Sherwin Williams. Such a warm color and it's exactly the same color as small child hand prints, which was the top of my new paint must-have list. ;) Ha!

My mama is in there somewhere. ;) Thanks Mom!! If she isn't watching kids, she is over working at houses. She and Dad have put in a TON over this month. And to top it all off, we are all living with them at the same time. Saints.

And then it was the Fourth of July!! The kids didn't come in all day. And we all unanimously agreed that we would not work at all this night. Gammy and Pops truly have the best bike riding yard ever - the kids rarely come inside.

Two girls, au naturel. ;) Little Miss was getting nervous about the fireworks everyone was talking up, I think.

Just sweaty messes, the lot of them. Not sure what we are going to do with those two. They are too cute for their own good.

The best way to hold a sparkler is to dance around with it while loudly singing the Star Spangled Banner. Right? Right.

Love this. Every year, Pops and Uncle Bryant put on a big fireworks show for us all. So fun.

This one is such a goose. I just love him.

Cutie head. He won't stop growing. Love this one too. ;)

Sweet baby girl. We couldn't find any of her pants in the chaos so she was wearing Gabriel's. ;) We'll keep this one too. ;)

Gabriel is such a sweetheart. :)

This particular method of watching fireworks was just making me laugh.

Happy Fourth!! We are so thankful for the men and women who keep our country safe and allow us to celebrate our freedom. May God continue to bless America.


Saturday, July 2, 2016

The heart of the home

Little Miss went ahead and kept growing even with all the chaos going on around us, little traitor. ;) She turned six months old and we decided to try solid food. She started with sweet potatoes.

She wasn't sure what to do with it at first but then she figured it out really quickly. ;)

Little love. Those rolls - I could just eat her.

Middle of the night banister staining - it's the best. ;) And it's coming along!!

I'm staining basically all of the orange-stained wood through the whole house. The trim will all be painted white. The left of the beams have been stained, the right is unstained.

After much debate, calculating, re-calculating and re-re-calculating, we decided to use our backyard budget and redo the kitchen before we move in. It's a much more pressing need and the kitchen is just in non-salvageable condition. Our hope was we could clean it enough to make it last for a few years, but I just don't think we can ever get it as clean as we like things. So, good-bye kitchen! Dad sacrificed his back for our house - so thankful for him. And Bryant - despite moving himself - also came to help. Love the men in my family!!

DEMO DAY. I think the guys actually liked this night. ;)

Once we got all the cabinets out, it was like, well, gee, I wonder how all the mice were getting into the house? There are holes EVERYWHERE. Time to patch those holes and bleach!

Another view. Jon went and rented a tool to rip up the tile the very next day.

One of Jon's friends from work, Coach Toby, came to help with the tile removal. Long, hard days right there. Jon's poor arms were done.

Meanwhile, back at my parents' house, this is where the boys live. On their bikes, in the backyard. Love those two.

I love this picture. This is what a boy in the summer time should look like. Baby toad, green grass, bike helmet. ;)

BEST DAY. I hated hated this appliance garage!! It just made this weird box that stuck into the dining room and didn't make any sense at all. Plus, I figured the mice were just renting out condos inside it - (something like: "GREAT ROOM -VIEW OF THE KITCHEN"). ;) We let the boys break apart the drywall. Needless to say, they were pretty excited about being told to put holes in the wall.

Sweet baby playing in the midst of the mess. ;)

This kid THRIVES on a project. He lives to help Jon and Pops fix stuff. He was pretty much in heaven in the middle of all the chaos.

Parker helping Pops patch the holes in the drywall. Mice, be gone. Notice the appliance garage is nowhere to be seen! (Insert confetti)

New cabinets are here!! We are so excited to start seeing the new kitchen take place!! And Nathan was so excited that the delivery guys let him help them unload. ;)

Oy. So much going on! SO MUCH. Deadline, three kids, major remodel... ;) Lots of blessings in the midst of everything. We are so thankful for dear family and friends!!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

The "Before" Post

Every fixer upper has one, right? I could probably wax philosophic here and start talking about how we are like this house and how God sees beyond the grossness to what we can be, but I'll refrain. ;)

Here are a bunch of our "before" shots! I missed getting pictures of a few rooms before we started working on them. We're still living with Mom and Dad while we do the bigger remodeling projects. :)

Our lovely kitchen. ;) This is the room of the house that I pretty much despised the most. BUT, it has great space and one of the things that we wanted the most was a kitchen that was big enough to hold a lot of people, since our last house was so tiny.

 Another view. The high bar to the right is something that I both like and hate - I wanted a breakfast bar but not necessarily that tall of one.

The dining nook and a cute little guy helping us disinfect. ;) This part I love - not the colors, but I love that it's an eat-in kitchen and the nook is HUGE. We basically only had a corner of the kitchen for eating in our old house and all five us couldn't fit around the table at the same time. We should all be able to fit here!

Directly off the kitchen is the family room. We are ripping up the tile first thing and putting down carpet so we can try and keep Parker's head intact. ;) There are these giant beams that go through the room, which I foresee a lot of goose eggs from those beams. And I'm not a fan of the orange stain through the whole house. But the beams are growing on me. 

Inside the closet doors. WEIRDEST space in the whole house. There's another closet inside that closet. So odd.

More of the family room. Here are the beams. And see all the wires sticking out of the wall everywhere? There are seriously wires EVERYWHERE through this WHOLE house. It's the weirdest thing ever.

The front living room. Such great space. Not sure what we will do with this yet. But we love that we have two living areas so we can someday have a kid space and an adult space for community groups from church or when we have friends over. :)

Dining room. This whole house has every single window covered. There's lots of natural light that is not being accessed here.

Here's the staircase and the hallway. The kitchen is on the other side of that wall on the right, the front door is on the left. The carpet runner is my favorite and will probably stay. #nowayeverEVER

All of the bedrooms are upstairs. There are two good sized ones that we are going to put the kids in - the boys will share a room. And then there's a smaller room that is obviously supposed to be an office that we will use for an office/guest room. And the master is up there too. I really like that all the bedrooms are on the same level. We are looking at replacing most, if not all, of the interior doors. Lots of holes. :(

 Here we go. This house is just leaking trash. It wasn't a foreclosure, but it was in foreclosure shape. The whole house is disgusting. We put the kids down at Mom and Dad's and drive over and clean. Every night. We've got through two huge bottles of cleaner mixed with bleach so far. My lungs and sinuses might be permanently damaged. ;) Jon and I put on our masks and our grossest clothes and get to work every night at 8pm.

Bleaching even the high walls. Like I said, it's all disgusting. There was huge pillows of dust mixed with grease and who knows what all over the landings.

Oh friends. My heart just stopped on this night. We thought we could clean the kitchen in one night (bless our hearts). We opened this drawer that was under the cabinet (who ever thought that was a good place for extra drawers was not the brightest) and there was just tons of candy wrappers and mice droppings. And then we started finding the mice droppings throughout the house. Under the master vanity. In the master closet. ALL through the kitchen.

There are precious few things in this life that I CANNOT stand, but mice are at the very top of that list. I do NOT DO MICE. We left that night after finding this drawer and I just cried the whole way back to Mom and Dad's.

Big decisions ahead. We knew we were going to have to remodel the kitchen at some point, but we just didn't think it would be this soon. Ugh.

LOTS of prayers for financial wisdom happening now.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Chapter One

The big day is finally here!!

Neither Jon nor I slept at ALL last night and my stomach was in knots the entire morning. Ugh. So much prayer going into today!

We dropped the boys off with Aunt Nicole and took Eisley with us to the closing, first thing in the morning. Here's what she did the entire time we were there:

Sweet baby girl. Everyone kept commenting on how quiet she was. ;)

Leaving the title company, papers in hand. OH MY GOODNESS. We were a mess. Like, total, complete mess. I think I cried out of sheer panic.

We picked up the boys and went to go waste time at the best place to waste time at while waiting for funding to go through on a fixer upper - Lowes. ;) I'm not sure who taught these people planking, but they thought it was hilarious.

Making them earn their keep. ;) We loaded up on a few essentials that we knew we would need and then we got THE CALL.

The funding went through! The house is officially ours!

So, obviously, we skipped naps and went straight there.

Welcome home, little family. :) I walked through the whole house and just prayed in each room. I am so excited to see what God has for us here. We pray that it's a house that holds lots of laughter, love and precious friends and family. So thankful for it!

Here we go!!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The suspense is killing us

This was, quite possibly, the slowest week of our whole summer. And when you consider that we just did a road trip with kids who were contaminated with HFMD, that says a lot.

Nathan's baseball team had their end of the year party complete with a water fight. ;) He and Parker had the best time!

Soaking wet, eating chocolate cake, pizza and the Holy Grail of All Drinks (Capri Sun) - this child was in heaven. My Parker Bear doesn't especially love desserts (weirdo) and he will always pick fruit over dessert of any kind. Notice he ate the cake and left the frosting. ;)

Little Miss was very content to just hang with Mom.

 So proud. He had so much fun this year! It's so fun to watch how he grows and changes each year - he has become a good little player. :)

Three little peanuts up bright and early to help me make a Father's Day feast for Pops and Dad. :)

I found this picture of me and my dad in the depths of the picture albums at Mom and Dad's house. Love this. Love my dad.

Love their dad too. ;) Happy Father's Day, sweetheart.

We went to California Pizza Kitchen that night for dinner and someone was extra smiley there! I think those sweet cheeks grow by the minute. ;)

A boy and his daddy. Such a sweet picture of these two.

This is how breakfast looks lately. I've been getting up around 5, working on my deadline and then calculating costs of the new house while picking out paint colors over breakfast. Once the kids are up, nothing productive happens on either house plans or the deadline. ;)

Sweet friends. Junie is so adorable with Eisley. :) And Eisley loves her friend!

And now we are here! Tomorrow is the big day! And so we made ourselves some dessert to celebrate our last night of rest before we close on our fixer upper tomorrow. We look all relaxed and smiling right here but this is really how we are feeling:

Ha! My stomach is SO nervous about everything!! I can hardly stand it. Praying that God just goes before us in this new house. We are so excited and so blessed to even have the opportunity to have this house. We can't wait to make it ours. :)

TOMORROW.


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