Wednesday, July 6, 2016

July fun

Right before the 4th, we took a break from the house and took the kids to a festival that one of our local churches was doing at the minor league stadium.

The kids LOVED it. They did bounce houses, made Fourth of July crafts and we even splurged and got them Dippin' Dots. ;)

Love this!! :)

There was a big concert there too, but we left right as the concert was starting. ;) Ha! Bedtime and more work at the house was calling our names. ;)

Progress looks like a lot of mess.

Another view. All my kitchen cabinets are piled in the dining room there!

And here we go!! Dad and Jon got the first few in and I was SO EXCITED I could hardly stand it!! We were so blessed to get these cabinets on sale - God is good.

God willing, we will be in this house SOON.

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.


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