Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Standing Still

Still standing still.
this is still what the kitchen and little girls room looks like
we are down to the subflooring
we met with the contractor yesterday and he said once our cabinet people give us a day that they can have the cabinets in then they will come in a few days before that and replace the subflooring and paint i guess and then once the cabinets are in they will lay the new flooring.
we are so ready to move forward with all of this but still we wait.

Monday, February 13, 2017


We finished the valentines for the kids class this weekend. Golden boy wanted to give the kids in his class Pokemon figurines.
I placed an order on Wednesday for the figurines. (so thankful for Amazon Prime)
I made some card stock cards that said "I choose you Valentine"
and then he wrote the kids names in the to section and signed them from him. 
after he got to decide who he would give each character to and we hot glued them to the cards.
I love the way that they came out

i saw these bracelets in Michael's craft store and asked Little girl if that would be something that she would want to give to the girls in her class. she has 9 of them in her class. so after making sure they would fit a kids arm, i went to the store and purchased 9 bracelets that all said something different. they said things like: love, blessed, peace, free spirit, happy, imagine.
The card stock says: Valentine: You're a Gem.
I got the idea for the wording from the blog Positively Splendid
I didn't have a colored printer so just created the same wording in a word document and printed them on card stock.
after she addressed them and signed them we chose which one she would give to each girl and used washi tape to attach them to the cards.

 my daughter likes the Pokemon cards too so for the 11 boys in her class we bought a pack of Pokemon cards and attached washi tape to the back of them. she picked out which one she wanted to give each of the boys and then signed the tape on the back.
a few years ago i got a picture of the valentines before we addressed them but i forgot to take that picture this year. so that is why there are little hearts all over the picture.

We didn't get together as a group to to decorate the cards
we just decorated them at home and then met up on Sunday to deliver them.

this year we just got a picture of the kids that were there.
Two babies were missing from this picture and one little sweetie that didn't want her picture taken

this is all of us last year that went to deliver valentines.

This year we met up with another small group to deliver the valentines. it was the last year that both of our groups met together to do this.

we had met in 2014 to deliver them but i don't think we got a picture of all of us

Tuesday, February 07, 2017


i guess i should have made the update on Saturday night that I FOUND Little Girls glasses. boy what a sigh of relief we had in finding those.
we still haven't decided on a floor because we need to go to the store and see their samples but here are the two samples from another store

this was the first sample that i looked at and loved it. it was a wire scraped hard wood like the original one that we liked

here is the back view that shows it in a room

this was the other sample that we looked at
at first i wasn't crazy about it because it didn't seem to have as much color variation as the other ones
then i turned it over.....

here it is in a room and clearly there is high variation in the color. this specific ones is a hand scraped hard wood.

Saturday, February 04, 2017

The Latest

so Tuesday the duct guys came out to work on the house. (my last post lets you know about that)
on Wednesday they came back to finish. They did some work inside and then they left at about 2:20 letting me know that they would call the inspector with the electric company to come out and inspect the locked pipe and then they could come and reconnect the ac/heater unit.
when I got home on Wednesday at 1 the house was colder inside than it was outside. It wasn't going to be to cold of a night and we usually like to sleep when the house is a little colder so we were fine.

at 3 on Wednesday the movers came to move somethings in our storage container. Only problem was that for some reason the Abatement team that was going to come out to treat the asbestos told us they were coming Friday February 3rd but somehow we didn't get put on the books for Friday.

so our kitchen sits pretty bare with this beauty in all its glory. I got to see it without a table cloth on it for a few hours. we keep it covered because, well we would like it to stand the test of time.......our kids, not to much.

I don't think I  made a blog post on this table so here is a bit of info about it.
I asked my parents if they could make me a farmhouse table.
I even send them some plans of ones online.
someone gave my dad this table top which was actually four feet longer. my parents sanded and stained it. the top is two church pews that are connected together. I just love knowing that the table we eat at was once in church and the prayers that were lifted up to heaven were heard by that same God who hears our prayers here at this table.

the legs to the table were at a friends furniture store and were pretty much a perfect match. then they made the bench. the top to the bench they made but it was so heavy they didn't know what to do to add legs. then their neighbor was throwing out their kitchen table and guess what legs were on that table? yep, almost the exact match to our kitchen table leg and way lighter than the wood that they were going to have to use. (it really is a beast of a bench)

so that all brings us around to Thursday.
I get home at 1 and then  house is freezing but I have no idea if they have been out or not to fix the issue of turning the gas back on. I grab my tiny space heater and my computer and sit down to work on the taxes (which is stressful all by itself)
I get a call from the flooring company saying that the floor we chose for our kitchen is out of stock they sold every last bit of it before we made our order and it wasn't being remade.

I went to get the kids from school and found out that somehow my daughters glasses are now missing. (this is two pair in a year)
When my hubby got home from work he called the contractor and they informed him that they inspection was done and that the duct work people had hooked the heat back up so he went to turn it on. guess what........nothing happened. at that point everyone was off of work and they were saying that we would just have to wait until Friday morning. I was upset because Thursday night was going to be really cold and the house was already so cold. my hubby got on the phone and contacted the owner of the company and informed him of all that was going on. he said he would be out Thursday night to look at it but that there was still a chance that it wouldn't be fixed till Friday. Thankfully he was able to fix it Thursday night. it was just a wire that didn't get reconnected. I jokingly told my husband in a text to kiss him for me for getting it back on. I was so happy.

fast forward to Friday night........we still can't find Little girls glasses, the taxes aren't completed yet, we have heat and I went to a flooring store and actually met the rep who had been telling the flooring company that the floor we wanted was out of stock (crazy circle of events) and he was extremely kind, very helpful and things are looking up for the flooring issue. I have some photos of the two choices we are deciding between. really they are so very close that either would be a great choice.

so it is now Saturday, we have Golden Boys basket ball game to enjoy, a date, church, the super bowl and some time relaxing with the family before a deep breath and another week of house stuff.

Abatement is coming on Thursday and putting us up in a hotel through the weekend. it will be like a small party next weekend as I am sure wherever we pick will have an indoor pool and the kids will love it.


Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Always an Adventure

So we knew that Monday or Tuesday the Duct work team was coming out to replace the duct work under the house. Monday came and went and not one came. Yesterday I contacted the contractor and asked about if the duct work people were coming today. he said he would call and find out. apparently they were already at the house but we weren't there. i let the contractor know that we were aware that they were coming (we just didn't know when) and that they could get started. if they needed to get into the house for any reason we could make that happen. they didn't need in the house and got started.
i came home from work at lunch to find this, and lots of work going on in the crawl space.
by 330 they were done but not really done with the project. we had ac/heater unit for the evening. thankfully it was a milder weather evening for the end of January. 

however, at 3:30 in the morning i woke up to my hubby asking me if i smelled gas. i sniffed and sniffed but didn't seem to smell anything. i went to check on the kids. they were both breathing so i crawled back in bed to wait to see what my hubby found out.
he went out side and said that he smelled the gas really strongly there.
he called the utility company to let them know. they said that they would have someone out in an hour to check it and that we should vacate the property.

we called my mother in law and asked about coming over. it is times like these that i am thankful for living close to family. our only other option, as i was thinking about it was the waffle house. (which right now actually sounds yummy)

so we got the van started, went into the kids room and got them up with big blankets to keep them warm. they wanted to know what  was going on. I told Little girl that we were going on an adventure. 

we headed my in laws house. we all got situated in beds, (my hubby and i somehow sharing a twin bed for the next 2 hours.) i think we probably only slept for 20 min though. maybe waffle house wasn't such a bad idea. the kids were able to fall back asleep though so that was good.

when we got home we had a message from the utility company. the duct work crew had turned off the gas but where they disconnected it the pipe was left open and was leaking gas, what we smelled. (i did eventually smell that gas, by the way)

the utility company came and capped and locked the pipe and now we will need them to do an inspection before they will reconnect it.

Thursday, January 26, 2017


So i think i mentioned that there is asbestos under the linoleum in the kitchen. the abatement company came out yesterday to measure the space.  i am going to stop there for a second....... and go back over 10 years when we bought the house. i was at work and my hubby called me to tell me that there was a house for sale that he wanted me to come and look at. i think i remember him meeting me at the road when i pulled into the driveway and saying that i needed to keep an open mind and see the potential there. we walked into the side door that took us into the laundry room and into the kitchen. this is a little but of what it looked like over 10 years ago, and kind of what it is looking like now. we walked through the rest of the house. here are some posts from then.....and here.

to be honest the only thing that sold me on the house was the wood burning stove in the kitchen and the potential for the carpet to come up and the wood floors in the house to be refinished. fast forward back to now, on Monday night we were talking about going ahead and taking up the stone around stove so that the floor could go all the way across the room and then rebuilding the stone around it smaller than it currently is.

Yesterday the abatement team came out to measure the kitchen. they told my hubby that they were going to need to take up the stone around the wood burning stove to treat that too. so looks like we are getting that taken care of. another decision (the stone that surrounds the stove) but an exciting one. you can see how the stone went all the way to the wall. we are fine with the placement of them stove we just wish that we could have the walking space through the area where the stone is touching the wall. now we get to reclaim that space. yay yay yay.

see how the stone goes all the way to the wall? we are going to redesign it where we still have the hearth and then some of the side for wood but not that bit all the way to the wall.

so next Friday some more of the work continues.

update on Little girls room. they came in yesterday to finish taking out the floor in her room. so this is what it currently looks like.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Better view

I mentioned in my last post about the house that we had made a decision about the flooring. For the kitchen we are going with this Hickory flooring which will look like this.

in Little girls room we are going back with what she had. it is a 1 1/2 inch oak plank. the lady that we are working with has been very helpful. when we went to the store to make the decision on Friday she asked if our existing oak was white oak or red oak? we had no idea. she asked us to bring her some wood shavings from our floor and she would try to do a chemical test to see what type of wood it is.

I also had a sweet friend encourage me to enjoy the process. it is a lot to think about and i think i just don't want to make a decision about something just because i like it and it not really go with anything else. so i am thinking what we like and coordinating too. but i appreciate sweet friends that remind me of them fun of the process.

we have somewhat of a date for the cabinets too. it is the first week of March which i think is why we made the decision about going back with the original floors in Little girls room. they mentioned it taking three weeks because of the sanding and staining and then not being able to go in there for a few days because of it setting. 

decisions are being made and it is making me happy. now we just continue to wait.
Paint color is our next decision. oh and back splash. suggestions are welcome for back splashes.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Something Fun

So for Christmas this year, one of Little girl's gifts was to get her ears pierced.
We were in New Orleans for Christmas spending time with my family so i wrapped up my baby earrings that i had my ears pierced with when i was 3 months old, and told her that we would go and get them done when we got home.

despite the craziness with the house i knew that we need to get her to get them done. i got everything lined up for her to have the pierced and this was her face when i told her that we were going that day. (this all happened on January 2nd) 

we headed up to get them done. she said that she had butterflies in her tummy. she was nervous.

the lady was very sweet with her. she marked her ear to show us where they would be placed.

here she is getting the first one done.

my niece had her ears pierced a few years ago and Little girl wanted her there to watch. 
i think she was pretty pleased with they way they turned out even though it hurt.

here is what she chose. i just love her cute little ears with earrings in.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Decisions Decisions Decisions

The decisions with this kitchen remodel are going to make my head explode. sheesh
We for sure know that we want an ivory color for our kitchen cabinets with an antiqued rub.
something similar to this

yesterday our buddy box arrived
it is WAY bigger than i thought it would be.
we have yet to put anything in it but the kid think it is super cool to have it on the side of the house

another decision we have come to was our flooring choice. it has been a really hard decision. i told the hubby that i don't think the decision would be so difficult if we were just deciding about the kitchen. but since the water ruined the floors in Little girls room as well then we were having a difficult time.

here is what we have decided on. it is a hickory wood and we really like that colors and the variations in the shades.

we have always wanted to have butcher block counter tops. there were some questions that we had about them so now we have these decisions to make:
butcher block counter tops or something else
if we choose butcher block what shade of stain
what kind of back splash to choose
what color to paint the walls

on the choices and decisions
do you see how my head may explode?
any an all suggestions are accepted. maybe i need a new set of eyes on all of this.

still excited about this journey even though it looks like it will be longer than we would have originally liked. we also found out yesterday that they kitchen has asbestos under the linoleum and will have to be treated before we move forward with anything.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Rounding the Corner......

......of three weeks since our kitchen flood and the joys of not having a fully functioning kitchen. I know there is an end in sight but right now I can not see it. and crazy enough this isn't even though worst part of it. I am struggling with being patient in the waiting. for now I am relying on the delicious smells of Mrs Meyer's Pine dish soap to get me through the loads and loads of dishes that I am hand washing. and the prospect of the tallest stack of disposable plate and cups that will be purchased today. here's to kitchen remodels and looking forward to our very own demo day (because truthfully that means there is some kind of end in sight)