Friday, April 28, 2017

Book Launch post 1

I still can't believe that I was chosen to be part of this book launch.
From the first moment that I saw the Book, the cover, the title, I knew that i wanted to read it and hoped that I would get to be a part of the launch.
The day i found out i would get to be part of it I was thrilled. So now I am wading through the words and the stories and how it can help my family. I am excited to share more of it with you guys over the next couple of months. Be on the look out....

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Smokey Joe

and while the kitchen is fully functional we aren't fully finished with it yet either
remember the wood burning stove that we had in our kitchen?
well that little stove, that we lovingly call our smokey joe, has yet to be put back into the kitchen. the smokey joe was pretty much the selling point of the house. there really were no other redeeming qualitles about the house but the smokey joe and the wood floors that were under the carpet everywhere. now don't get me wrong, I have grown to truly love this house. so currently smokey joe sits on our back porch. it is a beast of a thing to lift, not that I have tried, but come on, it is made of cast's heavy.

the stone veneer around the smokey joe before it was removed looked like this.

the shape of it doesn't bother me but the fact that it went all the way to the wall was really weird to us. we just lived with it for the last 10 years because really we didn't know what else to do with it or even why it was like that.

now we are at the decision in the kitchen process where everything is done and functional but the smokey joe still isn't installed. 

I have a whole pinterest board for the wood burning stove with lots of ideas but we just can't decide what exactly we want.

this is what we know and want: we don't want it to look like it did before
we want the footprint to be small (the area that the stove sits on)
we want it to coordinate with the rest of the kitchen
we don't want to be too high off of the ground

here is my pin board of the wood stoves that we have seen and saved so far
and there are so many other choices to go with too.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Easter Sunday

Little girl wanted to try and take a picture. i showed her how to look through the view finder and then where to press to snap the picture. she practiced with one of me.....

and then took one of me and the hubby

we set the camera on a bench to get a family picture of us.
you can see the past few years of Easter pictures here: 2016 (scroll to the bottom to see the pic of the kids and the family picture) 2015

Thursday, April 13, 2017


Multiple views of the kitchen throughout the process
I made a video and then posted the pictures below as well


Monday, April 10, 2017

Day 99

Day 99 happened to be last Thursday
They came in and did some touch up painting
added the thresholds
and added the vent under the cabinet

i have a full view of the kitchen but am planning on making another post on that

the movers also came to move everything back into the house.
Hopefully i can continue to get everything unpacked and put where it needs to be and get a picture of Little Girls room all set up. It looks so cute.

we made it to day 99 with everything functioning but the Smokey Joe still needs to be installed and the Buddy Box needs to be hauled off.

Friday, April 07, 2017

Closet Doors

remember when I posted about Little girls closet door back on Day 45

on Day 61
they opened it up

Day 77
they were painted

Day 78
frame was put up

Day 88
the doors were installed and painted
with their cute little knobs (they probably thought I was neurotic making sure the knobs went there and not in another place)

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Day 98

can you believe that we have gotten to day 98?
98 days!

it is crazy to me
today our long awaited (okay like a week and a half) faucet and dishwasher was installed
you can see the original instillation here 
(leaks caused us to have to get new ones and wait for them to get here and then reinstall)

i am thrilled to say that now........EVERYTHING WORKS!!!

sure we still have some more little things that needs to be done around the house but the kitchen is now FULLY FUNCTIONING.

now to move the table in the start using it.

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Going back a bit...

Back on day 85, when the electricians finished up, after they left i was going to put out microwave in the microwave cabinet. when i opened the doors i found the back of the cabinet and the plug looked like this. i was shocked. how in the world was this going to get fixed.
i snapped a picture of it and sent it to Mark our cabinet guy, asking him if that was what the cabinet looked like when he installed it (which i knew the answer was probably no but wanted him to see it hoping maybe he could help get it fixed)
our contractor just so happened to come by that day so i showed him.
he also took a picture of  it too. i have no idea if he showed the owner of the electric company but he asked our cabinet guy if he could fix it.
so on Thursday, Day 91 he was at our house when I got off of work. he had put the molding on the lower cabinets (on the floor) and fixed this on the microwave cabinet.
it looks amazing and i was thrilled that he was able to fix it.

we are still waiting on the sink faucet to come in (hopefully today, which is Day 95) and it will be, hopefully installed tomorrow) and the dishwasher has been sitting in the middle of our kitchen since Wednesday.

Monday, April 03, 2017

Soccer Game #2

Saturday was another great day for soccer. a bit chilly but beautiful.
Golden boy played the whole game.
Have i said how much i am loving watching him play soccer?
Well I DO!

Us on the sidelines watching him. There was a time in the game where Golden boy got smacked in the face by the ball. the game stopped of course as he hit the ground. it took everything in me to stay planted on the sidelines and let the ref and coaches take care of it. it wasn't too long that he was getting up off of his knee and ready to play again. 
Little girl saw it all too and came over upset saying that she wanted to go and give him a hug. I told her that i did too but i was trying to stay on the sidelines and let the other adults take care of in unless they needed me. teaching patience and how to not be too controlling and i am still learning all at the same time.
WE WON-in quite a few different ways. 
and Golden boy scored a goal at the very end.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Day 88

when I woke up this morning I had no idea what was going to happen to the house today.
I stepped out of the bathroom and saw this door that leads to Little girls bedroom and just loved it.
I mean those hinges.
I just imagined how amazing it was going to look with the door knob on too.
oh I was excited

 we got a text once I got to work that the guys were coming this afternoon to finish the trim in the kitchen and to add the quarter round to Little girls room.

they also hung her closet in her room but I am saving the closet for another post.

they told us when we were leaving for dinner that they would bring our fridge in and would still have to be back to finish painting the closet (because they ran out of the paint) and the need to add three thresholds to the room and we may have them add a new threshold to the back door because with the new floor it is really tight.

isn't the trim in this room amazing?!?!

and check out our new fridge.
I love it.
the color is dreamy and the size is insane. our other fridge was so small. I was taller than it. I can't believe that is what we use for the last 10 years.

Another break in house stuff......

.....this time to post about Golden Boy
he had his first soccer game on Saturday
thankfully no one works at the house on the weekend so we get a bit of a break from people coming in and out of our house.
while it would help the process go quicker I am glad for the short breaks from all the construction

so Saturday we went to the soccer fields, soccer fields instead of the baseball fields.
this is the first time since Golden boy was 4 and 5 that he has asked to play soccer.
he has played baseball for the last 4 years.
I am kind of happy with the break from baseball and a change in sports. he has two friends from church that are on his team and this game he played against another friend of his from church. it is going to be a fun season. I am excited to be a soccer mom again. 

it was a beautiful day for soccer but super windy

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Day 82, 83, 84, 85

day 82 was trim  day (mainly the trim around the doors in the kitchen and the trim in Little Girls room)
during trim day they did this for the light switch for the pantry.
they mentioned to the hubby that we may want to talk to the electrician and see if he could move it to that wall right there by the back splash and they would just take this 1x4 down and put a new one in.

we asked them and they were able to do it. here is the space cut for the switch

Day 83 the electricians came out to do the finishes on some of the recessed lighting.
I just love the way it looks and can't believe  that it has taken us 10 years to do this in the kitchen.

Day 84
they laid our floor in the kitchen
our contractor stopped by at some point to drop something off and took this picture of it and sent it to my hubby.

later on when it was all done he sent me this picture.
before I got home from work I posted this to Facebook: "Nervous about seeing our kitchen floors in person. Nervous like butterflies in your tummy, first date kind of nervous."

it did not disappoint. it was stunning. both my hubby and I are very please with the way it came out and were so happy with the choice that we made.

Day 85
the electricians came back to finish up the lighting and to install the appliances.
the plumber also came to install the dishwasher and the faucet.
I got a text from the contractor that they dishwasher had an internal leak and we had to contact home depot and get it exchanged out (which happens this coming Wednesday)
then I got another text from the contractor saying that the cold water on the faucet had a leak. the faucet is the same stainless steel color as the sink but the handles that we received with the faucet were gold. it was so weird. so even if we didn't have to return the whole faucet because of the leak then I would have had to at least returned the handles to get them the matching color as the rest of the faucet.

I was able to get a picture of the oven installed and then faucet before they had to remove it because of the leak. I placed an order for a new faucet. hoping it comes sometime this week.

the first light we chose for over the sink was too gold as well. the description said antiqued bronze and it was more of a caged type pendant light (that I loved) but the gold color just didn't go with the rest of the look. I got the original from Lowes so I send back to their website and saw this one right away. I showed it to my hubby and he loved it so we headed to the store and bought it.

still needed:
the refrigerator still needs to be brought in and plugged up in its space
the baseboards in the kitchen need to be placed
quarter round in Little girls room
closet doors in Little girls room
door knobs on the three new doors
a decision on what type of stone and look for the fireplace/wood burning stove/Smokey joe hearth
trim on the cabinets (around the bottom)
the air vent under the cabinet fixed
everything moved back into place

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Day 80

we arrived home on Sunday afternoon in just enough time to unpack and head to church for small group.
i was excited to get a look at the kitchen.

i snapped a few picture of the walls because they painted them on Friday
I'm not sure if they are done with the paint or even the ceiling really but i am liking the way it has turned out. we know that we are going to have to repaint that red door because it doesn't really work with the wall color.
at least we don't think so.

The wall color is Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore
and i think that we may go with this color, Raccoon Hollow for the door.
not 100% sure yet but i think it will help the look of the color on the door side of the room.

but up against the cabinets.......i love it
i can't wait to see the it all with the appliances in.
it has been a roller coaster ride but it is all coming together and it exciting.......and a bit nerve wracking as we wonder if we made the right choices.