Thursday, January 23, 2014

We're Taking a Hiatus

A blogging hiatus that is.  You see, in a world filled with full time jobs, infertility treatments (acupuncture, yoga, doctor visits), new hobbies, pets and a commitment to living out a less stressful 2014, we have lost time for our little blog.

Don't get me wrong, I love coming here and sharing our projects, but something just has to give.  In the past few weeks, I have found myself stressing out about my  lack of posts.  Then today, it dawned on me that this is supposed to be fun, not stressful.  So, I am taking a step back.  I will still come here occasionally to give you some updates- heck the dreaded 1970's kitchen is planned to be ripped out this summer and what a story I am sure that will make.  In the meantime, please don't forget about us.

Here's hoping that this effort to prioritize life materializes into an expanded family in early 2015!

Friday, January 17, 2014

Upgrade

This year, Eric and I decided that rather than spending a lot of money on Christmas gifts for one another, we would instead invest in some new master bedroom furniture.  Our old furniture was purchased by me with my college graduation money in 2002.  Although it has served me well throughout the years, it has been moved eight times since then and has been banged up a bit.  In addition, our neurotic dog Chloe ate a corner of the foot board years ago when she was dealing with some separation anxiety.  Aren't pets a joy?


Here is what we started with:



 It wasn't bad, but I felt like in addition to the furniture needing an upgrade, we needed also to add some pops of color in the room.  The room was looking pretty blah.

So here we are today!  The furniture was actually purchased through Costco online.  I was a little hesitant about purchasing furniture site unseen, but I am thrilled with the result.  The delivery was fabulous (and free) and the furniture is very heavy and feels well made.

In addition to the new furniture, we added crown molding in the room as well as some new bedding and art.


For the art work, I just dug through my pile of Audubon pictures to find one that had some great accent colors.  A quick trip to Michaels armed with a framing coupon later and we had our new artwork in place!


We went ahead and upgraded our bedding during after Christmas sales as well.  The set is from Pottery Barn and I love the color it adds, but also the weight that it has.  It feel well made and durable.


Eric's new dresser:


This is my dresser, which is actually an entertainment dresser.  I still have plans to get some baskets for the open spaces.

So there you have it!  Our master bedroom is nearly complete.  I would still like to add to/change out some of the artwork and find a rug, but we are getting close. 

Monday, January 13, 2014

And We're Back- Almost

Hello!  Did you think that we fell off a blogging cliff?   Well, we kind of did to be honest- someone needed a little break from the computer.  I feel like I have run a non-stop race since December 22nd and it has not quite ended, but here's a little re-cap of our holidays.

Christmas was spent at my parents house this year, which meant that I spent as much time as possible soaking up some niece and nephew cuteness!


Side note- my grandmother is 91.  Can you believe it?


Nothing like a little blind egg nog taste off to get the party started (it was an impromptu contest and Eric's coat was the quickest blindfold substitute that I could find).


Ugly Christmas sweaters- check!


The men carving the "roast beast".


Oh, and best of all, we were introduced to "What Does a Fox Say", which we then proceeded to sing for the next week.  We also put on war paint and made dance videos of it.  Can you say awesome?


Christmas also included taking my nephew Liam bowling for the first time.  Sad fact- he beat me not once, but every game that we played.  I officially win the award for worst bowler in the family. Wahoo!



Oh and lest you worry that we suddenly got lazy and didn't do any home projects over the holidays, fret not.  I will be back later this week with our master bedroom transformation!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

A Year in Review

In early 2013, I created a list of projects that I would like to see us get done in 2013.  I am one of those crazy people who loves making lists and better yet, crossing things off lists.  I am happy to say that we mostly accomplished that list and I thought that I would recap what all we have done.  Note that some of these items were completed pre-blog.  In no particular order, here is the list:

Completed projects:

Build chicken coop
Have new carpet installed in the basement
New window well covers for basement
New oven and microwave
New fencing around the garden
Master bathroom remodel
Landscaping
Move laundry room to basement
New attic access
Sanding and re-staining the deck
Put new door on shed
Concrete a path to the shed
Add Board and Batten throughout house
New weatherstripping on front door
Paint front door
Have radon gas mitigation done and paint to match house
New storm door on front door
Fix ceiling in guest bathroom- decorative ceiling
Update household lighting

Projects that were not completed:
Build deck benches and railing
Build a pergola
Finish landscaping

The window wells and updates to household lighting has happened in the past couple of weeks and I still need to write posts about these.

Looking at that list though makes me think that we have had a very successful year!  This leads me into our 2014 plans.  I am happy to say that our 2014 list will likely not be quite as long.  We have one big project looming out there though...  The dreaded kitchen.  While we have been completing all of these somewhat smallish projects in 2013, we have been squirreling away money into our kitchen fund.  If all goes to plan, kitchen demo will start August 2014.

In addition, we plan to do some more traveling in 2014.  If 2013 was the year of projects, 2014 will be the year of travel and hopefully family expansion.  First up, we will be heading out to California for a friends wedding and Eric's first trip to DisneyLand.  Then in May, we will be going on an 11 day trip to Ireland (more details to follow).  So, the tone of the blog may change a bit as the projects slow down, but we will continue checking in.  We sure hope that you all continue to follow us in our journey!