house update

Ohhh my goodness. Last time I wrote was back on January 2, and at that point, we had just fired our horrible contractor and were waiting for the new contractor to come finish up the hardwood. Well, it was still quite a long process to get the hardwood finished up.

The 2nd contractor started on January 6th. Well, apparently nobody had told him that he would be installing engineered hardwood, because he showed up without the stapler he needed! (If you recall, our previous contractor also did not have his stapler because he had lent it out.) Anyways, after a delay for him to get his stapler, he actually did a great job and was finished by the 8th.

Our 3rd contractor started on Monday the 10th and his job was to do the baseboards. Well, it ended up being a very long process because they had to be painted and then we realized the walls had been damaged from removing the baseboards, so he ended up fixing up all the walls, etc. Even though we love this contractor (he's my best friend's dad), it just gets OLD having someone in your house day after day after day. And at this point, it had been a whole month since we had moved in. That's an entire month of the house being out of order and in a bit of chaos. After 2 weeks, he was finally finished!

We are finally starting to feel more settled in. We still need to get some new furniture in the living room, bonus room and dining room, as well as hang pictures, etc., but for the most part, everything is put together.

A few things I've learned from living in our new home:

  1. I need to learn how to handle minor home repair stuff myself. When I say "minor," I am mostly referring to paint touch-ups. I've just come to the realization that nobody is going to care about my house and be as careful with it as me. For some reason, I've always feared painting, even though I know it's not rocket science.
  2. I just have to let some things go. When we first moved in, the dark hardwood floors were driving me insane! The first few times I noticed nicks and scratches, I could hardly take it. Every time I heard the kids drop a toy, I freaked out. I've now come to realize that there's no way to avoid imperfections in our floors. And I've actually become pretty skilled with my touch-up marker and wax. We had some pretty noticeable gouges that I was able to cover up.
  3. I'm never moving again! (Haha. Just joking...maybe.)

A couple of shots of the kids playing in their upstairs playroom. (Poor Kress fell on the playground and got a big scrape under her nose.)

bumpdate and nursery peek

Oh my goodness, this blog has been quiet for the last month! Tons to catch up on and hopefully I will be doing that more often. I'm trying to make it a goal to stay on top of photo editing and post more regularly. Between work, getting ready for the baby, and chasing D around, life has been a bit busy. I'm currently 35 weeks and overall, I really can't complain too much. Although my stomach feels huge, my doctor measured me and assured me at the last visit that I'm right on track. (I guess being only 5 feet tall doesn't help my bump look any smaller!) Besides the fact that I can't stand for longer than 10 minutes without my back starting to ache, I am feeling pretty good. 20140415-6198

I've really avoided pregnancy pictures this time around, but figured I needed some for the baby album. Here I am at 35 weeks.

My amazing parents were in town last week and spent two days getting baby girl's room ready! It was such a big help because I am the biggest procastinator, especially when it comes to hanging things on walls.

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As you can see, we decided to go with a Paris theme. We have most everything else we need for the baby either here or on the way and we're actually way ahead of schedule since we were hanging stuff up in D's room the night I went into labor! I'm still trying to work as much as possible, especially since my business has picked up over the last few months. I don't really have an official "maternity leave" plan, which I guess is part of the joys of running your own business. Hopefully between Scott being home for awhile and his mom and grandma coming out for a bit after the baby is born, I'll be able to work without having to scale back too much. Or maybe I'm just crazy?!

As a sidenote, I used my Olloclip fish-eye lens for those last two pictures and love the way it turned out. New photography toys are so fun!

i just want my house back!

This post is nothing more than needless complaining.  It is now week 3 with the painters in the house and I am so ready for them to be finished!  I know it is ridiculous that I am complaining about having professionals in my house making it look beautiful, but it really is stressful!  Because they are doing the entire trim, that means that every single room has to be cleared at least enough for them to get around to the walls.  This also includes the closets, which is where we store all our sort of, "junk."  It is very challenging to find a place to put all of D's toys when every other room has to stay clear. On top of the paint, I have been busy buying and overseeing delivery and set up of quite a bit of new furniture.  One thing I've learned is that good furniture deliverymen are invaluable.  Macy's and Pottery Barn get an A+ for being courteous and entirely assembling the furniture.  Crate and Barrel gets a C- because I thought one of the delivery guys was going to pass out because the furniture weighed too much.

Anyways, this whole process has been tiring and stressful and I'm too tired to even post any pictures of the progress.  But hopefully we'll have our house back by this weekend.

How the clueless pick paint colors

We have been in our house for about 2.5 years and we are FINALLY getting around to painting and doing some decorating!  It has been a long time coming, obviously.  Originally, I had thoughts of doing a lot of the work ourselves, such as painting the walls and interior trim, but that idea was short lived (thank God.)  I really have no idea what I was thinking, as neither Scott nor I have ever done any sort of home improvement projects. I got a quote to get some painting done awhile back and we selected painters.  The next step was for us to pick the colors.  I started by browsing pictures online, but after awhile I realized there was no way I was ever going to come to a decision without hours of anguish.  I have talents, but interior decorating is not one of them.  I think I have good taste and when I see a room put together, I can decide whether I like the look.  But when it comes to putting different elements together, I really lack the creativity.

I went ahead and made an appointment with a color consultant.  Yes, there really are people who exclusively pick colors as an occupation.  She came over today and even though I felt like the most indecisive person in the world, in a matter of 2 hours, we had all of the colors picked out and she even discussed how I can now approach picking furniture and other accents.  It is amazing how fast I was able to pick colors with her help.  Outside of hiring movers, I think deciding to meet with her was probably some of the best money ever spent.

So, here are the colors.  We are having almost all the walls in the downstairs painted, as we have a very open floor plan and the entryway, living room and kitchen basically all flow together.  We will also be painting the downstairs ceilings.  Other rooms (walls and ceilings) include the upstairs bonus/family room, the master bedroom and the downstairs office.  Oh, and we are also getting rid of all our ugly wood-colored trim and getting it painted WHITE.  I can't wait to get rid of that trim.

The colors are all Benjamin Moore.  The walls will be eggshell finish, the ceilings flat, and the trim, satin.

  • Downstairs walls: Subtle
  • Downstairs inside our tv niche: Stardust
  • Office: Spring Mint
  • Master Bedroom: Brewster Gray
  • Bonus/family room: New London Burgundy
  • Ceilings: Acadia White
  • Trim: Chantilly Lace

I also learned that all of the colors in  your house should flow, even though there are different colors in different rooms.  I now only feel about 75% clueless when it comes to home decor, versus the 99% I felt before. Before and after pics to come.

Summertime!

We are really enjoying summer, now that the weather is finally cooperating!  Scott's main project over the summer is taking care of the yard.  He is doing a great job...doesn't our grass look fab?

Life as a toddler can't always be fun and games.

Moved In!

Ahhh!  I know, it has been forever since I updated this thing, but I am determined to do a better job so that each year, I can upload my blog entries and create a "blog book."  So, what has been happening since I last wrote? Well, we DID get our new house.  We closed on time, moved in, and totally moved out of our old rental.  It's such a relief to know that we will NOT be moving again for years.  Moving is so exhausting, especially when we just moved one year ago.

I have been really busy until this past Thursday, with tax season.  I've been working every Saturday and putting in pretty long hours during the week.  It was amazing this past weekend because I felt like I actually had a REAL weekend.

The house is coming along.  We've ordered our blinds, and those should be coming soon, as well as our shelving/closet units for a couple closets, our laundry room and our walk-in closet in the bedroom.  As soon as we get blinds up, I'll be posting some pictures.  The windows just look too bad right now with the aluminum foil!  We still have a few boxes left to unpack in the garage, and we're hoping to finish that up this next weekend.

Of course, we have what seems like a neverending list of things we want to do for the house, and furniture we need to get.  I guess that's the fun (and expensive) part of being a homeowner.  We're looking forward to traveling to Georgia in mid-May for Chris and Abby's wedding.  We haven't been down to Georgia to see Scott's family for a couple of years.

If you can't already tell from this post, mostly we've been spending our time in the house!  This picture basically sums it all up...