August 19, 2016


It seems we are in a losing battle against our house. A month ago the days got hotter and hotter. The outdoor temperatures were inescapable inside our own home. We were going crazy. We couldn't understand why our brand new A/C unit couldn't keep up with a hot day. It took this
to happen before we realized something was wrong. So we loaded up the car with necessities and drove the short mile to cooler temperatures. I am so grateful for family who literally takes care of us {in all the ways people can be taken care of} when crisis disrupts our lives. We have the best family/support system three needy people {and a dog} could ever hope for. So a lot of drama with getting the a/c fixed, but now that has improved. It wasn't the brand new a/c unit but our duct-work that had giant holes/rips in it so essentially we were cooling off the attic. Lovely power bills. As that drama was ensuing more drama came the day after we had moved back into our "cooler" house. We went to church and came home and the house was still disgustingly hot. It got up to 87 degrees that day. I had invited my parents over for Sunday dinner to thank them for letting us crash at their house for a week. So as I fixed dinner and sweated like a pig I noticed water leaking from the ceiling. A corner in the kitchen was all wet and that meant a leak was coming from something in the 300 degree attic. We ate a very tension filled dinner with my parents before we told them the news. They helped us re-pack and sympathized with us. Add tons of drama from home warranty/being screwed by our realtor and that leak got fixed. It currently looks like this.
Lovely. While we waited for that to dry up we stayed at my parents. The other night Jordan went to the house to get something and noticed wetness once again. A second leak next to the previous. It is currently at this moment being looked at and hopefully fixed while I write this post. In the meantime...Oliver started preschool this last week at Miss Peggy's!

He never even looked back and has loved going!
That night Jordan's co-worker gave him two Diamondbacks tickets. Jordan wanted me to go with him, but I thought Oliver was big enough and would absolutely love going way more than me. So they enjoyed a father/son outing.

So much fun! Cadbury has gotten back into his routine and back to his old shenanigans...
he missed his old backyard and window seat. Don't get too comfortable Cad - one of these days we might actually live in our own decrepit house again.

July 6, 2016

The Bathroom from H-E-Double Hockey Sticks

We have come a long way, but there is still a long fixer-upper journey ahead of us. Let's take a moment though to recognize how far we have come.
The biggest nightmare...the hallway bathroom. Seriously. This thing was a nightmare.
 A mosaic of raw, rough, splintery, unpainted, unsanded, multi-colored pallet wood on all, but one wall. 
A ginormous black cabinet that is so sad you can practically hear it cry.
Check out this Singer sewing machine turned into a sink. Clever, but weird. Oh and it sits atop brick. Super great idea to have a small brick step in a bathroom. That's just what I want to stub my toe on/slip and crack my head on. Genius idea.
 And the finale is a galvanized tin shower surround bolted to the wall with a bajillion and one cursed bolts. Don't forget to check out that shower head. One of a kind garbage right there.
 When you think of doing a bathroom remodel, you think of the main fixtures, {which, in this case, definitely need replacing} but this bathrooms first priority has been fixing the walls. Each piece of pallet wood was nailed to the wall with an absurd amount of nails. Then behind the pallet wood was enormous pieces of plywood which again were nailed into the wall with a stupid amount of nails. 

This bathroom was literally 3 inches smaller because of the walls. It was claustrophobic, dark, and unwelcoming. A new vanity and a new shower surround are on the list of things to do, but here is the bathroom today.

 The black cabinet is now bright white. We added crown molding.
 Plus, my dads super awesome eighty-something year old friend made me cabinet doors for the bottom shelves so I can actually put useful things there.

The gold sink got a good scrubbing with elbow grease and an S.O.S. pad by yours truly and my little sidekick.

 {A month after I bought that blue drain cover I realized it was just a sticker and came off. I was previously frustrated that the one drain cover that fit was blue. Silly me. Now it matches the faucet.}
The sewing machine table/sink is a lot less offensive now that the walls are beautiful. And the tin shower looks mucho better being covered up with a shower curtain. Someday they both will be replaced, but for now this bathroom has definitely been transformed into a thing of beauty.
It would be ungrateful of me to not thank the following individuals for their time, blood, sweat, tears, talents and generosity:
Jordan - Manual labor, ripped boards off walls, yanked nails out of the wall, installed bead board & chair-rail
Dad - Manual labor, ripped boards off walls, patched walls, installed bead board, chair-rail, cabinet doors and bathroom light I found for $7 at Goodwill, cleaned out rotted walls and dead cockroaches
Mom - patched walls, mudded walls, textured walls, sanded walls, painted walls, caulked everything in sight, supervised, inspired brothers to come help their little sister
Bethany - babysat Oliver from 9 a.m. - 7 p.m every day for a week and made us dinner most nights
J.J. - ripped boards off walls, kept Jordan sane/company
Chris & Tim - installed baseboards, masterminded crown molding, put up bead board & chair-rail, Tim was also my {un}licensed electrician
Sharon & Heather - Completed details of painting, kept me sane/company
Bob Porter - made cabinet doors for free, complete with hinges

May 27, 2016

A New Chapter

We bought a house! 
It was pure craziness for 2 months, but we've settled in and are {mostly} loving homeowner life. I will update more when I have more time - if I ever have more time. Just kidding.
The short of it has been a fixer upper and without the help of willing & generous family we would be a sorry lot wallowing in do-it-yourself muck. It has come a long way in really a short amount of time, so for that I am super grateful. I will post more pics once I have a few more projects off my mind.

Super unplanned family picture taken by my sister - May 2016.

May 26, 2016

Easter 2016

We've had a busy past few months and I just noticed all these Easter pictures I had uploaded and just needed to compose text to go with them. That never happened and now I can't even remember Easter. It feels like a different lifetime ago (more on that in the next post), but I will do my best.
Ollie's Easter basket...
I found great Sunday ties and and the kid loves Silly Putty + The Lego Movie so Whala - Easter basket! I guess Cadbury was a fan too.
Jordan grew up finding his Easter basket so we hid Ollie's and it was fun.

Easter Sunday - new tie & super cheesy.

I love this kid. He is the best.

Easter egg hunt!

He figured out the egg hunt this year. Last year as soon as he realized there was candy inside the eggs he would find an egg, eat the candy and move along in that fashion. This year he knew to find, find, find and then eat, eat, eat.

 Easter fell on Jordan's birthday (which I completely forgot about until I came to this picture), so we sang to the lucky guy and had some cake.

 It was a great day and the start of pure craziness...