Friday, February 27, 2015

Passing the Time

 
I paid our contractor for the final time this week! Also I'm now four days past the official due date, which I know is an educated guess at best, but still...waiting for things you want is hard sometimes. I've spent quite some time playing this awesome puzzle game and sadly finished it, which means I'll have to resort to my old-school 1000 piece cupcake puzzle I haven't had time to open yet:
 

With this pregnancy I decided to count renovating our house as the ridiculous labor project, so I haven't bothered making crafts or blankets or anything like that. But then Austin wanted to do a belly cast, (which I've always thought are a bit silly, because what do you do with it once you make one?) so now that has definitely turned into the ridiculous labor project. Not just because I felt so ridiculous making a plaster cast of my very pregnant belly, but then it needed plaster touch up and spray paint and decoration, so it's a very high-maintenance useless item. No picture. Not happening.
 
Last but not least, I have some pictures of our house now that we are done with it for a little while. For a quick look back you can go to New House Renovating.
 
We finally got the front doors switched out, I can't wait to get going with the landscaping in a couple months.
 
Master bedroom with birth pool waiting in corner...

Master bath, note small bonsai tree, which means I'm committing to this house for a while! 

Front room with completed fireplace

Kitchen, all done!

Kitchen, looking into dining area
 
 
Next on the list, working on a yard overhaul. Austin has already started chain sawing trees; I have to keep an eye on what he's cutting because it's just way too fun for him.
 

Also hoping for a baby soon. I'm not a huge fan of February so I could wait for March. Then again I would be happy to go into labor right now.  
 
 
 
Charlotte on her Birth Day. I need another one!
 

Friday, February 20, 2015

Looking Back


So it's been less than two years and we've taken on two intensive renovations during that time...we have to stay busy somehow! This week our realtor finally got me the pictures he took right before our cute old colonial house sold and I wanted to share them before I shared the "after" pictures of our current mid-century modern house. Just so we can all get some closure.

For a refresh, here are a few old posts about the renovation process: Destroying a Very Large Purchase, Little House on the Prairie, and Kitchen Reveal No. 1!

Here's what we accomplished in a year of living in the house. It was a lot of stress and a lot of hard work. We didn't have time to do everything we wanted to with the house, but I feel good about what we accomplished in the little time we had.

Cut down a tree attacking our water line, put up new fencing, put in new landscaping
 

Re-plastered a large amount of wall in the main living area, painted trim, added charm/d├ęcor
 

Put in new kitchen and laundry room and new floors in kitchen and dining room
 

 Transformed yucky storage area into kids' playroom
 
 
Refinished original hardwood floors throughout whole house, put in new lighting and painted


Repaired and refinished stairs and updated upstairs bathroom with new vanity, mirror, and lighting


Repainted the upstairs and made it cute


Fixed large sections of fence that were falling down and chopped down multiple dead and overgrown trees
 
 
We also let the lawn turn brown, but we won't talk about that. Coming up next, more renovation pics and hopefully a new baby. My due date's February 23, but I'm guessing I'll go into March.