The truth about moving.

08 October 2015

This will be our sixth move in our five years of marriage.

IT STINKS.  There is nothing awesome about the process of moving...except maybe getting rid of things you haven't used/worn/seen in a year.  Since we closed on our house, we have been up to our necks in projects.

Here's a few big ones we are tackling:

-Scraping the popcorn ceilings- hubby just finished this week.  It was not hard, but super time consuming.
- Priming and painting the entire house.  The owner before us liked dark colors on the walls.  Think: Navy blue and maroon.  NO. NO. NO.  not my style at all. So i've been priming and repainting.  This is no easy task for a pregnant momma with a two year old running around.  I have been painting every single day almost and finally have the living room, foyer, and hallway almost done.  It's no joke getting up and down when you have 10-15 extra baby pounds to lug around.  My back is hurting, my arms are sore...but we have a major deadling (Hello, we have to be OUT of our apartment by the end of the month) so I must go on.  And hiring professional painters is not in our budget.  BECAUSE
-NEW KITCHEN- yes.  I am getting to pick out my own new kitchen.  Which is SO fun! I decided on white cabinets because they were cheaper than gray and it's timeless.  It appeals to more buyers when we decide to sell in the future and I love white.  I did a shaker style cabinet and they have soft close doors. Get out.  Also, i picked out the granite for the countertops, the undermount sink and the old style farmhouse faucet.  I was going to do a farmhouse sink, but the cabinet lady talked me out of it, for reasons I'll share later.  The not so fun part? Handing over the check.  HA!
- ALL NEW FLOORS.  yes.  We tore up the carpet and laminate in the bedrooms and are tackling the hardwoods in the living area this weekend.  They are bowed up in almost the entire space and severely scratched so we decided to choose a flooring that we could put in the entire house to make it look all the same.  Will share what we chose later! I am having 3-4 contractors come out to give me quotes and that is keeping me insanely busy trying to be here and there and everywhere.  Ah, i am tired just thinking about it.
-New ceilings-  As mentioned earlier, hubby scraped all the popcorn off and we are having someone come out to texture the ceilings.  It not only adds value to your home, but it looks awesome and updated when it's done. Hopefully that will be completed next week.
-Repainting all the baseboards, doors, trim, and closet doors.  UGH.  by the time we move in, i will enver want to paint anything ever again.

those are just the BIG projects we have going on right now.  Add packing up our entire apt and the 12038 smaller projects to the mix..and you have a crazy pregnant lady ready to scream.

I will get through it, and it will all get done.  I hope.

I can't wait to document the whole process and show you too!! I took before photos and man, the after is going to look AMAZING.  if it all ever happens. haha.

So. I may be absent a bit these next couple weeks, but I will have my camera handy and promise to update you as much as I can.

Let me share a few inspiraction photos and paint colors we have chosen so far!

So the cabinets you see below are the same ones we have on order. They are shaker style and I just love the white.  I am planning on getting oil rubbed bronze pulls and faucet.  I also used this same photo to pick my granite.  It's called Kashmir White and is so pretty.  It will look awesome with the gray paint color we chose for the main areas.  

We chose collonde gray by Sherwin Williams as our main paint color. I love it. It doesn't really have any blue or green in it, so it is the perfect gray.


What's a house project without spilled paint?  I couldn't even blame my toddler, since he was in the other room.

So I will be back to update you on our progress,  say a prayer that I dont turn into a nutcase before the end of the month!


Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month

01 October 2015

So yesterday was a BIG day for us!  We closed on our house! Yay, we are so excited and I've already got my new kitchen cabinets, countertops, and floors picked out! Meeting with a design specialist to order the floors today, ordering the cabinets tomorrow, and then once those are installed, the countertops! Hashtag ONIT.
We are so happy to finally have a space that will be our own, have a yard, and a nice quiet cul de sac to play in!  We are not actually MOVING until October 17th or 18th, so that way we have time to do the renovations that we want to get done.  Well, for the most part.  

Anyway, yesterday was overall a good day but it was also a very strange day for me.  My due date with baby #2 was yesterday.  If you didn't know, I had a miscarriage earlier this year.  I shared my story here and if you want to read it, feel free.  I felt like I needed to share because so many women go through loss and never talk about it, therefore they don't have support.  I wanted to be able to talk openly about my feelings and thoughts so I could seek advice, help, and support from friends who have gone through this.

This whole month is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month.  Hopefully it will help you learn a little about how common miscarriage really is, how most of the time, you did nothing to cause it, and how you can cope and move forward after experiencing it.  

So, more than likely, I would still be pregnant today since I was 9 days overdue with Winslow, but now I have an angel looking over us in heaven.  I am thankful that I have another precious growing baby in me right now,( I was also 20 weeks pregnant yesterday!)  and that has definately helped to lessen the sting of the loss, but it still doesn't make me stop wishing for that little baby in heaven.  I would've loved nothing more than to meet him this week, but I know God's plans are greater than mine, and without that loss, I wouldn't have this little baby boy growing in my belly now.  

1 in 4 women have miscarriages, so it's not an uncommon thing.  It's great that we have this month to just bring attention to the fact that many women do experience it, and it's never easy, no matter the circumstance.  It not only affects you physically, but emotionally as well.  

So, I hope you'll just remember that if you've been through this, you're not alone.  You can seek support and help from me or some of your close friends. That is what got me through.  

Bye weekend.

28 September 2015

Another weekend in the books.  They always seem to go by so fast.  If you would have asked me about weekends a year and a half ago, i would tell you I hate them.  That's when Seth had to work the most..he was a supervisor at Polo Ralph Lauren retail store and never got many weekends off.  It was no fun, so I am very thankful our move to Florida has allowed for him to be off every single weekend.  We can spend the mornings cuddling and then go to church together on Sunday.  Ahh, it's so wonderful. two days we close on our first Florida home!  Yep! I've not talked about it much because I wanted to make sure the loan went through and all that, but it's official on Wednesday! I am SO excited to have our own backyard and a cul-de-sac to let Winslow run around on.

The best part?

It needs a mini-overhaul.  As in, new kitchen, floors, fence outside, paint DIY dream.  So yep, I have 234789 projects to do in the coming months..and oh yeah, have a baby in between!  We are so excited for our little Florida home and it's even better that it's 15 minutes to the beach.  We are spoiled.

So the first thing on the list to do is new cabinets and countertops!  We have a small kitchen and it's bascially a galley style so the good news about that is smaller kitchen means less money to update it.

Here's a few inspiration photos:

Gray. that's all i can say about that.  i LOVE white kitchens, but this is just LOVE for me.

Pair those cabinets with white subway tile, a farmhouse sink, maybe a couple glass front cabinets or open shelving.  Oh yes.  This is good.  very good.

So the day we close, we are high tailing it up to Lowes and Home Depot to get quotes on the costs and such.

oh yeah, we are also painting throughout, maybe new flooring, and scraping popcorn ceilings.  Lots of stuff and I will be updating and showing y'all throughout the whole process!

Let's take a poll:  Do you like the gray kitchens or are you a white kitchen kind of person?  Or maybe darker cabinets suit you?