Friday, January 29, 2010

Partial Home Reveal...

Notice the TV was the first thing to be installed. I need to have a cushion made for the window seat. Any of you local gals have a good seamstress to recommend? Also, I have never been a fan of curtains. I've always just done wood blinds. I hate to cover all of this great woodwork! I could do roman shades but Mark thinks they will be a dirty mess. Do they get dirty and dusty and you are unable to wash them? Help me out here!
This tub has been calling my name! The first soak in it was just wonderful. I am looking for some prints of pressed ferns to hang above the tub. I may have to make my own. I found a great tutorial that I will share if I get brave.
I love these pedestal sinks. I put an old nightstand between them to store our "beauty essentials" and it looks MADE FOR THE SPACE. I'll post new pics soon.
This shower is so simple with the subway tile all around. Still waiting for the shower doors to arrive so I decided to spare you the sad temporary dollar store shower curtain.
This is the old sink from the kitchen that we salvaged and used in the laundry room. I love it with my old style pull chain light fixture above it.
This is the old back door to the house complete with skeleton key to lock it. I love that the old wavy glass is still in it. That little face on the other side adds extra cuteness ;-)
Just shots of the kitchen with appliances installed, tile back splash complete and plumbing fixtures in

The front bath with the great claw foot tub and old style black and white tile. It is really white, good thing it isn't the boys bathroom!
I'll post more pics of the other rooms once whe have the furniture set up and the boxes out of the way. It will take me months to find all of the artwork and accessories so I will be asking for tips along the way. Thanks for keeping me company along this LONG journey. Your encouragement has helped in more ways than you know.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010


Sorry for the LONG DELAY in posting. We have been busy! WE HAVE MOVED INTO THE NEW HOUSE!!! Oh, the happy dance we are doing. It will still be a while before we are settled but it is so nice to be in the new space. I have some pics I will post of a few of the rooms just before we started moving. My little camera is on the fritz so I am returning it for repair and I don't have a wide angle lens on the big camera to give the full effect. I will post pics as I get rooms settled. I feel like I have a big blank canvas in front of me...the decorating will be fun.

Here are a few things I have learned with this move.

1. When moving to a new house and your husband says we have a few small details to finish, make sure one of those details isn't install toilet seats in all but the upstairs bath (thank goodness it has a seat!). For some reason, this is not a big issue for men. Maybe I will get a good butt workout going upstairs to use the bathroom until the others come in.

2. The intercom system in the new house is nice. I don't have to scream up the stairs to the boys when I need one of them. With this nice feature comes tattling IN STEREO! The boys know how to use the intercom so they use it to "inform" me of the other's wrongdoings. But Andrew did use the intercom to tell me he loves me yesterday so that makes it a keeper ;-)

3. You really can throw away at least 20% of everything you own and not miss it...if the rest of your family isn't looking.

4. The new front load washing machine was like introducing television to a primitive tribe. Everyone had to stand in front and watch it at some point to see how it worked. Yes, we are easily entertained...obviously.

5. That old house had good bones and Mark really made it beautiful, but putting the people I love inside makes it our home. Now I really adore it!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Christmas 2009

We had a busy Christmas this year with lots of company. We love it that way. It started with Kayla and Chad and little Logan (our niece and her family) spending Christmas with us. It was great to get that time with them. Kayla is such a wonderful girl. It is so fun to see her all grown up and starting a family of her own. Her husband is a keeper! The Lord truly blessed Kayla with a loving husband. Little Logan is a doll! Mark and I reminisced while we cuddled him and soaked up that new baby smell.

Then we had a visit with my big sis, Laura and her family. We had a blast while they spent the week with us. We live so far apart it is difficult to always get together but we are committed to finding a way to do this at least once a year. We always have so much fun together and the kids do to ;-)

I put together a little slide show of all our Christmas fun. It is long since I want to remember all the fun. I hope you enjoy.