1 Year House Update

I hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving! I have so much to be thankful for, a happy & healthy family, more than enough food, a great job and a roof over our heads! Even though this house is definitely a never-ending project, I am truly thankful for it. I can’t believe we’ve owned this home for over a year already!! Time flies when you’re having fun… 😉

It has been a while since I’ve posted an update on our house projects…so this is long overdue! To be honest if you were to come over it may not look like we’ve done a whole lot {and I often feel this way}, so I gotta keep on pulling out the before pictures to remind myself how much we really have accomplished. Click here to see our progress posts! Continue reading

Two Grandmas {Guest Post}

We have another guest blog post for you today, written by my lovely mother. Enjoy!

“Summer is the annual permission slip to be lazy. To do nothing and have it count for something” -Regina Brett

Summers are always too short. This summer was no exception. In the fullness of summer I visited my granddaughter in San Antonio, and when I came home it was fall. I spent 10 days visiting with Michaela. Since she lives far away I only get to see her about four times a year. So, when I visit I spend every moment with her and her mom, Natalie.

Claire, my other granddaughter lives nearby so I get to see her more often. It is a different kind of relationship that I have with the two, but both are special and unique. Claire has a grandma who also lives in far away; like Michaela, one grandma close and one far away.

On one of my Friday’s with Claire her daddy pulled up into the drive way. Claire ran to the window, with excitement she said, “Daddy’s home”, and with her eyes growing bigger she said, “Grandma Mary, too”. Claire looked at me running around in circles, and in a crescendo exclaimed “TWO GRANDMAS”. Claire’s grandma Mary lives in Alaska.


When I am with my grandchildren, fond memories come back to the days when my children were young. Michaela is a lot like her aunt Emily, Claire’s mom. She loves to be out and about, smiles at everyone, a true extrovert from the beginning, but very fussy at home. The faintest little “Waa”, her mother comes running to pick her up. If I am holding her and Michaela says “waa” Natalie will hold her arms out to me to take the baby away. I don’t give her the baby; it is one of my very few times with my granddaughter after all.

Michaela has started to crawl and Natalie is going through withdrawals. Not wanting her baby to grow up too fast. But they do grow up, every stage is exciting and fun and you should relish each moment. But there will come a time when you want them to grow up and move out of the house. We baby boomers are having a tough time with this. For the past ten years, Phil and I have been moving around, into one house then back to the other house trying to launch our children, but we only ended up with more kids than we started with. We even had an extra kid in the basement for a while.

We finally sold the big house, and bought a tiny, tiny house at the beach. We are now renting a room from a friend. We are keeping a low profile and holding our breath until the coast is clear. We then plan on moving back into our house. Hopefully by then our children will be settled and fully launched. We baby boomers have no other way to launch our children. The only way is to sell our houses. What do you think is the reason behind the tiny house craze? At least we will never have to experience the “empty nest”.

So, young mothers, love your children, enjoy each stage. But the very best stage is when they all grow up, move out and start having many, many grandchildren.

Life Update {Fall 2015}

Wow, to say I’ve been slacking in the blogging world is an understatement. Life has just been B-U-S-Y. And when it hasn’t been so busy, I want to do nothing else but lie on the couch and watch hours of Fixer Upper and dream about how we could update our little place. I don’t remember being so tired during my last pregnancy…and I’ve still got 10 more weeks to go!

So what have we been up to this Fall?

First, Claire turned 3! How in the world this happened so fast is beyond me. She seems so grown up these days…and then there are the other days when she is definitely a 3 year old, you know, throwing fits in the grocery store, having irrational requests at bedtime, etc. I’m sure this has a little something to do with my exhaustion 😉

She’s also started soccer! It has been SO fun to watch her interact with her coaches, the other kids and follow the rules. The first few weeks she didn’t do much and was a great little watcher from the sidelines, now she’s started to get into it more and I think she’s really liking it.

As far as house projects go we really have gotten a lot done in just the last couple months {and when I say “we” I really mean Colin ;)} Things like: removing carpet from the garage, renting a dumpster to clean out our demo & yard debris, cleaning & painting the garage floor, adding insulation to the kids’ bedrooms, painting the fireplace, painting the stair floor boards, switching out old outlets…you know mostly stuff that no one would even notice! So many little things that go into remodeling a house. I’m exhausted just typing this out.

I’m just over 30 weeks now. As I said above I have been so tired and I haven’t been sleeping all that well. I’ll wake up in the middle of the night and not be able to fall asleep for hours. Ugh. It’s the worst. I wouldn’t even say it’s because I’m super uncomfortable…I just can’t turn my brain off and go back to sleep. I’ve been keeping up my exercise as much as possible. I even completed a 10K at the end of September. It just takes everything in me to get myself to the gym. If it wasn’t for regular classes that I go to {and friends who make me go} I probably wouldn’t.


We’re looking forward to a low-key fall/winter preparing for baby to arrive :)

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