House Updates {2 years}

It’s hard to believe we’ve been in our home over 2 years already. This year has been a busy one for us- can you say new baby?! So we haven’t put a lot of focus on our house projects, though we have completed a few noteable things!

Front Yard landscaping:

This has been Colin’s baby. He’s serious about his plants and landscaping…and he’s really good at it too! He designed this modern concrete walkway and I LOVE it! It’s fun to see an idea come to life!

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Kitchen:

We finally painted our kitchen cupboard doors, bought new hardware and installed them! Amazing what a little update like this can do. I didn’t mind having them open, it made things easy to find, but once we installed the doors it made the kitchen instantly feel cleaner.

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We also got rid of the avocado sink and installed this shiney new sink/faucet!! Which I absolutely LOVE. Who knew doing dishes could be so fun. We were going to do a small update to the counter tops with some new laminate {the real stuff will come when we do the big remodel} and add a subway tile back splash but we haven’t completely committed to that yet.

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Upstairs bathroom:

Ok, this was an experiment. We decided to paint our bathroom counter top with counter-top paint. First off, if you plan to try this do it when you are not going to be in the house for hours after (the fumes were so strong and gave us such bad headaches, I contemplated getting a hotel for the night!). I’m not really sure how I feel about the black, it’s a little dramatic for me, but it’s just a temporary update. It is also pretty obvious that the counter-top was paint, you can see the brush strokes and it started chipping, so not the most durable product and probably not something we would use again.

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Light switches, outlets & Baseboard trim:

These are probably the smallest home updates known to man, but we replaced all of our outlets & switches and got in most of the baseboard trim. And you know what?! I feel like it made a big difference!! No more disgusting nicotine stained outlets. We have a lot of other little things we’ll start tackling- door knobs & hinges, new doors, etc.

Basement:

Ok, this is the biggie! Which is why I think it deserves a post all on it’s own once it’s complete. We’ve finally started hanging drywall and hope to get this basement looking brand new in just a few short weeks!! I’ll share more details and photos once it’s finished!

Click the links below to see our house project progress! {I have to look at these constantly to remind myself that we really have made progress :)}

House Projects Week 1

House Projects Week 2

House Projects Week 3

House Projects Week 4

1 Year House Update

Claire Update {4 years}

My little Claire Bear is FOUR!! Claire is so fun and creative, she absolutely LOVES to draw, color, do craft projects, bake, etc. We have a lot of interests in common 🙂 I started an Instagram account for her so I could document all of her drawings {and so I wouldn’t feel so terrible for not saving every single one}. She is also very into princesses, dresses, crowns, headbands, and anything to do to with hair. Her latest obsession is watching hair braiding videos and making me try them on her. I’ve never been very good at braiding, but boy, am I going be an expert soon with all the practice I’m getting in!

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I’m really looking forward to this year, I’ve heard 4 is much better than 3. The 3’s really were as bad as they say. HA. But now there are days I’m seeing glimpses of my sweet girl and I think, wow, 4 really is great and….. then there are days I wonder who has possessed her! Not sure that will ever end with this strong-willed, smart little child 🙂

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Family Christmas Photos {Giveaway}

Ok, it may seem a little early to get family photos done for the holidays but it’s never a bad idea to get ahead of the game! A few weekends ago we had the chance to test out our modeling skills with our friend Chelsea with Chelsea Perri Photography. We had so much fun!! Who wouldn’t have fun on a Christmas Tree Farm with Hot cocoa and marshmallows?!

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