Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Family Staycation.

This past weekend we decided to take a family staycation.  We have been so busy this year, especially with the work I have been doing at our other house, so taking a weekend to just be a family was so needed.

We only left the house twice.  Once to go to the pumpkin patch and once to go to church.  Other than that we played games, did a few chores, watched a movie, made caramel apples...Anthony and I even went for a walk together while the kids played in the front yard!  (Can I just tell you how amazing it is to be able to be gone for a little bit together like that?!)

It was simple.  It was restful.  It was just what we needed.

yeah, he is definitely NOT bashful

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Days with the "baby".

Okay, so he's not a baby anymore, but he will forever be the baby of our family and I am soaking up every moment of my days with him.

I really do love having a lot of kids.  And having only three and a half years between the oldest 4 is actually really great.  But having some extended one on one time with the little man has actually made me love all of them more.  It reminds me why I adore being a mom, even on the bad days.  And having Matthias as our caboose has been such a gift because this guy is a hoot!

He's a bright little booger who understands humor and whit and pretty much anything we put in front of him.  He is so funny and chatty and helpful and cuddly.  Don't get me wrong, he has his moments, but I have no doubt that God knew I would need this little man to make life a little whole lot sweeter. He even tells me throughout the day that I am "the best mom in the whole wide world".  Heart melting.

It's been 4 amazing years so far with him and I know that our time together like this is limited.  In less than two years I will have all of my kids in school all day after more than 14 years of being a mom.  How crazy is that?!  I have to be honest and say that I am seriously looking forward to it.  I'm ready.  But with it still a little ways away, I am truly enjoying this time with my little buddy by my side.

I mean, how could I not!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Barn Redo: the Basement


As we first walked through the house, we knew that in order to make this work for our family we had to completely overhaul the basement.  It's condition was, well, a bit scary.  It was functioning as...

  • a single car garage
  • a workshop
  • laundry
  • rough plumbing for a bathroom
  • a crude excuse of a bedroom

But it was also the place that really anchored the uniqueness of the property.  This, as I mentioned in my earlier post, is the original part of the barn.  It has amazing beams and rock walls and even a bell that the house next door could ring to call the servants with...NO JOKE.  We had some initial thoughts like flipping the stairwell and restoring the 1930s metal cabinet sink, but as we stood in the space and got thoughtful and practical about it, we threw those thoughts out.

Here's what we decided we needed to do...

  • rip out the old bedroom and put in a fresh one for the boys
  • move the ridiculously huge furnace, water heater, and a whole bunch of duct work so that we had more space for a proper laundry room
  • get rid of all the random crazy electrical and put in lighting
  • put in a bathroom with a shower for the boys
  • put in a mud/coat room
  • take out the garage door and create a rec room for the boys

It's kind of a tall task.  Convincing the heating and cooling guy to move the furnace and all was task enough!  I think he thought I was crazy to spend the money to move them over a few feet, but crazy or not, I was completely right.  Anyway, so we are well underway down there.  We've already...

  • moved the furnace etc.
  • ripped out the nasty bedroom, every random cabinet, workbench, and a bunch of the bizarro electrical
  • done all the framing and drywalling and mudding
  • replaced the laundry room sink
  • plumbed in the bathroom
  • painted a TON
  • I've even done some cement work on the walls.  That's right.  I did that.
  • hung up a bunch of lighting

I'll post pictures of the finished work once things wrap up, which I made my contractor promise would be before Christmas.  But for now here are some of the before pictures.

That back corner is now the sight of the furnace and water heater in a storage closet.

Some of this is still raw storage but the corner where the wall Ts is where the coat room is going.

We were able to move all the red metal supports into walls which really helped design the space.

Bye bye garage, hello foosball table.

Check out that monster of a furnace!  In the back, where the shower curtain is, is where the new bathroom is going.

It was a cool sink and I wanted to save it, but it just didn't work out.

See why I wanted to move those monsters?  That is now on its way to being a spacious laundry room.

The white door towards the back will be the new entrance into a garage/storage area.

I have other pictures of the bedroom but I think this one does the job of showing what a poor joke it was. 
So excited to share the updates!!  It's genuinely going to be such a cool place.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Snippets of the last 6 months.

So, here's my cheater way of catching you up with the last 6 or so months according to what I posted on good ole Instagram.

There was berry picking...

Elise portrayed Mother Theresa for her school wax museum...

And a bride in her dance recital...

One of my dearest friends from college and her family came to visit...

We sent two amazing girls off to camp for their 3rd year!

And survived hanging out with those other three.

 We, of course, found time for pie!

And then summer was over and I saw these two girls go off to middle school (7th and 6th) together.

And these two to another year of elementary (3rd and 4th).

And I watched my bestie marry an AMAZING man!

And last, but never least, this little man went to preschool.

In other words, life has continued to be full.  Good and full.