Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Remi to the Rescue...

The other afternoon, Roen spotted a scorpion running across our floor. I didn't have on shoes so I grabbed a jar and trapped him. When Remi heard us yelling about it, he ran to put on his boots and saved the day :)





Monday, September 1, 2014

Healing...

This is what we did most of last week.... hanging out at home and trying to get little Roen well! Remi still hasn't gotten this mess... thank goodness! Honestly, Roen has felt great, he just looked pretty bad for awhile. Most of his spots are fading and I think they will both be able to go to their first day of school!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Busy at the House...

Well, things have been pretty busy at the house.

This week, the tile guy has been hard at work. So far, he has tiled the pantry, laundry and guest bath backsplashes. They finally installed my sweet little ironing board in the laundry room and put in all the shelfs of built-ins and installed all the ceiling vents.

Here is a shot of my quant, little laundry room. On the right, you can see my wall mounted ironing board... it still needs to be painted...


(The grout will be a light grey) I wanted to go with something classic so I chose white subway tile that is beveled to give it a little sprucing up

Our new kitchen sink came in and the kitchen cabinets are almost finished being redone in that area. About the kitchen sink...

If you remember way back, I ordered a beautiful vintage kitchen sink and was so excited about it! However, when it got here, the finish was cracked and peeling in places even though it had just been refinished. We sent it back. After a bit more research, we decided not to go vintage because when cast iron is refinished it can often start to yellow. So, we found a company that made the exact sink only new. We got it and it has been setting in our garage this whole time. When the day finally came for it to be installed, we quickly realized it was not a high quality sink. Instead of cast iron, it was acrylic and felt very low-quality. We didn't want to spend all this time and effort on building the house of our dreams and regret such a big decision. Even if we put it in and then changed our mind, we would have to install new countertops because the sink was so big. Anyways, my second choice in sink was a farmhouse apron front sink. Obviously, they did not build our kitchen cabinets to support this sink so that meant redoing a big portion of the cabinets after they had already been painted. I'm stubborn and said 'make it work'. So about 4 weeks later, they are 'making it work' and I will forever be grateful that I didn't give in to the undermounted stainless sink our builder tried to talk me into.

In my mind, my kitchen has always had a white sink and it just wouldn't have been right with anything else.



We have stain samples for the mancave... I'm thinking the darkest... just waiting for Micah's approval



AND.... my builder says the house will be done in September. Probably the very last day in September, but I'll take it!! But.... the mancave is several weeks behind the house so we will most likely be waiting on that before moving in. Maybe we can spend Halloween in our new house???

Once we move in, I probably won't leave the house for months. I will most likely be found sitting on my back porch (with a book and possibly a glass of bubbly to celebrate) watching my kids track muddy, dirty feet in and our of our very new and 'white everywhere' house.... oh, it will be glorious!!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Meet The Teacher...

As you know, Roen could not attend his Meet The Teacher today. Roen is still in his pajamas and covered in sores, but I wanted him in the picture anyway. So far, Remi has not gotten sick and I really hope his little immune system can keep fighting this off. Roen finally got a decent night of sleep last night and the itching seems to have let up. Next week is their Open House, so hopefully Roen will be able to atleast go to that!

Remi's teacher seems very sweet and he immediately found a all the play money in the dress up area. He will have all his old classmates from last year in his class with him, which he will love! This is gonna be a great year!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

HFM...

This is the loveliness that has invaded our home...



Hand.Foot.Mouth...nasty!

Because of this, Roen will miss his Meet The Teacher Wednesday night and I am fearful that Remi will get it next and have to miss the first week of school :(

Monday, August 25, 2014

Happy First Day of School...

Today, my heart is happy because the boys and I laid in bed until 8:30 watching Tom & Jerry, because I didn't have to send them off into that big scary world and because I still have ONE MORE PRECIOUS YEAR with my baby before he leaves Roen and I wondering what to do without him :)

As hard as it can be to be with my kids day in day out, at the end of everyday when I go in and peek at their little sleeping faces, I am so very glad that I continue to weather through the hard days because like they say, the days are long, but the years are short. I know these years I have given to the boys at home have meant something to them, to Micah and probably most of all to me. They say your child becomes who they are in the first few years of their life... I feel honored to get to witness these little adventure seekers be molded everyday.

The boys will start back to pre-school later next week- it is three days a week for 2.5 hours each morning, so I know I am lucky to still have them with me most of the day for now.

To all you mommies and daddies out there who sent your babies off to kindergarten today... I said a prayer for you... because next year I will need them in return!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Swimming...

Earlier this week, the boys completed their Summer Swim Lessons. Next week, they will start in new classes for the Fall semester.







Both boys will be advancing to their next levels- Roen to Advanced Aquatots and Remi to Swimmers. I have to brag on Remi by saying that in the class he just finished, he was the youngest by at least a year and kept up! This month makes TWO YEARS that the boys have been in continuous swim lessons every single week. I am so proud of the progress and confidence they have made! Way to go boys!

Here are some videos of the little fishes. When Roen turns four, he will be taught how to use his arms like Remi does- they say that is skill that isn't developed until age 4. As you can see, in the video Remi is still working on turning his head to the side to take a breath instead of forward.

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And just for fun, here they are on the way to their very first swim lesson... my how time flies!!!


Roen was 15 months old and Remi was two

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Electrical...

This week, all the fixtures were hung, outlets installed and bath accessories put up! Another productive week in my book! Here are a handful of fixtures that were hung (I say handful because I think there were around 35 different fixtures hung- I may have went overboard with my lighting fixtures!)

This is my library- my very own place for just me and my books- probably my favorite room of the house! Didn't it turn out lovely... I can't wait to share the furniture that seems to have been made for this space...



This is another favorite room of my- my beloved formal dinning room...



This is my office/art room... a gold chandelier... yes, please!



And here is a shot of our back porch with the ceiling fans hung...



And my front door finally has it's accessories as well.... I CAN NOT wait to add my rocking chairs and topiaries!!



Here is a picture of our countertops and the master sink. We went with a black granite with a brushed texture. It isn't shiny but has smooth almost soft texture to it... kind of reminds me of the way a river rock feels. We used this same granite throughout the whole house...



And last, but not least a little update on the mancave... countertops!!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Barber Shop...

Boys may not can play beauty shop (unless they are at Anne's house), but they sure can play barber shop...






Don't worry they can't cut

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Finishing Touches...

The house is now getting all it's sweet little finishing touches like door knobs and cabinet hardware.

Don't get me wrong, there is still PLENTY to do before this little puppy is complete (like tile, toilets, staining hardwoods, etc...), but the light at the end of the tunnel is at least glimmering!

These just might be my favorite part of the entire house. I looked and looked for the perfect crystal doorknobs, and I believe I found them...



Because of the price tag on the above doorknobs, I chose to do them on only the main doors. Here is what I chose to do on all the secondary doors- closets mainly- and I think they are pretty sweet too...



I chose three different styles of cabinet hardware for the house. My favorite were these mercury glass knobs in the picture below. Because they were also on the pricey side, I only did them in the main living part- kitchen, dinning room, pantry. I did oil rubbed bronze in the boys bedrooms/bath because I didn't think they would really appreciate sweet little glass knobs as they get older. In the rest of the house I did glass knobs.



About half of our countertops have been installed. We changed two sinks last minute and are having do redo some cabinetry to accommodate- so the countertops are having to wait in those areas. I think our cabinet guy might hate us :/

Tile did not get started last week- no surprise there, but hopefully that will get underway soon enough.

Anyways, things are moving along and every time I go out there I have half a mind to bring a couple things with me... like maybe hang a couple of my favorite dresses in my closet just to test the waters a bit :)