Still alive!

We are alive and well and we have moved to our new-to-us house!

The new house is much improved, thanks to weeks of grueling labor by Pat and many family members.

I let the girls “help” paint their room pink.  We had a blast (minus the time Girl 1 got separated from me at Lowe’s during a paint-purchasing trip and I had to be paged to the customer service desk).  . . . Girl 2 still has paint stuck in her curls.  We’re all looking bedraggled these days.

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We have wonderful friends and family who have helped us move, provided us with moving boxes, made us meals, and watched the girls so we could pack.

My mother-in-law and sister-in-law both stopped by today, just to help me clean and unpack.

My new/old kitchen is a work in progress.  So many cabinets left to de-grime and eventually paint.  But already I enjoy using it much more than I did the tiny old one.

My brother joined us for most of last week and helped us with whatever was needed.

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This included his being the nanny on a trip to IKEA.  (We needed a wooden countertop last minute, and no one has them in stock, that I know of, other than IKEA.  Oh darn.  😉  Girl 1 exclaimed, “This place is the best place ever!  Better than the kids’ museum, better than Chick Fil A, better than McDonald’s!)

I’m hobbling/waddling along at almost 6 months pregnant.  After talking to my doctor, I finally realized that I’m experiencing pregnancy-induced hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), especially in the morning.  I think I’ve experienced hypoglycemia in small degrees before, but this pregnancy it’s hit me more than ever.  If I don’t eat right, especially in the mornings, I’m useless for at least half the day.  It’s a pain, but good to know what’s going on, and it doesn’t have the same risks that gestational diabetes has (they’re opposite conditions, as I understand it).  But anyway, between that and the bad back, I’m not able to do as much as I’d like.

I wish I were more of a photographer, because before and after photos are so fun.  For now I just have “before” and “a little bit later” for the family room:

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Crappy pictures, but you can see the improvement, right?  Since then, we’ve taken out half of the wall above. (By “we” I mean an extended family member’s construction crew.) The family room now opens into the kitchen, with a peninsula countertop/ breakfast bar on the half wall.  Pendant lights and a vent hood are still to come.

I’m going to whitewash the fireplace eventually . . . hopefully.

And in other news, the blue toilet is gone!  The blue tub/shower unit is still there but apparently these can be painted (though not by me)!  We have four bathrooms, three with complete walls, three working sinks, three working toilets (one in the basement that we never use), one toilet in the master bath waiting to be installed, one functional shower and no functioning bathtubs.  Also–bats still in the attic.  We are overrun with first world problems over here.

Our attentions now are focused on the old house, which needs some work before it’s ready to be rented out.  We’re planning to start showing it this weekend and have it rented on Sept. 1 or as soon as possible after that.

Good night everyone.  Thanks for reading!

P.S. If you need 60 boxes of Pergo flooring, and you have a construction team scheduled to start installing it on Monday, you shouldn’t wait until Saturday to check whether Lowe’s has it in stock.

(As it turns out, just because a certain kind of flooring is on display doesn’t mean it’s actually in stock.  [Who knew??])

That is, unless your long-suffering husband enjoys making two 200 mile round trips over the course of one weekend.  Because carrying all 60 boxes in one trip would weigh down the minivan too much.  Just sayin’, is all.

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15 thoughts on “Still alive!

  1. Man! I wish I could be there! You have no idea how thrilling this all sounds. I’ve been trying to wean myself off of zillow searches and House Hunters episodes and just accept that a house won’t be in our future for a while but … this just means I want more updates from you!

  2. Love the house pics! It’s great reading your stories. 😉

    I share Girl 1’s opinion of IKEA. If the sale of our first house goes through next month (praying hard), I have a wish list ready to go. All I need is a free Saturday and all the seats out of my van. There’s many a project here waiting on that sale to go through. 😉

  3. How wonderful that you have family and friends available to help! The living room looks great! I can’t wait to see the kitchen.

  4. Oh my gosh, it exhausts me just to read about this!! You guys are awesome. We finally got two walls painted A YEAR after moving (though to be fair, I did have 2 under 2 when we moved and until a few months ago 😉 ), and we had to hire someone to do it, along with a whole ton of outside landscaping. Half of it is we don’t have the time/hands and the other half is it’s more worth it to us to keep our sanity and have professional/semi-professionals do it. But I’m inspired by what you guys have done! The living room looks fantastic!

    • Thanks! Well, we’ve definitely hired people to do jobs that Pat technically could have done himself (like putting in the floors), because of the same time and sanity restraints. 🙂 The house is only about 80% painted–some ceilings and bathrooms haven’t been done. And it may stay that way for a long long time b/c hiring painters just isn’t in the budget.

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