The Grand House

I’ve seen this STUD before!

When we first started renovating homes, there was just one STUD in my life…

Now, there are two STUDS…one is potty trained, one is not! 😉

During our first home renovation, I remember feeling SO EXCITED by stud walls. (I never thought I would type that sentence.)

But stud walls mean the demolition is done and the house is starting to take shape. This pic is from our first reno…it shows the upstairs hallway with the bathroom and laundry room.

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When the stud walls go up, you can start to see how big the rooms will be, where the hallways are, and how the doorways and closets look.

Mark has been working hard this week on framing in the doorways and closets on our third floor.

This space before was just a semi-big, awkward room with no purpose. We expanded the dormers so that we could have two decent-sized bedrooms and a full bath on this floor.

It can also be just one bedroom and an office or storage space as well. Lord knows I will NOT being have 5 kids to fill these bedrooms. HA!

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Indoor Plumbing for the WIN!

You know you’re turning into a crazy home renovation person when the most exciting day all week is INSPECTION DAY!

Mark worked his butt off with our plumber and put in all the new pipes and water lines.

After a quick test of the pipes, where you fill them with water and look for leaks, Mark had to make a few adjustments and then we were ready for the plumbing to get inspected.

Mark and Henry also worked on putting the floor in our half bathroom downstairs.

We’re using reclaimed wood that Mark ripped up from other parts of the house.

He’ll sand it and stain it, and it will look beautiful!

We did this in our current home and the floors look great!

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Henry’s a DeWalt Kid!

Not even 2 yet and Henry is ready to join a construction crew! Look at his concentration!

Kids are smart and imitate everything you do which is why Henry is already pretty good at sweeping and shoveling and building.

Mark put in the new window for our downstairs powder room at the house we’re renovating.

There will be a full bath on the second and third floors and this half bath is on the first.

Mark measures and grinds the bricks down so they fit around the window.

My husband is a perfectionist…which, in times like this, is a great asset!

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Mark the Builder and Henry the Helper!

Henry might look like his Momma but he’s got Daddy’s builder DNA!

These two amigos are in their element at our #RealLifeReno and I have pictures to prove it.

Henry is always helping Daddy water the trees and plants in our backyard.

Mark is also installing a new gate.

We went with the black gate to match our windows and French doors.

Mark dug the holes…

A few hours later and…VIOLA!

We’re getting close to wrapping up our renovations to the outside of the house.

A bigger task awaits us inside!

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When it’s GOOD ENOUGH!

Trying to be perfect is exhausting and, honestly, if you achieved perfection…you would be annoying and not someone I’d want to hang out with. HA!

My current motto is “That’s GOOD ENOUGH!”

What I mean by that is some days I’m feeling great. I’m well rested, Henry is a happy little peanut and I’m able to take him to the library, playground, water park and do the laundry with ease.

But other days…and there are many…I am just exhausted!

On those days, I operate from the “GOOD ENOUGH!” philosophy.

If I get home from work and I’m tired and can’t get off the couch, Henry and I will watch kids shows for 2 hours and it’s fine.

If Henry is fussy and I can’t soothe him and I have to put his binky in while we’re out and about…I just do it and it’s fine.

If Henry eats frozen Trader Joe’s meatballs 2 times a week because I don’t have fresh food for him…it’s fine and he is perfect.

I think we all need to remember is that one instance of “not being perfect” will not determine the total outcome of us or our children.

We become fully realized human beings who are molded from MANY moments…and if the majority of them are good, then we are just FINE.

I’ll end this blog post here because it’s GOOD ENOUGH!

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Grateful for YOU

We are still moving along with our home renovation…new French doors just put in FOR THE WIN!!

But I was thinking the other day about how there is SO MUCH MORE going on in my life than just the renovation and how I’m longing to SHARE IT!

The stuff that’s going on is more of the spiritual realm stuff. Books I’m reading and podcasts I’m listening to that are helping me TAP IN TO WHO I REALLY AM.

Some may think it sounds “hooey” or is to “woo-woo-woo” but these lessons I’m learning are enriching my soul in a way that is JUST SO AWESOME!

The biggest game changer for me has been GRATITUDE. And I look at gratitude as a practice. It is something I’m conscious of and something I practice everyday.

For example, right now I’m so GRATEFUL for my sweet, napping baby and the time to write this.

I’m grateful for the hot cup of tea next to me and cookies I’m enjoying it with.

I’m grateful that I have this platform to share.

See how easy it is? And TRUST ME…it will totally change your ENERGY for the BETTER!

Before I go to sleep, I go through everything I’m grateful for that happened that day. Try it…I bet you will love it!

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Real Life Roundup!

Life has been good and BUSY!

Our Real Life Reno is moving right along.  The entire house has been framed in…meaning you can finally see where the rooms, hallways and staircases will be.

The black French doors that go from the kitchen to our backyard were installed and WE LOVE THEM!

Mark planted several trees that will bloom to give us some shade and privacy in the back.

The next step is to level the floors and have the plumber come in.

Our little man Henry continues to be the coolest dude in the world and is almost one and a half!

He is definitely an OUTDOOR BABY and would sleep outside if we let him.

His current favorite things are chalk, balls and dirt.

Henry loves to sweat and has stinky feet just like his Momma. But again…he’s so damn cute that it doesn’t matter. 🙂

Working on a few more house blogs and Momma blogs…but if you can’t wait for them, follow me on Instagram and watch my Stories…they are fun little glimpses of what’s going on!

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