Family, The Grand House

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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Henry-Approved Progress!

Our 15-month-old seems very pleased with the house renovation so far! Henry and Daddy usually consult about the progress during their weekend morning coffee runs.

Then Momma and Henry stop by in the afternoon to make sure everything is going smoothly! 🙂

The inside framing is complete. We have the walls, temporary staircases and rooms framed in on every floor.

It’s exciting because we can finally start to see what the house is going to look like!

Mark also finished putting in the last new window on the third floor.

Next on the agenda is leveling the floors, putting down plywood and installing the permanent staircase.

Our new shower and bathtub also arrived…hopefully this time they fit through the door. In our first renovation, we had to take out a window to get them in!

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Dormer Demolition!

We made some BIG progress on the new house in the past several weeks! Yay!

Mark and my super fantastic brother-in-law, Kevin, got on the roof and demo-ed the two dormers.

Our plan is for that third floor to be two kids rooms with a bathroom, and so we wanted to double the size of the dormers to make that space bigger.

Mark and Kevin got all the demolition done in about six hours and did not fall off the roof. SUCCESS!

We then had an AMAZING Amish crew come in and rebuild the new, bigger dormers.

Mark wanted to help, but the crew was so talented that he just stayed out of their way and watched and learned!

We love how the expanded dormers add so much light and extra height room!

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We almost power washed our kid.

Hank got this new kick ass stroller (which is nicer than my car) and we’ve been spending most of our time outside!

We visit Dad while he works on the new house at least 5 times every weekend.

Last Saturday and Sunday, Mark power washed the new brick addition and the front facade of the house.

I told him to be extra careful because he is not allowed to fall off the ladder or scaffolding because I am not raising this baby by myself. 🙂

Mark’s first attempt at power washing didn’t go well because the machine he rented wasn’t strong enough…he said he could rinse Henry off with it. Ha!

He got a stronger one and blasted away.

Next step is to order windows…we’re getting new ones that look like the old original ones to go with the feel of the house…can’t wait!

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Major Milestones

We’ve hit some pretty big milestones this week…with Hank the Tank and with the new house!

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Our big boy has figured out how to roll over.

Now, he won’t stop. Put him on the floor and the kid will roll to the next room…or under the table…or anywhere else to freak us out!

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The major masonry work on the new house was also finished this week.

Even though Mark probably permanently damaged his arm from cleaning 3,000 bricks…all that hard work paid off.

I’ve got to do a blog post with a full reveal of the brick work complete with before and after shots…promise I’ll get to that!

Also exciting for us…Henry slept a full five hours without waking up and when you hold him on your hip, he can now keep his back, head and neck very straight.

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This probably doesn’t seem like a big deal, but this is our world now and we get excited over the smallest things with this sweet boy!

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Does Anybody Need A Tub?

For those of you following along (we love you!)…you are well aware that Mark and I tore down the entire front brick wall of our Victorian home.

While we were at it we thought…what the hell…let’s tear down the back too! 🙂

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Tony G and his crew demoed this white structure which was a tiny kitchen on the very back end of the house.

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The upper level of the brick addition on the home came down as well.

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That’s where we had the bathtub sticking out for all to see! Does anybody need a tub?! 😉

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The bricks that came down were used to rebuild the front brick wall…and the plan is to turn this portion into a second level outdoor patio with an outdoor fireplace.

You might think a newborn baby has slowed us down, but Mark and Hank are already designing the new outdoor patio and kitchen.

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And all of you know that Mark’s eye for style is on point and the rough draft drawings of the patio and kitchen are FAB-U-LOUS.

Can’t wait to show you!

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