For My Sister

I talked to my sister on the phone today.  I had said it didn’t seem like I had gotten much done this week and she said “at least you posted some pictures on your blog”.  So her is another picture for her…and anyone else who cares!

livingafterI have cleaned and organized the living room.  As soon as I complete the wall hangings I am making we will have something on the wall too!

livingbeforeThis is how terrible it was looking.

Now I have to go finish cleaning the rest of the house so I can post more pictures so everyone doesn’t think my house STILL looks like this!


Some Big Changes

We have been getting lots done and I at the request of some here are some picture updates.

We now have a walkway which is a big deal!  No more walking through the mud.  I can’t wait until this summer when we can landscape around it and help it look better!


The back side of house.  The upstairs is my in-laws home our front door is hiding behind the deck area.  We are going to put up lattice to close in the under neath of the deck.  I will get some plants around it to help soften the look of all of it too.

walkway2From our door.  We are going to plant grass again now that it is waring up.  This part of the walkway will also have some different stones on the gravel, that is just a foundation.  The big area under the deck will be closed in and I think I will grow a climbing plant on it.

walkway3Walking up the walkway isn’t bad at all.  There are only a total of 14 or so steps.

walkway4There will also be a railing on the left side all the way around it.

It is working out really well.

And Now We Have Chairs!

chairsThey arrived really fast!  We got them all put together and voila!  I love them.  They are comfy too.  They are not a perfect match on the wood color but I think they look very good.  We have such a mixture of wood through the house that I think it works well.  Now tomorrow is our anniversary and I ma hoping to fix a really nice dinner for Blake.  How nice to sit at our table for our anniversary!

*Also notice how clean!  I regained my table which was a huge dumping ground for everything in the house that didn’t have a home.

Oh Happy Day!

Sadly like 7 1/2 months ago we thought this was almost finished.  You can check out that progress here.  We did put this on the back burner for a little while after I got pregnant but it is done now!  Last night I enjoyed the first shower of many wonderful showers to come!  It felt like a day at the spa!


As you can see the outside is not finished yet.  Tonight we are grouting the bathroom floor and this weekend Blake will put up the trim and finish painting the walls.  But the shower is big and roomy!  I can put Chloe in here, sit on the bench and wash her up without my back hurting from bending over.  She loves baths so she will get them often!  I really can’t wait to get the rest of the bathroom finished so that I can decorate.

Here are a few closer shots.


Here is the bench.  It sits pretty comfortable.


The floor drains just like it should!  This was a fun learning experience trying to build the whole thing.  Yes we got to the point where we hated it more than ever and Blake kept saying we should have never done it.  But last night after enjoying his shower he did say “It was worth it.”


We really wanted a double head on the shower but the plumbing was not done in a way we could have that so…  Our shower is enjoyable just the way it is!

Stay tuned for decorating pictures!

A Home In Need

As I have said before our house is lacking decorations very bad!  I might get a little help in this area now.  Today I received a 40 dollar rebate I have been waiting for.  Well actually I wasn’t expecting it until closer to Christmas.  So now I have to decide what to get!  I would really like an area rug for the living room to help it feel more comfy.  Plus when the mid wife comes she has to work on the floor in front of the couch so I would to have a rug there!

I would also really like some framed art!  But I think I need to take care of that mostly on my own.  I am a photographer I should have a slew of pictures to put up!  Ha ha Who am I fooling!  I have lots of nothing!  Or maybe I am just too picky!

I just hope I can find a great clearance sale so I can get lots with my 40 dollars!  heehee

So Thankful

We have hot water!  I am so thankful that it was an easy fix!  They were very close to cutting holes in walls and actually did cut one in the closet but I can handle that.  BUT it ended up being a bad shower valve.  Thankfully I also had lots of pictures showing the pipes before we put up any walls. That helped save the kitchen and living room!  Now we just have to get that bathroom finished.  We have a bit of trim to put up, finish painting and grout the tile!  Then we can take some nice showers without walking all the way upstairs!

Hot Water…how hard could it be?

I don’t even know if I can write this without crying!  I am fearing the worst…  I almost do not even know where to start this story.  Let’s see…

Once upon a time…a long long time ago…about two years ago…when we first had the actual house built, a plumber came and filled the walls and floors with pipes.  We were so excited to see all these things take place.  But there was a problem, we were having a tankless water heater installed and the plumber who installed it didn’t know the first thing about it.  So we realized that the water wasn’t being heated right in either our house (downstairs) or my in-laws (upstairs).  So Blake’s Dad had the plumber come back and try to fix them.  We moved in to the upstairs with my in-laws since it was already finished.  The hot water seemed wonderful.  That is from the heater that heated the upstairs.  We realized that our heater down stairs wasn’t working.  Instead of endless warm water, we had scalding hot water then freezing cold.  That was what was originally wrong upstairs too so we thought it could be fixed.  Worse case their was a life time warranty on the water heater.

So the day came a year ago when we started to work on finishing our house.  We were both working full time jobs so Blake’s Dad was wonderful enough to help us out.  He hired and overseen the various workers we needed to come in and get things done.  Then this past spring we had the time to really take over and finish it out together.  We ask several times over those two years if we could get someone to fix the water.  The electric and plumbing was wonderfully being paid for as a gift by my in-laws.  So we had to wait for Blake’s Dad to hire someone to come out.

As we were trying to finish everything the water heater upstairs caught on fire.  Blake’s Dad had a regular water heater installed because they needed hot water very much.  We were all using their water after all!  He sort of put off sending the tankless back to the company who had the life time warranty.  The plan was, he would send it back, get a new one and have it installed in place of the one in our house that wasn’t working.  When he finally tried sending it back, he found out that the company had changed hands and they would not honor the old warrenty.  In the mean time we couldn’t find a plumber around who knew how to instal them.

So now we come to present date.  Blake’s parents bought a bigger water heater for their house and gave use the one they had.  We have been living in our house since July and had to go up stairs to my in-laws to get showers.  It hasn’t been the most pleasant because our houses are not connected by a stair case.  You acctually have to walk outside and walk around the house to their door.  We have bben able to get enough hot water to do our dishes thankfully.  But this weekwe finally had the other water heater installed.  But we got not a drip of hot water out of it.  We know it works because the tank is full of hot water.  For some reason it just won’t come out of any facuets.  So the plumbers have racked their brains over the matter.  So far they are thinking the problem is with the pipes.  They think that the hot and cold are running together…somewhere.  In order to fix the problem they have to find the pipes that are messed up.  We just finished having the house painted!  But to get to the pipes they wil have to go through the ceilings.  If they have to take the bathroom ceiling out I can handle that.  The bathroom is not finished yet.  BUT if they have to take the living room or kitchen…  Like I said, I really might cry over this!

They are supposed to come today and see what they can do.  I am so afraid of what will happen.  It is just so sickining that the pipes were not covered with walls for well over a year and we don’t find this out until we are almost finished.  If we would have just taken care of the hot water in the beginning…  Most of all what gets me is that I want to get things finished so bad before the baby comes.  Just when I thought things were getting close to done we take 10 steps back!  I don’t want to be tearing out walls, I want to be putting up walls!  The baby’s room has no walls yet which means we have lots to do still!   I just don’t know what to do…I think I might go get sick!