We are smack dab in the middle of MOVING, PTL, so I've not been on the computer much but this past weekend we went to our local Pumpkin Festival and I have to share the photos. Winslow LOVED riding the horse and had his first bite of cotton candy! Too bad it was 93 outside and didn't feel like fall, but hey I pretended it was 60. And check out my little man's hilarious "smile" face. He does this scrunchy nose smile that is so so cute.
And can't forget the cowboy boots!
Why is my little man so big!
Next year, we will have an 8 month old in tow too! :)
So as long as I've been married, I have always told hubby that I wanted a fixer upper one day. He would always say "okay sure" and then talk about something else. haha. Well when we bought this house, we didn't realize how much of a fixer upper it was going to be until now. It's not a bad thing, but I also dreamed of fixing it up when i'm not 5.5 months pregnant. ;) It's okay, I am making it work, and hey, it got me out of removing 600+ square feet of hardwood floors that took two weeks to finish.
So, let's see a small update on what we've done! The ceilings have been scraped of the popcorn, re textured/painted, the main area has been repainted, a small part of the kitchen has been demoed, all the floors have been removed (there were FIVE different types of flooring in this house), the garage door and shutters have been repainted, and we landscaped the front. It looks so awesome and all of our neighbors are so happy we are fixing it up. ;)
So before, the green paint on the house was extremely faded and worn looking. I repainted the door and shutters with a Minwax Gel Stain. It was so easy and I love the way it turned out. It looks like wood and really makes the house pop. We also cut back the trees so you can see the front more.
If you look at the before photo, you can see the three big green bushes in the front. They were not pretty and blocked the porch, so my stepmom and I went to the local nursery and got these gorgeous new plants!
My dad and her were here for a long weekend and they helped us so much with the house!
They also gave us a date too! We went to a local breakfast place because ALL i ever want is breakfast food. For real, I am OBSESSED this pregnancy. Biscuits, sausage, eggs... YUM. Oh and chocolate milk. Gotta have a glass every single morning.
So this is before the flooring was all taken out..look how horribly messy. Gives me a headache just looking at it. We also removed the two foot "head blocker" as I call it, above the bar area. It looks so much better without it and opens up the kitchen a ton.
I am in love with the paint color I chose. It's the perfect gray and called Colonnade Gray by Sherwin Williams. They just had 40% sale and I got paint for the whole house! That's what is next on our list. Oh yeah, and floors are going in as we speak! YAY!
Will i survive these next few weeks? Lots to do, lots to do, but I cannot wait to see it all done. My new kitchen cabinets should be here next week. FINGERS ARE CROSSED.
Here's a small bumpdate for yall! I feel like I haven't talked much about this pregnancy at all! I should update more.
how far along?21 weeks 6 days how are you measuring? Right on schedule
size of baby? A papaya! heartbeat? 148 bpm total weight gain/loss?
I think I've gained around 8 pounds. maternity clothes? Oh yes! stretch marks? No new ones. sleep? I've been sleeping pretty well. I still miss sleeping on my stomach, but I've gotten used to it. The first trimester I slept horrible, and I'm finally sleeping better now. best
moment this week? Rocking Winslow to sleep, working on the house renovations, and my dad and stepmom are coming to visit this weekend!
movement? All day long. I LOVE IT! I love feeling little baby kick. It never gets old. Such a miracle. food cravings?
Chocolate milk. EVERY morning. and any breakfast food. Sausage burritos have been pretty awesome lately. gender predictions?
A boy! what i miss: Sleeping on my stomach, turkey sandwiches, bending over easily, picking up Winslow easily.
what i'm looking forward to: MOVING into our new house. Two more weeks. We still have to paint, put down tile, and get a new kitchen. ha. how are you feeling? Feeling pretty good. I've been sicker for a lot longer this pregnancy and JUST got off my prescription meds a couple days ago for nausea. I hope it's gone for good.
This will be our sixth move in our five years of marriage.
IT STINKS. There is nothing awesome about the process of moving...except maybe getting rid of things you haven't used/worn/seen in a year. Since we closed on our house, we have been up to our necks in projects.
Here's a few big ones we are tackling:
-Scraping the popcorn ceilings- hubby just finished this week. It was not hard, but super time consuming.
- Priming and painting the entire house. The owner before us liked dark colors on the walls. Think: Navy blue and maroon. NO. NO. NO. not my style at all. So i've been priming and repainting. This is no easy task for a pregnant momma with a two year old running around. I have been painting every single day almost and finally have the living room, foyer, and hallway almost done. It's no joke getting up and down when you have 10-15 extra baby pounds to lug around. My back is hurting, my arms are sore...but we have a major deadling (Hello, we have to be OUT of our apartment by the end of the month) so I must go on. And hiring professional painters is not in our budget. BECAUSE
-NEW KITCHEN- yes. I am getting to pick out my own new kitchen. Which is SO fun! I decided on white cabinets because they were cheaper than gray and it's timeless. It appeals to more buyers when we decide to sell in the future and I love white. I did a shaker style cabinet and they have soft close doors. Get out. Also, i picked out the granite for the countertops, the undermount sink and the old style farmhouse faucet. I was going to do a farmhouse sink, but the cabinet lady talked me out of it, for reasons I'll share later. The not so fun part? Handing over the check. HA!
- ALL NEW FLOORS. yes. We tore up the carpet and laminate in the bedrooms and are tackling the hardwoods in the living area this weekend. They are bowed up in almost the entire space and severely scratched so we decided to choose a flooring that we could put in the entire house to make it look all the same. Will share what we chose later! I am having 3-4 contractors come out to give me quotes and that is keeping me insanely busy trying to be here and there and everywhere. Ah, i am tired just thinking about it.
-New ceilings- As mentioned earlier, hubby scraped all the popcorn off and we are having someone come out to texture the ceilings. It not only adds value to your home, but it looks awesome and updated when it's done. Hopefully that will be completed next week.
-Repainting all the baseboards, doors, trim, and closet doors. UGH. by the time we move in, i will enver want to paint anything ever again.
those are just the BIG projects we have going on right now. Add packing up our entire apt and the 12038 smaller projects to the mix..and you have a crazy pregnant lady ready to scream.
I will get through it, and it will all get done. I hope.
I can't wait to document the whole process and show you too!! I took before photos and man, the after is going to look AMAZING. if it all ever happens. haha.
So. I may be absent a bit these next couple weeks, but I will have my camera handy and promise to update you as much as I can.
Let me share a few inspiraction photos and paint colors we have chosen so far!
So the cabinets you see below are the same ones we have on order. They are shaker style and I just love the white. I am planning on getting oil rubbed bronze pulls and faucet. I also used this same photo to pick my granite. It's called Kashmir White and is so pretty. It will look awesome with the gray paint color we chose for the main areas.
We chose collonde gray by Sherwin Williams as our main paint color. I love it. It doesn't really have any blue or green in it, so it is the perfect gray.
What's a house project without spilled paint? I couldn't even blame my toddler, since he was in the other room.
So I will be back to update you on our progress, say a prayer that I dont turn into a nutcase before the end of the month!
So yesterday was a BIG day for us! We closed on our house! Yay, we are so excited and I've already got my new kitchen cabinets, countertops, and floors picked out! Meeting with a design specialist to order the floors today, ordering the cabinets tomorrow, and then once those are installed, the countertops! Hashtag ONIT.
We are so happy to finally have a space that will be our own, have a yard, and a nice quiet cul de sac to play in! We are not actually MOVING until October 17th or 18th, so that way we have time to do the renovations that we want to get done. Well, for the most part.
Anyway, yesterday was overall a good day but it was also a very strange day for me. My due date with baby #2 was yesterday. If you didn't know, I had a miscarriage earlier this year. I shared my story here and if you want to read it, feel free. I felt like I needed to share because so many women go through loss and never talk about it, therefore they don't have support. I wanted to be able to talk openly about my feelings and thoughts so I could seek advice, help, and support from friends who have gone through this.
This whole month is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. Hopefully it will help you learn a little about how common miscarriage really is, how most of the time, you did nothing to cause it, and how you can cope and move forward after experiencing it.
So, more than likely, I would still be pregnant today since I was 9 days overdue with Winslow, but now I have an angel looking over us in heaven. I am thankful that I have another precious growing baby in me right now,( I was also 20 weeks pregnant yesterday!) and that has definately helped to lessen the sting of the loss, but it still doesn't make me stop wishing for that little baby in heaven. I would've loved nothing more than to meet him this week, but I know God's plans are greater than mine, and without that loss, I wouldn't have this little baby boy growing in my belly now.
1 in 4 women have miscarriages, so it's not an uncommon thing. It's great that we have this month to just bring attention to the fact that many women do experience it, and it's never easy, no matter the circumstance. It not only affects you physically, but emotionally as well.
So, I hope you'll just remember that if you've been through this, you're not alone. You can seek support and help from me or some of your close friends. That is what got me through.