Wednesday, July 1, 2015


One of the joys of remodeling has been NEW stuff. But don't get me's also a pain sometimes, especially the cost related to those new things. During the entire process so far, the new stuff that I am most looking forward to are all our new appliances for the kitchen and utility room! :)

Here's what our newest items look like...they are ordered and will be delivered when the contractor is ready for them (sadly, most likely not for about a month yet). Why oh why can't everyone be on our time schedule?!? 

French door fridge, upright freezer, oven, over-the-range microwave, dishwasher and washer/dryer - it's like a party at our house. haha

Friday, June 26, 2015

Kitchen Design

We met with our contractor tonight and will be purchasing all our appliances, cabinets, flooring and counter tops next week. Our bank account is crying already just thinking about it...but not as much as Eric is! hahaha

We had 2 kitchen designs done and were surprised how much we ended up loving the design done by a local business. So in preparation of our new dual purpose space (we're combining our utility/laundry room with our kitchen and adding a half bath), here is our future kitchen design! It includes a bar seating area where a wall now stands. I can't wait!!!!! The wall you see behind the seating area/next to the wine rack is going to be the new half bath that leads into mom's "senior apartment" as she calls it. ha

Keep in mind, colors are just place holders. We have picked everything out already, but I will share those details another day. :)

Thursday, June 25, 2015

We Bought a House!

Well...some of you may have read about a month ago that we would soon have news to share! That time has FINALLY come!


That's we signed the papers to officially buy our home. It's been in my family for many many years. My grandparents bought this house when they moved back to Indiana after WWII, added electricity, raised 2 kids and 3 grandkids here, then my mom bought the house from my grandma when I was a Senior in high school and did some slight remodeling, and now here we the midst of leaving our mark on this home.

The fun of remodeling continues! ha #pleaseletitbeoversoon Seriously though. We've been waiting for 2 weeks to sign the papers and be able to move forward with buying the new appliances, cabinets, flooring and counter tops. We meet with our contractor again tomorrow night to hopefully finalize our plans.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Memory Lane - FFA Days

Every June there is a special week in the life of Indiana FFA members....State FFA Convention.

It's hard to believe that 15 years ago (where did the time go?!?), my own life changed in ways I could never begin to imagine, all thanks to State Convention. I am beyond blessed to say that I am a former Indiana FFA State Officer. When I left convention and headed home to pack up my belongings so I could move into the FFA Center for the next year, I had no idea that the other 6 people would become my brothers and sisters. We would have our ups and downs. Don't all families? ha We have experienced life together up to this point in, joys, loss and sadness, weddings, babies, time and distance. When you share as much as we have over the past 15 years, it doesn't matter how long we're apart, we always seem to pick right back up where we left off. And that my friends is the essence of real, true friendship.

So here we are. 14 years ago we were anxiously awaiting our very own week-long convention to begin. We were anticipating how our legacy would be remembered in Indiana FFA history. We were looking forward to the next steps in life and having new roles within the FFA experience...something we lovingly and jokingly refer to as "the has-been club" aka The Past State Officer club (PSO).

It is a hard experience to sum up in a few words. There is a limited number of Indiana kids who can say they've lived the same year of experiences as I have...and there is a limited number of State FFA officers throughout the US with the same experience as Indiana FFA State Officers. I will forever remember the days we spent at the State Officer house at the Indiana FFA Center. A dream was realized when I was granted the opportunity to travel the state for 1 year while serving as an ambassador for a phenomenal youth organization....and I got to do it with 6 of my closest friends.

These pictures are a drop in the bucket compared to all the photos we have from the past 15 years of living our thankful!

being announced on stage as the NEW State Officer Team - June 2000

our home from June 2000-June 2001

the blue corduroy

life liquid detergent in the dishwasher

my extended FFA family (can't believe the changes this pic would have today)

a quick gathering at Purdue

Rajean's wedding

Karissa's wedding

a team reunion at the FFA Center

visiting Karissa in Australia

Justin's wedding

State Convention - PSO Dinner

my bridal shower with Rajean

Monday, May 25, 2015

Kids Bedroom Remodel

Well, it's been a few months since we *mostly* completed the project, but the girls' new bedroom is habitable!

They are loving their new beds and spending lots of time in their room. ha

This room was originally my mom's room when she was growing up and became my sister's room when our family moved in. It has seen a lot of teenage girl time...and I imagine the walls could tell some stories! ;)



Sunday, May 24, 2015

I'm Alive!

I'm Alive!

I know, I last post was in January. Yikes! Life has been so busy and exhausting...I just don't seem to find the time to sit down with my computer and write out our daily happenings. I absolutely WANT to get better about it. I love having these little snapshots of life to look back on! just a few things to catch up on and then I'm going to work on some future posts (top secret things until it happens - fingers crossed, in the next 2 weeks!) of fun new life changing things! :)

Last fall I went through a lot of blood work with my doctor and a specialist to figure out what was going on with me. As most of you know, I broke my leg (right above the ankle) 2 weeks after our wedding. I then suffered blood clots in my leg, got a permanent filter placed and spent the next year and half on blood thinner meds. No fun at all. My doctor retired and after putting it off for several months, I started seeing a new doctor (Dr. B) - who is coincidentally a friend from my 4-H days. She's been great and immediately decided that there was a good chance I didn't need to be on blood thinners anymore, so she sent me to an oncologist that is also a genetics specialist. Dr. C is pretty awesome, but terribly harsh. That's another story for another day. Oy....anyway, Dr. C (oncologist) ran blood work - they were vampires and practically drained me, ha - and found out that I do absolutely have Factor V and I am a carrier of it. What does that mean and how did I get it? It means that most likely at least 1 parent, if not both, are carriers of this gene and I would pass it on if I had a child (which we are NOT planning on). Dr. C said that my sister could have Factor V, but unless she gets pregnant in the future, it's not really a concern for her (even then, it would just require some extra shots if she has it). I also got to celebrate not having to take blood thinner meds any more! WOOHOO! :) Both doctors felt that the trauma of breaking my leg AND being on birth control caused the clots I experienced.

Along with the blood work to determine that I have Factor V, my new doctor (Dr. B), felt that I was also dealing with hypothyroidism. I'd been tested twice before, but was "borderline." Dr. B thought I might notice a difference in all my symptoms (I'm like a poster child if you read the symptoms). In a few weeks I will go back for a 6 month check up and see where my numbers are after taking a medication for it. I have really only noticed a difference in 2 of my MANY symptoms, so I guess I will see where I stand after the blood work. I'm just tired of feeling the way I do. Hubs would agree that he is tired of it too!

Work is finally on a more level ground. After nearly a year of revamping our process, bringing in nearly 70 temps to help...we're slowly downsizing in numbers of temps and regulating our work load. I can't really share what has been going on, but working under a FDA warning letter is NO FUN. I will be so glad when the warning is lifted and we can move forward with our new system in place. Since about late February or early March, I have been able to back off my 50+ hour weeks and go back to 40 hour work weeks. The last few weeks have really spoiled me as I have had short weeks due to work parties, vacation days, and now a holiday! It is gonna be rough to work a full 5 day week starting in June. haha

my co-worker, J, having fun at our picnic while playing Cards Against Humanity :P

The girls are feeling and looking so grown up these days! I know it's been awhile since I posted a pic...and I will have to get a new one this summer. Jordan has matured by leaps and bounds. She's had a rough school year academically, but her 6th grade graduation is coming up this week. Where has the year gone? How the heck can it be the end of the school year already? Emma has had an outstanding school year. We're so proud of how she's turned her grades around and really done well. She's going to be a Sophomore this fall...and turning 16! And I don't think her daddy is ready for all that. ha

Eric and I just celebrated our 2nd Anniversary on May 4th! It was so nice to be able to get away for the night and enjoy some alone time. We didn't do anything super fancy, but spent the night at the same hotel where we stayed on our wedding night and went out to a newer restaurant we'd been wanting to try. He even tried sushi for the first time...and liked it! We've been wanting to do something simple and just get out of the house for the night. I'm so glad we got to do it, even with a million other reasons that we almost didn't take the time.

So that's where we stand. Eric and the girls are camping in the back yard (tents and sleeping on the ground is definitely not for this girl!). I'm watching late night tv (I love the jail shows like Lockup). haha Shhhhhh!

Hope you all enjoy Memorial Day weekend and are safe wherever you may be! :)

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Living Room Remodel

The next room we completed was the living room...and the hallway. Still getting things settled, but it's feeling like OURS.




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