Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The Deal of the Century

On Saturday, Eric and I dropped the girls off at their mom's house after they finished helping clean up at the fairgrounds. We went to town afterwards and had lunch. Eric wanted to run into Rural King before grocery shopping to pick up some weed killer. While he was in the store, I did what we all do... scrolled through Facebook. Haha
While I was scrolling, I came across a county garage sale posting (do you all belong to those groups on FB? Ugh... clutters my feed!) that I knew Eric would just HAVE to get. So, I messaged the girl and told her the dilemma, that we were shopping a few towns away and it would be almost 2 hours before we could get there, but could she PLEASE hold it for us. And she agreed! Woohoo!

So.... what did we get? And why was it the deal (maybe I should say steal) of the century?

You be the judge!

That's right friends! We're the proud new owners of 3 (yes, three) weight benches plus a treadmill...

For the grand prize of $25!!!!!

Eric has been dying to get a Bowflex and that beaut on the right is a genuine bowflex. The one of the left cracks me up because my parents had the exact same weight bench in our basement while I was growing up. All the pieces for all 3 machines were included. When we got there, she asked if we wanted a treadmill she had and she threw it in for free. SCORE!

So, we hauled it home and unloaded it. Everything is currently in the barn until our new pole barn gets built, but for that price, we really couldn't resist the deal. One of my coworkers husband's was jealous and offered me double just for the Bowflex. Haha We are looking forward to having a little home gym to use in the somewhat near future (fingers crossed).

Monday, July 27, 2015

Fair Week

It's hard to believe that another fair week has come and gone. The girls had another good year... not as good as they had hoped, but you can't win it all! Ha Over all, we had a great week for weather and girls are already making plans for next year.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Stuck in a Holding Pattern

Well, I was hoping that my next post would be telling you that they were starting on our kitchen remodeling project....but that is not to be! :(

Tonight our contractor was supposed to come over and finalize everything to start tomorrow. Eric texted him tonight to confirm and he told us he has pushed the start date back to the end of next week. Womp, womp. We were waiting to find out when our cabinets would be in and he found out today that they won't be in until August 6th. Whaaaaaaat?!? So, despite all of Eric and Emma's hard work to get our spaces demo'd by tomorrow, we now have an additional week. Oh and did I mention that next week is our county fair week? Ha. Such is life.

And a few pictures for your amusement...
this wall will be where the washer/dryer/utility sink and half bath will be located

bye bye appliances, cabinets & counters

Emma ripping up the carpet...in our kitchen :P

We have no kitchen. The fridge and deep freezer are still plugged in, but we'll have to get those moved next week to the outdoor covered porch. I already warned everyone that the washer and dryer were not being moved until the new ones went in, so they'd have to work around them! ha I absolutely refuse to go to a laundromat, not that we even have many choices in small town Indiana.

So please keep your fingers crossed that we survive the next few weeks! hahaha

Wednesday, July 1, 2015


One of the joys of remodeling has been NEW stuff. But don't get me wrong...it'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 right...today 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 are...in 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 time....college, 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 lives...so thankful!

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

our home from June 2000-June 2001

the blue corduroy

life lessons...hahaha...no 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


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