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! ;)

Before:



After:





Sunday, May 24, 2015

I'm Alive!

I'm Alive!

I know, I know...my 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!

Okay...so 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! :)

---Health---
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---
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


---Kids---
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


---Anniversary---
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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After





Monday, January 12, 2015

Master Bedroom Remodel

So the first real part of the remodeling project was the master bedroom. It was previously my grandparent's room and then it was my mom's room. It has also served as storage and part exercise room for some time...all in all, it needed an update.

Before




During




After
*excuse the mess - our home is lived in and not completely in order yet - who knew it could take so long to figure out where you want to put stuff?




Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Baby it's cold outside

I don't know about everyone else, but I was rather liking the no snow winter we'd been having. A small dusting at the end of November and then we managed to bypass any white stuff in December, but wham! We got a dusting again last night/today. It does look pretty outside, but I hate having to get out in it and I really don't like the cold weather that comes along with it. There are predictions for it to be 1 degree here tomorrow with a windchill to make it feel like -19 degrees. Uh....no thank you Mother Nature!


I'm excited that my IKEA picture ledges arrived today! :) That means that the living room is nearly complete. I have a few more decorations that I'd like to dig out to leave out year round, but seeing as how those items are buried in the back of the storage room upstairs...it's not likely to happen until the kitchen is done (cause that's what is in the majority of those boxes/totes - wedding presents consisting of a fairly large sum of pots, pans, knives, plates, gadgets that we're dying to use!). In the meantime, I am enjoying my new Scentsy warmer which was a HOT item in September when it was for sale. It sold out freakishly fast and has been on backorder until recently. I'm so glad I ordered one for myself! It will probably end up in our new kitchen along with some green/teal mason jars that we used for wedding decorations.


That's all for today...sorry for the hodge podge post! haha It's cold and that means it's a good night to snuggle up on the couch and watch TV.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Remodeling

So back in August 2014, we decided to start remodeling our home. The last true remodel it underwent was when my grandparent's owned it did the 1960's and then when my mom had a few things (like windows) updated in 1999.

Remodeling is not all it's cracked up to be...ugh. It's really nice to have the newly finished rooms, once they are done, but it's not so much fun getting to that point.

The first room we did was the room that had been our bedroom. It was the carport when I was a kid and my mom had it turned into a bedroom for me in '99, but it's always been a bit of a misplaced room. It was initially supposed to be a family room, but that's a longer story than I plan to tell. haha This room was the newest room of the house, so besides spackling over the holes from all the stuff I had hanging on the walls, repainting, and cleaning the carpet...it was pretty easy. This room is now my mom's bedroom/living room as it is a pretty large room.

The second room we remodeled was the master bedroom. It had the lovely old wood paneling on the walls around the closet. After getting everything moved out of the room, Eric hung drywall around the closet and removed the ugly old sliding doors. There also used to be a dual entry to the bathroom (the ONLY bathroom in the house) from the bedroom, but we covered that over with drywall as well. A new light, new carpet, new bedroom set, fresh coat of paint, new closet doors, new bedroom door and now we're in business! It was a looooonnngg few weeks of sleeping on an old mattress on the floor in a room upstairs with our clothes in our old dressers downstairs in the living room. You didn't expect this much fun, did you? ha Our Christmas present from my mom was a new bedroom set. So we got a new bed frame and 2 dressers. The room is pretty much finished, minus deciding which pictures I want to hang in the bedroom versus in the living room.


The third room was the living room. To say it was a hot mess to start...well, that was an understatement. After 2 different indoor dogs over the years, the hardwood floors were in disrepair. We decided to treat them with a chemical to remove any odors, then carpet over it. I know, I know. It was so much cheaper to carpet than fix the hardwood. We swapped out the front door as our first step. We painted and had carpet installed. Our living room is now a cozy spot for everyone to hang out. We bought a BIG sectional couch and a recliner for Eric. We hung new curtains and added an electric fireplace to help warm us up on cold winter nights. We're slowly getting pictures back on the wall...I'm waiting on my IKEA picture ledges to arrive so we can finish decorating.





We also completed the hallway while doing the living room. The metallic pipes from the AC had never been covered over, so Eric framed it in and hung drywall. This included the staircase needing a coat of paint and carpet. We removed the door to the staircase to open it. The hallway and staircase each got new light fixtures, a fresh coat of paint and new carpet to cap off the look.



And now...well, it's been a few months since we finished the living room. Eric started to demo the room that will eventually be the girls' bedroom. It was my sister's bedroom. She cleared out all her stuff over Labor Day. This room also is covered in wood paneling, so we started by spackling the cracks (cause we are NOT going to remove and drywall). The old closet which was not even wide enough to hang an outfit without it being at an angle has now been demolished. The next step is removing the old carpet and finish spackling/sanding the walls. Then Eric plans to frame and drywall a new closet for the girls with lots of storage space. The girls have already picked out their paint and they are getting the same carpet as the first floor. We already have their new beds, mattresses and bedding. So, now it's just a waiting game as Eric can only work on his days off in the room. With any luck, we'll be able to finish the room in the next month (depending on when the carpet guy can come).

I would love to say that we'd be done after this room, but we have so much more to go! Some projects are going to require more work and money than others, but at least after the girls are in their new room, we'll be about half way to being done.

Hats off to anyone who has survived remodeling their home while living there!

And I promise, I'll post some "finished" pictures soon :)

Thursday, January 1, 2015

It's Great to Be Back in Blogger Land!

Oh my oh my...can't believe it has been 9 months since I posted a blog. CRAZINESS!

At first when I took my hiatus from blogging, I was still keeping up (on at least a weekly basis) reading all my favorite blogs. Then as the days and weeks passed, I started reading less and less. Eventually I didn't read any blogs at all, well...unless Mama Laughlin posted something on Facebook. Sad, I know.

Honestly, I lost passion for a lot of things in 2014. My husband will certainly tell you this is true. It was the basis of so many of our arguments. Work stress, home remodeling stress and continued health issues led me down a path of depression. A path that if I'm truly honest with myself, I've been on until just the other day. I know I'm not completely off that miserable path, but I'm already feeling better now that we're into 2015.

One thing I've missed is blogging and connecting with my blogger buddies on a much more personal level. Sometimes I just need a place to vent. Don't we all? So this year I took a step for my own sanity and well being...today I bought a new computer (my old one bit the dust months ago) and I'm back in cyberspace! Woohoo! ha Using your phone for EVERYTHING can be a bit trying. And I hated to borrow my husband's computer all the time since he's a freak about not saving stuff to it.

So, since I missed pretty much all of 2014...here's a short recap on my year:

too many afternoon trips to Starbucks at work has resulted in way too many extra pounds

we celebrated our 1st Anniversary with the same wine from the wedding thanks to my mom & sis

I got severely burned and spent a week in pain while I waited to peel...ugh

the girls and I took time to enjoy pedicures

we took the girls to Bluespring Caverns in Bedford & stopped by to visit Eric's Mamaw Padgett

I got my ring finger tattoo - an anchor with a heart (Eric is an Aquarius)

my adorable husband entertaining his nephews & nieces at Thanksgiving

Santa Claus sure was good to all of us this year!

my new computer :)

Here's to hoping you had a great 2014 and are looking forward to a prosperous 2015! It feels good to be back in blogger land and I hope I haven't lost too many of you as followers!

 

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