We have our first house to flip!!! It's probably one of those once-in-a-lifetime opportunities - we had a relative who wanted to get rid of a house that sat vacant for years. While left vacant, there was a water leak and vandalism and the place is in bad shape but man is it an amazing house!!! It's got so much character and such amazing detail. I'm beyond excited to work on it! The kicker in all of this? It's 6 HOURS AWAY!Read More
Hi all! Today I'm going to write one of those personal posts - you know, the thing I don't typically like to do (hey, there's a big internet out there and people are cray-cray)!
For those of you who know the story of my eldest, feel free to skip this section. :-) My daughter has a heart defect known as Ebstein's Anomoly. Basically, the right side of her heart was too big. Because of this, her tricuspid valve was malformed. I knew nothing about it until she was born. She spent the first 7 weeks and 6 days of her life in the NICU. I didn't hold her for the first time until she was 18 days old. At 20 months old she had her first surgery. It almost killed her. Her second surgery was less than 2 weeks later. She was given a mechanical heart valve and all we could do was wait. For 2 years she did ok, but was never 100%. The valve kept clotting and she was in and out of the hospital getting it working the way it needed to. In 2010, we took her to the Mayo Clinic because the valve was failing. We learned during that surgery that the previous surgeon did quite a number on her. He was an excellent surgeon - just not for her condition. The surgeon at Mayo was actually the foremost expert on her condition. Basically, if we had started with him, she very likely would have only had to have one surgery in her life, but because of the mess the first surgeon made, she has to have surgeries for the rest of her life. Stinks, right? Sigh.... After the surgery at Mayo, she has thrived in regard to her health. Praise God for that. Unfortunately, though, she is starting to struggle in school. She has a hard time remembering what she reads and, based on numerous studies that have been done, we believe it's because of the anesthesia she had as a child (check out more about that here). For the last few weeks I've been working tirelessly to get her the help she needs to get her back on track.
In the meantime, my health has been a bit crazy. From July of last year until March of this year I gained 20 pounds - all while working out 4 - 5 days/week. Of course I went to the doctor to find out the problem and oy... it's been crazy. After a few labs, it's become apparent that quite a few things are out of whack. My kidney tests show that I'm in stage 2 kidney disease. My brilliant sister (a nurse) believes it's because of my high protein diet (I always lose weight on high protein. Well, I used to anyway). My doctor actually missed it on my labs. We just happen to find it while compiling everything together. So I'm trying to figure out what to do about that. And there are other things that are out of whack (hormones, thryoid, insulin..). I got my insulin under control by busting my butt at the gym lifting weights. I've been following a body building program and dropped my levels from 47 (on a normal scale of 3 - 19) to 8 in two months! Woo hoo! But yeah, still haven't lost a pound. LOL. The other stuff, I'm still trying to get worked out. I'm a big diet and exercise person, so I'm trying to figure out the best method to get things back to normal.
And then there is the construction business. We have been super crazy. The job I manage has been tough because I took over management mid-project and I'm trying to get things flowing better. Here are a couple before/afters :-)
Obviously I love the work and I can't wait to see it finished but it's definitely been stressful.
So what is the point of all of this? I'm busy. I'm stressed. I have so many things to do around the house but I just can't seem to find the time. With that, I've decided to take a break from the blog for a bit so I can get the important things in life back on track. My plan is to pick back up after the first of the year. I would say I may check in from time-to-time, but I'm making myself take a break. Hopefully those of you who have followed will still be around next year. :-)
For now, I'm off to clean my house (something else that has gotten out of hand). See you all in a couple of months!
I haven't had much time to work on the house because when the hubs is off, I usually have to take off to Dallas (3 hours north). Last weekend, though, we were able to wrap a couple of little projects at the front entry. If you don't remember, here is what the entry has looked like the first few years.Read More
Have you ever seen something and immediately known you had to have it. That happened to me earlier this year. I was toying around with redoing the powder room but not sure which direction to go. I know I wanted wallpaper. I knew I wanted wainscoting. Heck anything was better than they way it's looked for the last few years.Read More
Here's something you don't see much of... when we moved into our home we were surprised by something in our bedroom - a hole in the wall! When we toured the home there was a dresser in the middle of a wall. When that dresser was moved there were wood paneled doors about halfway up the wall. I opened them and found a shelf with electric outlets and a water faucet. It turns out, there had once been a pass-through aquarium between the living room and bedroom! You can see it in a pic from the original home listing from 2004.Read More
Frank. That's our cat. He's such a love and quite possibly the best.cat.ever. No really. He's awesome. He doesn't tear toilet paper up, he loves to snuggle, he lets you know when he needs his litter cleaned (seriously) and he's pretty low maintenance. His fault? He scratches the heck out of my floors. He's your typical cat in that the littlest noise scares him and he reacts by running away. In the process he scratches up the floor.Read More
Before I became a blogger I would visit my favorite blogs and marvel over the transformations. I always wondered, though, how it looked years later. Do they still like their choices? Does it look different now that "real life" has hit it? Did they make changes? With that in mind, I thought I would do an update on my first huge reno - the master bath.Read More
Ah...terminating crown moulding - the design nuisance those of us with partial or split walls have to deal with. In most rooms crown terminates into itself because of the square/rectangular nature of the space. In rooms that have a fireplace, varying wall height or, like in my master bath, a split in the wall, you are left with 3 options: a hanging return, a corbel return or a finial return.Read More
It's been FOREVER since I've had a DIY post and I'm so sad that my first one back is a fail. As in major fail. Let's take a walk down memory lane.
After doing the kitchen and dining room I decided to wrap one other little project - the powder bath. It's a really ugly little space. It has great floors (extra from my bath remodel) but other than that, it's terrible.Read More
I know, I know. You are thinking "Where is your powder room reveal???" It's coming, I promise. I got to a part that I need the hubs help on and between my trip and his work schedule we just haven't gotten to it.Read More
Bonjour mes amies! I meant to write this last week but couldn't seem to find the time. I am in Europe with my daughter, mom, sister and niece until July 4th. Our first stop was 2 days in Paris. My niece has never been so we decided to come for a couple of days. The main trip, though, is to the UK/Ireland. My daughter is a bit obsessed with all things British so we ended up going on a girls trip. For those who love travel, I will be posting pics on my Instagram! For now, enjoy our kick butt view from our hotel (and my beautiful daughter). I have my first commercial design consult on the 7th but after that, I will be back to blog about the powder room remodel!!
It's Hump Day! Ya-ey-yay!
Today I'm doing a post that's going to pretty much all over the place because I have so much going on in my life. So many new and exciting things. And it will probably be really, really long.Read More