Saturday, January 11, 2014

Bathroom Success

Well, we have just about finished the bathroom!!  The electrician came on Friday and finished putting up the ceiling fan and installing outlets. I'm easily made happy I guess... we have 3 switches inside the door.  One for the light above the vanity, one for the ceiling fan and one for the light in the ceiling fan.  I feel so fancy!   

Today, we put up the towel bars, hook, and toilet paper holder.  For the shower, we used my old shower curtain rather than buying a new one.  We couldn't quite agree on one anyway.  And after all the costs, it's nice to save a bit on a curtain.
I've organized the linen cabinet and vanity.  I might have gone a bit overboard with organizing it.  I blame the label maker I got for Christmas.  Give a girl a new organizational toy and she'll try to find a way to use it!!  It feels good to have all of the bathroom stuff put away. 
We also put up a picture that is dear to my family.  This picture was painted for the family when my stepfather passed away.  I like that I'll be able to look at it everyday and think about him.
Yep, it's good to have a new and improved bathroom!  The only things left are a light fixture above the vanity and handles for the vanity and linen cabinet.  Those are things we can do without for a short bit.  

Now, work can continue on the kitchen.  Oh, slowly but surely it's all coming together! 




Thursday, January 9, 2014

Sinks: Because They Are Important

Well, yesterday the plumber installed the sink and faucet in the bathroom.  And then they ripped out our kitchen sink and walls.  We gained a sink and we lost a sink all within a few hours.  The kitchen is down to the studs right now.  The electrician is coming tomorrow to wire things in both rooms: final wiring in the bathroom including the fan and initial wiring in the kitchen for lights and outlets.  Then we add drywall and flooring.  Ever so slowly we're getting there!  I'm mentally organizing and decorating the kitchen.  I know what color I want.  Okay, I'm planning a bit of it around my red Kitchen Aid mixer and casserole dish.  But why not?

And I am actively organizing the bathroom.  At this point, if I were my love I'd regret buying me a label maker for Christmas.  But oh thank goodness, I'm glad to have somewhere to organize!!  It feels so good to make the cabinets look pretty and feel like everything has a place.  With my home torn apart in other places, it's good to have everything put together there. 


Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Brrr, It's Cold in Here!

I had to quote Bring it On.... it's just mandatory today!  Like so much of the US, it's very cold here today.  It was about 6 degrees F (-14 C) this morning. The wind has been whipping about all day.  I was feeling under the weather this morning (stomach bug I think) and thus have been home all day.  I'm feeling better now but are not in any hurry to go outside or do much of anything. 

Rosy has been extra cuddly.  I'm not sure if it's the cold or the fact that she senses life is changing for her (she's been a bit more needy for a while).  I'm so interested to see how she handles a little one joining the pack.  I think she will be protective.  It's kind of her nature to be sweet and loving.  And I think she'll lick the little one a lot!  I think licking is how she hugs.  It's so fun to think about how she'll be!!  Today, she laid with her head on my stomach for a bit.  The boy kicked her in the head a few times but no movement.  So strange to me! 
Our bathroom is one more step towards completion.  The linen cabinet and vanity were installed yesterday.  Unfortunately, the plumber got backed up with other calls yesterday so no faucet yet but that should be done by tomorrow.  I'm antsy for them to reinstall the radiator too (brrr, this weather isn't making it warm in there!).  We are also waiting on the electrician to install a few additional outlets and the fan unit.  The last thing will be the cabinet hardware and towel bars!  And I can't wait to put the final little touches together.  I've been taking photos along the way (or Ted has) so expect a Flipagram once everything is done!! 

Hope, wherever you are, you are staying warm and enjoying life! 


Friday, January 3, 2014

Remodeling

Out and about this morning in the snow and cold
There is so much going on in these parts.  Luckily, I had a snow (actually, cold!) day today so I was able to get a few things accomplished.  The biggest of which was having our bathroom cabinets and sink top delivered.  Because planning a wedding and having a baby weren't enough for my love and me, we have decided to remodel the bathroom and kitchen this year.  Really, it was necessary due to a leak in the water line going into the bathroom.  And the kitchen on our home was quite old (metal cabinets people). 

The bathroom project started just before Thanksgiving.  They took the room down to the studs and even took out some of the sub floor and installed new.  Just after the holiday, they finished the walls, floor, tub and toilet install.  But then we were in a holding pattern waiting for the cabinets and sink to arrive.  Today was the day!!  Monday should be install day.  I can't wait to have a sink again.  I can't wait to organize the space (with my Christmas gift, a label maker.... yes, I might geek out).  And this woman is certainly looking forward to not bending her 6 month along body washing her hands in the tub. 

And, we're hoping to talk on Monday about the kitchen.  That's a project that will be going to the studs too.  And we're hoping to take out most of the wall between the kitchen and dining room so we have a more open floor plan.  I can't wait to have a working kitchen again.  The one in this house hasn't really been since I moved in this past May.  As a cook and baker, it's been tough.  But it will be worth it in the end.  (Yes, that's a mantra.)

Pictures will be shared here as things are completed (or almost completed because sometimes you just can't wait!)!  


Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Year Theme

Do you pick a word to help guide your year?  I've been doing so for about the last four years.  (Here's 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010.)  I've been thinking a lot about a word for 2014.  I've brainstormed joy, challenge, growth, and happiness.  I've contemplated recycling celebrate.  I feel like the big things I know are happening in 2014 will be all of these things.  And after thinking about it a bit and reading some of what others have written about their word, I've decided to embrace "Possibility." 
Retrieved from Google Images, 1/1/14
Embracing and living possibility every day means living my best self.  It means knowing the possibilities in front of me as a wife and mother are exceptional and I need to strive to do my best.  Yes, I'll stumble.  I'll be learning how to navigate both roles.  We're never perfect.  But possibility can motivate me to move past my imperfect moments, knowing greater possibilities are ahead.  I look forward to how this word can guide my thoughts and actions.  Check back for updates!!