Woah! It’s been a month since we’ve chatted here. If you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw my post about giving myself permission to go and enjoy life. Sometimes priorities shift, even just for a short period of time, and I have been soaking it up! We weren’t home for a single day over weekends until this past Sunday. It’s been awesome, and exhausting!
Just to recap a few of the things we’ve been up to:
- Went tubing a couple of times
- Mountain biking happened
- Slowly clearing out and selling odd things around the house
- Our god son’s first birthday party and a weekend visit with our good friends
- I bought a car
- I was in an accident involving my 1 day old car (I’m fine!)
- Jordan traveled to and participated in GuardianCon in Florida
- I headed to Long Beach Island, NJ with one of my besties for a girls weekend
- We drove through a monsoon in a rental car to visit friends
- Jordan experienced steaming live crabs for the first time
- We spent a day at my in-laws to see my sister-in-law who was visiting
- My office had our first Breakfast Club and I ate way too much food
- I got to spend a few great hours with old coworkers and friends I miss
- Celebrated by uncle’s birthday and saw family I haven’t seen for a few years
- Finn graduated from his beginner training class
Something else that happened in July – we hit the two year mark of owning our home.
When we bought this house we were full of excitement and fear. “Omg, this is OURS!” “Omg, can we ACTUALLY afford this?!” Those were two very normal things racing through my head at the time being a first time home buyer. But not a single day goes by that I’m not thankful we made the decision to get this little slice of a property to call our own and build our life amongst it.
Through the two years I feel I’ve started to come into my own and knowing our style. I’ve gotten good at scoping out sales and I’ve stuck to my hope of trying to be thoughtful with the things we add to this home. Working on the kitchen renovation showed me how much I think I love renovation! It gave me the confidence that maybe I do know what the heck I’m doing here.
To celebrate this two year milestone, I thought it would be fun to do a quick look back at how far this little 1,500 square foot brick rancher has come over the two years she’s been in our life. Cause a good before and after never gets old!
This space was certainly nothing special. Just a little room with a boob light and one window. But with some paint and DIY’d shelves, this room transformed into a functional workspace for two.
Two years in however, Jordan took up streaming video game and content creation and is pretty good at it. So he quickly outgrew this space and moved down stairs. We are starting to think of plans for finishing the basement and building him a studio down there, leaving me with thoughts of redoing this space as my own office / craft den.
Again, nothing special here! But paint, thoughtful furniture choices and another DIY’d shelf make this room our cozy little den to retreat to at the end of the day.
Things I would like to do in here: get a new rug, it’s looking a bit worn after two years 🙁 And new nightstands eventually.
I keep saying I’m gonna move into here! It’s just so cozy feeling. This is a great example of using what you have already. Then adding a nice piece of art, one vintage furniture piece, some new window coverings and after two coats of paint to get the color juuuuust right… it’s perfect!
This is the best example of the power of paint! This one took us much longer than expected and was a bigger headache too, but I would do it all again for this result.
I’m always on the lookout for artwork for a couple other sections of wall through here, and I’m also knocking around the idea of a runner down this stretch of wood flooring. But that’s about it!
This room didn’t need much. It was already pretty perfect! Just add furniture and cafe lights. We love having this as a second table option when we have guests over, or to come sit outside with our laptops to work. It makes it more functional for the way we live.
In the future, I would like to change the tile to match the slate in the kitchen and maybe one day getting new windows? That ugly aluminum awing’s days are already numbered, so that’s happening sooner than expected!
Now for some of the best transformations of the house so far! Our living room hasn’t changed much since moving in other than a fresh coat of paint, window treatments and placing our own furniture in a way that better utilizes the space. We haven’t bought any furniture specific for this room other than the coffee table and rug. The opening into the kitchen is what gives the whole space a new flow and feel, and the new ceiling fans make the space feel even larger!
Wha-BAM! My favorite project to date! We took two rooms that weren’t working and made them one super functional space with the help of some pros.
Other than wanting to add some crown molding above the cabinets still, we are perfectly content doing our thing in here every day and the way it all turned out. Only thing I would change is adding my pull out trash cans like I wanted, but messed up by not communicating with the contractors. It’s my own dumb fault.
Yep… that’s two years of hard work and love. While you’re in the middle of everything, it feels like you are making the slowest progress ever. But when you look back at how far you’ve come and realize everything you have accomplished, it’s an amazing feeling! Just take things day by day, and you will get there.
But you know I can’t leave well enough alone! On the docket we still have our front porch overhaul to finish. We’ve had the wood for this sitting in our sunroom since April, but the weather keeps getting the best of us. On one reallllllly hot day, we thought we would tackle this, sweat it out and get it over with. But we quickly discovered it would be harder to do than we originally thought and are now getting our minimal amount of siding redone to take care of the scalloped header on the porch. THEN we can finish boxing in the pillar as planned. We are just waiting to schedule the work with our guy, but the weather keeps sucking so he is behind as well… sigh…
With all the rain we have had this summer, it has become a bigger issue that we take care of our old shed sooner rather than later. So I’ve been shopping around and found what I think we want. More on that another time!
Early on this summer, I sketched out an idea to get our backyard a little more functional and livable for us. But yet again, we haven’t had any traction on this due to the weather, and constant running around to go visit people. Maybe next year! ps… would anyone want to come over and sledge hammer out some concrete steps with us!? Will pay in food.
I’m in full swing ordering items for our upcoming bathroom reno as I see them go on sale. We have a nice little pile growing in the basement of our supplies.
Also… because I never have enough going on in my head… Jordan and I have begun planning our basement project and how we think we want to layout the floor plan. We are in the very early stages of this, so lots more to come on this front.
There is always stuff to do! But it’s so nice having our home to relax in and wouldn’t have it any other way. I’m looking forward to August and having a little more time around this place we’ve put so much work into. Finn needs more cuddles anyway.
Last modified: August 2, 2018