It’s Been TOO LONG!!

HOLLA!!!

Man, it has been way too long since I have written a post! Things have been a little nutso around here, but I am committing to getting back to the blog at least once a week. Yay!

In this post I’m going to catch you up on everything that has happened over the last few weeks!

Living Room

House Update:

My heart’s desire is to update and make Memaw’s house our home with meaningful, memorable touches throughout. It is so important to me to respect and honor the memories we have here while making the necessary repairs {due to age, water damage etc} changes, updates and improvements to better suit our family’s needs. Over the last year we have gotten the house re-plumbed, re-wired, foundation repaired and new windows were just installed. They are so pretty!

We have been working with a wonderful contractor over the past several months to get a plan in place. One thing we were desperately lacking was storage. Other things that needed to be finished were flooring, trim, updated cabinetry etc. Since we are expanding the kitchen {hooray!} the kitchen cabinets needed to be replaced. I was okay with this since the doors wouldn’t stay shut properly and the configuration just needed to be reworked. The fabulous copper hardware that I refurbished a couple of years ago is going to be re-used in the new laundry room. The utility (laundry) room had no closed storage…just open shelving that made my OCD freak out every time I walked into the room and saw the mess on the shelves. Haha!

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{New Window & Shiplap!}

The overall plan is to finish updating the existing house, build a two story addition on the end {master bedroom, master bath with an office and play room/school room upstairs}, build a new front porch, update the exterior of the house and complete landscaping. It’s going to take time, but hopefully we will be done with it later this year! I’m so excited!

In mid-January we cleaned out and packed up the utility room, kitchen and den to get those rooms completed first. We are headed into week 4 without a kitchen or washer/dryer. It’s interesting, but we are surviving. Thank the Lord for an Instant Pot, Crockpot, blender and griddle. Ha! Since Mom and Dad live next door, laundry isn’t too difficult to do once a week. The opening from the dining room into the den and from the hall into the den are covered with plastic.

I think paint and flooring is on the schedule for this week. I’m super excited to see everything come together! Here are some renderings to give you an idea of what direction we are going…our own Fixer Upper style. 😉
Kitchen Laundry Room

Kiddo Update:

Ridley is doing really well in first grade. We are done with Science this year and we are finishing History this week. He is doing a great job at Spelling, Phonics, Reading, Handwriting and Math. It is really a highlight of my day to put aside other distractions {like my phone!} and focus on him. It is exhilarating to listen to him read. I’m just in awe! :)

Ridley's Birthday

Cameron is finally potty trained!! Whoop whoop! He loves playing with trains and rough-housing with Daddy.

Nora has just fit into our family routines so well. She is pure joy. She’s been sleeping 8-9 hours a night for which I am SO grateful. She will be four months old this week. She just started rolling from her back to her tummy and she is just all smiles. She is absolutely loved by her brothers.

Baby Girl

Everything is going well. We are in a pretty good rhythm of life, all praise to God!

I hope you’ve enjoyed catching up! :)  I will write again soon.

XOXO

Myra

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  1. Lanita Anderson says

    Hey Myra – it was great to catch up on you and your family and hear about all of the exciting plans for your home! Wow! Can’t wait to see the updates and the transformation! Blessings to you….

  2. says

    Wow, what a year 2015 was for your family–and now 2016 is shaping up to be so wonderful! I am so glad and proud for you. May you be blessed as you continue to make your precious grandmother’s house your family home!
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  3. Grace says

    We remodeled our kitchen three years ago and it was one of the best decisions ever—totally worth all the headaches. I hope you love your island as much as I love mine—space for cookie baking, play dough, school work, coloring while listening to audiobooks on long winter afternoons. Oh I love mine!

    One thought, though. You might want to exchange those stools for some with backs. Kids have a way of flipping off the back—when I was looking on Craigslist for my new island stools I ran across a number of people selling theirs for that exact reason. I was able to find three matching used Pottery Barn stools with backs for $175 total! They not only have a back, but they are heavy enough not to tip over easily.

  4. Crystal says

    Glad to hear the updates in your life. The kids are super cute!! I can’t wait to see all the updates to your house. By the way, I don’t like open shelving either. I like to be able to close the doors and not have everyone see everything. Good catching up with you. Have a great weekend!!

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