We're officially homeowners again! I wanted to document it on this little journal space of mine... something I never want to forget are these huge milestones of ours. God is good and faithful and we feel blessed to be trusted to be the owners of such a beautiful space to call our own. I really can't believe it. More pics coming soon!
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Monday, February 3, 2014
13 weeks. The 2nd trimester. We have finally arrived. It feels like it was years ago that I found out I was pregnant. And yet each week seems to be going by very fast. My doctor switched up my due date from the original date of July 31st date to August 9th. Which is probably more accurate since Eden 9 days late ;) So maybe I will have an "on time" baby this time!
I am finally Zofran-free and feeling so much better. The days of 24/7 nausea and not consuming anything other than carbs are over. This pregnancy is different, though, and I find that God is doing that to me in His sense of humor to probably prepare me for a completely different child than Eden, ha! I have felt since day 1 that this baby is a boy. And the only thing I want to eat this pregnancy are things that are horrible for you or salty which is the complete opposite of my pregnancy with Eden, which I craved pineapples, carrot juice and lemonade.
It is such a gift to carry a baby again. It's something I don't take for granted. People always comment that I seem happy when I'm pregnant. I don't know what it is about carrying a child but what is there not to be happy about? I mean, it is a miracle literally right in front of you for you to feel and the world to see. And yes, feel. I've been feeling flutters for about a week and it's so amazing. Just as amazing the second time.
Friday, January 24, 2014
Well we, like everyone else in America it seems, got slammed with bad colds this week. Joshua had to take a few extra days off of work because he got it the worst, and then I followed suit and so did our little E. Sometimes it's nice getting sick, though. It makes you slow down. We spent this past week laying low, watching movies, eating longer than normal meals, and just being together. When we finally got a little bit of energy back, we went on some nice, long walks and spent some time across the street at our neighborhood park just basking in the 70 degree (ahhh!) sunshine. On Wednesday, we had a doctor appointment to check in on our little one and we were blessed to hear the sweet sound of that strong, fast heartbeat. It is still just as incredible the second time around. What a gift. Here are some pictures from our week. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
^^ Kicking tennis balls around at the park with Daddy & Hartley
^^ Fun way to eat lunch
^^ Trip to the mall after my doctor appointment
^^ On the swings together
^^ Practicing feeding her baby doll a bottle
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Cabinets were installed late last week and we are loving what we are seeing so far. It is really hard to design a home based strictly on your imagination, and right now we are really happy with our choices. We are planning on painting the kitchen a shade of grey ("Grey Owl" by Benjamin Moore) that is a little darker than the living room color ("Moonshine" by Benjamin Moore). Once we get some color on the walls, the color is really going to pop! I love the look of white cabinets and thick, white trim, blinds and molding against a great wall color (like this, swoon!). We opted out of handles on the cabinets to save money and will install them down the road ourselves. I am SO glad we did white cabinets (thank you friends, you know who you are, that helped us decide!). So far, our home is bright, airy, and has a ton of natural lighting. My least favorite thing about our last home was the lack of natural lighting and the floor plan, two things that are completely different about this home.
We have had a really easy experience with this home build so far. It's a track home in a master-planned community and even though there are so many other homes being built, we really have been taken care of just like it was a custom-build. There were a few minor things that happened but nothing that was the builder's fault or that held up our construction. No horror stories here! The house is being completed on time and everything has been done as communicated. We feel so blessed to have sold our last house so fast and that this dream has become a reality.
Sunday, January 12, 2014
I'm so disappointed that I didn't document the house build on the blog as much as I wanted to! Only a few weeks after we broke ground, I found out we were expecting and then came Thanksgiving week and a trip out of town, and then full-blown morning sickness, and then the holidays, phew! We still have gone over to see the house a few times a week. We take pictures every time and I'm so thankful how much we have documented it in photos because I can't wait to show our kids one day. It's kind of addicting currently living so close to the house build-- we like to take our evening walks over there and check out what is new. Now that we are down to the last couple of weeks, almost every day feels like Christmas! Now we are getting into the fun details like cabinets, light fixtures and very soon, appliances. Here are some new, updated pictures since my last post in October. We are closing on Valentine's Day, even though the house is slated to be completely finished in just 2.5 weeks. Torture!
Our biggest praise report so far in the building process, besides how insanely smooth it has gone, has been our neighbors. We prayed that God would bring us good ones, and that they would build one-story houses that didn't block our upstairs view of the valley. Two weeks after we decided to build, both lots on each side sold and they were both one-story houses and both owners are retired. We couldn't be more thankful for such a simple, answered prayer!
Below are some exterior and interior photos. A lot has been done in the last 4 weeks, specifically.
- house was completely stuccoed (it's done twice over a period of a few days)
- driveway and sidewalk poured
- painted on the outside (we did the Mediterranean palette, soft shade of cream and light brown trim -- shutters, which are a mocha shade, have yet to be put on the exterior of the house by the top windows; front door will also be painted that color)
- side walls put in (still waiting on double-gate)
- baseboards installed (we opted for the thickest ones available and they are, by far, one of my most favorite features of the house)
- stairway railing created
- interior paint finished (we just stuck with white so that we didn't impulsively paint the entire house one color; we are planning on painting during the time in-between closing on the house and finishing out the 2 weeks on our rental. This saved us a huge chunk of $ that we just weren't willing to pay, yikes!).
The carpenter was just in yesterday installing the cabinets so I will do a tour of those tomorrow!