Monday, January 26, 2015

Starting Again...

I think that was my title when I first started this blog a couple years ago. Here we are again, last year was hard keeping up and this year I have had plenty of time but not much to say...That and all I (we) have done is sit in bed sick with the flu.

We started the year out by grocery shopping for our new healthy lifestyle, swearing off soda, and exercising. By January 6th I was so dizzy I couldn't sit up in bed. Of course this was suppose to be an amazing week for us, had a babysitter and a plan to celebrate our 10th anniversary and instead I end up in urgent care :/

Well unintentionally it has helped me jump start my diet although I haven't been able to work out and I'm just getting back to running. My running partner is so understanding but I feel bad that I can only make it 2 slower miles and then have to walk a bit and by mile 3 I'm in a coughing fit, dizzy, and ready for bed. Today though I did much better, on my own and still slower but I made it 2.1 miles (really it is an accomplishment) and no coughing, dizzy, or exhaustion.

My poor husband had been well the first 2 weeks that the kids and I were down but last week he was sick with the flu and yesterday ended up with pink both eyes :/ I don't like wishing time away but I am ready for January to be over. I have a great friend who dropped by with some essential oils to try and help him recover and test them out. I'm excited to see how they work.

I will try to get back on sooner rather than later and update about some of the house projects we did last year that even after promising never posted. And I will keep you updated about our progress on getting healthier in all aspects of our life.

My first goal is to get back down to what I was in the picture above. I had gained quite a bit of weight in college started working loading packages at UPS and dropped about half of it only to gain it back plus more after marriage and children. So far I am down 8 lbs and have 29 lbs to go for my first goal/evaluation. I may decide to go another 10 after that but it depends on how I feel and look at that time. If you use add me as your friend, I would love the motivation!

Friday, September 26, 2014

8 months...

I am sorry that have been away for the last 8 months, it wasn't that I didn't have anything to say but my plate was overwhelmed. I can't say it has settled down any either but it seems a little more manageable for today. The next few posts will be a catch up of what I missed hashing out but for now here is a summary of a few of the things that have consumed my time during my hiatus.


This is where it really began, becoming more "social." We had kind of alienated our friends trying to catch up on projects around the house so we helped plan a bowling party for the morning and in the evening had everyone over for pizza and games. It would also be the start to a new chapter in our lives. See the pizza and games was more of a birthday party for a college student, so weird to type that as he is now family to us, that moved in the next day.

Now if you have ever had a roommate you know there is that awkward time of getting to know and figuring out how to co-exist with them. I have had roommates and when my husband and I got married went through this too, while it was a little bit of an adjustment, this new member of our family has been a blessing in our lives. My boys look up to him, my husband has a guy to talk to and hang out with, and I when I get stressed he helps with the kids or helps us all laugh. (Its a good thing I know he won't read this because I don't want him getting a big head.)

With having another adult in the house several changes had to be made, I'm sure you can think of quite a few but one of the things was storage. I was the only ones that could tell you where things were but it still took us quite a while to find what we were looking for...especially spices in our kitchen. We have tried spice racks, drawers, getting rid of spices but we truly go through so many when we cook that we needed a solution.

Our pantry is long and narrow with a lot of wall space so we decided to make a niche.

Several doubted that we needed it to be as big as it ended up but we have filled it up completely with what was already in our stash without having duplicates. It wasn't as simple as we thought it would be either. After we cut the hole we realized that that section was the return air for our bedroom upstairs...oops.

We had to think and consult on this one, but we finally figured out we had to keep the same amount of airflow but we could redirect it around the niche by cutting a hole in the stud above and below it.

Bead-board was used for the backing. And then my husband put together the frame. He also made it with adjustable shelves which has been perfect.

Really the longest part of this project was painting...after the whole have to consult about the return air :/

I love being able to see what we have and finding it quickly. Everything has been alphabetized and for the smaller jars if there is a duplicate they can fit behind the first.

Like all of our projects we still have to finish something, in this case it is trimming it out.

March - future post
Family Birthday parties
Pictures for friends
Planning and starting bathroom remodel
Newest Member ended up having surgery :(

First Lost Tooth
Learning more about football
Making 1/2 Bath into a 3/4 bathroom

Graduation Parties
First Official Half Marathon

When copper goes bad - yes it really does
- redoing finished bathroom remodel because upstairs copper corroded...
Camp Counselor
Annual Canoe trip/Death of phone

Power Outages
Birthdays and Reunions
Planning of Playroom remodel

Playroom/office/classroom remodel
Football galore
Start of School

Flash Flood/redoing Playroom/office/classroom remodel :/
- see a theme?
Training for a 2nd Half Marathon
Finding the voice to just say no

I am not sure I look forward to remembering everything that has happened this summer but I am sure we will be able to start laughing at quite a few things and how absolutely absurd they happened.

Until next time...take care!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Organizing and Cleaning

Organization is a Huge part of my life, although you may not have been able to tell the last 3 years. Since moving into this house our life has been one project after another which means moving stuff from one room to another... This was one of the major things I have missed about our old house, I mean we had projects but it was a new construction house and really it was minor things we were doing (replacing linoleum with tile, painting, putting in a fence, etc)

This house on the other hand is major renovation, complete gut of kitchen, adding in a closet to the office so everything had to be moved out of the nook, bathroom remodels (future) so nothing stays in one spot for long. This is the year that we are going to change. We bought these gray tubs a few months ago at Target for under $4/tub but they wouldn't fit on our existing metal shelving so we decided to build something that would fit our needs in the unfinished area of the basement.

Our storage area is not always this bad looking but remodeling the family room meant most of our stuff ended up here.

We used 2x4s and OSB. This was not an easy task because we had limited room, it was built in place without moving most of the stuff out. After seeing how nice it turned out I decided to move the cheap plastic shelves designated for garage sale stuff out and wrap the shelving around on the wall. We ran into one glitch though... our hot water heater decided to die. Of course it was the day before record lows and snow. It was a late night but several attempts to repair we ended up getting a new one. Since it was a Saturday night and bad weather we ended up installing it ourselves with the help of my dad by phone. It works, no leaks, and already seems to be better than the old.

Now to building more shelving, just remember that we were working with the old hot water heater still in the way. Actually I am standing by it taking the picture below.

 This time we made a few changes (there was a week break) instead of just screwing the boards we used pocket screws and a laser level proved again to be our best friend. Also instead of me having to hold all the weight while my husband drilled we used clamps on one side to help hold the boards in place so I wasn't shaking each shelf as bad. Now we are trying to decide if we should build more and make it a U shape or try to make everything fit on the current and move our exercising stuff back to this area as well, which is what I prefer.

Since it was a 3 day weekend we did a project a day. Saturday was the shelves, Sunday cleaning the garage/ raking leaves so we could fit the trailer in our backyard again. It was a MASSIVE amount of leaves especially since I had mowed all the leaves right after most fell.
That pile is literally what was in our driveway in front of our garage and next to the fence. I don't even want to think about the yard.

While cleaning out the garage we decided we should finally use some of the wood we bought a while back for a bookcase but since we already bought shelving because I didn't think we would get to it (had the wood for 2 years) we needed a new idea. We decided on a bookshelf anyway but not for the original intended child and now we are thinking about making it to go beside our oldest child's bed. We don't have nightstands in their rooms so this would make a perfect place to put a little lamp and his water at night. His books will be next to his bed, loves to read until he falls asleep, and plan to put in dividers on the lower shelf for baskets or whatever. I am looking forward to having a place to put stuffed animals. We are thinking about building two, one for each side of his bed but we will have to see how the first one turns out.

Here is a sneak preview before it was painted (black) well it is still in the painting stage but I'll have a more detailed post later. Right now it is time for bed!