Tuesday, June 14, 2011


I'm in trouble. My mother in law has been flying all day and is currently on a train en route to Richmond from DC and could arrive any minute and what am I doing? Cleaning my house? No. Making dinner? No. Posting pics of our new home? Why yes, yes I am.

Geesh. And so I present to you..., my home. I don't know how to put the pics in order with the text.., so I'll just attempt to give an accurate description of each room. I didn't take a pic of the front of the house, or the entrance way for that matter. And dang it, cuz I really like the entrance way. Well, if you look at the pics at the very bottom of this post, you'll see a bright room with hardwood floors and torn wallpaper littering the floor. That's the living room and dining room. That's where we have started the renovation (can it be called "renovation" when you're just painting?). From the dining room, you walk into the kitchen which opens up to the paneled room. I love that! An open kitchen! The kitchen is tiny and there's no cupboard/countertop space, but I'll just continue to simplify and hopefully find some sort of buffet or mobile counter/storage space to use. I plan on painting the WHOLE kitchen (cupboards included) and paneled room (and fireplace) with some light colored paint. I can't wait to show you the AFTER pics!! Okay, so if you walk straight through the kitchen you go into the laundry/mud/pantry room (orange in color). This is a great room because there's a door right from the driveway! So nice! No, no garages out here in Richmond. I wish! If you follow the family/paneled room down the hall, you find a pink bathroom on your left (good thing retro is IN! I can't wait! ..and p.s. the floors aren't dirty like the pic shows), and the girls little room is on the right (pretty magnolia wall paper?). I want to take the lightest shade of pink from the flowers and paint the other two walls. And although I don't mind the curtains in this room, I will be removing ALL curtains from the house. I don't like to block ANY potential light. Continue down the hall to Cole's room in the corner (2 windows..not much else to say about this room) and then across from that room is Geof.'s office/the old Master bdrm. They added on a Master bdrm (blue carpet..also in good condition despite what the camera might tell) which is HUGE and a make-shift walk-in closet. We'll have to figure out something to do with that closet so we can fit every last article of closing to we own inside. I mean, the space is there, it's just a bit odd. And my least favorite room in the house? The master (tiny tiny) bath. I don't even think we'll use it until it's renovated. And I mean a REAL renovation. The tile, the shower, the toilet and sink..it's all gotta go.

But I'm in LOVE!! Pretty overwhelmed with what needs to be done to get out of here and into there, but happy. The space is great and flowing and I can't wait to make it ours. With patience.

Monday, June 13, 2011


June yesterday while swinging at a park, "Look! I'm swinging with my legs! That means I can wear big girl panties to bed!" (no, we're still in pull ups...)

And today while running errands she started asking me what color Cole's hair was, Dayne's, etc. And then she says, "Daddy doesn't have hair, though. He gave it to me." (completely serious!).

(not a recent pic. Christmas in DC, in fact.)

Thursday, June 2, 2011

house stuff

I've lost all motivation to clean my current home. My heart/mind is not here, but there-at the house we were SUPPOSED to close on this past Tues. Still waiting. Apparently, everything has gone through, we're approved on the loan and grant, now we're just waiting for the grant money to come in (first time home buyer grant). So, while waiting, I've thought about the many, many hours it'll take to paint her (are homes female?). Not too excited about painting. Excited about the finished product, though! I'm thinking grey/beige, pale yellows, and emerald green. Can't get that emeral green outta my head. Oh, and coral. Excited about coral.

I was brushing Dayne's teeth last night and thinking about how cute her smile was without those awkward adult teeth growing in (not even a loose tooth yet) and I snapped some pics just to remember...but those are on Geof.'s camera. We may or may not see them on here...ever.

Other interesting news? Hm...school's out in 2 weeks? I'm excited! We hope to make it out west for the month of August. Here's to hoping!

Here's a scripture that recently meant more to me than before..especially that "cheerfully" part: "Therefore, dearly beloved brethren, let us cheerfully do all things that lie in our power; and then may we stand still, with the utmost assurance, to see the salvation of God, and for his arm to be revealed." Doctrine and Covenants 123:17
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