05
Sep
16

Most grueling home project?

^^ ? This may have been it. It was either late in 2004 or 2005 and we redid the massive master bathroom. I’m standing in it now and it is about 4.5′ x 8.5′. That means pre-Reno, it was 3.5′ x 8.5′. A full bathroom. We knocked down the wall to intrude into the master bedroom one foot so someone could brush her teeth and someone else could squeeze by to get in the shower, for example. Not asking much! The shower was gross-gross and just couldn’t get clean no matter how hard we (mom and I, yes) scrubbed those white rubber non-slip things on the pink crumbling tiles. We lived with it for a couple years though til we were ready. I have l-o-v-E-d this shower. The niche before those were done. And I didn’t even take a pic of cool triangle seat Don dreamed up… And we had to figured out how to tile. 

(Here I am brushing my teeth at 1am before our last sleep here!!!!) Tiling this baby was so so so hard though. By the time we took this on, We had completed many tiling projects … Probably 6 separate ones if I’m right so we were pretty confident but this was another thing. The tiny tiles in sheets just move and move. Then grouting literally took a week and a half of every night until so late after work plus a weekend. We thought it would never end. It was also over our anniversary night. Christmas time, chilly, we jacked up the music every night and went to town on the thing. Plugged away little by little. I’m so glad we did it. I’m glad we got the frameless glass and everything. In the middle of it, our house was actually robbed. Like really robbed. We had some major tools in our bedroom but these were weirdos only interested in CDs (our 300+ shuffler – those days we still had that) and other electronics. Plus milk and olive oil and the har of change, trashing our closets etc. looking for valuables we did not own. Leaving the $300 drill etc lying there. Anyway! We were protected! And could keep the projects going after that! We have loved our tiny master bath with one sink and will be a little sad not to be in quite such close quarters with my baby. I don’t need much getting ready space. 😉  See?

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05
Sep
16

Last sleep for us here!

We will be back to get stuff packed for storage and ready for demo sale but we are going to sleep at Don’s parents tomorrow!! Sadness and joy and thankfulness abound. 

01
Sep
16

Readers

Same room as detailed below… sharing a moment of love between my kids, who have a gift from GOD of loving to read. Just the other morning. 😢

The Lord your God is with you, [insert name] He is might to save. He will take great delight in you. He will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing. – Zephaniah 3:17

^I remember working and working on those words as a vinyl to be affixed to the wall that you faintly see above. I sent layouts to V and mom and pretty much just chose the one that I liked. Don loves when I do that! They have stayed for all the years [aside: it got a fun Asian facelift after a nap time  peeling of the Zeker: “take great delight I yo.”] and been a spiritual blessing over each child’s bed. We’ve added great voice inflections and motions. We say it over them before bed and during sleep. 

He loves you. Me. He doesn’t love us broken or in pieces as we do to him or each other. His love is beyond hopes and belief, truly perfect. I can’t say that I get it. Sorry this became a sermon. If you are reading, go and listen to this song right now. For you!

You don’t give Your heart in pieces

You don’t hide Yourself to tease us
Your love’s not fractured

It’s not a troubled mind

It isn’t anxious, it’s not the restless kind

Your love’s not passive

It’s never disengaged

It’s always present

It hangs on every word we say

Love keeps its promises, it keeps its word

It honors what’s sacred, cause its vows are good

Your love’s not broken

It’s not insecure

Your love’s not selfish, Your love is pure

01
Sep
16

Babies

I am trying my hardest to avoid posting photos of all the little kid and baby things with which we are parting. When you renovate your house for four years the. Bring all your new babies home to it, you have All. the. stuff. You just SO need. I thought we had done this and I’d cried my tears but as I’ve gone deep, I’ve discovered more and more still here. A doll stroller, dump truck with blocks, baby Bjorn, the softest blankets from loving family and friends. Enough. I know others are using and enjoying these things! So here is one I’ll share: the diaper bag workhorse. I loved this thing because it actually lasted through all three kids, was not girly or designer and was super functional so much so that I didn’t carry a purse for about 8 years. We’re saying bye to it beside pics of the babes each at one year old. 💙💚💜 

And here’s a set of books they magically found and had to plead not to get rid of all of a sudden….

While I’m at it, let me just say I LOVED the purple of this room which was the joy t creative central office for four years, then the baby T room! We never knew boy-or-girl with any of our children so the muted purple with black and white animals, curtains, crib bedding, etc was perrrrr fect. Thanks to our personal seamstress, DIDI! It turns out no one likes black and white for babies, at least in 2007, so she did it all. She taught me how to sew pillows and hem things then I would forget in about 3 days so, mom, you cannot go anywhere. Ok, for just a few more reasons than that. 

23
Aug
16

The opening


One of the first things we did after we bought the house was make this opening between the den in the living room. [We have been packing so I’m sorry about the mess and all these pictures. A few people can attest to the fact that our house really has been clean a few times over the years!] we did it before we moved in. The den totally felt like a porch with a linoleum floor, A crumbling fireplace, and western style swinging doors! Maybe it was more of a saloon! I think I’m close to hopefully finding some pictures of our house and its original state which I will add of course. But we had great fun a couple of late, late nights taking sledgehammers and booted feet and busting through this wall. There’s nothing quite like DIY demo and we got to do it several times in this house… For the greater good of it! We have such wonderful memories of working on the house late into the night after we got home from our jobs and hopefully I’ll share more of those. They usually involved music, a few heated discussions, and at least one trip to the Sidney Marcus Home Depot which at that glorious time, had a Fuddruckers inside it that was open late at night. And some ways, those were the days. 💜

23
Aug
16

My hubby is thoughtful

Don’s mind works so differently than mine. And for purposes of creating a house or just about anything together, it works so well. He has an idea but doesn’t go with it. He takes time. He mulls it. He schemes it. He brands it. He dreams it (literally many times). He thinks it to death. Until it’s so much better than it was at first. I learned long ago to not panic, nor to shoot down but to nod my head and smile when he has a first “great “idea because I know a better one is coming from that one! Our house is full of examples of his genius. The following examples are just things that WAY bothered us and things we highly preferred and got excited about. No judgement here and to each of us… Our own quirks! 

Function of space is a way to my heart and he knows that. Give me space for a purpose. He built cabinets that don’t hang on the wall, but that sink deep into the wall for hidden space. I have yet to see that on hgtv which is much about eye candy, but hasn’t caught up with function. Tiny houses are getting there! He built drawers underneath sinks that nest around the plumbing so your junk isn’t constantly knocking up against those annoying, awkward shapes. And they glide so smoooothly. I fell more in love with him that day. He used sink dish brush holders for our toothbrushes in a tilt out drawer so they don’t have to be in those ugly toothbrush holders out on the counter. Forgive me but they are just a peeve of my own. 

^See the drawer around the plumbing? And there’s another huge one under that. I dare others to post pics of insides of bathroom drawers. This is pretty bo-ring. 

And… He found this. 


Aaahhh… Plug strips for underneath cabinets so the backsplash doesn’t have to be interrupted by white plastic rectangles! Finally! A continuous backsplash for once! I drove across town to an electrical supply store after having ordered these and was so happy. 

I love this thoughtful side of My hubby and hope our builder has half the genius and willingness toward these (exact, please!) things!

18
Aug
16

Of the Grecian isles


Oh to have the printed photos of our house when we first bought it. It was 2002 but felt as if you stepped into the 1960s. It was built in 1958 and if anything was changed since then, we weren’t sure what it was. I have come across one of those little folders of photos that holds a stack of 4×6 pics (remember those?) of the house in its original state … The “look at what we bought” party where many friends came to smile and nod and leave shaking their heads saying “what did they do?!” …. And the demolition of the various inside areas we renovated. So THIS wall. So plain and beautiful. It once was an homage to the Greek Isles, complete with statues of goddesses. A mural, In wallpaper of course. You’ll have to envision. Such a focal point. 💜💜 I think the light fixtures incorporated wicker in some way. 

Many friends were at that “before ” party we called it. I guess we should have another one of those?  🙂 




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