The Wedding

Life has been a whirlwind lately. We have been so crazy busy with all of this house stuff that we don’t have time for anything else. And that’s okay. It’s just a season and soon, things will be back to normal. I can’t wait for normal :)

We officially closed on our old house and are now back to owning only one house. That feels good. For a while I kept asking myself if I should feel sad that the house is no longer ours but actually I just feel relieved. Relieved that we only have one property to take care of. Relieved that that step is now behind us and we can move forward. We loved our old house. But we are on to the next!! Currently, we are still working on renovations in our new house and so we are staying at my parents house. They were out of town anyway so it worked out good. We are working hard to get everything done so we can move in and boy are we excited!! It’s all turning out so cute! I can’t wait to share it with you.

In the middle of all this moving and remodeling, we attended a wedding. My little brother’s wedding. In Oregon. It was hard to take a break from all the stuff here but it was also really good to get away. Plus, I was so thrilled to witness my brother get married! I’m so happy for them both.

I have a million blog posts piling up about our new and old house but I haven’t had a chance to write them yet or to even get my thoughts in order. So instead, I will fill you in on my little vacation to Oregon.

Not only did I get to be in Oregon for the wedding, I also got to go to Idaho for my grandparent’s 60 wedding anniversary celebration and my grandma’s 80th birthday party. Whew! This trip was all about celebrations and parties! After leaving Tennessee, I flew into Boise and spent a few days there before heading to Oregon. I didn’t Instagram in Idaho very much, I mostly used my camera for the anniversary party so maybe I will do a separate post for that. Anyway, from the top left… 1. We of course made several trips to Starbucks and it was the first time I have been in one that had their university colors painted on the walls. See those blue walls? Yep, Boise State. It was still cool though :) 2. On our drive from Boise to Albany. It’s about a 9 hour drive. I rode with my parents and we had a good time. Especially because we hadn’t seen each other in 3 weeks so we had a lot of catching up to do. 3 & 4. Once we got to Oregon, Brett and my Dad built and arbor for the wedding. I helped a bit but my job was mostly to hang out. I know weddings can be a busy time and I wanted to spend as much time as possible with my brother. The arbor turned out awesome and we started calling it amour arbor (you have to say it with a french accent to make it funny). Ya, we’re weird like that :)

My Dad and I also managed to sneak a run in there early one morning (it was still dark which is why we had lights). I love running with my Dad. He is the one that got me started. The only problem was it was freezing. Literally. I hadn’t planned very well and only brought shorts and tank top so I had to borrow a sweatshirt. I guess I was still on Tennessee weather :)

I have the cutest niece and nephews. This is Oliver and he is four. He is going to be Wyatt Earp for Halloween and wanted to show me his cowboy hat. I love the mismatched pajamas mixed with mismatched boots, hat and vest. That boy knows how to dress!

1. This is how my niece and nephew watch shows. All on the couch with the laptop propped on a chair. It’s the one time that the house is quiet and they are all occupied :) 2. Jason just came straight to Oregon and skipped the Idaho part. So picking him up from the airport was a real treat. 3. Jill’s calendar displayed in her bedroom. I thought it was so cute. 4. The two of us heading to the wedding.

1. Me and my new sister! 2. Isn’t she beautiful?! 3. My lovely Mother and me 4. Because I love self portraits… And a little side note, have I ever told you that I have a streak of white hair? You can see it in this photo (on the left side in the front) and I have had it since my early 20’s. I used to not like it but now I think it’s cool :)

1. Brett and Jill had a “first look”. If you don’t know what that is, it’s where the bride and groom see each other for the first time before the wedding and get to spend a bit of time together. Brett is waiting at the bottom of the path and Jill is preparing to go to him with her maid of honor, her sister, beside her. 2. Brett and Jill had their special moment while we all watched from above.These are all of the bridesmaids watching. 3. My little niece. She looked adorable. She wasn’t the flower girl for those of you wondering. 4. My parents. They looked awesome. And check out my Mom’s shoes!

1. My older brother (Josh) and my younger brother. Josh was one of the groomsmen. They looked so cute in their bow ties. 2. Josh and my Mom in mid conversation. I love this pic. 3. We got to see a bunch of old friends that we miss dearly. This is Jason with our friend Curt. 4. Me and my Lindsey. I miss her so much!

1. The actual event! They wanted to go a little less traditional so a tent structure was set up in the middle of the sanctuary with twinkle lights and then tables with the guests surrounded the tent. Then Jill entered through the stage and walked through the amour arbor. It was really cool. This photo is Brett and the pastor waiting for the attendants. 2. The family members and attendants were in chairs along the sides of the tent. My view is taken through the groomsmen. This is during the ceremony when the parents prayed with the bride and groom. 3. The bride and groom. 4. My little niece got a bit bored :)

1. Dancing. Almost everyone got into it. Even my brother and my niece. 2. The getaway. 3. More of the getaway with the bubbles in the air. 4. Another self portrait. I really can’t help myself. It’s a sickness :)

That pretty much sums up our trip. We had such a great time with our families and were so blessed to have gotten to be a part of it. We loved our vacation, but it feels good to be home too :)

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The Club House

Well, the last time I blogged I was still talking about our current house. Soon that will change and it will be called our previous house. That still seems strange to me :)

Today, I would like to tell you about our new adventure and show you photos of our new home. So, the big news first, our current house is under contract and we should be moving at the end of the month! Yay for us! Our house was only on the market for a week before we got an offer. Praise the Lord, I know it was His handiwork! The inspections have been done and everything is moving right along. In the mean time, the house is getting emptier and emptier. Why, you may ask, if we haven’t moved yet? Let me tell you…

I have been feeling for quite some time the need to downsize. At first even I thought it was a crazy idea. We LOVE our house. Why would we want to move? There are actually many other factors that were a part of our decision but it would make for a really long blog post so that is just the basic idea. We want to downsize and have less to take care of. Less maintenance, less cleaning. So, for this whole year I have been praying about it. And along the way, Jason caught the vision too. At first, we were really thinking that it would happen sometime next year. After we finished some of the projects we started (like my windows) and after we fixed some things that needed to be fixed. But then, the right house came along and it put everything onto the fast track.

We found our new house on a whim. But it struck a chord with us and even though we were nowhere near ready to move we decided to go look at it. We found out that it was a HUD home and there was only a week to place a bid on it. A week. Crazy. But we prayed about it. And we really felt like we were supposed to do all that we could to get this house. Let me tell you, it seriously was a miracle that we even got the bid! We closed on the house quickly and have already owned it for about a month. Miracle number one, placing a bid on the new home… done. Miracle number two, having our bid accepted because we put in a low offer… done. Miracle number three, putting our house on the market and selling it… done. Isn’t God amazing?!

So that accounts for all the frenzy of crazy work to put our house on the market. We had already bought the new house and we still needed to list ours. Remember how I said we were giving ourselves a year to get everything done before we even thought of selling? Ya, well, we ended up doing it all in less than two weeks. Two weeks of waking up at 6 am and working until midnight every day. But it was worth it!

Okay, so now is where it really gets crazy. At least I’m pretty sure most of you will think we are just a bit crazy. But first I would like to say that we are super thrilled and we can’t wait to see how God will use this new home in our lives. Remember I said we are downsizing? Our current home is about 2100 square feet plus an unfinished basement plus a two car garage. We have 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and office, yada, yada, yada. We have some space. Our new home is 800 square feet (794 to be exact). For reals. Two bedrooms, one bath, no garage. At first I wasn’t sure I could do it. I mean, that’s pretty small. But it was confirmed to us in so many ways that now I can’t imagine continuing to live where we currently do. Not that there is anything wrong with living how we do now, it’s just that this is the next step for us and it feels right. I know there will be challenges, but we are ready to take them on!

Well, are you ready for a tour?! Let’s go!!

I actually forgot to take a photo of the outside so I had to snag this one off the internet. It’s a super cute little cottage. A little spiffing up and the outside will be just peachy. I will be doing some painting outside and we will be adding some grass and some more landscaping :)

When you walk in the front door, you enter into the living room. This is the right side of the room. There are so many things I’m going to do to this little house. I can’t wait!!

This is still in the living room, facing the left side. You can see the kitchen, dining room, and living room all flow together. Because the house is so small, I like it that way. It feels larger than it would if there were walls everywhere.

The kitchen. Again, lots of plans for this space! And do you see all of the windows? I am in love! I took these photos before we had even placed a bid on the house. My parents and our realtor were there with us.

This is just off the kitchen (where my Dad, in the red shirt, was standing in the previous photo). The refrigerator is in this little space and we are going to get a counter depth fridge so it doesn’t stick out. I love this little mud room. Tiny but oh, so cute!

Standing in the kitchen, facing the living room. I love the floors.

Off to the bedrooms. More wood floors that I love. Both bedrooms are exactly the same size. We have decided to use the bedroom on the right for us because of the closet…

This closet has bi-fold doors. It’s a tiny closet, I want as much access to it as I can get!

In the second bedroom, there is just a standard door which makes the closet harder to use. Someday we would really like to have built in closets to maximize our space.

This is the tiny little hallway. I’m standing in the first bedroom, looking toward the second. The bathroom is on the right.

The bathroom. Again, big plans for this space, I can’t wait to see it come together!

Behind the door in the other photo is the bath cabinet. Not too convenient. Don’t worry, we have big plans here too :)

The only other part you didn’t get to see is there is an unfinished basement. It’s really tiny, pretty much the cutest little basement ever :) It has hookups for a washer and dryer and some space for storage. But, there was no power on when we took these photos and it’s pretty hard to take a photo in a basement with no light.

That completes our tour! What do you think? We love our little Club house :) Why do we call it our Club house? Because it’s on Club drive and because it’s about the size of a club house. Haha!

Renovations have already started and now it looks a lot worse than when we bought it. But soon, it will look much better. We are thrilled.

Because our new home is so small, I am letting go of over half of what we own. Seriously. At first I thought it would be really hard (like when I threw away almost all of my scrapbooks) but actually, it’s been very freeing. To get rid of stuff and not have so much has been good for me. I’m very thankful!

Tomorrow and Saturday I am having a garage sale to finish purging our big house. I’m not kidding, when you see what is actually left in the house you would be amazed. Most of the things you have seen in my house are going, going, gone. If you live in the area and want to come to the sale, let me know. Send me an email and I will be happy to send you our address.

There are a few more posts I have to show you to finish up things at the big house and then we will move on to the Club house. A little scary? Yes. But also good :)

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Changes To The Master Bath

Isn’t painting something so satisfying?! The before and after that new paint makes me giddy just thinking about it. Ya, I’m weird like that but it’s true :) I have been wanting to paint in my master bath since we bought the house 6 years ago and just never got around to it. I don’t know why. There just always seemed to be other projects to do instead. But, as this is how it always goes, since we decided to sell the house, I figured it was about time. And, as with most projects of this nature, I wish I had done it ages ago :)

Most of the woodwork in our house was painted before we moved in. There were only a few exceptions and one of them was the master bath. Seriously, it looks better in photos than it did in real life as the wood needed to be either refinished or painted. Plus, it had kind of an orange cast to it which isn’t really my favorite color of wood. Then, to top it off, the tile in the master has an orange cast as well. It just made the whole bathroom look outdated. But a little bit of paint really transformed it! Sweet! Here is the before:

I couldn’t find a better before so this one will have to do. But you can see what color all of the trim, doors, and window were with the exception of the crown molding. So, I got to work!

It looks like a new cabinet!! I seriously wish I would have done this a long time ago!! Procrastination stinks!!

The linen closet door is now crisp and white too :)

And the window might actually be my favorite part. Everything feels fresh to me now.

Another testimony to the power of paint!! Yay for simple fixes!

The paint I chose is actually not bright white. Since the rest of the room is brown tones I chose Creamy by Sherwin Williams. In the room it looks white but it has more yellow in it so it looks nice with the tile and walls.

Another project down… a million to go :)

Happy weekend!!

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New Doors For An Old Cabinet

Before we made the decision to sell our house, I was working on a project with my Dad for our guest bathroom. Then, when we decided to sell, I quickly finished up the project and it looks so nice I wish I would have done it ages ago!

In our guest bathroom, we had an ugly vanity. I mean, nasty. See, the previous owners had taken the old cabinet doors and filled the groves sloppily in with putty and then painted them with glossy paint. It has always bugged me. I always just thought we would need to replace the whole cabinet but then I got to thinking that maybe just the doors would need to be replaced. That’s where my Dad comes in. He was a cabinet maker for 30+ years so he knows what he’s doing and I knew I needed his help :)

Want to see the before? Ya, I bet you do:

Can’t tell so much from a distance but up close is where the fun starts. And the missing knob? Not so great :)

Can you see those lines? They were all groves filled in. Not a very good idea. Plus there are paint drips like you wouldn’t believe!

And even closer… Gross! Plus the glossy paint made everything show up even more. Time to do away with these little guys and on to something better.

First, my Dad measured it for me and we made a plan and figured out what sizes we needed.

Next, I ran the boards that we were going to use through the planer. It helps cut down on sanding later and I am all about that! I hate sanding. Always have. Anyone with me on this?!

After my Dad cut the pieces to the desired lengths, he ran them through the table saw with two blades to make a groove.

See the groove? This is what will hold the middle panel in place.

Next, he ran the sides through to create grooves so the side pieces would fit together. I’m not able to get real technical here since I had no idea what we were doing, I was just following the master, documenting it all :)

Once everything was cut, we started assembling using some wood glue.

And then we clamped them and let the glue dry. After they were dry, I sanded them all and painted them. Then I had to call my Dad back over to hang them for me. My Dad is the best :)

Instead of going with the original white, I decided to go black and I love it! I was never super crazy about the white with the counter top so a color change was in order. And now it looks super sharp.

A head on view, with me in the mirror after we had just finished and I’m still in my grubby clothes.

Much better! Now when I walk in the room I smile instead of grimace! And you know the best part? I only had to pay for hinges which my Dad found at Habitat For Humanity and the new wooden knobs because for everything else we used scraps my Dad had lying around. The whole project cost less than $20! Pretty good upgrade for cheap! My favorite kind :)

And this isn’t the only bathroom that got a facelift. Wait until you see the master bath!

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Big News

It’s been a while since I sat down and wrote a blog post. And this time I have a good excuse. Jason and I have recently made a big decision and we are really excited about it. We have decided to sell our house! It’s been something that we have been thinking about for several months (at least I have!) and we finally took the first step and now have our house listed as of last week. There are a bunch of reasons and I hope to fill you in later but for now let’s just say that I am excited to move forward and see what the future holds for us.

When we bought our house we really thought we would live here for forever. We don’t enjoy the moving process and this house had everything we could ever need. We never thought we would move. But I guess you should never say never because here we are :)

For the last couple of week we were working non stop trying to get our house ready to list. We have finally finished all of those little and big outstanding projects that have been on our lists for years and got them all done in less than 2 weeks! Crazy how much you can get done when you just go for it. I have taken photos of all of our progress and I will show you some of the finishing touches we have done. Everything looks so nice now I’m afraid to mess it up!

And we’re off! On a new adventure. Pray for us if you want. We would appreciate it :)

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