February 26, 2015

c.r.a.z.y. but it's coming together {interior pics #2}

Oh man, I have no good words to describe the last few weeks. 

It's been a marathon to put it nicely. :) There are real problems in the world, and nothing here qualifies for that kind of status, but I think it's safe to say we're tired

And almost there. {These are my favorite words to repeat to myself now... we're almost there, we're almost there...} :D And we're so thankful!! 

Good things have been happening!! We got CABINETS!!! That day was magical. :D

I had so much fun with this kitchen {!!!}. I drew these out on a piece of paper and the cabinet guy did exactly what I wanted! So. stinking. cool! It's the weirdest feeling to have designed a whole room from scratch- windows, cabinets, appliances- and seeing it all come to life was crazy fun for me. :)

When I was a little girl- I kid you not- I would lie in bed for hours at night planning in my head how to decorate different rooms in our house from the J.C. Penney catalog. I had different color scheme options for each room and knew exactly which furniture I would put where. Now, twenty years later, designing our house is still my favorite thing. :D

It's a little more difficult when you're on a limited budget and have serious time constraints, but it's still an exciting challenge. :) And it's so fun to see it all start to come together!

I'm in love with how our porch ceiling turned out:

And the shower tile {Rob and his friend Shaun did this! Isn't it lovely?} turned out just as I imagined {and we added chrome fixtures!}:

The texture and paint {Cloud White/ Benjamin Moore} brought the living room so far from the last time I shared:

But the window trim really sealed the love deal for me in there:

Ahhh... :D

Then our electricians finished and we had light!!

Electricity made it like a whole new house- especially when they hooked up the heat two weeks ago!

Rob has been burning the 2-4 a.m. oil to get the house finished for us. That man has more stamina and determination than anyone I know. He just keeps working, no matter what {even sick!}, while I get so tired and crawl in bed curled into fetal position {under the covers, so I can cry...true story}. And then he comes in and rubs my back and tells me we're almost done. I love him to the moon and back. I would marry him 1000000x over. :)

We covered the cement for the last several weeks, but we still ended up cleaning and scraping the floors for hours to prep it for staining:

Even with all of the hours invested, we figured it will be worth it for a total of 15 cents per square foot for flooring downstairs. :)

We still have another coat to go at this point {we ran out of time before another set of contractors need to come in}, but I like how it looks so far:

Walking on clean floors with lights and heat and cabinets made me realize this is really happening! :D Lord-willing, we will get to move in very soon. :)

After much back and forth, we decided to pay for the cabinets to be painted professionally. It was a tough decision, but after seeing all the work they put into caulking, sanding, taping, and painting it was definitely worth it! They have spent many hours and the finish is as smooth as if they were made in a factory. We're so happy we didn't try it ourselves.

We have a few things left to do before we move in, but not too much before we're finished! We are super excited to get to a point where we get to be all together at night and work on the details {and touch-ups} a little more slowly. :) It will also be nice to stop writing checks every week!! hahah! ;)

I'm packing up our cabin as we speak, and the kids are so excited to get their own rooms. They picked out their own paint colors {and did a great job!}, but with all the pictures, I'll have to save that for the next post! ;)

Oh man, we are so thankful for this crazy blessing of a house!

How has your week been so far? 

Do you have something you find you used to do as a child that you still love to do as an adult? {writing, singing, etc.?} 
As a mama, this is so interesting to me now!

February 11, 2015

baby #6 is a... !

Oh my goodness, I couldn't wait to find out the baby's gender. You'd think after five kids we might want a surprise at delivery, but not me! :D From the moment I find out I'm pregnant I look forward to the ultrasound where I can find out who this little one will be. :D After the first trimester, I need some hope to cling to that feeling like this is really for a good cause! :) 

We had a gut instinct about this little one's gender and made a final vote on the way to the ultrasound place. Thankfully, my dad watched the kids while Rob and I excitedly headed to here:

And we spotted the results before the tech told us...

It was.....


A sweet girl! :D

We brought home a reveal cake for the kids to slice. They all cheered- especially the girls. ;) We are thrilled to have some pink coming our way again this summer. :D

Zane has no clue of course, but he seems happy most of the time anyway. :) 

Since we found out, I've already had fun picking out a few girl outfits. Girls are always fun to dress up. :D And far as labor goes in July, I'm holding on to the thought that maybe since this baby is a girl, she won't weigh 10 lbs. ;) Now that would be nice! :P hehehe.

Hooray for baby girl #3! We girls are no longer outnumbered! ;)

February 4, 2015

our newest DIY project

This whole building a house business has been very exciting, but we've had even more going on this winter than you'd expect. :)

We have another new little project in the works, and it's not exactly house-related... :)

Our little #6 is due mid-July! :) I'm 17 weeks along now, and feeling much better than the last trimester. :) We got to see the baby and found out the gender a little over a week ago, and the kids are thrilled {and mommy and daddy too, of course :D}. 

Every day closer to summer gets more and more exciting now! Houses are good and all, but newborn babies are better! ;)

January 27, 2015

building the new house {interior pics #1}

Now that we have sheetrock I'm starting to feel like this whole house thing is really happening! :) We were able to design it ourselves inside and out, and I love how the floor plan feels so far. 

Here's what most of the downstairs is looking like lately {except for now we have texture and some paint, yay!}:

The entryway:

The living room:

The kitchen:

The dining room:

The schoolroom:

It's not much to see, but it means so much to me! hahah! Here's the pantry {and all the angels sing, Hallllellujah!}:

And the small den will likely serve as the library/guest room- I'm envisioning large bookshelves surrounding that window:

We covered all the floors so that we can try to stain them after all the painting is done. I will let you know how that goes! It's crazy how covered in mud those plastic sheets are now. I hope we saved ourselves lots of work. ;)

It's going to be fun to see it all come together in the next few weeks! :D

January 18, 2015

do, read, learn, and be goals for this week {jan 19}

It's funny how moving to a temporary/in-between place changes your day. Pretty much since we've moved, it has been survival mode for me. Kind of like we're camping through the fall and winter with only a tiny bit of our regular stuff {though we did get a microwave last month! yay!}, just waiting for the house to be built a little every day and working on it our spare time too.

BUT! The sun has been shining again for two whole days now and I've been so excited to see the gray disappear! Lord willing, we're getting closer to warm, sunny days and a regular life routine again! I can feel it! ;)

My goal-setting skills are pretty rusty these days, so if I get most of this list done, I'll be a happy camper for the next week or two. {pun intended! haha! :D}

put clean cover back on couch {the white couch gets sooo much dirtier since we only have one place to sit! haha}
reorganize bookshelf
wipe down/clean inside of new dresser
sweep house daily
run at least 1 load of clothes + fold 1 each day {these may not be the same load, hahahah!}
have girls pack unused toys for moving
ship one box/return
make bread and 2 bread maker kits
write two notes
clean out 3 boxes of toiletries in prep for moving {whenever that may be, hopefully soon!}
exercise 5-6 days
make cleaning zone lists for kids
declutter and pack miscellaneous items under the sink into a box

Discipline: The Glad Surrender^ by Elisabeth Elliot: 2 chapters
daily Bible readings

Psalm 139:4-6 with the children. {I pretend the made-up hand motions are for them, but they're really for me!! hehehe}

prepared-  I want to be more on top of dinners this week. While we haven't been eating out as much as we normally would on busy weeks, dinner has been whatever I can scramble up quickly. The days I know exactly what we're having are mentally easier for some reason- like I know what I have left to do already {phew!}. :D

And really, I want to get ready to move. It may be jumping the gun a bit, but moving four months ago was so hard and this time I want everyone to be thrilled at how easily we get to move to the new house, whenever it happens. :)

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