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We’ve just passed the 1 year mark since moving into the house so I thought it might be interesting to see how things are coming along.  We still have a long list of things we need to do.  The outdoors is especially in need of attention and it’s frustrating that things are slow.  It grows faster than we can keep u with. But looking back (here and here)  it’s helpful to see how far we’ve come.  Lots done but still lots to do.  Such is life.

Things we’ve done/bought:

-New AC

– New roof

-Painted whole interior and exterior and ceilings (so happy we did ceilings)

-Ripped out all the flooring ourselves and then bought all new flooring

-Installed new baseboards (still a few odds and ends to finish there)

-Bought and installed garbage disposal

-Bought and installed dishwasher

-Stair renovation

-Pressure washed and repainted pool deck area

-Ripped out leaky shower

-Molding in living and dining room

-3 new toilets

-4 new sink faucets

-New electrical switch plates

-Made and repaired garage ceiling hole

-Added closet organization systems in two bedrooms (best thing we did!)

-Pool safety net

-Installed new fan in master bedroom

-Tore into the stairs and created a door so we can use the dead space under stairs for storage.

-Removed wallpaper in master bathroom


Still need to do:

-Downstairs shower is still incomplete!  It’s been demoed and plumber has installed new plumbing but we need to purchase tiled and hire someone to finish the work.

-I’d still like to do something with the master bathroom and shower.  It’s pretty blah.  I doubt we’ll do much if anything, though.  Probably new glass shower door eventually.

-Landscape exterior and perhaps level the backyard a little

-Update or replace light fixtures

-Under cabinet lighting and backslash in kitchen

-New hardware on kitchen cabinets – we’ve bought two kinds but disliked so we returned both

-Perhaps add molding and paint the kids’ rooms.  I think white rooms helps with resale value, though?  So, not sure.

-Ben still dreams of adding built-ins to the living room but I like our setup and I’m tired of construction.

-Put up pictures on several walls

-Buy new rugs

-Buy new blinds

-A few spots need touch up paint

-Find another green bed for McKay.  I bought Jax’s off craigslist and went to buy a second to match it from IKEA but they no longer carry them so his mattress is just on the floor.  Poor kid.


It’s been a really fun process but I’m at the point where I just want to be done.  I’m tired of the projects taking up all our free time, and I’m tired of all our hard earned money going into the house.

Our original plan was to buy and flip this house.  When we were house hunting we felt like we couldn’t find a home in a good neighborhood and in our price range that felt big enough for our growing family.  This one, however, is totally adequate at this point.  I think we could make a decent profit if we decided to sell but I’m wanting to stay for a little while.  Not sure how long?  Ben thinks about selling next summer but I’m inclined to stay 3 – 5 years.  He likes to the idea of selling while everything is new – roof, AC, flooring, paint, etc.  I’m just so happy right now so I have no desire to move.  :)Who knows?  We don’t have a long term plan.  We may be here a year or a decade.  Time will tell!

Mediocre pictures in no particular order:


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  • July 21, 2015 - 1:45 pm

    Raven - It looks beautiful! And I love the minimal toys. I need to work on that. Our floors seem ever-littered with toys. Nice job, you guys!ReplyCancel

    • July 23, 2015 - 5:48 pm

      alicia - Thanks Raven!!! Our floors are frequently littered with toys, too. We try to keep the toys mostly in the playroom, though, they are making their way upstairs more and more :) We often do a pick up just before lunch and dinner.ReplyCancel

  • July 21, 2015 - 3:06 pm

    Joe - The house looks fantastic! If I had money I’d hire you to come spruce up our house a bit.ReplyCancel

    • July 23, 2015 - 5:48 pm

      alicia - Thanks. I like your house just how it is.ReplyCancel

  • July 21, 2015 - 6:13 pm

    Shannon - You have done so much! It all looks so beautiful :) We’re just beginning the process of improving our house and yard as well. I have to keep reminding myself that it takes time.ReplyCancel

    • July 23, 2015 - 5:49 pm

      alicia - Thanks Shannon! I can’t wait to visit your new home. Things definitely take time for us. Some people are more speedy, but we’ve tried to pace ourselves.ReplyCancel

Highlights included: beach (my favorite part), three photo shoots (4 if you count the birthday photo shoot I did of Jax), a fourth (or fifth) photo shoot was rained out so I went on a shopping outing at Ben’s urging with my dad and Kimmy and my dad bought me birthday clothes (thanks dad!), a new dryer (finally, after 7 months!!!), a pool party with the parents (kids had SO much fun), and our first at-home fireworks (big success!).

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  • July 10, 2015 - 3:55 am

    Christy Haggard - It all looks so fun! I love your pictures and I love your family. They are getting so big. It doesn’t seem like it was that long ago when Moe was brand new and no body was old enough for school yet.

    The fireworks look like fun too! We did fireworks with cousins at Melory’s house and the kids loved it.ReplyCancel

Today is the first day in 14 that I haven’t had a fever. I think we’ve had mono and thankfully I’ve lived to tell about it…..

It all started on the Thursday, June 11th, when Ben was at boy’s camp. It’s pretty much inevitable that something awful happens when Ben is gone. Aye! Well, Jax came in bed with me on that Thursday night and I could tell he had a high fever. We were actually at my parent’s house; It just so happened I had photo shoots all three days that Ben was gone and my mom babysat while I was at them. Well, his fever continued without other symptoms for several days. On Sunday, June 14th, McKay, Sadie, and I all came down with a fever, too. It would come and go but left all of us quite exhausted.

Luckily the kids’ fevers disappeared after about 4 or 5 days. They still seem a little low energy but are back to normal. Thank the stars above! Mono is much less severe in children. Who knew?

Unfortunately, my health has steadily declined over the last two weeks. The first few days it was just complete exhaustion with a fever and stomachache but it keeps morphing…..headache, killer sore throat, sinus infection, double eye infection, and finally it moved into my chest which was when I knew I needed to go to the doctor for an antibiotic. Since I suspected we had mono (there’s a big outbreak in Florida right now) I hadn’t previously gone to the doctor – nothing they can do for it.

Julie and a friend brought over dinners this week which was super helpful! Also, my mom took the kids for an sleepover from Thursday (Ben was gone until late to youth conference) to Friday and with Ben around I’ve just slept all weekend. It’s helped so much and it’s so wonderful to be improving. It’s really made me appreciate my normal good health.

It hasn’t quite been the fun summer I had planned for but hopefully in another week things will be back to normal!

Although, if this is mono it’s very probable that Ben will be coming down with it soon. It has a 4 – 6 week incubation period and we did quite a bit of kissing the day before my first symptoms began. :/ Let’s hope he stays healthy!

A few of the things we’ve been up to at home the last two weeks – indoor ice skating, playing with Jax’s new toys, puzzles, playdough, drawing/art, tv shows, and lots of book reading.


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  • June 29, 2015 - 4:01 am

    Mary Meyers - Alicia, I feel so bad for you! I guess I didn”t realize your fever has been going on for 2 weeks!!! I should have helped more! I can come get the kids tomorrow and bring them over here so you can rest. Well, I’ll call you or you call me when you’re up to it in the morning and we’ll work things out. You need to rest, rest, rest! I think that’s the best thing for you right now. You are in our prayers every day.ReplyCancel

    • June 30, 2015 - 10:57 pm

      alicia - Mom, you were a wonderful help! Thanks so much!ReplyCancel

  • June 29, 2015 - 6:09 pm

    Shannon - So sorry you haven’t been well for so long. I hope you’re on the mend :)ReplyCancel

    • June 30, 2015 - 10:57 pm

      alicia - Thanks Shannon! I am feeling much better than last week.ReplyCancel